All-round RR hand DC third successive defeat

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All-round RR hand DC third successive defeat

by Staff • Last updated on Sat, Apr 8, 2023

Rajasthan Royals returned to winning ways with a convincing victory on Saturday (April 8) as Delhi Capitals suffered their third straight loss to remain winless in the competition. Batting first, Royals posted almost 200 on the board before their bowlers made a terrific impact to dominate the game from the outset.

RR take no half-measures

Jos Buttler whispered something to Yashasvi Jaiswal when they walked out to bat. The best guess would be two syllables: Bazball. Khaleel Ahmed didn’t see it coming, as Jaiswal hammered five fours off the very first over to set the tone and break the spirit of the Capitals. In fact, the next over from the DC spearhead Anrich Nortje, resulted in three more boundaries, ending the second over on 32-0, with all runs coming off boundaries! Even the spinners were shown no mercy, with Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav going for 11 and 17 runs respectively.

Two quick wickets decelerate RR

The Royals lost Jaiswal to Mukesh Kumar and Kuldeep scalped Samson in the very next over. Parag followed soon after, making Buttler circumspect for a short while. For a few overs, the Capitals looked to be regaining some self-control.

The surge at the death

However, Buttler found an able partner in Hetmyer, as they put together 49 runs in 28 balls. Buttler eventually fell to Mukesh for 79, bringing in Dhruv Jurel at the death with a reputation and recency bias to live up to. He lived up to it, smashing his first ball for a massive six. Hetmyer continued the slogging, not sparing even the speedy Nortje, as the Royals clubbed 69 off the last 5 overs to end with 199-4 in their 20 overs.

Boult deals DC early blows

A chase of 200 couldn’t have started in worse fashion for the Capitals. Boult, charging in, had Prithvi Shaw caught behind, and trapped Manish Pandey in front first ball, to earn himself a chance to get a hat-trick. He didn’t, but he did end with a double-wicket maiden first up – the ideal start for the Royals.

Warner, Lalit Yadav lead DC recovery

The overseas duo of Warner and Rilee Rossouw ensured no more wickets fell after the loss of Pandey and Shaw, and kept the scoreboard ticking. Ashwin, however, got rid of Roussow and kept the procession going, not allowing the Capitals to gain any momentum in the run-chase. However, it was when Lalit Yadav joined Warner at the crease, they put together a half-century stand and stabilised the innings. However, stability would not be enough, as they fell well behind the required rate, which was regularly over the 13 runs per over mark.

The Capitals fall apart around David Warner

The pressure of the required rate was always going to show up, and show up it did — Yadav, Axar and Powell fell in quick succession, and David Warner was fighting a lone battle at a sub-par strike-rate. Eventually, it turned out to be quite a mismatch, as the Capitals imploded around their captain. Eventually, the captain fell trying to reverse-sweep Yuzvendra Chahal, and with 61 required off 6, the Capitals crashed to a third heavy defeat on the trot, this time by 57 runs, with their net run-rate taking a knockout punch for good measure.

What Next?

After a third defeat in succession, the Capitals will go back home to the Kotla to face the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, April 11, desperate for a win. The day after that, Wednesday the 12th of April, an upbeat Rajasthan Royals coming off a narrow defeat and a couple of massive wins, face the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 199-4 (Jos Buttler 79, Yashasvi Jaiswal 60, Mukesh Kumar 2-36) beat Delhi Capitals 142-9(David Warner 65, Yuzvendra Chahal 3-27, Trent Boult 3-29) by 57 runs

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