Indian Premier League, 2019

Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals - Match 40

Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Date & Time: 22 April 2019

Delhi Capitals 193/4

RR: 9.98 | Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Prithvi Shaw c Riyan Parag & b Shreyas Gopal c Riyan Parag & b Shreyas Gopal 423941
Shikhar Dhawan stumped Shreyas Gopal stumped Shreyas Gopal 542782
Shreyas Iyer c Ben Stokes & b Riyan Parag c Ben Stokes & b Riyan Parag 4500
Rishabh Pant not out not out 783664
Sherfane Rutherford c Riyan Parag & b Dhawal Kulkarni c Riyan Parag & b Dhawal Kulkarni 11511
Colin Ingram not out not out 3500
Axar Patel
Chris Morris
Amit Mishra
Kagiso Rabada
Ishant Sharma
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 1)
Total 193 (4 Wkts, 19.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
72-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,7.3), 77-2 (Shreyas Iyer,8.5), 161-3 (Prithvi Shaw,16.4), 175-4 (Sherfane Rutherford,18),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Stuart Binny1 0 3 0 3.00
Dhawal Kulkarni4 0 51 1 12.75
Jaydev Unadkat3.2 0 36 0 11.25
Shreyas Gopal4 0 47 2 11.75
Jofra Archer4 0 31 0 7.75
Riyan Parag3 0 25 1 8.33

That ends a fantastic run chase. Delhi go on top of the table courtesy this victory. Yet another team wins going after the runs. Yes, yes, yes... there was a team which lost on Sunday night trying to chase but the mantra in this edition has been basically batting second. That is primarily because of the dew factor. Having said that, Tuesday's match is an interesting one - Chennai hosting Hyderabad at Chepauk. Dew will be on offer but the surface is tricky to bat. What will the captain winning the toss decide? Join us at 8 pm local (1430 GMT) on April 23, 2019 for all the action. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

RISHABH PANT HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS UNBEATEN 78 FROM 36. Pant says that he is feeling lovely, having been able to take his team to victory. Admits that he is disappointed that he was not picked in India's World Cup squad but eventually turned to focus on doing the basics. Stresses that everyone in the team knows their role and credits the support staff for their work.

Victorious Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, marvels at the way Delhi have performed away from home. Says that they seem to get better wickets on the road. Admits that it is not good to be giving reasons for not understanding one's own home surface but stresses that is the way the team is playing at the moment and there is plenty of positivity within. On Rajasthan's score, Iyer says that he was expecting around 200 seeing Rahane bat and praises his bowlers for restricting them under 200. On Delhi's plan for the run chase, Shreyas says that one of the top four had to bat deep and tonight, Pant did that. Praises Shaw for hanging in there as well.

Shikhar Dhawan is now up for a chat. Says he is enjoying his game and is quite relaxed after the win. Mentions he has changed his eating style, becoming vegetarian and it is going good for him. States his approach changed from the game against Bangalore as he knows he needs to be a lot more aggressive. Tells earlier on they were losing wickets early and hence, he needed to be there. Now, he has decided to go after the bowlers straightaway and is enjoying doing that.

Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith, says they did not finish as well as they could have with the bat. Credits the way Rabada, Morris and Ishant bowled. Says the wicket they played on is probably the best one they have played on here. Appreciates the way Delhi began their chase and acknowledges the effort from Pant. Steven also states that the dew made him change tactics as he had to bowl Gopal in the Powerplay. Mentions it is not easy to bowl in the dew, the wicket did not change a lot but it was difficult for his bowlers. He ends by saying they chose the option of saving Archer towards the end and he bowled well but giving him a few overs upfront could have also worked.

Earlier in the evening, a century by Ajinkya Rahane took Rajasthan to 191, which would have proved enough on many days but not tonight. Steven Smith gave him good company in a 130-run stand but the hosts lost the plot towards the end, where they managed just 41 in the last 5 overs.

Dew. It was always due. And that is why we felt that the home side were 10-15 runs light. They should have got to 200 having been 150 in 15 but lost their way. With the ball, their bowlers struggled big time and no one really looked to put pressure on Delhi, though Archer and Parag were economically okay.

