Capitals Move Clear at IPL Summit With Strong Win

Capitals Move Clear at IPL Summit With Strong Win Photo: TT
India's Rishabh Pant raises his bat to celebrate scoring fifty runs during the third One Day International cricket match between India and England

The Delhi Capitals have moved outright top of the Indian Premier League ladder after an eight-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Wednesday.

Delhi, who were 2020 runners-up, improved to a 7-2 record, while the Sunrisers are rock bottom with one win from eight games.

Sunrisers opener David Warner was dismissed for a third-ball duck by Player of the Match Anrich Nortje who finished with 12-2 from his four overs.

Hyderabad managed 134-9 from their 20 overs, before Delhi cruised to the target two down with 13 balls to spare.

Former captain Shreyas Iyer top scored with 47no from 41 balls, while new skipper Rishabh Pant made 35no from 21 deliveries to finish the job.

“Very happy with this performance. We had a good first phase, we’re happy to start this way,” Pant said after the game.

“We want to focus on the process. Our bowlers did a pretty good job to restrict them. We have one of the quickest bowlers in the world. Pretty happy as the skipper.”

Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson, who has taken over from Warner, was full of praise for Delhi but insisted his side need to keep believing.

“It’s important we keep the attitude the boys showed last time,” he said. “It’s been a tough campaign so far.

“At our best, we can beat anybody. They are an outstanding side and have a great balance.”

Ben somerford
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