DC vs RR Man of the Match: Delhi Capitals spinner was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ for his exceptional spell vs Royals.
During the 53rd match of the ongoing 12th season of the Indian Premier League between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals at Delhi, Delhi Capitals defeated Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets to register their ninth IPL 2019 victory.
In what was their last league match, Delhi are currently at No. 2 in the points table with nine wins in 14 matches. Having already qualified for the playoffs, Capitals needed to win this match in a bid to press their case for finishing in Top Two in the points table.
Chasing a paltry 116-run target, Capitals would have wanted to finish the match much before they eventually did. Losing wickets at regular intervals, Capitals’ victory came in the 17th over.
Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who came in to bat at No. 4 in the fourth over, top-scored for DC scoring 53* (38) with the help of two fours and five sixes. With bowling figures of 3.1-1-26-3, Royals leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was the pick of their bowlers.
DC vs RR Man of the Match
After Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and chose to bat, the visitors ended up scoring 115/9 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Deprived of momentum throughout their innings, Royals struggled on the sluggish Feroz Shah Kotla wicket.
Coming in to bat at No. 6 in the sixth over, Riyan Parag registered his maiden IPL half-century. In what was a one-man show, Parag scored 50 (49) with the help of four fours and a couple of sixes before getting out on the last ball of the innings.
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With bowling figures of 4-0-17-3, veteran spinner Amit Mishra was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. The 36-year old cricketer dismissed Shreyas Gopal (12), Stuart Binny (0) and Krishnappa Gowtham (6). Had fast bowler Trent Boult not dropped Gowtham on the first ball, Mishra would have registered his fourth IPL hat-trick.
Having bowled with guile and intelligence, Mishra was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ for his exceptional spell in the first innings.