The contest between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals saw a number of eye-catching stats. Here is a look at the statistical highlights from the 30th match of IPL 2020:
Shikhar Dhawan tied alongside Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina
Shikhar Dhawan’s form was a concern at the start of IPL 2020 for Delhi Capitals. By the looks of how Shikhar has gone by in the last few matches, the concern can be put to rest. After a slow lagging half-century against Mumbai Indians, Shikhar was off to flyer during the Powerplay against Rajasthan Royals. By virtue of his 30-ball half-century, Shikhar registered his 39th score of over 50. He is now tied with Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina at third place in the list of most 50+ scores in the IPL.
The second-best opener in the league
The left-handed opener has always had the swag as an opener in IPL or while playing for India. The fearless approach of Dhawan is one of the eye-catching characteristics of his batting. Against Rajasthan Royals, when Jofra Archer was running all over the top-order of Delhi Capitals, Shikhar cashed in against other bowlers. En route his 33-ball 57 runs, Shikhar went past David Warner’s tally of 4382 runs as an opener to become the second-best opener in IPL. Only Chris Gayle with 4480 runs is ahead of Shikhar (4430).
Shreyas Iyer just one 50+ score away from Virender Sehwag
Since the start of his IPL career, Shreyas Iyer has been a part of the Delhi Capitals setup. After a couple of years blowing hot and cold, now Shreyas is one of the best batsmen of Delhi. He needs 21 runs to 2000 IPL runs and all his runs have been for Delhi. He got to his 15th score of over 50 against Rajasthan Royals in Match 29, which is the second most 50+ scores for a Delhi batsman. Only Virender Sehwag with 16 scores of above 50 is ahead of him.
Rajasthan Royals' finest last five overs of this season
The Rajasthan Royals bowlers have been struggling with the ball in the last five overs of the innings this season of IPL. However against Delhi Capitals, it wasn’t the case. After a steady start by Delhi, it looked like 180-190 was on the cards keeping in mind their misery during the last five overs. As a turnaround, Rajasthan bowlers conceded just 32 runs and bagged four wickets in this phase. This is the lowest runs they have conceded in this phase in IPL 2020. In their other matches, in which they have completed their five overs, they haven’t conceded less than 50.
The fastest ball in IPL history
In Match 29 between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, there were a few of the quickest bowlers of the modern era. Kagiso Rabada, Jofra Archer and Anrich Nortje with international standards. Not to forget few of the Indian domestic talents like Tushar Deshpande who also has the ability to rev up the speeds. In a feisty competition of speeds, Nortje came up on the top with a 156.2 kmph delivery that smashed the record for the fastest ball in IPL. Nortje broke his own record of 154.7 that he had set earlier. The top three all-time quickest deliveries in IPL belongs to Nortje now (156.2, 155.2 and 154.7).
Third-lowest aggregate score in the last five overs
Just 57 runs were scored in aggregate during overs 16-20 between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. This displays the struggle of the batsmen in the last five overs. Delhi in the first innings were at 129/3 at the start of the 16th over. From a comfortable position, Delhi stumbled and could score only 32 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Rajasthan on the other hand, had lost 5 wickets for a score of 123 at the end of 15th with 37 runs needed. Even they made a mess out of it as they managed only 25 runs in their last five. The 57 runs in aggregate during 16-20 is the third-lowest in a completed 20 overs match in IPL.
Second-lowest score during overs 16-20 this season
For Rajasthan Royals there is a lot of dependency on Rahul Tewatia as a finisher this season. Once again against Delhi Capitals, it was on him to guide them to a victory. The heat of the Delhi bowlers was too much to handle for the Rajasthan batsmen. They managed to score only 25 runs and lost three wickets in the last five overs, which is the second-lowest by a team in this phase this season. Kolkata Knight Riders managed to score only 22 runs after playing all five overs (16-20) against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah.