Delhi Capitals (DC) got the better of Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 33 runs in match number 36 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Sent into bat after losing the toss, DC managed to post 154 for 6 on what was a tough batting surface. Shreyas Iyer top-scored for DC with 43 while Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya claimed two wickets each for RR. In response, Rajasthan managed only 121 for 6 despite skipper Sanju Samson’s brilliant 70 not out of 53. Anrich Nortje picked up 2 for 18 while all the other bowlers claimed one wicket each while not giving away too many runs. With the win, DC also moved to the top of the IPL 2021 points table. Following DC’s win, here are some unexpected things that happened during the game.
- Mahipal Lomror bowling the second over
While RR made a couple of changes to their playing XI from the last game, leaving out Evin Lewis and Chris Morris, Sanju Samson made another interesting move when he brought on left-arm spinner Mahipal Lomror to bowl the second over. The in-form Shikhar Dhawan began by cutting the slow bowler for a boundary. Lomror, however, came back well and gave away only one more run in the over.
Although Lomror did not pick up a wicket and did not come on the bowl next over, the move seemed to have worked as Dhawan perished, chopping the first ball from Kartik Tyagi onto the stumps. Samson’s decision to mix up spin and pace in quick succession seemed to have upset Dhawan’s timing. The left-hander was slow on Tyagi’s delivery, perhaps because he had played the spinner a few balls earlier. DC soon lost Prithvi Shaw as well as RR got off to a brilliant start in the powerplay overs.
2. Ashwin misses reverse flick, comically survives sure-shot run-out
Ravichandran Ashwin is not renowned as the greatest runner between the wickets. He struggles to get off the blocks and is a definite candidate for run-out in limited-overs matches. In the last over of DC’s innings, Ashwin survived what should have been an easy run-out in a rather comical fashion.
Ashwin, rather incredibly, tried a reverse flick against Mustafizur Rahman off the penultimate ball of the innings. Not surprisingly, Ashwin got no bat to the length ball angled across him. However, even as Lalit Yadav took off for a run, the veteran off-spinner was late to react. By the time he took off, it seemed way too late. Mustafizur was thrown the ball and had a lot of time to run out Ashwin. However, he missed a throw from a very close distance. Not only did the batter survive the run-out, he came back for a second off the overthrow!
3. Liam Livingstone’s failed attempt at opening the innings
Although Evin Lewis batted well in the last match, RR did not play him against DC on Saturday. The official word was that he and Chris Morris were unavailable. Since Lewis opened in the last innings, RR had to find a replacement opener for him. They decided to go with the big-hitting Liam Livingstone at the top of the order, something which Sanju Samson hinted about at the toss.
The move did not work though as Livingstone perished in the first over of the game, trying to take on Avesh Khan. All he managed was to tickle the pacer behind the wickets for Rishabh Pant to take a good catch. RR could never recover from that poor start. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and, eventually, fell way short of the target of 155. Clearly, the move to open with Livingstone was not a success as his early wicket set the team back in the chase.