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IPL 2021, RR vs DC Highlights: Chris Morris finishes off in style, Rajasthan win by 3 wickets

IPL 2021, RR vs DC Highlights: David Miller kept the run chase alive with his 10th IPL fifty as he was picked as a replacement for an injured Ben Stokes

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Updated: April 16, 2021 2:01:18 pm
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IPL 2021, RR vs DC Highlights: Chris Morris pulled off a tricky run chase in the death overs batting at No. 8. Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Capitals by three wickets with two balls to spare. Morris struck four huge sixes in his 18-ball 36 to help RR register their first victory in the tournament. Chasing a total of 148 at Wankhede Stadium, RR’s run chase got off to a horrific start as they lost both their openers and skipper Sanju Samson in powerplay overs. David Miller revived the run chase with his 43-ball 62 whereas Morris and Unadkat finished the run chase taking on DC’s fast bowlers.

Earlier Samson won the toss and elected to field first. DC post a modest total of 147/8. The credit goes to Jaydev Unadkat who struck thrice with the new ball in powerplay overs getting the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithivi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane. Rishabh Pant tried to help Delhi recover from the top order collapse. After Marcus Stoinis’ wicket, Pant stitched a 51-run partnership with debutant Lalit Yadav. Pant scored a half-century and got run out, thanks to direct hit from Riyan Parag. Tom Curran and Chris Woakes tried to get big runs in the death overs. Curran scored 16-ball 21 whereas Woakes remained unbeaten for 15 from 11 deliveries. Ravichandran Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada contributed with their single-digit scores as well. Apart from Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman took wickets and Chris Morris got one wicket.

Match EndedIndian Premier League, 2021 - Match 7

Rajasthan Royals

150/7 (19.4)
vs

Delhi Capitals

147/8 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 7 )
Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets

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IPL 2021, RR vs DC Highlights:

23:21 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Morris justifies the price tag

Rajasthan Royals register their first victory this season. There were a lot of questions raised when they paid the hefty amount for the services of Chris Morris. With a match-winning 18-ball 36 cameo, Morris turned the game on its head. He hit four towering sixes in the final two overs to get his team over the line. 

23:15 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Morris shows his worth with magic cameo

12 runs needed from the last over. Tom Curran bowls a pin-point yorker but Chris Morris gets a couple of runs. Poor fielding in the deep, too slow to throw back to the wicketkeeper. SIX! The back of the hand delivery goes wrong and Morris hits it for a massive six. Morris hits the next ball straight to Shikhar Dhawan, a dot ball. SIX! Full toss from Curran and Morris hits it in the stands. RR beat DC by 3 wickets in a low-scoring thriller. RR 150/7 after 19.3 overs

23:11 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Morris' big hits keep RR in the game

Kagiso Rabada bowls the penultimate over. SIX! That was in Morris' arc and he hits it deep into the stands. A much-needed six for Rajasthan. Two dot balls to follow from Rabada. Morris gets an outside edge, Avesh Khan cuts it off, a couple of runs. SIX! Morris whips that one over deep fine leg for a huge six. This match is very much alive. The most expensive player in IPL auction history has not given up yet. He takes a single to retain strike, a wise move. RR need 12 runs from the last over. RR 136/7 after 19 overs

23:05 (IST)15 Apr 2021
No boundary

Rishabh Pant misses run out. Chris Morris hit the ball from Tom Curran towards mid-wicket. Morris denied the second run and Jaydev Unadkat put in a full dive. The ball slipped out of Pant's gloves otherwise Unadkat would have been a goner. Unadkat gets a single. Morris struggling to get under the ball, gets another single. A top edge off Unadkat's bat. He gets a couple of runs. A yorker from Curran but Unadkat gets an inside edge, gets a quick single. Morris retains the strike with a single. RR need 27 runs from 2 overs. RR 121/7 after 18 overs

22:59 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Unadkat hits six

Chris Morris gets a single off Avesh Khan's last ball of the spell. Jaydev Unadkat is the new batsman in. Chris Woakes back in attack to bowl his final over. Morris hits the ball towards long-on, gets a single. Woakes surprises Unadkat with a short one, a dot ball. SIX! Unadkat pulls and hits the ball into the stands. This is Unadkat's first six in IPL since 2018 and the second of his career. After magic with the ball, can he do it with the bat too? A dot ball to follow. Unadkat plays the ball wide of third man, gets a single. Morris plays the last ball for a single. RR need 34 runs from last three overs. RR 114/7 after 17 overs

22:50 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Miller out for valiant 62

Chris Morris is the new man in, he gets beaten by Rabada on the first delivery. FIFTY! David Miller gets to his half-century, his 10th in IPL. The lone effort tonight shows what Miller is made off. It almost makes one wonder why Miller was warming the benches last season when Rajasthan were struggling to win games. Morris gets off the mark with a single. SIX! Miller hits his first maximum of the innings. He is targetting Avesh Khan. SIX! That is a huge one. Miller is showing his true class. That was as clean as any hit you will ever see. Pant is putting an arm around Avesh's shoulder. He needs that after two consecutive sixes. WICKET! Avesh gets his man. Miller could not hit that one over the boundary, Lalit takes the catch. Miller out for 62. RR 104/7 after 15.5 overs

22:42 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Rabada breaks partnership

