Delhi Daredevils (DD) returned to winning ways with a four-run victory over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday night.
Despite a spectacular knock from Jos Buttler Rajasthan fell short while chasing the staggering target. Rishabh Pant played sensational innings which took Delhi to a huge total of 196 for six in 17.1 overs before the match was halted by rain.
Jaydev Unadkat went for 45 runs in his four overs but he proved to be a was the wrecker-in-chief bagging three wickets. Krishnappa Gowtham played a terrific knock. However, the target was too much in the end for the visitors.
It was a much-needed victory for the Daredevils as they registered the third victory in Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) 11 as per Duckworth-Lewis (DLS) method.
It was a nail-biting thriller which went till the wire. However, in the end, it was Trent Boult. who held his nerves and restricted Rajasthan in the final over. Gowtham kept them in the game with some lusty blows but in the end, Rajasthan fell short to cross over the line.
It was Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane, won the toss and opted to field. The match was reduced 18-over-a-side after rain halted the match for more than an hour.
Colin Munro was dismissed in the very first over of Dhawal Kulkarni as he inside edged an inswinging delivery straight to Jos Buttler behind the stumps.
Prithvi Shaw looked in ominous touch from outset. He was severe on Dhawal Kulkarni and Gowtham and helped Delhi get off to a brisk start. He shared a 73 runs partnership with his skipper Shreyas Iyer.
Shaw was the dominator in chief and was dismissed on 47 of just 25 deliveries which were studded with four fours and as many sixes.
It was Shreyas Gopal, who brought an end to Shaw’s innings. On the other end, skipper Shreyas Iyer struck some terrific blows and reached yet another half-century.
Iyer smashed three fours and three sixes respectively during his knock 50 of 35 deliveries. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was at his stupendous best and took on the Rajasthan bowlers with disdain.
The southpaw smashed boundaries at will and was eventually dismissed on 69 of just 29 deliveries which included seven fours and five sixes.
When Rajasthan came out to bat they needed 151 to chase down in 12 overs. For the first time, Jos Buttler came out to open the innings with D’Arcy Short.
It was a sensational start by Buttler which got them off to a breathtaking start. It was just like a walk in the park for Buttler as kept smashing sixes at will.
The right-handed batter Buttler smashed 67 off just 26 deliveries which included four fours and seven sixes. He just literally toyed with the Delhi bowlers and helped Rajasthan come in contention.
Buttler shared an 82-run partnership with D’Arcy Short before he was dismissed by Amit Mishra. Two more wickets fell in quick succession.
However Short brought Rajasthan back into the game with three consecutive sixes of Glenn Maxwell in the 10th over. In attempting the 4th six, he was dismissed in the fourth delivery of the same over.
Gowtham struck some lusty blows in the end. Boult bowled a good over with 15 runs required.
Despite a blunder from skipper Shreyas Iyer Delhi Daredevils registering a thrilling win over Royals.
Delhi Daredevils 196/6 in 17.1 overs (Rishabh Pant 69, Shreyas Iyer 50, Jaydev Unadkat 3/46)
Rajasthan Royals 146/5 in 12 overs (Jos Buttler 67, D’Arcy Short 44, Trent Boult 2/26)
Delhi Daredevils won by 4 runs (by D/L method)