Rajasthan Royals makes the most of rain-hit game

Delhi Daredevils fails to get going while chasing a target of 71 in six overs.

Rahane and Samson bailed the Royals out of choppy waters.   -  PTI

They were both desperate for a win to get over their respective season opening disasters. It was finally Rajasthan Royals that came out smiling and with two points from the encounter, winning its first home match of the season by 10 runs against Delhi Daredevils in a rain-curtailed, six-over match that was almost washed out.

It started pouring at 9.37 p.m. - with Rajasthan on a respectable 153 for the loss of five wickets in 17.5 overs - and the intensity kept oscillating between a mild drizzle and a heavy downpour, as the covers were brought on and taken off four times through the night.

The match finally resumed at 11.58 p.m., leaving DD with 71 runs to get but the fortress remained unbreached for the host.

HOW THEY FARED

The TOP BUY: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes, its most expensive acquisition at Rs. 12.5 Crore, failed with the bat again. The Englishman was out for just 16 off 12 deliveries.

The ROOKIE: Delhi Daredevils wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, 20, struggled to take his team over the line. He was dismissed for 20 off 14 balls.

DD lost four wickets in its chase, with every batsman throwing his bat at every ball and living dangerously. It wasn’t easy for either side — the wet ball didn’t give much control to the bowlers and the heavy outfield reduced ball travel — but to their credit, the Rajasthan bowlers managed to execute their job much better.

The start was ominous, Colin Munro walking back without facing a ball, run out going for a non-existent single.

Rishabh Pant survived twice despite going too high, but finally fell. Earlier, Gautam Gambhir mixed up his options nicely to ensure there were no major partnerships. Rahane stayed put at one end to piece together the only useful partnership of 62 runs with Sanju Samson.

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