Nabi, Jonny ‘stow’ SRH’s hat trick of wins
In the age old IPL history, the Delhi team had often found themselves full of players that can surprise any team on their given day but they tend to fell seemingly short of fulfilling all those promises. Blame it on the players who fail to show up in unison, or lack of an inspiring leader or anything for that matter. But it can be safely concluded now that it’s the Demons on the Kotla Wicket that really is to be blamed. The home team has players that can really dismantle any bowling attack on a Wankhede or a Chinnaswamy and the wicket has been prepared like they are all ‘Test Match Day 5″ prodigies. May be we found a pattern now in why Delhi has suffered over the years. It is because of their inability to really convert their home into a fortress which doesn’t happen because of the demons in the Kotla wicket. Those demons were all screaming from beneath when DC were invited to bat by SRH and they further helped SRH with two quality spinners in their ranks. There was not much to describe in DC’s batting in the game. It was like you left a penguin to wander in Thar Desert and the penguin is trying hard to find the Antarctica ice but for all that is found only Sand and dust all around. Sunrisers Hyderabad were spot on with how they read the wicket and went about it, with their pacers tuning their variations to perfection and their spinner denting the flow of the Delhi batsman. It was Axar’s cameo in the later half of the innings that gave Delhi a total to fight it out for. But it was all nullified when Bairstow passed the trial by spin with heavy laurels. Bairstow has been Hyderabad’s key man this season and showed how to tackle it out and come out trumps on such a wicket when other batsman struggled to even get bat on ball. The game was over much before than it actually did, and Delhi only depended on SRH pulling off a ‘DC-like collapse’ which was not meant to be with the experienced Yusuf and Nabi guiding them home with ease. Ricky Ponting took to media to openly criticise the Wicket and well we cannot really blame him for that too. These kind of wickets really take the entertainment out of the format that is designed for Just that purpose. Having now lost 3 of their 5 games, DC have squandered a good start and how they will rue their deeds against KXIP remains to be seen.