Saha,Warner keep Hyderabad in playoff race ...

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Saha,Warner keep Hyderabad in playoff race 

 Sports Desk

 Published: 12:08 PM, 28 October 2020   Updated: 12:14 PM, 28 October 2020

Photo: Collected

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Sunrisers Hyderabad have been keeping their playoff hopes alive as they thrashed Delhi Capitals by 88 runs in a must-win game in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday in Dubai. 

The new opener Wriddhiman Saha's 87 off 45, top-score for SRH, brought most fuel in making 107 runs for the opening wicket while the skipper David Warner made 66 off 34 to post a mammoth target of 220 for Delhi.  

Rashid Khan put the best bowling feature,4-0-7-3, of this year's IPL for his side to bowl out Delhi only for 131 with 4 balls remaining and secured the victory. 

With this triumph, the 2016's IPL champion Hyderabad are now 6th in the points table with 10 points from 12 games. This defeat forced Capitals to have the three consecutive losses dropped down to third in the points table. 

From the beginning of the innings the Sunrisers' two openers started to show their dominance as they managed 77-runs in the Powerplay with 11 fours and two sixes. 

When birthday boy Warner went into the pavilion after hitting a quicker 66 off 34 the winning side were at 1-107 from 9.4 overs, indicating a big total.  

The Sunrisers' batsmen remained Delhi's premium pacer Kagiso Rabada wicketless after 25 straight games rather than making his worst bowling figure of 4-0-54-0. 

The player of the match batsman Saha left the crease when his side were dominating position at 2-170 off 14.3 overs and then Manish Pandey along with Kane Williamson reached Hyderabad a big total of 219-2. 

In chasing of 220, requiring 11 runs for per over,  not a single Delhi batsman could play a match winning knock that resulted in bowling out only for 131. 

SRH need to win their remaining two games to create a chance of entering in the playoff while the Capitals have chance of finishing in the top four. But it would not be easy as Delhi will face Mumbai Indians and RCB in their next two remaining matches.