On a flat and slightly green wicket typical to Kotla, Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Daredevils were restricted from running away with the match and only managed to reach the score of 152/5 due to some good striking by JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav towards the end.
The daredevils got off to a good start as Quinton De Kock and Murli Vijay started off in terrific fashion and scored 33 runs in just 4 overs. It seemed like they were all set to post a huge total this time around, but just as they looked settled, Murli Vijay played a shot to early and was caught at extra covers by Watson for the score of 13.
Kevin Pietersen, who came to the crease after the fall of the first wicket, got a lucky break, when an appeal for a run out wasn’t referred to the third umpire even though replays showed that he was clearly out. But he couldn’t make any good use of that chance as he too threw his wicket after he had his eye in. he tried to play one shot too many on the bowling of Tambe and was caught by Steve Smith at Long Off.
The only batsman who looked to be in complete control this entire time was Quinton de Kock who raced his way to a quick fire 42 before he was caught and bowled in the same over as Pietersen on the bowling of Pravin Tambe.
After the dismissals of De Kock and Pietersen the flow of the innings suffered a halt as the scoring rate dropped from 7.5 to 6 by the 15th over. Dinesh Karthik struggled to find the middle of the bat and was dismissed trying to pull Faulkner over the deep square leg boundary. JP Duminy though once again proved his worth to the Daredevils and he, along with Kedar Jadhav played good hands towards the end of the innings and propelled the score to a respectable 152/5.
Delhi Daredevils: 152/5 (Quinton De Kock 42, JP Duminy 39. J. Faulkner 2/26, P. Tambe 2/26).
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