Bengaluru, April 15:A cameo by Chris Morris in the end saw the Rajasthan Royals register their first win of the season, as they defeated the Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
After being refused the single by captain Sanju Samson in their previous game, which the Royals lost by 4 runs, Morris stamped his authority as he smashed a six to pick up the first win of the season for the Royals.
After winning the toss against Delhi, Samson opted to bowl first and the Royals bowlers put up a good show as they restricted the destructive Delhi batsmen to 147/8. Having been handed the first game of the season, Jaydev Unadkat picked up three wickets as Delhi failed to build partnerships.
Rishabh Pant’s solid knock of 51 off 32 helped Delhi put something on the board for the bowlers to defend. But the ask seemed too much, as the Royals lost three quick wickets in the first four overs.
The regular wickets almost took the game away from the Royals, but a superb knock by David Miller (62 off 43) kept RR hanging on. But a sizzling knock by Morris saw the Royals snatch a win from Delhi.
Morris struck a quickfire 36 off 18, in an innings studded with four huge sixes. In the end, Morris surely justified the huge price tag the Royals paid for him at the auction.
With Thursday’s win, the Royals collected their first points for the season. After the match at the Wankhede, both Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals have now won a game and lost a game each.
Here's how the match RR vs DC IPL match panned out:
End of the match: After tonight's game Delhi and Rajasthan both have won a game and lost a game each. Jaydev Unadkat, playing his first game of the season, picked up three wickets and was awarded the Man-of-the-Match trophy.
After David Miller salvaged the game for the Royals, a cameo by Chris Morris in the end saw Rajasthan Royals pick up their first win of the season. RR beat DC by 3 wickets.
SIX!! Chris Morris wins it for Rajasthan Royals!
SIX!! Morris has put RR right back in the game.
Quick two to begin the last over. 10 needed off 5
12 needed off the final over
SIX!! Superb strike by Chris Morris as he flicks it into the stands
Good fielding by Avesh Khan at the boundary ropes as he saves two runs.
SIX!! Morris whacks it over midwicket into the stands
Missed run out opportunity. Pant takes the bails off without gathering the ball and Unadkat gets to keep his wicket
SIX!! Jaydev Unadkat gets off the mark with a maximum!
WICKET!! And Avesh Khan gets his revenge as Miller lofts it back over the bowler's head and is caught by Lalit Yadav at long-on. Big wicket for Delhi as Miller goes for 62 off 43.
SIX!! Another maximum! And this one is 80 metres. Miller hits Avesh Khan for back-to-back maximums as he whacks the second one over square leg
SIX!! The first maximum of tonight's match! Miller clears backward square as it goes over the ropes
50 up for David Miller! An important knock from Miller as he brings up his 10th IPL half-century!!
OUT!! Kagiso Rabada removes Tewatia. Lalit Yadav comes in from midwicket to take a running catch and send Tewatia back. RR lose another as Tewatia goes for 19 off 17.
FOUR! Tewatia finds the gap to end the over with a boundary. Expensive over from Tom Curran as 12 runs come off it
FOUR!! Tewatia joins the party! One bounce over mid-off and it's gone over the ropes.
Three back-to-back boundaries from Miller! Miller is bringing down the required runrate for Royals.
FOUR! Miller sends this past deep square leg
Stoinis replaces Ashwin. A single to begin the over
Excellent over from Tom Curran as just two runs come off it.
Just four runs from the over. 11 overs done, RR at 56/5
Halfway mark! RR at 52/5
FOUR!! Another boundary as it goes through the gap past mid-off
FOUR!! Miller places it in front of square
WICKET!! Third catch of the evening my Shikhar Dhawan! Riyan Parag goes for 2 off 5. Avesh Khan gets his second wicket tonight as Dhawan picks up Parag at extra cover.
Good over from Avesh as he gives away just five and picks up a wicket
Riyan Parag the new batsman in
OUT!! And another catch for Dhawan. Shivam Dube goes for 2 off 7 as Dhawan picks him up at slip. Royals lose their fourth wicket. RR at 36/4 after 7.4 overs
FOUR!! A boundary to begin Avesh Khan's over. Miller puts this past deep backward point. Curran gets to it but fails to stop it
Another good over from Ashwin as only five runs come off it
Two dots to begin the over
5 runs off Rabada's over. Ashwin up next
FOUR! Miller times it well past long-off
Shivam Dube and David Miller in the middle now. DC at 18/3 after four overs
WICKET!! And Rabada picks up a wicket in his very first over. And a big wicket as RR captain goes as Sanju Samson is picked up by Shikhar Dhawan at first slip. Samson goes for 4 off 3
FOUR! And Samson gets off the mark with a boundary.
