Rajasthan Royals won a thriller from Delhi Daredevils
Kevon Cooper bowled a brilliantfinal over to guide Rajasthan Royals to a five-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in a thrillingPepsi IPL league encounter on Saturday.
Chasing a victory target of 166, Delhi batsmen failed to get 17 runs off the final two overs to finish at 160 for six at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
David Warner’s smashing innings of 77 went in vain as the home team lost their second match in a row, having beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders in their tournament opener.
Needing nine runs from the final over, Cooper bowled a tight line conceding only three runs as Delhi lost the wicket of Andre Russell and Johan Botha.
A six off the final delivery was all that Delhi required but Cooper kept it fuller as Naman Ojha failed to connect the ball.
The match, which seemed to have slipped out of the hands of the Royals, was turned on its head by Australian Brad Hodge whose brilliant piece of fielding led to the dismissal of Warner.
Delhi started their run chase cautiously as Warner shared an opening stand of 39 with promising opener Unmukt Chand (23 off 34 deliveries). Mahela Jayawardene (19) got out cheaply as Ajinkya Rahane pulled off a stunner at point to dismiss the Delhi batting mainstay off the bowling of pacer Rahul Shukla.
For Rajasthan, Cooper returned with figures of three for 30 in his four overs while S Sreesanth (1/18) and Rahul Shukla (1/27) got one wicket each.