David Miller’s brilliant half-century and Chris Morris’ late flourish helped Rajasthan Royals clinch a thriller against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Thursday. While Miller scored 62 off 43 deliveries, Morris smashed 18-ball 36 to seal the win for Royals.
Miller anchored the Royals’ innings before Morris ended the run chase with a six off Tom Curran. Royals’ multi-million dollar buy Morris hit four maximums — two against Kagiso Rabada — as Samson & Co. registered the first victory of their IPL 2021 campaign.
“T20 cricket anything can happen in the end, fortunately, went our way in the end. I am a slogger that swings everything I can, I play so much golf,” said Morris on his onslaught.
Earlier, Unadkat, playing his first match of the season, pegged Delhi back with a brilliant three-wicket haul. The Saurashtra pacer dismissed Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane to enkindle Capitals’ top-order collapse.
After a disastrous start, Delhi’s ship was steadied by skipper Rishabh Pant, who scored a 32-ball 51, studded with nine fours. With Pant at the crease, it looked like Delhi would breach the 160-run mark with ease. However, Riyan Parag’s brilliant throw ended Pant’s valiant knock. Delhi were 88 for 5 then.
Debutant Lalit Yadav also chipped in with 20 off 24 balls before he fell to Chris Morris in the 15th over. In the end, Tom Curran stepped up with a 16-ball 21 cameo, guiding his side to a respectable total in Mumbai. Chris Woakes also joined in with 15* off 11 deliveries.
On the bowling front, Unadkat registered 3/15 while Mustafizur took two for 29 in his four overs.