Rajasthan Royals nicks home game against Daredevils in rain-struck IPL match

 . Last updated on April 12, 2018, 12:32 PM
Sanju Samson was handed Player of the Match award for his striking score.

The rain struck match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils flipped towards the host in Jaipur. Royals won the IPL match by 10 runs following DLS method. Batting first, the team scored 153 runs for 5 wickets playing 17.5 overs. The inning was disrupted by rain which ended it earlier. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils could start batting after about two hours. The chase was shortened for the team to only six overs with a target of 71. Batting on a damp ground, Daredevils pulled up the chase to 60, as they surrendered to Rajasthan Royals.

Royals lost D’Archy Short in second over at a direct hit run out. Rahane played to the 14th over as the opener to score 45 runs off 40 balls. The team lost early wickets without good partnerships. Ben Stokes could not add more than 16 being caught at a delivery from Trent Boult. It was the partnership between Sanju Samson and Rahane that steer the inning with some momentum. The batsman scored 37 runs off 22 balls. In the stretch, Rahane too found good boundaries to propel further drive. Jos Butler added an imperative 29 off 18 balls in a short stretch. He smashed two fours and two sixes.

In the six overs chase Delhi Daredevils lost four wickets. It was flurry inning with batsmen either trying to hit boundaries of leave the crease. Royals took good advantage of the ground attacking with spin options. In the stretch, Ben Laughlin’s enterprise of two wickets were crucial. He dismissed Glenn Maxwell and V Shankar bringing on the critical turning points in the inning.

Maxwell pushed the chase playing 12 balls for 17 runs. The chase began with the wicket of Colin Munro. He was run out in the pressure play. Rishabh Pant played with a cruising momentum with Maxwell, but Laughlin attacked the latter. In the following over Pant was taken down by Unadkat ending his tally of 20 off 14 balls. Chris Morris played 7 balls for 17 balls, but the score emerged inadequate as Shankar lost his wicket.

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