Mumbai, April 23: A clinical bowling performance, after Jos Buttler bowled a 65-ball 116, helped Rajasthan Royals defend 222/2 against the Delhi Capitals to record a 15-run victory in Match 34 of IPL 2022, at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday.
Prasidh Krishna finished at 3/22 while R Ashwin finished at 2/32 as the Royals overcame some anxious moments while defending their grand total to record their fifth win of the season and move to the top of the points table with 10 points. , surpassing Gujarat. Titans and Royal Challengers Bangalore with a higher net execution rate.
Buttler had established victory by reaching his third IPL 2022 century and Devdutt Padikkal contributed a superb 54 as Rajasthan Royals posted a massive 222/2 from 20 overs, the highest score this season so far.
They then came back to restrict Delhi Capitals to 207-8 in 20 overs to seal the victory.
Delhi came close in pursuit thanks to superb tackles from David Warner (28), Prithvi Shaw (37), captain Rishabh Pant (44) and an unbeaten 36-for-15 from Rovman Powell to get closer to the target, but in the end, they fell just short.
Powell raised hopes of a sensational win by hitting three sixes in the first three deliveries of the final, but was unable to complete the chase for 36 in six deliveries as Delhi lost the match.
Delhi started at a fast pace as David Warner and Prithvi Shaw went up 43 runs in the fifth over before Warner hit Prasidh Krishna to two straight fours in the fifth over and cut Trent Boult over the third man. But Warner couldn’t extend his innings as he was out, giving Sanju Samson a big lead against Prasidh Krishna, trying to drive a long ball back to the side of the leg.
Sarfaraz Khan lasted just three deliveries, caught by R Ashwin’s Prasidh Krishna and Delhi Capitals were in trouble at 48/2 in the sixth over. Skipper Rishabh Pant joined Prithvi Shaw in the middle and they collected 51 runs for the third-wicket partnership, both hitting some excellent shots in the process.
But the good news didn’t last long for the Delhi Capitals as Shaw, who survived a tough chance from Boult and had hit Obed McCoy for a straight four-and-six in the ninth over, was eliminated for 37 caught by Boult from Ashwin as Delhi. he sank further into trouble with 99/3 in the 10th.
Skipper Rishabh Pant continued to chase down the stiff target, hitting Riyan Parag for a pair of sixes: a thigh-high full drop placed over the deep middle of the wicket and a one-handed shove over the top as Parag attempted a round. arm delivery.
Chahal dropped it on Prasidh Krishna’s deep thin leg, his second life after Hetmyer dropped it earlier. But he couldn’t capitalize on it as he served a ball later, caught by Padikkal in front of Prasidh as Delhi slumped further into the quagmire.
Lalit Yadav scored a 24-ball 37 and Rovman Powell a 15-ball 36, but in the end, Delhi Capitals fell 15 runs short.
Powell guided Capitals to the final with 36 needed in six deliveries. He hit sixes in the first three deliveries, raising hopes of hitting sixes to seal a dramatic win. He connected his third six of the 20 in a delivery that, according to them, should be without the ball in the height. The referees ruled it a legal delivery, causing the Delhi Capitals bench to erupt in anger, gesticulating furiously as a member of staff rushed onto the pitch to argue with the referees. In the end, the referees stood their ground.
McCoy bowled a point ball and allowed just two runs in the fifth installment and a dejected Powell skidded the final installment for Sanju Samson to gleefully bag it to signal the Rajasthan Royals win.
Short scores: Rajasthan Royals 222/2 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 54, Jos Buttler 116, Sanju Samson 46 not out; Mustafizur Rahman 1/43) beat Delhi Capitals 207/8 in 20 overs (David Warner 28, Prithvi Shaw 27 , Rishabh Pant 44, Rovman Powell 36; Prasidh Krishna 3/22, R Ashwin 2/32) for 15 runs.