IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs, Stars and flops

Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 14 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Brabourne stadium in Mumbai. For RR, empowerment of young talent has been the story throughout the IPL.

DD won the toss and asked RR to bat first. RR got off to a slow start but the openers stuck to their guns and didn’t throw their wicket away. Ajinkya Rahane, their man in form got the ball rolling from the outset at Brabourne. He remained unbeaten on 91 from 54 deliveries, a knock which sealed the game for RR. Karun Nair was elevated at no three and he grabbed this opportunity with both the hands by smashing 61 from 38 deliveries, a move which proved to be a masterstroke for RR. Eventually RR set a gigantic score of 189 on board. RR with this triumph hike to the top most position in the points table.

Dropped catches and fielding lapses hampered DD. They dropped one catch too many and gave RR’s batsmen enough life’s to set a huge target for them on the board. DD bowlers were too erratic and directionless as a result of which they leaked runs. Chasing 190, DD got off to a good start, but soon lost the wicket of Mayank Agarwal and from then onwards kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The target proved too much to be chased as RR bowlers maintained a decent line and bowled at a difficult length. Eventually DD lost the match by 14 runs and of the main reason was their fielding. Except JP Duminy everyone else failed to make a substantial contribution. DD with four victories from their nine outings are placed at the sixth position in the points table.

Turning point: Yuvraj Singh looked in a decent touch and was slowly building a platform with his skipper for the next power hitters to capitalise on. In the ninth over, James Faulkner exploited Yuvraj’s weakness of short delivery and bowled a good bouncer which didn’t have enough pace on it. Yuvraj timed the leather well enough in the hands of square leg fielder. This changed the course of the match and the game just drifted away from DD reach.

Brief score: Rajasthan Royals 189 for 2 in 20 overs [Ajinkya Rahane 91 (54)*, Karun Nair 61 (38); Angelo Mathews 4-0-27-1; Angelo Mathews 4-0-27-1] beat Delhi Daredevils 175 for 7 in 20 overs [JP Duminy 56 (39), Saurabh Tiwary 28 (14); James Faulkner 4-0-22-2, Dhawal Kulkarni 4-0-43-2] by 14 runs