David Warner: “Losing by nine runs, it actually was a pretty nice wicket. Getting in and out of our overs, we were a fraction off tonight. I think Mitch Marsh bowled fantastically through the middle overs and was our best bowler, but coming up nine runs short is pretty disappointing. They took the pace off quite a lot. At the end of the day when you get two guys off to a good start, it’s important that we try to capitalize on that and one of them go on to score a big one.
If we were able to do that, it sort of takes it out. But when you lose wickets in the middle and there are no partnerships unfolding, it makes it pretty difficult. [On Axar Patel’s batting position] He’s in good touch and good form, but for us, it’s about we got off to a good start and him at the back end… we knew it would be vital with their spinners spinning into left-handers and we only had me and Axar [as lefties].
We had two guys going at that point and holding Axar back at the back end. It can be difficult but they’re the challenges that present us when we’re actually in the moment and maybe we can think about that, sending him earlier. We just have to build momentum through the middle with the bat. We need one or two players to get 80+ scores and win games for us. We’ve been losing too many wickets throughout the middle and that’s where we’re suffering a little bit. Our senior players have to take responsibility. One of us has to get a big total and then it takes care of itself from there.”
Heinrich Klassen: “It’s about time I do something at the IPL so I’m very pleased about it. I think it was a good team effort and we finally freed ourselves up as a batting unit. I’m glad that the batters played with a little bit more freedom in the middle and at the start of the innings and hopefully, it’s a good sign of things to come. We’ve got the players to do it upfront and need to free them up a little bit and like tonight they showed that they can do it. We’ve got a great wicket back home and hopefully, we can take this form and this result back home.
You have to fit in where the team wants you. You can’t be one-dimensional so I’m happy to play where the team needs me. The wicket was holding a little more and had turned in it so we encouraged [our spinners] to try to spin the ball as much as they can and slow it up against the big hitters to make it difficult on this wicket. [On Abhishek Sharma’s bowling] He’s been bowling well in the nets so we just keep encouraging him to try to turn the ball and not do all this fancy stuff out of his hand. Just try to spin the ball as much as he can.”
Mitchell Marsh has been named Player of the Match: He beats out Abhishek Sharma who also scored a half-century and took a wicket. “It’s a disappointing loss for us. Nice to have that partnership with Salty but unfortunately couldn’t get us over the line. We knew that the Powerplay was going to be really big and it was important to get off to a good start because the wicket slowed up a bit. I think we gave 20 too many and they were too good. [Duing the partnership with Salt] If the ball was in our area, just keep trying to find the boundary.
Unfortunately, we lost a couple of wickets and that can happen when you chase totals because you feel like you need to keep going but ultimately we were outplayed. I still think there are a lot of positives coming out of today. We’ve lost some close ones. There’s a reason why the IPL is the best tournament in the world. It’s bloody hard to win games. Close games can define your season. Unfortunately, we’ve been on the wrong end of a few. But our spirits are high. There’s still a long way to go in this tournament. We need to start winning but I hold a lot of belief in this group.”
Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Highlights today, Saturday 29-4-2023. 40th Match (N), Indian Premier League 2023, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Toss: SRH has won the toss and chosen to bat first.
Delhi Capitals team: 1 David Warner*, 2 Phil Salt†, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Axar Patel, 6 Priyam Garg, 7 Ripan Patel, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Anrich Nortje, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Mukesh Kumar.
Sunrisers Hyderabad team: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 Abhishek Sharma, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Aiden Markram*, 5 Heinrich Klaasen†, 6 Harry Brook, 7 Abdul Samad, 8 Mayank Markande, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Umran Malik.
Head to Head In T20’s: 21
Delhi Capitals Won: 10
Sunrisers Hyderabad Won: 11
(last five completed Matches, most recent first)
Delhi Capitals WWLLL
Sunrisers Hyderabad LLLWW
Match Timings: 2:00 PM GMT | 7:30 PM Local
Umpires – Michael Gough, Navdeep Singh
TV Umpire – Saidharshan Kumar
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Parashar Joshi
Match number – IPL 2023 – 40th Match