Friday, July 1, 2022

Delhi beat RR by 8 wkts; keep play off hopes alive

Mitchell Marsh and David Warner put up a stand of 144 runs for the second wicket to power Delhi Capitals to a much-needed eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday.
After Marsh along with Chetan Sakariya and Anrich Nortje took two wickets each in restricting Rajasthan to 160/6, he came out to lead the chase with a 62-ball 89 while Warner hanged around to play the anchor, remaining unbeaten on 52 off 41 balls.
Rajasthan drew first blood when KS Bharat departed for duck on the second ball, going for the pull but edged behind to keeper off Trent Boult. Warner and Marsh were initially cautious but started to open up when the latter hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a six over long-off. The duo took a four each off Boult before Marsh brought out an excellent pick-up shot off Krishna to clear backward square leg fence. After Ashwin, Boult came under thrashing from Marsh and Warner, who collected two fours and a six via the pull, with the former bludgeoning one over deep mid-wicket for a 102m six. In an attempt to get his eighth six, Marsh top-edged a slog-sweep to keeper off Chahal, falling 11 short of what would have been his first hundred in IPL.
Rishabh Pant carted Chahal for two sixes over long-off and deep extra cover while Warner finished off the chase with a pull through deep mid-wicket, taking Delhi to victory with 11 balls to spare.
Earlier, a maiden IPL fifty from Ravichandran Ashwin while Devdutt Padikkal chipped in with 48 took Rajasthan Royals to 160/6.
Pushed into batting first, Jos Buttler had been kept quiet by Sakariya’s left-arm pace. Eventually, Sakariya got Buttler out when he got one to move one full ball in, with the Englishman hitting straight to mid-on off a thick inner edge.
Ashwin’s promotion to three as a pinch hitter began to work well when he carted a brace of fours off Shardul Thakur.
Yashasvi Jaiswal couldn’t repeat the heroics of his 68 against Punjab Kings, falling to Mitchell Marsh while trying to hook over the long boundary but found deep square leg instead. But Padikkal welcomed Marsh with a square drive through off-side and took another four with a pull through fine leg.
After reaching his maiden IPL fifty in 37 balls, Ashwin miscued to mid-off but did his job to perfection.
BRIEF SCORES: Rajasthan Royals 160/6 in 20 overs (Ravichandran Ashwin 50, Devdutt Padikkal 48; Chetan Sakariya 2/23, Mitchell Marsh 2/25) lost to Delhi Capitals 161/2 in 18.1 overs (Mitchell Marsh 89, David Warner 52 not out, Trent Boult 1/32) by eight wickets


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