It was almost the same target that Delhi was chasing but it was a comprehensive win today unlike the tense one against the Kings XI. Delhi Daredevils once again delivered a combined effort with the ball to limit Rajasthan Royals to 141 for 6 Barring a brief period of fireworks, Rajasthan Royals had largely to blame themselves for the modest score . When you have Sehwag in the opposition you are always praying that he gets out early but it was not to be. But sadly for Warne and Rajasthan Royals muscled his way to the fastest half-century of this IPL to secure the 2nd consecutive win for Delhi and 2nd loss for RR.
Delhi Daredevils Innings
142 was always going to be a difficult one to defend especially when you have a power packed Batting side. Sehwag was in a blistering mood as he demolished all the bowlers giving no respect whatsoever to any of them. It was all one way traffic when Gambhir gave a slight hope to the Royals when he mistimed a shot to give a dolly to Smith. T20 specialist Dilshan was out to a golden duck once again when Naman Ojha hung on to catch of Mascarenhas bowling. The turning point of the match was when Tait dropped a tough catch of Sehwag and the Royals had to pay heavily as he went on to make 30 more runs before he got out to Patel. Warne managed to get AB but it was too little too late as DD eased to the target with 17 balls to spare. PHOTOS
Rajasthan Royals Innings
Gambhir won the toss and inserted the royals into bat. Dirk Nannes struck early for Delhi by getting rid of Swapnil Asnodkar, but the arrival of Naman Ojha proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Royals. He sparkled for a brief period when he smashed 4 boundaries and a 6 but Amit Mishra’s introduction in the 5th over got the better of him when he tried to play one shot too many and was done in by a googly. In came the dangerous Pathan playing at his home ground but there was nothing for the fans to cheer about as Mahroof got him for a duck with his trademark slow ball. Smith was the next man to go as he mistimed a pull shot towards deep midwicket of Sangwan. Sehwag made a mess of it almost. The ball popped out of his palm not just once but twice before he took it in his third attempt. It was left to ICL recruit Jhunjhunwala and Dogra who managed to steady the ship with a 58 run partnership but 2 quick runouts hampered the Royals to post a big score. The only consolation was that Jhunjhunwala got to his maiden 50 in IPL by smashing two boundaries off Nannes in the final over to give Royals a respectable score but it was always going to be less. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Virender Sehwag