Prithvi Shaw’s brilliant fifty and a blitz from Rishabh Pant helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a thrilling IPL Eliminator at Vizag on Wednesday.
Delhi brought in Colin Munro for Colin Ingram, while Deepak Hooda came in for Yusuf Pathan for Hyderabad.
After being put into bat by DC captain Shreyas Iyer, Sunrisers opening pair of Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill made a fantastic beginning as the duo added 31 runs in 19 balls, before Ishant Sharma dismissed the former for 8.
Guptill who looked in superb touch was caught by Keemo Paul off Amit Mishra for a quickfire 36.
Manish Pandey and Williamson added 34 runs for the 3rd wicket before the Karnataka batsman was dismissed by Paul’s slower delivery.
Ishant in his second spell bowled a magnificent inswinging yorker to dismiss skipper Williamson for 28.
Vijay Shankar and Mohammed Nabi gave impetus to the innings by putting on a quickfire 36 runs in just 2.4 overs before Shankar was caught by Axar Patel off Trent Boult.
The 21 year old Paul bowled brilliantly in the end to restrict the Sunrisers Hyderabad to 162/8 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing a target of 163, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan put on 66 runs for the opening stand, before Deepak Hooda dismissed the latter for 17.
Khaleel Ahmed brought Hyderabad back into the contest by dismissing Shaw and Iyer in succession leaving Delhi in spot of bother at 87/3.
Colin Munro and Rishabh Pant added 24 runs for the fourth wicket, before Rashid Khan dismissed Colin Munro leg before wicket for 14, and 3 balls later claimed Axar Patel for a duck to peg Delhi back at 111 for 5.
Sherfane Rutherford along with dashing wicket keeper batsman Pant anchored the innings with a 40 run stand before Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the latter for 9.
With 34 requiring off 18 balls, the 21 year old Pant smashed Basil Thampi for 22 runs to bring the game in Capitals favour.
With 5 runs required off the last over, Amit Mishra was run out obstructing the field. Keemo Paul held his nerve at the end and scored the winning runs, as Delhi reached the target with one ball to spare.
Kumar, Rashid Khan and Khaleel Ahmed bagged 2 wickets each.
The Delhi Capitals will now be facing Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier on 10 May, Friday.