Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Jaipur

Rajasthan maintain perfect home record

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

May 7, 2013

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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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Posted by victor_vj 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'

Posted by Romenevans 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.

Posted by suni550 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by mbaaz on (May 8, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

@alarky - ''excellent" observations.

Posted by veerakannadiga 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

Posted by Dranpi 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..

Posted by TeamRocker 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.

Posted by kc69 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

Posted by   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

Posted by samincolumbia on (May 7, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

DD needs a good fighting captain who can lead from the front...not a timid average player like Mahela with no tactical knowledge and even less of a leader!

Posted by ram4crictheory on (May 7, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

@alarky With regards to u r two examples. First one, the commentator meant 50% of the dropped catches that is 2 out of 4. Second, he was talking about players like Rahane and Dravid whose strike rate is around 117 or 118, his intention was that if they can consistently score keeping wickets intact so that other hitters in team can boost the score in last 5-7 overs. This will certainly take the score around 160 where as if batsman doesn't score consistently with higher strike rate, the middle order batsman may not score freely as they also need to bother about wickets falling, so even I would prefer a batsman who scores at a 110 strike rate consistently in one end for the first 10 overs at least.

My only answer would be start listening to others with a positive impression, u will hear all good things. Once again my intention is only to enlighten you with my limited knowledge and no intention at all to hurt you. Gud day

Posted by alarky on (May 7, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Could Cricinfo please inform the IPL TV commentators that their listeners and viewers love them very much; however, we think that some of them need to brush up little aspects of their knowledge, in order to give us the correct information in all aspects of the game. Eg: On Sunday, one of them whose name I'll not publish was saying that Kieron Pollard dropped 4 catches and caught 2; and that was a 50% catching result for Pollard! Some of us knew instantly that it was a 66.7% to 33.3%. And today, one of them was saying that a batsman with a strike rate of 110 in the IPL had an "EXCELLENT" strike rate. This kind of information does not provide the correct concept, as it relates to this aspect of the game and does not benefit the viewers, especially those who are now trying to understand the game. A strike rate of 110 in T/20 cricket means that if each batsman scores at that rate, they would only score 132 runs in 20 overs - a gettable target 95+% of the times! How can that be EXCELLENT?

Posted by alarky on (May 7, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Congrats to the "22 year old" Captain Rahul Dravid, The Wall for once again being part of the partnership that provided the platform for his team to win - in fact, it is his habit for his entire cricketing career, in all formats of the game. It is also good to see PV Tambe making his debut at age 41; thereby making a mockery of all those who have been finding all sorts of excuses about AGE for young people who are only in their late 30s - early 40s, for their absymal performances - not just in the IPL, but at every level of the game that they play! Congrats Mr Tambe!

Posted by VinodGupte on (May 7, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

one only hopes that vijay gets injured and replaced by rahane for c trophy.

Posted by SibaMohanty on (May 7, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Binny had picked up an injury, RD said in the post-match conference. That's why. I too was annoyed but later realised why he went in for the erring Tait...

Posted by We_Rock on (May 7, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

This season has turned out to be a disaster for DDs, I never expected this kind of performances from our Delhi team in IPL. IPL owners pls change the team and get players like Virat, Raina, yusuf, pollard, michael hussey, Gayle, Miller etc who can win matches for you and Us ....Delhi needs a complete makeover...next season onwards. We want to see Delhi winning IPL title.

Posted by MerJoh on (May 7, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

I cant understand Tal_Bot's comments. Paddy and the rest of the support staff are just that...Support Staff. What would you want to happen, name the stadium after them. Oh come on....Tait had a bad day and may have been a wrong selection but that's exactly the point...Dravid is human and can make errors. Secondly, as long as they get their money, I am sure Paddy and company dont need their names to be flashed as MVPs

Posted by D.Sharma on (May 7, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

For those who wondered why Binny didn't bowl more than two, he was injured.

Posted by Nike_007 on (May 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Why Dravid is choosing Tait. He is out of form. Every batsman is hitting him badly and there is no fear among the batsman of his pace. Better to go with Fidel Advards. As a die hard RR fan I don't want our team to do same mistake again and again.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (May 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Alright RR. Well done. Congratulations on this comprehensive win. Now, yes I was saying Tait or Fidel. Dravid went for Tait. Tait is such a hard player to have in your team or in the opposition. On his day he can be lethal. But more often than not he bowls wides, noballs and gets hammered. I'm sorry for asking for him in this match. Let's bring in Fidel into the team for the next match. RR's bowling is still the loose link. Can Dravid back Sree and request him to put the ball in the right area ball after ball without much ado? Let's see the next pitch at Mohali before deciding on the bowling attack. Fingers crossed! Well done Dravid. Well done Rahane, Watto, Trivedi and Binny! Halla Bol Halla Bol........

Posted by D.Sharma on (May 7, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Ohoho! Rahul you beauty! Once again absolutely loved watching Rahul and Rahane at the top. Loved his post match interview. Three percent?! Come on! What a cricketer...

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 7, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Everybody give credit to Dravid because he is their favorite player; not even one word for Paddy Upton their head coach for rallying all the youngsters and the team off field. I am not sure whether they know his name at all. Dravid's captaincy has been suspect, not giving binny when he was the most economical bowler, very poor of him to bench Edwards and play tait, edwards is far more accurate than tait.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Delhi made six changes but no changes in the result! :P

Posted by Pavinasen on (May 7, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

If DD bowlers can keep their line & length tight,this total can easily be defended.The only problem is that it will spoil RR chances of reaching the play offs

Posted by avani on (May 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Big error from Rahul Dravid, not giving more overs to Binny. After his 2 over 3 runs spell what more he needs to do to get 2 more overs. This error may prove fatal in the end. Giving Tait the 17th over!? unbeleivable. Probably RD wants some scores on board to chase.

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