Sanju Samson waged a lone battle for Rajasthan Royals with an unbeaten 70 off 53 balls but lacked support from the other end. Catch the highlights here.
Delhi Capitals win by 33 runs
Delhi Capitals bowlers have lived up to the reputation as they restricted Rajasthan Royals to 121/6 in 20 overs to win by33 runs in the ongoing IPL 2021 today in Abu Dhabi. The win takes Delhi atop the table with 16 points. Defending 155, South African paceman Anrich Nortje led the attack with 2/18 in his four overs, while Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel also bowled well. For Royals, skipper Sanju Samson waged the lone battle with a fighting 70 not out from 53 balls which included eight fours and a six.
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That's it. Delhi Capitals win by 33 runs.
Rajasthan Royals have hit seven boundaries so far in the innings and all of them have come from skipper Sanju Samson. The only six in RR innings was hit by Mahipal Lomror.
Tewatia gone for 9. Nortje picks up his second. DC victory is just a matter of time. RR 99/6 after 17.3 overs.
Fifty for Samson. RR 95/5 after 16.2 overs.
The match is slowly slipping away from RR's grasp. Can Samson (28*) and Tewatia (3*) do the unthinkable? RR 68/5 after 14 overs. Need 87 runs in 36 balls.
Axar takes the fifth Royals wicket. Sends back Parag for 2. RR 55/5 after 11.5 overs.
With the wicket of David Miller, Ravi Ashwin has reached the 250-wicket mark in T20s.
Rabada gets Lomror, caught by Avesh for 19. RR 48/4 after 10.3 overs.
At the halfway stage, RR are 48/3 after 10 overs. Lomror (19) and Samson (15) are still at the crease. RR still need 107 in 60 balls.
No boundaries for Royals in the Powerplay. This is only the second time since 2011 in the history of the IPL, a team has not scored a boundary in the first six overs. The only other team to have not scored a boundary during the Powerplay was CSK against KKR in 2011.
Rajasthan Royals' 21/3 in 6 overs today is the lowest Powerplay score in IPL 2021. The others are 21/1 (MI vs PBKS), 24/4 CSK vs MI) and 25/1 (KKR vs RR).
More trouble for Royals as Miller joins the openers in the dugout. Lomror (2*), Samson (4*). RR 19/3 after 5 overs.
Clearly, the two quick wickets have taken RR aback. Samson (4*) and Miller (7*) are in the middle. RR 17/2 after 4 overs.
Now, Nortje. The South African sends back Jaiswal for 5. RR 6/2 after 1.1 overs.
What a start! Avesh strikes in the first over itself. Livingstone goes for 1. RR 6/1 after 1 over.
Delhi Capitals have defended 154 or fewer only twice – 150 (2009), 152 (2012) – in the IPL history so far. Both of them are against Rajasthan Royals. Can they do it a third time?
Chetan Sakariya: It was almost 38 or 39 degrees. Since the wicket was slow, so we bowled accordingly and succeeded. I think Delhi will be under pressure to defend the total.
Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya got two wickets each as Rajasthan Royals restricted Delhi Capitals to 154/6 in 20 overs. As expected, the Delhi batsmen struggled to play their strokes in this pitch against a formidable Royals attack. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan was out early before it was skipper Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer who steadied the ship with a 62-run third-wicket partnership. But once both Pant and Iyer (43) went back in the hut, wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. For the Royals, Kartik Tyagi and Rahul Tewatia also took a wicket apiece.
That's it. DC have posted 154/6 in 20 overs. Can RR pull it off?
Gone. Sakariya picks Axar for 12. DC 145/6 after 19 overs.
Jaa Shimron Jaa...— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 25, 2021
Mustafizur gets his second of the match, dismisses dangerous-looking Hetmyer for 28. DC 121/5 after 16.3 overs.
Always good to see when a left arm seamer bowls well. #Mustafizurrahman and #ChetanSakaria first two overs have exactly same figures! 2 for 11 and that is main reason of #DelhiCapitals struggle so far. #DCvRR #RRvDC— R P Singh ????? ?????? ???? (@rpsingh) September 25, 2021
100 up for Delhi Capitals in the 15th over. Hetmyer (15*), Yadav (2*). DC 104/4 after 15 overs.
