Rajasthan Royals came within a whisker of beating Delhi Daredevils in the reverse fixture; chasing 153 to win, Dravid’s men lost the game by a run thanks to a brilliant penultimate over by Morne Morkel. They now have an opportunity for revenge as they take on DD in their home fortress of Jaipur, on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
In the reverse fixture, Sehwag was the sole batsman to shine, with Jayawardene and Pietersen being dismissed for low scores. Though Taylor and Nagar played cameos, the eventual score of 152 was too low to threaten the likes of Dravid and Rahane. As it transpired, Rahane remained unbeaten on 84 and had to watch with helplessness as Shah got out to the last ball, needing two to win.
RR’s young bowlers, Chavan and the two Singhs, gave great support to Cooper and Hogg to restrict DD. And after 99 runs were put on for the first wicket by Dravid and Rahane, RR had six overs and a ball to get the remaining 54 runs. With nine wickets in hand it was a none too difficult task. And it finally came down to 15 runs needed of the last two overs. That was when Morkel bowled the 19th over in which he conceded just three runs. Rahane got just a single run from the first three and Hodge got the remaining two before being LBW off the last ball of the over to put DD in control. A six by Rahane of the fourth ball of the last over from Yadav left RR needing four off two balls. Rahane got two off the next and watched in horror as Shah was run out by the keeper when the batsmen ran a bye.
That win consolidated DD’s position at the top of the table and pushed RR down to sixth place. A win on Tuesday will probably seal DD’s place in the play off round. But they won’t find the going easy against a side who have been near invincible at home.
RR’s probable eleven: Dravid, Rahane, Shah, Goswami, Menaria, Hodge, Cooper, Hogg, Chavan, Singh, Singh.
DD’s probable eleven: Sehwag, Jayawardene, Pietersen, Pathan, Ojha, Taylor, Nagar, Agarkar, Morkel, Yadav, Nadeem.
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