Rajasthan keep Delhi to 152 despite Virender Sehwag blitzkrieg in IPL 2012 tie

Ross Taylor (L) and Virender Sehwag added 80 runs for the third wicket AFP

New Delhi: Apr 29, 2012

Virender Sehwag scored his fourth successive half-century as Delhi Daredevils posted a challenging 152 for six against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League match on a difficult track at the Ferozshah Kotla ground on Sunday.

Sehwag was his usual attacking self as he blasted 63 off 39 balls after electing to bat, but the ball was not coming on to the bat and other Delhi batsmen struggled to score quickly.

Rajasthan’s bowling too was tight and except the last over when they leaked 20 overs, they made the formidable Delhi batting line-up to work hard for runs.

Apart from Sehwag, who now is highest run scorer in the current edition with 372 runs, Yogesh Nagar (27) and Ross Taylor (25) contributed to the total.

It was Nagar, who took Delhi past the 150-run mark when he hammered Amit Singh for two sixes and a four in the final over the innings before holing out in the penultimate ball.

Pankaj Singh (2/25) and Amit Singh (2/41) shared four Delhi wickets between them while Kevon Cooper did a fantastic job by conceding just 19 runs in his four overs.

Rajasthan bowler kept Delhi batsmen under pressure right from the start although Mahela Jayawardene had started off the Delhi innings with a four off Ankeet Chavan.

But the Sri Lankan recruit did not last long as he hit a full pitched delivery from Pankaj right into the hands of Brad Hogg.

Pietersen, who followed Jayawardene looked to carry on from where he left against Mumbai Indians, driving Chavan through covers to fetch his first boundary.

Chavan cut short his stay when he had the Briton caught by Dravid in slip region.

Sehwag on the other end was in sublime form as he cut and drove Royals’ bowlers with ease. After flicking Pankaj through the mid-wicket to collect his first boundary, the Delhi-dasher never looked back raising his half-century in just 33 balls.

After a subdued start Sehwag opened up, dispatching Amit through fine-leg before lofting Kevon Cooper over mid-off for a six. His knock had eight fours and two sixes.(PTI)

Brief Scores: DD 152 for 6 in 20 overs (Virender Sehwag 69, Yogesh Nagar 27, Ross Taylor 25; Pankaj Singh 2 for 25) vs RR

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Delhi lost early wickets as Rajasthan gained upperhand at the start. Pankaj Singh got rid off opener Mahela Jayawardene, who scored six caught by Brad Hogg.

The table-toppers were rocked again by spinner Ankeet Chavan, who sent the dangerous Kevin Pietersen back to the pavilion for five.

The Delhi captain completed his half-century off 33 balls, cracking seven boundaries and a six to provide his side the required momentum.

Sehwag added 80 runs for the third wicket with New Zealander Ross Taylor, who scored 25 off 35 balls.

Their stand not only solidified Delhi s innings but also revived them from trouble after they lost two quick wickets upfront.

Sehwag fell in the 14th over to Rajasthan spinner Brad Hogg for 69, which came from 39 balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes.

The 41-year-old former Australian spinner Brad Hogg shone with the ball for the Royals, bagging two wickets in his four over for 25 runs.