After the easy defeat of KKR at home, today Delhi Daredevils also lost at home. Rajasthan Royals continued their upward rise winning against Delhi. The match displayed the power of the local players as Karun Nair and Sanju Samson shone with the bat. With repeating the easy chase of today’s first match, Royals move closer to CSK and KXIP in the Points Tally with their fourth win, while Delhi is again left to seek answers.
Sent to Bat, DD Score 152/5
Delhi Daredevils saw a positive start with de Kock scoring 33-ball 42 runs (5 4s and a six), but Murali Vijay (11-ball 13 runs) certainly needs some rest if DD has to win. When Pietersen (15-ball 14 runs) fell as 2nd wicket, the score read 69/2 in 9.3 overs. All the while de Kock kept scoring from other end. But the double blow by Tambe in 10th over left DD reeling. They scored 3/71 in 10 overs. After that Karthik (16-ball 12 runs) and others struggled. Duminy (31 ball 39 runs with a six and 4 4s) and Kedar Jadhav (14-ball 28 runs with 2 sixes and 2 fours) got them to 152/5 with their big hits in the last 2 overs. Yet, they did not have the bowling to save the easy target.
For Royals, Tambe with 2/25 was again the pick of the bowlers with Faulkner (2/26) finally leaking less runs. Binny who bowled the first over (his only over) gave 9 runs. Richardson (1/39), Watson (0/11 in 1 over) were expensive. Dhawal Kulkarni (0/18 in 3 overs) was impressive as well as Rajat Bhatia (0/21 in 3 overs).
RR Easily Chase With 9 balls spare, Nair the Player of the Match
Rahane (10-ball 12 runs) went early but Sanju Samson (28-ball 34 runs with 2 sixes and 2 4s) ensured that RR match DDs total of 10 overs with a wicket less as Royals scored 71/2. Rajat Bhatia (13-ball 17 runs was the only other wicket to fall. By then end of 15th over their score was 115/3, needing another 38 runs. Watson (10-ball 16 runs with 2 sixes) did not need to take any extra risk, as the opener Karun Nair continued demolition work as he scored unbeaten 50-ball 73 runs with 8 4s and 2 6s.
For DD, the opening bowlers Shami (1/22) was the best bowler, along with Nadeem (1/30). But they lacked bowlers as other three were hit at will. Parnell (1/35), Unadkat (0/36 in 3.3 overs) and Rahul Sharma (0/32) were ineffective.
Nair scoring 40% of team’s target was declared the Player of the match.