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. .
Rajasthan drew first blood when KS Bharat set off to slip away on the second ball, looking for the tug, but closed in on Trent Boult’s goalkeeper. Prasidh Krishna backed him up with a maid while he went looking for some swing.
Warner and Marsh were initially cautious, but began to open up when the latter hit Ravichandran Ashwin for six over long. The duo took 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 on the ground in front of 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 misled Sen through additional coverage; he then he jumped downfield, but was late 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 pummeling 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 goalie, falling 11 short of what would have been his first hundred in 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.
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