Rajasthan Royals failed to reach the revised target of 151 runs off 12 overs and crawled down to the eighth position in the points table by losing their game to Delhi DareDevils. They regretted the decision of choosing to field first in this rain-curtailed game. The Delhi DareDevils managed to creep two positions up in the points table surpassing Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.
Ajinkya Rahane made the tough decision to promote Jos Buttler in his place and he utilized this opportunity at the best by scoring 67 runs off 26 balls. Buttler scored his fifty off 18 balls. This is the best one in the history of Rajasthan Royals and the third best in the IPL 2018.
But the game went more nail-biting one with the entry of Trent Boult as the bowler in the final over. By the time the visitors needed 15 runs off a single over. Boult conceded a wide and conceded 4 runs from the next three balls. Rajasthan Royals needed 10 runs off 2 balls in the final over. Rahul Tripathi was dismissed run out and Krishnappa Gautham came to strike. He hit the ball very hard to slam a six. By the time Maxwell missed the catch and 4 runs were conceded. In the end, he did not manage to thrash a six and surrendered to the opponents after the competent innings.
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were criticized for poor performance but the former managed to make the most out of the opportunity. He finally fell to Amit Mishra and was stumped. After the dismissal of Buttler, D ‘ Arcy Short managed to stand in the crease by hitting three consecutive sixes. He scored 44 off 25 balls. On the other hand, Gautam managed to score unbeaten 18 runs off 6 balls. Trent Boult repeated his magic by picking two wickets by conceding 26 runs.
Earlier, Delhi DareDevils scored 196 runs by losing 6 wickets in 17.1 overs. Rishabh Pant had a good start by scoring 69 runs and Shreyas Iyer and Prithwi Shaw added 73 runs for the stand of the second wicket. Jayadev Unadkat picked 3 wickets by conceding 46 runs. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes managed to keep the economy rate below 10 runs per over.
Delhi DareDevils 196/6 in 17.1 overs, Rishabh Pant 69, Shreyas Iyer 50, Prithvi Shaw 47, Jayadev Unadkat 3/46
Rajasthan Royals 146/5 in 12 overs, Jos Buttler 67, Krishnappa Gautam 18, D’ Arcy Short 44, Trent Boult 2/26
Delhi DareDevils won the match by 4 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method.
Rishabh Pant was named the player of the match.