RR vs DC Preview: Riyan, Chahal put up a show to record Rajasthan’s second win

Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals exchanged blows in Match 9 of the Indian Premier League 2024 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday. DC won the toss and decided to bowl first. RR was off to a shaky start as openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (5 off 7) and Jos Buttler (11 off 16) departed in a hurry. Sanju Samson (15 off 14) scored consecutive boundaries and trod back to the pavilion. Post that, it was Riyan Parag’s (84* off 45) show altogether, as the batter got ample support from R Ashwin (29 off 19) and Dhruv Jurel (20 off 12). With Shimron Hetmyer (14 off 70) and Parag’s last over freak, RR posted 185/5.

Chasing a modest total DC created terror in the hearts of RR as David Warner (49 off 34) and Mitchell Marsh (23 off 12) eyed boundaries every over. Ricky Bhui left without troubling the scoreboard and Rishabh Pant (28 off 26) did not look in great touch. Tristan Stubbs (44 off 23) and Axar Patel (15 off 13) though settled, failed to garner 17 off the over as RR emerged victorious by 12 runs.

Top Performers of the Match

Riyan Parag (84* off 45)

Riyan Parag walked into bat when the RR had lost their top order cheaply and made sure RR never had to look for other risky tactics. He took care of DC’s economical bowlers Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav as he fetched a major chunk of runs from them. He smashed seven boundaries and six maximums. Particularly, it was because of his last over exploits where he scored 25 runs, RR had a respective total of 185 to defend.

Yuzvendra Chahal (2 for 19)

Yuzvendra Chahal may have fallen out of Indian selection radar but he displayed his canny knack of wicket-taking and run-controlling in the game against Delhi Capitals. Chahal’s three overs cost his team only 19 runs while he dismissed two crucial opponent batters in the form of Rishabh Pant and Abhishek Porel in the middle overs to keep the Capitals in check.

What’s next for both teams?

Rajasthan Royals will next take on Mumbai Indians in Match 14 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 1. Delhi Capitals will take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Match 13 at the neutral venue, ACA-VDCA stadium in Hyderabad on March 31.