We are into the first double header of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and it features two teams who have found the winning formula. The Delhi Capitals are just a stone-throw away from making it to the playoffs and a win today will almost confirm their spot.
On the other hand, the Royals haven’t fared badly either, wins in their last two matches keeping them afloat – although outside the top-four. They are coming into the game with renewed confidence as well, after pulling off a remarkable heist against Punjab Kings in Dubai. As such, this is a clash between two in-form teams, with both looking pretty solid, going into the back-end of the league phase.
DC playing only three Overseas Players,Two big changes for RR
A surprise from the Capitals, happy to go in with just three overseas players. Two big changes for the Royals – Lewis and Morris miss out, the former could be injury enforced while Morris did go for plenty in the last game, but they do have quality reinforcements, none better than the current ICC number one ranked T20I bowler.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): 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 (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Lalit Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Tyagi picks up where he left off
Karthik Tyagi, the final over hero in the dramatic win over Punjab Kings, made the first breakthrough against Delhi Capitals with his first delivery of the day coming on in the third over of play. Shikhar Dhawan gets a bit too cute trying to dab this and the ball backspins off the ground into the stumps off his pads.
The Delhi Capitals captain came into today needing 56 runs to become the franchise’s all-time scoring leader. He was off to a modest start today, pulling to the fine leg boundary for his first four. Pant was building a slow but steady partnership with Shreyas Iyer after the loss of both Dhawan and subsequently Prithvi Shaw holing out to mid-off against Chetan Sakariya. Just two boundaries between the pair, but continue to milk singles as they build a platform to launch for something bigger. Honors even at this stage.
Delhi’s ex-captain goes big in back-to-back overs, first against Rahul Tewatia and then Tabraiz Shamsi driving them down the ground for a pair of sixes. Partnership with Pant was looking solid. The two batters were looking unflustered.
The pitch was looking easy for batting and out of nowhere Mustafizur produced the breakthrough. Change of pace short ball that Pant is through a touch early and drags onto his stumps to end the stand at 62. So no franchise scoring record for the captain today. But he’s helped set up a good platform as Hetmyer enters the fray.
The lack of early firepower is now damaging Delhi badly as Tewatia foxes Iyer with a ball dragged wider outside off, teasing him marginally out of the crease for a failed swat and a sharp stumping is completed by Samson. Rajasthan firmly in control of this contest at the moment(that is after second phase of the innings).