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Ben Stokes Leaves Rajasthan Bubble To Undergo Surgery, To Be Sidelined For 3 Months

Ben Stokes has left the Rajasthan Royals bubble to head back home to undergo surgery on his injured finger.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has left the Rajasthan Royals bubble to head back home to undergo surgery on his injured finger and the franchise has wished him a speedy recovery.

Ben Stokes hurt himself while going for a catch in the Royals' first game BCCI/IPL
Ben Stokes hurt himself while going for a catch in the Royals’ first game BCCI/IPL

Ben Stokes Sidelined For Upto 3 Months After Left Index Finger Fracture

The allrounder sustained the injury during the Royals’ opening game, against the Punjab Kings, when he ran in from long-on and dived forward to take Chris Gayle’s catch in the tenth over of the Kings’ innings.

Taking to Twitter, Rajasthan Royals wrote, “Bye Ben. The all-rounder flew back home last night after a scan revealed that he’ll have to undergo surgery on his finger. Speedy recovery, champ.”

Ben Stokes was ruled out of the remainder of the IPL due to a finger injury. He has been sidelined for up to three months, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Friday. ECB also informed that a repeat X-ray and CT scan on Thursday revealed that Ben Stokes has a fracture of his left index finger and the all-rounder would fly home on Saturday for the surgery.

“England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be out for up to 12 weeks after a repeat X-ray and CT scan on Thursday revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger,” the ECB said in an official statement.

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

“Stokes, who is currently in India with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, will fly home tomorrow. He will have surgery in Leeds on Monday,” the statement had further read.

The England all-rounder had sustained the injury during the game against Punjab Kings on Monday.

After Punjab’s captain keeper KL Rahul (91) and middle-order batsman Deepak Hooda’s (64) heroics had led PBKS to a gigantic 221/6, RR’s opening combination of Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra failed to provide them with a good start, and the duo was back in the hut with just 25 runs on the board.

Jos Buttler’s dismissal after scoring 25 off 13 balls left RR’s chase stuttering with the score at 70/3 from 7.3 overs.  Sanju Samson’s 119 almost gave RR a victory but they eventually fell 4 runs short.

Ben Stokes Batted With Discomfort In Rajasthan Innings As Rajasthan Loses To Punjab Kings By 4 Runs Before Beating Delhi By 3 Wickets

The incident occurred during the Punjab innings as Ben Stokes went forward to complete the catch of Punjab batsman Chris Gayle. Ben Stokes was visibly in pain even though he did come out to bat in the Rajasthan innings — a match which the Sanju Samson-led side lost by four runs.

David Miller's (62 off 43) and Chris Morris' cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. - BCCI/IPL
David Miller’s (62 off 43) and Chris Morris’ cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. – BCCI/IPL

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals clinched a thrilling win over Delhi Capitals, thanks to David Miller’s 62-run knock followed by Chris Morris’ cameo at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. With 27 needed off the final two overs, Chris Morris stepped up to the occasion to take his side over the line with two balls to spare.

He hit two sixes off Kagiso Rabada’s penultimate over and accumulated 15 runs from it before hitting 2 sixes off Tom Curran in the final over. Earlier, left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, making a comeback into the RR side, returned with brilliant figures of 3 for 15 in his 4 overs to restrict DC to a relatively low score of 148, batting first.

Brief Scores:  Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*; Avesh Khan 3/32) beat Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21; Jaydev Unadkat 3/15) by 3 wickets. 

Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
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Likes Of Sanju Samson Needs Consistency To Play For Team India, Says Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha, former India spinner while speaking to Sports Today said young players like Sanju Samson need to understand the importance of consistency if they are looking to seal a permanent spot in the senior national team.

Pragyan Ojha added only established stars like skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma can afford to have the luxury of going through lean patches.

Pragyan Ojha — File Photo
Pragyan Ojha — File Photo

Pragyan Ojha Reckons Likes Of Sanju Samson Has To Perform Consistently

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha came up with an interesting analogy to explain why youngsters like Sanju Samson need to perform consistently to cement their place in the India national team. His comments came after Sanju Samson began his Indian Premier League (IPL) captaincy stint with Rajasthan Royals on an impressive note.

