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The
Capitals
bowling
unit
restricted
the
Royals
to
121
for
six
after
the
team
put
on
board
154
for
six
on
the
back
of
Shreyas
Iyer’s
43
and
a
late
flourish
provided
by
Shimron
Hetmyer,
who
scored
28
runs
off
16
balls.

Rajasthan
skipper
Sanju
Samson
looked
in
sublime
touch,
scoring
an
unbeaten
70,
but
with
wickets
tumbling
at
regular
intervals
from
the
other
end,
the
Royals
innings
failed
to
get
the
momentum
it
needed.

South
African
pacer
Anrich
Nortje
(2/18)
led
the
Delhi
bowlers
who
performed
as
a
cohesive
unit.

Avesh
Khan
(1/29),
Kagiso
Rabada
(1/26),
Axar
Patel
(1/27),
R
Ashwin
(1/20)
snapped
a
wicket
each.

With
the
win
the
Capitals
returned
to
the
top
of
the
table
while
the
Royals
moved
down
to
the
sixth
spot.
Defending
a
modest
total,
pacers
Khan
and
Nortje
provided
the
electric
start
that
the
Capitals
needed,
sending
back
both
openers

Liam
Livingstone
(1)
and
Yashasvi
Jaiswal
(5)
in
the
first
two
overs.

Skipper
Rishabh
Pant
made
a
bowling
change
by
bringing
in
Ashwin
and
the
senior
Indian
spinner
got
rid
of
the
dangerous
David
Miller
(7)
to
leave
the
Royals
tottering
at
17
for
3.

With
the
required
run
rate
increasing,
Rajasthan
needed
107
runs
in
the
last
10
over.
Samson
and
young
Mahipal
Lomror
(19)
seemed
to
be
reviving
the
innings
but
the
ever-reliant
Rabada
nipped
the
partnership
in
the
bud.

Riyan
Parag
(2)
and
Rahul
Tewatia
(9)
couldn’t
provide
a
valuable
contribution
either.
Samson
was
going
strong,
hitting
boundaries
at
will
but
the
Delhi
bowlers
came
back
strongly.

Earlier,
the
Royals
pacers

led
by
Mustafizur
Rahman
(2/22),
Chetan
Sakariya
(2/33)
and
Kartik
Tyagi
(1/40)

shared
five
wickets
while
spin
all-rounder
Rahul
Tewatia
(1/17)
dismissed
one
batsman.

Tyagi,
the
star
of
the
match
against
Punjab
Kings,
drew
first
blood
with
his
very
first
delivery
in
the
fourth
over,
cleaning
up
Orange
Cap
holder
Shikhar
Dhawan
(8).

The
Delhi
opener
looked
to
play
a
good
length
delivery
but
the
ball
rolled
back
to
hit
the
timber.
Prithvi
Shaw
(10)
soon
followed
his
opening
partner
back
to
the
dugout,
slicing
the
ball
off
Sakariya
to
Livingstone
at
mid-off.

At
the
end
of
the
powerplay,
the
Capitals
were
precariously
placed
at
36
runs
for
the
loss
of
two
wickets.
With
spin
introduced
in
the
seventh
over
Shreyas
Iyer
(43
off
32
balls)
and
skipper
Rishabh
Pant
(24
off
24
balls)
started
to
repair
the
damage
caused
by
the
loss
of
the
openers.

The
duo,
who
stitched
a
62-run
partnership,
kept
the
scoreboard
ticking,
while
also
hitting
the
occasional
boundaries
at
the
huge
Sheikh
Zayed
Stadium.

The
stylish
Iyer
then
hit
the
first
maximum
of
the
match
over
long
off
in
the
10th
over
off
left-arm
wrist
spinner
Tabraiz
Shamsi
(0/34).

As
the
two
Delhi
batters
found
their
footing,
Rahman
was
brought
back
into
the
attack
and
the
move
immediately
paid
dividends
as
Pant,
looking
to
hook
the
ball
away,
ended
up
getting
an
under
edge.

Samson
then
showed
his
skills
with
gloves
to
stump
Iyer,
who
failed
to
stretch
his
back
foot
inside
the
crease
as
wicket
continued
to
tumble
at
regular
intervals.

Hetmyer,
who
was
striking
the
ball
well,
then
upped
the
ante,
hitting
three
boundaries
off
Tyagi
to
plunder
16
runs
in
the
16th
over.

The
big-hitting
West
Indian,
who
hit
five
fours,
scored
a
brisk
28
off
16
balls.

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