It was not the same Delhi Daredevils team that played against Rajasthan Royals earlier in the ongoing league phase of IPL 2018 tournament. Shreyas Iyer played as the new captain of the team, while the batting order went through substantial changes. In the latest match, they took the pitch and challenged Rajasthan Royals with the score of 196, bolstered with the strikes from Rishabh Pant and Iyer. Pant scored 69 and Iyer hammered an impressive half century. As Delhi won the match, they are now on a good fourth position on IPL Point Chart.
While defending, the team had to face a sturdy knock from Royals batsmen. In the inning, Jos Butler smashed an 18-ball-50. With such a knock, defending the score emerged as a tough game for Delhi. However, their bowlers, Amit Mishra and Trent Boult salvaged the match taking down the middle order. The match was shortened to 18 overs each side due to rain.
Daredevils won by 4 runs in DLS method. Of 196 runs, 166 runs were scored by three players in the early inning. While others faltered in the hands of Royals’ bowlers, Prithvi Shaw, Iyer and Pant went on to strike high. For Iyer, it was the fourth half-century in five matches he played this season. In the inning, Royals bowlers could not stop the flow of runs finishing with 9.33 as the lowest economy.
Jos Buttler plundered the short deliveries, especially those from Avesh Khan. Playing 10 balls off the bowler, he batsman scored 34 runs. His total score of 67 runs came up in 26 balls, where he smashed 4 fours and 7 sixes. By the final three overs of the chase, Royals required 52 runs to win. Earlier, D’Archy Short scored 44 runs off 25 balls to set the chase into good momentum. By the last 2 balls, the team required 10 runs to win, off which, they could scratch out only 4 runs.
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