Game 11 of the TATA IPL 2023 saw Delhi Capitals take on Rajasthan Royals. The game was played at the Barsapara Stadium Guwahati. Delhi Capitals came into the game after having lost their opening two games. Rajasthan Royals on the other hand began with a win before losing their last encounter. A huge crowd again welcomed the two teams, as Jos Buttler made it to the playing XI despite reports saying otherwise.
The story as it happened –
Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to bowl first as Sarfaraz Khan was benched, while Mitchell Marsh flew back to Australia. Manish Pandey came into the team along with Lalit Yadav. The Royals made one change as Sandeep Sharma came in for KM Asif.
Samson defies the odds to dismiss Prithvi Shaw –
Having been set a target of 200 to win, Delhi came in with Prithvi Shaw along with David Warner. The Delhi side had got Prithvi Shaw as an impact player and replaced Khaleel Ahmed. Shaw who was in good form during the recent Ranji season hasn’t been able to kick on.
On Saturday, the 23 year old was facing off against Trent Boult, a bowler against home Shaw hasn’t really had any luck. The 3rd ball of the 1st over saw Boult shape the ball away from Shaw. The batter went for a drive only for RR skipper Samson make a full length dive to his right and take an amazing catch to dismiss Shaw for a duck.
Jaiswal and Buttler dent Delhi bowlers –
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler were the main players for Sanju Samson and his team last year. The left and right hand duo started the same way they ended the last season. Jaiswal began by hitting Khaleel Ahmed for 20 runs in the 1st over of the game. The openers added 98 for the 1st wicket in just 51 balls with Jaiswal scoring 60 off 31 balls with 11 fours and a six.
Buttler and Hetmyer assault takes Royals to 199 –After the fall of Jaiswal, Delhi bowlers got some quick wickets. Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Samson for a duck, while Rovman Powell had local boy Riyan Parag out for 4. Hetmyer and Buttler joined forces to add 49 runs from 28 balls. Buttler was out for 79 as Hetmyer struck some lusty blows. The West Indian was not out on 39 off 21 balls with a four and 4 sixes as Rajasthan Royals reached 199.