Rajasthan Royals produced a thrilling comeback against Delhi Capitals to win their first match of IPL 2021. Batting first, Delhi Capitals were restricted to 147/8 in 20 overs as Jaydev Unadkat (3/15) and Mustafizur Rahman (2/29) starred with the ball. Only Rishabh Pant got going for Delhi in the innings as he scored 51 runs off 32 balls.
In reply, Royals were reduced to 42/5 at one stage in the 10th over of the game. But brilliant half-century from David Miller (62 off 43) and Chris Morris’ late cameo (36* off 18) guided Rajasthan to a remarkable 3-wicket win.
Let us have a look at some of the important numbers from this IPL game:
13 – Rishabh Pant has smashed 13 fifty-plus scores since 2017 for DC in IPL.
Most 50+ scores for DC in IPL since 2017
Rishabh Pant – 13
Shikhar Dhawan / Shreyas Iyer – 12
Prithivi Shaw – 7
Marcus Stoinis / Sanju Samson -3
0 – No sixes were smashed in the 1st innings of the match, and this was the 1st instance when no sixes were hit in the 1st innings at the Wankhade ground in IPL history.
3 – Jaydev Unadkat took a 3-wicket haul and won MoM award for his performance. Jaydev Unadkat bowled the most economical spell in his IPL career with bowling figures off 3/15 in his 4 overs. Also his performance off 3/15 vs DC was his 3rd best bowling figure in IPL.
Best bowling figure of Jaydev Unadkat in IPL
5/25 for RCB vs DC in 2013
5/30 for RPS vs SRH in 2017
3/15 for RR vs DC in 2021*
4 – Chris Morris, batting at number 8 position smashed 4 sixes vs DC. Coming to bat at number 8 position only Harbhajan Singh has smashed more than 4 sixes in an IPL match.
5 – Delhi Capitals had an upper hand as they had won 5 consecutive matches against RR in IPL before this game. However RR ended the 5-match losing streak to DC with a 3-wicket win in this match.
Before this game, the last time RR won against DC, Gautam Gambhir was captaining the Delhi side in 2018 [Shreyas Iyer as DC captain has won all the 5 matches vs RR in IPL]
29 – Chris Morris smashed 29 runs off the last two overs to win the game for his side.
Most runs scored in last two overs of a IPL match to win the game
MS Dhoni – 30 vs PBKS, 2010
Chris Morris – 29 vs DC, 2021*
Ravindra Jadeja – 29 vs KKR, 2020
50 – David Miller registered a fifty-plus score in IPL after 2 years and 19 days. Before this game, Miller had smashed a fifty in IPL against KKR on 27 March, 2019.
4 – For the 4th time, Chris Morris played at a S.R off 200 (or) more in an IPL innings (minimum 30 runs scored).
Highest S.R for Chris Morris in IPL (min 30 runs)
38*(9) for DC vs RPS, 2017
34*(11) for RR vs SRH, 2015
82*(32) for DC vs GL, 2016
36*(18) for RR vs DC, 2021*
0 – DC have never been able to defend a total below 150 in IPL history.