New Delhi, Apr 29: Delhi Daredevils snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as they edged Rajasthan Royals by one run in game 39 of IPL 5 at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium here on Sunday.
Rajasthan Royals were on course to a comfortable win until the 19th over from Morne Morkel, who conceded only three runs with a wicket. Rahane hit the only six of the Rajasthan innings in the 20th over. Needing two off the final ball, Owais Shah was run-out by Shreevats Goswami to avoid a super over.
Despite the 99-run opening stand between Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan Royals lost their way towards the end of the match. Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten with a classic 84 off 63 balls but couldn't help Rajasthan after a brilliant start.
Rajasthan skipper Dravid scored a steady 40 runs in 38 balls with five fours. Dravid fell before the completion of a century stand with Ajinkya Rahane. They added 99 runs in 13.5 overs.
Purple cap holder Morne Morkel dismissed Brad Hodge (18-ball 22) in the 19th over which turned the game around to Delhi Daredevils favour after Rajasthan openers dominated the innings.
Ajinkya Rahane retained the Orange Cap from Virender Sehwag after crossing 400 plus runs in IPL 5.
Virender Sehwag remained second to Rahane with 372 runs and bagged his third man of the match award in a row and also became the only player to score four consecutive half-centuries in IPL history.
Rajasthan Royals slumped to their third consecutive defeat but remain at fifth in the points table while Daredevils go three points clear at the top with 14 points.
Delhi Daredevils innings report:
Rajasthan Royals impressive bowling attack restricted Delhi Daredevils explosive batsmen to a average total of 152.
Electing to bat first, Delhi were put on the backfoot early on after dismissal's of Mahela Jayawardene (5) and Kevin Pietersen (6) put them down by two wickets for 19 runs.
Royals pacer Pankaj Singh striked in his first over claiming the wicket of Jayawardene, who was caught in the deep by Brad Hogg while trying for a big shot. Playing in his second last match this season, Pietersen was caught in the slip by Rahul Dravid off left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan.
Sehwag's impressive 63 off 39 balls rescued Delhi's innings smashing eight fours and two sixes and also added a crucial 80-run partnership for the third wicket with Ross Taylor (25).
Veteran Australian Brad Hogg gave the Royals a much needed breakthrough as Sehwag scooped the ball towards deep mid-off only for Ashok Menaria to pull off a brilliant catch.
Ross Taylor was bowled out by Pankaj Singh while Yogesh Nagar's quick 20-ball 27 and Naman Ojha scored 11 off 11 helped Delhi post a decent total.
Batting first for the second time this season, Delhi were reduced to their lowest total in IPL 5.
Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag won the toss and opted to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in game 39 of IPL 5 at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.
Delhi Daredevils have retained the same side from Friday's game. Dravid and Co have made three changes bringing in left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan for Siddarth Trivedi and Ajit Chandila, Stuart Binny are replaced by Ashok Menaria and Amit Singh
Table toppers Delhi will be confident after thrashing Mumbai Indians on Friday. Sehwag led-Daredevils will start favourites against a Rajasthan side who have slumped in their previous two matches.
Rajasthan are fifth in the points table with eight points going in to this game, but an upset win over Delhi looks unlikely considering their impressive all-round performance in IPL 5.
Umpires: S Ravi (India) and Rod Tucker (Australia)
Third umpire: Johan Cloete (South Africa)
Match referee: Raju Mukherjee (India)