Delhi go top of IPL with Rajasthan win

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant played a valuable knock in their IPL win over Rajasthan Royals.
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant played a valuable knock in their IPL win over Rajasthan Royals.

Delhi Capitals have returned to the top of the Indian Premier League with a 33-run victory over Rajasthan Royals thanks to key contributions from Shreyas Iyer, captain Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer.

Delhi scored 6-154 in Abu Dhabi after being asked to bat on Saturday, their innings propelled by Iyer's 32-ball 43, Pant's run-a-ball 24 and West Indian Hetmyer's 28 off 16 deliveries.

Rajasthan could only reach 6-121 in reply after collapsing to 2-6 in the second over and 4-48 by the 11th, with only Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson restoring some stability to the innings with a 53-ball 70 not out.

"I thought the total was chaseable but we lost too many wickets and weren't able to get any momentum," Samson said.

Anrich Nortje was impressive for the leaders, returning figures of 2-18 from his four overs.

Delhi have 16 points from 10 games, two points more than second-placed Chennai Super Kings who have played a game less, while Rajasthan have eight points from nine games.

In the second game on Saturday, Punjab Kings beat last-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Punjab moved to fifth place after being put into bat and scoring 7-125, before containing Hyderabad to 7-120, with David Warner once again failing to make a contribution after getting dismissed third ball for just two.

Jason Holder was the biggest threat to Punjab, first taking 3-19 with the ball and then scoring 47 not out off 29 deliveries with the bat, including five sixes, but he had to settle for the rare accolade of winning the man of the match award in defeat.

Hyderabad are out of playoff contention following their eighth defeat in nine games.

Australian Associated Press