After the last match Royals was the most pumped-up team in IPL 2021. But they were up against a team that many are saying is the best team in the IPL 202. Rishabh Pant lead Delhi Capitals was the second team on the points table before the DC vs RR contest. Therefore, to stay in the qualifier contest, the Royals needed to do more than enough to beat the Capitals.
Sanju Samson won the toss and elected to bat first on a hot afternoon in Abu Dhabi. This was the first time a day-night match was happening in the second leg. Though many pundits thought, it was easier to bat on that heat than to bowl on that heat.
Royals looked on the mark from the first over. Mustafizur Rahaman and Chetan Sakariya both took the pace of the ball which made scoring quick tough. However, the first strike was done by Kartik Tyagi who continued where he left from in the last match. Shikhar Dhawan was the man who played on to delivery by Tyagi. Dhawan could only manage to score 8 of 8. Prithvi Shaw then went to the pavilion after Sakariya got him out to a slower delivery. Livingstone completed the catch.
Iyer, who looked in sublime form came in at number 3 and captain Pant at 4. They both put on a 62 runs partnership that laid the foundation for the next batsmen to capitalise on. Pant was cleaned bowled by Mustafizur after a run-a-ball 24. Iyer could not stay much after Pant got out. Shreyas Iyer made a well-made 43 off 32 balls.
However, Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel gave all their power to hit it out of the park, only managed to score 155 in their quota of 20 overs.
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156 is not a very big target but on a tacky and slow wicket against Delhi Capitals' bowlers, it looked like a decent one. Avesh Khan took the wicket of Livingstone in the first over. He could only manage 1 from his second hit in IPL. Then, Anrich Nortje joined the party as Jaiswal was caught behind off him. Jaiswal went for 5 off 4 balls. Now, it was all on captain Sanju Samson and senior teammate David Miller to take the home.
Seeing the left-hander Miller on strike, Pant called Ravichandran Ashwin to action. And, Ashwin who did not have any wickets in the last five matches, got him stumped on the second ball of his spell. Mahipal Lormor came to bat with the confidence of the last match. But he could not have a great time too as a bouncer from Kagiso Rabada happened to be too good for him. Lormor made 19 off 24 balls.
Riyan Parag came at number six but could only manage 2 on the board. Axar Patel struck the middle stump with a ball that did not spin. Samson kept on fighting a lone battle for the Royals unless the match looked over for Rajasthan. Sanju Samson hit Kagiso Rabada for three fours and then went on to reverse sweep Axar Patel over point. But with 64 needed off 24 balls, they only needed a miracle to win the match.
Tewatia then got out playing a hook against Nortje. He only added 9 off 15 balls. Samson kept on hitting some balls out of the park as Rajasthan could only manage 121 while Samson finished with 70 of that. With this win, Delhi goes to the top of the table and put one foot in the qualifiers.