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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals Beat Delhi Daredevils In A Match Marred By Rain

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| April 12 , 2018 , 13:35 IST

Rajasthan Royals (RR) notched up their first win in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday, beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 10 runs in Jaipur.

RR who had a dismal performance against SunRisers Hyderabad in their previous match appeared to have improved immensely as they played for the first time in front of their home crowd in two years.

DD bowling first put the opposition under pressure early, taking two wickets in quick succession. RR were unable to use the powerplay overs until Sanju Samson came out to bat.

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The young Indian batsman showed sublime form, just like he did in the team's opener against SunRisers. He smashed Boult for a four and six over square leg to get going. Especially, the front foot pull off the New Zealand pacer for a maximum was a treat for spectators.

Intermittent rain led to a two and a half hour stoppage before umpires gave their go-ahead for a shortened game. Royals' innings eventually ended at 153 for five and Delhi were given a revised target of 71 runs in six overs as per Duckworth-Lewis method.

DD sent Colin Munro and Glen Maxwell to open the innings. Munro was back in the pavilion after the very first ball due to a mix-up. Royals' attack comprising pacers Ben Laughlin and Dhawal Kulkarni bowled well and kept the Daredevils batsmen guessing with their variations. Only two overs of Powerplay also hurt Delhi.

With Rishabh Pant (20 off 14) gone in the penultimate over, Royals needed to defend 25 runs in the final over. Laughlin (2/20) did that pretty comfortably as Royals recorded their first win of the season. It was a second straight loss for Daredevils.