RESULT
3rd match (N), Delhi, April 19, 2008, Indian Premier League
(15.1/20 ov, T:130) 132/1

Daredevils won by 9 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)

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Scorecard summary
Rajasthan Royals 129/8(20 overs)
Delhi Daredevils 132/1(15.1 overs)

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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15.1
4
Pathan to S Dhawan, FOUR runs

flat down leg stump and with that flick off the pads comes victory by nine wickets and a deserved half-century to Dhawan

end of over 1513 runs
DC: 128/1CRR: 8.53 RRR: 0.40
Gautam Gambhir58 (46)
Shikhar Dhawan48 (40)
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-32-0
Shane Watson 4-0-31-1
14.6
Trivedi to Gambhir, no run

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

14.5
1
Trivedi to S Dhawan, 1 run

dropped in short, he pulls out to deep midwicket to move to 48

Can Dhawan get to his fifty?

14.4
4
Trivedi to S Dhawan, FOUR runs

dances down and swings this one over Trivedi's head for four, firm shot

14.3
2
Trivedi to S Dhawan, 2 runs

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.

14.2
4
Trivedi to S Dhawan, FOUR runs

short, stays low but Dhawan pulls from outside off and past square leg

14.1
1
Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 run

again he errs in line and Gambhir turns him off the hips to fine leg

Rajasthan's woes continue

14.1
1w
Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 wide

very short outside leg stump, batsman misses and wide is called

end of over 144 runs
DC: 115/1CRR: 8.21 RRR: 2.50
Shikhar Dhawan37 (36)
Gautam Gambhir57 (44)
Shane Watson 4-0-31-1
Dinesh Salunkhe 1-0-11-0
13.6
Watson to S Dhawan, no run

back of a length, hint of movement in, punched off the back foot to cover

Words exchanged between batsman and bowler.

13.5
1
Watson to Gambhir, 1 run

more room and Gambhir drives it out to Pathan at deep cover

13.4
1
Watson to S Dhawan, 1 run

banged in short and Dhawan pulls, making sure to keep it down, through the gap at midwicket and out to Trivedi in the deep

13.3
1
Watson to Gambhir, 1 run

goes for a square-drive, chopping into the ground at point and running hard

13.2
Watson to Gambhir, no run

short and quick, the extra bounce beats him as he goes for a pull across the line

13.1
1
Watson to S Dhawan, 1 run

too much width and Dhawan slaps it out to the deep cover fielder

Warne calls on Watson. Delhi need 19 from 42 balls.

end of over 1311 runs
DC: 111/1CRR: 8.53 RRR: 2.71
Shikhar Dhawan35 (33)
Gautam Gambhir55 (41)
Dinesh Salunkhe 1-0-11-0
Yusuf Pathan 2-0-13-0

They're coasting towards victory. Rajasthan look like Bangalore. Just don't have the feel of a Twenty20 side.

12.6
1
Salunkhe to S Dhawan, 1 run

short outside off and Dhawan drags it into the gap at midwicket and mid-on

12.6
5w
Salunkhe to S Dhawan, 5 wide

rubbish delivery, slides way down leg stump and the 'keeper can't get there

12.5
1
Salunkhe to Gambhir, 1 run

outside off and Gambhir gets onto the toes to punch into the covers

12.4
1
Salunkhe to S Dhawan, 1 run

again the wrong line, Dhawan clips it past mid-on to keep runs ticking over

12.3
1
Salunkhe to Gambhir, 1 run

short down leg stump and Gambhir works it into the gap for one more

12.2
1
Salunkhe to S Dhawan, 1 run

short again, Dhawan waits and pulls out to the sweeper as well

Best performances - batters
G Gambhir
G Gambhir DC
58 runs (46)
7 fours1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
4 fours1 six
7482701218
S Dhawan
S Dhawan DC
52 runs (41)
8 fours0 six
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
20 runs
3 fours0 six
805817914
Best performances - bowlers
MF Maharoof
MF Maharoof DC
O
4
M
0
R
11
W
2
ECO
2.75
R Bhatia
R Bhatia DC
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
2
ECO
4.25
Match details
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to bat first
Series
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
Capitals
Farveez Maharoof
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 days19 April 2008 - night (20-over match)
T20 debut
Dinesh Salunkhe
Dinesh Salunkhe
Munaf Patel
Munaf Patel
Taruwar Kohli
Taruwar Kohli
Umpires
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
India
GA Pratapkumar
TV Umpire
South Africa
Ian Howell
Match Referee
India
Gundappa Viswanath
PointsDelhi Daredevils 2, Rajasthan Royals 0
Daredevils Innings
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Indian Premier League
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CSK148616-0.192
DC1476150.342
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RCB144108-1.160
DC142124-0.467