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IPL 2022 – Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals Match 34 – Post Match Comments

Rajasthan Royals defeated northern rivals Delhi Capitals by 15 runs in Match 34 of IPL 2022 on April 22 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. More crucially, the game featured a second consecutive century from the in-form Jos Buttler, as well as another 200+ run chase that came down to the wire.

DC captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and chose to bowl first. Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal combined 155 runs for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed for a 35-ball 54. The Englishman then maintained his onslaught by collaborating with Sanju Samson, reaching his century off just 57 balls. Buttler’s third century of the season was his second in a row. His stunning 116-run knock from 65 deliveries pushed RR to 222/2.

In response, Prithvi Shaw (37) and David Warner (28) ensured the Capitals got off to a solid start with a 43-run opening stand. While captain Pant and middle-order wonder Lalit Yadav contributed 44 and 37 runs, respectively, the Rajasthan spinners were able to put them under strain in the middle and death overs. Rovman Powell made a statement with a 15-ball 36 at a remarkable strike rate of 240, but the Delhi Capitals were eventually held to 207/8.

This is what the captains and key players had to say after the match was done and dusted.

 

Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals) – Losing Captain

 

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 I think they were bowling well throughout the game but in the end Powell gave us a chance, I thought that no-ball could have been precious for us but it is not in my control. Yes, disappointed but can’t do much about it. Everyone was frustrated (in the dugout) that it was not even close, everyone in the ground saw that, I think the third umpire should have interfered and said it was a no-ball. Obviously it wasn’t right (sending Amre onto the field) but what happened with us is also not right, it happened in the heat of the moment. It was the fault from both sides and it is disappointing as we have seen some good umpiring in the tournament. It is disappointing to go so close especially when the other team has scored 200+. I think we could have bowled much better. I can tell the guys to keep their chin up and prepare for the next one.

 

Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals) -Winning Captain

 

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 It was a full-toss and the batsman wanted a no-ball, but the umpire didn’t give it. We wanted to be around him (McCoy) and wanted to put a smile on his face. Not easy for a bowler after conceding three sixes. We wanted to change the plan so we took our time, to give the bowler a breather. The last game was a tough one, and this game too, with Powell hitting those sixes. It’s important to stay calm and trust your team-mates. You need to back yourself. Can’t say anything about the toss. Losing toss is working, so we’ll like to stick to that. Don’t think there was much dew, but the bowlers are experienced enough to bowl in these conditions. Ashwin and Chahal have been bowling well, touch wood we continue to do it. It is normal to drop catches, even I dropped one in the last match. I told the players how to recover from that in the team meeting. He (Buttler) has been playing well, and that’s a crucial part in this format. DDP is a smart cricketer and there’s a lot more to come from him.

 

Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals) – Player of the Match

 

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Was a special knock, enjoyed it. I love this stadium, it was a fantastic atmosphere, my first IPL was here with the Mumbai Indians. I am enjoying the best form of my life, I need to continue with this form all the way through. The ball swung in the first over and it was a bit tricky. You need to soak up that pressure and come through it. Once you get through it, the confidence comes back. We have managed to build such good partnerships, Devdutt played well from the other end, and we decided to attack and put the pressure back on Delhi. The wickets may change, there are going to be used wickets with only four grounds in the tournament. There wasn’t any dew tonight, the teams might favour batting first if the conditions are different. Everyone will need to adapt as the tournament goes on.

 

Ravi Ashwin (Rajasthan Royals)

 

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The last over was topsy-turvy, I was just keeping my fingers crossed. Devdutt was standing at point and he was asking me It’s not happening right? I kept telling him hope it’s not happening, that break sort of when the coach came in and that whole thing happened that sort of settled the nerves. It’s never easy to bowl the last over and I thought Obed did a fantastic job and I thought he held his nerve wonderfully. It was a good comeback the last 3 balls. We never thought 200 was gonna be safe, we always thought 210-220 something here and there because when an over goes expensive it goes 20-25 and even if you pull it back by couple of overs, it just keeps going. The ground is small and it’s a quality pitch, you got some really good hitters deep down the order every team has got power now. On a good pitch and grounds like these, no total is really safe. I thought we bowled well, couple of bowlers getting in a good spell and I think that made the difference. Understanding the role and game situation is very important. In Yuzi I found a partner who understands the game and batters really well, we have great discussions off the field and on the field we keep communication with Sanju, it’s something we are enjoying and I just keep my fingers crossed that it goes really well. Thankfully the dew hasn’t been a major factor the last 2-3 games, I hope it just stays that way and the humidity doesn’t increase and we don’t get more dew. Whatever the groundstaff are doing, I request them to keep it going.