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Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils courtesy rain and some miserly bowling

Delhi Daredevils (60-4, target- 71) succumbed to the tall required rate of close to 12 runs per over as Rajasthan Royals (153-5) won by 10 runs in a rain-curtailed match.

After losing their first match of IPL 2018, both RR and DD came out on Wednesday to alter their fortune by clinching this encounter. DD skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur and invited Ajinkya Rahane & Co. to bat first.

RR started off cautiously after losing the wicket of opener D’Arcy Short (6) to a run-out for the second consecutive time in the tournament. Ben Stokes (16) got a start but was dismissed by Trent Boult (3-26-1), following which Rahane (45) stitched a 62-run stand with Sanju Samson (37).

After both Rahane and Samson were scalped by spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (4-34-2), Jos Bulter (29, SR: 161.11) scored some quick-fire runs to give RR hope of reaching a good total. However, this hope was short-lived as Butler was soon castled by Mohammad Shami (3.5-29-1).

Before Rahul Tripathi (15*) and Krishnappa Gowtham (2*) could launch a final attack, rained started pouring down heavily with 13 balls still remaining in the RR innings.

The delay ran into hours and there came a point when chances of resumption seemed bleak. However, as soon as the rain stopped, play was resumed courtesy some good work by the ground staff. Under the new scenario, DD required 71 runs to win off 6 overs.

With batting firepower including the likes of Maxwell, Munro, Morris and Pant, Delhi were expected to make a match out of the mammoth target.

Notwithstanding, Delhi’s hopes took a strong jolt when explosive opener Colin Munro had to make the long walk back to the pavilion as he was run-out on duck without even facing a delivery.

Following this, no matter how hard they tried, the DD batsmen could not connect the ball as per their liking.

Even the joined force of Glen Maxwell (17) , Rishabh Pant (20) and Chris Morris (17) could not get RR over the line as the team lost the match by 10 runs.

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