New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Delhi Capitals became the first team to score less than 200 runs in the first innings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the Indian Premier League 2020 when they faced Rajasthan Royals in game 23 on Friday.

Invited to bat first, Delhi lost its top order batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and skipper Shreyas Iyer — inside the powerplay with 50 runs on the scoreboard. Hetmyer’s 24-ball 45, however, brought the team back into the game and they managed to score 184 at the end of 20 overs. 

The average first innings total at Sharjah Cricket Stadium prior to Friday’s match was 219 and the venue had witness Rajasthan Royals chase down 224 against Kings XI Punjab earlier in the tournament.

Despite putting up a modest total on the scoreboard, Delhi Capitals managed to win the contest by 46 runs. 

Chasing a modest total of 185, Rajasthan Royals lost its opener Jos Buttler in the third over of the match. Skipper Steve Smith followed suits in the ninth over off Nortje's delivery and the team failed to recover from there.

Yashasvi Jaiswal tried to steady the innings in the middle over but was dismissed by Stoinis for 36. Wickets continued to tumble for Rajasthan, with no middle order batsman other than Rahul Tweatia scoring in the double digits and the team was reduced to 138.

“We are not playing good enough over the 40 overs, and not executing when the pressure is coming on and you can’t win many games that way. The bowlers did a good job, and I don’t think the wicket was as good as it has been here,” Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith said after the match. 

Posted By: Lakshay Raja