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IPL 2020: An excellent exhibition of pace bowling by Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals pacers

Exceptional fast bowling by Jofra Archer (3/19), Anrich Nortje (2/33) and Kagiso Rabada (1/28) was on full display in Match 30 of IPL 2020. Speeds of 150kph were breached and batsmen were conquered.

delhi capitals -match no 30 of IPL 2020 v/s rajasthan royals
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Delhi Capitals Falls Short of Setting a Big Target

Set to bat first Delhi Capitals put on on 161/7 by end of the innings. DC recovered earlier in the innings from the couple of early wickets taken by Archer who finished the innings with excellent figures of 3/19. Delhi Capitals moved past hundred in the 13th over and looked set for a big finish but some fine bowling by Rajasthan Royals toward the end ensured that Capitals put up a decent total. Rajasthan Royals conceded only 32 runs in the last five overs.

Royals Chase

Rajsthan were always under presssure and were pegged down by some very good bowling by Delhi Capitals. The third over saw Buttler taking on Anrich Nortje by hitting a six and fours. But Nortje had the last laugh as he ended the Buttler cameo, breaking through his defence to give DC their first breakthrough.

RR were 115/5 after the end of the 14th over and needed 47 from the last six to seal a win. At one point they needed 39 off 30 deliveries and in IPL terms this was a breezer. But DC had otehr ideas as the they conceded just 7 runs in teh a8th and 19th over, courtesy of excellent bowling by Nortje and Rabada. RR needed 22 runs in the final over with Tewatia still in the middle and debutant Deshpande bowling the over. He conceded nine runs and picked a wicket as Delhi Capitals returned to winning ways, beating RR by 13 runs.

With this win Delhi Capitals move to the top of the IPL 2020 Points Table while Rajasthan Royals are languishing at the bottom with only 4 points.

IPL Points Table (After Match 30)

League Matches Rankings
Delhi Capitals
Mumbai Indians
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Kolkata Knight Riders
Chennai Super Kings
Rajasthan Royals
Kings XI Punjab

Great Fast Bowling on Display

archer-nortje-rabada pace bowling delhi capitals v/s rajastan royals -match 30
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Jofra Archer was unplayable from the very first ball he bowled in the game. Prithvi Shaw reached out for a length ball and got bowled (pace 144kph). He made Ajinkya Rahane shrivel away from a bouncer. That was 147 kph. He took him out too and the new guy had to face 151 kph.

Anrich Nortje looks every bit of a pace bowler but he got swung and scooped away for a six and couple of boundaries by Buttler with speeds at 150+ kph. But Nortje was not one to back down and he cranked up the speeds to 155 kph and clean bowled Buttler.

Kagiso Rabada, currently leading with 18 wickets, was also hitting speeds consistently at 145+ kph and this was what this game was all about. Pace bowling at it’s zenith.

Final Score: Delhi Capitals 161/7 beat Rajasthan Royals 148/8 by 13 runs.

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