IPL 2021: Chris Morris’ heroics lead Rajasthan Royals to thrilling victory over Delhi Capitals

David Miller's fifty was crucial in the chase as well while Rishabh Pant's half-century in the first innings went in vain.

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Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Rajasthan Royals (RR) clinched a low-scoring encounter against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to notch up their first win of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). RR on the other hand, slumped to their first loss in the season despite coming up with a good bowling performance till the last few overs at the death shifted things in RR’s favour.

Earlier, RR won the toss and opted to field first. They brought in Jaydev Unadkat for Shreyas Gopal and David Miller for Ben Stokes. DC brought in Lalit Yadav for Amit Mishra and Kagiso Rabada for Shimron Hetmyer. Both sides’ selection moves worked on the night as all the aforementioned four players made sizable contributions for their side. In the end however, it was RR who came up trumps.

Rishabh Pant and David Miller hit fifties

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

DC were stunned in the Powerplay as Jaydev Unadkat ripped through the top-order removing each of the top three batsmen in a superb spell of bowling. DC’s innings looked to be going nowhere before captain Rishabh Pant rescued his side with a knock worth its weight in gold. The young skipper could have taken his side to a big score before he was run-out by a great bit of fielding from Riyan Parag. The bowling all-rounders in the lower-order then took the score to a respectable 147.

In the chase, RR’s innings got off to a similar start as that of DC with Chris Woakes sending back both openers with a double strike. With the likes of Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag following soon as well, it was left to David Miller to wage a lone battle. The South African did it to perfection by getting to a half-century but his wicket looked to have all but sealed the deal for DC. There was a twist in the tale however as Chris Morris hit four huge sixes in the last two overs to steal an unlikely victory for RR.

Scores

DC innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Prithvi Shawc Miller b Unadkat25
Shikhar Dhawanc Samson b Unadkat911
Ajinkya Rahanec & b Unadkat88
Rishabh Pantrun out (Parag)5132
Marcus Stoinisc Buttler b Mustafizur05
Lalit Yadavc Tewatia b Morris2024
Tom Curranb Mustafizur2116
Chris Woakesnot out1511
Ravichandran Ashwinrun out (Miller/Samson)74
Kagiso Rabadanot out94

Total – 147/8 in 20 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Chetan Sakariya4330
Jaydev Unadkat4153
Chris Morris3271
Mustafizur Rahman4292
Riyan Parag2160
Rahul Tewatia3270

RR innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Jos Buttlerc Pant b Woakes27
Manan Vohrac Rabada b Woakes911
Sanju Samsonc Dhawan b Rabada43
Shivam Dubec Dhawan b Avesh27
David Millerc Lalit b Avesh6243
Riyan Paragc Dhawan b Avesh25
Rahul Tewatiac Lalit b Rabada1917
Chris Morrisnot out3618
Jaydev Unadkatnot out117

Total – 150/7 in 19.4 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Chris Woakes4222
Avesh Khan4323
Kagiso Rabada4302
Ravichandran Ashwin3140
Tom Curran3.4350
Marcus Stoinis1150

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