flat down leg stump and with that flick off the pads comes victory by nine wickets and a deserved half-century to Dhawan
Fielding, bowling and batting, the Delhi Daredevils outclassed the Rajasthan Royals. They take their first fixture with utmost ease in front of a loyal home crowd. They lost the toss but bowled clinically to keep Rajasthan to 129 before a 112-run stand between Gambhir and Dhawan, the local lads, sealed victory.
Gambhir, unbeaten on 58 from 46 balls, credits the bowlers and is pleased about the turn out at the Kotla under lights. He feels Delhi are gelling really well as they are a mixture of youth and experience. Hopes to go on from this win and believes it was a "fantastic" evening.
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there's a front-foot defensive to point, as Gambhir decides to give Dhawan a shot at hitting the winning runs and raising his half-century
dropped in short, he pulls out to deep midwicket to move to 48
Can Dhawan get to his fifty?
dances down and swings this one over Trivedi's head for four, firm shot
heaves this one and though its mistimed he gets a couple past mid-on
And that raises the 100-run stand. Its been action-packed stuff.
short, stays low but Dhawan pulls from outside off and past square leg
again he errs in line and Gambhir turns him off the hips to fine leg
Rajasthan's woes continue
very short outside leg stump, batsman misses and wide is called
back of a length, hint of movement in, punched off the back foot to cover
Words exchanged between batsman and bowler.
more room and Gambhir drives it out to Pathan at deep cover
banged in short and Dhawan pulls, making sure to keep it down, through the gap at midwicket and out to Trivedi in the deep
goes for a square-drive, chopping into the ground at point and running hard
short and quick, the extra bounce beats him as he goes for a pull across the line
too much width and Dhawan slaps it out to the deep cover fielder
Warne calls on Watson. Delhi need 19 from 42 balls.
They're coasting towards victory. Rajasthan look like Bangalore. Just don't have the feel of a Twenty20 side.
short outside off and Dhawan drags it into the gap at midwicket and mid-on
rubbish delivery, slides way down leg stump and the 'keeper can't get there
outside off and Gambhir gets onto the toes to punch into the covers
again the wrong line, Dhawan clips it past mid-on to keep runs ticking over
short down leg stump and Gambhir works it into the gap for one more
short again, Dhawan waits and pulls out to the sweeper as well
|Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi|
|Toss||Rajasthan Royals, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.30 start, First Session 20.30-21.50, Interval 21.50-22.10, Second Session 22.10-23.30|
|Match days||19 April 2008 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Delhi Daredevils 2, Rajasthan Royals 0|