Rajasthan Royals registered their second win in IPL 2015 © IANS
Rajasthan Royals registered their second win in IPL 2015 © IANS

Tim Southee hit a boundary on the last ball as Rajasthan Royals (RR) sealed a thrilling win while Delhi Daredevils‘ (DD) poor run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 continued. Rishad D’Souza brings the highlights of the sixth match of IPL 8. Rajasthan Royals clinch last-ball thriller against Delhi Daredevils in Match 6 of IPL 2015

Delhi Daredevils opening stand: After winning the toss, the Rajasthan Royals sent the Daredevils in after getting lured by the green top. There was some swing on offer for the bowlers too, however they failed to convert the favourable conditions into early wickets. Mayank Agarwal was very deft in his approach to the moving ball. Shreyas Iyer merely played spectator to him but got into the act after Agarwal was out. Agarwal smashed 37 runs off 21 balls, while Iyer scored 40 off 30; they set the base for a huge score. Full Scorecard: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals

JP Duminy plays stabiliser: After the openers fell, DD were in a slightly precarious position. But captain JP Duminy palyed anchor allowing his partners to play their natural games. His stability at one end allowed Yuvraj Singh and Angelo Mathews to express themselves. Once it was safe to go ballistic, Duminy started cashing in. He finally hit 44 not out off 38 balls. The effort saw DD reach a respectable 184. BLOG: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals

Unsteady start for Rajasthan Royals: Much in contrast to the DD innings, the RR openers were unable to get the boundaries early on. Samson never really got settled and was finally dismissed for 11 off 12 deliveries. Ajinkya Rahane weathered the initial rustiness and started to get some runs later on. However he lost partners at the other end. Steven Smith could only put 10 runs on the board.

Imran Tahir’s wickets: The leg spinners made life difficult for the Rajasthan Royals middle order. Amit Mishra got the wickets of Steven Smith and Karun Nair. But Tahir was even more destructive as he got four wickets in the form of Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Deepak Hooda and James Faulkner. Ultimately his effort fell just a little short of pulling his team over the line.

Deepak Hooda’s match winning fifty: Deepak Hooda was the star performer for the Royals. When he came out to bat, one had almost lost hope of a Rajasthan win by Deepak Hooda turned the tide with a quick-fire fifty. He got to his fifty in just 21 balls. His effort took RR close but he was dismissed by Tahir at a crucial stage. RR finally got the better of DD in only the final ball of the match when Tim Southee smashed a four of a yorker form Angelo Mathews.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)