Pragyan Ojha, speaking to Sports Today after Rajasthan Royals’ 3-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in Mumbai in their IPL 2021 encounter on Thursday, said there is no doubt about the talent that someone like Sanju Samson possess but it’s important for youngsters to keep delivering in order to rise above the competition and seal a permanent spot in the Indian team.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

Sanju Samson hit a valiant 119 from just 63 balls against Punjab Kings in Royals’ IPL 2021 opener which unfortunately went in vain as the Royals fell agonizingly short of a 222-run target by 4 runs. On Thursday, Sanju Samson failed to trouble the scorers much but he led his troops well as Royals sealed a 3-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in a low-scoring thriller in Mumbai.

Sanju Samson was appointed as the captain of the Royals before the IPL 2021 after the former champions released Australia star, Steve Smith. Sanju Samson, who made his India debut as early as 2015, has not managed to find a permanent spot in the Indian team but there are no doubts about his talent.

The Kerala batsman was entrusted with captaincy by the Royals and if early signs are anything to go by, the 26-year-old is hungry for success.

Pragyan Ojha: Quite A Few Cricketers Are Like Pre-paid Sim Cards And In Order To Become Postpaid They Have To Perform Consistently

Pointing out that the likes of Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan who made their India debuts after Sanju Samson are ahead in the queue at the moment, Pragyan Ojha said only players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma can afford to have lean patches at the highest level.

“When you talk about Sanju Samson, there is one thing. When he came into this side, there was no Rishabh Pant, there was no Ishan Kishan,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.

Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant | BCCI/IPL
Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant | BCCI/IPL

“In this present Indian team, consider this interesting story Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are like post-paid sim cards. They can push themselves for a bit more time without paying the bills. But quite a few youngsters are like pre-paid sim cards.

“It has to be renewed in the given time otherwise the sim is dead. All these youngsters should understand they are not post-paid sim cards. They are pre-paid sim cards, to become postpaid, they have to perform consistently,” he added.

Sanju Samson is one of the few young players who have played more than 100 IPL matches. In 109 matches he has scored 2707 runs at an average of less than 30. At the highest level, Sanju Samson has played 7 T20Is but is yet to get a 30-plus total.

Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, made a terrific international debut with his swashbuckling knock against England in the second T20I after excellent performances in IPL 2020 at UAE where he amassed 516 runs in 14 games averaging around 57 and played a part in Mumbai Indian’s title triumph.

Ishan Kishan impressed with a 28-ball half-century in his first outing in the Indian T20I team which was also his first international match.

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, 8, and 101 in the 5 innings against England. He managed 270 runs against England in 4 Tests averaging 54. He scored 155 runs in 2 ODIs and 102 runs in 5 T20Is in subsequent limited-overs series against England.

Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)
Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)
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IPL 2021: Chris Morris Opens Up On Sanju Samson Denying For A Run

Chris Morris was asked whether the result has been different had RR captain Sanju Samson didn’t refuse that single a couple of nights ago against Punjab Kings. The IPL’s highest-paid – 16.25 Cr – cricketer, who won the game for RR with 4 sixes against DC, revealed what he felt when after being sent back by Sanju Samson.

Almost immediately after Chris Morris hit 4 sixes in the last two overs against Kagiso Rabada and Tom Curran to seal the victory which at the point looked like a distant dream for Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 2021 match against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai, cricket fans and experts went back to April 12.

David Miller's (62 off 43) and Chris Morris' cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. - BCCI/IPL
David Miller’s (62 off 43) and Chris Morris’ cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. – BCCI/IPL

Chris Morris Was Going To Run Back No Matter What Because Sanju Samson Was Hitting The Ball Like A Dream

The question of whether the result would have been any different had Sanju Samson taken that single off the penultimate ball against Punjab Kings and let Chris Morris hit a boundary was asked to Chris Morris after RR’s three-wicket win on Thursday against RR and the IPL’s highest-paid cricketer revealed his feelings when captain Sanu Samson had refused the single a couple of nights ago.

The new RR skipper declined a single to Chris Morris off the second-last ball of the innings, while chasing a mammoth target of 221. Facing Arshdeep Singh, Sanju Samson hit the ball towards the extra-cover region but the shot only guaranteed a single. Chris Morris ran towards him was but sent back after crossing the halfway line.

“I was gonna run back no matter what because Sanju was hitting it so sweetly. People underestimate how fast I run. Sanju was hitting it like a dream that night. I wouldn’t have been too upset if he had hit the last ball for a six,” said Chris Morris.

