Batsmen Give RR another Big Win at Home


Rajasthan Royals another Big Win at Home


Whether it is Jaipur or Ahmedabad, Rajasthan Royals are known to keep their fortes safe most of the time when they play on either of these venues. Last night they were playing against one of the weakest teams of this year’s IPL, Delhi Daredevils. DD lived up to their image and played some very average cricket in this game. In the last few games DD at least tried and put up the fight, but over here when RR posted 201 on the scoreboard DD lost the game then and there only. Their captain Kevin Pietersen is not contributing anything to the team with his bat and neither his captaincy is inspirational. Along with Mumbai Indians, DD should forget their place in playoffs now. On the other hand RR took a bold decision by resting their captain Shane Watson and gave the responsibility to Steven Smith, certainly shows the Australian flavor in it.

IPL 7 | Match 41 | RR Vs DD

Venue: Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Toss: DD and elected to field first

Playing XIs

RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Kevon Cooper, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Steven Smith, Rajat Bhatia, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Tambe

DD: Kevin Pietersen, Mayank Agarwal, Dinesh Karthik, Jean Paul Duminy, Manoj Tiwari, Ross Taylor, Kedar Jadhav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Imran Tahir, Rahul Shukla, Siddharth Kaul

Mini Score Card:

RR 201/6 (20) Run rate: 10.05

Ajinkya Rahane 64 (50) | Imran Tahir 2/25 (4)

Sanju Samson 40 (25) | Shahbaz Nadeem 2/35 (4)

DD 139/9 (20) Run rate: 6.95

Manoj Tiwari 61* (44) | Rajat Bhatia 2/18 (3)

Mayank Agarwal 17 (10) | Dhawal Kulkarni 1/24 (4)

Result: RR won by 62 runs

Points: RR 2 (Total 14) | DD 0 (Total 4)

Man of the match: Ajinkya Rahane (RR)

Umpires: S Ravi | Rod Tucker | K Srinath (3rd) | KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Reserve)

Match Referee: Andy Pycroft

How they played the game:

Powerplay: RR 52 runs, 1 wicket | DD 34 runs, 2 wickets

First 50 runs: RR 36 balls | DD 48 balls

50-100 runs: RR 33 balls | DD 49 balls

100-150 runs: RR 25 balls | DD 139/9 (20)

150-200 runs: RR 26 balls

EXTRAS: DD 15 (10 LB, 4 Wd, 1 NB) | RR 9 (3 LB, 6 Wd)

Best Partnership:

RR: 3rd wicket – 74 runs off 39 balls between Samson 39 (21) and Rahane 32 (18)

DD: 9th wicket – 29 runs off 21 balls between Shukla 14 (12) and Tiwari 13* (9)

Fours and SIXES

RR 13 Fours – 8 by Rahane, 2 each by Cooper and Samson, 1 by Nair | 12 SIXES – 3 each by Cooper, Samson and Faulkner, 1 each by Rahane, Nair and Cutting

DD 12 Fours – 5 by Tiwari, 3 by Agarwal, 2 by Shukla, 1 each by Pietersen and Tahir | 3 SIXES – 2 by Tiwari and Duminy.

Important Fact about the match

  • This is DD’s sixth loss in the row.

In the PIC: Tambe celebrates Duminy’s wicket

Picture Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo


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