Late comeback gives Delhi table-topping win
The Delhi Capitals made a late comeback to beat the Rajasthan Royals by 13 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium yesterday, pushing the Royals closer to the trap door and an early exit from the Indian Premier League.
The Royals remain one from the bottom, while the Capitals reclaimed the top spot.
With five overs left the Royals needed 39 to win, but Ravichandran Ashwin conceded just two runs off the 16th over with South African Anrich Nortje taking the crucial wicket of Robin Uthappa and giving up just four runs in the 18th.
Having scored just eight off the over in between, the Royals needed 25 off 12 balls,but a tidy Kagiso Rabada conceded just three off the penultimate over, leaving the big hitting Rahul Tewatia with too much to do to script a win.
Set a target of 162 to win, the Royals had contributions from Ben Stokes (41),Jos Buttler (22) and Sanju Samson (25) at the top of the innings, before the experienced hand of Robin Uthappa looked set to take them over the line.
Stokes and Buttler opened the innings once again, with the latter scoring 16 of his 22 runs in the third over of the chase bowled by Nortje, before he was beaten for pace and was the first wicket to fall on the last ball of that over.
Kagiso Rabada of Delhi Capitals celebrates the wicket of Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals during match