Mitchell Marsh smashed 89 off 62 balls as Delhi Capitals cruised to an 8-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai and kept their hopes alive for an IPL 2022 playoff spot.
Riding on Ravichandran Ashwin's first fifty in T20 cricket and IPL, RR set a decent target of 161, which was chased down by DC with 11 balls to spare thanks to a 144-run stand between Marsh and David Warner (52 not out off 41 balls).
After DC lost KS Bharat for 0 off the second ball in the run chase, Marsh (5 fours and 7 sixes) and Warner (5 fours and 1 six) struck boundaries at regular interval. For RR, Trent Boult (1 for 32 in 4 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1 for 43 in 4 overs) were the wicket-takers.
However, DC got a reprieve early in the innings after RR failed to use DRS for a LBW call of Marsh, who was batting on 2 at the time, when Boult trapped him in front of the stumps, but the skipper Sanju Samson did not challenge the umpire's decision, which proved costly in the end.
Earlier, invited to bat, RR lost in-form opener Jos Buttler earlly, but Ashwin, who walked in at number 3, scored 50 off 38 balls and shared a brief partnership with Yashasvi Jaiswal (19 off 19 balls) and then a 53-run stand with Devdutt Padikkal (48 off 30 balls) to take RR past 100.
Pace trio of Marsh (2 for 25 in 3 overs), Anrich Nortje (2 for 39 in 4 overs) and Chetan Sakariya (2 for 23 in 4 overs) were the wicket-takers for the Capitals.
With the win, DC stay in fifth with 6 wins in 12 matches, while RR remain in third, but suffered slight dent to their Net Run Rate (NRR).