Massive wicket! Tewatia dismissed Iyer for 43, stumped. Two new batsmen Hetmyer (3*), Yadav (0*) at the crease. DC 90/4 after 13.2 overs
Kumar Sangakkara on Sanju Samson: "Sanju's done very well and he's improving all the time. Great to work with him."
Fizz with the much-needed breakthrough for Royals, Pant drags onto stumps. Iyer (39*). Hetmyer (1*) in the middle. DC 84/3 after 12 overs.
Iyer (38*) is slowly opening his arms. Two sixes in two overs for the right-hander now. Pant (21*) fighting out in the middle. DC 79/2 after 11 overs.
As said by Mathew Hayden in his pitch report, batsmen will find it difficult to play strokes on this pitch and that's been the case with Delhi Capitals so far. RR bowlers are enjoying the conditions in Abu Dhabi.
Pretty cautious approach by the Delhi duo of Iyer (12*) and skipper Pant (10*). DC 42/2 after 7 overs.
36/2 after 6 overs. This is the joint-lowest Powerplay score for Delhi this IPL. They scored 36/3 vs Rajasthan Royals in the reverse fixture back in India.
Second wicket for Royals. Sakariya removes Shaw for 10. DC 21/2 after 4.1 overs.
Last match hero Kartik Tyagi strikes, dismisses Dhawan for 8. Shaw (10*). DC 18/1 after 3.1 overs.
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Tidy start from Mustafizur Rahman. Shaw (4*) and Dhawan (2*). DC 6/0 after 1 over.
Former England captain and currently commentating in the IPL 2021, Kevin Pietersen wants Delhi Capitals to win the title.
That's a bold decision from the Delhi Capitals team management going with three overseas players. Lalit Yadav has been hitting well during the nets and DC hope that the Indian continues his rhythm in the match as well.
Rishabh Pant (DC): We would have bowled first as well on this wicket. We aren't too much focussing on qualifying but winning the game. Unfortunately, Marcus Stoinis misses out and Lalit Yadav replacing him.
Sanju Samson (RR): Since it's a day game, it becomes easier to bat second. We have moved on from the last game and continue the momentum. Two changes for us. Evin Lewis and Chris Morris make way for David Miller and Tabriaz Shamsi.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (W/C), Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (W/C), Lalit Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.
Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and they will bowl first.
It's the first game of the double-header here in Abu Dhabi and a completely new pitch. Although it looks quite similar to the other strips that have been played on, this pitch is having a bit of moisture and will help the spinners. Batsmen will face pacers challenging on this surface as it will be difficult to drive on the up, says Matthew Hayden, in his pitch report.
Marcus Stoinis' injury is a big concern for DC. It seems the Australian might not feature in today's game. Although DC don't have a like-for-like replacement for Stoinis, Delhi have few options in Steve Smith, Sam Billings and Tom Curran.
Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals approach Saturday's IPL 2021 contest with wins behind them. While DC were emphatic in their eight-wicket demolition of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first match of the Hyderabad leg, RR escaped to victory after Punjab Kings lost a match from winning position. Today is the first double-header day in IPL 2021 in UAE. The DC vs RR clash will be crucial for the Royals who are lying fifth in the points table and have a great chance to leapfrog Kolkata Knight Riders if they can pocket two full points. Delhi Capitals have looked good in spite of the fact that Marcus Stoinis is injury and looks a doubtful starter. DC have enough backup but their greatest strength perhaps lies in their pace attack where South African Anrich Nortje has been very effective. In the absence of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer, Rajasthan Royals need better contribution from the star all-rounder Chris Morris. The South African, the most expensive bu iy,n IPL with a value of Rs 16.25 crores, looked rusty in the first match. Against PBKS, Morris scored five of as many balls and conceded 47 runs in four wicketless overs. Follow live cricket scores of DC vs RR here.
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Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (C/W), 5 Marcus Stoinis/Steven Smith, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (C/W), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Mahipal Lomror, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Chetan Sakariya, 10 Kartik Tyagi, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
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