Shikhar Dhawan and Anrich Nortje performed in the batting and bowling department to lead Delhi Capitals to a 13-run victory, their 6th of the season.
The 30th match of IPL 2020 had Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai Cricket Stadium. Royals are also on the verge of elimination and they are very near to a stage where destiny will not be in their hands. Firstly, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer scored fifties and then bowlers bowled tight lines on a slow pitch to wrap up the win by 13 runs.
Delhi Capitals innings – Dhawan, Iyer’s fifties lead batting card
Boom. Timbers. That’s how the Delhi Capitals innings started. Jofra Archer had shattered the stumps of Prithvi Shaw. An inside edge had dragged the ball on to the stumps.
Ajinkya Rahane the next man in. what? Wait. Rahane? Yes. Ajinkya Rahane is in the squad since Rishabh Pant is injured and out for a week. Alex Carey is the only other available wicket-keeper in the DC squad and the inclusion of Carey means Shimron Hetmyer lost his place. Disturbing the top-order and overseas quota, Rahane hadn’t performed much in the innings.
He scored just 2 runs off 9 balls and then got out to Archer. Archer has two now. Out come the Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer. Iyer is the leading run-scorer for DC and he further extended his lead with a fifty. He along with Shikhar Dhawan made 85 runs for the third wicket. Dhawan got out on 57.
Little cameos from Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, and Axar Patel took Delhi score to 161 in their 20 overs.
Just 18 runs were scored in the last three overs and 32 runs in the last five overs, which is the worst last five overs for any team in this year’s IPL while batting first.
Jofra Archer, the magic man led the bowling for RR with three wickets including two in powerplay. He Jaydev Unadkat picked up two wickets while Kartik Tyagi and Shreyas Gopal took one wicket each. Ben Stokes went wicketless in his two overs.
Rajasthan Royals innings – Nortje, slow-pitch too much for RR
Rajasthan Royals have been wasting their wonderful start of the tournament. Winning the opening two games, the team hasn’t performed well in the recent matches.
Like the previous match, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler were Royals openers. And this time it did work a bit. Buttler has been getting starts but is failing to capitalize and prolong his innings. The same happened today.
Started his innings well, Buttler smashed three fours and one six for his brief stay at the crease for 9 deliveries. He scored 22 runs in those nine balls. Over 3; Jos Buttler vs Anrich Nortje. Nortje was bowling with sheer pace. With deliveries over 150 ks, Buttler first smashed Nortje for a first ball six and two fours, the last of them was hit to a 156 ks delivery. However, Nortje had the last laugh. Buttler lost his middle stump to a 155 ks delivery.
Steve Smith was quick to go.
Then, Stokes and Sanju Samson took the innings forward. A pitch that slowed up in the latter half was creating problems for the batting side. Both set batsmen, Stokes and Samson got out in the 11th and 12th over respectively.
Robin Uthappa, who is having a forgettable tournament, scored his highest score of the tournament 32 off 27 balls.
29 runs needed from 18 balls.
Back with Anrich Nortje. He finished the over by conceding just four runs and taking one wicket of Uthappa.
25 runs needed from 12 balls.
Leading wicket-taker of the tournament, Kagiso Rabada up in front to bowl the penultimate over. He finished the over by conceding just three runs and taking one wicket of Jofra Archer, who was not able to hit sixes tonight.
22 runs needed from 6 balls.
Rahul Tewatia, who smashed Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in an over earlier in the tournament, was the man for RR but it was not that day. At a pitch that had slowed down, you need your well-set batsmen to hit boundaries. Only eight runs were scored in the last over.
Delhi Capitals won the match by 13 runs and now sit at the top of the table with 12 points.
Anrich Nortje had a wonderful night bowling consistently over 150 ks. He took two wickets. Tushar Deshpande, on his IPL debut, took two wickets including the big wicket of Ben Stokes. The rest of the bowlers picked up one wicket each. R Ashwin conceded just 17 runs in his four overs.
Anrich Nortje, for his sheer pace tonight and two wickets including a four-run 18th over, was declared the man of the match.
Man of the Match: Anrich Nortje
Result: Delhi Capitals win by 13 runs
Points: Delhi Capitals 2, Rajasthan Royals 0