Date: 3rd May 2015, 4 pm
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Toss: Delhi Daredevils, chose to field
Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 14 runs
MOM: Ajinkya Rahane
It was batting performance at display by Rahane and Nair for RR helping them win by 14 runs.
Rajasthan Royals are back on winning track thanks to brilliant batting performances by Orange Cap holder – Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair.
Ajinkya Rahane started well never lost momentum. He amassed 91* runs in his inning regaining the orange cap. He was well supported ny Karun Nair, who came when Watson was OUT, and went on to score 61 runs.
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.
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.
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.
Rajasthan Royals: 189-2 in 20.0 Overs (Ajinkya Rahane 91*, Karun Nair 61, Angelo Mathews 1-27)
Delhi Daredevils : 175-7 in 20.0 Overs (JP Duminy 56, James Faulkner 2-22)