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2 sixes each in the last two overs by Chris Morris, bowled by Rabada and Tom Curran put an end to Delhi’s hopes of an unlikely victory in another low scoring thriller . That was after the Rajasthan were rescued by a fine 62 by David Miller.
Contrary to all expectations the Delhi v Rajasthan match turned out to be a low scoring one at the Wankhede stadium. Delhi was sent in to bat first and was rattled early by Jaydev Unadkat with his superb left-arm bowling with slow balls variation . Prithvi (2), Dhawan (9) and Rahane (8) were all mesmerised by his change of pace as was Stoinis (0) to the bowling of Mustazifur as Delhi slipped to 36/4 during power play overs
Today the Delhi captain needed to play the long innings and Pant measured up to the requirement playing a superb knock of 51 off 32 balls studded with offside boundaries as Royals did not allow Pant balls on his stronger leg side. Cameos from Lalit Yadav(20), Tom Curran (21) and Woakes (15) managed to stretch the Delhi innings to 148. For Royals, Unadkat (3/15) and Mustafizur (2/29) were most impressive. Sakaria, the last match hero bowled well too but went wicketless.
Rajasthan like Delhi , lost wickets at the start .Woakes was brilliant getting Vohra(9) to an airy shot, Buttler (2) got out to a sharp incutter nicking for a superb Pant catch diving towards leg, Samson (4) and Dube (2) gone to slip catches by Dhawan and Parag (2) caught at cover. The Royals were tottering at 42/5.
Then came the recovery led by David Miller, replacing injured Ben Stokes in the team. The southpaw recently had good outings for South Africa in white ball cricket and so looked in fine form playing sensibly and built a partnership with Tewatia (19) of invaluable 48 runs. Rajasthan got some momentum in the Stoinis over which went for 15 runs. However, with Tewatia and Miller (62) going in quick succession, Rajasthan was staring at defeat at 104/7 in 16th over.
However, Chris Morris had other ideas. His batting dropped off in recent seasons but today he decided to take on the fast bowlers, clobbering Rabada for 2 sixes in the 19th over to bring the target down to 13 in the last over. Tom Curran completely missed his lines in the final over and his full tosses flew into the midwicket stands for two sixes as Morris (36 off 18 balls) won the match in style with two balls remaining.
To their credit all the main bowlers of Delhi bowled superbly in good batting conditions except Curran and Stoinis
Unadkat for his 3/15 and 11 not out off 7 balls and his crucial 8th wicket partnership with Morris which won the match, got the man of the match.
It was a thrilling win for the Royals after their heartbreak against Punjab in the last match.
Delhi Capitals should be disappointed with this loss .They allowed the match to slip away after having it firmly within the grip.
Rajasthan won by 3 wkts
DC. 147/8 (20 Ovs)
Pant(c & wk). 51(32)
Tom Curran. 21(16)
RR. 150/7 (19.4 Ovs)
Chris Morris. 36(18)
Avesh Khan. 3/32