IPL 2019: Match 53, DC vs RR – Delhi Capitals Player Ratings
Young Delhi Capitals now stand second in the points table.
Updated - May 4, 2019 7:48 pm
The all-important IPL fixture between the Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) turned out to be a bummer. On a tough batting track, it was the home team all the way through. After opting to bat first in the game, the Royals found it extremely tough with the bat. The side lost their top four batsmen in quick successions with no one managing to get past an individual score of 15.
Ishant Sharma wreaked havoc early on and that was followed by Amit Mishra who picked up another three. If it was not for the fightback from Riyan Parag, the visitors would have placed themselves in the worst position possible. The youngster, yet again, showed a lot of maturity and played some sensible cricket. He became the youngest ever to score a fifty in IPL and broke the previous record that was held by Sanju Samson. His knock helped RR get to 115/9 in 20 overs.
Rishabh Pant takes his team through in this critical encounter
The hosts were struck by a double blow early in the chase when Ish Sodhi dismissed both the openers off consecutive balls. Skipper Shreyas Iyer also was trapped for just 15 runs and thus the side was under slight pressure. While a potential middle order collapse was on the cards yet again, it wasn’t to be this time courtesy a great knock from Rishabh Pant.
Even though he played nine dots straight, he knew when he had to accelerate and played a highly sensible knock. His unbeaten 38-ball 53 helped Dehli get past the line with five wickets and 23 balls to spare. Thus, the team has got back into the top two and will have their fingers crossed.
Here are the DC Player Ratings for the match
Shikhar Dhawan – 3/10
Shikhar Dhawan tried playing an aggressive knock at the start of the innings. The left-hander hit two boundaries during his brief stay in the middle. Dhawan scored 16 runs off 12 balls before Ish Sodhi dismissed him. He also took a crucial catch.
Prithvi Shaw – 2/10
With just a meagre score to chase, Prithvi Shaw had a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in the middle and get his eye in before the playoffs. However, his string of poor shows continued as he failed to utilise the opportunity. The youngster could only score 8 runs from 8 balls.
Shreyas Iyer – 3/10
Shreyas Iyer usually likes to stay in the middle right till the end while chasing and ensures that his team gets over the line. However, his approach was slightly different this match. The skipper tried to attack the dangerous Ish Sodhi and smacked him for two big sixes. But, he couldn’t make use of the start and got out after scoring 15 runs.
Rishabh Pant – 9/10
It has been a rarity that Rishabh Pant has batted with maturity and sensibility in this edition. However, he took the onus upon himself in the crucial encounter and played a terrific knock. He started slow and assessed the conditions early on. However, he caught up later on and went onto register a half-century. The wicketkeeper-batsman remained unbeaten on 53 and finished the game in style with a six.
Colin Ingram – 3/10
Colin Ingram struggled in this match. He tried to play the anchor and assist Rishabh Pant. However, the South African found it tough to rotate the strike. Ingram took 23 balls to score 12 runs and took the required run rate up with this sluggish knock.
Sherfane Rutherford – 2.5/10
Sherfane Rutherford came in at an important juncture in the match and had the opportunity of closing off the game. He attempted taking the leg-spinner on and hit one six. But he tried to go again off the next ball and holed out to the fielder at long-on. The Caribbean cricketer bowled five balls and conceded 2 runs.
Keemo Paul – 6/10
Keemo Paul also operated in the middle overs when the opposition was under pressure. He bowled decently well and conceded 15 runs in 3.1 overs.
Axar Patel – 6/10
Axar Patel bowled a highly economical spell in this match. In four overs, he gave away just 16 runs but couldn’t pick up any wickets. Albeit being thrifty, Axar didn’t have much pressure to deal with.
Amit Mishra – 9/10
Amit Mishra was excellent for DC in this encounter. He had the opportunity to pick up a hat-trick but missed out as a catch was dropped by Trent Boult. The leg-spinner first picked up the wickets of Shreyas Gopal and the dangerous Stuart Binny off consecutive deliveries. In the next over that he bowled, he dismissed Krishnappa Gowtham.
Trent Boult – 7.5/10
Trent Boult bowled well in this match. He was economical and picked up two wickets. While the wicket of Riyan Parag came off the final ball of the innings, Ish Sodhi was his other wicket in this match. The left-arm pacer loses out on a few points as he dropped the critical catch on the hat-trick ball of Amit Mishra.
Ishant Sharma – 8.5/10
Ishant Sharma was brilliant with the ball in this match and provided DC with a good start. The lanky fast bowler picked up some crucial wickets right at the top putting the opposition under pressure. While he dismissed the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone and Mahipal Lomror, Ishant was slightly expensive in this game. He conceded 38 runs in his four overs and thus loses out on some points.