Mitchell Marsh (89) and David Warner (52) kept their hopes up for the playoffs as Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Rajasthan had given Delhi the target with 161 assists in 20 increments, which Rishabh Pant’s team achieved with 11 balls to spare. However, the first blow came to Delhi Capitals in the form of Shrekhar Bharat at the first time when the team’s account was not even opened. He touched the bat on Trent Bolt and gave the catch to the wicket-keeper. But Warner and Marsh have cautiously adopted a strategy of playing. Australians David Warner and Mitchell Marsh shared a 144-year partnership that they run for the second wicket. On the seventh, Marsh started with a sixty-six of Kuldeep Sen.
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Jozvendra Chahal ran the ball off in the ninth minute, with Warner hitting a six on the middle of a deep field, far from the second ball. The next ball was also caught away and Butler rushed to take the ball, but the ball cracked and the opportunity slipped out of his hands. The last ball hit the trunks and the light lit up as well, but the bails remained steady, keeping Warner undefeated. Delhi Capitals’ score after 10 was over 74 for one, after which Marsh completed half a century by hitting Chahal for six. Marsh went on to score quickly but fell victim to Chahal’s handover on the 18th day. However, by that time the team was on the verge of victory. Captain Rishabh Pant (13 not out) then completed the victory formalities with Warner.
With this win, Delhi gets 12 points, while Rajasthan stays at 14 points. Both teams retained their old place in the points table. So far, only the Gujarat Titans of Hardik Pandya made it to the playoffs.
Earlier, with the help of Indian Ravichandran Ashwin (50 points) and 48 points from Devdutt Padikkal, Rajasthan Royals scored 160 goals against six against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday. Aside from Ashwin (38 balls, four balls, sixties) and Padikal (30 balls, six fours, sixties), only Yashsvi Jaiswal (19) and Rasi van der Dousen (12 not out) could reach the double.
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The Delhi Capitals bowled tightly, and they took a wicket at frequent intervals, not allowing the Rajasthan Royals to score much. For Delhi, Enrique Norcia, Mitchell Marsh and Chetan Sakarya took two stakes each. Called out to the bat, the Rajasthan Royals got off to a slow start and then lost their share of batsman Gus Butler (07) in the third round, who was unable to time Chetan Sakarya’s delivery and made it to the winger by catching Chardol Thakur.
The team made an interesting decision and brought their spinner Ashwin to third place. Ashwin also came true to the team’s new strategy. He scored his first 50 in the IPL which was also his best result in this league. This was his first 50 in the T20Is, scoring half a century in every form of the game.
Ashwin hit two quarterbacks to the side of the shin and covers in Thakur’s first and fifth for the team. He then hit four on Axar Patel the next time and then hit two long shots for six. In this way, the team’s powerplay score was 43 runs for one wicket. Yashsvi Jaiswal (19 balls, one and four, and six) gave the team hope but could not repeat the performance of the previous game and fell victim to Mitchell Marsh in the ninth. Delhi took the second wicket for 54 times.
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Now Padikal was in the crease, who made forty into the same as soon as he arrived. Ashwin and Padikal got the team off to a good start right from the early kicks. On the twelfth day, Ashwin hit a superb six over Kuldeep Yadav’s head (20 runs in three increments, no gates) and reached his half century.
The next time, Padikkal D hit two sparkling sixes at the back point and long, which the team desperately needed.
Ashwin Sakarya hit four for 14th with a big kick over the wicket-keeper and reached his highest IPL score in the T20Is with 48 innings. He then scored his first half century in the T20 by scoring two more times at the same time.
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However, on the first ball on the next ball, Ashwin became the third player to be sent off. Marsh couldn’t time the ball and David Warner caught it. Captain Sanju Samson for the racket came in fifth. Padikal increased the score by two consecutive quarters, with the team’s score being 116 for three after 15 times. Ryan Barrage also returned to the winger shortly after Samson (06). The team has lost three stakes in the last five overs and can only add 44 rounds.