Delhi Capitals versus Rajasthan Royals witnessed the emergence of brutal pace from the lands of the Rainbow Nation as Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje set the stage on fire with their express bowling. In a game where Rajasthan Royals had an upper hand until the 18th over, the two South African speedsters volte-faced the battle on its head with some freak pace bowing that left the sped-guns ablaze.
Anrich Nortje was adjudged as the man of the match with an incredible bowling performance that saw him claiming the English man, Jos Buttler with an absolute screamer and then followed it up with the prized scalp of Robin Uthappa with one of the best balls of the tournament.
Anrich set the tunes for the game after he won a prolonged war with Jos Buttler in one of his preceding overs. The English wicket-keeper smoked the South African express train twice with a similar ramp shot twice that saw the fastest ball bowled in the history of IPL at the speed of 156.22 kmph racing to the boundary. It was the third over in the history of the second innings and Buttler was running away with the game.
He clobbered Nortje for a sixer in the very first ball and then took off his yorkers out with the exact same ramp shot that saw those balls racing down to the boundary. Egged on by a stroke of vengeance to protect his own reputation, Nortje charged in and belted a good-length delivery at 150 plus kays again and it barreled through the defences of Buttler.
He pulled off another heroic feat in the penultimate over that saw him taking out a set Uthappa with a scorching yorker on the middle stump. The erstwhile KKR batsman had no reply to the delivery as his frail attempt at charging down a bullet was haywire right since the word go.
In the post-game interview when he was asked about outspeeding Rabada, he smirked. Then he started talking about that remarkable over of cricket and a war of two of the world’s best, Buttler and Nortje. He wasn’t really expecting Buttler to strike him for an astronomical maximum in the first place. However, when he did, he thought of adhering to his biggest strength and that was a yorker. The first yorker was scooped up for a boundary followed by an exact replica in the very next ball.
Nortje then decided to jumble up the line a little bit that saw him bowling in the good-length area and the result was a cannon-ball razing through the defenses of Buttler.
The South African fast bowler wasn’t expecting the second ramp shot of Buttler but he then realized that to remove the best he will need his best.
He was all praise about Ryan Harris, the bowling coach of Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada and Tushar Deshpande. He did applaud the fact that Tushar has been bowling consistent yorkers and the young speedster from India is taking incredible workload in the nets.
Finally, he opened up about the incredible atmosphere despite the absence of the crowd. He also confessed that he was lucky to be on the field instead of being on the other side of it.