IPL 2019
IPL 2019: Match 40 (RR vs DC): Pant And Dhawan Takes Delhi To A Comfortable Win
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The Delhi Capitals (DC) has come out swinging against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) as they won the match by six wickets at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur. It was a day for the two players whose ability to score runs in unfavorable circumstances was being seriously questioned. It was Ajinkya Rahane’s sheer class in the first innings, but it was overshadowed by Rishabh Pant and his fierce batting. The Royals opener scored a century but it went in vain in the end with DC chasing down the challenging total.

Ajinkya Rahane after scoring the century

During the toss, the RR skipper, Steve Smith revealed that they have made no changes to the winning squad. On the other hand, DC had made a change in their squad as Chris Morris came back in place of the young Sandeep Lamichhane.

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Samson got out before facing a delivery in the game as Ajinkya Rahane played the complete first over of Ishant Sharma and took a single off the final ball. On the very first ball of the second over, Samson got out owing to a brilliant throw by Kagiso Rabada. After that dismissal, Rahane went bonkers as he smashed the DC bowlers all-over the part. Even he got a lifeline in the 5th over when Ishant dropped a sitter.

Kagiso Rabada bowled brilliantly in the slog overs

Along with Steve Smith, Ajinkya was toying with the bowlers as from the score of 59/1 in the first 7 overs, they took RR to a total of 135/1 at the 13-over mark. Meanwhile, both of them completed their respective half-centuries as well. However, soon after completing his fifty, Smith was dismissed in the 14th over.

Rahane completed his century in 58 balls and eventually remained unbeaten on 105 runs from 63 balls and helped RR to reach the total of 191/6 in their quota of 20 overs. Rajasthan played with a lowe run-rate in the last five overs which barred them from scoring 200+ runs.

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During the chase, Delhi needed a quick-fire start and Shikhar Dhawan started the innings with a bang, along with Prithvi Shaw, he amassed as many as 59 runs in the powerplay itself. However, Dhawan got out in the 8th over while attempting a six and he was stumped by Samson off the bowling of Shreyas Gopal. Iyer also got dismissed soon as he was also got dismissed by Riyan Parag in the 9th over.

Rishabh Pant played brilliantly

After Iyer’s dismissal, Shaw built a partnership with Rishabh Pant as they added 84 runs for the third wicket before the former getting out in the 17th over. However, Pant kept on smashing the DC bowlers after completing his second fifty of the season as he amassed 78* off just 36 balls. He finished the game with a six in the last over to take Delhi over the line with 4 balls to spare and 6 wickets in hand.

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Brief Score:

Delhi Capitals – 193/4 in 19.2 overs (R Pant: 78*, S Dhawan: 54; S Gopal: 2/47) defeated Rajasthan Royals – 191/6 in 20 overs (A Rahane: 105*; K Rabada: 2/37, I Sharma: 1/27) by 6 wickets with 4 balls to spare