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IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan outclass Delhi in rain-hit match

April 12, 2018 00:53 IST

IMAGE: Rajasthan Royals players celebrate the wicket of Glenn Maxwell. Photograph: BCCI

Rajasthan Royals celebrated their return to their home ground at the Sawai Mansingh stadium with a 10-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the rain-hit Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Wednesday.

Rajasthan Royals overcame a shaky start and were on course to post a competitive total before rain stopped proceedings with the hosts on 153 for five in 17.5 overs.

Following a lengthy rain interval, Delhi were set a revised target of 71 runs in six overs as per the Duckworth-Lewis method.

The visitors made a disastrous start with Colin Munro run out off the first ball of the innings following a mix-up with Glenn Maxwell.

IMAGE: Krishnappa Gowtham celebrates the run out of Colin Munro. Photograph: BCCI

Royals' attack comprising pacers Ben Laughlin and Dhawal Kulkarni bowled well and kept the Daredevils batsmen guessing with their variations. Only two overs of Powerplay also hurt Delhi.

Maxwell struggled to get going, scoring 17 from 12 balls before he was caught behind off pacer Laughlin.

With Rishabh Pant (20 off 14) gone in the penultimate over, Royals needed to defend 25 runs in the final over. Laughlin (2/20) did that pretty comfortably as Royals recorded their first win of the season.  

It was a second straight loss for Daredevils.

IMAGE: Spectators use plastic chairs in the stands to take shelter from the rain. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, captain Ajinkya Rahane (45 off 40) and Sanju Samson (37 off 22) staged the Royals' recovery before Jos Buttler (29 off 18) boosted the scoring rate at the end.

Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (2/34) made a significant impact in his first game of the season, taking two crucial wickets.

Royals, playing their first home game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in five years, were off to a wobbly start.

Big Bash star D'Arcy Short (6) was run out for the second game in a row after a mix up with Rahane over the second run.

IMAGE: Trent Boult celebrates after dismissing Ben Stokes. Photograph: BCCI

The hosts were dealt another blow in the fifth when their costliest buy Ben Stokes (16) was dismissed by Trent Boult with a beauty that moved away to just enough to take the outside edge.

There was not much that Stokes could do about that ball but he looked ominous in his brief knock that comprised a crisp hit off Chris Morris over square leg.

Rahane and the talented Sanju Samson then got together to revive the innings.

Samson, just like in the team's opener against Sunrisers, showed sublime form. He smashed Boult for a four and six over square leg to get going. Especially, the front foot pull off the New Zealand pacer for a maximum was a treat to the eye.

The two Indian batsmen shared a 62-run stand for the third wicket, taking the team to 84 for two in 10 overs.

Ajinkya Rahane

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane hits out. Photograph: BCCI

However, Nadeem found the stumps of Samson in the following over before removing Rahane in the 14th over, making it 112 for four.

The quick dismissals got England wicket-keeper batsman Buttler and Rahul Tripathi together and they both attacked the Daredevils from the word go.

Buttler hammered two fours and as many sixes in his entertaining knock before being bowled off a slower-ball from Shami.

The 17th over bowled by Morris leaked 18 runs, turning out to be the most expensive over of the innings.

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