RR needed 5 runs off 2 balls against PBKS when Sanju Samson had turned down the single to take matters in his hands but failed to hit a six off the last ball as RR lost by 4 runs.

Chris Morris | IPL/BCCI
Chris Morris | IPL/BCCI

Chris Morris, who had a look of disbelief on his face after Sanju Samson had sent him back, showed what he is capable of if given an opportunity by finishing off the match for RR in their second Indian Premier League match against DC on Thursday. Chris Morris was unbeaten on 36 off 18 deliveries as he helped RR chase down the 148-run target in mere 19.4 overs.

Chris Morris: David Miller Played A Great Hand In RR’s Victory

When David Miller was dismissed after scoring a brilliant 62 off 43 balls it was looking as if all hopes of RR winning the match had gone with him. The Rajasthan franchise needed 44 runs 25 balls with just 3 wickets in hand. Chris Morris, however, proved everyone wrong by putting together an unbroken 46-run stand with Jaydev Unadkat to win it for RR.

“I think the dew plays a part here. I think they hit the length a lot better than we did and they got a lot of guys skying with the extra bounce. But we would have taken a chase of 140-odd. There are guys that get paid to bat and guys that get paid to slog, and I know which I am. That’s why I play so much golf,” Chris Morris added.

Jaydev Unadkat hopes IPL 2020 will go ahead this year | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat hopes IPL 2020 will go ahead this year | IANS

He also praised David Miller for his brilliant innings and rescuing RR from a poor start.

“That happens every now and then in the game of cricket, I thought Delhi played really well. Dave played a great hand and it went out way,” he added.

Earlier, left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, making a comeback into the RR side, returned with brilliant figures of 3 for 15 in his 4 overs to restrict DC to a relatively low score of 148, batting first. Jaydev Unadkat now has the best bowling average of 5 among bowlers who bowled during IPL 2021 and also the best economy rate of 3.75. Jaydev Unadkat has picked 84 scalps in 80 IPL matches averaging 28.98.

Brief Scores:  Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*; Avesh Khan 3/32) beat Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21; Jaydev Unadkat 3/15) by 3 wickets. 

Jaydev Unadkat hopes IPL 2020 will go ahead this year | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat hopes IPL 2020 will go ahead this year | IANS
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IPL 2021: Jaydev Unadkat Used Variations Extremely Well, Says Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan, former India left-arm fast bowler praised Jaydev Unadkat while speaking on ESPNCricinfo and explained the things he did right in the match.

Rajasthan Royals pacer Jaydev Unadkat starred for Rajasthan Royals (RR) with the ball in their second game of the Indian Premier League 2021 season against Delhi Capitals on Thursday. The left-arm pacer was playing his first game of the season, having missed RR’s opening match against Punjab Kings on Monday.

Irfan Pathan (AFP Photo)
Irfan Pathan (AFP Photo)

Irfan Pathan: Jaydev Unadkat Used His Variations Really Well And Picking Early Wickets Gave Him Lot Of Confidence

Jaydev Unadkat topped DC’s top order, dismissing Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and Ajinkya Rahane. In his four overs, Jaydev Unadkat registered figures of 15/3 in the match, thus helping RR restrict Delhi to 147/8 in 20 overs. Speaking on ESPNCricinfo, former India left-arm fast bowler Irfan Pathan praised Jaydev Unadkat and explained the things he did right in the match.

“Brilliant, brilliant by this left-armer. Especially what happened at the auctions. I always believe players don’t ask for big money. If he is getting it, it’s good for him. Look, when any bowler does well, it makes me really happy,” Irfan Pathan said.

Jaydev Unadkat , PTI
Jaydev Unadkat, PTI

“Especially the way he bowled today. He used his variations really well, he was trying to hit the ball really, really hard, when he was trying to hit in the middle of the pitch. All the variations were working for him,” Irfan Pathan added.

“When you get early wickets, it gives you a lot of confidence, and there is no looking afterward. This spell of his bowling will give him a lot of confidence going forward in IPL. It will be really good for Rajasthan Royals,” Irfan Pathan concluded.

Jaydev Unadkat now has the best bowling average of 5 among bowlers who bowled during IPL 2021 and also the best economy rate of 3.75. Jaydev Unadkat has picked 84 scalps in 80 IPL matches averaging 28.98. While Rajasthan Royals had released him after the IPL 2019, they bought him back at the auction and retained him for the IPL 2021.

