'What a knock': Cricket world in awe of brutal Mitch Marsh act

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Mitch Marsh's fiancee, pictured here watching as he powered Delhi Capitals to victory.
Mitch Marsh's fiancee watched on as he powered Delhi Capitals to victory. Image: IPL

Mitch Marsh and David Warner have starred for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, keeping their team in contention for the finals with an eight-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.

After Rajasthan struggled to reach 6-160 from their 20 overs, Marsh and Warner out on a show as the Capitals cruised home with 11 balls to spare.

Marsh blasted 89 and Warner made an unbeaten 52 as the Australian duo shared a 144-run second-wicket stand after a horror start for Delhi.

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New Zealand bowler Trent Boult removed opener Srikar Bharat with the second ball of the innings, but Marsh and Warner righted the ship in brilliant fashion.

Boult could have made it 2-2 when it appeared he had trapped Marsh lbw first ball.

However the Aussie was given not out and Rajasthan opted not to use DRS, with TV replays later suggesting the ball had hit Marsh's boot before his bat.

"I honestly thought I smashed it first so I wasn't worried," Marsh said on getting an early reprieve before hitting seven sixes and five fours.

"It was lucky as I look guilty when I know I'm gone. I did feel I got away with it!"

The Aussie batters survived Boult's brilliant three-over spell before dominating the bowlers midway through the innings.

Rajasthan held back key spinner Yuzvendra Chahal until the ninth over but luck continued to favour Delhi.

Jos Buttler couldn't hold a difficult running catch at long-off to dismiss Warner in Chahal's first over, which also saw a sharp turning delivery hit the opener's leg stump but fail to dislodge the bails.

Both batters then cut loose in the death overs and even smashed Boult for 15 runs in his last over.

Chahal finally broke the stand when Marsh holed out at short fine leg while top-edging a sweep.

Rishabh Pant then smashed two sixes against the leg-spinner, who finished with 1-43.

Mitch Marsh and David Warner, pictured here in action for  Delhi Capitals in the IPL.
Mitch Marsh and David Warner put on a show for the Delhi Capitals. Image: IPL

Cricket world in awe of Mitch Marsh display

Earlier, Marsh also picked up 2-25 with the ball and helped restrict Rajasthan's total.

Ravichandran Ashwin scored 50 off 38 balls at No.3 before Marsh sent him packing.

Buttler's (7) dismissal in the third over also pushed back Rajasthan's bid to score freely in the batting powerplay.

Marsh was awarded player of the match honours for his brilliant all-round display, which had fans in awe on social media.

"Mitch Marsh - all quality after that early lbw escape," wrote Saurabh Malhotra.

"What a knock under pressure. And two wickets to go with it."

with AAP

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