Karthik’s heroics halts Royals winnings spree

Dinesh Karthik played a solid hand to bring Delhi Daredevils out of a hole. Gautam Gambhir played a fine support role.Rajasthan Royals winning train finally made a halt at Delhi station. Riding on a brilliant innings from Karthik Daredevils registered their biggest victory in the IPL as the Royals fell short by 67 runs chasing 188 runs. After a blow-hot blow-cold season Delhi find themselves in the 2nd spot.

Rajasthan Royals Innings

The royals until now have depended heavily on their openers and Yusuf pathan. Warne would have been hoping that they fire today in order to overhaul the stiff target of 188. Mahroof who returned to the side in place of the injured Nannes struck early when he had Lumb caught brilliantly by Warner for a duck and 2 balls later he tricked Fazal with a slow leg cutter which found him plumb in front. The royals held back Yusuf in the hope that he would come in and attack the spinners rather than face the fast bowlers. Gambhir brought on Mishra in the 4th over and Ojha struck him for 2 boundaries but Mishra got his revenge when he got one to move away slightly as Ojha edged it to Karthik behind the stumps. Next over saw a mixup which ended with Jhunjhunwala getting runout.  The royals were reduced to 31/4 in the 5th over. There was no other choice but to send Yusuf now. Rajasthan’s innings gained some momentum when Yusuf Pathan went berserk before his cameo ended at 14-ball 24. Once he was gone it was all over for the royals. Spin proved to be the downfall of Royals as Amit Mishra was the most successful bowler with three wickets and leg-spinner Sarabjit Ladda picked two wickets. The ball kept following Warner as he took 4 and also effected the runout of Jhunjhunwala. The Royals were bowled out for a dismal 121 with 14 balls to spare. PHOTOS

Delhi Daredevils Innings

Gambhir won the toss and decided to bat first on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla pitch. Sehwag looked to be in fine touch as Delhi accumulated 24 in 3. But Sumit Narwal sent back the openers in the 4th over. It got worse when Collingwood was runout for 16. With Jadhav gone in the 9th over Delhi looked to be in spot of bother having lost 4 in 9 overs for only 66 runs. Karthik and Gambhir got together to stem the rot. The experienced pair added 79 runs before Gambhir perished for a well made 43 of 37. Karthik provided the much-needed momentum with an innings of character. Karthik went balistic in the final overs, hitting Shaun Tait for 31 runs in his final two overs. He was out of the final ball for a superb 69 in 38 balls which included 6 boundaries and 4 maximums. Gambhir had hoped for somewhere around 170 at the toss and he ended up with much more than thanks to brilliant innings of Karthik. PHOTOS

SCORECARD

Player of the Match: Dinesh Karthik

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