Sunrisers Hyderabad have been off to an awful start in their first match after the resumption of IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals. Giving away a number of big wickets cheaply, the Sunrisers have already lost 6 wickets in 16 overs and are in grave danger right now. However, it is understandable as they suffered a huge setback ahead of the game with the likes of T Natarajan and Vijay Shankar having to miss the match due to COVID-19. Well it is just the former that has contracted the virus but as Vijay Shankar came in close contact with him, he had to be put under isolation with 5 other members of the SRH contingent.
In the match being played at the Dubai International Stadium, SRH captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision backfired though as we all know that SRH’s batting lineup has been the worst in the entire tournament this year, even before the season was postponed. Their key batsman, opener David Warner has been badly out of form and it was due to the same reason that the management snatched away the captaincy from him mid-competition. Unfortunately, the Australian has still not managed to regain his form as he departed for a duck today as well.
However, the topic of this article is the number of lives that SRH captain Kane Williamson got during the match. He came in to bat pretty early after the departure of David Warner for 0(3). Despite playing a calculated knock, Kane Williamson had come close to losing his wicket on several occasions. The most big chance that Delhi Capitals got, was undoubtedly the one that Rishabh Pant dropped behind off Ravichandran Ashwin. Aswhin was having a bad spell as he was conceding a lot of runs and had even given away a free hit. However, he made a quick comeback with a brilliant Carrom Ball that got Williamson off-guard and he nicked one behind to Rishabh Pant. However, Pant dropped the catch.
Moments later, Prithvi Shaw missed a sitter and once again lost the chance of sending off Kane Williamson. Unfortunately the Kiwi captain failed to capitalize.
However, not long after that, Kane Williamson gave away his wicket to Axar Patel, being caught near the boundary line by Shimron Hetmyer.