Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals are taking on Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals in the first match of the double-header on Saturday. The Royals won the toss and opted to bowl first in Abu Dhabi on a brand new wicket. The Royals bowlers have kept a check on the scoring rate and chipped in with wickets as well.
The most recent wicket to fall was Shreyas Iyer. The former Delhi skipper was closing in on a fifty but was stumped by Samson. Iyer scored 53 off 32 balls playing particularly aggressively against the spinners. He and Pant shared a 62-run stand before the southpaw was dismissed. Iyer also followed soon after he was stumped by Samson.
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Sanju Samson Wins Toss, Opts To Bowl
Both the captains at the toss wanted to bowl first which was a bit surprising given the hot and humid conditions and this being an afternoon game.
“We will bowl first. It’s a day game, it becomes easier to bat second. We have all settled down and moved on to this game, it was a complete team effort by everyone. Evin Lewis and Chris Morris miss out; Tabraiz Shamsi and David Miller are in. They have a balanced side, we are looking forward to an exciting game” Samson said as he won the toss.
” We were looking to bowl first as well, but it doesn’t matter. There will be a bit on the wicket in the day game. One change for us, Lalit Yadav replaces Marcus Stoinis. It’s good to be nearing a record, but we’re not looking at individual performances, not thinking too much about qualifying” said Pant.
Rajasthan Royals- Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi
Delhi Capitals- Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Lalit Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan