Thanks to a superb bowling effort, Delhi Capitals defeated Rajasthan Royals in a close encounter played at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bat first.
It was not an ideal start for DC as Jofra Archer bowled a beauty to dismiss Prithvi Shaw off the very first ball. Archer struck again by getting rid of Ajiyanka Rahane with an easy catch to Uthappa at mid-on leaving DC in trouble at 10 for 2.
Shikhar Dhawan and captain Iyer started to put the RR bowlers under pressure with positive stroke play. Dhawan looked in cracking touch taking on Karthik Tyagi and other bowlers. At the end of the first six overs, Delhi Capitals made 47 for 2.
After the field restrictions, Shreyas Gopal was bought into the attack but Dhawan and Iyer continued their positive intent. At the end of the first timeout, Delhi Capitals scored 47 for 2. The experienced duo showed their class and kept on ticking the scoreboard.
Dhawan completed his fifty off just 30 balls. Shreyas Gopal broke the partnership dismissing the dangerous Dhawan top edging the ball giving a simple catch to Karthik Tyagi at short third man. Dhawan and Iyer added 85 runs for the 3rd wicket.
Iyer showed his class and completed his fifty off 40 balls. He was soon dismissed by Karthik Tyagi with a catch to Archer at long-off. Iyer and Stoinis added 37 runs for the 4 th wicket. At the end of the second timeout, Delhi Capitals made 132 for 4.
Rajasthan Royals made a strong comeback in the death overs not giving boundaries to Stoinis and Carey. Jofra Archer dismissed dangerous Stoinis with an easy catch to Tewaita at deep midwicket.
Jaydev Unadkat did a superb job in the final over taking wickets of Carey and then dismissed Axar Patel off the final ball. Delhi Capitals made 162 for 7 at the end of 20 overs.
Chasing 162 runs to win, Jos Buttler provided a flying start hitting boundaries putting pressure on top-quality Delhi Capitals bowling. Anrich Nortje delivered a brute of a delivery to dismiss Buttler. Buttler made a quickfire 22 off 9 balls and put on 37 runs in just 3 overs with Stokes. In the next over, Ashwin struck to get rid of Steve Smith with a simple return catch to put RR under pressure.
Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson steadied the innings for Rajasthan Royals. At the end of the first six overs, Rajasthan Royals made 50 for 2. Both batsmen took singles keeping the scoreboard ticking. RR scored 59 for 2 at the end of the first timeout.
Sanju Samson took the attack to Delhi Capitals spinners. On the other hand, Ben Stokes played with intent and made sure that RR are on the verge of victory. Tushar Deshpande making his IPL debut got the big wicket of Ben Stokes. Stokes and Samson added 46 runs for the 3 rd wicket.
Axar Patel produced a beauty to dismiss well-set Sanju Samson to leave RR in some trouble at 97 for 4. Robin Uthappa played with intent and put the DC bowlers under pressure. Axar Patel created a run out to dismiss Parag. At the end of the second timeout, RR scored 115 for 5. R Ashwin bowled a superb 16 th over giving away just 1 run and put pressure on RR batsmen.
Anrich Nortje dropped a simple chance of Rahul Tewaita. With 29 runs required off 3 overs, Norjte gave away 4 runs and took the important wicket of Robin Uthappa. Rabada followed it up with another superb over giving away 3 runs and taking the wicket of Jofra Archer.
With 22 runs required off 6 balls, Tushar Deshpande was handed the final over. Ajiyanka Rahane produced a brilliant effort to save six runs. Deshpande took the wicket of Shreyas Gopal to give Delhi Capitals 13 runs win.
Instead of Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan was doing the captaincy job. It was a superb effort after scoring 161 runs by Delhi Capitals.
With this win, Delhi Capitals move up to the top of points table with 6 wins out of 8 matches. For his superb spell of 2 for 33 in 4 overs, Nortje was named the man of the match award.
Delhi Capitals 161 for 7 in 20 overs ( Dhawan 57, Iyer 53, Rabada 3/19, Unadkat 2/32) beat Rajasthan Royals 148 for 8 in 20 overs ( Stokes 41, Uthappa 32, Nortje 2/33, Deshpande 2/37) by 13 runs.