Shane Warne on Tuesday hailed the impact of Shaun Tait after the Rajasthan Royals overpowered the Daredevils in their Indian Premier League clash in Jaipur.
Pace ace Tait, drafted into the playing XI ahead of the injured Jacob Oram, removed danger man Virender Sehwag in the first over of the match and then had fellow Australian Aaron Finch dismissed cheaply to set the skids under Delhi’s choice to bat first.
Tait’s brace coupled with Warne’s two wickets in his opening over restricted the opposition to a modest 151 for four, which the former champions were able to chase down successfully with nine balls to spare.
“When Tait gets it right, he is the best in business,” enthused the triumphant Warne. “He set the scene first up that first over was sensational. He really bowled beautifully.”
The 28-year-old fast bowler spoiled his figures somewhat toward the tail of the Delhi innings, with Irfan Pathan’s late cameo seeing to it that Tait’s closing over fetched 12 runs on the back of a tired line and length.
“There are still a few areas we can improve. We could have improved our bowling in the end,” added Warne.
Earlier in the day Venugopal Rao, with David Warner in tow, dragged the Daredevils effort with the bat from the doldrums across an 83-run stand for the fifth wicket at a rate of 8.16 to the over.
Delhi seemed dead and buried at 36 for four inside eight overs in the wake of Tait’s superb opening spell, but Rao and fellow half-centurion Warner saw to it that 108 runs were accrued through the second half of the innings.
Despite their sterling effort, Rao was left to lament Delhi’s second loss of the tournament.
“I don’t know what to say. We need one good win. We didn’t bat well in the first half and we didn’t bowl well in the second half. I was just telling Warner that if we can bat together for a while we can do it,” said the talented right-hander.
Defeated skipper Sehwag lauded Warner and Rao’s guts and determination and demanded more from himself after failing with the bat two games on the trot.
“Venu and Warner batted really well. They hit some awesome shots. I have to score runs in the coming games. We need to concentrate on our batting,” concluded Sehwag. Cricket365