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May 11, 2008
Shane Warne has called the return match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils a "sweet revenge". Last time the two sides met, Delhi had walloped Rajasthan by nine wickets. That match was the first for both teams in the tournament.
"I am happy with the team's victory, sitting on top of the table," Warne said.
Warne also praised the all-round efforts of compatriot Shane Watson, who took two wickets and scored 74 off 40 balls in Rajasthan's three-wicket win against Delhi in Jaipur.
Watson's innings, according to Warne, was the turning point of the match. "His innings was perhaps the best in the tournament," Warne said. "It was most valuable and brilliant innings." Rajasthan were 15 for 2 in five overs when Watson came out to bat. He added 71 with Graeme Smith and fell when Rajasthan needed only seven more to get their seventh IPL win and maintain their 100% record at home.
Warne also apologised for his final over which went for 27 runs. Delhi were at 122 for 6 when Warne came on to bowl the 19th over. Farveez Maharoof and Tillakaratne Dilshan had taken Siddharth Trivedi for 13 runs in the previous over and they continued the onslaught against Warne. Maharoof hit him for four sixes to take Delhi to a competitive total. "Things went according to our plan till 19th over," Warne said. "I apologise for that over. I was hit for 27 runs. We gave 20-25 runs extra to them."
But he was happy with the way his side executed the game-plan earlier in the innings. "We bowled well. Field placing was good and we were able to contain them. We had plans for [Virender] Sehwag. We bowled slow to him. Dimitri [Mascarenhas], Watson Siddharth [Trivedi] and Munaf [Patel] intentionally kept the ball slow."
Rajasthan now have a five-day break before they play the Bangalore Royal Challengers in Jaipur on Saturday.
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