Jos Buttler, IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler’s 18-ball 29 gave the Rajasthan Royal’s innings a much-needed boost © AFP

Rajasthan Royals (RR) returned to their fortress at Jaipur by beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 10 runs (DLS method) in rain-marred Match 6 of Vivo IPL 2018. Play resumed at 11.55 pm IST after a two-and-half hour long break with DD needed 71 runs to win off 6 overs. Krishnappa Gowtham started the proceedings for Rajasthan. Delhi got off to a horrendous start after a mix-up between Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro in the first ball of the innings, resulting in the latter’s run out.

Gowtham went for 10 runs and then Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a 4-run over, making things further tough for the visitors. DD managed just 12 off their 2-over Powerplay and they had a lot of catching up to do. Delhi got the odd boundaries but Rajasthan bowlers bowled to a plan and managed to derail the momentum with regular wickets. Ben Laughlin finished with 2-0-20-2. With this win, RR have now won 7 consecutive matches against DD.

RR were 153 for 5 in 17.5 overs when rain stopped proceedings with play hanging in balance. Sawai Mansingh Stadium waited five years for a match, only to be foiled by rain. It is usually time for scorching heat in Jaipur but heavy showers ensured over two-and-half hours play was lost.

IPL 2018: Watch Trent Boult's ripper to send back Ben Stokes
IPL 2018: Watch Trent Boult's ripper to send back Ben Stokes

Earlier, Delhi won an important toss and elected to bowl, which has been a trend in the tournament. They made a tough call by replacing Amit Mishra with Shahbaz Nadeem, who responded with figures of 4-0-34-2.

D’Arcy Short again managed to run himself out without making a substantial contribution. Vijay Shankar’s fired in a direct hit to send back the Australian.

Ben Stokes was beginning to open up when Trent Boult came back to haunt him, something the left-armer has done since the Test series in New Zealand. Boult got the ball to move away, just enough to induce Stokes’ outside edge and Rishabh Pant took a sharp catch behind the stumps.

Sanju Samson began in the top gear, starting with four, followed by a six. Samson was particularly severe on Nadeem. However, the left-arm spinner had the last laugh, dismissing Samson for a 22-ball 37, ending a 62-run stand off just 41 balls. Three overs later, he sent back Rahane for 40.

Buttler’s blitzkrieg ensured Rajasthan were on course to post a challenging total. Rahul Tripathi, who shone as an opener for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) last season, supported Buttler. The duo plundered Chris Morris for 18 runs in 17th over of the innings. Buttler looked in a mood to continue the carnage and greeted Mohammed Shami with a six in the first ball of the next over. He perished trying to scoop Shami’s slower one. Gowtham just joined Tripathi when skies opened up.

Brief scores

Rajasthan Royals 153 for 5 in 20 overs [Ajinkya Rahane 45 (40), Sanju Samson 37 (22), Jos Buttler 29 (18); Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-34-2] beat Delhi Daredevils 60 for 4 in 6 overs [Ben Laughlin 2-0-20-2] by 10 runs (DLS method).

Man of the Match: Sanju Samson

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