Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - DC outplay RR to go top of the table. Delhi Capitals have recorded their eighth win of the season
Delhi Capitals have recorded their eighth win of the season
Delhi Capitals all but sealed their berth in the knockouts with an emphatic 33-run win over Rajasthan Royals. The Royals were adept at taking the pace off the ball early on and restricted the Capitals to 155. The Capitals then brought out their arsenal of pace bowlers, who the Royals couldn't find answers against, squandering the opportunity to break into the top four. They finished with 121 for 6 on the back of a fighting unbeaten knock from skipper Sanju Samson on Saturday (September 25). It was DC's eighth win this season as they climbed to the top of the table.
Where was the game lost for the Royals?
In the powerplay, with the scoreboard reading 21 for 3 with no boundary coming in that period.
It was only the second time it happened since 2011. Losing three wickets within five overs is a disastrous start in any chase irrespective of the target set. RR's new opening pair of Liam Livingstone and Yashasvi Jaiswal lasted all of an over. It was a well-thought-of move from RR to promote Livingstone up the order, but he was outsmarted by Avesh Khan who saw the batsman come down the track and banged it in short. All he could get was a bottom edge that Pant took inches above the ground.
Jaiswal was undone by the sheer pace of Anrich Nortje a ball later. Miller, who was brought in to replace Evin Lewis who wasn't available for the clash due to a niggle, lasted 10 balls for his 7 before Ashwin did him in with flight.
What did the Capitals do to consolidate their position?
Kept picking wickets at regular intervals. Although Sanju Samson and Mahipal Lomror attempted at reviving their innings, Kagiso Rabada returned to end that and one brought two for the Capitals as RR found themselves reduced to 56 for 5.
Pant mixed up his bowlers well, giving Rabada one-over spells at different stages. Ashwin conceded just 20 and was bowled out by the 13th over. All of the five bowlers used by DC had wickets against their name.
How did RR last 20 overs then?
It was Samson versus the Capitals for almost the entirety of the RR innings. Finding himself in the middle at the end of the first over, he steadied the ship somewhat, despite wickets falling at the other end. He started off quietly, but let loose in the 15th over against Rabada, belting him for three boundaries. With 73 needed off 30 balls and with Rahul Tewatia for company, Samson upped the scoring rate with a lot of gumption.
He played some inventive strokes against Rabada and got to his fifty, but there was too much left to do. And without the cushion of a steady partner at the other end, it was an insurmountable task. Samson remained unbeaten on 70 off 53 with some lusty blows towards the end.
How did RR do after opting to bowl first?
Royal left out Chris Morris for Tabraiz Shamsi, and showed an early inclination to rely heavily on spin this day. Mahipal Lomror was brought on as early as the second over, but the pacers too did really well in the PowerPlay overs, constantly taking the pace off on a slow and tacky wicket, to keep DC down to their second joint-lowest powerplay score of 36 for 2.
Mustafizur Rahman was particularly impressive with his variations, and he didn't concede a boundary through his spell. He ended with 2-22 with the wickets of Pant and Hetmyer.
Delhi got to a 150-plus total…
…because of the middle order stepping up. Shreyas Iyer (43) and Rishabh Pant (24) read the spinners well and played Shamsi out. The No.1 T20I bowler conceded 34 runs in his four without a wicket. Iyer took charge of the 62-run partnership with skipper Pant before both fell within two overs of each other. Shimron Hetmyer chipped in with a handy cameo of a 16-ball 28 before falling in the 17th over. Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav, who was brought in to replace Marcus Stoinis, stretched the target past 150.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 154/6 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Shimron Hetmyer 28; Mustafizur Rahman 2-22, Chetan Sakariya 2-33) beat Rajasthan Royals 121/6 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 70*; Anrich Nortje 2-18) by 33 runs.