Delhi Daredevils keep themselves alive after batting feast against Rajasthan Royals

Pant keeps Delhi Daredevils hopes alive after batting feast
 

Delhi Daredevils (196-6, 17.1 overs) beat Rajasthan Royals (146-5, target 151 in 12 overs) by 4 runs (DLS) in a rain curtailed match on a belter of a pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla.

 

Be it the consequence of being at the bottom of the points table or the novel energy of young skipper Shreyas Iyer, Delhi have looked a completely different team in their last three encounters. This has helped them stay alive in the competition.

 

 

The fixture began a little late due to downpour, heavy enough to curtail the match to 18 overs a side.

 

 

Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and put Delhi to bat on their home ground. After opener Colin Munro (0) was caught by keeper Jos Buttler off Dhawal Kulkarni (3-37-1) on the 4th ball of the innings, Prithvi Shaw and skipper Shreyas Iyer blasted a 73-run partnership to get things underway for Delhi.

 

 

After Shaw (47, 25b) was caught and bowled by spinner Shreyas Gopal (2-26-1), Rishabh Pant (69, 29b, Orange Cap holder) came out to bat and stepped up the scoring rate big time. At one point, Pant sported a strike rate of over 300 and paved the way for a mammoth total. A couple of boundaries from Vijay Shankar (17, 6b) took DD to 196 for 6 in 17.1 overs as rain started pouring again.

 

When play began, the game was further curtailed and Rajasthan needed 151 runs in 12 overs as per the new equation. With the required run rate more than 12 an over from the outset, Jos Buttler was sent to open the batting along with D’ Arcy Short. While Short (44) struggled to get going at one end, Buttler played his best knock of this year’s IPL.

 

Although Buttler (67, 26b) struck at over 250, the total was such that it needed batsmen firing from both ends which did not happen as Amit Mishra (2-12-1) and Trent Boult (3-26-2, Purple Cap holder) chipped in with a couple of game changing overs. They not scalped some crucial wickets but also put a break on the run scoring.

 

 

Although Krishnappa Gowtham (18, 6b) struck 2 fours and 1 six at the fag end of the innings, he could not tonk Boult’s last ball out of the park with RR needing 6 to win. As a result, RR fell 4 runs short as DD hung on to a thin thread and remained in contention for the playoffs.

 

 

That being said, it is a pity that despite both the Purple Cap and the Orange Cap holders being from Delhi, it is strange that the team is not doing well overall.

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