Pathan leads Royals to huge victory
Yusuf Pathan struck a blistering half century while Graeme Smith Graeme Smith muscled his way to a belligerent 42 to power Rajasthan Royals to a five wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils at the SuperSport Park.
Delhi, who were going great guns until this match, batted miserably posting a modarate 143/7 before letting Royals off the hook despite having them on the mat early(64/5 after 10 overs).
Man of the match Pathan took Delhi bowlers to the cleaners, clobbering six sixes in the process. His dominance was so huge that Graeme Smithís 46-ball 44-run knock went almost unnoticed.
The South African captain held the fort from the one end, waging a lone battle in the begging for Rajasthan Royals who were struggling at 64/5 after 10 overs. But it was Yusuf Pathan-show in Centurion Park once the burly Baroda batsman came to the crease. Pushed to the wall, Pathan launched a counter-attacking effort, a approach which some Pundits suggest is the best way to get out of any kind of trouble.
A batsman with immense strength and tremendous will-power, Pathan never took a single step backward, throwing every caution out of the window and in the process inflicting the first defeat on the formidable Delhi Daredevils in the tournament. Itís for purely his effort that Royals won the match with 9 balls to spare.
Amit Mishra, who came up with another brilliant bowling performance with 3/34, must consider himself unlucky to be on the losing side as his team-mates keep grassing catches and leaking runs in the match.
Smith, who anchored the innings and remained not on 44 with five fours, was dropped on 19.
Chasing a moderate 144, Rajasthan Royals started off poorly as they lost two quick wickets losing Rob Quiney for only 4 and then Swapnil Asnodkar for 11.
Earlier in the match, a prudent half-century by A B de Villiers and his 56-run partnership with Daniel Vettori (29) helped Delhi post a competitive total of 143/7 in allotted 20 overs to pull Delhi out of the woods against Rajasthan Royals here on Tuesday.
A B de Villiers continued his imperious form in IPL as he played a 50-run knock off 40 balls. He, in company of Daniel Vettori, played sensible cricket to help Delhi cross 100 marks in 15th over of the match despite losing 4 top-order batsmen early in the innings.
Delhi Daredevilsí strong batting line-up today suffered a serious jolt in the tournament for the first time as they lost four wickets. After losing Sehwag & Gambhir early, the batting hero of the last match, Tilakratne Dilshan (7) and stumper Dinesh Karthik (4) also departed early.
Shane Warne may have quit international cricket to become a poker player, but has not lost his old magic with the ball. The way he has been bowling in the IPL-2 is a testimony to his greatness which does not require routine practice at nets. Coming into bowl his first over of the match, he bamboozled Dinesh Karthik, who played a false shot to give a simple catch to the master bowler. Delhi, at that time, found themselves in precarious situation losing four wickets with the scoreboard had reached only 49.