Former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad were forced out of the league with a loss to Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier of the IPL. Hyderabad captain David Warner admitted that he was not entitled to win the tournament due to such a poor performance. He also said that he is proud of his campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In the Qualifier-2 match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Delhi won the toss and scored 189 for three at first, and then restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 172 for eight. Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 78 runs for Delhi. Apart from him, Shimron Hetmyer scored an unbeaten 42 runs.
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Chasing a target of 190 runs, Kane Williamson of Hyderabad scored 67 runs but lost 8 wickets in front of Delhi’s deadly bowling. Kagiso Rabada took the maximum of 4 wickets while Stonis, who was the man of the match, took 3 wickets. Now Delhi will face Mumbai Indians in the final.
Warner said after the Sunrisers 17-run defeat, “If you miss a catch and miss an opportunity, then you can’t win.” I think we came back after a poor start in bowling and batting but our attitude in fielding led to the loss.
The catches of both Delhi openers Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan were missed, while some easy runs were also given. Warner, however, expressed satisfaction with his campaign in the IPL and said that finishing third was a matter of pride for his team as no one had anticipated that his team would reach here.
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He said, ‘The first thing is that nobody told us the claimant in the beginning. Everyone was talking about Mumbai Indians, Delhi and RCB. I am really proud of my campaign. The injury to the players was also an issue, but you have to go ahead with it. I am proud of where we are today.