After a powerful show with the bat, Rajasthan Royals put in a splendid display of death bowling to beat Delhi Daredevils by five runs to start their Indian Premier League 2013 campaign with a win at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday (April 6).
After opting to bat, Rajasthan Royals, led from the front by Rahul Dravid, set up a target of 166 - a fairly threatening one for Delhi, especially in light of their batting troubles in the previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders. And so it proved. David Warner scored a powerful 77 but lack of support for him meant a second consecutive loss.
In their chase, Delhi were helped by a quick start provided by Unmukt Chand and Warner. The two put up 39 for the opening wicket, thanks mainly to Chand, who took his chances against the new ball. Chand first swung S Sreesanth through midwicket before slog-sweeping Samuel Badree for six. Badree then came in for a hammering in his next over at the hands of Warner, but the breakthrough came soon enough. Sreesanth, bowling to Chand (23), went through the gate to uproot the stumps.