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Rahane 91* ends Royals' winless streak

Rajasthan Royals 189 for 2 (Rahane 91*, Nair 61) beat Delhi Daredevils 175 for 7 (Duminy 56, Faulkner 2-22) by 14 runs
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Ajinkya Rahane's serene unbeaten 91 off 54 balls helped return Rajasthan Royals to winning ways, and returned the tournament's orange cap to him. He had a 52-run opening stand with Shane Watson, then struck up a 113-run partnership with Karun Nair, as Royals strode to 189 for 2.

Delhi Daredevils sputtered in response, losing both openers early, and leaving themselves too many to score in the second half of the innings. The chase petered out during the middle overs, and Daredevils eventually fell 14 runs short.

Rahane was flowing from early on in his innings, stroking Zaheer Khan through the covers in the fifth over before sending Nathan Coulter-Nile to the leg-side boundary with a flick of the wrists next over. Shane Watson bludgeoned and hacked with mixed success, until he edged Angelo Mathews behind, but Rahane was rarely troubled by seam movement, as he played late and continued to rely on timing over power.

Mathews' nagging seamers presented the greatest threat to the batsmen on the fresh Brabourne Stadium pitch. Rahane's one major indiscretion came against him in the 11th over, when on 34, he toe-ended a ball aerially over cover, but survived when Gurinder Sandhu grassed the catch in the deep.

Daredevils will rue dropping Karun Nair too. The pair made brisk progress through the middle period, finding the boundary almost every over, as the Daredevils seamers continued to bowl too short. Rahane reached his half-century, off 36 balls, with a sublimely-timed pull for six off Coulter-Nile in the 15th over. Nair sped to the milestone himself two overs later, when he slammed Sandhu over the midwicket boundary, then cracked him for fours off successive balls.

With the score on 149 for 1 after the 17th over, both batsmen launched the attack that would ensure the excellent foundation would become an imposing score. Of all the strokes Rahane hit this evening, the two consecutive lofted straight drives off Zaheer in the 18th over were perhaps the prettiest, so economical was he with his movement.

Nair holed out to deep cover in the penultimate over, but Rahane still had a few big shots in him. He whipped Coulter-Nile over long leg for six, then hit another straight four in the final over.

Sandhu leaked 49 runs from four overs on IPL debut, but the remaining bowlers didn't fare much better, with Amit Mishra also conceding more than 10 an over. Mathews was the best of the Daredevils bowlers with 1 for 27.

Daredevils were brisk in the opening overs, but Mayank Agarwal fell to Stuart Binny, then Shreyas Iyer inside-edge Shane Watson onto his stumps to leave Daredevils two down in the fifth over. JP Duminy progressed with measure, but was abandoned one-by-one by his middle-order teammates. Yuvraj Singh was out to an outstanding Binny catch on the deep square-leg boundary, and Mathews' mediocre batting returns continued, when he edged behind for a 17-ball 16. With 79 required off the last six overs, the chase was going cold. Only seven wickets fell in the end, but the result had long been decided.

Another Delhi Streak

6

Number of consecutive games that Delhi Daredevils have now lost against Rajasthan Royals.

Chalk and Cheese

20

Kedar Jadhav's average in the 2015 IPL at an SR of 119. During the 2014 IPL, he averaged 30 at an SR of 148.

Royals at the Death

11.7

Royals economy rate in the last 5 overs of the innings this IPL, the worst for any team. They have also taken the fewest wickets (13)

Uncapped Indian

63

IPL wickets taken by Rajat Bhatia, the second-most by any uncapped bowler in the IPL, after Siddharth Trivedi (65)

Mission Impossible?

107

Most runs scored by Delhi Daredevils in the last 10 overs of an IPL chase. They need to score 123 to win today.

Will this be a first?

0

Number of times Delhi have chased down a 190+ target in the IPL. They have failed on 6 occasions.

Beginning to End

8

Instances of an opening batsman remaining not-out in the 90s during an IPL innings. Rahane's 93* is the 8th instance.

Working together

113

The partnership between Rahane and Nair, the second-highest second-wicket stand for Royals' in IPL history.

Up and Coming

4

Number of 50+ scores by Karun Nair for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, the joint-most by any uncapped player.

The Orange Cap Returns

400+

Runs scored by Ajinkya Rahane, the most by any batsman this season. He also has the 2nd-most 50+ scores (4).

Staying in the middle

34

Average number of balls per innings played by Ajinkya Rahane this season, the most for any batsman (min. 100 balls)

Solid Foundation

4

Number of 50+ opening stands for Rajasthan Royals this IPL, the joint-most for any team.

Disciplined in the Powerplay

8

Wickets lost by Rajasthan Royals during the Powerplay this IPL, the fewest for any team. They were 43/0 today.