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.

Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals in match number 36 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season on Saturday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Delhi need to thank Shreyas Iyer for producing a valiant effort with the bat after being in a spot of bother batting first. Iyer’s 43 helped them post 154/6 in 20 overs. In reply, Rajasthan Royals kept losing wickets and were never in the chase. Sanju Samson played a lone hand with a good half-century but it wasn’t enough as they perished to a 33-run loss.

Each DC bowler chipped in with the goods and Rishabh Pant will be a happy captain as his side has clinched 16 points from 10 matches and are top of the table once again. DC showed their character in fighting from a tough situation and then bossing the show with the ball. RR disappointed once again and their batting is a cause of concern. Samson scored the bulk of runs (70*) in RR’s 121/6 in 20 overs.

Here we present the heroes and villains of the match.

(Note: By mentioning villains we don’t intend to bring any malign to sportspersons. It’s only about the key moments where players failed to take the initiative).

Heroes of the match:

Anrich Nortje: The South African fast bowler was once again on the money, continuing his fine performance on the UAE tracks. Nortje registered figures of 2/18 and took his tally to 26 in the UAE since IPL 2020. He got two crucial wickets in the form of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rahul Tewatia. He bowled fast and his pace was too much for Jaiswal, who could only offer an edge to a ball that was nicely pitched up and it moved slightly away. It was a turning point as both RR openers perished of successive deliveries. And then Nortje also got Tewatia towards the end.

Shreyas Iyer: A definite hero was comeback king Iyer, who for the second successive game played a match-winning knock after missing the first phase with a shoulder injury. Making a comeback after a long time, Shreyas was superb and led DC’s recovery after the side lost both openers. His valiant partnership with Rishabh pant gave DC the impetus. Iyer grew as the more time he spent. He hit one four and two sixes. In the last match, he scored 47* and he continued his effort here.

R Ashwin: The veteran off-spinner showed why he deserved a berth in India’s World T20 squad making a return from nowhere. Ashwin got the wicket of David Miller from just his second delivery and then probed on tight channels. He hardly set a foot wrong and his economical spell of 1/20 in four overs helped DC apply pressure from other ends. It was a sensational job from Ashwin and he brought his experience into play. He contained the RR batsmen to perfection.

Villains of the match:

David Miller: Just when your side loses two quick wickets, you need your senior batsman to step up and play smartly. What Samson did was remarkable in terms of biding his time and settling in. However, Miller failed to do what Samson did. To come out and play a wild stroke off Ashwin’s bowling was a grave mistake. Miller was stumped and RR lost their third wicket quickly. RR needed the Proteas man to hang in there but it was a moment of madness that saw him hurt his side.

Liam Livingstone: The Englishman’s premeditated shot didn’t work and he paid the price in the very first over. He was down the track early and Avesh was clever to bang in a slow short ball which did the trick. With Evin Lewis missing, Livingstone had the perfect chance to show his mettle and be more watchful. However, it was a poor decision right in the first over especially when it wasn’t needed.

Riyan Parag: The youngster has got plenty of chances for RR but he hasn’t grabbed them. This was another poor show by the inexperienced Parag, who came in and struggled to find any sort of momentum. His decision making was disastrous in a crucial stage for RR. The Royals had plenty of time to still turn things around but Parag played a nothing shot in the 12th over to see his side get reduced to 56/5.

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