Rajasthan Royals (RR) won their first game of the season after beating the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Match 7 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Match 7 of VIVO IPL had RR and DC going against each other. Stokes and Hetmyer, both key players, missed out. But, in place of them, Miller and Rabada came in. Also, Amit Mishra was benched, meaning it was a debut for Lalit Yadav. Will the replacements shine for their sides? Will the missing stars cost them? We can only wait and watch.
RR won the toss, and opt to bowl, like in their last match. And, Unadkat fired straight away, taking three wickets – that of Shaw, Dhawan and Rahane. Mustafizur, not be left out, removed Stoinis for a duck.
Rishabh and Lalit Yadav managed for a while, till Pant fell after a captain’s knock of 51. Lalit also followed him soon. Woakes and Curran carried on, and when Curran hit a boundary off Mustafijur, we thought now maybe his time. But he got bowled the very next ball. Ashwin entered with a bang, with a first-ball boundary. But, he got out like Rashid Khan in the previous match.
DC finally managed a paltry score of 147 – 8. It was a disdainful show of batting prowess, with Pant being the lone standout. But, considering that low scores are the new winning totals, DC might have thought that it isn’t too much of a herculean task.
RR, meanwhile, must go about the chase with intelligence and patience – things which weren’t there in the SRH and KKR innings, making them fall short of the total even when they were cruising at a certain point.
In reply, Delhi weren’t to be outdone – Woakes took 2 quick wickets, both in the same over. Rabada also came in and dismissed the skipper, Samson. Then, Dube was gone. RR found themselves in the same, precarious situation they had put the Capitals in. Riyan Parag, trying to ease the pressure, succumbed to it instead.
Dhawan, once again, was the one taking the catches. The ball just seemed to find him – Whenever there was a catch, Dhawan just magically appeared there ( except the keeper’s area, of course!).
Things were quiet for a while until Stoinis was brought in. He was greeted with fours by Miller, who was just starting to settle in. He was the barrier between DC and victory, and the bridge between RR and victory.
Tewatia, who was the sidekick till then, started turning on the heat. But it cooled down as Rabada removed Tewatia. On the other hand, Miller got to his half-century and was fired up. This fire though was extinguished by Avesh Khan, after being on the receiving end of a back to back sixes.
The last over was bowled by Tom Curran, and 12 was required off it. Morris on strike – two, then six. 4 off 4 needed. Morris finished it off in style with a six, and Samson was perhaps ruing not taking the single and giving Morris the strike that day.
Anyway, the absence of Stokes meant the discovery of Morris. Both teams put on terrible batting displays, but Morris cleaned up RR’s mess.
Brief scores :
DC: 147 – 8; Pant – 51; Unadkat – 3/15
RR : 149 – 7 ; Miller – 62; Avesh – 3/32
MoM : Jaydev Unadkat