All-round Stoinis too hot to handle for Royals

Marcus Stoinis, for the second time in IPL 2020 has shown his all-round skills to power Delhi Capitals to a thumping 46 runs win over the weakened Rajasthan Royals. Stoinis first scored 39 runs to take the score to 184, then took two wickets to hand Royals their 4th consecutive loss of the season.

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In the 23rd match, Delhi Capitals met Rajasthan Royals. Royals were on a three-match losing streak and they further stretched their unwanted streak. An all-round dominant performance from Delhi Capitals who looked to be one of the strongest teams to win the title this year. Their batsmen first made contributions to a challenging total of 184 and then their bowlers routed through RR batsmen to make it five wins in six matches.

Delhi Capitals innings – All-batsmen performance

Delhi Capitals is one of the strongest teams in this year’s IPL. Coming into this match, they had four wins from their five matches and they strongly and handsomely take the two points to go to the top of the table.

Not a one-man show this time, but Delhi batsmen made contributions. All the batsmen scored and took the score to 184-4. The most notable performances were from Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis. The former scored 45 runs off 24 balls including five 6s and the latter scored 39 runs off 30 balls with four 6s.

It was all smiles for DC players

Capitals opened the innings with Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan. Kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but their batsmen made sure to get out after scoring some runs. The target for RR was 185 runs in the 20 overs.

With the services of Ben Stokes at the moment, RR tried Andrew Tye for this fixture and it didn’t well smoothly for Tye. He was plummeted for 50 runs for his one wicket. Jofra Archer continued to impress once again by picking up three wickets for just 24 runs. Kartik Tyagi and Rahul Tewatia picked up one wicket each.

Rajasthan Royals innings – All-bowlers performance

There was nothing sweet for RR. Royals are in desperate need of Ben Stokes at the moment. Their batsmen failed miserably and the team eventually bundled out for 138 runs.

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler were the openers.

The Ashwin vs Buttler saga. Ashwin came in the third over and won the battle again. Scored 50 in the previous match, Jos Buttler was out early for just 13 runs. Who was the bowler? Ravichandran Ashwin, who sparked a controversy last year by Mankading Buttler that cost RR the match.

Jaiswal on the other hand consumed too many deliveries building dot-ball pressure on Steve Smith and the coming batsmen. Once Smith was out in the 9th over, it all started for RR again. Started to lose wickets and the team ended up on the wrong side for the 4th time.

In the middle overs, the middle-order batsmen could not settle in by DC bowlers and they lost five wickets for 28 runs.

Marcus Stoinis was once again star with bat and ball

Rahul Tewatia, who hit Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in an over to win a near impossible match against Kings XI Punjab, was the top-scorer with 38 runs.

An all-round performance from Delhi Capitals bowlers once again. Each of their bowlers picked wickets and were economical too. Kagiso Rabada, the top wicket-taker of the tournament, picked up three wickets including two in the last over. Ashwin and Stoinis picked up two wickets. Axar Patel was once again economical. He picked up one wicket for 8 runs in two overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin, for his two wickets and his opening spell, was given the man of the match award.

Man of the Match: Ravichandran Ashwin

Result: Delhi Capitals win by 46 runs

Points: Delhi Capitals 2, Rajasthan Royals 0