Navi Mumbai, May 11: Mitchell Marsh and David Warner fielded a 144-run position for second wicket to propel Delhi Capitals to a much-needed eight-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals at DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday.
After Marsh, along with Chetan Sakariya and Anrich Nortje, took two wickets apiece to restrict Rajasthan to 160/6, he came out to lead the chase with a 62-ball 89 while Warner stayed to play anchor, remaining undefeated at 52 of 41 balls. .
For Rajasthan, Ravichandran Ashwin’s promotion to three resulted in his first IPL fifty, while Devdutt Padikkal contributed 48. But with other batsmen unable to contribute much late innings, Rajasthan was left with a total that was fair even and easily. reviewed by Marsh-Warner Show, who had luck on his side at the crucial moments.
Rajasthan drew first blood when KS Bharat set off to slip away on the second ball, looking to shoot, but got close to the keeper in front of Trent Boult. Prasidh Krishna backed him up with a maid while he went looking for some swing.
Warner and Marsh were cautious, but began to open up when the latter hit Ashwin for six over long-off. The duo pulled a four apiece from Boult before Marsh pulled an excellent shot from Krishna to clear the square-leg fence back. After the power play, he welcomed Kuldeep Sen with sixes over the cow’s corner and down.
Warner had three lucky breaks in the ninth over Yuzvendra Chahal: a six just cleared the deep square leg, a wrong loft didn’t quite slide long on 19, and on the last ball, the ball just skimmed the break of the ball. leg with the balls on but they were not separated.
After passing Sen for square leg, Marsh hit fifty in 38 balls with a loft to the ground off Chahal. He continued to have fun against the pacers, hitting four consecutive legs through the point back and square leg back to keep Delhi in the driver’s seat.
Warner beat Sen through extra coverage; then he jumped downfield to sweep Chahal square-legged back. The duo went on to feast on Ashwin’s short balls, with Warner stopping long and Marsh playing the same square-leg shot to take 15 runs out of the final over of the off-spinner.
After Ashwin, Boult took a beating from Marsh and Warner, who collected two fours and a six through the flip, with the former hitting one over the middle of the deep wicket for a six from 102m. In an attempt to get the eighth six from him, Marsh slog-sweeped past Chahal’s goalkeeper, falling 11 short of what would have been his first hundred in the IPL.
Rishabh Pant charged Chahal for two sixes over extra-long, deep coverage, while Warner ended the chase with a shot through the middle of the deep wicket, leading Delhi to victory with 11 balls to spare.
Earlier, pushed to bat first, Jos Buttler was kept quiet by the rhythm of Sakariya’s left arm. Sakariya eventually took Buttler out as the Englishman hit one that came right in the middle of a thick inside rim.
Ashwin’s rise to three as a pinch hitter began to work well when he sent a pair of fours to Shardul Thakur; a neat whiplash midway through the wicket was followed by a hard punch through additional cover. Ashwin also took a break point four and followed it dancing down the field to hit a six to Axar Patel in the final over of the power play.
Yashasvi Jaiswal couldn’t repeat the heroics of his 68 against Punjab Kings, falling to Marsh as he tried to cross the long line, but found a deep square leg instead. But Padikkal went off the scoreboard in style with a square shot for offside and took another four from Marsh with a flick through the fine leg.
Padikkal liked Axar’s left-arm spin, hitting him for six in a row via a switch hit and a ground slam. Ashwin, who has been stagnant until then, danced down the field to hit Kuldeep Yadav for six and then foured Sakariya with a cheeky ramp over the keeper’s head.
After hitting fifty on 37 balls, Ashwin blundered into the middle. Padikkal continued to draw runs from Marsh, taking fours in succession, with a fine leg tingle and a cut down the field to the short third man.
But wickets began to fall from the other end as Sanju Samson missed a mid-wicket crosscourt strike off Anrich Nortje, while Riyan Parag was undone by the back of Sakariya’s hand.
Nortje took Padikkal out again with a cut that the southpaw was able to cut in the air and was safely packed by a deep running point as Delhi took 53/4 in the last six overs to turn things back in their favour.
Short scores: Rajasthan Royals 160/6 in 20 overs (Ravihandran 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) for eight wickets