ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Delhi Capitals advanced to its first Indian Premier League final after a 17-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad Nov. 8.
After choosing to bat first in Qualifier 2, Delhi posted 189-3 with Hyderabad managing 172-8 in reply.
Delhi faces defending champion Mumbai Indians Nov. 10 in final at Dubai.
“This has been a roller coaster,” Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer said. “A lot of ups-and-downs. We have stuck together like a family.”
Delhi capitalized on a strong batting and bowling start with its openers, Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan, reaching 50-0 after only five overs. It then reduced Hyderabad to 44-3 at the same stage with Stoinis (3-26) claiming two of the wickets. Delhi pacer Kagiso Rabada took 4-29.
Dhawan top-scored for Delhi with a 50-ball 78, Stoinis hit 38 from 27 and Shimron Hetmyer blasted 42 not out from 22 deliveries.
Kane Williamson provided some hope for Hyderabad until he was caught by Rabada off Stoinis for a 45-ball 67, leaving his team on 147-5 and needing 43 runs off the last four overs.
“First and foremost, no one gave us a chance at the start (of the IPL) ... So I am really proud of our campaign,” Hyderabad captain David Warner said. “That back half in the tournament is how we like to play our cricket. You can’t win tournaments if you keep dropping catches and missing chances. I think with the ball and the bat we improved after doing badly but our attitude in the field let us down.”
This was a second chance for Delhi after losing to Mumbai by 57 runs in Qualifier 1 Nov. 7 when, at one stage, Delhi was 0-3 and 20-4.
Mumbai, the most successful team in IPL history, will play for a record-extending fifth title.