Royals open account in rain-affected match

Royals open account in rain-affected match

Delhi were given a revised target of 71 to chase in six overs but Australian pacer Ben Laughlin (2/20) picked up the wickets of Glenn Maxwell (17) and Vijay Shankar while Jaydev Unadkat (1/24) accounted for Rishabh Pant (20) to never let Delhi come close to winning in harsh circumstances.

Intermittent rain led to a two and a half hour stoppage before umpires gave their go-ahead for a shortened game.

Munro set off for a run from the first ball of the innings, but Glenn Maxwell sent him back and the New Zealander was unable to get back in time. A ball later, rain arrived and play was stopped with Royals at 153/5 in 17.5 overs. Both Royals and Daredevils were outplayed in their opening games and will be keen to bounce back.

Delhi bowlers bowled with a goal and spin twins Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Tewatia had combined figures of 2/63 in eight overs.

Ajinkya Rahane, the Rajasthan Royals captain, would have chosen to field as well. Laughlin (2/20) did that pretty comfortably as Royals recorded their first win of the 2018 season, beating Delhi by 10 runs via the D-L-S method. It was a attractive wicket to bat on, then 150 for 5 in 18 overs, we thought we could contain them to 170 and it was chaseable, especially with dew coming in later on. The venue of the match is at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

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Sanju Samson was the only shining light for the inaugural champions with a watchful 42-ball 49 as star batsman and skipper Ajinkya Rahane fell for 13 and only Rahul Tripathi (17) and Shreyas Gopal (18) managed to reach double figures. Rahul Tripathi joined Jos Buttler in the middle and they started scoring runs in good rate. He departed as he misjudged a delivery from Shahbaz Nadeem and was bowled in the 11th over. Rajasthan Royals also had a false start to the season, being flattened by Sunrisers Hyderabad and losing by nine wickets. Thought if we could contain them to 170, we had a good chance. "Credit to the groundstaff for all the work (during the rain delay)", Samson said the post-match presentation.

DD lost four wickets in its chase, with every batsman throwing his bat at every ball and living dangerously.

"We have put the ball in BCCI's court and the board will now take a call on the issue", he added.

Groundsmen with covers during the Rajasthan Royals-Delhi Daredevils match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

That being said, Gambhir acknowledged the rain-revised score made the chase hard.