Rajasthan Royals, playing their first match in Pepsi IPL 2013, held their nerves to post a 5-run win over the home side, Delhi Daredevils. Dravid led from the front, scoring 65 runs to enable RR post a healthy 165, before some heroics from the Royals bowling at the death caught DD short. David Warner's calm innings of 77 went in vain for Delhi.
|The Match coin used for the toss during match 4 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 6th April 2013 a|
Chasing 166, Unmukt Chand (19) got DD off to a brisk start before Sreesanth made a mess of his stumps. Warner, who had dropped Rahul Dravid on 43 earlier, was returned the favor as the RR captain put him down on 2. Warner and Mahela Jayawardene (19) approached the chase cautiously putting together 43 runs before Ajinkya Rahane pulled off a blinder at point to send back the Daredevils captain.
Warner then found a suitable ally in Manprit Juneja (20) and the duo immediately lifted the run rate, taking the team to the threshold of victory. But the wickets of Juneja and Warner, run out in penultimate over, brought RR back in the match. Kevon Cooper bowled an accurate last over to take his team to victory.
Earlier RR won the toss and elected to bat. Kushal Perera (14) making his IPL debut got going with a boundary. He was given a reprieve on 5, but two boundaries later, he fell to Umesh Yadav. Dravid and Rahane (28) steadied the ship and laid the foundation adding 65 runs for the second wicket. The partnership was broken by Shahbaz Nadeem when he accepted a simple return catch from Rahane.
DD fielding was unusually substandard and Dravid made the most of it going onto score a brilliant 65. Stuart Binny played an aggressive cameo scoring 40 runs of just 20 balls. He dismissed Botha's first three balls for 14 runs before depositing Ashish Nehra for a six and a four. The next over Yadav sent him back, before he wrecked more havoc and in his final over he struck twice sending back Dravid and Hodge (5). With a flurry of wickets falling at the end, RR finished at 165 runs for 7 from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Rahul Dravid
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 165-7 (Rahul Dravid 65, Stuart Binny 40, Umesh Yadav 4-24) beat Delhi Daredevils 160-6 (David Warner 77, Kevon Cooper 3-30) by 5 runs.
2: At 40 years 85 days Rahul Dravid became the second oldest to score a fifty in the IPL after Adam Gilchrist who scored a fifty at the age of 40 years 185 days for Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings at Dharamsala in 2012.
2: Last two games between these two sides at Delhi have been decided off the last ball. Last year Rajasthan Royals needed 12 runs off the last over and then 2 runs off the last ball. Delhi Daredevils managed to win by 1 run. Rajasthan Royals returned the favour this time though!
7: The number of wickets lost by two teams in last two overs of their respective innings while scoring only 17 runs. In the first 18 overs of the innings, the cumulative wickets lost by the two teams was only six – scoring 308 runs.
18: The number of times Rajasthan Royals were defending a target of 150 or more. They managed to win 16 of them (including one that went into the Super-Over).
50: The number of wickets taken by Ashish Nehra in the IPL. He became the 18th bowler to do so.
Rahul Dravid, also the Man of the Match: "It went off well today. One of those days, got a little bit lucky, just happy to be on the right side of it. We lost a nailbiter here last year. Nice to come here and pay them back. I have put in a lot of training, put in the work, scoring runs sometimes is not in your control. Proud of the guys, it was a mixed performance. Two pieces of brilliance on the field, Shukla, Binny, teams don't like playing us, they know we will compete and fight."
Mahela Jayawardene: "We paced it well, the wicket was good, fast outfield, everything went well except for the last ten balls. On the field, they did much better than us. It is one of those games in T20, you get close ones. After coming back form injury, Umes is bowling well. It is tough to bowl in this format. We have to ensure we dont make silly mistakes."