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IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals jumped into the top spot of IPL after beating the struggling Rajasthan Royals

October 12, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Delhi Capitals are once again at the peak of the IPL 2020 points table. They posted an easy 46-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on Friday.

The win came on a day when the Sharjah wickets, at last, offered a few help to the bowlers. DC turned into the first side in IPL 2020 not to post 200 or more total on the wicket. Anyway their 184/8, after some energetic hitting by Shimron Hetmyer (45 off 24) and Marcu Stoinis (39 off 34). Was all that anyone could need against a striving Rajasthan Royals who could just manage 138 all out in return.

The whole Delhi bowling worked strongly as a unit. R Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, and Kagiso Rabada picked two wickets each. Anrich Nortje, Axar Patel, and Harshal Patel contributed with a wicket each.

Protecting the total, Delhi Capitals hit right on time with R Ashwin eliminating Jos Buttler (13) in the third over with only 15 runs were there on the board for the struggling Rajasthan Royals.

Captain Steve Smith (24 off 17) attempted to bring the side in the groove again however with Yashashvi Jaiswal battling at the opposite end implied the Aussie star had to face unjustifiable challenges. He lost his wicket to Anrich Nortje in his attempt to quicken the run chase with only 58 runs in RR's record in the eighth over.

RR saw their next five wickets fall inside 38 runs with Sanju Samson (5 off 9) first to tumble to Stoinis. He was trailed by Mahipal Lomror (1 off 2) and Yashashi Jaiswal (34 off 36), Andrew Tye (6 of 6), and Jofra Archer (2 of 4) in quick spans with DC bowlers alternating to pick wickets.

DC lost their first wicket very early in the match

Batting first, Delhi Capitals endured early blow in Shikhar Dhawan (5 of 4) with RR pacer Jofra Archer finishing his powerplay bowling hardships with the main wicket in the initial overs. Curiously this was Archer's first wicket in more than 50 balls in the powerplay.

DC brought more trouble upon them after their captain Shreyas Iyer (22 of 17) was run-out after a superb direct hit on the stump by youth Yashashvi Jaiswal; leaving the capital outfit reeling at 51/3 before the finish of sixth over.

This was trailed by a short 21-ball 28 association with no.4 Rishabh Pant and no.5 Marcus Stoinis with the last being the aggressor. Be that as it may, the team ran himself into trouble once more after Pant (5 of 9) was run-out at the non-strikers end after a mistake with Stoinis.

The Aussie tried to create another partnership steadily with Shimron Hetmyer yet couldn't transform a decent start into a major inning. Stoinis (39 of 30) tumbled to Rahul Tewatia in the fourteenth over however not before taking a disturbed DC past the 100-mark.

Some slogging from Hetmyer (45 off 24), Axar Patel (17 of 8) took DC to 184/8 with Archer being the pick among bowlers with 3/24 while Tyagi and Tewatia scalped one wicket each.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth