Royals v Daredevils, IPL 2014, Ahmedabad May 15, 2014

Batsmen set up big win for Royals


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Rajasthan Royals 201 for 6 (Rahane 64, Samson 40, Tahir 2-25) beat Delhi Daredevils 139 for 9 (Tiwary 61*, Bhatia 2-18) by 62 runs
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Rajasthan Royals took another step towards the playoffs, crushing bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils for their seventh win. The defeat also ended a very slim chance Daredevils had of making the top four. Royals were ahead right through the game after being asked to bat on a pitch that got slower as the game progressed, a decision Kevin Pietersen later conceded was wrong.

Ajinkya Rahane provided the base with a steady 64, Kevon Cooper and Sanju Samson the momentum in the middle, and James Faulkner the finishing flourish as Royals racked up 201 for 6. Pietersen had backed his batsmen to chase whatever Royals scored, but Daredevils crumbled without much fight, most of it coming from Manoj Tiwary, who was unbeaten on 61.

Rahane and Karun Nair got Royals going with an opening partnership of 44 in 5.3 overs. The new ball in the first innings was probably the best time to bat on the pitch, and Rahane was away with a series of fours. Nair caught up when he lofted Siddarth Kaul for a couple of boundaries, but was caught in front next over by Shahbaz Nadeem.

Cooper had come in at No. 10 in his only game of the season before tonight. He was sent in at No. 3 to go after the bowling, and he did exactly that, swatting three sixes in a 16-ball 32. The spinners were operating at that time, and with the pitch turning, Royals might have stalled. Cooper, although he never looked in control, did not allow that to happen. When one of his mis-hits finally went to a fielder, Samson came in and ensured there was no let-up in the scoring, lofting and flat-batting Kaul for two sixes in the 15th over.

Rahane had been going at just over run-a-ball at the other end, but he opened up in the next over as Royals surged to a big finish. Rahul Shukla was taken for three fours behind square leg in the 16th over, once by Samson and twice by Rahane. The opener swung Nadeem for six over deep midwicket in the following over before he was bowled for 64 off 50.

Imran Tahir bowled a superb 18th over, conceding only two and removing Stuart Binny with a googly and Samson, for 40 off 25, with a legbreak. Seeing that, Pietersen decided to give the penultimate over to part-timer legspinner Tiwary, whose only over earlier had gone for 11. Ben Cutting and Faulkner swung him for a six each. Faulkner hit two successive ones over long-on off Shukla in the last over to push Royals past 200. Royals had taken 77 off the final six overs, despite Tahir.

Mayank Agarwal hit a few fours off the new ball, but after he failed to clear mid-off in the third over, Daredevils quickly fell apart. Dinesh Karthik swung a Dhawal Kulkarni slow bouncer to fine leg, and the slow bowlers came on to squeeze Daredevils further.

JP Duminy could not keep a cut down off Pravin Tambe, and Rajat Bhatia's leg rollers took care of Pietersen and Ross Taylor. Tiwary and Kedar Jadhav were the last batting pair at 58 for 5 in the 10th over but a direct hit from Cutting separated them.

Tiwary hung around till the end, but reducing the margin of defeat was to no avail when the campaign had already ended.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Deepak on May 17, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Sanju.. u beauty.. Superb display f cricket by d TEAM ROYALS..

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    well done sanju...superb batting

  • Steve on May 16, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    65247, agree about Smith, and not enough use made of genuine pinch hitters in limited overs cricket, but easier to look good as captain with intelligent, skilled bowlers able to work to plans. Rather skipper RR than DD in the field!

  • Cricinfouser on May 16, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    great captaincy from steven smith to bring kevom cooper at n.o 3 and good rotation of bowlers,future captain of australia

  • Steve on May 16, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Watched the whole match, and yes, DD were a shambles. Now I assume Gary Kirsten has some say in team selection also? Why criticism only of KP here? Yes, he was made to look a bit silly in the field here, either chasing the ball with his fielders or concocting plans that immediately failed, but with THAT bowling 'attack' , no captain could have maintained control. They should explain not using Shami, Parnell, Rahul, and more input and leadership on field is needed from senior pros. Have to say, it was painful to watch. As for KP the batsman, he needs help and advice about trying too hard, everyone assumes he is arrogant, but if ever I saw a top player having a confidence crisis, it is him. Needs to go watch some of his past innings, and let it flow. How much has his ECB humiliation hurt him? T20 is a tough arena to prove a point in, esp captaining those bowlers!

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    @Krishnank34 and many others I dont understand your attitude or problem.If a team plays badly or chokes is that a problem of the opposition.If KKR were deciminated from 121 for no loss to 123-6 blame kkr dont say RR got a gift their bowlers bowled well took wickets.If the same thing is done by a team like csk rcb you guys will say wow what a game how well they played and stuff if you dont like a team leave it there dont insult them if RR has 14 points its coz they earned it unlike teams with big shots and going nowhere

  • Anver on May 16, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    One of the main reason for DD's failure is batting. its not clicking at all this season, hence DD's bowlers are also under pressure, when defending a moderate target...

  • Ahmad on May 16, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Why they continue to play Stuart Binny is beyond me. He ha scored 114 runs in 11 innings! Pathetic. In the meanwhile Brad Hodge is warming the benches. Binny only playing on past performance.

  • Android on May 16, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    i am talking about t20 world cup 2016 in india not 2015 in australia

  • Murali on May 16, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    DD have gifted this victory to the Royals. Batting first on a dying track - one that's bound to get slower - was one of the main culprits. Poor shot selection - the other. Just like KKR, it seems every team is hell bent on gifting free points to RR. IPL teams need to be more competitive and not just gift their points to the opposition. An easy match to be won, but lost. DD have let their fans down, yet again!!!

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