New Delhi: Dinesh Karthik blasted a 38-ball 69 and the home side bowlers then wreaked havoc as a resurgent Delhi Daredevils steamrolled Rajasthan Royals by 67 runs in their return leg Indian Premier League match on Wednesday night.
Karthik clobbered six fours and four sixes and added 79 runs off 50 balls with Gautam Gambhir (43) to power Delhi to 188 for six first.
The home side then returned to shoot out Rajasthan for 121 in 17.4 overs to clinch their third win on the trot which catapulted them to the second place in the points table.
For them, Amit Mishra (3 for 25) and Parvez Maharoof (2 for 13) starred with the ball, sharing five wickets between them to snap Rajasthan Royals’ four-game winnings streak.
Delhi Daredevils’ Dinesh Karthik plays a shot during the IPL3 match against Rajasthan Royals at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Manvendra Vashist/PTI
Chasing 189 to win, Rajasthan never looked to be in the chase as they lost two wickets -- opener Michael Lumb (0) and Faiz Faisal (0) -- in the first over itself and by 4.1 overs were further reduced to 31 for four.
Rajasthan’s chase was hit by Maharoof, who was drafted in the team in place of injured Dirk Nannes, in the first over as he dismissed Lumb, courtesy a stunning catch by David Warner, and trapped Faisal in front of wicket to reduce the visitors to one for two.
Naman Ojha (27) showed some spark with four fours and a six but fizzled out in the fourth over off Amit Mishra.
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (2) was also run out in the next over to further dent their chances.
Yusuf Pathan (24) and Adam Voges (15) tried to rebuild the innings but soon they were also back to the pavilion.
Paras Dogra (20) and Sumit Narwal (12) were the other contributors for the visitors.
Delhi Daredevils: 188 for 6 in 20 overs.
Rajasthan Royals: 121 all out in 17.4 overs (Nama Ojha 27, Yusuf Pathan 24; Amit Mishra 3/25.