Rajasthan Royals experimented with the batting line-up after R Ashwin was sent up at number three. The Royals had lost an early wicket after Jos Buttler was sent back to the dugout by Chetan Sakariya for 7 off 11.
Ashwin then walked out in the middle and joined Yashasvi Jaiswal. The two batters tried to steady the ship and stitched a stand of 43 runs for the second wicket before Jaiswal was caught by Lalit Yadav off Mitchell Marsh for 19 that came in 19 deliveries.
But Ashwin showed his class with the bat and held the fort at one end. He, along with Devdutt Padikkal, put up a good show as the two scored 53 runs for the third wicket. While Ashwin batted in a steady manner, the right-hander didn’t shy away from putting away the bad deliveries to the boundary.
He notched up 50 off 38, a knock that included 4 fours, and a couple of maximums before getting out to Marsh after being caught by David Warner. This is Ashwin’s first fifty in T20 cricket.
Talking about the standings, the Royals are presently sitting at number three with 14 points under their belt from 11 matches while Delhi Capitals, on the other side, have 10 points in 11 games.
With maiden IPL fifty from R Ashwin (50) and a quick 30-ball 48 from Devdutt Padikkal lifted Rajasthan Royals to 160 for six against Delhi Capitals in Match 58. For Delhi, Chetan Sakariya, Anrich Nortje, and Mitchell Marsh picked up a couple of wickets each.