Royals beat Daredevils to put campaign back on track
Ajinkya Rahane (91 in 54 balls) and Karun Nair (61 from 38 balls) helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) register their sixth win of the season, beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 encounter at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.india Updated: May 04, 2015 00:44 IST
Ajinkya Rahane (91 in 54 balls) and Karun Nair (61 from 38 balls) helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) register their sixth win of the season, beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 encounter at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
With the win, the Royals bounced back from a five-match winless streak after a bright start in IPL this season.
Riding on a 113-run partnership by Rahane and Nair for the second wicket, Royals posted a challenging 189/2 in 20 overs.
Chasing the stiff target of 190, Delhi could only score 175 for 7 in IPL's 500th match.
In reply, Daredevils were never close to matching the skills displayed by Royals and eventually ended their innings at 175/7 in 20 overs. Skipper JP Duminy was the top scorer for Daredevils with 56 runs off 39 balls.
For Rajasthan, James Faulkner was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets and finishing with figures of 4-0-22-2. Shane Watson finished with 4-1-25-1. Dhawal Kulkarni went for runs but picked up two wickets. Stuart Binny also picked two wickets in his two overs.
Earlier, Rahane and Nair displayed superb batting skills. The duo brought up their 100-run partnership for the second wicket in just 63 balls.
With his splendid innings, Rahane leads IPL's run scorers list with 430.
Daredevils dropped three catches in the innings. Gurinder Sandhu and Saurabh Tiwary dropped Rahane and Nair respectively and later on Amit Mishra and Zaheer Khan collided and dropped Rahane.
For Delhi, Angelo Mathews was the pick of the bowlers, picking up one wicket and finishing with figures of 4-0-27-1 but other bowlers - Zaheer Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Amit Mishra, Gurwinder Sandhu - all leaked runs.