Rabada into the attack
WICKET! Second wicket of the over for Chris Woakes as Buttler is caught behind by Rishabh Pant. Buttler goes for 2 off 7
Captain Samson the new man in
OUT!! After two back to back boundaries, Vohra lofts it high as Rabada picks him up at mid on. Woakes picks up the first wicket as Vohra goes for 9 for 11.
FOUR! Vohra gets the first boundary of the innings.
Another good over from Delhi as only 2 runs come off Avesh Khan's over
A single to begin the second over
Good start from Woakes as he gives away just three runs in the first over
Two dot balls to begin. Buttler gets off the mark with a single off Woakes
Run chase begins. Buttler and Vohra open
Two to finish the innings. DC reach 147/8
FOUR! Rabada finds the important boundary past short fine on the penultimate delivery.
Rabada the new man in. Gets off the strike with a single. Woakes on strike.
OUT!! Ashwin doesn't get back in time and has to go for 7 off 4.
Run out chance. Woakes forces the second and Ashwin can't get back in time. Ashwin will have to go
Ashwin the new man in and he gets off the mark immediately with a well-placed shot as he gets a boundary.
WICKET!! Mustafizur bounces back with a wicket and Curran has to go.
FOUR! Good start to the penultimate over. Curran sends this past extra cover
9 runs come off Sakariya's over. Two overs to go. Delhi need to finish big if they are to give their bowlers something to defend. But Capitals have a good bowling unit
FOUR! Woakes times it well past short third
FOUR! Woakes lofts it over extra cover to start the over with a boundary
The RR bowlers, led by Unadkat have been phenomenal tonight, reducing DC to 107/6 in 16 overs
WICKET!! And Morris strikes as Lalit Yadav has to go! Tewatia keeps his eyes on the ball as he send Yadav back for 20 off 24. DC reduced to 100/6 in 14.5 overs
100 comes up for the Capitals in 14.3 overs
FOUR! Yadav sweeps it past deep square
Tom Curran the new batsman in
OUT!! And captain Pant is back to the dugout. Delhi reduced to 88/5.
Direct hit and Pant walks. But still checking upstairs
50 partnership up between Pant and Lalit Yadav. Pant playing a captain's knock tonight
FOUR! A boundary to end the over. Riyan Parag's attempt in vain as Pant picks up four on the final ball.
4-4-4-2-2-4! Expensive over from Tewatia as 20 runs come off it!
Superb spell from Jaydev Unadkat as he gives away just 15 runs and picks up three wickets
Unadkat goes round the wicket and slips horribly. But he's back up and a single to finish the over.
Ben Stokes on the sidelines: Rishabh's still out there and anything's possible from Delhi
Unadkat in for his final over. Will he pick up a fourth?
At the end if 8 overs Delhi are at 46/4. Not the start the Capitals were looking for tonight, especially after their destructive show with the bat on the opening day. The Capitals have lost four wickets already and are yet to reach 50 runs. Time for the strategic timeout. DC need to build a partnership if they are to put something modest up on the board
FOUR!! Yadav sends this past third man for the second boundary off the over
FOUR! Lalit Yadav the new batsman in. Yadav gets off the mark with a boundary past midwicket.
WICKET!!! Delhi crumbling at the Wankhede tonight! Marcus Stoinis goes for a duck Jos Buttler runs back from short extra to remove the fourth Delhi wicket. Mustafizur strikes in his first over.
Marcus Stoinis the new man in
Superb powerplay for Rajasthan as they pick up three wickets as restrict Delhi to just 36.
WICKET! And Unadkat delivers once again! Third wicket of the evening. Three overs and a wicket in each over. What a start to the season. Ajinkya Rahane has to go for 8 off 8 and Unadkat takes a catch off his own delivery. DC at 36/3 after 5.5 overs
FOUR! The first one races away for a boundary as Pant puts this past third man
Unadkat in for his third over as he will bowl the final over of the powerplay
11 runs come off Morris' first over. DC at 31 for 2 after five overs.
FOUR!! Pant smashes it down the ground to pick up a boundary off Morris
Chris Morris replaces Sakariya
FOUR! Rishabh Pant gets off the mark with a boundary as he punches it past backward point. Delhi did not get off to an ideal start as they lost both their in-form openers early.