The 2017 IPL season was one of the best for Jaydev Unadkat, who claimed 24 wickets from 12 matches for the defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. With 11 wickets in 15 games in IPL 2018, he was probably bogged down by the expectation of a high salary he received at the IPL Player Auction 2018.

However, after being released initially, RR bought him back for INR 8.4 crore at the auction prior to the 2019 season, showing faith in his ability.

Jaydev Unadkat was bought back by Rajasthan Royals before IPL 2019 for INR 8.40 crore, hence a profit of INR 3.1 crores. Jaydev Unadkat was the costliest Indian in IPL 2018 when he was sold to Rajasthan for Rs 11.50 crore, but after sub-par performances in the league, he was not retained.

David Miller And Chris Morris’ Late Assault Give Rajasthan Surprising First Victory

Back in the team, left-handed batsman David Miller produced a 62-run knock and it was followed by Chris Morris’ cameo of 36 runs off just 18 balls as Royals defeated Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium.

David Miller's (62 off 43) and Chris Morris' cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. - BCCI/IPL
David Miller’s (62 off 43) and Chris Morris’ cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. – BCCI/IPL

RR required 27 off the last 2 over. The 19th over then swung the momentum in RR’s favour as Chris Morris clubbed two sixes off Kagiso Rabada to bring down the target to 12 runs off the final over. DC opted to give Tom Curran the responsibility to defend those 12 runs. But Chris Morris, as calm as ever, hit two sixes off the England pacer and got RR over the line.

Brief Scores:  Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*; Avesh Khan 3/32) beat Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21; Jaydev Unadkat 3/15) by 3 wickets. 

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting Admits Ravichandran Ashwin Not Bowling 4th Over Was ‘A Mistake’

Ricky Ponting, Delhi Capitals (DC) coach has lamented the fact that despite bowling beautifully, Ravichandran Ashwin didn’t finish his quota of four overs in the side’s loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. This was the seventh match of IPL 2021.

Chasing 149, RR had lost half their side for 42 before the halfway mark. Ravichandran Ashwin, who was hammered for 47 off his four overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in DC’s first game this season, bowled tight lines this time around and conceded only 14 runs from his 3 overs on Thursday but wasn’t called upon to bowl the 4th over.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ricky Ponting Admits Ravichandran Ashwin Not Bowling His Full Quota A Mistake On Delhi Capitals’ Behalf

But the ace off-spinner couldn’t complete his quota of four overs as RR batsmen Chris Morris and David Miller led RR’s resurgence, with DC bowlers struggling towards the death.

Admitting Ravichandran Ashwin not completing his four overs was a mistake on the Rishabh Pant-led DC’s behalf, Ricky Ponting told the press: “Certainly, we will talk about this when we get together as a team. He (Ashwin) had bowled beautifully, bowling 3-0-14-0 and didn’t concede a boundary.”

“He didn’t have a good first game, and he really worked hard in the past few days and adjusted to get things right in this game. He bowled beautifully tonight, and it (not bowling his full quota) was a mistake on our behalf, something we will be talking about as a team later on,” said Ricky Ponting.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting feels that spinner Ravichandran Ashwin not completing his four overs is a ‘mistake on their behalf’ despite just giving 14 runs in his three overs.

RR pacer MOM Jaydev Unadkat returned with figures of 3/15 in 4 overs which included wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane. Rishabh Pant’s 51 helped Delhi reach 147/8.

Rajasthan was reduced to 42/5 but David Miller and Chris Morris led a fightback. The duo of David Miller (62 off 43) and Chris Morris (36* off 18) had enabled Rajasthan to revive the chase and clinch the game by three wickets with two balls remaining.

Ravichandran Ashwin Is India’s 3rd Highest Wicket Taker In T20s After Piyush Chawla And Amit Mishra

Ravichandran Ashwin had a great 2020-21 season for India in Test cricket. He was vital to India’s wins in Australia and later at home against England. Having lost his place in India’s limited-overs setup, the champion spinner is eyeing a return to India’s T20I side ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup. In February 2021, he made it clear that he’s realistically aiming to return to the T20I side.

Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

With 249 T20 wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s third-highest wicket-taker in the format after Piyush Chawla and Amit Mishra. His economy rate of 6.94 in T20s is among the best in the world. Even in T20Is, his economy rate is below seven. For Delhi to win their maiden IPL this year, a lot will depend on Ravichandran Ashwin’s showing in the tournament.

Brief Scores:  Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*; Avesh Khan 3/32) beat Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21; Jaydev Unadkat 3/15) by 3 wickets. 

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
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IPL 2021: Ashish Nehra Shocked At Ravichandran Ashwin Not Completing His Quota Of Four Overs

Ashish Nehra questioned Delhi Capitals’ captain Rishabh Pant’s tactics and said the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should have completed his 4 overs against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on Thursday.

Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra questioned Rishabh Pant’s decision of not letting off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin complete his quota of four overs in their IPL 2021 match against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday in Mumbai, which Delhi Capitals lost by three wickets.

Ashish Nehra © BCCI
Ashish Nehra © BCCI

Ashish Nehra: DC Should Have Won The Game If Ravichandran Ashwin Bowled An Over More

Ravichandran Ashwin was brilliant with the ball as he conceded just 14 runs in his first three overs at an economy of 4.7. He couldn’t complete his spell of four overs as skipper Rishabh Pant preferred to go with Marcus Stoinis instead which turned out to be an expensive move.

Marcus Stonis bowled just one over (13th) and gave away 15 runs as David Miller smashed him for a hat-trick of boundaries. That particular over provided the much-needed push to RR who won the game despite losing half of their batters in the first 10 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin Image Credits: Twitter

After the match, Ashish Nehra was of the opinion that there were more reasons than one for Ravichandran Ashwin to complete his four overs before Marcus Stoinis came on to bowl.

“Ravichandran Ashwin bowled just three overs. In the chase of 148-run target, there was a phase when Rajasthan Royals had lost 5 top-order batters and two left-handers – David Miller and Rahul Tewatia – were at the crease.

“You could have used Ashwin then. When Tewatia got out and Miller and Morris paired up, then you had the choice to deploy Ashwin. Royals were six down then and had Ashwin taken another on at that point of time, DC would have won the game there itself,” Nehra told Cricbuzz.

Ricky Ponting, the head coach also admitted that spinner Ravichandran Ashwin not completing his four overs is a ‘mistake on their behalf’ despite just giving 14 runs in his three overs.

Ashish Nehra: Before Handing An Over To Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin Should Have Completed His Spell

Ashish Nehra said he wouldn’t have minded had Rishabh Pant thrown the ball had there been right-handers like Sanju Samson or Riyan Parag at the crease but it was two left-handers David Miller and Rahul Tewatia batting.

David Miller's (62 off 43) and Chris Morris' cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. - BCCI/IPL
David Miller’s (62 off 43) and Chris Morris’ cameo (36 off 18) lifted Rajasthan Royals to a last-over win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. – BCCI/IPL

“So Rather than handing one over to Marcus Stoinis, under such circumstances, I would have preferred to go with Ashwin. If it was Riyan Parag or Sanju Samson at the crease with an asking rate was 9-10 runs per over and you didn’t give an over to Ravi Ashwin thinking that he might get hit for 2-3 sixes, that’s a completely different thing.

“Before handing an over to Stoinis, Ashwin should have completed his 4-over spell,” he added.

Back in the team, left-handed batsman David Miller produced a 62-run knock and it was followed by Chris Morris’ cameo of 36 runs off just 18 balls as Royals defeated Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium. Earlier, MOM RR pacer Jaydev Unadkat returned with figures of 3/15 in 4 overs which included wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane.

RR required 27 off the last 2 over. The 19th over then swung the momentum in RR’s favour as Chris Morris clubbed two sixes off Kagiso Rabada to bring down the target to 12 runs off the final over. DC opted to give Tom Curran the responsibility to defend those 12 runs. But Chris Morris, as calm as ever, hit two sixes off the England pacer and got RR over the line.

Brief Scores:  Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*; Avesh Khan 3/32) beat Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21; Jaydev Unadkat 3/15) by 3 wickets. 

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IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) – Statistical Highlights

On Friday (9th October) night, Delhi Capitals (DC) claimed an easy 46-run win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah).

Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith sent DC to bat first. DC scored 184/8 (20 overs) at the end of the first innings. Then DC restricted RR to 138 runs (19.4 overs).