An extremely well-planned run chase. The 72-run opening stand between Dhawan and Shaw set things up and though Rajasthan did come back with 2 quick wickets in the span of 8 balls, the 84-run partnership between Pant and Shaw almost sealed the deal then. Shaw was just beginning to get frustrated but the cameo of 78 from just 36 balls from Rishabh Pant took the pressure completely off Prithvi. Slowly, he eased into his own but the stage belonged to the wicket-keeper dasher.

Pant roars. The Delhi dugout claps. Ganguly is smiling. Ponting is happy. Smith is not. Is that the end of the road for Rajasthan? Is this the beginning of the dominance for Delhi?

J Unadkat to R Pant, SIX! Yes, that is a maximum. That has hit the ropes on the full! Pant is pumped up as he is the one who finishes it off in style. A short ball and it is once again on the slower side. Pant pulls it high towards the mid-wicket fence. It seems to have hit the ropes on the full. The umpires take it upstairs and replays confirm that. DELHI WIN BY 6 WICKETS AND WITH 4 BALLS TO SPARE!

Is the game over? Well, Stokes did signal it has hit the ropes on the full but the umpires have taken it upstairs to check.

J Unadkat to C Ingram, Outside off, Ingram backs away and looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge to third man. A single taken. 5 needed from 5 now.
J Archer to R Pant, SIX! BANG! Pant has probably delivered the final blow! Brilliant shot this. It is full and on middle, Pant powers it over the long on fence for a biggie. 6 needed in the last over. Delhi's game to lose now.
J Archer to C Ingram, Excellent stuff from Archer. He bowls it full on middle, Ingram pushes it towards mid off for another single. 12 needed in 7 balls. An important last ball coming up.
J Archer to R Pant, Comey of errors there! Very costly, very costly at this stage of the game. Rajasthan can't afford this. Archer bangs this short and it is the slower one. Pant looks to pull but only manages a top edge which goes high up in the air but lands in no man's land in the mid-wicket region. They take one but then Binny who runs in from mid-wicket, slips as he tries to pick the ball up. The batsmen take two. Then however, the ball slips out of Stokes' hands who does the mopping up job giving the batsmen another run. Three in total!
J Archer to C Ingram, Just a single now! Another yorker on off, Ingram jams it out towards point for a run.
J Archer to C Ingram, Two dots in a row now and nearly a run out. Archer goes full this time, Ingram ends up playing outside the line as he looks to smash it through covers. It goes off the inner half towards the bowler who makes a half stop. Ingram is off for a run but Pant sees Smith at mid off getting to the ball quickly so he refuses the single. Colin though makes it back in time.
J Archer to C Ingram, Bangs it short and outside off, Ingram looks to cut but misses. A dot to begin. Gold dust.

Colin Ingram walks in for the finishing duties. Jofra Archer returns as well. 3-0-20-0 so far.

D Kulkarni to S Rutherford, OUT! This time Rutherford holes out! He throws it away. Not sure though if this was needed by him. A good delivery by Kulkarni. It was the slower one and outside off, also, the length was shorter. Rutherford looks to flat-bat it over long off. That is never easy on such deliveries as all the power needs to be generated by the batsman. He fails to do so and Parag there, makes no mistake. 13 runs from the over but a wicket as well. Rajasthan still hanging in there.
D Kulkarni to S Rutherford, FOUR! Rutherford shows what he is made of here! Excellent shot. Kulkarni bowls it full and wide outside off, this time SR holds his shape and then clobbers it through covers. Runs needed below 20 now.
D Kulkarni to R Pant, Another single! Slower and shorter in length outside off, Pant waits for it and then slaps it but to the man at sweeper cover.
D Kulkarni to S Rutherford, Rutherford could have left that one! This is full and way too wide outside off. SR hangs his bat out. It hits the bottom and goes towards point for a single.
D Kulkarni to S Rutherford, SIX! Just over the ropes! Excellent effort though from the substitute Chopra. A slower ball and it is shorter in length. Rutherford pulls it hard towards the mid-wicket fence. Chopra there runs to his right and then dives with a hand stretched out but the ball evades him and goes for a maximum. 23 in 16.
D Kulkarni to R Pant, Starts off with a low full toss on the pads, Pant whips it through mid-wicket and takes a single.

Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl his last.

S Gopal to S Rutherford, Full and around middle, Rutherford looks to flick but the ball goes off the leading edge to point. 11 from the over but a wicket as well.
S Gopal to R Pant, Outside off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.

Sherfane Rutherford is the new man in.

S Gopal to P Shaw, OUT! Caught! Shaw holes out. One might feel it was unnecessary but with Pant going on so well at the other end, it must have been difficult for Shaw to hold himself back. This was tossed up outside off and Prithvi could not resist from playing the slog sweep. But all he managed was a top edge with the ball spinning away. Simple catch for Riyan Parag at wide long on. A calculated knock from Shaw. 31 more needed from 20 balls.
S Gopal to P Shaw, Full and outside off, Shaw gets down to sweep but misses.
S Gopal to R Pant, Comes down the track and swings hard but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Somehow ekes out an inside edge past the leg stump towards short fine leg. A single taken.
S Gopal to R Pant, FOUR! Raw power! Full on middle, Pant just chips this down to long on but so powerfully is it chipped that it bullets to the fence!


S Gopal to R Pant, NO BALL, FOUR! Oh dear... that has slipped out of the hands. A massive high full toss, outside leg, Pant swings hard, with his left hand coming off the bat. The timing is excellent and the ball almost makes it to the backward square leg ropes, beating a desperate dive from the fielder running to his left.
J Archer to P Shaw, BOWLED 'EM! No wait, the bails have just not come off. Unbelievable! This was a very fast delivery and it hit the bails on the full but it still does not drop. However, we have seen this so many times in the League this year? Shaw once again makes room and Archer spears a full toss on the stumps. Shaw looks to slap it but misses. The ball hits the bails, the LED bails light up but they do not come off. Archer can't believe it. Luck may just not be on their side tonight.
J Archer to R Pant, Sensible! Having got a biggie on the last ball, Pant need not take anymore risks against Rajasthan's best bowler. He keeps this yorker out towards the off side for a single.
J Archer to R Pant, SIX! What a shot! Brings up his 50 in style. A very good innings this, he has played with responsibility and with a lot of determination. Needs to be there till the end though. He plants his front foot across and then with the angle, flicks it over the square leg fence.
J Archer to P Shaw, A full toss but it is very quick. Shaw hits it through cover-point and takes one.
J Archer to P Shaw, A dot now! Shaw there makes a lot of room and Archer cleverly bowls it outside off. Shaw tries to reach out for it but only manages a bottom edge to covers.
J Archer to R Pant, Goes very full and on middle, too difficult for Pant to get under it. He works it through mid-wicket and takes one.

Jofra Archer is back!

J Unadkat to R Pant, Cleverly works this one to the man at fine leg and takes one. Good batting, having matched the runs needed in an over, Pant need not take any risk and he does not. 50 needed now in 5.
J Unadkat to P Shaw, Another length ball and outside off, Shaw slaps it to long off for a single.
J Unadkat to R Pant, The fine leg this time is on the ropes and hence, Unadkat bowls it short. Pant looks to pull but mistimes it towards that fielder and a run.
J Unadkat to R Pant, A couple now! Goes back to bowling slower ones on off, Pant works it through square leg. It is in the gap so a couple results.
J Unadkat to R Pant, FOUR! Pace on the delivery and once again Pant hits it for a boundary. Smith is not happy as this is not what he wants his bowlers to bowl. It is also short and on the body, Pant manages to pull it over short fine leg and a boundary results.
J Unadkat to P Shaw, Another slower one and it is just a single as this is pushed down to long on.

STRATEGIC BREAK. 60 needed in 36 balls for Delhi to go on top of the table. With 8 wickets in hand, you would expect them to do that. Shaw is playing a composed knock after struggling early on while Pant is playing a blinder. Rajasthan do not need one - they need a flurry of wickets.

D Kulkarni to R Pant, A couple to end! So three couples, a boundary and two singles from this over which means it accounts for 12 runs. 60 needed from the last 6 overs. This is outside off, Pant manages to drive it square on the off side and take two.