Rajasthan Royals (RR) got onto the points table of the IPL 2021 as they defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by 3 wickets in the seventh match of the tournament which was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 15, 2021.
It was an unlikely match for a Mumbai venue, as both teams struggled to make runs. DC batted first as Sanju Samson won the toss and chose to field first. Both teams made a couple of changes. David Miller came into the RR playing XI in place of Ben Stokes, who was ruled out of the IPL 2021 due to a broken finger. Also, Jaydev Unadkat was brought in place of Shreyas Gopal.
Delhi Capitals included Kagiso Rabada in place of Shimron Hetmyer and Lalit Yadav made his DC debut in place of veteran leggie Amit Mishra.
Delhi could only manage to put 147/8 on the board and that too thanks to a brilliant half-century from their captain Rishabh Pant. He hit 9 fours in his innings before being run out. Apart from him Lalit Yadav (20), Tom Curran (21), and Chris Woakes (15*) also contributed to the total. For RR, Jaydev Unadkat took 3 wickets in his 4 overs.
In reply, RR lost their top four batsmen for single-digit scores as Chris Woakes wreaked havoc. Then David Miller made 62, and Rahul Tewatia contributed 19 runs. It was Chris Morris in the end who won the game for RR, by making 36* in 18 balls with 4 sixes, with two of those maximums coming against Tom Curran in the last over, when 12 runs were needed.
If I Play That Match Again 100 Times I Would Not Take The Single: Sanju Samson
After the match, Sanju Samson was asked about his thoughts on the match and also about the time he denied Chris Morris a single when 5 runs were needed in the last 2 balls against Punjab Kings. He admitted the chase was tough at a 40/5 scoreline, but wholeheartedly praised David Miller and Chris Morris.
“Had some hopes with Miller and Morris to come but to be really honest I thought that it was tough from there and I think the boys did really well to get over the line. It’s about reading the conditions. Was a bit sticky to start with. Hard lengths and mixing up with the variations was the key. That’s also our strength – three left-armers. They are slightly different from the other so we can use it in a different way. We had a chat with him, he was very confident and very clear (Sakariya).
Can’t do much, was just praying inside. Always sit back and review my game. If I play that match again 100 times I would not take the single (on denying strike to Morris last time),” Samson said in a post-match conference.
The Royals will now face Chennai on April 19, while, Capitals will take on Punjab Kings on 18th April.