Pathan powers Rajasthan
Yusuf Pathan was the 62-run hero on Tuesday as title holders
Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by five wickets in an Indian
Premier League thriller.
Although a Delhi team boasting a perfect record from three outings
made only a modest 143-7 in their 20 overs at Centurion Park, they held
a slender edge until the closing overs of the Rajasthan innings.
Pathan hit consecutive sixes in the 13th over, repeated the feat five
later and hit the boundary that lifted Rajasthan to 147-5 in 18.3 overs
and their second victory in five outings.
In trouble at 64-5 when captain and Australia legend Shane Warne was
an unhappy stumping victim for a duck, Royals deperately needed saviours
and found them in Pathan and South Africa captain Graeme Smith.
Quickfire Pathan struck six sixes and three fours in his 30-ball
spell at the crease while the unbeaten 44 of the more cautious Smith
included five fours.
Ashish Mishra was easily the most successful Delhi bowler with 3-34
in four overs while no one suffered more than New Zealand veteran Daniel
Vettori, who conceded 32 runs in 12 balls.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Delhi lost the wickets of openers
Ga- utam Ga- mbhir (8) and Virender Sehwag (16) to Dimitri CENTURION,