The Rajasthan Royals of Sanju Samson are looking to place in the top four, the Delhi Capitals of Rishabh Pant are looking to climb to the top of the standings. Who will hit his target?
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The capitals alone in mind
Just two limits in the last three overs for Samson, who leads a lone battle to finish unbeaten on 70. But Lomror’s 19 was the only other double-digit score. Nortje dismissed Tewatia for the sixth and last wicket taken in sets. The Royals finish well below 33 points. Nortje symbolizes the Capitals’ dominance with the ball on the day taking 2 for 18. Delhi continues to kill everyone who comes in their way. That’s all for me today. Stay tuned for the report. I am Peter Della Penna. Be sure to switch to coverage of the second half of today’s doubles as the Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad are around 10 minutes away from the first ball in Sharjah.
Samson provokes the response
The Royals captain does not fold. Although he had scored at least one ball for much of his innings, a sudden explosion of limits – four in the span of six deliveries – brought him to half a century of 39 balls. The Royals still have a long way to go to stand a chance of victory. 56 of 18 balls required.
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55 for 5, around 5 p.m. local time in Abu Dhabi as Rajasthan continues to crumble in the face of this Delhi demolition team. Rabada bounces Mahipal Lomror with a forehand to the thin, deep leg. Now, with a bit of a delay, Riyan Parag decides to strike or exit and does the latter, hitting the top of a skidding Axar ball to crash into the middle stump. Delhi’s total barely seemed to equal at the end of the heats, but it turns out to be Everest right now for the Royals. Samson continues to hang in there after getting a second life thanks to the DRS exam he used earlier, but he quickly runs out of partners to be able to do something meaningful in terms of accelerating the pace of catching up. .
Samson survives, Miller does
Nortje seems to have his second because there is a big ricochet on a bouncer who passes Sanju Samson trying to hook and is abandoned on the pitch. However, the Royals captain immediately reviews and reruns make it clear that the ball hits his shoulder after passing both the bat and the glove.
David Miller does not, however, obtain any kind of reprieve against Ashwin. He charges the second ball after entering fifth and only manages to send a stiff breeze back to the pitcher as the ball beats its charge and gets stuck. Simple stumping. The Royals were really floundering in Powerplay. Capitals showing why they are clustered at the top of the table tied on points with CSK.
Spicy start to the hunt!
Two wickets fall into the space of two balls to complete the first and open the second from above. Liam Livingstone’s attempt to smash Avesh Khan over the side of the leg results in a double advantage taken by Pant diving forward on the last ball of the first. Anrich Nortje then gets a big advantage over the initially given Yashasvi Jaiswal, but Pant calls for the review immediately and a spike on Ultraedge confirms that Jaiswal’s short innings have come to an end. It’s shaping up to be a day of bowling all around Abu Dhabi right now.
Six and let’s go for Axar
Axar releases the front leg, and for a long time, with a big cross lift to start the 19th. He tries to do it again and fails, choosing the man on the rope to give Chetan Sakariya a second wicket. It has been a strange round for Delhi. Lots of departures, but no one continues. However, this is in part due to the discipline of Rajasthan throughout.
Mustafizur finished the final by conceding only singles and two for a total of nine points. It ends in a four overs without borders for him, 2 for 22, emblematic of the collective Rajasthan bowling effort. Looks like they should be the favorites to chase that 155 goal.
Hetmyer limit madness end
Just when it appeared the scales were tilting firmly in favor of Rajasthan, Shimron Hetmyer attacked Kartik Tyagi for a trio of limits in the 16th. He starts off by skinning Tyagi on an extra blanket, then throws a direct drive to beat a long dive, before finishing the streak with finesse by dabbing the third man with an open face. Vital runs for a Delhi round which was unable to maintain momentum. But in the 17th, Mustafizur returns to stifle Hetmyer’s shot as a wide Yorker is stabbed at the third man for 28. Rajasthan have been incredibly disciplined with the ball for much of the innings and the lack of pressure at the limits continues to bear fruit.
The lack of firepower at the start now seriously hinders Delhi as Tewatia knocks down Iyer with a ball dragged wider on the outside, teasing him slightly out of the crease for a miss and a clean stump is completed by Samson. Rajasthan firmly controls this competition at the moment.
The ex-Delhi captain travels downtown in back-to-back matches, first against Rahul Tewatia and then against Tabraiz Shamsi dragging them to the ground for a pair of sixes. The partnership with Pant seems solid now beyond 50 years. These two seem calm. But did they let their acceleration too late? The pitch seemed easy for the hitters … and out of nowhere, Mustafizur produced the breakthrough. Short change of pace as Pant crosses a touch early and drags on his stumps to finish the stand at 62. So no franchise record for the captain today. But he helped set up a good platform as Hetmyer steps into the fray.
The Delhi Capitals captain came into play today with 56 points to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. He got off to a modest start today, shooting to the limit with a thin leg for his first four. Pant builds a slow but steady partnership with Shreyas Iyer following the loss of Dhawan and subsequently Prithvi Shaw, who fought Chetan Sakariya midway through. Just two limits in between, but keep milking the singles as they build a platform to launch something bigger. Honors even at this stage.
Tyagi picks up where he left off
Karthik Tyagi, the hero of the final against the Punjab Kings, made the first breakthrough against the Delhi Capitals with his first delivery of the day in the third round of the game. Shikhar Dhawan gets a little too cute trying to dab that and the ball comes back from the ground in the stumps of its pads.
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Chris Morris, who was particularly disappointing in Rajasthan’s thrilling victory over the Punjab Kings when he conceded 0 for 47, has been dropped. More surprisingly, Evin Lewis was left out after his 36 out of 21 balls. They are both replaced by South African duo David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi. On the Capitals’ side, Marcus Stoinis should be left out after suffering a left hamstring problem in their win over the Sunrisers. Lalit Yadav takes his place in the XI as Delhi chooses to use just three foreign players today.
Good afternoon, sunny Abu Dhabi!
It’s the first double day of this year’s IPL resume. So far, players have been able to enjoy the sunsets in the UAE, but today will be the first real day scorcher with the first day of the doubles program starting in Abu Dhabi. Temperatures will hover around 35 ° C / 97 ° F for today’s warm match between the capitals of Delhi, which can take the top spot with a win today, and the Rajasthan Royals. It was South African duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje who propelled the Capitals to victory in their last game with the ball. Can they start over today?
Peter Della Penna is the US correspondent for ESPNcricinfo @PeterDellaPenna