IPL 2014 Match 23: Nair helps Rajasthan breeze past Delhi

Nair smashed eight boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten knock of 73

Nair smashed eight boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten knock of 73

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Rajasthan Royals opening batsman Karun Nair struck a magnificent half-century to help his side breeze past the Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets in Delhi.

Rajasthan captain Shane Watson would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first after he took the catch to dismiss Murali Vijay off the bowling of James Faulkner for 13 runs.

Delhi skipper Kevin Pietersen only made 14 runs before he was caught by Steven Smith at long-on off the bowling of Pravin Tambe.

Tambe struck again just three balls later when he dismissed South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock caught and bowled for 42, which came off 33 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik scored 12 runs before he was caught by Stuart Binny at deep square leg off the bowling of Faulkner.

South Africa all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy made a quickfire 39 before he was caught by Rajat Bhatia at long leg off the bowling of Kane Richardson.

Delhi eventually finished on 152/5 off their 20 overs thanks to Kedar Jadhav’s rapid knock of 28.

Faulkner and Tambe picked up two wickets apiece, while Richardson chipped in with one.

Chasing 153 to win, Rajasthan got off to a poor start as opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane was brilliantly caught by Vijay in the cover region off the bowling of Wayne Parnell for 12 runs.

Nair and Sanju Samson made up for the early loss of Rahane with a 51-run partnership before Samson was stumped by Karthik off the bowling of Shahbaz Nadeem for 34.

Nair and Bhatia kept the runs flowing with a 44-run partnership before Bhatia was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami for 17 runs.

Nair and Watson finished things off with an unbeaten 41-run partnership, during which Nair brought up his half-century.

Nair remained undefeated on 73 off 50 balls, which included eight boundaries and two sixes, while Watson scored 16 runs off 10 deliveries, which included two sixes.

Nadeem, Shami and Parnell all took one wicket each.

Pietersen was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “It was poor for both of us to get out and we didn’t have enough runs on the board. I want the boys to keep their heads up, they’ve done all they can and that’s all one can ask for. The pitch got slower, but we just didn’t have a score on. We’re talking the right language and the boys are training hard and that’s all anyone can ask for.”

Watson was impressed with his team’s performance, and said: “Nice win, especially to be able to restrict such a high quality batting order to around 150. We controlled it well in the middle with Pravin Tambe and Rajat. We’ve got quite a lot of bowlers to mix and match and the way Karun steered the ship home, it’s quite exciting. Management does a brilliant job spotting the talent and we like to encourage these guys to play with freedom. Very disappointing not to play in Jaipur, I love it there and we’ve had a lot of success there. Feels like a second home for me but I’m sure Ahmedabad will be good for us and hopefully we can make that into a fortress as well.”

Nair was named Man of the Match, and said: “In the UAE, I wasn’t giving myself enough time. There are quite big legends in the dressing room and I would like to thank Watto and the support staff for their confidence in me.”

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