The standard of fielding has been extremely high in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi Capitals cricketer Shimron Hetmyer once again lived up to the expectations catching a terrific diving catch at the boundary to dismiss Steve Smith.
Chasing a moderate total in the Sharjah wicket, Rajasthan Royals suffered a massive wicket early in the innings. They lost Jos Buttler early on as Ravichandran Ashwin completed his unfinished business from the last season. Since then, Steve Smith and young Yashasvi Jaiswal tied to steer the innings.
The right-hand left-hand duo didn’t take any undue risks taking the singles while the boundaries came by. Rajasthan Royals soon crossed the 50-run mark before a brilliant catch from Shimron Hetmyer put Delhi Capitals back in the fray.
Shimron Hetmyer takes a brilliant catch
The fast bowler from South Africa Anrich Nortje bowled another length delivery as Steve Smith played another one of his effortless flicks, uppishly this time. Shimron Hetmyer, who was positioned at deep mid-wicket ran in from the boundary to pick up a fantastic low catch.
It was a fantastic effort from the Caribbean cricketer to bring Delhi Capitals back in the game. Meanwhile, the umpires had to refer to the TV umpire with some doubts. There was very little evidence to overturn the soft signal and it was out.
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Batting first, Delhi Capitals were nowhere close to there usual best. The last time they played in Sharjah, a swashbuckling effort from their batsmen helped them post in excess of 225 but the in-form batsmen failed to replicate the effort today.
Jofra Archer did the damage early on as he got rid of both openers in the powerplay. And just when Shreyas Iyer was in full flow, a brilliant direct-hit by Yashasvi Jaiswal from short cover brought an end to his innings. The crucial knocks by Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer helped Delhi Capitals to reach a respectable total of 184 runs.