Both Rajasthan and Delhi were outplayed in their opening games and will be itching to bounce back. A good performance by any of them could help the team win their first game in IPL 2018.
They face Daredevils who are still in shock and feel that despite doing all good, it was just Rahul's lightning fifty which took the match away from them. The wicket also looked good for batting. The young wicket-keeper batsman, who has been earmarked as a potential successor to MS Dhoni behind the stumps in India's national line-up, did his stocks no harm after smashing two fours and two sixes to steady the ship for Rajasthan after coming in at 2-28. As a result of Samson's blitz, Jos Buttler propelled the innings to 153 for 5 in 17.5 overs.
Samson wasted little time getting the scoreboard ticking and was strong on either side of the wicket.
Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane and Samson stabilised the innings with a 62-run partnership before Samson was clean bowled by Shahbaz Nadeem for 37. He and Rahul Tripathi were looking to up the ante when rain intervened and brought everything to a halt.
Delhi bowlers had also bowled reasonably well till that time. A match-winning to start off should keep him motivated and hungry for more.
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Earlier, Rajasthan rode Rahane's 45 to get to 153/5 when the skies opened up in the 17th over.
First, it was Jaydev Undakat who left Maxwell frustrated with wide yorkers.
Following this, no matter how hard they tried, the DD batsmen could not connect the ball as per their liking. Maxwell hit 14 runs off Unadkat's three deliveries and at this point Delhi were right back in the chase.
Delhi lost their first match against Kings XI Punjab and will take on Mumbai Indians in their next game on Saturday. "Feels fantastic, we wanted a win at our home ground", he said, "It's about the preparation, we had four team camps". It was a handsome wicket to bat on, then 150 for 5 in 18 overs, we thought we could contain them to 170 and it was chaseable, especially with dew coming in later on. Rajasthan Royals came across as a confident team during the first inning at their home ground of Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.