Today’s face-off between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils was a thriller. The rain affected match was brought down to 18-overs a side game.
Delhi didn’t have a great start as their opener, Colin Munro returned to the pavilion in the 1st over of the innings without troubling the scores. After he departed, the young Indian brigade took the responsibility on their strong shoulders to make sure Delhi reach a good total. Prithvi and Shreyas had a great partnership of 70 runs. Prithvi contributed an important 47 runs off just 25 balls before getting out to Shreyas Gopal in the 8th over. Captain Shreyas Iyer took the innings forward with the in-form wicket keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant. They had a match winning partnership of 92 runs in just 7 overs. Shreyas scored a classy 50 off 35 balls, whereas Rishabh scored a scintillating 29-ball 69 with the help of 7 fours and 5 huge sixes. On the back of Prithvi, Rishabh and Shreyas’ amazing innings, Delhi managed to score 196 runs in 17.1 overs before the innings was called-off due to rain.
Coming into bat, Rajasthan had just 12 overs to play. In these 12, they had to chase down a target of 151. It obviously wasn’t easy. But D Arcy Short and Jos Buttler gave them a great start. Before Buttler got out in the 7th over, he had already done the damage. He scored 67 runs in just 26 balls, striking at a rate of 257. Short supported him well. He scored a 25-ball 44 to help keep Rajasthan in the game.
After both of them got out, the game just slipped away from the Royals. No other batsman could do justice to the task. The highest contribution by an individual after Short and Buttler’s 44 and 67, was of 18 runs by Gowtham.
Trent Boult’s fierce bowling added to Rajasthan’s woes. He bowled 3-overs for just 26 runs and picked up 2 crucial wickets of Samson and Stokes.
Delhi have emerged out of nowhere. From being at the bottom of the table, from losing matches on a trot, they have come up winning matches on the back of their young Indian talent.
Hope they continue this form and win more matches.