Sunrisers Hyderabad Set IPL Records in High-Scoring Win Over Delhi Capitals

Sunrisers Hyderabad set IPL records with a massive 266/7 against Delhi Capitals, winning by 67 runs. Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma's 125-run powerplay stand and Shahbaz Ahmed's 59* propelled SRH to victory, solidifying their playoff position.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad Set IPL Records in High-Scoring Win Over Delhi Capitals

Sunrisers Hyderabad Set IPL Records in High-Scoring Win Over Delhi Capitals

In a thrilling encounter at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 67 runs in Match 35 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. The match saw several records being shattered as SRH posted a massive total of 266/7, the fourth-highest score in IPL history.

SRH's opening duo of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma set the tone for the innings, smashing 125 runs in the powerplay without losing a wicket, setting a new record for the most runs scored in the first six overs of an IPL match. Head was the star of the show, scoring 89 runs off just 32 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes at a strike rate of 278.12. Abhishek Sharma also contributed a quickfire 46 off 12 balls.

The partnership between Head and Abhishek was not only the highest powerplay score in IPL history but also set the record for the highest run rate for a partnership of more than 100 runs in the tournament, with a staggering 20.68 runs per over. Shahbaz Ahmed's unbeaten 59 off 26 balls further propelled SRH's total.

SRH's innings was a display of sheer power-hitting, with the team equaling their own record of hitting the joint-most sixes in an IPL innings (22). The Hyderabad-based franchise has now breached the 250-run mark three times in the ongoing IPL season, joining Surrey as the teams with the most 250+ scores in franchise cricket.

In response, Delhi Capitals put up a valiant fight, with Jake Fraser-McGurk scoring the joint third-fastest fifty in IPL history off just 15 balls, the quickest for DC. However, despite his efforts, DC were bowled out for 199 in 19.1 overs, falling short by 67 runs. The match saw a total of 465 runs being scored, making it the fourth-highest match aggregate in IPL history.

Why this matters: The record-breaking performance by Sunrisers Hyderabad highlights the increasingly high-scoring nature of the IPL, with the 2024 season already witnessing 15 out of 35 matches crossing the 200-run mark and 5 matches breaching the 250-run barrier. The match also solidifies SRH's position in the playoff race.

Former South African cricketer Dale Steyn praised SRH's Jasprit Bumrah, calling him 'God' after this record-breaking performance. Steyn jokingly said he's glad to not be a bowler in the current times but later clarified that it's the best time for bowlers to show their true worth and stand out. Bumrah, the current Purple Cap holder for Mumbai Indians, has been the most economical bowler this season, with an average of just 5.96 runs per over.

Key Takeaways

  • SRH defeated DC by 67 runs, posting 266/7, the 4th-highest IPL score.
  • SRH's Head (89 off 32) and Sharma (46 off 12) set new IPL powerplay record.
  • SRH hit 22 sixes, equaling their own IPL record, and scored 3 250+ totals.
  • DC's Fraser-McGurk scored the joint 3rd-fastest IPL fifty off 15 balls.
  • The match saw 465 runs, the 4th-highest aggregate in IPL history.