Abu Dhabi. Skipper Sanju Samson’s unbeaten 70 off 53 balls also did not prove enough to save Rajasthan Royals from a 33-run defeat against Delhi Capitals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday. With this win, Delhi Capitals moved closer to securing a place in the playoffs as they topped the IPL table. The team has 16 points in 10 matches. Rajasthan’s team slipped from fifth to sixth place after this match. He has eight points from nine matches. Delhi restricted Rajasthan Royals to 121 for six in 20 overs after scoring 154 for six on the back of Shreyas Iyer’s 43 and Shimron Hetmyer’s blistering 28. Samson hit eight fours and a six in his 53-ball unbeaten innings.
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For Delhi, Anrich Norje took two wickets for just 18 runs in four overs. In Delhi’s innings, Iyer scored 43 runs in 32 balls with the help of one four and two sixes, while Hetmyer scored 28 runs in 16 balls with the help of five fours. Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya took two wickets each for Rajasthan. The credit of Delhi’s win goes to their bowlers who did not give Rajasthan a chance to hit a single boundary in the power play. Rajasthan team could only manage 21 runs for the loss of three wickets in the first six overs. This is the third time in the history of IPL that not a single four or six has been hit in the power play. Earlier this happened in the match of Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009 and Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011.
Chasing a competitive target, Rajasthan had a very poor start. Avesh Khan (1 for 29) in the first over, Liam Livingstone (one run) while Enrich Norje walks Yashasvi Jaiswal in the second over. Ashwin (one for 20), who came to bowl in the fifth over, dismissed David Miller (7 runs). Miller came forward on Ashwin’s flighted ball and Pant scattered the bails. This was Ashwin’s 250th victim in T20 cricket. In this case, Piyush Chawla and Amit Mishra are the most successful Indian bowlers. They both have 262 wickets to their name. Although Samson hit the first four of the innings against Ashwin in the seventh over, Mahipal Lomror hit a six in the ninth against the same bowler. However, Kagiso Rabada (1 for 26) showed the way to the pavilion in the 11th over before Lomror became dangerous. He scored 19 runs in 24 balls. Axar Patel dismissed Riyan Parag (2 runs) in the next over, giving Rajasthan the fifth blow, taking the team’s score to 55 for five. Samson, however, held on to one end and after hitting a boundary against Norje in the 14th over, Rabada sent the ball over the boundary three times in the 15th over.
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Rajasthan now needed 73 runs from the last five overs and Tewatia along with Samson was at the crease but he was failing to hit the big shot. During this, Samson completed his half-century in 39 balls with two runs in the second ball of the 17th over. Rajasthan’s hopes of victory were almost over as soon as Tewatia was dismissed in the next over. He became Norje’s second victim, Samson hit a six in the last over but by then the team’s defeat was certain. After Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bowl, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahipal Lomror and Chetan Sakaria gave only 18 runs in the first three overs with tight bowling, which benefited from the hero of the previous match, young fast bowler Karthik Tyagi (1 for 40). met. He walks the experienced Shikhar Dhawan (eight) off the first ball of the fourth over. The ball hit the stumps after touching the bat of Dhawan, who was running in great rhythm. In the next over, Prithvi Shaw (12) caught Liam Livingstone in an attempt to get a big shot off Sakariya’s first ball.
Shreyas Iyer and skipper Rishabh Pant hit a boundary each against Tyagi in the last over of the power play, taking the team’s score to 36 for two in the first six overs. Taking an aggressive approach in the 10th over, Iyer hit the first six of the innings against Rahul Tewatia (1 for 17). He then sent the top T20 bowler (in the current ICC rankings) Tabrez Shamsi (34 without any success) to the visitors from over cover. With this, Iyer and Pant completed half-century partnership. Captain Samson gave the ball to Mustafizur to break this dangerous partnership and this bowler proved his decision right by bowling Pant. Apart from scoring 24 runs in 24 balls, Pant shared a 62-run partnership with Iyer.
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In the 14th over of the innings, Tewatia gave a big success to Rajasthan by showing Iyer the way to the pavilion by getting the stumps at the hands of Samson. However, as soon as Hetmyer came to the crease, Sakariya hit two fours in the 15th over and three fours against Tyagi in the 16th over. Mustafizur, however, got him caught by Sakariya in the 17th over. Axar Patel (12) hit a six in the first ball of the 19th over, but Sakariya made a comeback by getting him caught by David Miller on the second ball.
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