Monday, May 12, 2008

IPL Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils

Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils to avenge their loss in the first half of the tournament. Rajasthan Royals playing at their home ground where they have not lost even a single game started of well. First Shane Warne guessed the spin of the coin correctly and choose to field. The bowlers bowled a very good line from the beginning and gave very less away. Delhi Daredevils could only manage 156, thanks to Maharoof who clubbed Shane Warne's last over ( 19th of the inning) for 27 runs including 4 sixes.
Chasing 157 to win, the Rajasthan Royals didn't start of well with score reading 15-2 in 5 overs - the lowest score in the first 5 overs of the inning so far in IPL. Smith and Man of the match Watson combined well to add 71 in next 5 overs before Smith got out. Watson continued to score freely and made 74 in 40 balls that included 5 fours and same number of sixes before he was run out. His dismissal created another controversy in the IPL. Steeve Davis, the field umpire, refused to direct the decision to third umpire and declared Watson not out. After seeing the replay on the big screen, Shewag questioned the decision and forced the umpire to go for the 3rd umpire and Watson was declared out. Emerging Media, the owner of Rajasthan Royals, have decided to file a complaint against Shewag for arguing with the umpire, not respecting the verdict of the umpire and forcing the umpire to refer the decision to the 3rd umpire. Rajasthan Royals suffered few hiccups towards the end but finally sealed the victory of the first ball of the last over. This team has showed how a team game should be played. They are sitting pretty of top of the points table and sure of a place in the semi-finals. They can now relax for 4 days in Goa and enjoy the beaches and the sun.

Final result:- Rajasthan Royals (Watson 74) defeated Delhi Daredevils (Mahroof 39) by 3 wickets with 5 balls remaining

MOM :- Shane Watson

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