Rajasthan Royals (Photo Credits: File Photo)
Mumbai, April 15: After the bowling performances of the bowlers led by Jaydev Unadkat, the Rajasthan Royals recovered from the stormy innings of David Miller and Chris Maurice to beat the Delhi Capitals by three wickets here on Thursday to register their first win in the current season of the Indian Premier League. Despite the half-century of skipper Rishabh Pant (51) in front of the sharp bowling of Unadkat (three wickets for 15 runs) and Mustafizur Rahman (two wickets for 29 runs), the Delhi team could only manage 147 runs for eight wickets. Apart from them, only Tom Curren (21) and Lalit Yadav (20) were able to touch the 20-run mark. The exact bowling of the Royals can be gauged from the fact that not a single six was hit in Delhi’s innings.
In response, Royals teamed up with fiery innings of Miller (62) and Maurice (36 not out off 18 balls, four sixes), with Avesh Khan (three for 32), Chris Woakes (two wickets for 22 runs) and Kagiso Rabada ( Two wickets for 30 runs) despite stormy bowling, scored 150 runs for seven wickets in 19.4 overs. Unadkat remained unbeaten after scoring 11 runs. The Royals got off to a poor start to chase the target and the team lost only four wickets for 36 runs in the eighth over. Manan Vohra (09) hit Chris Woakes for two consecutive fours in the third over but caught Rabada at mid-on off this fast bowler’s next ball.
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Vox also caught the second opener Jose Butler (02) after one ball by wicketkeeper Pant. Captain Sanju Samson (04) opened the account with a four off Kagiso Rabada’s first ball but caught Shikhar Dhawan in the slip on the third ball. The Royals team could only manage 26 runs for three wickets in the power play. Avesh Khan had Shivam Dubey (02) caught by Dhawan in the slip in the eighth over while Ryan Parag (02) was also caught by waving this fast bowler’s ball in the air and allowing the Royals to score 42 for five wickets. Gone. He scored a half-century of the team’s runs in the 10th over with two consecutive fours on David Miller. The left-handed batsman welcomed Marcus Stoinis with three consecutive fours.
Rahul Tewatia also showed off with two fours in Tom Curran’s over. However, after scoring 19 runs off 17 balls, he took a simple catch to Yadav at midwicket on the ball taking Rabada’s bounce. The Royals needed 58 runs to win in the last five overs. Miller scored a 40-ball half-century with a single off the charge. He completed the century of the team’s runs with two consecutive sixes in the same over but was caught by Yadav on long on the next ball. He hit seven fours and two sixes in his 43-ball innings. Unadkat opened the account with a six over Vokes but there was no boundary in the next over of Curren.
The Royals needed 27 runs to win in the final two overs. Maurice hit two sixes in Rabada’s 19th over, which required 12 runs to win in the final over. Maurice gave the Royals the victory by hitting two sixes over Curren. Earlier, Royals captain Sanju Samson won the toss and invited Delhi to bat first and their bowlers left no stone unturned to justify their decision. In the second over of the innings, Unadkat gave the Royals a good start by catching Prithvi Shaw (02) on the backward point by David Miller with a slow ball. Opener Shikhar Dhawan (09) hit a four off Chetan Sakaria but his best catch was caught by wicketkeeper Samson off Unadkat.
Pant opened the account with a four on Unadkat but the fast bowler caught Ajinkya Rahane (08) in the next over with his own ball and Delhi scored 36 for three in six overs. In the next over, Mustafizur gave the fourth blow to Delhi by sending Marcus Stoinis to the pavilion without opening the account. Pant and debutant Yadav then handled the innings. Yadav opened the account with two fours on the most expensive player of the IPL auction, Chris Maurice. Pant welcomed Rahul Tewatia with four fours and scored 20 runs in the over. Pant completed the half-century in 30 balls with fours on Mustafizur. He, however, was run out on an accurate throw from the bowler in an attempt to steal a quick run in Parag’s next over. He hit nine fours in his 32-ball innings.
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The century of Delhi’s runs was completed in the 15th over, but in the same over from Maurice, Tewatia took a great catch of Yadav (20), running backwards from mid on. Tom Curren (21) and Chris Woakes (15 not out) played some attractive shots in the final overs to bring the team score to close to 150 runs.
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