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Twitter Reactions: Delhi Daredevils steal last ball thriller despite Buttler scare

Delhi Daredevils beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs.

Shreyas Iyer
Delhi Daredevils’ Shreyas Iyer celebrates his half-century. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Delhi Daredevils have managed to live another day after a thrilling last ball win against the Rajasthan Royals in Delhi. Coming in to the game, the double Ds were under tremendous pressure. Having already lost 6 matches this season, they desperately needed to win in this particular game to stay alive in the race for the playoffs.

In fact, every game that they play from hereon in the tournament, will be a virtual knockout game for them. While Delhi Daredevils held their nerve in the rain-curtailed run fest, the Rajasthan Royals fell agonizingly short of pulling off a huge run chase. They were asked to chase down 151 in 12 overs and everyone believed that the Daredevils would easily get through by defending this total.

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But a sensational knock from Jos Buttler saw the Royals claw back in to the game. The game went on to the final ball of the match with 6 needed to win off it. K Gowtham, who has already played a hero’s knock this season, failed to connect one and the Royals lost by 4 runs.

Earlier in the game, the Delhi Daredevils were asked to bat first in the 18-over-per side match. Delhi lost Colin Munro for a golden duck by Prithvi Shaw (47) and Shreyas Iyer (50) got the innings going at a brisk pace. The real impetus to the innings was given by Rishabh Pant who hammered a a brisk 69 off 29 deliveries to take the DD total to 196/6 in 17.1 overs before the rain intervention.

The target was revised and the Royals were asked to chase 151 in 12 overs. D Arcy Short and Jos Buttler opened the innings for the Royals. While Short took his time to settle in, Buttler smashed an 18-ball fifty. He perished after scoring 67 off just 26 deliveries. Short scored 44 off 25 balls before getting dismissed at a crucial stage. The wickets of Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, and Rahul Tripathi fell in quick succession as Royals could only muster 146/5 in 12 overs.

Here is how the fans reacted to the match:

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