DC Jump to 5th Spot with 20-run Win Against RR

DC jump to the 5th spot in the points table with an emphatic win by 20 runs against RR. Delhi survived the Sanju Samson-scare, who scored 86 runs against them. It was an anti-climatic finish for RR, who were once cruising in the chase of 222 runs.

Sanju Samson won the toss and opted to field in match No.56 of the Indian Premier League at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. The DC opener smashed a 19-ball half-century to help DC post 78-2 in the powerplay. However, RR bowlers staged a comeback by getting two wickets in the first six overs. With DC missing David Warner, Axar Patel was promoted up the order after Shai Hope’s unfortunate run-out.

Opening the innings for Warner-less Delhi Capitals, Abishek Porel played a quick-fire knock of 65 while Tristan Stubbs’ crucial cameo of 41 off 20 balls powered Pant and Co. to 221-8 in 20 overs. Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin emerged as the pick of the bowlers. The RR star bagged three wickets and leaked 24 runs. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal became the first Indian bowler to complete 350 wickets in the shortest format at Delhi.

Chasing the 222-run target at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, RR lost Yashasvi Jaiswal in the first over as Khaleel Ahmed removed the India opener for 4 off 2 balls. Impact Player Rasikh Salam removed on-song Riyan Parag after Axar Patel got the better of Jos Buttler in the powerplay. Leading RR’s fightback, skipper Samson played a quick-fire knock off 86 off 46 balls. Shai Hope’s catch of Samson sparked a debate at the RR camp in the 15th over. Following Samson’s departure, Rovman Powell was tasked the ace the chase for the Royals. Kuldeep Yadav’s game-changing 17th over followed by Mukesh Kumar’s final-over heroics scripted the 20-run win for the Capitals.

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