An clever innings by Mitch Marsh has helped earn the Delhi Capitals back-to-back victories for the primary time this season to keep up their probabilities of making the Indian Premier League playoffs.
In posting his second successive half-century, Marsh made 63 off 48 balls with three sixes as Delhi compiled 7-159 off their 20 overs.
David Warner was out to the primary ball of the match however performed his half with a surprising catch because the Punjab Kings had been restricted to 9-142, giving the Capitals victory by 17 runs.
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A win in their last match will assure Delhi a playoff place whereas the Kings want an inconceivable set of outcomes to proceed in the match.
Marsh made simply the best rating in the match, beginning brutally in the powerplay earlier than pacing himself as wickets fell on a tough pitch in Mumbai.
“My mindset was to get as many as I can in the powerplay before it starts turning,” Marsh stated.
“For the last 18 months, I’ve had that mentality in the powerplay.
“You possibly can by no means decide a wicket till each groups bat on it. I walked off considering we left a pair on the market. However it turned and 160 wound up being sufficient.”
Warner was due to start as non-striker but swapped with Safraz Khan when he saw Liam Livingstone was opening.
However, he drove loosely at the Englishman’s first ball and was caught at backward point.
Marsh replaced him and soon changed the tone, driving his fifth and sixth balls, delivered by South African pacer Kagisho Rabada, for sixes.
The pair brought up the 50 in the fifth over but after Khan fell for 32 off 16 balls, runs were harder to come by.
Livingston (3-37) returned and had Rishad Pant stumped for seven – a ball after the spinner had been hit for six.
Marsh perished on the mid-wicket boundary after pulling a Rabada delivery.
The Kings began well with Jonny Bairstow making a 15-ball 28 but with Shardul Thakur taking 4-36 and the spinners bowling tightly, the rate began to climb.
A 34-ball 44 from Jitesh Sharma kept them in the game but, just as Delhi began to worry, Warner, running in from the boundary, took a brilliant catch diving forward to dismiss him off Thakur and end the Kings’ challenge.
“In lengthy tournaments like this, it is about peaking on the proper time,” Marsh stated.
“I feel during the last week or 10 days, we have performed some actually good cricket and that is a very good signal.
“We’ve got one more to go. We know if we win that, we’ll be in the finals and we can give it a real good shake.”