IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils by three wickets at Delhi, Stars and flops

A new name, someone not much heard of arrives at the big stage and delivers, helping Rajasthan Royals (RR) win a game. Well that’s been the RR story throughout all edition of Indian Premier League. RR have the culture of investing on young talent and most often they deliver. So was the case on Sunday, as it was a 19-year-old Deepak Hooda who starred in a match that had plenty of superstars from both the sides. For Delhi Daredevils (DD), it was heartbreak as they still search for the win which came long time back.

Winning the toss, RR invited DD to bat and the latter got off to a good start courtesy Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer. Skipper JP Duminy and Yuvraj Singh also got into the act later. And a late onslaught from Angelo Mathews saw them reach to 184, which should have been a match winning score.

RR kept losing wickets but Ajinkya Rahane held one end. It was a stormy knock from Hooda that proved to be the difference in the end. The youngster, who has earlier bowled four overs, giving away only 20 runs, blasted a 54 from 25-balls.

Turning Point: Catches win matches and Manoj Tiwary is a very good fielder, no doubt but this time he made a mess at the deep mid-wicket. He dropped Hooda when he was at 31 and what was worse, he couldn’t prevent the six too.

Brilliant bowling from Imran Tahir kept Delhi in chance. The South African leggie picked four for 28 in his quota of four overs. It was very close in the end, with three required from one when Tim Southee smacked one through extra-cover to register RR’s second win on a row. The other hero for RR was all-rounder Chris Morris, who picked up two key wickets and kept it tight in the end. His calm head ensured there was a six and four in the penultimate and last over of their innings.

RR now have moved to the second spot in the points table, while DD, who lost their first match by one run, finished agonisingly close on Sunday and still look for the much awaited win.

Brief scores:

Delhi Daredevils 184 for 3 in 20 overs [Mayank Agarwal 37 (21), Shreyas Iyer 40 (30), JP Duminy 44 (38)*, Yuvraj Singh 27 (17), Angelo Mathews 27 (14)*; Chris Morris 4-0-35-2, Pravin Tambe 3-0-18-1, Deepak Hooda 4-0-20-0] lost to Rajasthan Royals 186 for 7 in 20 overs [Ajinkya Rahane 47 (39), Deepak Hooda 54 (25); Amit Mishra 4-0-32-2, Imran Tahir 4-0-28-4] by three wickets