The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) outplayed the Delhi Capitals (DC) in a one-sided contest, clinching a convincing 67-run victory in the 35th match of IPL 2024.

Record-Breaking Opening Partnership Sets The Tone for SRH

Electing to bat first, SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma tore apart the DC bowling attack from the get-go. The duo went berserk, stitching together a mammoth 131-run partnership – the highest Powerplay score (first six overs) in IPL history. Head, in particular, was on fire, smashing a record-equalling 16-ball fifty, matching Abhishek Sharma’s feat achieved earlier in the season.

Headlines After Headlines: Head’s Blitz and Record-Breaking Stand

Head continued his onslaught, reaching a well-compiled 89 runs off just 32 balls before Kuldeep Yadav managed to break the phenomenal opening partnership. This knock solidified Head’s position as a key player for SRH, showcasing his aggressive batting style and ability to dominate attacks.

SRH Maintain Momentum Despite Wickets

While wickets fell at regular intervals after the Powerplay, with Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen failing to capitalize on the strong start, Nitish Kumar Reddy and Shahbaz Ahmed provided much-needed stability. Ahmed, batting at number six, impressed everyone with a well-composed unbeaten 59 off just 29 deliveries, his maiden IPL fifty. This late surge propelled Hyderabad to a daunting total of 266 runs.

Axar Patel Shines for DC Amidst Run Glut

Despite the onslaught from the SRH batsmen, Axar Patel emerged as the most economical bowler for Delhi, conceding just 29 runs in his four overs. Kuldeep Yadav also chipped in with four wickets, but his spell proved expensive compared to Patel’s.

Early Setbacks for DC as Openers Depart

Chasing a mammoth target of 267, Delhi Capitals required a solid start from their openers, Prithvi Shaw and David Warner. However, their hopes were dashed early as both batsmen fell cheaply, leaving DC at a precarious 25-2 within the powerplay overs.

Fraser-McGurk’s Brief Resurgence Ignites Hope

Stepping up to the challenge at number three, Jake Fraser-McGurk provided a glimmer of hope for Delhi with a breath-taking innings. The youngster smashed the fastest fifty of the season in just 15 balls, keeping Delhi in the hunt.

Porel Keeps Momentum Going, But SRH Bowlers Take Control

Abhishek Porel continued the momentum after Fraser-McGurk’s dismissal, ensuring Delhi didn’t lose the momentum gained from the explosive fifty. However, once Porel departed, the Delhi innings lost steam. Rishabh Pant and Tristan Stubbs struggled to find boundaries, and the required run rate climbed steadily.

SRH Bowling Trio Choke DC Chase

Hyderabad bowlers tightened the screws in the middle overs, with Mayank Markande providing the breakthrough of both dangerous-looking batters – Fraser-McGurk and Porel. Pat Cummins and T Natarajan bowled in tandem, drying up boundaries and putting pressure on the Delhi batsmen.

Natarajan’s Career-Best Figures Seal The Win

Natarajan, in particular, was unplayable, finishing with his career-best figures in T20 cricket – 4 wickets for 19 runs in his four overs, including a maiden. Nitish Kumar Reddy chipped in with a wicket, wrapping up the Delhi innings for 199 runs, securing a convincing 67-run victory for SRH.

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