DESPITE the fighting efforts of JP Duminy, the Delhi Daredevils went down by 14 runs to the Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai last night.
The South African captain hammered 56 off 39 balls (3x4, 3x6), but he had too little support after the Royals had posted a target of 190 to win. It was a setback for Duminy’s team, who have yet to find the consistency to take them into the playoffs. They have lost five of their nine matches and remain in sixth place on the log.
In truth, the Daredevils were strangled by a brilliant spell of bowling by James Faulkner and Shane Watson. It was not so much the loss of Mayank Agarwal (11) and Shreyas Iyer (9) en route to 55 for two in the powerplay, but the fact they then garnered just 16 runs from the next five overs, while losing the important wicket of Yuvraj Singh (22), brilliantly caught by Stuart Binny on the boundary off Faulkner. After 11 overs, they were 72 for three and the run-rate required was then over 13.
Duminy and Angelo Mathews set about righting the wrongs as they took 41 off 28 balls, at which point Mathews was well taken by keeper Samson off Binny. Kedar Jadhave followed two overs later and the writing was on the wall.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane led the way with an entertaining 91 after the Rajasthan Royals, put in to bat by Duminy, excited by the green tinge to the Barbourne Stadium wicket. He dropped Imran Tahir for a debutant seamer, Gurinder Sandhu in a move that backfired emphatically as Shane Watson and Rahane eased their way through the powerplay with 43 runs on the board.
Watson was caught behind the following over for 21 off 24 but seven overs of pace had not produced the result Duminy had hoped for, and the leg-spin of Amit Mishra did little to raise his hopes as he conceded 18 off his first two overs.
It didn’t help, either, that Rahane was dropped at deep cover when on 34 off Mathews, or when he was on 64 and two fielders let it drop between them.
He and Karun Nair took the score to 114 at the end of the 15th over, which is the signal to unleash the big shots. They did not disappoint. Mishra went for 16 and Sandhu was given a salutary lesson of what it is like in the cauldron. — SuperSport