M30 : Delhi Capitals bowlers defend 161 and go top of the table
Delhi Capitals defeated Rajasthan Royals by 13 runs. Delhi Capitals scored a challenging score of 161 for 7 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Wednesday, batting first against Rajasthan Royals. In response, Rajasthan's team could only manage 148 runs after losing 8 wickets in 20 overs. With this win, Delhi has reached number one in the points table with 12 points.
After winning the toss, Delhi Capitals came out to bat and got a big blow in the very first ball of the innings. Jofra Archer's ball hit the wicket, taking the inner edge of Prithvi Shaw's bat. Archer got Ajinkya Rahane caught by Robin Uthappa in the third over of the innings. Rahane could score only 2 runs in 9 balls.
These initial setbacks, however, had no effect on Delhi opener Dhawan. He opened his hand in the fourth over of the innings with a six off Kartik Tyagi. He also got good support from captain Shreyas Iyer and the team scored a good score of 47 for two in the power play.
In the 10th over, Dhawan left an easy opportunity for Tewatia to run out. He completed his half-century by taking a run on the last ball of the 11th over. After this, the second ball of the innings was hit by the first ball of the next over of Shreyas Gopal. In an attempt to reverse sweep the fourth ball of the same over, Dhawan was caught by Kartik Tyagi. He scored 57 runs in 33 balls.
Iyer took an aggressive stance after his dismissal. Iyer completed the half-century in 40 balls by hitting six on the fourth and sixth balls of Jaydev Unadkat in the 15th over of the innings. In the next over, he was caught by Archer in the circle of putting a big shot on Kartik Tyagi's ball.
After this, Australian batsmen Marcus Stoinis (18) and Alex Carey (13) failed to score fast runs in the last overs. Archer took 3 wickets for just 19 runs in 4 overs. Unadkat scored 2 for 32 in three overs. Tyagi and Gopal got 1–1 wickets.
Rajasthan's opening pair started off stormy. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler started attacking the bowlers from the very first over. But Butler, looking lethal, made his victim in the third over of the innings by Anrich Nortje. In this over, Nortje bowled at the speed of 156 and 155. On the last ball of this over, he clean bowled Butler. Butler returned to the pavilion after scoring 22 runs in 9 balls.
After this, Ashwin removed Captain Smith in the fourth over of the innings. Smith returned to the pavilion by scoring 1 run. After this Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson carried the innings forward. But Ben Stokes, who looked aggressive in the 11th over, was made his first victim by Tushar Deshpande. Stokes scored 41 runs in 35 balls.
After this, in the very next over, Axar Patel trapped a big fish and made Sanju Samson his victim. Sanju scored 25 runs in 18 balls. But he could not convert his innings into a big score. After this, Riyan Parag ran for a run at the call of Robin Uthappa. He could only score one run.
Rajasthan had scored 123 runs in 15 overs and had 5 wickets in hand. From here Rajasthan needed 39 runs in 30 balls. But in front of Delhi's fatal bowling, Rajasthan's batsmen were defeated and could only score 148 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. With this, Delhi won the match by 13 runs. For Delhi, Tushar Deshpande and Nortje took 2-2 wickets. At the same time, Rabada, Ashwin and Axar Patel took 1-1 wickets.