The Delhi Capitals team led by young batsman Shreyas Iyer reached the IPL final for the first time by defeating former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifiers-2 on Sunday. In this match, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis came out for the opening.
In the match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Delhi won the toss, batting first and scored 189 for three and then stopped Sunrisers Hyderabad for 172 for eight.
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In addition to playing a 38-run stormy innings, Stoinis also took three wickets for 26 runs and was adjudged Man of the Match. Stoinis said after the win, “It is great to have a chance to bat in the top order. Initially the ball was swinging slightly. We first looked at the situation and then played our shots.
When asked if he will also open in the final against Mumbai Indians, he said, ‘I don’t know that I will start the innings in the final. We will talk to the team’s chief coach Ricky (Ponting) and then see what he decides.
Regarding sending Stoinis as the opening batsman, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer said, “We didn’t have a good partnership for the first wicket.” We needed a fast start and we felt that if Stoinis plays more balls, he can get us in a better position.