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For the third time in a row, we had yet another thrilling encounter that went down the wire and we saw the most expensive purchase in the history of the Indian Premier League play a gem of an innings and in turn answering his critics in style. The victory for the Royals now places them in the 5th position. The Delhi Capitals are now placed 4th with 2 points to their name.

Both the teams had a poor start to their innings as the Delhi Capitals were reduced to 37 for the loss of 4 wickets in the first 7 overs but their newly appointed skipper- Rishabh Pant ensured he made his presence felt by playing a breezy knock of 51 runs from 32 balls. Delhi Capitals went on to register a decent total of 147 runs, with the pitch being on the slower side, the target was always going to be tough to chase down.

Royals too had a disastrous start to their innings losing 5 wickets for just 42 runs. With the required run-rate climbing up to 11 and a few wickets in hand the Capitals looked well in the course for their second consecutive victory. But the in-form South African batsman David Miller had other plans, the hard-hitter played brilliant innings of 62 to get the Royals closer to what seemed an impossible win. With the fall of his wicket, It was up to the most expensive purchase in the league’s history- Chris Morris to deliver the goods and he did it full authority.

Cricwizz brings you the stand-out players in this thrilling encounter and also the player we think who was the least contributor in this face-off. 

Hero of the match

Jaydev Unadkat RR IPL
Jaydev Unadkat (RR)

A very tough decision to make as we have three players in contention for the hero of the match. To start with is the Indian pacer- Jaydev Unadkat, who managed to run through the mighty top-order of DC and finished with outstanding figures of 4-0-15-3. While we also have the ‘Killer Miller’ and Chris Morris who played a match-winning role. We go with the pacer Unadkat as we feel his bowling contributed to the downfall of the DC batsmen else the Royals would have been chasing a much higher target.

Zero of the match

Marcus Stoinis DC IPL
Marcus Stoinis (DC)

The Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who is regarded to be a big hitter of the ball has been finding life difficult this so far as he once again failed to make any contributions with the bat. The 31-year old also failed with the ball as he was taken away for 15 runs in his one over. Do you think the Aussie is capable of performing in the sub-continent conditions? Or will he be able to bounce back in the upcoming encounters?

Foreign player of the Match

David Miller RR IPL
David Miller (RR)

This winner of this award is hands down the South African veteran- David Miller, who played an absolute blinder of an innings. His innings stand out to be special as he made look like he was playing on a completely different pitch as to others, hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes, Miller in form is someone definitely to watch out for in the upcoming matches.

Game changer of the match

Chris Morris RR IPL
Chris Morris (RR)

Why pay 16.25 crores for Chris Morris? Is he worth the price tag? These were the questions that were resounding ever since the conclusion of the IPL 2021 auctions. Well, what a better way to answer your critics? The South- African all-rounder went on to play a marvelous inning of 36 runs from 18 balls and his sheer ability to clear the boundary ropes is something that the opposing teams need to worry about. Can the proteas continue delivering the goods for the Royals? Only time will tell.

Hope you enjoyed our analysis of the thrilling encounter between the newly appointed skippers- Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant. Do you agree with our picks on the Foreign player of the match? Also, do read our fantasy picks on the much-awaited clash between Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, this Friday.