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Royals beat Daredevils in a rain-effected encounter

Rajasthan Royals registered a 10-run win (DLS Method) on their return to Jaipur for the first time since 2013. It was an abrupt game of cricket, with less than 24 overs bowled due to rain. Nonetheless, after being on par with Delhi Daredevils in the first half of the game, RR edged ahead in the second to register their maiden win of the season.

After 17.5 overs in RR’s innings, three spells of rain came down and stopped play for two and a half hours. When play resumed, DD were set a target of 71 in six overs.

While Sanju Samson was their best with the bat, stroking a 22-ball 37, Ajinkya Rahane’s steady hand at the top after another scratchy start and Jos Buttler’s blitz later on in the innings also turned out to be crucial. Scoring at more than 8.5 an over, they looked well set to post a total around 175. But the late assault was halted abruptly due to rain.

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With the ball, all the bowlers except Jaydev Unadkat bowled well under pressure. It came as a surprise that the left-arm pacer was given another over after going for 14 off his first.

He was smashed for two boundaries again off the first four deliveries before coming back strong. Dhawal Kulkarni, however, was the most impressive of the lot, conceding only four runs from the only over he bowled.

RR started off well and Glenn Maxwell and Rishabh Pant, despite scoring boundaries, weren’t middling the ball. The required rate swelled up with every dot ball and before their batsmen could get used to the wicket, the game was over.

Watch the video of Boult’s tremendous attempt-

Brief score:

RR 153/5 (17.5 ov) | Rahane 45 (40), Samson 37 (22) | Nadeem 2/34
DD 60/4 (6 ov) | Pant 20 (14) | Unadkat 1/24, Laughlin 2/20
(Revised target: 71 runs in 6 overs0

Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 10 runs (D/L method) 1 of 1

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