IPL 2024, Delhi vs Rajasthan Highlights: Delhi falter again, suffer 2nd successive loss

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Riyan Parag played a scintillating innings, remaining unbeaten on 84 off 45 balls as Rajasthan Royals clinched a 12-run victory over Delhi Capitals in their IPL encounter on Thursday. Sent into bat, Parag showcased his prowess with seven fours and six sixes, crafting his highest IPL score. Despite a shaky start at 36 for 3 in the eighth over, RR managed to set a challenging target of 185 for 5. In response, David Warner contributed a quick 49 off 34 deliveries for DC, but their chase faltered under pressure against RR’s clinical bowling performance.

Tristan Stubbs fought valiantly with an unbeaten 44, yet it proved insufficient as DC’s innings crumbled. Nandre Burger (2/29) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/19) impressed with two wickets apiece, while Avesh Khan (1/29) also made a notable contribution. Earlier partnerships boosted RR’s innings, with Parag collaborating for a crucial 54-run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin, who blasted three sixes en route to his 19-ball 29. Parag also combined well with Dhruv Jurel (20) for a 52-run partnership and Shimron Hetmyer (14 not out) for another 43-run stand.

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RAJASTHAN vs DELHI: HIGHLIGHTS

  • After Delhi captain Rishabh Pant called it right at the toss and opted to bowl first, Rajasthan’s batting effort was a tale of two halves. Despite early setbacks, losing their top three batsmen including Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals managed a recovery led by Riyan Parag’s highest Indian T20 League score of 84.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number 5, played a crucial role in stabilizing the innings with three sixes, contributing to Rajasthan’s comeback along with Riyan Parag.
  • Riyan Parag, alongside Dhruv Jurel and Shimron Hetmyer, propelled Rajasthan from a precarious 36 for 3 to a competitive total of 185. Parag took Anrich Nortje to the cleaners with 25 runs in the final over.
  • Axar Patel emerged as the most economical bowler for Delhi Capitals, conceding only 21 runs in his four overs, despite all five bowlers taking a wicket each.
  • Having let Rajasthan off the hook in the second half of their bowling effort, Delhi had all to do in their chase of 186 runs Chasing 186, Mitchell Marsh provided a brisk start for Delhi Capitals but couldn’t convert it into a big inning.
  • David Warner showcased his class with a near fifty, keeping Delhi in the chase after Nandre Burger dismissed Marsh and Ricky Bhui in the same over.
  • Rishabh Pant, who was playing his 100th IPL match for Delhi, maintained control over the innings before him and Warner were dismissed, leaving Delhi in a tight spot.
  • After Abhishek Porel failed with the bat, Tristan Stubbs offered a glimmer of hope for Delhi with his clean striking, keeping them in contention until the final over.
  • The task of scoring 17 runs in the last over proved too challenging for Delhi Capitals, especially against Avesh Khan’s precise yorkers, resulting in Rajasthan Royals winning by 12 runs.
  • Young all-rounder Riyan Parag was named the Player of the Match for playing a match-winning knock for the home side, posting his highest individual score in the IPL.

WHAT CAPTAINS PANT AND SAMSON SAID

Speaking after the match, Delhi captain Pant said that he was disappointed with this 12-run loss but hoped his team would learn the lesson and comeback stronger. “Definitely disappointed. Best thing we can do from this is learn from it. The bowlers did really well till 15-16 overs, batters sometimes go on at the death and score quickly, that happened in this game. Marsh and Warner gave a good start, but we lost a few wickets in the middle overs and in the end we had too many runs to cover up. There are other options, we wanted Nortje to bowl at the death and sometimes you can go for runs, hopefully we can do better in the next match,” Rishabh Pant said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Sanju Samson, Rajasthan captain: “The way we started, the first ten overs, we were like Rovman, be ready you might have to bat! The IPL is changing and we all have to be flexible. Earlier it was about 11 players, now it is about all 15 players. Me and Sanga had a lot of chat between 15th and 17th over before deciding the Impact Player. It’s all about gauging in which zone they are. You have to look at that and take your decision. I saw Sandy was calm and Avesh was also looking good, so i went with that. Riyan Parag has been a big name in the last few years. Wherever I go, people ask me about him. There is something very special he can give to Indian cricket.”

Published By:

Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Mar 28, 2024

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