Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals
Chris Morris played a blinder to help RR win [Image-IPLT20]

An all-round bowling performance by Delhi Capitals’ seamers was trumped by the million-dollar man Chris Morris, who smoked a match-winning 18-ball 36* to help Rajasthan Royals pull off a win from the jaws of defeat.

Chasing 148, Rajasthan Royals lost an early wicket in the form of Manan Vohra, who, after having scored back-to-back boundaries off Chris Woakes, mistimed an attempted flick to give an easy catch to Kagiso Rabada at midwicket.

Twitter Erupts As Million Dollar Man Chris Morris' Cameo Helps Rajasthan Royals Trump Delhi Capitals
Chris Woakes claimed two wickets in his second over [Image-IPLT20]
Woakes went bang bang as he claimed Jos Buttler (2 off 7) on the very next delivery after he induced an inside edge off his English compatriot’s bat, and Rishabh Pant did the rest by claiming a sensational diving catch to his left.

Kagiso Rabada was welcomed to the IPL by a cracking flick by Sanju Samson but the Proteas pacer had the last laugh as he induced an outside edge of the Rajasthan Royals’ skipper’s bat and Shikhar Dhawan took a sharp catch at first slip.

Twitter Erupts As Million Dollar Man Chris Morris' Cameo Helps Rajasthan Royals Trump Delhi Capitals
Avesh Khan after dismissing Shivam Dube [Image-IPLT20]
Rajasthan Royals scampered their way to 3/26 at the end of the powerplay before Avesh Khan landed another blow to the Jaipur-based franchise as Shivam Dube threw his hands at the ball with minimal foot movement to give another catch to Dhawan at fly-slip, putting Delhi Capitals firmly in command.

Dhawan claimed another catch, this time at short cover after Riyan Parag got completely bamboozled with the lack of pace that  Avesh Khan offered and ended up skying it straight in the air.

It was all down to David Miller, who was batting on a completely different track as compared to his fellow batsmen. With the run-rate creeping over 11, Miller upped the ante in the 13th over by smashing Marcus Stoinis for three consecutive boundaries.

Rahul Tewatia joined the party as he smashed a couple of fours in the next over of Tom Curran as Rajasthan Royals moved to 5/85 in 14 overs. But Pant’s move to bring back Kagiso Rabada in the attack proved to be the partnership-breaker as the left-hander  Tewatia got hurried by the extra pacer and ended up playing a mistimed pull, one that was easily caught by Lalit Yadav at mid-wicket.

Twitter Erupts As Million Dollar Man Chris Morris' Cameo Helps Rajasthan Royals Trump Delhi Capitals
David Miller [Image-IPLT20]
Miller, however, continued to go in his merry way, as he brought up his half-century in 40 balls, which he celebrated with a couple of monstrous sixes against Avesh Khan to reduce the equation to 44 off 26 balls. But Khan eventually had the last laugh as Miller [62 off 43 balls] finally mistimed one to give another regulation catch to Lalit Yadav at long-off.

With 27 required off the last two overs, Chris Morris [36* off 18 balls] smoked Kagiso Rabada for a couple of sixes to reduce the equation to 12 off the last over. Morris carted the attempted yorker by Curran past cover to take a couple off the first delivery.

Curran overcompensated with a slower half-tracker and Morris deposited him for another six over the backward square leg before he smoked another one over deep midwicket to help Rajasthan Royals complete a miraculous win.


Rishabh Pant’s half-century helped Delhi Capitals post 147 despite Jaydev Unadkat’s sensational spell

Having opted to bowl first, Rajasthan Royals got off to a sensational start thanks to Jaydev Unadkat’s brilliant opening spell as the left-armer bamboozled the Delhi Capitala top-order courtesy slower deliveries.

Unadkat, who did not feature in the first match that Rajasthan Royals played, made his presence felt in his very first over when he deceived Prithvi Shaw with a slower delivery. Shaw, in an attempt to hoike it towards mid-wicket, got a leading edge and proceeded to give a simple catch to David Miller at point.

Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat [Image-IPLT20]
The Saurashtra cricketer (3/15 in 4 overs) struck again in his 2nd over but this time Sanju Samson played a huge role in giving him his second scalp.

Shikhar Dhawan, in an attempt to scoop Jaydev Unadkat over fine-leg, proceeded to get an edge, and Samson, like a Superman, took a one-handed stunner towards his right side.

Jaydev Unadkat struck another blow as he once again deceived a Delhi Capitals batsman, Ajinkya Rahane in this case, with a slower delivery, who could only manage to give a simple return catch to the left-armer.

The slower delivery continued to be Delhi Capitals undoing as Mustafizur Rahman joined the party to get rid of Marcus Stoinis to leave the 2020 runners-up reeling at 4/37 in 6.5 overs.

Rishabh Pant, Riyan Parag
Rishabh Pant [Image: IPLT20]
With the cream of the batting back in the pavilion, It was all down to skipper Rishabh Pant to do the repair job. Pant, as usual, came out with a positive mindset and once he got his eyes in, he laid into Rajasthan Royals bowling attack.

Pant (51 off 32) smashed four 4s in one Rahul Tewatia’s over as he made full use of the short deliveries bowled by the spinner, cutting him ferociously both in front and behind the square.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag. Image Credits: BCCI

Pant raced his way to a 30-ball 50 before tragedy struck as he ran for a non-existent single, only to see Riyan Parag hit a direct throw to the stumps as Delhi Capitals slumped to 5/88 in 12.4 overs.

5/88 became 6/102 after 15 overs as Rahul Tewatia completed a brilliant backward running catch to dismiss Lalit Yadav.

Tom Curran (21 off 16) and Chris Woakes (15 off 11) stroked a few lusty blows, in the end, to ensure that Delhi Capitals finished at 8/147.


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