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Dinesh Karthik delivers

HEROES OF THE NIGHT:Gambhir, Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik and David Warner all contributed in their own way to see the Daredevils to victory over Rajasthan Royals.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S. Subramanium

Rakesh Rao

NEW DELHI: Dinesh Karthik's exploits lifted Delhi Daredevils from a spot of bother to an overwhelming 67-run victory over Rajasthan Royals at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday.

Daredevils' fifth win and its third in a row ended Royals' four-match winning streak. The result raised Daredevils' tally to 10 points and kept Royals at eight.

Karthik produced a priceless 69 and effected three dismissals to walk away with the Man-of-the-Match award. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra scalped three wickets, while David Warner took four catches and pulled off a run-out to make amends for his failure to fire with the bat.

Early setbacks

Chasing Daredevils' 188 for six, Royals was never in the chase after losing Michael Lumb and Faiz Fazal in the opening over. In-form Naman Ojha and Yusuf Pathan took turns to re-ignite Royals' hopes but did not last long.

Daredevils set up a challenging target after losing early wickets. The last eight overs produced 88 runs, including 20 off the 18th over bowled by Shaun Tait. The Australian speedster, who had Karthik off the last ball of the innings, conceded 53 runs in four overs — the most by any bowler in a complete spell this season.

The innovative Karthik rotated the strike well with Gambhir, who was content on keeping the scoreboard ticking. Once settled, Karthik overtook Gambhir with a flurry of strokes before the skipper became Sumit Narwal's third victim.

Big hitting

Undeterred, Karthik continued the good work with McDonald. Two of his four sixes came in succession off Narwal and three of his six boundaries came off consecutive deliveries of Tait.

Earlier, Daredevils ran into a now-familiar situation of losing wickets upfront. Openers Warner and Virender Sehwag fell in the fourth over. When a confident Paul Collingwood was run out and Kedar Jadhav unwisely tried to give Warne the charge, it left Daredevils looking worried at 67 for four in 8.3 overs.

After the clinical assault from Gambhir and Karthik produced 79 runs off 8.2 overs, Daredevils never let the advantage slip. Thereafter, Karthik consolidated the gains by adding 42 runs with Andrew McDonald in just 3.1 overs.

The scores:

Delhi Daredevils: D. Warner b Narwal 4 (8b), V. Sehwag c Dogra b Narwal 19 (12b, 3x4, 1x6), G. Gambhir c Yusuf b Narwal 43 (37b, 3x4), P. Collingwood (run out) 16 (8b, 2x4, 1x6), K. Jadhav c Pathan b Warne 10 (9b, 1x4), D. Karthik c (sub) Raut b Tait 69 (38b, 6x4, 4x6), A. McDonald (not out) 14 (9b, 2x4); Extras (lb-4, nb-5, w-4): 13. Total (for six wkts. in 20 overs): 188.

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-25, 3-50, 4-67, 5-146, 6-188.

Rajasthan Royals bowling: Yusuf 3-0-25-0, Narwal 4-0-36-3, Voges 1-0-9-0, Tait 4-0-53-1, Warne 4-0-26-1, Trivedi 4-0-35-0.

Rajasthan Royals: M. Lumb c Warner b Maharoof 0 (2b), N. Ojha c Karthik b Mishra 27 (14b, 4x4, 1x6), F. Fazal lbw b Maharoof 0 (2b), A. Jhunjhunwala (run out) 2 (5b), A. Voges c Warner b Mishra 15, (17b, 1x4), Yusuf c Warner b Mishra 24 (14b, 2x4, 2x6) 24, P. Dogra st. Karthik b Ladda 20 (25b, 1x4), S. Warne (run out) 0 (1b), S. Narwal c Warner b Collingwood 12 (9b, 2x4), S. Tait st. Karthik b Sehwag 11 (12b, 1x6), S. Trivedi (not out) 7 (5b, 1x6); Extras (w-3): 3. Total (in 17.4 overs): 121.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-29, 4-32, 5-66, 6-71, 7-73, 8-96, 9-113.

Delhi Daredevils bowling: Maharoof 3-0-13-2, McDonald 2-0-17-0, Mishra 4-0-25-3, Yadav 3-0-21-0, Ladda 4-0-37-1, Collingwood 1-0-6-1, Sehwag 0.4-0-2-1 .