Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Live Cricket Score - DC vs RR, Match 36, IPL 2021. Rabada and Nortje will again be key for DC.
Rabada and Nortje will again be key for DC.
IndianPremierLeague @IPL Beating the heat ☀️, the @SHetmyer style! 👌 👌 #VIVOIPL #DCvRR 08:58 AM • Sep 09, 2021
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. The first afternoon game and the teams will try to beat the heat in Abu Dhabi.
Before we get going, here's something from Bharath Ramaraj ahead of the clash –
Anrich Nortje sending David Warner back to the pavilion with a snorter was a significant moment in the overall narrative of Delhi Capitals' crushing win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. It just reiterated the point that with Nortje and Kagiso Rabada in their ranks, DC have the required arsenal to run through sides, especially considering the prevailing conditions in Dubai. The pacemen employed the cross-seam delivery and hit more of the 8 metre short of a good length to share five wickets.
However, in the IPL, matches come thick and fast as DC's focus shifts to the other side of the Sheikh Zayed Road when they take on Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi. Incidentally, in the IPL 2020, DC lost three of their five games in Abu Dhabi. The wicket in Abu Dhabi is relatively slower and DC's pack hunters – Rabada and Nortje – perhaps have to vary their pace a little more. In such conditions, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin could come in handy. Axar has good control and also surprises the batter with his scrambled seam variety.
With the batting unit also firing collectively, there aren't many concerns for the DC camp. Shikhar Dhawan has blended superbly with Prithvi Shaw at the top of the order. The likes of Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer and co. add more depth to the line-up. Meanwhile, their opponent for the day, RR, too will come into the match with loads of self belief after Kartik Tyagi pulled off a Houdini act in the final over versus Punjab Kings. At this crucial phase of the tournament, even a snippet of optimism could give a side the required momentum. And for a side like RR, grappling with the unavailability of key players, a come-from-behind win acts as the perfect tonic for the battles ahead.
Tyagi wasn't the only RR cricketer to shine brightly on that night as the side had a few more positives to take from the game. Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mahipal Lomror, and RR's new recruit – Evin Lewis – grabbed their opportunities by making useful contributions. On the flip side, Chris Morris, IPL's most expensive buy, looked short of rhythm but the rest of the attack rallied around him well. Despite all the positives from the game, RR still find themselves in the mid-table quagmire and can't afford too many slip-ups.