By inflicting a nine-wicket defeat to the Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals kept their fortress, the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, intact and cruised to the second position on the points table. After DD posted a respectable 154, RR chased it down on the back of a century opening stand between Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane.
Chasing 155, Dravid who played a first over maiden by Siddarth Kaul, set the ball rolling with two boundaries in the third over. Rahane was given a life as Pawan Negi dropped him on four off Morne Morkel. The RR skipper went after Ajit Agarkar hitting three boundaries as RR made 49 from their power play. Rahane and Dravid rotated the strike well and played some breathtaking strokes as they laid a solid foundation. Dravid brought up his 4th fifty of the season in the 13th over and the opening pair added 108 runs before they were separated.
Kaul finally dismissed Dravid (53) having him caught by Agarkar at long-on. Shane Watson (28*) hit two boundaries off Umesh Yadav leaving RR needing 29 from 30 balls. Watson and Rahane (63*) launched a six each off Morkel in the 17th over as RR homed in on a much deserved win. They eventually reached the target with 13 balls remaining.
Earlier DD won the toss and elected to bat, making six changes to the team. Virender Sehwag (11) hit two boundaries off James Faulkner before he lost his off-stump deceived by a slower ball. Wicket-keeper batsman CM Gautam (2) making his IPL debut, was caught behind off Shane Watson. Shaun Tait was dispatched for four boundaries as DD made 42 from their power play. Stuart Binny then had David Warner (13) caught by Sachin Baby to leave DD three down.
Pravin Tambe, the 41-year old debutant was dispatched for three boundaries in the 11th over. Mahela Jayawardene (34) launched Siddharth Trivedi for a six before chipping one straight to Dravid. Ben Rohrer and Kedar Jadhav (24*) brought DD back in the game adding 76 runs for the fifth wicket. Rohrer smashed Tait for consecutive boundaries before hitting two more off Watson to bring up his maiden IPL fifty in the 19th over. Rohrer (64*) struck a boundary and a six off Faulkner in the final over as DD posted a respectable 154 for 4.
Man-of-the-Match: Ajinkya Rahane
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 154 for 4 (Ben Rohrer 64*; Stuart Binny 1-3) lost to Rajasthan Royals 155 for 1 in 17.5 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 63*; Siddarth Kaul 1-23) by 9 wickets.
0: Number of home matches lost by Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2013. They have won all seven. Royal Challengers Bangalore (6), Mumbai Indians (5) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (5) are the other teams not to lose a single home game this year.
3: Number of times Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane have opened the innings together against Delhi Daredevils. On each occasion they have put on fifty-plus partnership.
5: Number of consecutive successful chases for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2013.
6: Number of changes made by Delhi Daredevils in their team. This equals the record of most changes by a side in two consecutive matches in the same edition of IPL.
41: Years 211 days – age at which Pravin Tambe made his IPL debut. He is now the oldest debutant in IPL. Brad Hogg held the previous record by making his IPL debut at the age of 41 years 65 days also for Rajasthan Royals.
52: Number of wides sent down by Shaun Tait in 21 IPL matches – 2.47 wides per match!
108: Runs added by Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane – highest first wicket partnership against Delhi Daredevils in IPL.
Quotes from the presentation
Mahela Jayawardene: "We made a few mistakes, Rajasthan played some good cricket, we were below par. Everyone's working hard, trying their best, everyone goes through seasons like that."
Rahul Dravid: "So far, it's been working out pretty well for us. We were under pressure with Watson picking up a bit of an injury, and Binny falling down after two overs. In T20 you can't afford to put a price on your wicket, Rahane has been batting beautifully, he has reacted very well to being dropped from the Champions Trophy. (Joking) I picked Hogg in the last match because I didn't want to be the oldest payer in the team, and this time it was Tambe. What a story it is for him."
Man of the Match is Ajinkya Rahane: "I just want to enjoy my batting, that's what I did today. We wanted to play the ball on its merit, take it one ball at a time."