Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2011, Jaipur April 12, 2011

Rajasthan Royals surge to second win


Rajasthan Royals 152 for 4 (Botha 39*, Dravid 38) beat Delhi Daredevils 151 for 6 (Rao 60, Warner 54, Warne 2-17) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rajasthan Royals executed a well-calibrated chase against an off-colour Delhi Daredevils attack to register their second win in two games and move atop the IPL leaderboard. The senior players soaked up the pressure - Rahul Dravid set up the chase and Johan Botha anchored it - while the youngsters, Ashok Menaria and Ajinkya Rahane, batted with freedom to keep the required-rate under control. Ross Taylor added the finishing touches with his trademark leg-side lashes.

While Rajasthan's batting flowed seamlessly, their bowling was a tale of two halves. Their fortunes were typified by Shaun Tait's four one-over spells. He got rid of Virender Sehwag and Aaron Finch - two parts of Delhi's powerful top-order trinity - in his first two overs. David Warner, the third part, survived Tait and saw off a sublime spell from Shane Warne before counter-punching along with Venugopal Rao. Tait was either too short or too full in his last couple of overs, and allowed Delhi to haul themselves from 43 for 4 after 10 overs, to 151. Their bowlers, however, let them down.

"I am used to facing all these fast bowlers." - Sehwag's emphatic declaration before the game set up his confrontation with Tait. The encounter was, however, was short. Sehwag cracked his first ball through point but Tait hit back immediately with sheer pace. Taking guard after Sehwag's sizzle and fizzle, Finch barely saw the three thunderbolts - one of them touching 157 kph - that burst through his defences. One over of high impact - one spell out of the way.

Botha and Siddharth Trivedi were not so menacing with the ball, and Tait returned for the fifth over. Finch promptly succumbed to another pacy bouncer, and Tait was off the attack again. Warne struck twice in his first over, nailing Unmukt Chand with a quick dipping legbreak, and Naman Ojha with a slower, looping delivery. Thereafter, Rajasthan let the pressure ease, allowing Warner and Rao to find an escape route. Rao checked in with a couple of controlled boundaries against spin before Warner preyed upon Trivedi's poor lines.

Warner plundered Tait's indiscretions in length for three boundaries in his third over. He reached his 50 by cutting Warne in front of square before handing over the baton to his partner. Rao launched two successive slower balls from Trivedi for sixes over the off side, before Irfan Pathan slugged boundaries off Tait's closing over to hustle Delhi to challenging total.

Dravid ignited the chase with a series of boundaries off Ashok Dinda, but Amit Paunikar missed a wild slog to gift him a wicket. Pathan had shown signs of regaining his famous inswinger in Delhi's first game. Today, however, he resorted to listless offcutters that Dravid pounced upon. With his seamers disappointing, Sehwag resorted to Roelof van der Merwe's spin in the sixth over, and Dravid greeted him with two elegant boundaries. Fifty-seven had come off the Powerplay, and the game was heading Rajasthan's way.

van der Merwe gave Delhi an opening by getting Dravid to edge behind, but Botha and Menaria carried on without a fuss. With a stance and swagger reminiscent of Yuvraj Singh, Menaria camped on the back foot and looked to muscle anything too short or too full over midwicket. He thumped sixes off three consecutive overs before carving Pathan straight to cover. Botha was relentless though, in his new No. 3 avatar, executing paddle sweeps at will and keeping things under control. Rahane kept the flag flying, and though Morne Morkel uprooted his stumps in the 16th over it was too little too late.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • vivekbhat21 on April 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    rcb-the way they played last night against mumbai,they should finish at the end of the table,serves them right for leaving out dravid, taylor,steyn and kallis,all these guys are going great guns elsewhere and we are left with an idiotic bunch of players,guess mallya needs to change his advisors who messed up with team selection again,they claimed they changed the team because their bowling was weak,so was it strong yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!,and for a team that cant score 160 , their batting stinks,should stop supporting rcb now.

  • guru.kris on April 13, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    I am from Bangalore. But I fully support RR this time. Not only because RD is in RR but also because of the selection blunders that RCB have made. I feel RCB does not have any Bangalore flavour. They should have retained and supported RD, Vinay Kumar, Robin Uthappa etc. How on the earth can you make Daniel Vettori as a captain? NZL made him a captain only because of lack of choice. My dream finals would be RR Vs RCB where RR will win because of Dravid.

  • arunasd8 on April 13, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Well Plaeyd RR and Rahul Dravid. Rahul you are the gem of the cricket. You are a legend in Test and ODI. And yesterday you proved you are good in T20 also.You are a classical player. You will get succeed in any format of the game. You, Sachin and Sourav are the greatest batsmen forever. We all love you. Always keep rocking. This time missing sourav, who changed the Indian cricket team and gave good shape. Because of you three now Indians are the leader in world cricket. We love crickets not the team owner like Mallya, Last three times i supported RCB but this time my support is RR and karnataka players. By leaving Dravid, Kumble, Steyn and Taylor Mallya did a great mistake. He will pay for it. This time RCB will not even reach Semis. Keed going Dravid, Ross, Steyn, Sachin.

  • aarogon on April 13, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    dravid is the best.............. i was rcb fan for the last three years and now my loyalty is with RR only because rahul is there.......... rcb will pay for not selecting the bangalore boy............ now tat they have not chosen most of the players from bangalore and especially dravid now its not at all a Bangalore team..........rcb will not even reach the qualifiers

  • heroesof12 on April 13, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    i ws an RCB fan for the initial 3 seasons....n now as none of my favs remain in d team i hav switched loyalties..i m now an RR fan as my all time fav n one of d greatest batsman of all time DRAVID is der in d team..n dey also look really strong..dey r surely one of d favourites 4 d title n after seeing dem perform in d first 2 matched my belief is strengthening by d day...dey r really gud with sum1 as solid as dravid at d top n taylor coming off to finish matches..n not 2 forget botha is playin exceptionally n also tait who is bowling dose scorching deliveries..n with watson 2 join dem in a couple of days dey wil become even stronger....n der is d magician WARNE who stil spins d ball at 41 lik he used 2 do at 21....n d best part of der team is dey hav sum gr8 indian talent like menaria,trivedi,paunikar 2 name a few...d local indians in der team always chip in wid a good performance...hope dey play d same way n win d ipl..best of luc RR...

  • BULTY on April 13, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Like many others here, I was also a fan of RCB for the simple reason, they had Anil, Dravid, Ross Taylor, Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey and a host of others. Everyone's gone to other teams, while they have acquired some decent players, they are still far from what they were last year. RCB is paying a heavy price for letting go of these players for the form each one of them is in in the IPL 4 till now, especially Dravid who seems to announce "Hey guys who told you I can't play T20; here's what I can do, score decent runs; set up the wins, get a "Karbon Kaama"l catch award and what else you want. Want me to keep wickets? Yeah that also I'll do". Isn't this a good slap on RCB's think tank? Warne, this time has got some very decent players and surely will do wonders and make Shilpa's grin even broader.

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    shewag miss understand the quality of the best filder in slip rahul dravid

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    now what the wall need to do to prove that he is real wall of india

  • WestIndies1987 on April 12, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    At the start of the IPL in 2008 I choose to support The Rajastan Royals and will continue to do so always and I hope they continue to succeed. I choose them because unlike ALL the other teams they did not have a lot of money but they had a heart, determination and spirit and that wins out in the end. They won the 1st edition but have been dissapointing since, but I believe they will RISE again.

  • dummy4fb on April 12, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shane ur really great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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