Anrich Nortje did it for DC. The protea speedster fired on all cylinders and registered this year’s ipl’s fastest ball and not just that he consistently bowled 150+ in the match and got two wickets as rewards. The Nortje over to Buttler will be a highlight of this year’s IPL.Delhi batting first made a decent total of 161 which is a par score in Dubai. Skipper Iyer scored a fifty and Shikhar Dhawan also contributed with a 57 of just 33 balls. In the chase RR were going great at the halfway mark but somehow they managed to fluff it helped by some poor shots some poor running and sensational fast bowling by Delhi. Even the run rate being under control the lower middle order couldn’t finish the game.
Steven Smith | Losing captain: Disappointing. The wicket slowed up a bit as the game went on. We got off to a good start with Jos and Stokesy, then we lost a couple wickets and got another partnership between Stokesy and Sanju, then again lost wickets in clumps and on slow wickets it is hard to make up too many runs at the backend. We needed to take it a bit deeper from some of our batters and we were not able to do that. We thought we bowled well at the backend 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. It has been the trend in the tournament, the boys that have the air speed have had the most success, Jofra has been great for us and same with Nortje and 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.
Shikhar Dhawan, acting captain for DC: He’s (Iyer) in pain but his shoulder is moving. We’ll get proper report tomorrow. One moment it was quite even and to pick it back from there was a team effort. Was important we stayed positive as a team. Knew their batting isn’t deep. Knew if we got their top-order we can get them. Everytime we want them to deliver they’re delivering. Courage he showed, line and length he bowled was amazing (Deshpande). Have to keep the momentum. Long tournament. Will keep the process going.
Anrich Nortje is the man of the match.