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‘Must hope his body supports him for the next 2-3 years’ – Mitchell Marsh maiden IPL fifty delights Twitter

Mitchell Marsh turned up in style for the Delhi Capitals in their must-win game against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. He scored his maiden IPL fifty, hitting 89 off 62 balls to guide DC home in their chase of 160, hitting five fours and seven sixes at a strikerate of 143. DC cruised home with eight wickets and eleven balls remaining to register their sixth win of the season.

DC started their chase on a jittery note, losing their opener Srikar Bharat to Trent Boult off the second ball of the innings. But as far as breakthroughs were concerned, that was all the Royals were going to get. Boult and Prasidh Krishna were menacing with new ball up front. Ravichandran Ashwin was introduced in the powerplay, and Marsh went after him with a huge six over long-off. That helped release some of the pressure, and a couple more boundaries off Boult and Prasidh took DC to a decent powerplay score of 38.

DC coast home on the back of Mitchell Marsh, David Warner century stand

After that initial shaky spell, David Warner and Marsh were all over DC. Marsh clubbed another couple of sixes off Kuldeep Sen, and the two Australians looted 36 off the next four overs to boost their total to 74 at the halfway mark. They needed 90 runs from the last ten, but the Aussies were now in and playing their shots comfortably. Marsh brought up his first ever IPL half-century off 38 balls with a six off Yuzvendra Chahal.

As he was drawing close to a hundred at the start of the 18th over, Marsh got a top-edge trying to reverse sweep Chahal, and had to go Sen took a comfortable catch. Still, he had more than done the job required of him – DC needed 17 runs off 18 balls. Skipper Rishabh Pant arrived at the crease, smoked a couple of sixes, and DC wrapped up the game in the next six balls.

Marsh and Warner put together a 144-run partnership for the second wicket in 101 balls, the best stand for DC so far after the 83-run Warner-Shaw dominance against Punjab Kings. Prior to this game, Marsh had scored 99 runs from 5 games averaging just under 20, with a strikerate of 126.

DC, and all their fans on Twitter were relieved that their premier all-rounder, who cost them 6.5 crores at the auction has come good at the business end of the tournament.

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