Felix Austin | cricket20
Virender Sehwag scored a wonderful half century to help the Delhi DareDevils cruise to a 8 wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals to make it two wins out of two to start thus years IPL in style.
Set a total of 142 for victory Virender Sehwag made light work of the run chase smashing 75 from just 34 balls to hand the Royals their second defeat in the space of three days.
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Paras Dogra contributed 60 runs in a 5th wicket partnership to help rescue the Rajasthan Royals who struggled to set a big total on a good batting wicket reaching a modest total of 141-6.
Having struggled in his first game against the Kings XI, scoring just 8 runs, Sehwag wasted no time dispatching Dimitri Mascarenhas and Shaun Tait for 19 runs inside the first two overs.
He plundered another 13 runs of Munaf Patel as the DareDevils threatened to run riot and although Mascarenhas struck back in the 4th over picking up the wickets of Gambhir (9) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (0) the damage had already been done
With AB de Villiers watching on from the non strikers end Sehwag continued his blitz bringing up his half century from just 21 balls with a four off Amit Uniyal. The current ICC world number one batsman was in tremendous form smashing 7 fours and 3 sixes to past 50.
With the DareDevils sailing towards victory the Royals finally removed Sehwag but it took a stunning catch at mid-wicket from Graeme Smith to end his blitz to leave the DareDevils 99-3.
de Villiers (15) soon followed but Dinesh Karthik (25) and Mithun Manhas (10) scored the final 27 runs to seal victory for the visitors.
The Royals were put into bat by Gambhir and despite losing Swapnil Asnodkar (5) in the second over the home side made a positive start with Smith and Naman Ojha looking comfortable against the pace bowling of Dirk Nannes and Farveeez Maharoof.
Ojha burst into life in the 4th over smashing leg spinner Amit Mishra for three consecutive boundaries including a massive six over long-on to give the Royals a solid base to build on.
Mishra had other ideas though, after conceding 14 runs off his previous three balls he bounced back with a perfect googly which Ojha (24) completely miss-read allowing the ball to hit his middle stump as he attempted to hit a big cover drive.
The loss of Ojha brought danger man Yusuf Pathan to the wicket but he suffered a rare failure. Fresh from his incredible 37 ball century against the Mumbai Indians at the weekend Pathan (0) only lasted 5 balls before he found AB de Villiers out a mid-wicket to leave the Royals 46-3.
After such a good start the Royals innings threatened to grind to a halt with Smith and Jhunjhunwala finding runs hard to come by as the DareDevils increased the pressure.
Smith (18) was eventfully dismissed by Pradeep Sangwan to leave the Royals 50-4 but Jhunjhunwala, together with Dogra didn’t panic building a important 60 run 5th wicket partnership which included two sixes off the bowling of Sarabjit Ladda.
Their partnership ended in the 16th over when Dogra was run out by Gambhir and then Mascarenhas (3) suffered the same fate 5 balls later to leave the Royals 115-6.
Jhunjhunwala (53) continued his fine innings supported by Uniyal (4) to help set the DareDevils a target of 142 for their second victory in this years IPL.