The 2nd leg of Indian Premier League restarted on the 19th of September, the tournaments seen 4 games so far and all have had something special for viewers.
Yesterday, Delhi Capitals were up against Sunrisers Hyderabad and few hours before the start of the game there were reports claiming a positive case in SRH camp. BCCI and IPL top officials were in a meeting 4 hours before the start of the game and it was unanimously decided that the show must go on. It was reported that Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer, T Natarajan had returned a positive test in the scheduled RT-PCR test and 6 close contacts that included team physiotherapist and doctor were moved into isolation, precautionary.
Yesterday, 5AM Dubai time entire Sunrisers Camp was re-tested and the reports had come late in the afternoon at 3 PM that confirmed no more positive case and the game went on as scheduled, Vijay Shankar being the only player will miss out games until he returns 2 negative RT-PCR test reports.
Vijay Shankar (Player), Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager) and Periyasamy Ganesan (Net Bowler) were identified as close contacts of T Natarajan and were moved into isolation; T Natarajan is currently asymptomatic and is believed to be doing okay.
Sunrisers were 8th in rankings and with a defeat against Delhi Capitals their slim qualification hopes see end. Sunrisers batting first see a bad start as explosive opener, David Warner was out on duck, few runs came in before other opener Saha walked back and the middle order collapse saw Sunrisers 5 down for 75. Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan put up 28 and 22 respectively and SRH finsihed with a total of 134-9 in their 20. Delhi were excellent in their bowling, Anrich Nortje was the best of all on show, picked up Warner on duck and finsihed his 4 with figures of 2-13 and economy at 3, Rabada went for runs but bagged 3 wickets and spinner Axar Patel was brilliant too, picked up 2 wickets in his 4. Ashwin and Avesh bowled well but weren’t rewarded with a wicket. Marcus Stoinis bowled 7 deliveries and pulled out as he felt discomfort in his left calf and went off field to seek medical attention.
DC in reply saw Prithvi Shaw depart early but Shikhar Dhawan with this well paced 42(37) ensured the game doesn’t see any twist and turns and in process Shikhar Dhawan reclaimed his orange cap. Shreyas Iyer on return was excellent, held his end tight and kept the scorecard ticking. Shikhar Dhawan’s departure saw Pant walk in and played a innings that reflected maturity and with calculated risk along with Shreyas Iyer finsihed the game for Delhi Capitals, Iyer and Pant finsihed unbeaten on 47(41) and 35(21) respectively. The win see’s Delhi Capitals back at the top of points table with 14 points having played 9 games.