Delhi Capitals, on Monday, beat Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets to register their seventh win of the season. Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan scored blazing fifties while Prithvi Shaw scored 42 as Delhi comfortably chased down 191 in the 40th game of this year’s IPL. The win meant Ajinkya Rahane‘s second IPL ton went in vain. Asked to bat first, Royals did not get a good start as Sanju Samson was run out in the second over without even facing a ball.
With Jos Buttler unavailable too, Royals needed someone to stand up and Rahane took the onus on himself. In the company of skipper Steve Smith, Rahane batted Royals to a position of strength. It looked like the Royals were on course for a total well over 200 before Smith fell to Axar Patel after scoring his 2nd successive fifty. But unlike Smith, Rahane continued his exploits with the bat and went on to complete a fine century off 58 balls. It was his first ton since 2012.
However, the Royals just could not finish their innings on a strong note as they managed to collect just 41 runs in the last 30 balls. The failure to score quickly in the death over hurt Royals as Delhi Capitals chased down the 191-run total. Dhawan gave Delhi a quick start and departed after slamming 54 from just 27 deliveries. Delhi lost Shreyas Iyer cheaply but Shaw and Pant batted the Royals out of the game by adding 84 runs for the third wicket. Pant remained unbeaten on 78 from just 36 deliveries to take his team home in the very final over.
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With the win, Delhi Capitals displaced Chennai Super Kings from the top of the table. Delhi now have seven wins from 11 games while Super Kings have same number of wins from ten.
Here is the updated IPL updated points table:
Updated Orange Cap table:
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow occupy the top two spots respectively with 517 and 445 runs in nine innings this season. Chris Gayle is at third while Dhawan jumped to fourth spot after scoring his fourth fifty of the season. KL Rahul complete the top five.
Updated Purple Cap table:
Delhi Capitals pacer Kagiso Rabada sits at the top with 23 wickets in 11 matches this season. Imran Tahir is at second with 16 wickets.