After their bowlers limited the RR to 160 for six, Marsh’s 62 89 balls and David Warner’s undefeated 52 of 41 helped the Capitals finish the job with 11 balls to spare for their sixth win of the season which saw the team suffer setbacks both on and off the pitch, including several cases of Covid-19 in his side.
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With the ball, Marsh had recovered the two important wickets of Yashasvi Jaiswal (19) and Ravichandran Ashwin (50). Then he broke seven sixes and five fours to become the hero of the night.
DC lost Srikar Bharat in just the second ball of their innings to Trent Boult, who conceded just one run in the first round. This was followed by a Prasidh Krishna maiden, then the Kiwi speedster knocked down another economical as DC struggled to force the pace early on, reaching five for one from three overs.
Ashwin’s introduction saw Marsh throw the off-spinner longer for a six. Marsh did the same to Prasidh, hitting him for maximum on the thin leg to provide much-needed momentum for DC’s innings.
There was more to come from Marsh’s willow as he crushed Kuldeep Sen for two sixes and a similar treatment was given to Ashwin as the ball, despite Jos Buttler’s effort from deep, sailed long for a maximum, raising the versatile Aussie fifties.
By the time the 143-point stand was broken by Yuzvendra Chahal with Marsh’s wicket, the game was almost in DC’s sack.
Earlier, hitting better than most top hitters, first off-spinner Ashwin recorded his first half-century in T20 cricket. Ashwin made a 50 from 38 balls, while Devdutt Padikkal hit 48 on 30 deliveries after RR was asked to strike first.
The Capitals got off to a good start as left-arm point guard Chetan Sakariya (2/23), playing the must-win in place of Khaleel Ahmed, fired RR top hitter Jos Buttler (7) cheaply in third .
Looking to play in the infield, Buttler hit a fairly full delivery straight to Shardul Thakur.
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With Buttler gone early, DC was on top and looking to assert dominance at the DY Patel Sports Complex. They gave very little and kept RR at 43 for one of six power-play overs.
This was after DC skipper Rishabh Pant decided not to be reviewed despite a strong plea from Sakariya for being behind in the first heat. The replays confirmed that Pant was right not to go for an overhaul.
Coming off his flamboyant half-century in the previous game, Yashasvi Jaiswal produced a nice overdrive from Anrich Nortje (2/39) then crushed the South African point guard for a six on the third man.
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Jaiswal (19) impressed again, but not for long as Mitchell Marsh (2/25) cramped him with a bouncer, clearing the way for southpaw Devdutt Padikkal to join Ashwin in the middle.
Looking confident after hitting a few limits, including two highs and a ramp shot on keeper Pant, Ashwin followed up well and raised his half-century to 38 balls.
However, the first off-spinner came out shortly after hitting the landmark with Marsh coming back into the attack to give DC the breakthrough.
Meanwhile, Padikkal crushed Axar Patel for two sixes – one from a deep point and another from a long run – as RR looked to force the pace.
Padikkal then scored two successive fours off Marsh, even as Nortje had skipper RR Sanju Samson (6) caught by Shardul Thakur at half wicket. As the DC players rejoiced, Kuldeep Yadav was seen stepping on the floor clutching his left shoulder, having injured himself attempting a grab in the previous round.
Riyan Parag hit Nortje for a huge six before Sakariya cut short his brief stay in the middle, and Padikkal also followed suit, thanks to a brilliant catch from substitute outfielder Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
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