Delhi Capitals made their first Indian Premier League final in 13 years after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in the second Qualifier on Sunday.
Electing to bat first, half century from Shikhar Dhawan and gritty innings from Shimron Hetmyer lifted Delhi to a formidable 189-3 in 20 overs. Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis then shared seven wickets between them as Hyderabad were denied a third final appearance finishing at 172-8.
Stoinis was the hero of the day in Delhi’s path to history, first chipping with the bat then striking at crucial stages of the game. After Rabada gave Delhi a dream start removing dangerous David Warner (two), Stoinis followed it up with the wickets of Priyam Garg (17) and Manish Pandey (21).
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Jason Holder (11) rebuilt the innings with a half century partnership before Axar Patel got rid of the latter.
With run rate right under control, Williamson continued to launch the offensive adding another 57 runs with Abdul Samad but Stoinis struck again, this time the former caught by Rabada. Williamson made 67 off 45 with five fours and four sixes.
Samad was still there and new man Rashid Khan (11) struck Ravichandran Ashwin for a six and a four in the 18th over leaving Hyderabad with 30 to win from last 12 deliveries.
Samad struck six off Rabad in the second ball of penultimate over but Rabada killed off the game dismissing both the dangerous batsman in consecutive deliveries.
Rabad picked up three wickets in the 19th over throwing Hyderabad virtually out of the contest. Hyderabad needed 22 from the last over and could only manage four. Samad was the second best scorer for the one-time champion scoring 33 off 16 with two sixes and as many boundaries.
The eventual easy victory have set Delhi their fourth clash against Mumbai in the final on Tuesday. Delhi have lost both their league games along with the first Qualifier against Mumbai.
With back-to-back failures, Delhi decided to drop Prithvi Shaw sending Stoinis to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan and the move paid dividend after the new pair began with a solid 86-run opening wicket partersnip.
Hyderabad’s man with golden arm, Rashid Khan, ended the stand removing Stoinis with the Aussie allrounder chipping 38 from 27 deliveries with five fours and a six.
Dhawan shared another 40 runs with skipper Shreyas Iyer (21). The major damage was done by West Indian Hetmyer who struck a 22-ball 42 not out while sharing 52 runs for the third wicket with Dhawan. Hetmyer hit four boundaries and a six.
Dhawan, who has two centuries and three ducks in the tournament, scored 78 from 50 balls and fell in the 19th over after smacking six boundaries and two sixes.