Kagiso Rabada is back into the attack. Delhi need a wicket here. This partnership has gone for too long for Delhi's comfort. Three singles and a couple of runs off the first four deliveries. WICKET! The extra pace gets the better of Tewatia as he plays it towards mid-wicket fielder Lalit Yadav. Rabada does the job he was asked to, break the partnership. RR 90/6 after 14.5 overs

22:38 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Tewatia joins the party

Tom Curran continues. Two singles off the first two balls. FOUR! Tewatia hangs back in the crease and hits the slower ball over the mid-off fielder for a boundary. His first of the match. Two singles to follow. FOUR! Tewatia finds the boundary again, this time sweeps the ball between square leg fielder and short fine leg fielder. RR 85/5 after 14 overs 

22:33 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Miller keeps run chase alive

Marcus Stoinis into the attack. Rahul Tewatia gets a single first ball. FOUR! David Miller hits the short ball in the gap on the on side, gets a boundary. FOUR! Miller picks the slower bowl from Stoinis early and smashes it along the ground for a boundary. He has moved into 40s now. FOUR! Make it three in a row. Miller plays the slower low full toss towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. He hits the ball down the ground again but gets just a single. Tewatia ends the over with a single. 15 runs from Stoinis' over. Miller keeps Rajasthan in the game. RR 73/5 after 13 overs

22:28 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Top start from Curran

Tom Curran finally introduced into the attack. He starts off with a wide delivery. Rahul Tewatia terribly struggling against Curran's change of pace as he faces four dot balls in a row. Just a single from the over. Top start from ex-RR bowler. RR 58/5 after 12 overs

22:22 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Ashwin troubles Miller

R Ashwin continues. He has been creating problems for David Miller darting the ball to middle and leg. Just four singles from Ashwin's third over. Miller has got to find a way to take on Ashwin. The required run rate is above 10 runs per over now. RR 56/5 after 11 overs

22:20 (IST)15 Apr 2021
50 up for RR

Rahul Tewatia is the new batsman in. He gets off the mark with a single. FOUR! David Miller picks the short ball early and hits it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. FOUR! Miller gets it in his arc and he pierces the off side field. Another boundary for Miller. The Proteas batsman has made up his mind. He needs to accelerate to get this run chase back on track. A single to end the over. RR 52/5 after 10 overs

22:18 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Parag departs

Avesh Khan continues, David Miller gets off the strike with a single. WICKET! Riyan Parag fails to pick the slower delivery and hits it straight up in the air. Shikhar Dhawan completes the catch easily. His third catch of the night. Parag out for 2. RR 42/5 after 9.2 overs

22:12 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Required run rate climbing

R Ashwin continues. David Miller works the ball towards on side, gets a single. Smart cricket from the Proteas batsman under circumstances. Riyan Parag is the new batsman in. He has already played two dot balls in Avesh Khan's last over. Parag takes a single with a slap towards deep cover. Miller plays a dot ball. A single off the next one. Parag plays the ball towards long-on for a single. Miller takes a single off the last ball, retains strike. Meanwhile, the required run rate is nearing 10 runs per over. RR 41/4 after 9 overs

22:07 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Dube falls

Avesh Khan back in attack. FOUR! David Miller plays it wide of third man fielder, beats Tom Curran. Good start to the over. He takes a single off the next one. A dot ball to follow. WICKET! Shivam Dube edges the ball to first slip fielder Shikhar Dhawan. Another one goes down. Rajasthan in trouble. RR 36/4 after 7.4 overs

22:03 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Good first over from Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack. Good time for him to bowl with two left-handed batsmen in the middle. David Miller on strike, an inside edge off his bat, a dot ball. Another dot ball to follow. Miller plays it towards mid-on, gets a single. Shivam Dube guides it towards square leg, just a single. Miller works towards leg side, gets a couple of runs, Good running between the wickets. Another single to end the over. RR 31/3 after 7 overs

22:00 (IST)15 Apr 2021
End of powerplay overs

Kagiso Rabada continues, David Miller on strike. FOUR! Miller hits his countryman for a boundary down the ground, beating the mid-off fielder. Rabada does well after that, four dot deliveries on the trot. Miller plays with soft hands and guides the ball past Rishabh Pant. A single to end the over. RR 26/3 after 6 overs

21:56 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Woakes keeps the pressure on

Chris Woakes continues, his third over. Inside edge and David Miller gets a single. A dot ball to Shivam Dube, he is yet to get off the mark. Dube plays the ball towards covers, gets a single. Good fielding from Rabada diving to stop the extra run. Woakes beats the bat of Miller, a dot ball. Just one more single from the over. RR 21/3 after 5 overs

21:51 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Miller-Dube in middle

David Miller is the new batsman in, the replacement of Ben Stokes. Miller gets off the mark with a single. Shivam Dube on the crease, he faces two dot deliveries. RR 18/3 after 4 overs

21:48 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Rabada gets Samson's wicket

Kagiso Rabada introduced into the attack, Sanju Samson on strike. FOUR! Rabada bowls that one on pads and Samson works it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. WICKET! Rabada forces Samson to drive and he edges it to first slip. RR return the favour by losing their top order batsman early in powerplay over. RR 17/3 after 3.3 overs

Squads:

RR: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh

DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tom Curran, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Steven Smith, Sam Billings, Axar Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Manimaran Siddharth, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel

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