A comfortable win for the visitors in the end. They grab their third win of the season and go top of the table. The total was a moderate one, but the surface was always tricky. Though, Jonny Bairstow's fiery start put everything to bed. That set it up for the rest to come and made it easier for the batsmen to do their jobs. Some wickets fell at regular intervals, but Nabi came in and added the finishing touches to get his side over the line.
Delhi needed more wickets and that too quickly. The fact that they conceded as much as 62 runs in the Powerplay in itself proved to be a body blow to them. They came back well in the middle overs, recovering to a decent extent, but it wasn't enough.
Barring Morris, everyone who bowled bagged a wicket each. Had Axar Patel grabbed on to that caught and bowled chance in the second over of the chase, things would certainly have been much more interesting. Earlier in the evening, Delhi posted 130 on the board, courtesy Iyer's anchoring knock and Axar's late flurry, but it didn't prove to be enough.
Delhi skipper, Shreyas Iyer, says it was a difficult game and losing the toss also did not help. Admits that they did not play well as a batting unit but they should learn from this game and come out with a positive mindset in the next one. Mentions that 140 was the score he was looking for but they lost too many wickets early on and he did not get a lot of support. Appreciates the character shown by his team to pull the game back with the ball in the middle overs but unfortunately, they could not come out on top.
Hyderabad skipper, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, says he doesn't find captaincy easy, but is trying to do his best. Admits that he wasn't sure how the wicket would play, so was happy he won the toss and got a chance to assess the conditions. Mentions that he didn't think the wicket would be so slow. States that the wickets will be slower in the second half of the tournament, so will base their team combination on that. On Kane Williamson, he says that he's close to being fully fit, but they don't want to rush him.
Man of the Match, Jonny Bairstow, says the surface had less bounce than in Hyderabad, so is glad they won the toss. Adds that it's the first time he's played on such a track since the season began. States that he kept an eye out on things when they were bowling, which helped him assess the conditions well. Reckons that it's good that they've won three games on the bounce, and they have a good group of players, so is looking forward to the coming matches.