Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils win thriller at Kotla to be placed sixth

IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils win thriller at Kotla to be placed sixth

Rain brought a premature end to the Daredevils innings when the hosts were 196 for six in 17.1 overs and Royals were set a revised target of 151 from 12 overs under Duckworth/Lewis method. For Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson (279 runs), Captain Ajinkya Rahane (225) and England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are looking in great touch in this season so far.

The match was already reduced to 18-overs a side after rain delayed the beginning of the match.

Rain had halted the play with five balls to spare in the Rajasthan innings.

In DD's batting line-up, Rishabh Pant (306 runs) and the new captain Shreyas Iyer (257 runs) contributes nearly 46% of the total runs by the team's batsmen. Along with Iyer, Pant carried the good work thereby putting Rajasthan's attack under pressure by scoring briskly. In the 10th over, he smashed Glenn Maxwell for three back to back sixes and it looked like Royals might pull it off. He was finally dismissed by Amit Mishra as he was stumped following a stunning innings of 67 in 27 balls that featured seven sixes and four boundaries. As many as 58 runs came from the four-over Power Play, out of which 48 was scored by Buttler along with the returning D'Arcy Short.

Pacer Trent Boult pulled back things for the home side with a couple of wickets and a brilliant last over where he defended 15 runs as Delhi rose one spot to the No 7 in the points table.

Buttler was striking the ball well and took a special liking to Avesh Khan, smashing 23 runs from his first over.

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While Buttler tonked the ball all around the park, Short struggled to find his rhythm.

Iyer and Pant are very important for Delhi's performance in the game tonight, while Prithvi Shaw could be crucial too who has shown promise in the limited opportunities so far. It was a much needed with for Delhi.

Jaydev Unadkat (3/46) removed both of them in the 15th over but by then the Daredevils had put up enough runs on the board.

First, they got acquainted with the middle of Shaw's bat, which often met the ball above waist height but always with full control; the teenager, not the tallest of men, frequently stayed put in his crease and followed rising short-of-a-length deliveries with just his hands to comfortably clear the infield, in the "V".

Boult (2-26) did his part, conceding just five from the first four balls, before Rishabh's drop threatened to offer the Royals a lifeline.

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