IPL 2022, RR vs DC, Top Performances: Chetan Sakariya's 2-23, David Warner's 52* and Mitchell Marsh's all-round 2-25 & 89 are the top performances from RR vs DC.
Brief Scores: DC 161/2 (Marsh 89, Warner 52*, Boult 1/32) beat RR 160/6 (Ashwin 50, Padikkal 48, Sakariya 2-23) by 8 wickets
Player of the Match: Mitchell Marsh (2-25 & 89 in 62 balls)
Rajasthan Royals (RR), who were placed at the third place in the points table, took on fifth-ranked Delhi Capitals (DC), who had been inconsistent in this season without a back-to-back win, at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday evening.
In the head-to-head between the two sides, the Royals lead the battle by 13-12. Earlier in this season, RR beat DC by 15 runs.
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and elected to bowl first. While they had left out Ripal Patel and Khaleel Ahmed to bring in Chetan Sakariya and Lalit Yadav, Rajasthan had brought Rassie van der Dussen replacing Shimron Hetmyer, who is on a paternity leave.
All-round Delhi Capitals kept themselves alive
Put in to bat first, Rajasthan Royals didn’t have a great start losing the in form Jos Buttler early in the innings. But Ravichandran Ashwin, coming at number three, played some shots to repair the ship in the powerplay. After the wicket of Jaiswal, Ashwin stitched up a 53-run partnership for the third wicket with Devdutt Padikkal.
Meanwhile, Ashwin celebrated his maiden IPL fifty in 37 balls before being dismissed the very next ball. Rajasthan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals as with just 44 runs compiled in the last five overs, they reached 160/6 in their 20 overs.
Even though Delhi lost an early wicket, the 144-run partnership between two Australians - David Warner and Mitchell Marsh – made the chase easy for them. Marsh ended with 89 off 62 balls, while Warner thumped an unbeaten fifty as Delhi Capitals won an important game by eight wickets.
Let’s take a look at the top performances from the game between RR and DC, IPL 2022:
Mitchell Marsh displayed his impactful all-round show
Mitchell Marsh wasn’t in the best of his form in this season’s IPL affected by both injury and Covid. He turned the table with his all-round show on Wednesday evening.
After being introduced in the attack, Marsh sent back young Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had been excellent in his last game. Marsh, in his second over, cramped up the left-hander to mistime a pull shot that ended in the hands of deep square leg. He also dismissed half-centurion Ravichandran Ashwin with a slower ball, finishing with 2-25 in his three overs.
In DC’s innings, he arrived in the middle on the third ball. Earlier, RR missed a chance when they refused to take a DRS against Marsh in a LBW call who took some time, being on 3 off 11 balls to get used to the conditions before whacking Ashwin for an incredible six. Marsh never looked back since then providing disdainful treatment to almost every ball to record his maiden IPL fifty in 38 balls.
He continued to murder the bowling with more four and sixes. Against Ashwin, Marsh milked 20 runs in 13 balls, with two huge sixes before smacking Boult out of the park. He got out for 89 off 62 balls, including five boundaries and seven sixes to provide Delhi the best chance to win the game.
Chetan Sakariya hurt Rajasthan with crucial wickets
Saurashtra left-arm pacer, Chetan Sakariya, hadn’t played many games in this season for Delhi Capitals. But getting a chance against his old franchise, Rajasthan Royals, he stood out with an impressive performance.
In his very first over, he almost had in form Jos Buttler in a close call before dismissing the same batter in his second over; Buttler tried to push a full delivery which didn’t get anywhere near his bat and a thick edge off the inside half of the blade died in the hands of the mid-on fielder. Buttler perished after being 2 off 9 against Sakariya, who had 1-6 in two powerplay overs.
Coming back for his last over, Sakariya got rid of Riyan Parag, who seemed to be going wild in the last overs. Parag tried to take on the left-arm pacer who with a back of a length delivery ended the story of Parag for a personal score of 9.
Sakariya, whom Delhi bagged for INR 4.20 crores in an intense bidding war with Rajasthan during the auction, finished with splendid figures of 2-23 in four overs.
Warner smashed a supporting fifty
It’s quite a rare case when David Warner can be found in the supporting role but in a vital chase of 161 against the Royals, Warner looked in a different role taking time and giving full support to his fellow countryman Mitchell Marsh.
Warner nailed down his first boundary off his ninth ball before finishing on 11 at a strike rate of 100 in the powerplay. He broke the shell with a back foot pull shot for a six over the deep square leg region; in the meanwhile, he was taking those crucial singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard ticking.
He remained till the end and finished the game with three runs to register his fifth fifty of the season. In the process, he piled up 400+ IPL runs for the eighth time, just behind Suresh Raina (9). It was also his 19th unbeaten IPL fifty that saw Delhi winning the game by eight wickets.
TATA IPL 2022 Points Table
Qualification Scenarios IPL 2022
This win not only keeps Delhi alive but also increases a slight chance for the teams ranked from five to eight for the playoffs. While Rajasthan, who can still qualify for the top four, can observe a decrease in their hope of a top two finish.
What’s to come
The two IPL masters, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), will face off at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 12.
Here are some of the top twitter reactions from DC vs RR game as Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) and keep the points table wide open: