x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Indian Premier League: Dravid's Rajasthan Royals lord over Delhi Daredevils

A half-century from the veteran and good bowling in the death by Kevon Cooper instrumental in five-run victory.

File shot of Rahul Dravid from last year's IPL after he proved critics wrong that the format is only for the young. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP
File shot of Rahul Dravid from last year's IPL after he proved critics wrong that the format is only for the young. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Rahul Dravid and Kevon Cooper were instrumental in Rajasthan Royals winning their opening game of this season's IPL game over Delhi Daredevils by five runs at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

The retired Dravid (65 runs with six bondaries and two sixes) showed he still had enough cricket in him when he became the second-oldest cricketer to score a half-century in the tournament after Adam Gilchrist as Rajasthan knocked up 165 runs.

His partnership with Stuart Binny (40) in the middle of the innings provided the mainstay of Royals innings.

Delhi looked in control with opener David Warner anchoring the innings till he was run out for 77 in the penultimate over of their innings. Warner was dropped twice - by Dravid when he was on four and by substitute Ankit Chavan on 53 - but after he was run out, Delhi needed 13 runs from nine balls at that stage and nine from the last six.

Cooper then bowled a brilliant over taking two wickets and ensuring Rajasthan handed out a second straight defeat for Daredevils in three days after they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders on the opening night.

Brief scores:

Toss Rajasthan, chose to bat
Rajasthan Dravid 65, Binny 40; Yadav 4-24, Nehra 2-35
Delhi Warner 77, Chand 23; Cooper 3-30
Man of the match Rahul Dravid (Rajasthan)

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