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Royals Thrash Dismal Daredevils

Ajinkya Rahane led the way from the top of the order for Rajasthan with 64 in 50 balls
Ajinkya Rahane led the way from the top of the order for Rajasthan with 64 in 50 balls
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Rajasthan Royals 201-6 (Rahane 64) beat
Delhi Daredevils 139-9 by 62 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Ahmedabad

The Rajasthan Royals thrashed the Delhi Daredevils by 62 runs in a one-sided Indian Premier League 2014 clash at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The Royals piled on the runs to score 201 for six before Delhi collapsed to 58 for five and only a Manoj Tiwary half-century prevented from them from being completely embarrassed.

As it was, they posted 139 for nine to crash to a heavy defeat and Rajasthan's seventh win of the season puts them closer to guaranteeing a play-off place.

Runs for the Royals came from Ajinkya Rahane (64 in 50 balls), Sanju Samson (40 in 25) and Kevon Cooper (32 in 16) as the Daredevils took heavy punishment throughout - with the exception of Imran Tahir, who took two for 25.

Karun Nair made 19 in 14 balls at the top of the order before he and Rahane fell to Shahbaz Nadeem (2-35) while Cooper, promoted to number three in the order, and Samson, at four, teed off.

Both cleared the boundary ropes three times and more runs late on were added by Ben Cutting (8 not out) and James Faulkner (23 not out in eight balls).

JP Duminy (1-25) was the other wicket-taker for Delhi.

Tiwary, who closed unbeaten on a fine 61 not out in 45 balls, was then the only Daredevils batsman to surpass a score of 17 with the bat during another disappointing display.

Mayank Agarwal (17) and Kevin Pietersen (13) started well enough, putting on 19 together but from there they lost five wickets for 39 runs to slip to 58 for five and the match was over as a contest.

The nine wickets that fell in all were shared out between the Rajasthan bowlers. Rajat Bhatia dismissed Pietersen and Ross Taylor (4) to return two for 18 as Dhawal Kulkarni, Cutting, Faulkner, Cooper, Pravin Tambe and Stuart Binny took one apiece.

Rahul Shukla, who made 14 in 12 balls from number 10 in the order, was the only other player to reach double figures for Delhi, for whom this was their ninth loss of a desperate season.

Rajasthan's victory - completed with them hardly missing Shane Watson who was absent due to injury - lifts them four points clear of the chasing pack in third place.

© Cricket World 2014