Ajinkya Rahane began the Royals innings by getting involved in another run-out: for the second game in a row, the Australian D’Arcy Short was dismissed by a direct hit. Two overs later, the decision to promote Ben Stokes to No. 3 failed, when Trent Boult had him caught behind with one that jagged away off the pitch to square up the left-hand batsman. At 28 for 2, Royals were in a little trouble.
Sanju Samson had laced his second delivery to the point boundary and he followed up with an incredible short-arm jab over midwicket for six off Boult to ease the pressure. His surge allowed Rahane to play himself in and the Royals captain began to step on it by hitting Mohammed Shami for back-to-back fours in the 13th over.
Buttler too began like a bullet train, before a decision to hop across his stumps and scoop Shami over fine leg cost him his wicket. That was when it began to rain, with Royals 153 for 5, and play was halted for more than two hours.
Daredevils came out to bat at nearly midnight.The Daredevils chase started on a wrong note as they lost opener Colin Munro, through run out, in the first ball itself after a huge mix-up in the middle. Rishabh Pant though salvaged the over by hitting two fours as they reached 10/1.
Dhawal Kulkarni used slower deliveries cleverly and gave away just five runs in the second over. But Maxwell kept Delhi in the hunt as he smacked Unadkat, who started with three dot balls, for a six and two fours in the next over to take the visitors to 29/1. Maxwell (17) though was caught behind off Ben Laughlin in the fourth over, leaving the equation at 37 off 14 balls.
While trying to increase the run rate, Pant (20 off 14) was caught by Krishnappa Gowtham off Unadkat in the fifth over and Daredevils were left to score 25 off the final over where they could manage only 15 runs and lost the game y 10 runs.
Sanju Samson was adjudged man of the match.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS 153/5(17.5 OVERS)
- AM Rahane 45 (40)
- SV Samson 37 (22)
- TA Boult1/26 (3)
- S Nadeem 2/34 (4)
DELHI DAREDEVILS 60/4(6 OVERS)
- RR Pant 20 (14)
- CH Morris* 17 (7)
- B Laughlin 2/20 (2)
- JD Unadkat 1/24 (2)