Brief Scores: DC – 184/8 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 45, Marcus Stoinis 39; Jofra Archer 3/24)

RR – 138 in 19.4 overs (Rahul Tewatia 38, Yashasvi Jaiswal 34; Kagiso Rabada 3/35)

The Result – DC won by 46 runs

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Latest Points Table

IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC) – Statistical Highlights

(Teams’ stats)

Delhi Capitals (DC)

Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, RR vs DC, Stats, Statistical Highlights
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

i) DC won this match by 46 runs.

  • It is the second-largest victory (by runs) for DC against Rajasthan Royals. Their record is winning by 67 runs at Delhi on 31st March 2010.

RR vs DC

Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, RR vs DC, Stats, Statistical Highlights
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i) While DC scored 184/8 (20 overs), RR replied with 138 runs (19.4 overs).

  • In the IPL 2020, it was the first time when both teams failed to reach 200 runs mark in a match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah). 

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Most Run-Scorers (Orange Cap)

(Players’ stats)

Delhi Capitals (DC)

Kagiso Rabada – most consecutive IPL innings with at least one wicket

Kagiso Rabada, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, RR vs DC, Stats, Statistical Highlights
Kagiso Rabada (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

i) It was the 20th consecutive IPL match with at least one wicket for South African pacer Kagiso Rabada.

  • It is the most consecutive innings with at least one wicket for a bowler in IPL history. The previous record-holder was R Vinay Kumar who managed to take at least one wicket in 19 successive IPL innings (2012-2013).

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Most Wicket Takers (Purple Cap)

ii) Kagiso Rabada has taken 46 wickets for Delhi Capitals.

  • Surpassing Morne Morkel (45 wickets), Kagiso Rabada moved up the second position in the most IPL wickets list for Delhi Capitals. Only Amit Mishra is now ahead of Rabada in this list with 100 IPL wickets. 
Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
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IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) – Highlights, Twitter Reactions

In the 23rd match of the IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals (DC) continued their winning streak after comfortably defeating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 46 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah).

Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Delhi Capitals managed to put the first innings total of 184/8 (20 overs). In reply, Rajasthan Royals were bowled out for 138 runs (19.4 overs).

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Latest Points Table

IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC) – Highlights

Rajasthan Royals (RR) innings

Chasing down the target, Rajasthan Royals batsmen struggled in the entire innings as they failed to build up any strong partnership. While opener Jos Buttler (13 off 8 balls) was dismissed in the third over of that innings by Ravichandran Ashwin.

Another opener Yashasvi Jaiswal and captain Steven Smith set up the 41 runs partnership for the second wicket. But once Smith was dismissed in the ninth over, Rajasthan Royals were losing their next wickets at regular intervals as they failed to make any strong contest.

While Smith scored 24 runs off 17 balls, youngster Jaiswal scored 34 runs off 36 balls. Rahul Tewatia fought hard till the last over and scored the highest runs in that innings as he scored 38 runs off 29 balls (3 fours and 2 sixes), but he didn’t get any support from the other batsmen.

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Among the Delhi Capitals bowlers, Kagiso Rabada was best at the end with the bowling figures of 3.4-0-35-3. Also, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/22) and Marcus Stoinis (2/17) bagged two wickets each in that same innings.

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Most Wicket Takers (Purple Cap)

Scorecard:

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

Delhi Capitals (DC) innings

Openers Shikhar Dhawan (5) and Prithvi Shaw (19) were dismissed cheaply inside the first five overs of the match as Jofra Archer took both those wickets. Captain Shreyas Iyer was also dismissed during the powerplay as he was run out after scoring 22 runs. At the end of the mandatory powerplay, Delhi Capitals were fighting on 51/3.

Later, in the 10th over, Rishabh Pant was run out for just five runs. However, the next two batsmen, Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer played some crucial roles in the middle-order that massively helped the Delhi franchise to set up a challenging first innings total in that match.

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Marcus Stoinis (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

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While Stoinis scored 39 runs off 30 balls (4 sixes), Hetmyer scored 45 runs off just 24 balls (only four and 5 sixes). Later, Harshal Patel (16 runs) and Axar Patel (17 off 8 balls) played some small but important cameos in that innings.

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Shimron Hetmyer (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Among the RR bowlers, pacer Jofra Archer finished that innings with the bowling figures of 4-0-24-3.

