Marsh sparks Capitals to revive IPL hopes

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Delhi Capitals allrounder Mitchell Marsh and Australian teammate David Warner have played starring roles in an eight-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals to keep their Indian Premier League playoff hopes alive.

Marsh, who began this season while nursing a hip injury and later tested positive for COVID-19, smashed seven sixes en route to a 62-ball 89 as Delhi chased down 161 with almost two overs to spare.

"My first two games of this IPL I came off my injury and COVID and felt pretty rusty to be fair," said the Australian, who was named player of the match.

"I hadn't played in a couple of months but the last three-four games, I felt like I've been batting really well ... I've stuck to every single routine, all my processes and tonight was great reward for that, so it was great learning."

The 30-year-old added he was helped by Warner at the other end, who finished with an unbeaten 52 to take his side home.

"Over the last 18 months, I've just loved batting with Davey with him opening and me batting at 3, we've had some great partnerships and tonight was a very memorable one for the Delhi Capitals," said Marsh, who also picked up 2-25 with the ball.

"His experience, his calmness, we can all see how much he loves winning and now playing for Delhi ... it's been fun batting with him."

Delhi are now fifth in the standings, two points off the last playoff place with six matches remaining. Rajasthan occupy third place.

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