The match of the Northerners. Its time for Delhi vs Jaipur. Both teams suffered big losses in their opening matches. Rajasthan Royals face off against Delhi Daredevils in their hometown after more than a gap of four years. See how rain spoilt the match for Delhi and Sanju Samson help Rajasthan get their first victory.
Build Up To The Match
Rajasthan Royals lost to a classy knock by Dhawan in the last match as Delhi gave in to the record-breaking fifty by KL Rahul. While these losses wouldn’t put either team into a frenzy as yet, it will be best for both to not make this a trend. It will be something positive for the Royals as they will be returning to their fortress, the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur after 2013. They have a win percent of 72.24 at this stadium.
Daredevils Won The Toss And Opt To Field
Delhi decided they would field as the dew factor might come in later. Gautam Gambhir, captain of the Delhi team made two changes to the squad as Nadeem replaced Mishra and Maxwell came in for Christian. Whereas Rajasthan bring in the same playing XI from the last match against SRH. Ben Stokes will be looking to prove his worth being the highest paid player of the tournament.
Royals despite of losing two quick wickets scored at a decent pace in the powerplay. Coming in at number 4, Sanju Samson scored freely. Samson’s batting helped Rahane play at his own pace and build his innings. Samson was unlucky as an inside edge off his pads sent him back to the pavilion. Jos Buttler lived up to his name and hit a few shots out of the ground before the rain came pouring down. The play was stopped as the rain continued and the target for Delhi was set at 71 in 6 overs.
Trent Boult bowled in tight areas and got the big fish, Ben Stokes relatively early. Despite getting two early wickets, Delhi leaked runs until Nadeem playing his first match of the season got the big wicket of in-form Samson. The bowling side not only restricted the run rate but also kept taking wickets. Despite having the upper hand and restricting the Royals from scoring freely, the rain gods weren’t so kind to Delhi. The target for Delhi to chase was in just 6 overs.
DD had a big task before them as they had to chase 71 runs in just 6 overs. Glenn Maxwell opened the innings with Colin Munro as Delhi were in need of fast runs. But the team didn’t start so well as they lost their opener without facing a single ball as Colin Munro was run out. Things just went south for Delhi as they lost the wicket of Glenn Maxwell to Laughlin. The target was just too high for Delhi to chase as they fell short by 10 runs.
Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a tight over in the start to keep the pressure on Delhi. The run not of the dangerous Colin Munro helped the team greatly. Then, as Ben Laughlin struck to get the big wicket of Maxwell the Royals were in the driving seat. Royals just made sure the runs weren’t leaked with the target so big for 6 overs, that’s all they had to do. It was Rajasthan Royals who were saved by the D/L method.
Man Of The Match
Sanju Samson who won the man of the match award for scoring 37 in just 22 balls.
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