Delhi Capitals (DC) won match no. 30 of IPL 2020 after defeating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 13 runs in a close encounter. It was the DC bowlers who turned the game in their favor after some thrilling death over bowling.
DC winning the toss opted to bat first against RR and progressed to 161/7 in 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer helped the team with their half-centuries and DC made a comeback after losing early wickets.
Rajasthan Royals opened with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes for the second game running. Both the batsman made a thunderous start to the RR run-chase and playing all kinds of shots in the powerplay. However, the start was short-lived and Buttler got bowled to Anrich Nortje’s 155.2 kph delivery. Debutant Tushar Deshpande picked up the crucial wicket of Ben Stokes who was batting on 41 after deceiving him with a slower one. Ashwin caught and bowled Steven Smith who went for just one run.
DC bowlers to the rescue
In the later part of the innings, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa played some big shots and maintained the required run rate for RR. DC pace bowling attack stepped up in the death overs with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje conceding just 3 and 4 runs in the 19th and 18th over respectively. With 22 runs required in the final over, debutant Deshpande won the game for DC with 8 runs in the over and a wicket.
Nortje finished with 4-0-33-2 while Rabada notched up 4-0-28-1 for Delhi Capitals. Axar Patel turned the match around with dangerous Sanju Samson’s wicket. Ashwin completed his spell with 4-0-17-1.
DC vs RR turned out to be a match to remember after an astonishing fast bowling display from the pacers of both the teams. Pacers Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande, and Jofra Archer all impressed in the match with their impressive performance. Nortje created history and bowled the fastest bowl in IPL history.
DC post 161/7 with the help of half-centuries from Dhawan, Iyer
DC’s start to the game was not good as they lost Prithvi Shaw on the very first ball of the match. Newly included Ajinkya Rahane also failed to impress after getting out for 2 runs in his second game of the tournament. Skipper Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan established a solid partnership for the third wicket and scored half-centuries for the team. Iyer made 53 off 43 balls hitting 3 fours and two sixes ,while Dhawan made 57 in just 33 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes.
DC managed to score 161/7 with small contributions from Stoinis and Alex Carey.
Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for Rajasthan Royals who had a spell of 4-0-13-3. Unadkat picked up three wickets after giving away 32 runs while Tyagi and Gopal picked up one wicket each.