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Virender Sehwag's fifth Indian Premier League half-century enabled the Delhi Daredevils to continue their winning ways with a crushing six-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad.
Sehwag hammered 75 in 34 balls to help the Daredevils overcome the loss of two wickets in two balls after they had been set 142 to win by the Royals.
Sehwag was at the other end when Gautam Gambhir (9) was caught by Graeme Smith at mid-on and Tillakaratne Dilshan (0) was caught by wicket-keeper Naman Ojha one ball later, Dimitri Mascarenhas the bowler as the Daredevils went from 42 without loss to 42 for two.
AB de Villiers then joined forces with the imperious Sehwag and the pair put on 57 for the third wicket, Sehwag blasting eight fours and five sixes before a Munaf Patel slower ball induced him to hit the ball high into the air and Smith made good ground to take a tumbling catch.
The Daredevils, one of the IPL's most successful and consistent teams were not about to let the Royals off of the hook, and despite another sharp catch from substitute Faiz Fazal later dismissing de Villiers for 15, they had more than enough in hand to finish off a comprehensive win.
The Royals were earlier indebted to a maiden IPL half-century for Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, who stroked a fluent unbeaten 53 in 46 balls.
They made a good start before losing wickets in clutches, going from 45 for one to 50 for four as the Daredevils wrested back the initiative, Farveez Maharoof, Dirk Nannes, Amit Mishra and Pradeep Sangwan taking a wicket apiece.
The remaining two wickets, those of Paras Dogra (29), who combined well with Jhunjhunwala to put on 60 for the fifth wicket, and Mascarenhas (3) were run outs which owed far more to sloppy running than fine fielding.
Jhunjhunwala hit five fours and a six, adeptly steering his side from a position of difficulty towards a respectable score. However, with Sehwag in such bruising, dismissive form, the Royals needed more than that to challenge the Daredevils, who eventually got home with just shy of three overs to spare, Dinesh Karthik unbeaten on 23 and Mithun Manhas on 12.
2008 champions the Royals have now lost two in two and are next in action on Thursday 18th March when they play the Royal Challengers Bangalore while Delhi, who have won their first two matches, play the Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, 17th March.
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