Rajasthan Royals 150 for 7 (Miller 62, Morris 36*, Avesh 3-32) beat Delhi Capitals 147 for 8 (Pant 51, Unadkat 3-15) by three wickets
Despite missing Archer and Stokes for the rest of the season, Rajasthan Royals haven't lacked in spirit on Thursday. They might fell short of 4 runs against PBKS the other night but, chased down a tricky 147-run target against Delhi Capitals in 19.4 overs at Wankhede.
Sanju Samson and Co. bowled and fielded well to restrict Delhi to a modest 147 in the first innings. Delhi came hard in the second innings and reduced them to 42 for 5 inside in the first 10 overs. However, a couple of significant contributions from Chris Morris (36*) and David Miller (62) helped RR reach home and earn their first points in the tournament.
Here’s a look at three major talking points:
Rajasthan’s top-notch performance with the ball
Against a formidable Delhi batting line-up, Rajasthan surprised everyone with three left-arm seamers. Jaydev Unadkat was added to the line up alongside Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizur. The decision worked wonders for them as Unadkat put Delhi on the back foot right from start.
While Sakariya kept it tight at one end, Unadkat sent both the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw back to the pavilion inside the first four overs. Unadkat was given the third over inside the powerplay and he delivered once again, sending Rahane back to the dressing room. Soon Mustafizur came into the attack and he sent back Stoinis on nought to leave Delhi in all sorts of trouble at 37 for 4. Jaydev Unadkat finished his four-over quota for three wickets and 15 runs.
A lot of wickets were being picked by bowling the slower balls. RR kept bowling the cutters and pitched the ball at the right areas. Early wickets from RR never let Delhi recover and that made a lot of difference in the end.
Poor batting display from the top-order of both the teams
Taking nothing away from the bowlers, the top-order of both sides didn’t play too well. Yes, there was a lot a bit of movement from the surface but it wasn