Navi Mumbai, May 12: Rajasthan Royals had tried an original move: getting Ravichandran Ashwin, the three pinch hitter, to make quick runs after Jos Buttler’s power play drop and getting the left-right combination to work, in this case Ashwin with Yashasvi. Jaiswal.
Ashwin’s charge of throwing his hands at everything had worked well until Jaiswal fell in the ninth to Mitchell Marsh. His right had been stuck until then and he broke the shackles by dancing down the field to hit Kuldeep Yadav for six and then four Sakariya with a cheeky ramp over the keeper’s head.
After reaching fifty on 37 balls, Ashwin missed in the middle of Marsh. But Devdutt Padikkal continued to take runs out of runs, taking fours in succession, with a fine leg tickle and a cut down the field to third man short.
After Shardul Thakur had conceded nine runs in the 16th, Nortje struck for Delhi when Sanju Samson missed a crosscourt ball to a long ball on stumps midway through the wicket running to his right.
Although Riyan Parag hooked Nortje with a deep square leg back, he was undone by the back of Sakariya’s hand and a slower ball at 18, losing his bat in the process of wasting time.
Nortje came back in the 19th to get Padikkal two out of his half-century with a shot that the southpaw was able to cut out of the air and was caught safely by backup fielder Kamlesh Nagarkoti running up and diving for a shot. impressive catch, ending Rajasthan’s efforts to finish it off with a bang.
Rassie van der Dussen and Trent Boult were able to put in just 14 runs in the final two overs, including a limit against Nortje with Thakur conceding just six runs in the final over as Rajasthan reached 160/6.
But the wobble caused by Delhi’s bowling attack meant they were only able to get 53 runs for the loss of four wickets in the last six overs, robbing Rajasthan of the late boost they needed and eventually Delhi getting the goal they needed. they needed what Rishabh Pant had said at the launch, in the 140-160 range.
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