Half-centuries from David Warner and Venugopal Rao carried Delhi to 151 for six across a testing Jaipur pitch in Tuesday’s Indian Premier League clash.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag fell to Shaun Tait in the first over of the match and then watched from the pavilion as Shane Warne routed the middle order with two scalps in his opening over.
At 36 for four inside eight overs Rajasthan’s knock seemed dead and buried.
However, Australian Warner and his Indian team-mate orchestrated a fightback. The duo added 83 runs for the fifth wicket at a rate of 8.16 to the over.
Rao’s 60 from 40 deliveries and Warner’s 54 from 44 went long way to setting up a 140-plus total and Irfan Pathan’s late-order cameo at the expense of Tait’s figures carried the hosts to a formidable score.
While Delhi made one change to their starting XI by bringing in Shahbaz Nadeem for Umesh Yadav, while Rajasthan drafted in Tait and Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Jacob Oram and Stuart Binny. Cricket365