Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals produced an all-round efficiency to sweep apart Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs in Match 23 of the 2020 version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Following the win, Delhi have climbed up to the top of the IPL table and at the moment are standing with 5 wins from six matches, whereas Rajasthan Royals proceed to languish down on the seventh spot with simply two victories in hand to date.
Rajasthan Royals gained the toss and requested Delhi Capitals to bat first.
Delhi made a poor begin to their innings, shedding their first three wickets–Prithvi Shaw (19), Shikhar Dhawan (5) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (22)–inside Powerplay.
Subsequently, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant too failed to click on with the bat and departed cheaply for 5 runs after getting run out.
Marcus Stoinis then smashed a vital 30-ball 39 runs earlier than Shimron Hetmyer notched up 24-ball 45 runs to assist Delhi Capitals submit a aggressive rating of 184 for eight of their stipulated 20 overs.
For Rajasthan Royals, Jofra Archer completed with good figures of three for 24, whereas Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye and Rahul Tewatia all chipped in with a wicket every.
In reply, Kagiso Rabada bagged three wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin and Marcus Stoinis claimed two wickets every and Anrich Notje, Axar Patel and Harshal Patel additionally contributed with one wicket every to assist Delhi bundle out Rajasthan for 138 runs.
Rahul Tewatia (29-ball 38) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (36-ball 34) had been the notable contributors for Rajasthan, whereas most of their different batsmen fell for a single digit.
Ashwin was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his figures of two for 22 in his 4 overs.