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The power play was entertainment that can be termed as ‘spine tingling’. This was all thanks to the three fast bowlers. There was high-quality shot-making from both the top-orders, but in the end, the game depended on which team was able to win the final overs.
Rajasthan Royals could have fared better in the chase but they crumbled against Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada and made 25 for 2 wickets in the final five overs.
The Saviours and the Speed Demon:
Jofra Archer seemed to be bowling thunderbolts and for 12 balls the batsmen seemed to be helpless and could not touch him. Archer first, wrecked the stumps of Prithvi Shaw and finished the power play with amazing figures like 2-0-5-2.
Shikhar Dhawan had to face only one ball of this furious spell. He hit Kartik Tyagi for a cover drive that was on-the-up. The ball went all the way to the fence. He indicated that he meant business. Dhawan needed 30 balls to get to his fifty. This was his fastest when batting first in the IPL tournament.
In the 16th over, DC were 132 runs for the loss of 4 wickets and were all set to launch. This could not happen as the support act of the RR team turned up. Iyer was dismissed by Tyagi for 52 runs, he then nailed the yorkers, straight or wide. Archer was back and gave only one six to Alex Carey.
Powerplay that was Hell-raising:
Nortje and Rabada cranked up the pace and both of these bowlers hit at 150kph. Buttler was looking villainous at 22 for 8 balls. After this came the decisive blow. With Nortje bowling at 155kph, managed to wreck the stump of the opener and set the theme for a powerplay that was rollicking. Stokes, then, started charging bowlers. This made the DC take the pace off and they brought in R Ashwin. The battle did not seem to take off but Steven smith was completely deceived by the off-spinner with a ball that was held in the pitch. Smith was caught and bowled only for 1.
The six overs of incredible bowling, outrageous shots, and cricket that fuelled adrenaline, yielded 50 for 2.
The Tense Ending:
Stokes managed to hold the inning together with his 41. He used his power to break free and provide a string of boundaries. He was out in the 11th over to Tushar, Deshpande, a debutante. Sanju Samson followed after 8 balls. This left the RR at 96 for 4.
Utthapa is not really used to his role in the middle order. The equation soon started looking worrisome with the required run rate being 47 in 36 balls and 5 wickets in hand.
Fast bowlers attain their nirvana on the cricket field and the audience gets high watching them.