Bloemfontein: Delhi Daredevils comfortably defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match at the OUTsurance Oval on Sunday.
A.B. de Villiers"s 55-ball unbeaten 79 steered Delhi to a score of 150 for three before Rajasthan made 136 for nine after its 20 overs. Rajasthan is now in the fifth place after 13 matches.
De Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan staged a recovery for Delhi after Rajasthan"s opening bowler Munaf Patel prolonged Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir"s troubled run.
Munaf"s brilliant catch off his own bowling sent Gambhir back with the score at 12 for one. Sehwag fell leg-before to one that was short and stayed low.
Thereafter, Delhi focussed on keeping wickets intact even if runs didn"t come along as expected. But that was until Munaf ruined his earlier efforts with a disastrous 19th over, conceding 25 runs.
He bowled a no-ball to de Villiers, who despatched the half-volley straight for six. Munaf experimented with a slower delivery for the free-hit. De Villiers pulled him for a boundary. Two boundaries later, Dinesh Karthik pulled him for a six over mid-wicket.
AB de Villiers was declared Man of the Match.