Capitals of Delhi 189 of 3 (Dhawan 78, Hetmyer 42 *, Stoinis 38) Hyderabad sunrises 172 of 8 (Williamson 67, Samad 33, Rabada 4-29, Stoinis 3-26) for 17 runs

The Delhi Capitals made it to Qualifier-2 after having won just one of their last six games, and another loss here would have left everyone writing their campaign as a wasted opportunity. But here they are now, in their first IPL final, a victory from glory.

Their performance in this Qualifier was like their season in miniature: they flew off the blocks, then stuttered, but they stayed in the game and won the key moments. Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had won their last four games on the trot, started badly, on the ball and bat, as well as on the field, and made up ground later, but it wasn’t enough.

Two key tactical moves paid big dividends to the capitals. They started with Marcus Stoinis for the first time this season, and he, along with Shikhar Dhawan, rewarded them with his best power play of the season. They also brought Shimron Hetmyer back to their side, and his late hitting ensured the Capitals posted a challenging total despite a significant slowdown during the second half of their innings.

Stoinis was also a big contributor on the ball, taking two wickets in the Sunrisers’ fifth inning and then coming back to eliminate Kane Williamson just as he looked poised for his second chasing masterclass in two games.

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