IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals trump Delhi Daredevils in rain-affected game

Preview: RR v DD - Rajasthan's royal homecoming

It was finally Rajasthan Royals that came out smiling and with two points from the encounter, winning its first match of the season by 10 runs against Delhi Daredevils in a rain-curtailed, six-over match that was nearly washed out. It is usually time for scorching heat in Jaipur but heavy showers ensured over two-and-half hours play was lost. Now that the rains have stopped, the covers are coming off which means the game could begin anytime soon.

The next stop: Delhi head to Wankhede Stadium to face the Mumbai Indians on Saturday night, while Rajasthan try to make it two in two against the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Trent Boult recreated test match scenario which happened a month ago against England by removing Ben Stokes with a peach of a delivery who was promoted to one down in the batting order. In overs 5, 15 RUNS came After the Stokes wicket, Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane hit two fours and a six to score 15 off Trent Boult, RR 43/2.Here 50 came up for Rajasthan Royals in 5.5 overs. The teams locked horns at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. "There has not been much cricket on it but we have tried hard to sustain grass on it because it is this ingrown grass which binds the soil of the wicket", veteran curator Taposh Chatterjee said. And it seemed a tailor-made scenario for Glenn Maxwell, who was elevated to open Delhi's innings alongside Colin Munro. We were thinking that 71 will be little hard in 6 overs. It'll bank on captain Gambhir to come good at the top. A deft leg-cutter caught the edge of Maxwell's bat to have him out for 17 as the visitors eventually fell 10 runs short, Rajasthan extending their winning streak to seven over the the Daredevils and recording their first win of IPL 11.

Rishabh Pant also managed a few lusty blows but he too got out for 20 (14 balls) trying to match up to the asking rate. Gambhir sent in Chris Morris to bat. We had to go from ball 1.

Laughlin was then tasked with bowling the last over in which Delhi needed 25 runs to win the contest. Celebrations began at RR dugout as there was no way DD could now score 21 runs in three balls - unless Laughlin bowled an extra, of course. Skipper Gautam Gambhir made a decision to demote himself down the batting order as he sent big-hitters like Maxwell, Chris Morris and Vijay Shankar before him. Delhi Daredevils lost the match by 10 runs. The wicketkeeper-batsman took just 22 balls to reach 37, with the help of two huge sixes and two fours.

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