Delhi Capitals' pacers Kagiso Rabada, left, and Anrich Nortje (Photos: BCCI/IPL/PTI)
DUBAI (UAE): After registering a 13-run victory over
' (RR) in the
Indian Premier League
) on Wednesday,
' (DC) opening batsman
hailed the bowling performance of
, calling the duo's partnership as "lethal".
Rajasthan failed to chase down the target of 162 as they were restricted to 148/8. For Delhi Capitals, Tushar Deshpande and Anrich Nortje took two wickets each. Rabada finished with figures of 1-28 from his four overs. With this win, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi reclaimed the top spot in the points table.
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"Nortje and Rabada are great bowlers, Rabada is a legend. When they both bowl as a partnership, it is lethal. They have been taking early wickets; and when we bring them back during the death overs, we know they will do the job. We are fortunate to have this class of bowling. The spinners also have been doing their job. Everyone is performing and that is a sign of a good team," said Dhawan during the post-match press conference.
Deshpande bowled the final over as Rajasthan needed 22 runs, and the seamer conceded just nine runs to give Delhi a comfortable victory. This was Deshpande's first match in this year's IPL.
"Tushar Despande was amazing, especially under such amount of pressure. We got him in and he responded nicely. He got the crucial wicket of Stokes, kept his cool. He has been working really hard in the nets. In the last over, he was clear in his plans, really happy to see him do so well.
"Till the 10th over (of Rajasthan's innings), both the teams were equal and they were right up there in the chase. We talked about getting positive energy going. We knew if we got wickets at the top of the order, then we can come back in the match," he added.
Batting first, Delhi posted a total of 161/7 in their allotted twenty overs as Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer played knocks of 57 and 53 respectively.
For the Royals, Jofra Archer returned with the best bowling figures, finishing with 3-19 in his quota of four overs. Archer got the wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane and Marcus Stoinis. At one stage, Delhi were 10/2.
"My mindset was to play positive cricket only. I did not play Archer much as I was at the other end (mostly). It was important to score runs in the first six overs. We lost two wickets early but still we kept the courage and kept on going," said Dhawan.
"It was a conscious effort as the wicket was slow. We knew we had to cash in, in the first six overs. I still feel we were 10-15 runs short looking at the way we were poised in the 12th over. I am glad we ended up winning the game," he added.
DC will next take on Chennai Super Kings on October 17 while RR will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on the same day.