Nortje clocks fastest IPL ball at 97 miles per hour as Delhi trump Royals

Tanya Simon
October 17, 2020

After this, the fifth ball of the over bowled by Nortje was the fastest ball in the history of IPL, the speed of this ball was 156.2 kmph.

In the 30th match of the Indian Premier League's 13th season (IPL 2020), the Delhi Capitals thrashed the Rajasthan Royals by 13 runs. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium, which is dubbed the "Ring of Fire", witnessed one of the most hostile spells in the ongoing IPL and it was Nortje who provided thrills to millions of fans watching the game at home.

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (C), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey (wk), Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav. "He has a lot of work to do and could be a real talent for India in the future", Rabada said. "I did not think he would do it again, but he played the shot once again on the next delivery".

Iyer later walked off the field after injuring his shoulder while fielding and took no further part in the match.

His runs came off 33 balls which had six boundaries and two hits over the fence. The South Africa quick went for as many as 16 off the first five balls of his very first over, but Nortje showed he has a strong mindset when he knocked over Buttler's stumps with a flawless length.

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English duo Buttler and the returning Ben Stokes (41) provided a rollicking start for Rajasthan by smashing 37 runs in the first three overs. Undeterred, the South African went flat out again, this time bowling a mere 96.3mph delivery and finding a hint of movement to beat Buttler's bat, as he played a more orthodox shot, and clatter into middle. Maybe he was expecting something else off that delivery.

"Yeah, the battle against Buttler was interesting".

"Didn't expect the second ramp". They're at the top of the table with 12 points and pushing for the qualifiers along with Mumbai Indians. Lovely working with KG.

He also credited right -arm pacer Tushar Deshpande, who made his IPL debut on Wednesday, for his courageous effort. "Enjoying my experience with them", said Nortje after being adjudged Man of the Match. "We got a good bowling side and looking forward to sealing the game as our bowlers are in good form", he told the host broadcasters during the mid-innings break.

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