Sidelights:

Rajasthan Royals are known for having some raw talent in their ranks and putting trust on them ever since the IPL has started. Karun Nair, who had two forgetful outings before this game still had faith from his captain and coach and mentor and he was given a one more go. He took the full advantage of it and after having a cautious start he started to belt the ball around the park and produced a match winning half century. RR was also good in their thinking by sending Rajat Bhatia at no 4, a position he never played for before. Probably RR wants every batsman in good nick should they have to try hard to reach the playoffs in coming weeks. DD on the other side had a familiar outing as they showed much hope and then lost their way in between and again did reasonably well in the final overs of their batting. Just like KKR, DD is struggling to gel the team to gather it seems.

IPL 7 | Match 23 | DD Vs RR

Karun Nair played a match winning innings for RR

Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Toss: RR and elected to field first

Playing XIs:

DD: Quinton de Kock, Murali Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Jean Paul Duminy, Kedar Jadhav, Wayne Parnell, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Sharma

RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Rajat Bhatia, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kane Richardson, Praveen Tambe

Mini Score Card

DD 152/5 (20) Run rate: 7.60

Quinton de Kock 42 (33) | Praveen Tambe 2/25 (4)

Jean Paul Duminy 39 (31) | James Faulkner 2/26 (4)

RR 156/3 (18.3) Run rate: 8.43

Karun Nair 73* (50) | Mohammed Shami 1/22 (4)

Sanju Samson 34 (28) | Shahbaz Nadeem 1/30 (4)

Result: RR won by 7 wickets

Points: RR 2 (Total 8) | DD 0 (Total 4)

Man of the match: Karun Nair (RR)

Umpires: Sanjay Hazare | S Ravi | K Srinath (3rd) | Navdeep Singh (Reserve)

Match Referee: Andy Pycroft

How they played the game:

Powerplay: DD 46 runs, 1 wicket | RR 38 runs, 1 wicket

First 50 runs: DD 42 balls | RR 46 balls

50-100 runs: DD 54 balls | RR 29 balls

100-150 runs: DD 23 balls | RR 31 balls

Extras: RR 4 (3 LB, 1 Wd) | DD 4 (1 LB, 3 Wd)

Best Partnership:

DD 5th wicket – 46 runs off 25 balls between Duminy 28 (14) and Jadhav 17* (11)

RR 2nd wicket – 51 runs off 43 balls between Samson 34 (28) and Nair 15* (15)

Fours and SIXES

DD 14 Fours (5 by de Kock, 4 by Duminy, 2 each by Pietersen and Jadhav and 1 by Vijay) | 4 SIXES (2 by Jadhav and 1 each by de Kock and Duminy)

RR 12 Fours (8 by Nair and 2 each by Rahane and Samson) | 7 SIXES (2 each by Nair, Samson and Watson and 1 by Bhatia)

Important fact about the match:

  • This is first time Rajat Bhatia has played at no 4

In the PIC: Karun Nair played a match winning innings for RR

Picture Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo

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