Dashing ‘dynamo’ Virendra Sehwag yet again failed to fire. As a result his Delhi Daredevils suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Rajashan Royals. Veteran Aussie leggie-led Rajasthan Royals registered a comprehensive six wicket win, thanks to opener Rahul Dravid and Johan Botha chipped in with useful contributions to help their team chase the Delhi Daredevils set 151-run target. After restricting Delhi to 151 for six, Rajasthan overhauled the target with nine balls to spare at the floodlit Sawai Man Singh stadium on Monday.
Its Delhi Daredevil`s consecutive defeat in the league so far. Dravid’s useful 38 includes six fours and a six in his 31-ball essay, while Botha produced an unbeaten 39 off 32 deliveries. With 11 runs required from the last two overs, New Zealander Ross Taylor (18) cracked a four off Ashok Dinda and then hit him for a huge six over
midwicket boundary. The hosts made 152 for four in 18.3 overs. Chasinga stiff 152-run target, Dravid started proceeding on an aggressive note as 26 runs came in the first three overs. Dravid hit two fours off Dinda in the third over to make his intentions clear. But Dinda soon got his act together and disturbed Paunikar’s stumps with an excellent delivery. Sehwag introduced Irfan Pathan in the fourth over and Dravid took him for special treatment, clobbering him for two fours and a six to accumulate 15 runs. Next change van der Merwe also got the same treatment as both Dravid and Botha, who came to the crease after the dismissal of Paunikar, hit him for three fours to take the home team’s score past 50 in 5.3 overs. But ven der Merwe
soon took his revenge in the form of Dravid’s wicket, who was caught by wicketkeeper Naman Ojha while trying to slice the ball towards point. Local boy Ashok Maneria (22) teamed up with Botha as both kept
the score bord tickling with occasional boundaries. For Delhi Dinda, Morkel, Pathan, Merwe got one wicket apiece.
For now, it looks nothing going good in favor of most menacing striker of the ball Sehwag. Unless, he gets back into form, it would be difficult of Delhi Daredevils to challenge their star-studded opponents in their other league matches.