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May 15, 2014
Delhi Daredevils struggled to make their mark while chasing down the monstrous target of 202 set by Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. They lost wickets at regular intervals and never got going. JP Duminy was the one key batsman they had and he too got out to Pravin Tambe’s bowling. Unfortunately for them, Kevin Pietersen too is struggling for form and he wasn’t even watching the ball. Ross Taylor lost his wicket caught and bowled by Bhatia. He got out for 13 of just 18 balls. Rajat Bhatia took two wickets for them with his dibbly dobblers. Manoj Tiwary though played a few shots for them but Kedar Jadhav got run out.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson‘s fluent knocks took Rajasthan Royals to a massive 201 for six against Delhi Daredevils after being put into bat by Pietersen. As has been the case in IPL 2014, Delhi’s bowling was poor and was not backed by the fielders and have to play out of their skin to chase down the score.
After a slight rain delay at the start Rahane got Rajasthan Royals off to a blazing start. Rahane went out guns blazing in just the second ball of the over and it was clear that the pitch have any demons in it despite the rain delay. The second over by Shukla and it opened the floodgates. Karun Nair too got on the act and both batsmen were severe against the medium pacers of Shukla. Rahane, was severe and played a couple of gorgeous cover drives and a flick to get the score racing to 43 in just 5 overs.
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