Rishabh Pant won the toss and elected to bowl first. It was one of the few matches of IPL 2022 where a team batting second won the match. This was possible because of DC bowlers who were on point with their line and length tonight. Chetan Sakariya, Mitchell Marsh and Anrich Nortje were all on song as they picked up wickets at every stage of the game. Even Shardul Thakur was economical tonight in his quota of four overs. Bowlers had their intent set which helped DC to restrict the oppositions for just 160 in the first innings.
In the chase, David Warner (52*) got off to a good start after losing his opening partner Srikar Bharat for a duck in the first over itself. Warner played throughout the inning to make sure that DC win two crucial points. With him, Mitchell Marsh (89) was the batsman who took charge of the chase and hammered bowlers all around the park. Marsh smashed five fours and seven sixes at the strike rate of 143.55 and took the game till the end. There was an instance where he was adjudged not out but if RR were to take DRS, March would have walked back to the pavilion. In the end, Pant walked and straightaway hit two maximums to seal the game in DC’s favour. Warner hit the winning runs and won the game in just 18.1 overs.
While setting up the target, Rajasthan Royals had a rough start as both the openers were back in the dugout without scoring any valuable runs. Ravichandran Ashwin (50) was the only batsman who scored fifty in the first inning. It was Ashwin’s first half-century in the IPL and it came at a crucial time. Along with him, Devdutt Padikkal (48) played an important knock to take RR to a below-par yet respectful score of 160/6. On a dry pitch, these many runs were clearly not enough.
Marsh, Sakariya and Nortje scalped two wickets each in the first inning which helped the Delhi based franchise restrict RR to a low total.
For RR, Yuzvendra Chahal and Trent Boult were the only bowlers to take one wicket each.
Mitchell Marsh was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round performance. Following this win, Delhi Capitals now have 12 points and are fifth on the table.
Rajasthan Royals: 160/6, Overs 20, Ravichandran Ashwin 50, Chetan Sakariya 2/23
Delhi Capitals: 161/2, Overs 18.1, Mitchell Marsh 89, Trent Boult 1/32