Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Sanju Samson was excellent behind the wickets as he effected the stumping of well-set Delhi Capitals (DC) batsman, Shreyas Iyer. The two teams are facing off in the day game on Saturday.
On a hot sunny afternoon in Abu Dhabi, DC set out to bat first. Signs of a slow pitch were seen early on when Shikhar Dhawan inside-edged a delivery onto his stumps. Prithvi Shaw followed suit as he was unable to adjust the pitch early on and went for a wild hoick.
The early wickets brought the current and previous skippers, Rishabh Pant and Iyer, to the crease. They slowly rebuilt the innings and stitched a 50-run partnership. Not wanting to be bogged down in the middle-overs phase, Pant tried to break the shackles but fell to Mustafizur Rahman’s deceptive slower ball.
The dismissal impacted Iyer at the other end. He chased after a wide delivery from Rahul Tewatia but the momentum took him outside the crease. Sanju Samson was aware of the opportunity. He instantly knocked out the stumps. Both of them were confident but the ‘keeper had the last laugh in the end.
Replays showed Iyer was comfortable outside the crease when the bails were knocked off. The wicket set back the DC side quite a bit as both their set batsmen were sent back to the hut in a few deliveries within each other.
Nevertheless, it was a good innings from Iyer on a difficult track. He was recently dropped from the 15-member Indian squad for the T20 World Cup and was only added to the reserves. He has a point to prove in the ongoing IPL 2021 season and he has started out well so far.