Royals' top order too good for Daredevils

Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 19:27 [IST]
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Royals top order too good for Daredevils

The Rajasthan Royals got off a steady start in their innings, with Rahul Dravid striking Ashok Dinda for the first four, in the first over. Then after Morne Morkel followed up with a quiet over, Dinda bowled a messy 3rd, conceding 4 byes and two fours. But he redeemed himself off the last ball when he cleaned up Amit Paunikar for 5 and Rajasthan were 26/1.

But Dravid immediately counter-attacked by smashing Irfan Pathan for a straight six and then striking a beautiful on-drive for four, before following up with another boundary! Rajasthan had raced to 41/1 in 4 overs. Then Dravid knocked off one four off Roelof van der Merwe, while Botha smashed him for another in the 6th over as the Royals' score moved past 50. Dravid was on a roll, celebrating with yet another boundary.

Dravid had a stroke of luck when he was dropped off van der Merwe, but that slip-up in the in-field didn't cost the Delhi's anything as he was caught behind two balls later for 38 off 31 balls. Ashok Menaria then picked up the mantle of aggressor, smashing Shahbaz Nadeem for a six as the score now read 74/2 in 9 overs. Menaria was getting the better of the spinners, clobbering van der Merwe for another maximum.

Then he turned his wrath onto Pathan, hammering him for a six over midwicket. But the bowler brought Menaria's cameo to an end for 22 off 15 balls when he ahd him caught by Sehwag in the covers. The Royals were 92/3 in 10.5 overs. The new batsman Ajinkya Rahane thumped a short ball from Irfan for a six to take his side past 100 in just 12.1 overs.Three overs later, Rajasthan reduced the equation to 31 required off 30 balls.

Morne Morkel came back into the attack and bowled Rahane for 18 off 17 balls. Rajasthan were still in a strong position at 121/4. Then Nadeem bowled a costly over, going for 12 runs, including a four from Botha. With 10 runs needed off 11 balls, Ross Taylor struck Dinda for a four and a six to finish off the match.

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