Rajasthan Royals Give Delhi Daredevils a Shocker in Last-Ball Thriller at Feroz Shah Kotla

April 13 09:30 2015

dd2New Delhi, Monday, April 13 – Delhi Daredevils did not expect a defeat in the match played at home and in front of several Delhi supporters. But at last this happened, shattering the hopes of DD players to taste victory after a long time. Team Rajasthan who the toss and decided to bowl first against JP Duminy’s boys.

The decision seemed getting wrong as the opening duo Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer put a total of 45 runs on the scoreboard. The first wicket fell in the form of Mayank who scored 37 runs of just 21 balls, including 6 boundaries and a six. RR were all set to heave a sigh of relief but left-handed skipper Duminy did not let them enjoy the first breakthrough. With Iyer – who hit 40 runs of 30 balls (4 x 3 & 6 x 3) before succumbing to Chris Morris, took the team’s total a bit near 100.

Yuvraj Singh arrived on the crease to lend a hand to his squad attain massive score. Two biggies from his bat and timely singles helped the cricketer pocket 27 runs of 17 balls. Morris once again gave Rajasthan Royals a reason to jump in joy. If truth be told, the men in blue caps strove for wickets in the match played a day ago since it was the last wicket for RR in opposition to Delhi Daredevils.

Taking the advantage of playing at home, Angelo Mathews increased the pace of achieving runs. In 14 balls, he hit three fours and a six to play a short but extremely impressive innings of 27 runs. Duminy was the leading scorer with 44 runs, together with three classy sixes. In T20 format, batsmen do not hesitate to take risk and go for long shots, while bowlers and fielders leave no stone unturned to get as many as wickets they can. However, despite good efforts, Rajasthan Royals did not succeed to build early pressure on Delhi Daredevils but they did something what each ‘playing XI’ is supposed to do at the end of every contest and that is to win the match.

The target of 185 runs weren’t actually easy to get. Mathews even gave RR a quick jolt by sending wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson back to the pavilion at 11 runs. RR skipper Steven Smith, whose wicket is mostly earned by the bowlers, fell short to Amit Mishra. His 10-run knock comprised a couple of boundaries. Mishra let Karun Nair also go back. The all-rounder was looking dangerous for the reason that his 20-run knock came in 12 balls and included three 4s. Stuart Binny lost his wicket at 1 post failing to read a delivery by Imran Tahir. The bowling change did a trick but just for a while as Deepak Hooda’s heroics brought the entire difference.

The young cricketer hit the ball hard to score a beautiful half-century. With 4 x 3 and 6 x 4, he added 54 runs in RR’s total score. The dismissal of opener Ajinkya Rahane (47 runs in 39 balls; 4 x 2 and 6 x 3) gave birth to some stress. Tahir made no mistake in taking his crucial wicket. The leg break bowler brought his team so close to the triumph by taking wickets of Hooda and James Faulkner (17 runs; 4 x 2) in 19th over. Match was swinging to and fro and to face the bowling attack of Mathews Chris Morris (13 runs; 4 x 1 and 6 x 1) and Tim Southee (7 runs; 4 x 1) were on the 22 yards pitch. Fielders were asked to stand in position when three runs were required on the final ball. And it was Rajasthan Royals that made them inflict 3 wicket defeat on Delhi Daredevils as hard-hitter scored match winning four for his group.

To make Sunday exciting for viewers, a match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians were slated as well.   Punjab, while batting first, gave MI a target of 178 runs. George Bailey’s 61 runs in 32 balls and good opening by Virender Sehwag (36 runs in 19 balls) and Murali Vijay (35 runs in 29 balls) set the base for KXIP to be close to victory. Good bowling attack helped the team stay a step ahead of Mumbai Indians right from the beginning. Top and middle order collapsed as MI captain Rohit Sharma, Aaron Finch, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson and Kieron Pollard were out at 0, 8, 7, 13, 5 and 20 runs, respectively. Thanks to Harbhajan Singh’s incredible 64-run knock in only 24 balls, including 5 fours and 6 indescribable sixes and Jagadeesha Suchith’s 34-run innings, MI reached in the vicinity of success. But it was too late for Mumbai Indians to rise. Singh had to depart when 1 ball was remaining to be bowled. Vinay Kumar was not out at zero.

The defeat surely left several questions for MI and DD to mull over. Losing the momentum and confidence a little bit prior to the conclusion of the matches is responsible for failure at the last moment. But towards the end, only one team is going to win and it was RR and KXIP’s day to shine. In today’s competition, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

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