Royals upset Daredevils

2013-04-06 16:43
Rajasthan Royals (File)
Cape Town - Kevon Cooper held his nerve and bowled a magnificent last over to propel the Rajasthan Royals to a stunning five-run win in an IPL clash against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday.

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According to the supersport.com website, Delhi needed nine runs to win it at the start of the 20th over, but Cooper trapped Johan Botha in front for two and bowled Andre Russell for seven with a deadly yorker to send the Rajasthan Royals into raptures of joy.

He only conceded three runs in that final over.

Delhi finished on 160 for six in their pursuit of the 165 for seven, scored by the Royals.

Delhi looked to be cruising while David Warner and Manprit Juneja were in the midst of a 67-run partnership off 42 deliveries for the third wicket in their pursuit of the Royals-score.

The two turning points of the match happened in the space of four balls at the end of the eighteenth and the start of the nineteenth over.

Juneja holed out to Brad Hodge off Cooper at deep midwicket with his score on 20 to leave Delhi on 149 for three after 18 overs.

In the 19th over, excellent fielding by Hodge enabled the Rajasthan Royals to turn the tables.

Hodge’s direct hit from extra cover beat Warner when he attempted a quick single. The Australian left-hander scored an excellent 77 off 56 balls with nine fours and a six.

But his untimely departure left Delhi with thirteen runs to score off nine balls with two newcomers in Botha and Russell at the crease.

Cooper, who looked out of sorts in his first two overs, finished the job with aplomb with a sensational last over as Botha and Russell could not find the middle of the bat or the boundary ropes.

Cooper finished with 3-30 in four overs, and was well supported by Sree Sreesanth, who took 1-18 in four overs.

Sreesanth tasted first blood as he removed Unmukt Chand with an in-swinger to reduce the hosts to 39 for one after six overs.

The stylish Mahela Jayawardene and Warner rotated the strike with superb running and kept the run-rate under 10 in an over.

They reached 73 for one at the halfway-mark, but shortly afterwards, Jayawardene was removed by a diving Ajinkya Rahane at backward point off Rahul Shukla for 19.

The acrobatic and superb effort reduced Delhi on 82 for two after 11 overs.

Juneja and Warner seemed to be cruising before Cooper’s excellent last spell and the fielding heroics by Hodge denied Delhi victory.

Earlier, the Rajasthan Royals benefited from two superb partnerships to finish on 165 for seven.

Rahul Dravid scored 65 off 51 deliveries, with six fours and two sixes. He added 65 runs off 51 balls with Rahane for the second wicket.

Stuart Binny joined Dravid in the 13th over and his explosive 40 off twenty balls propelled the Royals to 142 for two in the 17th over.

Binny and Dravid added 55 off only 28 balls for the third wicket.

Excellent death bowling by Umesh Yadav and Ashish Nehra restricted the Royals as they captured four wickets between them and conceded only seven runs in the final two overs.

Yadav finished with 4-24 and Nehra captured 2-35. 

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