Royals’ bowlers, led by Archer, hit back as the Delhi side loses its way in the final few overs
Rajasthan Royals’ bowling unit continues to get better and the latest evidence came at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday as it reduced Delhi Capitals to 161 for seven.
Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer chose to bat and put his side on course for a strong finish, adding 85 for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (57, 33b, 6×4, 2×6). Shreyas scored a 43-ball 53 (3×4, 2×6). However, the middle- and lower-order collapsed against some fine bowling by Royals at the death.
In the last five overs, Delhi added just 32 and lost four wickets. There was only one four and six during that period.
Royals had it even better at the beginning, as the match got off to a dramatic start with DC losing a wicket off the first ball Jofra Archer’s ball moved a bit, Prithvi Shaw’s feet didn’t. The opener was beaten by pace too as the 144 kmph ball took a slight inside edge and knocked off the middle stump.
Then in his next over Archer took the wicket of the man who had captained Royals last year. Ajinkya Rahane somehow decided to take the bowler on – tad unwisely perhaps – and paid the penalty, his miscued pull caught comfortably at mid-on by Robin Uthappa.
Then Shreyas and Dhawan repaired the damage. The left-handed opener was looking in great touch and he was determined to score briskly too, especially after his unbeaten knock in the losing cause against Mumai Indians in the last match.
He scored the first boundary of the innings by pulling Jaydev Unadkat through mid-wicket and hit the first six too, with a splendid pull off Kartik Tyagi over fine leg. But he perished while attempting a switch hit against Shreyas Gopal.
Then Shreyas Iyer holed out to long-off to give a well-deserved wicket for Tyagi. Royals fielded the same eleven, while Capitals made one change, with debutant seamer Tushar Deshpande replacing Harshal Patel.