Rahane heroics in vain for Royals

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Ajinya Rahane's brilliant 84 amounted to nothing on Sunday as his inability to take two runs from the final ball of a dramatic match saw Delhi clinch a one-run win over Rajasthan.

Ajinya Rahane's brilliant 84 amounted to nothing on Sunday as his inability to take two runs from the final ball of a dramatic match saw Delhi clinch a one-run win over Rajasthan.

Rahane appeared to have paced his innings to perfection as he stroked his way to a measured 84 from 62 balls, including a six off the fourth ball of the final over.

However he failed to make contact with Umesh Yadav's last delivery, and with Owais Shah run out in his attempt at a tie-securing bye, the Daredevils defended their 152 for six by the narrowest of margins.

Morne Morkel deserved a fair share of the praise for the result. With two overs remaining the Royals needed15 runs to win, but Morkel allowed just three from the penultimate over and also claimed the key wicket of Brad Hodge (22).

There was heartbreak for Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid (40), whose 99-run opening stand with Rahane seemed certain to have set the Royals on their way to victory.

Meanwhile Delhi were thankful to their captain Virender Sehwag, who notched up his fourth half-century on the trot to keep the Delhi knock going after they had elected to bat.

Sehwag struck 63 from 39 balls in an effortless innings, and was lent support by Ross Taylor (25) and Yogesh Nagar (27) as the Daredevils posted just enough on the board.

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