Rajasthan Royals demolish Delhi Capitals by 57 runs
RR vs DC IPL 2023: Rajasthan Royals (199/4) beat Delhi Capitals (142/9) by 57 runs in Guwahati
Delhi Capitals’ wait for first win extended after they endured a heavy 57-runs defeat against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL clash in Guwahati on Saturday. David Warner and Co. were outplayed in both departments, who after winning the toss invited Rajasthan to bat. Yashasvi Jaiswal along with Jos Buttler gave Rajasthan an explosive start as they piled an enormous 199/4 on the board. The pair added 98 runs for the opening wicket before Mukesh Kumar removed the former for 60(31) in the 9th over. Delhi then fought their way back in the contest but Buttler along with Shimron Hetmyer helped Rajasthan regain control with some lusty blows towards the end of the innings. Buttler was caught-and-bowled by Mukesh for 79(51), while Hetmyer returned unbeaten on 39(21). Trent Boult then gave Rajasthan an excellent start with the ball. He removed Prithvi Shaw (Impact Player) and Manish Pandey in consecutive balls. Ashwin joined the party as Delhi lost three wickets and managed 38 runs in the powerplay. Lalit Yadav and David Warner then added 64 runs for the fourth wicket, before Boult cleaned Lalit for 38(24). Following the dismissal, Delhi lost the plot completely and could only manage 142/9 in response. Warner scored 55-ball 65 to finish as the leading run-scoer from Delhi camp.
Stars of the match for Rajasthan were Jos Butler Yashsavi Jaiswal, Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal as they beat Delhi by 57 runs in the match number 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on Saturday. Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected field first against the Rajasthan Royals in Guwahati on Saturday. RR posted a massive total of 199 runs after the first innings. DC’s batting unit has struggled in the first two games due to the raw pace of Mark Wood and Alzarri Joseph. The likes of Prithvi Shaw and Sarfaraz Khan will be relieved to face a mid-130 kmph attack comprising Trent Boult, KM Asif, and Jason Holder. However, the guile of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal could be challenging in the hot afternoon and early evening conditions. The Barsapara Stadium’s pattern of scores suggests that batters get value for their shots, which might give some relief to DC. Additionally, the absence of dangerous Jos Buttler, who has got stitches on his little finger, could be advantageous for DC. However, DC’s poor bench strength in terms of Indian talent is a significant drawback.
Rajasthan Royals’ Yashasvi Jaiswal and skipper Sanju Samson have been in good form in the first two games and could pose a challenge for DC’s bowlers. The usage of ‘Impact Player’ Aman Hakim Khan and Axar Patel’s utility as a bowler with southpaws will be critical in DC’s strategy.
Although RR lost their previous match, they remain the favourites to win this one. At Guwahati, any total less than 190 will be easy pickings for the team chasing, but the afternoon match will somewhat negate the dew factor.
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