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Brilliant Negi helps DD restrict Rajasthan Royals to 141/6

Brilliant Negi helps DD restrict Rajasthan Royals to 141/6
Left arm spinner Pawan Negi claimed four wickets for 18 runs to force submission of Royals' batsmen. His priced scalps included Rahane, Shah, Hodge and Menaria. Rajasthans could only manage 141/6 in 20 overs.The 19-year-old Delhi lad had brilliant figures of four for 18 as he ran through the Royals top-order after the home team were off to blazing start.

Earlier Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane gave the Royals a solid start by adding 71 runs for the first wicket. Rajasthan was set to get a big score from there until Negi interrupted. He first claimed Rahane who looked solid in his knock of 42 that included seven boundaries. Negi dismissed Rahane, Shane Watson (8), Brad Hodge (1) and Ashok Menaria (1) to get Daredevils right back in the match.
Even though Dravid completed his half century in only 35  balls, the Royals had lost momentum courtesy a brilliant Negi
and never recovered from that batting collapse.
Rahane, who has been in sublime form during this edition started off from where he had left against Daredevils in the
match at the Kotla. The third over of the innings - second  from Irfan Pathan saw the left-arm medium pacer hit for four
boundaries. With skipper Dravid also playing confidently, runs flowed from the blades of the two batsmen. The 50 came at the end of five overs and Royals were off to a flier.
Daredevils' find-of-the-season Shahbaz Nadeem didn't bowl a good first spell but another youngster Delhi boy Negi
rose to the occasion as he got four wickets in a space of three overs. First it was Rahane who needlessly played a
reverse sweep only to offer a simple catch Sehwag at point.
Shane Watson (8) announced his arrival at the crease with a big six off Nadeem but was cleaned up when he went for a
cross-batted heave to give Negi his second wicket.
In between, Owais Shah (1) was hurried into a shot by a quicker delivery from Umesh Yadav that popped as Naman Ojha took a simple catch behind the stumps.
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