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    Royals pip Daredevils in thriller, Mumbai hang on
    6 April 2013 20:41


    The Delhi Daredevils' poor start to the Indian Premier League campaign continued on Saturday with a five-run loss to the Rajasthan Royals.

    After Rajasthan put on 165-7 from their 20 overs, the Daredevils fell just short, reaching 160-6 to register their second defeat of the season.

    Australian opener David Warner (77 off 56) tried in vain to lift Delhi to victory but he was run out by compatriot Brad Hodge to restrict them to 153-4 with nine balls remaining.

    And Delhi couldn't chase down the remaining 13 runs required for victory, with West Indian medium pacer Kevon Cooper (3-30) the hero with two wickets in the final over.

    Earlier, Rajasthan captain Rahul Dravid smashed 65 off 51 deliveries to help build the visitors' total at Feroz Shah Kotla.

    Stuart Binny blitzed 40 off 20 deliveries in a 55-run stand with the India veteran, before being one of Umesh Yadav's scalps (4-24).

    And the Royals' efforts with the bat would prove to be enough - despite Delhi needing just 17 off 13 balls with eight wickets in hand in the latter stages.

    Cooper was the difference, however, dismissing Manprit Juneja (20), Andre Russell (seven) and Johan Botha (two) to halt Delhi's momentum and give Rajasthan a winning start to the 2013 season.

    In the late match, the Mumbai Indians survived a late onslaught from Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni to win by nine runs.

    It was the Indians' first victory of the season after their opening-day loss, and was won - and at the same time, almost lost - by West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard.

    Pollard's 57 off 38 helped boost Mumbai's total from 59-4 in the ninth over to a competitive 148-6 through 20.

    Mumbai were well in control heading into the final three overs, with Chennai requiring 40, but Pollard - bowling the 18th over - was costly, going for 17 runs.

    Dhoni also took it up to Mitchell Johnson in the next over, adding another 11 and keeping the strike heading into the final over - to be bowled by Munaf Patel.

    And - with 12 runs needed - the Indian Test captain was inches away from hitting the first ball of the final over for a six, but Pollard was on hand on the boundary to take a tricky catch and save the day for Mumbai.

    Dhoni finished on 51 off 26 deliveries, including five fours and three sixes.

 

 

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