RR vs DC, IPL 2020: Delhi registers huge win, beats Rajasthan by 46 runs

DC vs RR, IPL 2020: Catch the IPL 2020 highlights between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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Delhi celebrates after Marcus Stoinis dismissed the in-form Sanju Samson.   -  IPL

Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 23 between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah Cricket stadium in Sharjah.

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Delhi Capitals beats Rajasthan Royals by  46 runs.

End of Innings: Delhi Capitals 184/8 after 20 overs beats Rajasthan Royals 138 all out 19.4 overs by 46 runs.

What a fine bowling show this has been from Delhi Capitals as it registers a massive win against Rajasthan and the Royals' net run-rate has taken a beating. It continues to slip, recording its fourth loss on the trot, while Delhi continues to soar. The Shreyas Iyer-led side has seized some key moments in the game and that made the difference. Clinical show and Delhi moves to the top of the table.

Rajasthan 136/8 after 19 overs: Rajasthan required 49 runs from the last over.

Rajasthan 129/8 after 18 overs: Shimron Hetmyer has been like a live wire in the field and has taken yet another sensational catch to pack off Shreyas Gopal. 

Rajasthan 120/7 after 17 overs: Rahul Tewatia teed off with a six but Anrich Nortje was quick to adjust his length and although 13 came off the over, Delhi, firmly on top.

Rajasthan 107/7 after 16 overs: Rajasthan was never in the run chase and now it requires 78 in 24 deliveries.

Rajasthan 101/7 after 15 overs: Kagiso Rabada picks his first wicket and Jofra Archer departs without causing much damage. Rajasthan seven down and falling apart pretty quickly.

Rajasthan 91/6 after 14 overs: Axar Patel strikes to remove Andrew Tye and this has been sensational bowling, giving the track is batting friendly. Good catch by Rabada in the deep and Rajasthan is falling apart quickly. Its net run-rate will take a beating and the lower-order needs to play the entire 20 overs to ensure the NRR doesn't take a massive hit.

Rajasthan 89/5 after 13 overs: Marcus Stoinis ends Yashasvi Jaiswal's wretched stay at the crease and this chase is almost over for Rajasthan. Stoinis deceives with a slower delivery, Jaiswal hurries into the flick, misses it and the ball ricochets off his pads to disturb the stumps. Stoinis has been a wonderful addition for Delhi in this IPL and they are putting not a foot wrong.

Rajasthan 82/4 after 12 overs: Top stuff from R Ashwin as he finishes with 2/22 in his 4 overs. Delhi bossing the game at the moment and the required rate has climbed up to nearly 13 an over.

Rajasthan 75/3 after 11 overs: Marcus Stoinis comes into the attack and he removes Sanju Samson. Until Jaiswal gets going and plays a blinder, Rajasthan's hope of winning this is up in teh air. Excellent from Delhi and the bowlers are attacking in packs.

Rajasthan 65/2 after 10 overs: Tight over from Axar Patel and Rajasthan needs one of the batsmen to take chances.

Rajasthan 59/2 after 9 overs: Excellent catch by Shimron Hetmyer in the deep as Anrich Nortje ends Steve Smith's stay at the crease. Huge wicket and with Jaiswal not finding his feet, Delhi is squeezing with some brilliant bowling. Sanju Samson needs to play a blinder to get Rajasthan back into the match.

Rajasthan 56/1 after 8 overs: Both batsmen need to get a move on as the required rate is hovering around 10 and a couple of good overs will put serious pressure on Rajasthan.

Rajasthan 50/1 after 7 overs: The fifty comes up but Ashwin is quickly running through with his spell. Both Smith and Jaiswal are set but the latter needs to connect a few to make up for the dot balls.

Rajasthan 41/1 after 6 overs: End of PowerPlay - Excellent from Harshal Patel as after getting whacked for a maximum, the pacer comes back to give just 8. Delhi's bowling has been top class.

Rajasthan 33/1 after 5 overs: This is excellent bowling from Ashwin and he has choked Yashasvi Jaiswal, who has scored just 5 off 15 balls. The youngster needs to make a move on. Delhi bowlers are on their mark.

