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AB de Villiers powers Delhi to victory

Fine performance by bowlers helped Delhi Daredevils beat Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs at OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein.

Chasing 151 runs to win, Rajasthan Royals lost wickets at regular intervals and fell short of 14 runs against Delhi Daredevils as their innings folded up at the score of 136 after losing nine wickets.

Daredevils claimed dangerous Yusuf Pathan (1) and Ravindra Jadeja (24) after the strategy break to jolt Rajasthan Royals.

Johan Botha and Ravindra Jadeja steadied Royals with the 55-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Jadeja looked to guide a delivery from Aavishkar Salvi but only managed an edge to Dinesh Karthik.

Farveez Maharoof then dismissed Yusuf Pathan cheaply, as Dinesh Karthik completed a good catch running back.

Delhi pacers maintained a tight line and never really allowed the Royals batsmen to score freely. Naman Ojha got out in the process to go over extra cover. Sehwag took a comfortable catch off Aavishkar Salvi.

Rajasthan lost openers Robert Quiney (6) and Graeme Smith (0) early against Daredevils.

Dirk Nannes and Ashish Nehra struck early as Smith returned to the pavilion without opening his account while Quiney followed him the very next over.

Earlier, Consistent AB de Villiers (79*) steered Delhi Daredevils to 150/3 in 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals.

After losing their openers early, de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan (33) played sensible cricket and took full advantage of some sloppy fielding by the Royals. Together they managed 87 runs for the third wicket.

Johan Botha bowled Dilshan in the 17th over.

de Villiers was then joined by Dinesh Karthik (23), who had a good tournament so far, and they accumulated runs briskly. They scored 48 runs from 20 balls which included some aggressive run between the wickets.

Electing to bat first, Daredevils lost Gautam Gambhir (8) and Virender Sehwag (2) early against Rajasthan Royals.

Wrecker-in-chief Munaf Patel rocked Delhi by dismissing Gambhir and Sehwag within the space of five balls in the third over.

Munaf took a stunning catch of his own bowling to get rid of Gambhir while Sehwag was caught plumb in front of middle stump.

Virender Sehwag won the toss and opted to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in the 50th match of the IPL.

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