Shaw, Pant take Delhi Capitals closer to maiden IPL final

VISAKHAPATNAM: Young Keemo Paul gave the final touches to a Rishabh Pant blitzkrieg as Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad through two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator right here on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the best way after a blazing get started, have been brought to the cusp of victory through younger Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes, as West Indies' Paul completed it off the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed.

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Pant, who resurrected the innings from a precarious 111 for 5, couldn't have chosen a better venue than chairman of selectors MSK Prasad's house ground to force house some degree on his a lot debated World Cup exclusion.

It was a sense of deja vu for Paul, who had similarly hit winning runs in an U-19 World Cup ultimate in 2016 when Khaleel was the bowler within the ultimate over.

Delhi Capitals now face Chennai Super Kings within the Qualifier 2 of their bid to make it to the maiden IPL ultimate against Mumbai Indians.

Needing 34 from three overs, Pant showed brilliant recreation awareness to target Sunrisers' weakest link Basil Thampi, smashing him for 22 runs within the 18th over as he brought the sport on even keel.

A six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought the equation down to 5 runs earlier than Pant in his bid to finish the sport was holed out with five required from seven balls.

When the chase started, Prithvi Shaw (56 off 38 balls) was in his components within the fifth over bowled through Bhuvneshwar Kumar when he first played a flowing cover force, adopted through a ramp shot for 6 over third man and a lofted boundary over mid-off to position Sunrisers at the backfoot.

Sensing that Prithvi has taken the lead, senior partner Shikhar Dhawan (17) after collecting three limitations started playing the second fiddle with 55 coming off Powerplay overs.

One of probably the most regal pictures played through Prithvi was a six over long-on when he gave off-spinner Deepak Hooda the rate.

In the same over, Wriddhiman Saha effected a smart stumping down leg-side to peer the end of Dhawan at the same time as Prithvi finished his 50 off 31 balls.

However just like Sunrisers, Delhi also lost momentum in the beginning of the back-10 with Khaleel's further pace and leap accounting for Prithvi and skipper Shreyas Iyer (8). Prithvi's innings had six fours and two sixes.

It was Rashid Khan (2/15 in 4 overs), who then removed Colin Munro (14) and Axar Patel (zero) to peg again Delhi at 111 for 5.

Pant, who teed off with a six off Mohammad Nabi, hit him for a 2d six as 42 runs have been required off the closing 4 overs when Pant modified the fit.

Earlier, Delhi Capitals bowlers pulled the plug within the heart overs, proscribing Sunrisers Hyderabad to a par score of 162 for 8 on a excellent batting surface after opting to field.

Keemo Paul (3/32 in 4 overs) was ably supported through Amit Mishra (1/16 in 4 overs), Ishant Sharma (2/34 in 4 overs) and Axar Patel (zero/30 in 4 overs) as the quartet bowled 40 dot balls between them.

Ishant got rid of Wriddhiman Saha (8), who presented a easy catch to Shreyas Iyer at mid-off.

Martin Guptill (36, 19 balls) hit three sixes including two off his countrymate Trent Boult to set the pace within the Powerplay overs which yielded 54 runs.

Credit to Delhi bowlers as the following 14 overs produced only 108 runs.

As Guptill was in attacking mood, it gave the normally flamboyant Manish Pandey (30, 36 balls) to mess around earlier than the spinners got here in operation.

Axar and Mishra choked the run-flow and Guptill was accounted for seeking to slog sweep the leg-spinner. His innings had 4 sixes with the exception of a boundary.

Sunrisers suddenly lost momentum in the ones heart overs as Pandey and Kane Williamson (27 off 26 balls) added only 34 runs in seven overs earlier than the Karnataka batsman was disregarded through a Paul slower delivery. Pandey was holed out through Sherfane Rutherford at long-on boundary making it 90 for three for Sunrisers.

Ishant coming in his 2d spell bowled the very best inswinging yorker to send again Williamson.

Vijay Shankar (25 off 11 balls) and Mohammed Nabi (20 off 13 balls) added 36 runs in 2.4 overs to enhance the whole however Paul stored issues tight after all.
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