What looked like an easy target soon appeared to be Mt. Everest & turned out difficult to climb for Rajasthan Royals. Delhi Capitals comfortably defend 154, winning by 33 runs in Abu Dhabi on Saturday afternoon & all thanks to disciplined team bowling effort led by Anrich Nortje.
Royals were always behind in the chase after losing three wickets in the powerplay. Sanju Samson could have been the fourth to fall in the sequence but was reprieved by DRS. He waged a lone battle through the rest of the innings. His innings ended unbeaten on 70 off 53 balls but receiving little support at the opposite end.
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First Innings: DC vs RR
Royals were buoyant early in the match after Samson chose to field at the toss. Kartik Tyagi, the final over hero from Royals win over Punjab Kings in the middle of the week, struck with his very first ball of the match in Abu Dhabi after entering in the fourth over. Boundaries were hard to come by early on and Shikhar Dhawan tried to play with soft hands looking for a single in the ring. The lack of boundaries created enough pressure for Prithvi Shaw to throw away his wicket soon
In what proved to be the most important partnership of the match, Shreyas Iyer was joined by Rishabh Pant for a 62-run third-wicket stand. The pair spent most of the sequence knocking around ones and twos. On a day where boundaries were few and far between, these were a pair of hammer blows delivered straight to the gut of the Royals bowling unit. Iyer wound up top-scoring with 43 off 32 and when he and Pant departed. Shimron Hetmyer provided a flurry of boundaries in his 28 off 16 to propel Capitals toward and eventually past 150.
Second Innings: DC vs RR
Royals never got any momentum in their reply after a disappointing first six overs. Needing 155 runs to win, RR lost two wickets in the first two overs. While Avesh Khan dismissed Liam Livingstone, Anrich Nortje got Yashasvi Jaiswal. DC picked the third RR wicket in the fifth over as Ashwin had David Miller stumped.
Captain Sanju Samson, meanwhile, survived, courtesy a successful DRS as he and Mahipal Lomror added 31 runs together. But DC struck twice in the space of two overs as Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel got Lomror and Riyan Parag out respectively. While Sanju Samson scored a fighting half-century, DC bowlers kept the things tight, striking at regular intervals, and denying RR any momentum with the bat – helping the team seal a comfortable 33-run win.
Delhi Capitals 154/6 (Shreyas Iyer 43, Shimron Hetmyer 28; Mustafizur Rahman 2/22) beat Rajasthan Royals 121/6 (Sanju Samson 70*, Mahipal Lomror 19; Anrich Nortje 2/18) by 33 runs.