Dubai: Pulling off a miraculous win against SRH, RR entered the contest with a very positive mindset to beat DC too. On the other hand, DC had suffered a loss against MI in their previous encounter, and they had to regroup themselves in order to consolidate their top position in the points table. DC scored 161 runs in their quota of 20 overs and RR managed to score only 148 runs.
Dhawan-Iyer anchors DC batting
DC captain, Iyer won the toss and elected to bat first, continuing the recent trend(of opting to bat first after winning the toss). DC didn’t have a great start as Archer removed Shaw(0) for a golden duck with a beautiful seam up delivery. In his very next over, he removed Rahane too for just 2 runs. DC stood at 10/2 after 2.3 overs. In-form Dhawan joined hands with captain Iyer. This pair first consolidated the innings by clearing the in-field multiple times inside the power play. And later-on smashed the bowlers in all possible directions after they are settled in.
Both of them have hit 2 sixers each and Dhawan trying to reverse scoop Gopal, had found Tyagi at short third-man after he completed his half-century. Iyer too was sent back home in the 16th over by young Indian bowler Tyagi. Iyer scored 53 runs off 43 balls he faced. Stoinis couldn’t exploit the platform laid by Iyer-Dhawan as he scored just 28 runs off 19 deliveries he faced. A six from Carey and a boundary from Axar in the final overs took DC to a fighting total of 161 runs. Jofra Archer led RR’s bowling attack with 3 wickets to his name. He was economic too as he conceded 18 runs at just 4.8 rpo. Unadkat picked 2 wickets while Tyagi and Gopal shared wicket-a-piece.
Royals get to a good start
The RR openers Stokes and Buttler got their team off to a flier. They scored 37 runs in the first 17 balls of the second innings and were looking dangerous.
Anrich Nortje was bowling really quick. He bowled one at 156.2 kmph and the next one at 155.1, which got through butler’s defense and bowled him. From there on Spinners slowed the match up a bit. Ashwin got Smith out caught and bowled in the fourth over.
Still, RR was in an excellent position to win the game after the powerplay by scoring 50 runs.
Sokes and Samson played well from there on and had a good partnership. At the end of 10 overs, they were at 85 runs and all set to effortlessly chase the total with two set batsmen on the crease.
Bowlers pull it back for DC
Tushar got Stokes out in the 11th over, and Samson also got dismissed after he misjudged a straight one from Axar. Riyan Parag, who played a key role a few days ago, was run out in the 14th over.
All these wickets in the middle meant the scoring rate was slowed down, and DC was back in the game.
Ashwin bowled the 16th over and conceded only two runs, and finished his spell with an economy of 4.25. They needed 37 runs off the last four overs, and it was never going to be easy as Rabada had two left, and Anrich Nortje, who was bowling with some serious pace today, also had one left.
Rabada gave only 8 of his 17th over, and Anrich Nortje in the 18th over bowled Uthappa with a 150kmph yorker and conceded only four runs. Rabada bowls the 19th, and he delivers an excellent over three runs and the wicket of Archer.
Tushar had 22 runs to defend off the last, and Rahul Tewatia was still at the crease. Tushar held his nerve and defended these 22 runs, and Delhi Capitals have won by 13 runs. This was a death bowling master class by DC bowlers.
Anrich Nortje was awarded Man of the Match for his bowling performance.
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