Anrich Nortje, and bowling unit support Delhi Capitals(DC) another win by 13 runs over Rajasthan Royals(RR). Indian Premier League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

DC won the toss and elected to bat first, Delhi Capitals suffered the worst start possible. Jofra Archer, breathing fire with the ball, accounting three wickets. Prithvi Shaw 0(1), Ajinkya Rahane 2(9) Marcus Stoinis1 8(19)

After a poor start, DC have recovered on the back of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer’s third-wicket stand of 85 runs from 55 deliveries. Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shreyas Iyer scored half-centuries to help the side post a total of 161 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.

Rajasthan Royals(RR) carted 37 runs in the first three overs but then lost a couple of wickets and as it always is the case with them, they lost two vital batsmen in Jos Buttler and Steve Smith.

Tushar Deshpande sent back to pavilion Ben Stokes at 41 runs off 35 deliveries and Shreyas Gopal at 6 runs off 4 deliveries Anrich Nortje out Jos Buttler at 22 runs off 9 deliveries and Robin Uthappa at 32 runs off 27 deliveries two wickets each and stoped RR to reached the target.

Anrich Nortje, Player of the Match: Been feeling it the last few days. Nice to see some results. Buttler played them really well. Maybe I was a touch too full. Didn’t expect him to go for a six first ball. Maybe he was expecting something else off that delivery. Stuck to my strength and paid off. Didn’t expect the second ramp. Luckily I stuck to it. We’ve got a good coach in Ryan. Lovely working with KG. Tushar has been working in the nets. Enjoying my experience with them. Doesn’t look like it but it’s nerve-wracking. Better to be on the field than on the other side.

Steven Smith | Losing captain: Disappointing. The wicket slowed up a bit as the game went on. We got off to a good start with Jos and Stokesy, then we lost a couple wickets and got another partnership between Stokesy and Sanju, then again lost wickets in clumps and on slow wickets it is hard to make up too many runs at the backend. We needed to take it a bit deeper from some of our batters and we were not able to do that. We thought we bowled well at the backend and restricted them to 160-odd, that was probably around par on this wicket. And the opening partnership got us ahead in the game but we couldn’t extend those partnerships, boys were getting in and getting out, not going on to make 50 or 60. It has been the trend in the tournament, the boys that have the air speed have had the most success, Jofra has been great for us and same with Nortje and Rabada for Delhi. They changed things around tonight by bowling with pace, taking pace off and varying it nicely, we weren’t able to deal with that. We are not in the greatest position at the moment, so need to move on from this and hopefully come back with a big game in three days time.

Shikhar Dhawan, acting captain for DC: He’s (Iyer) in pain but his shoulder is moving. We’ll get proper report tomorrow. One moment it was quite even and to pick it back from there was a team effort. Was important we stayed positive as a team. Knew their batting isn’t deep. Knew if we got their top-order we can get them. Everytime we want them to deliver they’re delivering. Courage he showed, line and length he bowled was amazing (Deshpande). Have to keep the momentum. Long tournament. Will keep the process going.


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