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IPL PIX: Delhi Capitals outclass Royals to go top

Last updated on: September 25, 2021 19:46 IST

IMAGE: Delhi Capitals players celebrates after Anrich Nortje dismissed Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal. Photograph: BCCI

Delhi Capitals bowlers made up for the team's underwhelming display with the bat to hand Rajasthan Royals a 33-run defeat in their Indian Premier League match, in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday.

Delhi's bowling unit restricted the Royals to 121/6 after they posted 154 for six on the back of Shreyas Iyer's 43 and a late flourish provided by Shimron Hetmyer, who scored 28 runs off 16 balls.


Sanju Samson looked in sublime touch, scoring an unbeaten 70, but with wickets tumbling at regular intervals from the other end, the Royals innings failed to get the momentum it needed.

South African pacer Anrich Nortje (2/18) led the Delhi bowlers, who once again performed as a cohesive unit. Avesh Khan (1/29), Kagiso Rabada (1/26), Axar Patel (1/27), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/20) snapped a wicket each.

IMAGE: Ravichandran Ashwin, right, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of David Miller. Photograph: BCCI

With the win the Capitals returned to the top of the table while the Royals moved down to the sixth spot.

Defending a modest total, pacers Khan and Nortje provided Delhi with the perfect start, sending back both openers -- Liam Livingstone (1) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (5) in the first two overs.

Skipper Rishabh Pant made a bowling change by bringing in Ashwin and the senior Indian spinner got rid of left-hander David Miller (7)  to leave the Royals tottering at 17/3.

IMAGE: Sanju Samson hits out. Photograph: BCCI

Samson and young Mahipal Lomror (19) looked to rally Royals, but the ever-reliant Rabada nipped the partnership in the bud as the latter was caught on the fine leg fence.

Riyan Parag (2) and Rahul Tewatia (9) also failed to contribute with the bat as Delhi's bowlers kept chipping away at the wickets.

Samson changed gears as he looked to add some respectability to the total with some late boundaries. He hit Rabada for three fours in a row before he completed his fifty from 39 balls.

IMAGE: Mustafizur Rahman celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Shimron Hetmyer of Delhi CapitalsPhotograph: BCCI

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals' pace battery, led by Mustafizur Rahman, put up a disciplined effort to restrict Delhi Capitals to a modest 154/6.

The Royals pacers -- Rahman (2/22), Chetan Sakariya (2/33) and Kartik Tyagi (1/40) -- shared five wickets while spin all-rounder Rahul Tewatia (1/17) dismissed one batsman.

Tyagi, the star of the match against Punjab Kings, drew first blood with his very first delivery in the fourth over, cleaning up Orange Cap holder Shikhar Dhawan (8).

The Delhi opener looked to play a good length delivery but the ball rolled back to hit the timber.

Prithvi Shaw (10) soon followed his opening partner back to the dugout, slicing the ball off Sakariya to Liam Livingstone at mid-off.

At the end of the Powerplay, Delhi were precariously placed at 36/2.

IMAGE: Sanju Samson stumps Shreyas Iyer off the bowling of Rahul Tewatia. Photograph: BCCI

With spin introduced in the seventh over, Shreyas Iyer (43 off 32 balls) and skipper Rishabh Pant (24 off 24 balls) started to repair the damage caused by the loss of the openers.

The duo, who stitched a 62-run partnership, kept the scoreboard ticking, while also hitting the occasional boundaries at the huge Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The stylish southpaw hit the first maximum of the match over long off in the 10th over off left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (0/34).

As the two Delhi batters found their footing, Rahman was brought back into the attack and the move immediately paid dividends as Pant, looking to hook the ball away, ended up getting an under edge.


IMAGE: Shimron Hetmyer plays a cut shot for a boundary. Photograph: BCCI

Samson then showed his skills with gloves to stump Iyer, who failed to stretch his back foot inside the crease as wicket continued to tumble at regular intervals.

Shimron Hetmyer, who was striking the ball well, then upped the ante, hitting three boundaries off Tyagi to plunder 16 runs in the 16th over.

The big-hitting West Indian, who hit five fours, scored a brisk 28 off 16 balls.

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