WICKET!! And Unadkat picks up his second. Unadkat on a hattrick now. Superb catch from skipper Sanju Samson as Dhawan goes for 9
FOUR! A boundary to end the over as Rahane gets this past short fine. Good over for DC as 11 runs come off it
FOUR!! And Dhawan gets the first boundary of the Delhi innings.
WICKET!! And Unadkat has struck in his first over as he removes Prithvi Shaw. The opener goes for just 2. DC at 5/1 after 2 overs. Good start from the Royals tonight
Jaydev Unadkat up next. Single to begin the over. Unadkat have come into the playing XI tonight in place of Shreyas Gopal
Shaw looked in trouble early on. Looked really close but it was missing the stumps. Fine opening over from Sakariya only two runs come off it
Chetan Sakariya handed the new ball. Shaw on strike
Time for play to ger underway at the Wankhede. RR huddle done. The umpires have walked in. Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw top open
Meanwhile, after losing the toss, DC skipper Pant said it didn't matter if they won or lost the toss on such surfaces. Also when asked whether it was an advantage that they have won the last five times against RR, Pant said it all came down to the match day and not the record.
After winning the toss, Sanju Samson said the condition demands that they bowl first and also RR wouldn't mind if they go for runs as Rajasthan have the firepower to chase down big totals
Changes in DC line-up: Kagiso Rabada will come in place of Shimron Hetmyer and Lalit Yadav will replace Amit Mishra for tonight's game.
Changes in RR line-up: In the Rajasthan playing XI David Miller will come in place of injured Ben Stokes and Shreyas Gopal will be rested and Jaydev Unadkat will come in for tonight's game.
Toss: Tails is the call and Sanju Samson wins the toss and opts to bowl first.
Toss Update: Captain @IamSanjuSamson gets it right and says that @rajasthanroyals will bowl first against @DelhiCapitals in Match 7 of #VIVOIPL. Both have made 2 changes to their XI.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2021
Follow the game - https://t.co/SClUCyADm2 #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/wx4gcvS0FF
Half an hour to go for the toss. News has just come in that Delhi Capitals have brought in Shams Mulani as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for Axar Patel. Also injured captain Shreyas Iyer will be replaced by Anirudha Joshi.
One hour to go for the toss. The last match at the Wankhede was a high-scoring one, with Punjab Kings posting 221 and the Rajasthan Royals just falling four runs short of their target. With enough batting firepower in both sides tonight, are we looking at another 200+ score in Mumbai. Both Samson and Pant are leading their sides for the first season. While Pant began his captaincy on a winning note, Samson, despite his smashing knock of 119, began his reign as RR captain with a loss.
Two hours to go for the match to get underway at the Wankhede. The Rajasthan franchise were dealt a big blow after the first game as Ben Stokes was ruled out of the entire season due to an injury he sustained during the first match against Punjab Kings. With the England all-rounder out of the RR line-up, who will find a place in the Royals' line-up tonight?
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw notched up a match-winning partnership in their opening win over Chennai. Another whirlwind knock on the cards? After their entertaining opening day matches, the RR vs DC encounter promises to be a thrilling encounter
.@SDhawan25 led the @DelhiCapitals run chase in their first match against #CSK 🔥— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2021
Will we witness another Dhawan special tonight? 😍
Ahead of the #RRvDC clash, let's revisit his powerful knock at the top 👌🏻#VIVOIPL
Royals' skipper Sanju Samson's sizzling show with the willow went in vain in the first match. Will we see more fireworks at the Wankhede?
.@imsanjusamson lit up Wankhede with a super ton against the Punjab Kings 🔥— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2021
Another breathtaking performance tonight from the @rajasthanroyals skipper you reckon ❓
As we get ready for the #RRvDC clash, let's relive his magnificent hundred 🎥 👇 #VIVOIPL @vivo_india
The two sides got their season off to contrasting starts. While the Rajasthan Royals fell to an agonising 4-run loss to the Punjab Kings, the Delhi Capitals registered a thumping 7-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings.
Hello & welcome to mykhel’s coverage of match no. 7 of the ongoing season of the VIVO IPL. Tonight’s clash at the Wankhede Stadium, will see the Rajasthan Royals lock horns with the Delhi Capitals. Stay tuned as we bring you the pitch, toss and match updates!