RR vs DC Live – Most Expensive Over of IPL 2023 : Yashasvi smashes five 4s in Khaleel’s 1st over

Cricket enthusiasts around the world have been eagerly waiting for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, and the opening match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals did not disappoint. With a nail-biting start, the match saw Rajasthan Royals being invited to bat first by Delhi Capitals skipper David Warner.

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler took the crease, and the first over of the innings saw Khaleel Ahmed bowling to Jaiswal. What happened next was a treat for cricket fans, as Jaiswal smashed five fours in the over, with expert shots and some help from shoddy fielding.

Let’s take a closer look at how the match panned out and analyze the key moments that led to Rajasthan Royals’ eventual victory.


Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first, which is a popular choice in T20 cricket. With a strong bowling line-up, Delhi Capitals were hoping to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a low score and then chase it down comfortably. However, Rajasthan Royals had other plans, and their openers Jaiswal and Buttler came out all guns blazing.

Jaiswal, who had impressed in the previous match against Punjab Kings, started off with a bang. He scored a first-ball four and then went on to hit four more fours in the same over. Khaleel Ahmed, the bowler at the receiving end, bowled back of a length with width, which Jaiswal expertly steered past the short third fielder for a boundary. Khaleel then pitched it up onto off, but Jaiswal shuffled in and swung it down the ground for another four. Khaleel then bowled a length ball onto off, which Jaiswal drove to the cover fielder.

The next ball was too full on off, and Jaiswal opened the bat face on the drive to get it through extra cover for another four. Khaleel bowled short and steeply, and Jaiswal controlled his cut to the right of point. The third-man fielder, Mukesh Kumar, misjudged the bounce and let it go for another boundary.

The first over saw Jaiswal score 20 runs, which is the most expensive opening over of this IPL. Rajasthan Royals were off to a flier, and the Delhi Capitals bowlers had their work cut out for them. However, Delhi Capitals managed to pull things back in the next few overs, with Sandeep Sharma picking up the wicket of Buttler in the fourth over. Rajasthan Royals kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Khaleel Ahmed to Jaiswal, FOUR, make that five!! Back of length with width, Jaiswal waits and expertly steers his cut over the short third fielder for a boundary. Most expensive opening over of this IPL!!
Khaleel Ahmed to Jaiswal, FOUR, Yashasvi Jaiswal showing the full range here!! This is pitched up onto off, Jaiswal shuffles in and takes it under the bat to swing down the ground. Mid-on is too wide to have a say…
Khaleel Ahmed to Jaiswal, no run, on a length onto off, driven but in the direction of the cover fielder
Khaleel Ahmed to Jaiswal, FOUR, a hat-trick of fours!! This is too full on off, Jaiswal opens the bat face on the drive to get it through extra cover for a boundary…
Khaleel Ahmed to Jaiswal, FOUR, shoddy fielding! This is short and rose steeply, Jaiswal does well to control his cut to the right of point. Mukesh Kumar is the man at third-man, misjudges the bounce and gifts a boundary…
Khaleel Ahmed to Jaiswal, FOUR, Jaiswal starts off with a bang!! He got a first ball six against PBKS, this time a first ball four!! Short pitched and comes slow after hitting the deck, pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary…

Manish Pandey, who was brought in as a replacement for Prithvi Shaw, played a vital knock for Delhi Capitals, scoring 61 runs off just 40 balls. He was well supported by Rovman Powell, who scored 35 runs off 29 balls, and Lalit Yadav, who chipped in with a quickfire 21 runs off 10 balls. Delhi Capitals managed to score 174 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 20 overs, which was a decent total considering the start that Rajasthan Royals had got.

Rajasthan Royals came out to chase with a lot of confidence, and their openers Jaiswal and Buttler again provided a solid start. Jaiswal, who was riding high on confidence after his first-over exploits, continued his good form and scored 48 runs off 33 balls.

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