Virender Sehwag hit 75 off 33 balls to set up a six-wicket win for the Delhi Daredevils.
The Daredevils’ attack was led by the miserly Pradeep Sangwan whose tight bowling forced the Royals to take chances. South African skipper Graeme Smith perished on 18 because of a false stroke while several other players got starts but failed to kick on.
Delhi proved there was nothing wrong with the wicket when the openers smashed 42 in the first three-and-a-half overs. Gautam Gambhir and Tillerkaratne Dilshan were then dismissed in quick succession, but Sehwag kept the momentum going with an astounding display of clean hitting.
Sehwag reached his half century in just 20 balls and it took a good catch by Smith to end a brilliant innings. The wicket signaled the end of a 57-run partnership with AB de Villiers (15), who later knocked a simple catch to cover.
Despite the intentions of Shane Warne, who went for just 22 in his four overs, Delhi cruised to victory with six wickets intact.
Shockingly, the advertising timeout was still taken with Delhi needing just 11 runs in the remaining four overs. With every IPL match it’s becoming clearer that advertising comes first, and cricket is just a means to filling the coffers.
Rajasthan Royals – 141-6 in 20 overs
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala 53*, Paras Dogra 29, Pradeep Sangwan 1-20.
Delhi Daredevils – 142-4 in 17.1 overs
Virender Sehwag 75, Dinesh Karthik 23*, Dimitri Mascarenhas 2-31.
Delhi won by six wickets
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