Scorecard:

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC) – Twitter Reactions

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, RR vs DC, Highlights, Twitter Reactions

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IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) – Toss Report

In the 23rd match of the IPL 2020, Steven Smith-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) are facing Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah).

It is the sixth match for both these teams in the IPL 2020. Delhi Capitals have already earned 8 points (4 wins and 1 lose) and standing in the second spot in the IPL 2020 points table while Rajasthan Royals have got 4 points (2 wins and 3 loses) and they are currently in the seventh position in the same points table.

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Delhi Capitals are currently running with the three-match winning streak against Rajasthan Royals as they won both the matches against Rajasthan franchise in the IPL 2019 and also won their last meeting in the IPL 2018.

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Latest forms in IPL 2020

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Won (Super Over), Won, Lost, Won and Won

Delhi Capitals (DC): Won, Won, Lost, Lost and Lost

IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC) – Toss Report

Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith won the toss and decided to field first. RR made two changes in the playing XI. Varun Aaron and Andrew Tye replaced Ankit Rajpoot and Tom Curran.

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Steven Smith (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Smith said after winning the toss, “We are gonna have a bowl. Looks a good surface and we want to chase it down. We are confident about our set-up and we need to get off a better start with the bat. We made two changes. Ankit Rajpoot and Tom Curran out and Andrew Tye and Varun Aaron in.”

On the other hand, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer confirmed that they made no changes in the playing XI.

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Shreyas Iyer (Image Credit: IPL)

Iyer said, “I guess there could be little bit of turn and anything can happen. We are going with the same team. Everyone is looking forward to cementing their place and all the players have great potential to win games and I’m really proud of my team.”

IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC) – Playing XIs

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron

Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

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IPL 2020, Match 23: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) – Head To Head Records

On Friday (9th October), during the 23rd match of the IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) will play against each other at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah). Talking about their head to head records, Delhi Capitals have just come out from their long-struggling stories against Rajasthan Royals.

On Friday, both teams will play their sixth match of this season. At the end of the 21st match of the IPL 2020, while Delhi Capitals are standing in the second position in the points table with eight points (4 wins and only lose), Rajasthan Royals are standing in the seventh spot in the same points table with four points (2 wins and 3 loses).

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Steven Smith and Shreyas Iyer (Image Credit: IPL)

Head to head records between Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC)

Stats Matches RR Won DC Won Tied No Result
Overall 20 11 9 0 0
In IPL 20 11 9 0 0
Outside India 2 1 1 0 0
In UAE
In last 5 matches 5 3 2 0 0
In IPL 2019 2 0 2 0 0
  • Streaks running: Delhi Capitals currently running with the three-match winning streak against Rajasthan Royals. But before their first victory of this running streak, Delhi Capitals suffered seven consecutive defeats against Rajasthan Royals that lasted till 11th April 2018 at Jaipur where Rajasthan franchise won by 10 runs (DLS method) in the rain-interrupted match.

 

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Head to head records between Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC): 1st innings vs 2nd innings

Innings RR Won DC Won Tied No Result
1st innings 5 4 0 0
2nd innings 6 5 0 0

 

Important stats between Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC)

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(Teams’ stats)

Stats RR (vs DC) DC (vs RR)
Highest total 201/6 (20 overs) at Ahmedabad on 15th May 2014 196/6 (17.1 overs) at Delhi on 2nd May 2018
Lowest completed total 115/9 (20 overs) at Delhi on 4th May 2019 87 (16.1 overs) at Mumbai on 30th May 2008
Largest victory (by runs) 105 runs at Mumbai on 30th May 2008 67 runs at Delhi on 31st March 2010
Largest victory (by wickets) 9 wickets at Jaipur on 7th May 2013 9 wickets at Delhi on 19th April 2008

 

(Top players’ stats)

Stats RR (vs DC) DC (vs RR)
Highest individual score 105* by Ajinkya Rahane at Jaipur on 22nd April 2019 79* by AB de Villiers at Bloemfontein on 17th May 2009
Best bowling figures 3/10 by Shane Watson at Mumbai on 30th May 2008 4/18 by Pawan Negi at Jaipur on 1st May 2012
Most runs scored 601 runs by Ajinkya Rahane 295 runs by Virender Sehwag
Most wickets 9 wickets by Shane Watson 20 wickets by Amit Mishra