IPL 2018 | DD vs RR | Match 32: The Delhi Daredevils are back in the game with another win as they played against the Rajasthan Royals in Delhi last night. Placed sixth on the table with six points, they need five more wins out of six games to make it to the playoffs – a difficult task but not impossible.
Ever since Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain to be replaced by Shreyas Iyer, DD has been getting its mojo back. Speaking of which, Gambhir clearly still hasn’t as he was missing again.
RR won the toss and placed DD to bat. They entered to play with confidence but the rain interrupted the match as it did last time. Postponing the game almost by an hour and a half, it was reduced to 18 overs each with five overs of powerplay.
Colin Munro opened the game with Prithvi Shaw only to leave with a golden duck. Shaw stole the show even with captain Shreyas Iyer by his side as he used the wicket to his advantage to score boundaries and sixes all over the ground. He was dismissed in the seventh over, bowled by Shreyas Gopal – an expensive wicket for the RR. Rishabh Pant continued the sync with Shreyas Iyer and scored an easy fifty in six overs. Iyer also got the opportunity to gain his half-century soon after, only to immediately leave the ground. Pant also followed soon enough. Big Show Glenn Maxwell was again a no-show as he failed to prove himself yet again, ending the match with a score of 196-6 in eighteen overs.
The rain reduced RR’s time to bat to 12 overs and a revised target of 151. Jos Buttler started the game off with one of the fastest fifties for the RR in IPL – fifty just off 18 balls. Mishra did DD a favor and took him out before he could create more damage. It was not Sanju Samson’s day as he left the field as soon as he entered, quickly followed by Ben Stoke’s departure. D Arcy Short finally gained momentum towards the ninth over but his excitement got him out. With ten runs left off 2 balls, Krishnappa Gowtham and Rahul Tripathi could not pull off the finish, losing the match by 4 runs.
RR has been brought down to par with the DD, placed at seventh with six points.
DD will hope to continue their winning streak as they play against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 5th as RR will want to redeem themselves in their match against Kings XI Punjab on May 6th.