DUBAI (UAE): Rajasthan Royals‘ (RR) skipper Steve Smith said his team failed to deal with the variation in speed of Delhi Capitals‘ (DC) bowlers, as the Royals succumbed to a defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Saturday. SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE |
Delhi, who secured a 13-run win against Rajasthan, posted a target of 162 runs before their bowlers restricted RR to 148/8.
“We thought we bowled well at the back-end and restricted them to 160-odd. That was probably around par on this wicket, and the opening partnership got us ahead in the game. But we couldn’t extend those partnerships; boys were getting in and getting out, not going on to make 50 or 60,” Smith said during the post-match presentation via host broadcaster Star Sports.
“It has been the trend in the tournament. The boys that have the air speed have had the most success. Jofra (Archer) has been great for us and same with (Anrich) Nortje and (Kagiso) Rabada for Delhi. They changed things around tonight by bowling with pace, taking pace off and varying it nicely. We weren’t able to deal with that. We are not in the greatest position at the moment, so need to move on from this and hopefully come back with a big game in three days’ time,” he added.
Tushar Deshpande and Anrich Nortje picked two wickets each to help Delhi Capitals win the match. Also, during the match, Nortje bowled the fastest delivery in the history of the tournament, clocking a speed of 156.22 kmph.
With this win, Delhi reclaimed the top spot on the leaderboard, with 12 points from eight matches.