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2: At 40 years 85 days Rahul Dravid became the second oldest to score a fifty in the IPL after Adam Gilchrist who scored a fifty at the age of 40 years 185 days for Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings at Dharamsala in 2012.
2: Last two games between these two sides at Delhi have been decided off the last ball. Last year Rajasthan Royals needed 12 runs off the last over and then 2 runs off the last ball. Delhi Daredevils managed to win by 1 run. Rajasthan Royals returned the favour this time though!
7: The number of wickets lost by two teams in last two overs of their respective innings while scoring only 17 runs. In the first 18 overs of the innings, the cumulative wickets lost by the two teams was only six – scoring 308 runs.
18: The number of times Rajasthan Royals were defending a target of 150 or more. They managed to win 16 of them (including one that went into the Super-Over).
50: The number of wickets taken by Ashish Nehra in the IPL. He became the 18th bowler to do so.
DD pacer hopes for change of fortunes in next game
By Prajakta Pawar
Delhi 06 April 2013
One of the important cogs in the Delhi Daredevils line-up, Umesh Yadav was instrumental in keeping his team in the hunt after the Rahul Dravid-Stuart Binny pair took the attack to the bowlers and were coasting towards a formidable total after opting to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Handed the ball by skipper Mahela Jayawardene, the young pacer removed both the Rajasthan Royals’ batsmen and also dismissed the big hitting Brad Hodge and helped to hold back the visitors’ total to 165 for seven.
Although they ended on the losing side despite his impressive figures of 4-0-24-4 it has helped to boost the confidence of the youngster who had been away from the game for about four months due to injury, coming back on to the field late last month in the domestic circuit. While speaking to iplt20.com after the gut wrenching loss, Yadav reflected on the game with mixed feelings about the game due to the team’s loss.
Excerpts from the brief interview:
You were impressive in today’s game. You claimed three quick wickets when Dravid and Binny threatened to post a big total and had hit Johan Botha for 19?
There were some good things and some bad things (in the match today). I bowled well in the match but it was hard luck for us. Our boys were trying really well. Winning and losing is part of the game. I have come back after four months and I took some wickets so it is good for me and my confidence. I really hope we do well in the next game.
What was the plan when you came into the attack after Johan Botha had conceded 19 runs and the Royals were cruising along?
The pace of the wicket was slightly slow so bowling at my pace was a bit difficult because the ball was coming on to the bat well. The only thing on my mind was to use variations so I did that. I controlled myself and used variations, bowled slower balls and that got me the wickets.
Rahul Dravid’s innings?
He played a very good innings, he developed the innings. It was good to watch him and bowl to him.
He was in good nick and his was a very important wicket so what was your plan for Dravid?
Rahul bhai was in good rhythm so I had it in my mind to bowl dot balls to him and not bowl to his strengths. I tried slower ones and outside the off-stump. Later towards the end he was tired also so I was trying bowl the Yorkers and I was just trying by best and then got his wicket.
What was the turning point of the match according to you?
In today’s game I think David Warner was the turning point. His wicket was very important because he played very well and he brought the match close but got out. (Sighs)
How did you prepare yourself coming into the tournament after being away due to injury for a while?
I was training at the NCA for four months. It was on my mind that IPL is coming up. I was trying to do my best and then the Champions Trophy is also coming up. So am trying to do my best and develop myself and get back to my rhythm.
Regrouping and going ahead?
Winning and losing is part of the game so I am trying. We are going to Mumbai for the next game so hope that we do well there.