In the seventh match of the 2021 Indian T20 League, Rajasthan registered a thrilling 3-wicket victory over Delhi in Mumbai on Thursday night. The match kept turning until the last over but Rajasthan held their nerves to win the game in the end, registering their first win of the tournament.
Delhi replaced Shimron Hetmyer with Rabada and brought in all-rounder Lalit Yadav, who made his debut in the last match. Put in to bat first, Delhi lost the previous match’s heroes Dhawan and Shaw for just 16 runs on the board. Rahane and Marcus Stoinis were also dismissed soon after, leaving the score to read 37/4 at the end of the 7th over. Skipper Pant took charge and scored a fine half century. He added 51 runs with debutant Lalit Yadav before getting run-out in the 13th over. With some handy contributions from Woakes and Tom Curran, Delhi labored to a total of 147, which was a below-par score. Unadkat was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers, taking 3 wickets and conceding just 15 runs in his spell.
Rajasthan’s chase started on a poor note as they lost both openers, Vohra and Buttler, and skipper Samson within the first four overs. Avesh Khan kept up the good work and removed Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag, leaving Rajasthan at 42/5 in the 10th over. With the required run-rate crossing 11 runs per over, David Miller fought back for Rajasthan and scored 15 off Stoinis’ over. Rabada broke the 48-run stand between Miller and Tewatia as he dismissed Tewatia on 19. When Miller got dismissed, Rajasthan still required 43 runs from 4 overs. Chris Morris stood up to the opportunity and brought in a twist in the game. With 12 runs required off the last over, Morris smashed Tom Curran for 2 sixes to finish the match.
Here are the top 3 performers of the Rajasthan vs. Delhi game.
- David Miller (62 runs off 43 balls)
David Miller, who came in place of the injured Ben Stokes, started his innings slowly and remained watchful. However, he soon switched gears as the asking rate began to climb up. He hit 7 boundaries and 2 sixes, and also scored 15 runs off Stoinis in one over. He got dismissed in the 16th over of the chase while trying to score a hat-trick of sixes.
- Chris Morris (1/27 and 36 runs)
Chris Morris justified his high price tag with a match-winning knock in the game. With the ball, he took 1 for 27, dismissing debutant Lalit Yadav. In the run chase, Morris smashed 2 sixes off Rabada and 2 sixes off Tom Curran to finish the game with two balls to spare. He scored 36 off just 18 balls, including 4 sixes.
- Jaydev Unadkat (3/15 and 11 runs)
Unadkat was adjudged the Player of the Match in the last game. After Rajasthan opted to bowl, Unadkat struck three times in the powerplay. He removed Prithvi Shaw (2), Shikhar Dhawan (9), and Ajinkya Rahane (8), breaking the backbone of Delhi’s top order. He was helped adequately by a pitch, which was slightly sticky in the initial period. He finished with figures of 3/15 in his four overs.
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