The Rajasthan Royals made an impressive debut yesterday in its homecoming match. Though the rains played spoilsport, Rajasthan Royals pulled up their socks and gave a tough game to opponent Delhi Daredevils.
The match was played at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The match which kicked off two-and-a-half hours later than the scheduled time finally finished on Thursday morning with DD losing to Rajasthan Royals by 10 runs (DLS).
Ajinkya Rahane scores 45 runs
Rajasthan Royals Team captain Ajinkya Rahane showed his mettle yet again by being the greatest performer. He was, however, dismissed by Chris Morris’s catch on Shahbaz Nadeem’s bowling but he scored five less than a half-century.
Here is what he said on his team Rajasthan Royals triumph: Good way to start at home. We thought 71 was difficult to chase but we were focussing on things we could control. When we were batting, we thought 165 to 170 would be good. First over from Gowtham was very crucial. T20 is all about starting from zero whether we win or lose.
What is also important to note that Rahane did not panic after he and his teammate D’Arcy Short were run out owing to faulty communication.
Sanju Samson nailed it
Man of the match, Sanju Samson well deserved the felicitation. He scored 37 runs off 22 balls. However, he was bowled out by Nadeem.
Here is what Rajasthan Royals Samson said about winning the match: “Feels really amazing. We wanted a win badly at our home ground and it feels good to get our first win of the season. We had about four camps before the IPL. It is one of the best grounds in India. The groundsmen did a wonderful job. I think they came and removed the covers three times.”
Delhi Daredevils Goof-Up
The Delhi Daredevils opened the game with Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro when Maxwell took the strike and hit the ball. Much to everybody’s shock, Maxwell didn’t run after hitting the ball. However, Munro just ran off to reach the opposite crease. But Maxwell didn’t make any movement. Late at understanding the situation, Munro ran back to his own crease, before reaching where he was declared out.