Rajasthan Royals clinched their first win of the IPL 2021, beating Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets in a match dominated mainly by the bowlers. Get full story below.
Quick Stats from the game
- Delhi Capitals: 147-8; Rajasthan Royals – 150-7
- Top Batsman: David Miller (62 off 43)
- Top Bowler: Jaydev Unadkat (3-15)
- Man of the Match: Jaydev Unadkat
Unadkat’s Sensational Spell Restricts Delhi to a Low Total
The day started with Rajasthan Royals winning the toss and electing to field.
Delhi Capitals tried to start strong but thanks to Jaydev Unadkat’s three wickets, they found themselves quickly on the backfoot.
Just like how Shahbaz Ahmed turned the game around for RCB yesterday, Unadkat did something similar in his four-over spell. The Indian bowler got the wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane, with each of them departing in single digits.
DC Top Batsmen
- Rishabh Pant: 51 off 32; 9 4s
- Tom Curran: 21 off 16; 2 4s
- Lalit Yadav: 20 off 24; 3 4s
RR Top Bowlers
- Jaydev Unadkat: 3-15, 4 overs
- Mustafizur Rahman: 2-29; 4 overs
Delhi were soon 36-3 in 6 overs. Rishabh Pant came four down and as the captain, he led the way to a rather respectable total. His half-century helped DC reach close to the 100 runs mark.
In the second half of the innings, Lalit Yadav, Tom Curran, and Chris Woakes together added 56 runs to help Delhi put up a decent score. The final moments of Delhi’s innings also saw a few runs added by R Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada.
Ultimately, they ended the innings at 147-8.
Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets, notably those of Marcus Stoinis and Curran.
Delhi’s Bowlers Run Amok Too but Morris Steals the Win
Rajasthan Royals had a small target to chase and given the form of their players from the last match, it should have been an easy job.
But in line with the theme of the evening – bowlers once again played the spoilsport.
Woakes got the openers out – Jos Butler and Manan Vohra, very early in the game and left RR at 13-2 in 3 overs.
RR Top Batsmen
- David Miller: 62 off 43; 7 4s, 2 6s
- Chris Morris: 36 off 18; 4 6s
DC Top Bowlers
- Avesh Khan: 3-32, 4 overs
- Chris Woakes: 2-22, 4 overs
Sanju Samson – the century-hitter from the last match – was the next one to fall in the line of dominos, thanks to Kagiso Rabada.
After that, Avesh Khan swept through the likes of Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag, thus seriously dealing a huge blow to Rajasthan Royal’s winning chances. The Royals were 42-5 in 9.2 overs with David Miller and Rahul Tewatia fighting hard to stay in the match.
Miller’s half-century and Tewatia’s 19 runs helped Rajasthan reach 90-5 in 15 overs but by then, the asking rate was already above 11 runs per over. Tewatia fell to Rabada shortly after, leaving it all to Miller and newly-arrived Chris Morris.
Miller didn’t stay for long either as he tried to take Khan for a ride. After two back-to-back sixes, Miller’s third attempt was a failed one as he got caught at long-on by Yadav.
Morris Turns the Game Around
By this point, Delhi were 104-7 in 16 overs with Morris and Unadkat trying to fight back. It was a steep ask of these guys to hit 30+ runs in 3 overs but they managed to deliver on this.
Unadkat supported Morris in the chase, scoring 11 runs. The South African, on the other hand, saw Rajasthan Royals through to the win. He hit 36 runs, comprising 4 sixes, all of which came in the final two overs of the match.
Rajasthan ended the innings at 150-7, winning the game by 3 wickets with 2 balls to spare.