A 144-run stand between Mitchell Marsh (89) and David Warner (52*) helped Delhi Capitals register an eight-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals here at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. It was a memorable day for DC, who put on an all-round performance to keep their playoff hopes alive. With this win, DC is currently at fifth position in the points table with 12 points. RR is at third position with 14 points.
Chasing 161, Delhi Capitals got off a poor start, losing the opener Srikar Bharat for a duck on the second ball of the innings after a Trent Boult delivery found the edge of his bat and landed in the hands of wicketkeeper Sanju Samson. This brought Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to the field alongside his compatriot David Warner. Prasidh Krishna delivered a maiden second over and the next Boult over gave away only 4, leaving Delhi struggling at 5/1 in three overs.
Things started to pick up after the introduction of spin with Ravichandran Ashwin in the fourth over, who gave away 12 runs thanks to six from Marsh. That hit infused some life into the chase as the fourth, fifth and sixth over went for 11,12 and 10 runs respectively with Marsh and Warner stabilising the innings. Marsh took a more aggressive approach, while Warner anchored from the end. At the end of the powerplay, DC stood at a sub-par 38/1, with Marsh (24*) and Warner (11*).