Delhi Capitals reciprocated Rajasthan Royals in the death overs to register a thrilling 13-run victory in their Indian Premier League match on Wednesday.
Electing to bat first, Delhi struggled in the closing stages to make an unsafe 161-7. Delhi then conceded just 38 runs in the last seven overs to restrict Rajasthan to 148-8 in 20 overs. The victory lifted Capitals to the top of the table again with 12 points from eight games.
Rajasthan are second from the bottom on net run rate after tying on points with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. Kings XI Punjab are pit bottom with two points.
England duo Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes gave rocketing start to Rajasthan collecting 37 runs in the first three overs. Buttler hit a nine-ball 22 before getting bowled by Anrich Nortje whom the Englishman struck for a six and two boundaries in the same over.
Steven Smith fell cheaply to R Ashwin handing the bowler a return catch for just one run. Stokes continued to play his shots but was out for a 35-ball 41 hitting six boundaries.
Delhi then began controlling the Rajasthan innings although the asking rate was well within their reach. Robin Uthappa made a 27-ball 32 with three fours and a six. Sanju Samson (25) and Rahul Tewatia (14 not out) were other Rajasthan batsmen to reach double figures. Nortje and Deshpande took two wickets each for Delhi.
Rajasthan, earlier, had bowled superbly in the death overs conceding just 32 runs in the last five overs to prevent Delhi from reaching close to 200. Kartik Tyagi was particularly impressive giving away just eight runs in his returning two-over spell.
Rajasthan were off to a dream start when Jofra Archer bowled in-form Prithvi Shaw for a duck. The English pacer then got rid of Ajinkya Rahane (two) reducing Delhi to 10-2 by the third over. Captain Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan then shared 85 runs to consolidate the innings.
Dhawan made his second consecutive half century but threw away his wicket trying a switch hit against spinner Shreyas Gopal only to hole out a catch to Tyagi. Dhawan made a 33-ball 57 with three fours and two sixes.
Iyer added another 37 runs with Marcus Stoinis (18) to bring another half century in the tournament. He contributed 53 off 43 hitting three fours and two sixes. The lower middle order, however, failed to build on to a big total. Archer picked up 3-19 from four overs and Jaydev Unadkat took 2-32.