Abu Dhabi, September 25: Delhi Capitals for all practical purposes assured themselves a place in the IPL 2021 play-offs with a 33-run win over Rajasthan Royals here on Saturday (September 26).
The Capitals now have 16 points and have gone up in the IPL 2021 points table to be perched at the No 1 slot.
In the IPL 2021 on Saturday (September 25), Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals will face each other at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Delhi are placed second in the table with 14 points, same as Chennai Super Kings but behind them on net run rate.
While Rajasthan are in the bottom half, 5th to be precise with 8 points. A win can take them to 10 points in the IPL 2021 points table. Kolkata Knight Riders are currently on the 4th place with 8 points.
RR can go ahead of RCB too and reach the third spot. Even though both RR and RCB have 10 points, the Royals have better net run rate. A defeat will saw them stay put at No 5 and getting into more tough paths in their quest for play-off berth.
The IPL 2021's race to knockouts are hotting up, and this match between RR and DC will have some bearing on it.
Here's then the updates from the match between Rishabh Pant-led Capitals and Sanju Samson captained Royals. Stay on this page for all action.
That's all from this match folks. Over to Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
All ovah!!! DC beat RR by 33 runs. and for all practical purposes they have qualified for the Play offs with 16 points.
Dhawan drops Sanju on 58. But just a footnote than any real impact moment.
Sanju has scored more than 50 per cent of RR's runs and only Lomror has reached double digit other than Sanju. A story indeed.
Tewatia went for a pull but never timed it good thanks to Nortje's extra pace. Easy picking for Hetmyer.
Nortje is back for the 18th over and he gets the wicket of Tewatia. RR is 99 for 6,
Samson has reached his 50. He played a lone hand for RR today.
Sanju has played a wonderful reverse swat off Axar. Lovely timing. He is batting at a different level.
It is the second strategic break.
Sanju has played some handsome shots. 73 to win in the last 5 overs. Will we see a miracle or is it a bit too late?
The slowness of the pitch is taking off the value from many of the RR batsmen shots.
Rahul Tewatia has joined Sanju Samson. A little over 13 per over is required.
Parag is castled by Axar after the batsman went for an almighty pull. RR are 55/5.
Steve Smith on for Prithvi Shaw, who has been out with an ankle issue.
11 overs and RR are 49 for 4. Sanju and Riyan Parag are out there. But they need some serious shift and now.
Out Lomror. Holed out to Avesh off Rabada. 48 for 4 RR now.
9 overs 43/3. And here is the first strategic break.
6, first for RR by Mahipal Lomror off Ashwin.
28 for 3 after 7 overs. RR will do good with some momentum shifting from here.
Here comes Kagiso Rabada.
250 T20 wickets for Ashwin. Remarkable.
Ashwin came in and dismissed Miller straightaway. RR 17/3.
Sanju Samson is saved by DRS. He had pulled Nortje and Pant made a tumbling catch and was given out. But DRS made it clear that the deflection was off his shoulder.
Sanju Samson and David Miller are the new batsmen.
RR are 6/2. This is the kind of start DC would have been hoping for.
Nortje strikes first up. Jaiswal edges to Pant. A decision abetted by DRS.
Out. Livingstone caught behind off by Pant off Avesh Khan. Perfect start for DC.
RR begin chase through Yashaswi Jaiswal and Liam Livingstone.
If any team can defend this, it is DC. Rabada, Nortje, Ashwin. Well let's see in 15 minutes.
154 for 6 it is for DC. A par for the total, we would say.