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IPL 2018: Revised target was tough for Delhi Daredevils, says Gautam Gambhir

Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir said that the rain interruption was the reason behind his team’s loss against Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 2018 encounter on

cricket Updated: Apr 12, 2018 13:45 IST
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Delhi Daredevils would have won their IPL 2018 match against Rajasthan Royals if the match was not affected by rain, according to skipper Gautam Gambhir.(AFP)

Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir feels that the revised target handed to his side during the rain-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Rajasthan Royals was stiff to chase with just two overs of powerplay. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Chasing a revised target of 71 runs in six overs via the Duckworth-Lewis Method in a rain-truncated clash on Wednesday, Delhi had to suffer a 10-run defeat against hosts Rajasthan. (SCORECARD)

Earlier, Rajasthan rode Rahane’s 45 to get to 153/5 when the skies opened up in the 18th over.

“We were very much in the game. It was a beautiful wicket to bat on, then 150-odd for 5 in 18 overs, we thought we could contain them to 170 and it was chaseable, especially with dew coming in later on,” Gambhir said after the match.

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“We were very much happy with the first innings. But then in 6 overs, 71 was tough. We had to go from ball one. Obviously with these sort of games, things could go either way. Just 2 overs of Powerplay, it’s very difficult,” the southpaw added.

“If it was a 20-over game, it would’ve been much easier to chase.”

On the other hand, Sanju Samson, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his quick 22-ball 37, expressed pleasure on his team’s first win in the tournament.

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“Feels really amazing. We wanted a win badly at our home ground and it feels good to get our first win of the season,” the 23-year-old said.

“I think it’s about the preparation, we had about 4 camps before the IPL and an excellent support staff who give us lot of freedom,” he added.

Delhi will now face three-time champions Mumbai Indians in an away fixture on April 14 while Rajasthan will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru a day later.

First Published: Apr 12, 2018 13:32 IST