Watch cricket highlights - Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils from IPL 2009 played on April 28, 2009.
Scoreline: Delhi Daredevils: 143/7 - AB de Villiers 50, Daniel Vettori 29, Mithun Manhas 23 - Munaf Patel 4-14-2
Rajasthan make it in 18.3 overs: Yusuf f***in Pathan takes Delhi out - 62 (30), Graeme Smith 44 (46)
The Royals like in the game vs Mohali had Delhi tottering at 49/4 but then their fielding fell apart and you could gradually see Warne’s patience too fall away. de Villiers got another 50 but was unfortunate to be given out just when he looked set to launch - today was probably the first time this IPL, the umpiring was consistently poor.
The Rajasthan chase once again showed they’ve yet to sort out their best batting combination. Some inventive shuffling of the batting order followed and it’s quite amazing that Yusuf Pathan was able to pull it off yet again because with each player that came in ahead of him, the expectation and onus on him only grew larger. Graeme Smith was like some hobbling veteran on wooden legs - an approving nod here and there. But the time spent out there today and the form he was carrying into this IPL, should see him get going pretty soon and settle at least a part of the shaky top order.
Delhi’s fielding too fell away at crucial points. Think McGrath will play in future games. I suppose the reasoning behind keeping him out until now is that Delhi probably felt McGrath was someone who could enter a tournament at any stage, and to Nannes credit he’s had his moments.
Look out for Sehwag at the end in the post-match thing
Pregame: The Royals will be playing their 5th game with a solitary win thus far, while Delhi playing their 4th game have a win-all record.