Delhi start campaign with thumping win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Daredevils' Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan make fifties in their nine-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals.

Updated: April 20, 2008 18:17 IST
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It was a battle between two great bowlers - Delhi's Glenn McGrath and Rajasthan's Shane Warne.

In the end, McGrath prevailed. His economic spell - including the first maiden over in the IPL - helped his side to a comprehensive nine-wicket win for the Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.

Also doing a fantastic job were Ferveez Maharoof (4-0-11-2) and Rajat Bhatia (4-0-17-2). These are exceptional figures since teams batting first in this tournament had averaged over 11 runs an over thus far.

With this seam and swing combination, Rajasthan never could break free, slumping to 6-71 at one stage.

Warne was unimpressive, scoring 13 as his team made just 129 after choosing to bat first.

He also brought himself on too late, bowling just two overs much after Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan had raced to a strong start. The duo eventually passed fifties, and scored the first century partnership of the tournament.

This was also the first day-night game at the Kotla.

Rajasthan's batsmen struggled to read McGrath, who swung the ball out consistently. Turuwar Kohli - who helped himself to a six over point in the game's first over - generally struggled to break free from the Australian's tight line and holed out to mid wicket.

It took the collective smartness of the unheralded Ravindra Jadeja and Dinesh Salunkhe, who scored brisk twenties to pip Rajasthan over the six-runs-per-over mark after they were 6-71 at one stage.

Jadeja made 29 in 23 balls with two fours and two sixes. Salunkhe batted enterprisingly at the death, picking up 26 from 20 balls.

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