IPL 2009: Daredevils ease to win over Royals
Bloemfontein: Delhi Daredevils (150-3) bt Rajasthan Royals (136-9) by 14 runs
AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten 79 while legspinner Amit Mishra took three wickets as the Delhi Daredevils scored a comfortable 14-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
De Villiers hit eight boundaries and a six in 55 balls, dominating an 87-run third wicket stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan (33 off 41 balls) to push Delhi to a defendable total of 150-3 at OUTsurance Oval having lost openers Gautam Gambhir (8) and Virender Sehwag (2) cheaply.
"I'm happy with the performance," said Delhi captain Sehwag. "The top-order batting didn't click but A.B and Dilshan did a good job."
The win assures Delhi of a place in the semifinals but Sehwag said his team hopes to win the rest of the preliminary matches to finish on top.
"We are still looking forward to the remaining matches, especially myself because I've not been getting runs. I look forward to getting runs in the next matches," Sehwag said.
Rajasthan lost wickets at regular intervals as it attempted to chase down Delhi's total.
Opener Graeme Smith was out for a duck in the second over as he attempted a cut off Dirk Nannes. Aavishkar Salvi almost fumbled the catch on the rope but managed to clutch on to it at the second attempt.
Then Nannes turned catcher to remove Rob Quiney off Ashish Nehra to reduce Rajasthan to 8-2.
Naman Ojha then scored nine before hitting straight to Sehwag at mid-off to give medium pacer Salvi his first wicket.
Johan Botha, who top-scored for Rajasthan with 37, and Ravindra Jadeja (24 off 18 balls) briefly brought Rajasthan back into contention with a promising stand which was broken when Jadeja edged a Salvi delivery to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.
Salvi finished with figures of 2-19 from his four overs.
Rajasthan soon lost another big wicket when Yusuf Pathan was caught on one after failing to get a good connection on a ball from Farveez Maharoof.
Botha went in the 16th over playing across the line in a bid to clear midwicket for Sehwag to collect an easy catch.
Mishra, who returned figures of 3-33 in four overs, took all his three wickets in the 17th over, including two with successive balls.
He first bowled Abhishek Raut for 11 then had Amit Singh stumped by Karthik for a duck before getting rid of Shane Warne for six on the last ball of the over.
But last man Munaf Patel, who earlier gave up 25 runs in the penultimate over when bowling, scored 23 runs off of just 10 balls, including five boundaries, to reduce the margin of defeat.