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Delhi Capitals withstand Samson’s onslaught to bolster qualification aspirations

Delhi Capitals withstand Samson’s onslaught to bolster qualification aspirations

Delhi Capitals prevail in yet another run-fest at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, where both teams amassed scores exceeding 200. With this victory, Delhi ascended to 12 points, firmly keeping their playoff ambitions alive. Despite a spirited innings from Sanju Samson during the chase, Delhi managed to clinch a tense encounter.

What tipped the scales?

Rajasthan’s run-rate in the death overs suffered a significant blow compared to that of Delhi Capitals. While accurate bowling played a part, Rajasthan found themselves questioning a critical decision that could have altered the game’s course. Sanju Samson, batting on 86, was controversially dismissed caught, with fielder Shai Hope appearing to overbalance near the boundary. Although the third umpire swiftly ruled in favor of the fielding side, some replays suggested a need for closer examination. This contentious decision left Samson visibly frustrated as he reluctantly made his way back to the dugout.

Following Samson’s dismissal, Delhi’s captain turned to Kuldeep Yadav for the 18th over, a strategic move that paid dividends. Kuldeep removed Donovan Ferreira and R. Ashwin in that crucial over, finishing with figures of 2/25 and effectively sealing the victory for his team.

Delhi Capitals:

Fraser-McGurk’s fireworks in the Powerplay

Powerplay (Overs 1 to 6) – 78/2 (11 fours, 4 sixes)

Jake Fraser-McGurk shattered an all-time IPL record by registering the fastest fifty within 20 balls. Achieving this feat in his debut season added to the spectacle of his batting display on Tuesday. Despite facing initial challenges from Trent Boult’s round-the-wicket angle, Fraser-McGurk responded emphatically by lofting him for boundaries. Avesh Khan bore the brunt of his onslaught, conceding 28 runs as Fraser-McGurk reached his fifty in just 19 balls. Although Rajasthan Royals managed to dismiss Fraser-McGurk after he mistimed a shot to cover, the damage was already inflicted during the powerplay.

Ashwin’s pivotal role in the middle overs

Middle Overs (Overs 7 to 15) – 83/2 (4 fours, 3 sixes)

Delhi Capitals introduced a surprise element by promoting Axar Patel to No. 4, a move that didn’t yield immediate results. Samson capitalized on having two left-handers at the crease, utilizing Riyan Parag’s offspin to good effect. However, Abhishek Porel’s aggressive approach helped maintain the run-rate. Despite Patel’s struggles to accelerate, Porel’s attacking intent kept the scoreboard ticking. Sensing the need for breakthroughs, Ashwin delivered a crucial spell, dismissing both Patel and Porel to stifle Rajasthan’s momentum. His economical bowling in the middle overs proved instrumental, conceding just one six in his four-over spell.

Stubbs’ late surge lifts Delhi Capitals

Death Overs (Overs 16-20) – 65/3 (7 fours, 4 sixes)

Although Sandeep Sharma managed to contain runs in one over, Delhi Capitals capitalized on the remaining four overs. Led by an aggressive Stubbs, Delhi amassed 16 runs off Yuzvendra Chahal’s over, followed by consecutive sixes off Sandeep Sharma. Rasikh Dar’s smart batting also contributed to Delhi’s late surge, enabling them to reach a formidable total of 221 runs.

Rajasthan Royals:

Samson’s valiant effort in the Powerplay

Powerplay – 67/2 (8 fours, 4 sixes)

Despite losing early wickets, Rajasthan Royals witnessed a blazing start in the powerplay, courtesy of Sanju Samson’s aggressive strokeplay. Samson’s onslaught against the pacers propelled Rajasthan’s innings forward, compensating for the initial slow start. Although Jos Buttler’s dismissal interrupted the flow, Samson’s dominance kept Rajasthan in the hunt.

Samson’s resilience in the middle overs

Middle Overs – 92/1 (5 fours, 7 sixes)

Despite facing resistance from Delhi’s spinners, Samson continued to anchor Rajasthan’s innings with his calculated aggression. Riyan Parag’s cameo provided crucial support until his dismissal, but Samson remained unfazed, dispatching deliveries to the boundary with ease. Shubham Dubey’s brief onslaught further bolstered Rajasthan’s chase, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.

Rajasthan’s collapse in the death overs

Death Overs – 42/5 (4 fours, 2 sixes)

The dismissal of Samson proved to be the turning point as Rajasthan’s chase derailed rapidly. Rovman Powell’s brief resistance couldn’t salvage the situation, as wickets tumbled in quick succession. Kuldeep Yadav’s disciplined bowling in the death overs further compounded Rajasthan’s woes, ultimately sealing Delhi Capitals’ victory by a margin of 20 runs.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 221/8 (Jake Fraser-McGurk 50, Abhishek Porel 65, Tristan Stubbs 41; R Ashwin 3-24) defeated Rajasthan Royals 201/8 (Sanju Samson 86) by 20 runs.

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