Delhi Daredevils defeated table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets on Friday to win an exciting match dragged to the final ball to keep hunting for a playoff spot. In the rain-interrupted match, Rajasthan Royals had a target of 151 in 12 overs, but despite Jos Butler’s 67 off 26 balls, Royals could score only 146 runs on five wickets. Trent Bolt took two wickets from Delhi.
Due to rain, the match on Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla ground started late. In the beginning, it was a match of 18-18 overs. Delhi Daredevils had to stop the game when the last over was going on when it started raining again. At that time, Delhi’s score was 196 runs for 6 wickets. After this Rajasthan Royals were given a challenging target of 151 runs in 12 overs.
Rajasthan needed a quick start which was provided by Jos Butler. He managed 50 runs off only 18 balls, claiming the third quickest half-century in the tournament. Rajasthan completed their 100 runs in just 8.5 overs. The batsmen of Rajasthan did their best, but they were four runs away from the target.
Earlier, Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and invited the bat to Delhi. Dhawal Kulkarni shocked Delhi in the first over. Colin Munro was out, without opening his account. After this, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer took over Delhi’s innings. While both started playing aggressively, it was Shaw who managed to hit two sixes and a four in Dhawal Kulkarni’s one over.
When Shreyas Gopal came to bowl, Iyer hit two consecutive sixes. The team put 50 runs on board in just 5.2 overs.
Shaw was approaching his half-century but he was caught by Gopal. However, the two put up a 73-run partnership for their team.
After his dismissal, Iyer teamed up with Rishabh Pant who continued his excellent game in this match as well. He completed his third half-century this season, with just 23 balls. Iyer also completed his 50 in 34 balls. Rajasthan’s left-arm fast bowler Jaidev Unadkat took three wickets for the team, sending Iyer and Pant back to the dugout.
Rajasthan’s start was fine until Sanju Samson went away, making just three runs. Trent Bolt got Ben Stokes’ wicket. Skipper Iyer then bowled Glenn Maxwell out of the match. Darcy Short managed three sixes on three balls to keep the team’s hope alive but could not finish the game. Rajasthan needed 15 runs off the final over. If they had a good finisher in hand and the pressure of falling wickets was any lesser, they could have easily managed to win.
For Delhi, it is a great thing to win such crucial matches. Landing at the end of the points table and having just replaced the experienced Gautam Gambhir for Shreyas Iyer as the captain, the team needs such morale boosters to keep its hope alive. If they continue performing well for the next few matches and manage to get a better run rate, they could actually be in the playoffs along with three other strong hopefuls namely Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.