Rajasthan 30/1 after 4 overs: Steve Smith is up and running as he flicks Kagiso Rabada for a maximum over deep square leg and then a boundary to the fine leg. Rabada cranks up pace but Smith with his wonderful hand-eye cordination and subtle wrists takes on the challenge.

Rajasthan 16/1 after 3 overs: R Ashwin strikes and he removes Jos Buttler as Shikhar Dhawan takes a blinder. Buttler goes for the sweep, doesn't quite connect it and Dhawan flies to take an excellent catch at square leg. Rajasthan lose an early wicket as skipper Steve Smith joins Yashasvi Jaiswal.

Rajasthan 13/0 after 2 overs: Excellent stuff from Anrich Nortje as he bowls four consecutive dot ball and Yashasvi Jaiswal is under pressure. He swings and misses as Nortje gives just three from his opening over.

Rajasthan 9/0 after 1 over: Good start by Rajasthan Royals as both Buttler and Jaiswal are off the mark. Buttler takes the attacking route as he whacks Rabada for two back-to-back boundaries to get the run chase going.

Alright. We are back for the chase as Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler are out in the middle. It will be Kagiso Rabada with the new ball with Jaiswal on strike.

End of Innings: Delhi posts 184/8 after 20 overs.

Rajasthan would belive it can chase down the total and it's been an excellent bowling show with Jofra Archer leading the pack with a three-wicket haul. Rahul Tewatia, Kartik Tyagi and Andre Tye picked a wicket each. For Delhi, it lost wickets in cluster and sans Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer, the rest struggled to get going. Axar Patel's little cameo of 8-ball 17 could be decisive. Back for the chase in a bit.

Delhi 181/7 after 19 overs: Andrew Tye gives 50 runs from his four overs but ends up with a wicket on debut as he gets Axar Patel. Axar with a wonderful cameo of 8-ball1 7 helped Delhi cross the 180-run mark and has given his side a total to fight.

Delhi 159/6 after 18 overs: Delhi crosses the 150-run mark and both Axar and Harshal will aim to pocket some boundaries and give the bowlers something to defend.

Delhi 149/6 after 17 overs: Kartik Tyagi gets his man and Shimron Hetmyer departs for a brilliant 24-ball 45 and his innings has given Delhi some impetus. Rajasthan would be happy with Hetmyer's wicket and they need to close out wothout suffering much damage.

Delhi 135/5 after 16 overs: Shimron Hetmyer has smoked Andrew Tye for two sixes and the West Indian is changing gears swiftly. Important for him to carry his bat through if Delhi aims to post a challenging total.

Delhi 122/5 after 15 overs: Shimron Hetmyer has got his eye in and he helps a short ball from Kartik Tyagi over fine leg. Delhi in desperate need for boundaries.

Delhi 111/5 after 14 overs: Against the run of play Rahul Tewatia picks a wicket and he gets the prized scalp of Marcus Stoinis, who chases a wide delivery, the ball hits the toe end of the bat and Steve Smith swallows in delight.  Harshal Patel joins Shimron Hetmyer.

Delhi 107/4 after 13 overs: Shimron Hetmyer gets into the act as he pulls Andrew Tye over backward square leg for a maximum. The 100 comes up for Delhi and both Marcus Stoinis and Hetmyer hold the key from here on. For Rajasthan bowlers, length will be the key to keep things tight. 

Delhi 96/4 after 12 overs: Rahul Tewatia sneaks in an excellent over and just four runs comes from the over. Delhi needs to motor on as on a belter of a pitch, anything less than 200 might be chased down.

Delhi 92/4 after 11 overs: Excellent over from Kartik Tyagi as just five runs comes from the over. Shimron Hetmyer is due to deliver and this is the perfect stage with nine overs to go.

Delhi 87/4 after 10 overs: Rishabh Pant's painful stay in the middle comes to an end and this time he is run-out. There seemed to be absolutely no communication between the batsmen and Pant is the one to be blamed. Shimron Hetmyer joins Marcus Stoinis.

