Late come­back gives Delhi ta­ble-top­ping win

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

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

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