Delhi Capitals' Dhawan: Shreyas Iyer in pain after shoulder injury

  • Delhi Capitals' Dhawan: Shreyas Iyer in pain after shoulder injury

Delhi Capitals' Dhawan: Shreyas Iyer in pain after shoulder injury

Following the likes of spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and fast bowler Ishant Sharma, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer has become their latest player to get injured in the ongoing 13th season of the Indian Premier League. Opting to bat after winning the toss, DC put a competitive total of 161/7 in 20 overs, thanks to a couple of half-centuries by Shikhar Dhawan (57) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (53). "We'll get the proper report tomorrow", said stand-in captain Dhawan, who led well during the end stages. "He's [Shreyas Iyer] in pain but his shoulder is moving".

Delhi Capitals reclaimed top spot in the IPL with a superb comeback win over Rajasthan Royals in a game dominated by some fantastic fast bowling.

"Just glad that we won".

The game had begun perfectly for the Royals, asked to bowl first, when Archer's superb nip-backer castled the risky Prithvi first up and he then had Rahane (2) caught at mid-on as just five runs came from his first two overs. We always believed we had a chance. We knew their batting is not that deep. He is followed by Rajasthan Royals pace ace Jofra Archer, who bowled a threatening spell against Delhi and wreaked havoc in their top-order. Now we have got a gun bowler in Anrich [Nortje]. "And Tushar [Deshpande] bowled smartly too, bowling slower balls, making them hit to the bigger boundary".

Royals skipper Steve Smith was disappointed to lose the game after having a good start in the chase of 162.

"Disappointing one. Obviously the wicket slowed up a fair but, but we got off to a good start with Jos [Buttler] and [Ben] Stokesy".

With Pant still not confirmed to take the field against Chennai Super Kings on October 17, Iyer getting ruled out would be the last thing which Delhi need at the moment. "But we couldn't extend those partnerships; boys were getting in and getting out, not going on to make 50 or 60", Smith said during the post-match presentation via host broadcaster Star Sports. The boys that have the air speed have had the most success.

"We are not in a great position, are we?" Nortje went for just three and bowled Uthappa (32 from 27) with a 93mph yorker before Rabada dismissed Archer (1) in an equally miserly over, leaving Deshpande, on debut, with 22 to defend in the final over.

Royals remain seventh with six points after eight matches in the IPL.