by Pulasta Dhar Apr 6, 2013 19:55 IST
Toss: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first
Result: Rajasthan beat Delhi Daredevils by five runs.
Rajasthan 165/7 in 20 overs (Dravid 65, Binny 40. Umesh 4/24): The Royals started off on a strong footing, with Kushal Perera swatting three early boundaries before wastefully giving his wicket away. But this innings was all about Rahul Dravid, who showed no signs of rustiness with a solid innings of 65 (51 balls, 6x4, 2x6) — the highlights being some well-timed fours and a huge six over long-on. Stuart Binny also got in on the act, scoring 40 runs in just 20 balls — and for a while, it seemed that Rajasthan would easily score more around 180 runs.
But the last three overs saw four wickets fall, including Ashish Nehra taking two in two. Umesh Yadav finished with figures of 4/24 — his best IPL bowling performance.
Delhi Daredevils 160/6 after 20 overs (Warner 77, Chand 23. Cooper 3/30): Delhi started with a bang at their home ground, with Unmukt Chand and David Warner taking the game to Rajasthan's bowlers. But the run-flow stemmed after Sreesanth bowled Unmukt with a peach of a delivery. Rahul Dravid then dropped Warner at point, and was almost punished with a defeat for it, because the Aussie went on a rampage and slammed 77 runs in 56 balls before he was run-out in the 19th over. Mahela Jayawardene, who did so well in Delhi's first match, was dismissed after a simply superb catch from Ajinkya Rahane at point — the youngster flying to take it on his right side.
Manpreet Juneja and Warner put together 67 runs and it was looking as if Delhi would coast to victory with both at the crease. However, Brad Hodge's brilliant direct hit sent back Warner to the hut and Kevon Cooper took two wickets in the last over to finish the match in style.
Naman Ojha could have scored a six off the last ball of the match to win it, but he missed his shot to the disappointment of the home crowd.
Turning point: Has to be Warner getting run out in the 19th over. At that point of time, Delhi needed 13 runs from nine balls, but the Royals had their tails up and managed to hold their nerve to win it.
Star performer: Quite a few of them actually, but we'll give it to David Warner. He hardly made a mistake and almost took his team to victory. He scored 77 runs in 56 balls, which consisted of nine fours and a six. Stuart Binny was also fantastic, scoring 40 runs from just 20 balls.
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