Delhi 78/3 after 9 overs: Delhi is rebuilding and Stoinis will be the key man. Rishabh Pant is yet to create an impact but Rajasthan would eye a wicket at this juncture.

Delhi 70/3 after 8 overs: Rajasthan must be careful as although it has got Delhi's top three, Marcus Stoinis remains a threat and Rishabh Pant can shift gears at ease.

Delhi 66/3 after 7 overs: Marcus Stoinis is in such good form that he has smokes Shreyas Gopal for two sixes, with the first one going out of the ground. Small boundaries and Stoinis makes a superb connection. Delhi on rebuilding phase.

Delhi 51/1 after 6 overs: Yashaswi Jaiswal has already made an impact in the game as he first took an excellent catch to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan and now with a direct hit has paced off Shreyas Iyer. Delhi in trouble as Marcus Stoinis joins Rishabh Pant.

Delhi 43/2 after 5 overs: Yet another start but Prithvi Shaw once again failed to cash in the opportunity. Attacks Jofra Archer but the Englishman is a skillful bowler and he gets the pint-sized opener. Just skids it through, Shaw goes for a heave, gets a top-edge and Archer takes an excellent catch off his own bowling. Rishabh Pant joins Iyer with Delhi in trouble.

Delhi 38/1 after 4 overs: Shreyas Iyer cashes in on the width offered by Kartik Tyagi as he smacks him over point for a boundary. Prithvi Shaw has got his eye in.

Delhi 31/1 after 3 overs: Rajasthan hands Prithvi Shaw a life as Tyagi drops the Delhi opener at fine leg. The batsman then tonks Varun Aaron for a maximum stright back over the bowler's head. That was some shot!

Delhi 13/1 after 2 overs: Jofra Archer strikes and gets Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan's indifferent form continues and this time he flicks it straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. Shreyas Iyer walks in at No.3 and joins Prithvi Shaw

Delhi 7/0 after 1 over: Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are off the mark with the southpaw flicking Varun Aaron for a boundary.

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan stroll out to the middle and out come the Rajasthan Royals after an animated speech from Robin Uthappa in the huddle. Varun Aaron will look to crack up pace early and he will start the proceedings with the new ball with Shaw on strike. Here we go!

We are all set for another thriller in the ring of sixes - Sharjah and expect yet another high scoring game. A well-oiled Delhi would aim to maintain its winning momentum, while Rajasthan would aim to bounce back.  It's an absolute belter in Sharjah and both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been in fine touch.

Toss: Rajasthan Royals wins toss, elects to bowl first. Andrew Tye makes debut for RR. Delhi unchanged.

Playing XI

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

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

Pitch Report from Sharjah: The average first innings total this year here is 219 in four games. It hasn't changed much at all and it is still hard and flat. The batsmen will back themselves and will unleash the range hitting. Variations are going to be crucial if you are a bowler - Kevin Pietersen and Michael Slater

 

Overall, the Royals have won the IPL trophy once during the inaugural season, while the Capitals are the only active IPL team to have never made the tournament's final.


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Last season, Delhi had defeated Rajasthan in both matches featuring the sides. Rajasthan had batted first in the two encounters.

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The two teams have faced each other 20 times in the IPL so far, with Rajasthan holding an 11-9 head-to-head win/loss record over Delhi.

The Preview

Rajasthan Royals is back in Sharjah. The team will be hoping to return to winning ways against Delhi Capitals on Friday.

After winning the first two games at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the Royals have lost the next three. Steve Smith's men will be desperate for a turnaround. They could not have wished for a better venue to put their campaign back on the rail. It was on this ground that they completed their stunning chase of 227 – the highest in the IPL history – against Kings XI Punjab.

Later, Royals was outplayed by Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. It certainly has to come up with a much improved show if it has to turn the table on Delhi, which is looking in great shape and form.

 

The squads:

Rajasthan Royals

Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat.

Delhi Capitals

Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (Wicketkeeper), Marcus Stoinis, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel and Lalit Yadav.

Match Details

Game No. 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Date: October 9, Friday

Time: 7:30 p.m.