IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals win by 5 wickets to eliminate Rajasthan Royals

first_imgRajasthan Royals (RR) endured a sorry end to their IPL 2019 campaign after Delhi Capitals (DC) handed them a 5-wicket defeat in their last league game in Delhi. After hosts’ bowlers Amit Mishra (3/17), Ishant Sharma (3/38) and Trent Boult (2/27) combined to restrict Royals to 115/9 in the first innings, RR completed the chase with 23 balls to spare helped by Rishabh Pant’s 53*.The loss means that RR are now out of contention for the playoffs while DC shot up to the second position just behind Chennai Super Kings on the points table.Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Ajinkya Rahane’s decision took a turn for the worse when Ishant Sharma took dismissed Rahane (2) with a slower ball before disturbing Liam Livingstone’s (14) stumps with a similar delivery.When the in-form Sanju Samson (5) was run-out, after a huge mix-up with Mahipal Lomror, in the 5th over by a direct-hit from Prithvi Shaw, RR were in all sorts of trouble. In the next over, Sharma took care of Lomror (8) too by getting him caught behind the wicket.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra then tormented the Rajasthan batsmen by fooling Shreyas Gopal (12) with a loopy delivery before taking care of Stuart Binny (0) and Krishnappa Gowtham for 6.With wickets continuing to fall at one end, 17-year-old Riyan Parag took it upon himself to take the side to a respectable total. He unfurled a number of delightful strokes including back-to-back boundaries of DC’s premier bowlers- Sharma and Boult. In the process, Parag also became the youngest-ever half-centurion in the IPL when he hit Boult for twin sixes in the last over of RR’s innings. Aged 17 years 175 days, he broke the previous record held jointly by Sanju Samson and Prithvi Shaw. He was the last wicket to fall, having made 50(49).advertisementIn reply, DC started cautiously but openers Prithvi Shaw (8) and Shikhar Dhawan (16) were dismissed by Ish Sodhi off successive balls, right after it seemed that they were set.Skipper Shreyas Iyer then took matters into his own hands by dispatching Sodhi over his head for two successive maximums, before Rishabh Pant guided one towards the cover boundary in the same over, ruining the spinner’s figures.Pant continued his merrymaking by hitting Parag for back-to-back sixes in the next over but Iyer (15) fell to Gopal increasing DC’s anxiety. At 61/3 in the 8th over and Pant at the crease, Colin Ingram joined the left-hander to steady the chase.But Sodhi returned to send back the Kiwi for 12 getting him caught while trying to sweep as Rahane at slip pouched a simple catch off the gloves.Pant, on his part, maintained his composure, running hard between the wickets along with hitting the odd big hit when the opportunity arose. While Sherfane Rutherford (11) got out trying to hit Gopal out of the park, Pant and Axar Patel stayed patient to finish the chase with 23 balls to spare.Also Read | IPL 2019, DC vs RR: Riyan Parag youngest to hit an IPL fiftyAlso Read | AB de Villiers and I are like Ram-Lakhan: Virat Kohlilast_img