Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Jaipur May 7, 2013

Rajasthan maintain perfect home record


Rajasthan Royals 155 for 1 (Rahane 63*, Dravid 53) beat Delhi Daredevils 154 for 4 (Rohrer 64*) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


A stuttering top order and a lame effort with the ball consigned Delhi Daredevils to their ninth loss in 12 matches, while Rajasthan Royals sounded a warning with a nine-wicket thumping that embellished their unbeaten home record, and propelled them to second place on the table.

Royals' seventh straight victory in Jaipur was founded first on robust bowling, as Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny and 41-year-old debutant Pravin Tambe struck upon a collective consistency that erased the damage done in Shaun Tait's early, wayward overs. Their openers then flew to an unbeaten century stand in staggeringly orthodox fashion, and ensured Daredevils' modest total would not challenge them.

Ajinkya Rahane, who opened alongside Rahul Dravid, was dropped on 4, but did hardly a misdeed thereafter, as he finished not out on 63 from 45 balls, after he hit the winning run in the 18th over. Dravid had more of the strike in the early overs, and though he was the slower scorer, reached his fifty first, before departing for 53, with the match almost secure, at 108 for 1. 

It was Royals' bowling, however, that had the bigger impact on the match, as they muzzled a seasoned Delhi Daredevils top order, despite their strike bowler's indiscretions. Tait began the match with an 11-run over, three wides among those runs, and his second cost 17, later in the Powerplay. But James Faulkner and Watson had struck once each in between those Tait overs, and that was enough to scare Mahela Jayawardene and David Warner into relative reticence. 

On a pitch so full of runs, Daredevils did not hesitate to bat first, but the visitors were barely scoring at six an over inside the Powerplay, and when Warner departed in the eighth over to leave his side at 47 for 3, the run rate dipped further still. Jayawardene attempted a measured rescue, but fell too, before he could make any meaningful impact, and were it not for a well-paced 64 not out from Ben Rohrer, whose recent nuptials had evidently done him good, Daredevils may not have reached 154 for 4 on a pitch on which they should have made 180. 

Royals' openers exploited Daredevils bowling, and the pair went about playing orthodox cricket, with just the level of aggression required for such a chase. Daredevils' seam bowlers strayed towards the pads too often, and Dravid laced the first four of the innings through the leg side, and continued to prosper there, throughout his innings. Rahane began with more nerves - an inside edge past the stumps in the eighth over in addition to the early life - but he found the going simple enough in the end, thanks largely to the largesse of the bowlers. Watson arrived after Dravid's fall in the 14th over and struck two powerful fours off Umesh Yadav almost immediately, as Rahane coasted beyond 50 at the other end. The pair blasted one six apiece in the 17th over to take their side to the brink.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Vijay on May 8, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    "Rahul Dravid" is the other name of efficiency and dependability. He is one of those rarest breed of sports stars born in India in 20th century. I admire him since 1999 World Cup but the way he has led RR from the front, this season is just amazing & mind-blowing which is fairly visible in their perfect 7-0 home record. Go on 'RD' win the Pepsi IPL for us coz 'yeh dil maange more'

  • Kavin on May 8, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Lovely team. Great kids, great seniors and an excellent support staff. RR and CSK are the only team who seems to produce "No Nonsense" type of players. Sanju from RR and Mohit Sharma from CSK for example.

    Great team work by RR once again and credit goes to Dravid for his solid foundation. However, i'd plead and request Dravid to not to play Tait. Please RD, we have had enough of him. He plays for the opposite team and it has been 3 damn years he has been bowling like a bowling machine gone horribly wrong.

  • sunil on May 8, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Woow what a classy game. this is one the games I enjoyed most in IPL. No brutal hitting; just classical strokes and timing the ball from two classical players, still maintained the run rate of about 8 for opening partnership between Rahul and Rahane

    All the best for the rest of the tournament

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Great going by Royals, all thanks to their captain amazing Rahul Dravid. Chappell once said, "Sadly the success of the team was not universally enjoyed within the team. Some individuals felt threatened by the new world order and appeared to work against Rahul. Had he been given the same wholehearted support in the role that he had given others, I think the recent history of Indian cricket may have been very different and he could have gone on to become the most successful Indian captain ever." RR's performance endorses Chappell's views. Probably the young cricketers of Rajasthan Royals are giving him the whole-hearted support that the superstars of Indian team could not give him, as they had their own egos to tend to. Dravid is indeed the best captain, inspirational figure and performing legend this season. Way to go RD. I sincerely wish that SRH beat CSK today and then RR beat KXIP tomorrow so that RR can climb to No. 1 spot, coz that is the spot RD deserves. No. 1.

  • Shahbaaz on May 8, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @alarky - ''excellent" observations.

  • yogi on May 8, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    congrats RD. way to go. loved the way you batted. god bless u. from a loyal dravid fan

  • Mahendran on May 8, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Sachin Baby played 3 matches and all the matches won by RR.He didnt get the opportunity to bat..Hopes Dravid sent him early in the next match..

  • Firdaus on May 8, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Finally, I can see a very balanced RR side. They have in-form batting all the way down, and Sachin Baby can be used as a back-up finisher and specialist fielder. This may come as a surprise, but I think they should play 8 Indians in the next match. Sreesanth in place of Tait. Plan A: If Sreesanth fails, bring in Edwards. Plan B: If Tambe fails, bring in Badree. Plan C: If both fail, stick to Plan A. Batting needs no changes. Binny should bowl more overs upfront. RR should really aim to win 10 matches, because that will (probably) put them at no.2 and leave them in a really good position.

  • Krishna on May 7, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Its more like Delhi's loss than Rajasthan's win.DD look like weakest team where even Pune is trying to fight back..Looks like its not only the playoffs but there will be a fight for the wooden spoon among DD,PWI and KKR

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    rahul dravid batted brilliantly. now does this mean dravid should continue playing test cricket like tendulkar? of course tendulkar loves cricket too much

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