Delhi Capitals entered its maiden IPL final with a 17-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Delhi will face Mumbai Indians in the summit clash in Dubai on November 10.
Chasing 190, Kane Williamson’s genius was on full display (67, 45b, 5×4, 4×6) before young Abdul Samad (33, 16b, 2×4, 2×6) brought the equation down to 23 runs off 10 balls. But Kagiso Rabada dismissed Samad, Rashid Khan and Shreevats Goswami in the penultimate over to usher the end.
It was a day on which every strategic punt by Shreyas Iyer and Ricky Ponting paid off; be it bringing in Shimron Hetmyer for Prithvi Shaw or promoting Marcus Stoinis — a bright spot from the defeat to Mumbai Indians — as an opener or bowling the Aussie (3-0-26-3) in the PowerPlay.
Stoinis (38, 27b, 5×4, 1×6)…