This was the last league game for both the teams. Everything was the same as it was during the league stage. Delhi Capitals did a good job, Rajasthan Royals struggled and Kotla’s wicket showed it’s unpredictable nature again.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat first. If this match was played somewhere else then this decision would have been perfect. But nothing is normal in Delhi right now due to elections and so the pitch behaved in a way which can’t be explained.
Rajasthan Royals lost 4 wickets in the powerplay. But then due to some sensible batting from Riyan Parag, they managed to score 115 runs in 20 overs. Steven Smith was not available in this and hence Ajinkya Rahane was captaining the side.
Delhi Capitals’ bowlers did a very good job. Amit Mishra gave only 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs and took 3 wickets. Ishant Sharma was not that much economical but he also took 3 wickets. Kagiso Rabada has pulled out of the league and hence Trent Boult replaced him in the side and he also took 2 wickets with an economy of 6.8.
Chasing 116 in t-20 is not a tedious job. But it can become one if you are playing at Feroz Shah Kotla. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw was dismissed in the powerplay by Ish Sodhi. Delhi then lost 3 more wickets but due to 58 off 38 balls by Rishabh Pant allowed Delhi to cross the line comfortably with 5 wickets in hand.
Rajasthan Royals had a chance of qualifying if they had won this match.