Rajasthan Royals had their seventh straight victory against Delhi Daredevils at their fortress.
The rain-hit match saw the fortunes turned the Royals way after a sloppy start after being put on to bat first. Delhi replaced Dan Christian with the big-hitter Maxwell who missed the first match due to fellow Australian cricketer Finch’s wedding.
For the second time in the row Short’s running lets him down. He walked back for just four. Rahane played the anchor role as always. Short was replaced by Ben Stokes. He smashed a six and a four for his 16. Samson once again failed to convert his start to a big score; he got out for 37. Rahane and Buttler tried to smack every single delivery, and as a result, Rahane got out for a cheap catch on 45 to Morris. Buttler scored 29.
As we got closer to the 19th over in the first innings, the rain affected the match. Royals couldn’t bat after that. An hour later, Delhi had a mammoth total in front of them, blame the D/L method. 71 runs in six overs on that conditions was never easy but with the batting strength of Delhi, looked like it was possible.
Maxwell and Munro opened the innings for Delhi, Gowtham opened with the ball. Munro went out for a diamond duck, was run-out. Maxwell wasn’t frightening as well. The pacers were brilliant to take the pace off the ball, that made Pant mis-hit many of the deliveries he faced. Once Maxwell got out, Delhi was down and out of the match. Kulkarni bowled an over for just four runs. Laughlin, who played a crucial role in Strikers’ BBL triumph bowled two overs picked up two wickets and gave nothing away for the Delhi batsmen.
In the end, Delhi ended up with 60 runs in 6 overs, losing four wickets.