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

commentary

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?

19.2
6
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.

19.1
1
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.
18.6
6
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.
18.5
1
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.
18.4
3
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!
18.3
1
J Archer to C Ingram, Just a single now! Another yorker on off, Ingram jams it out towards point for a run.
18.2
0
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.
18.1
0
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.

17.6
0
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.
17.5
4
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.
17.4
1
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.
17.3
1
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.
17.2
6
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.
17.1
1
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.

16.6
0
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.
16.5
1
S Gopal to R Pant, Outside off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.

Sherfane Rutherford is the new man in.

16.4
0
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.
16.3
0
S Gopal to P Shaw, Full and outside off, Shaw gets down to sweep but misses.
16.2
1
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.
16.1
4
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!

FREE HIT TIME!

16.1
4
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.
15.6
0
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.
15.5
1
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.
15.4
6
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.
15.3
1
J Archer to P Shaw, A full toss but it is very quick. Shaw hits it through cover-point and takes one.
15.2
0
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.
15.1
1
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!

14.6
1
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.
14.5
1
J Unadkat to P Shaw, Another length ball and outside off, Shaw slaps it to long off for a single.
14.4
1
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.
14.3
2
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.
14.2
4
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.
14.1
1
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.

13.6
2
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.
13.5
4
D Kulkarni to R Pant, FOUR! Seam up delivery and Kulkarni pays the price. Pant goes down on one knee and lofts it over the short fine leg fielder. The 50-run stand is also up. A very important one as the two joined association when they lost two quick wickets. They need to carry on though, the job is still not done.
13.4
1
D Kulkarni to P Shaw, Another slower one, this one does not bounce a lot. Shaw looks to drive but it goes off the toe-end towards cover for a run.
13.3
1
D Kulkarni to R Pant, This time it is only a single! Pant once again works it towards mid-wicket. He calls for two initially but has to settle for one.
13.2
2
D Kulkarni to R Pant, Another couple! Once again it is played with soft hands towards long on. Big ground so the twos are on.
13.1
2
D Kulkarni to R Pant, NOT OUT! And that is why he was relaxed. He was well in. Pant works this through mid-wicket and calls for two straight away. He goes for it. The substitute, Prashant Chopra runs in, picks the ball up and scores a direct hit. An appeal follows and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that Pant is fine.

A direct hit and it has been referred upstairs! Pant seems relaxed!

Dhawal Kulkarni is brought back on!

12.6
0
J Unadkat to P Shaw, A dot to end but Delhi have got the amount of runs they need in each over from this one. Good delivery to end. Unadkat bowls the slower one on off, Shaw does not pick it and hence, happily keeps it out.
12.5
6
J Unadkat to P Shaw, SIX! He has got plenty on that one! Shaw has nailed that. Full and on middle, Shaw whips it and it sails into the wide long on stand. This is turning out to be another expensive over here. 12 from it with a ball to go.
12.4
0
J Unadkat to P Shaw, A short delivery on off, slower in pace. Shaw looks to pull it but gets a bottom edge onto the ground towards the wicket keeper.
12.3
4
J Unadkat to P Shaw, FOUR! In the gap and welcome boundary for Delhi. It is short and on the body of Shaw. He pulls it towards the mid-wicket fence. The fielder there runs to his right and dives but fails to stop it.
12.2
1
J Unadkat to R Pant, Unadkat bowls this on off, shorter in length. Pant flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
12.1
1
J Unadkat to P Shaw, A back of a length delivery around middle and leg, Shaw plays it to mid-wicket for a single.

Jaydev Unadkat is back on!

11.6
6
S Gopal to R Pant, SIX! BANG! Another big over! 15 from it and 27 from the last two. This is right in the slot for Pant. Full and on middle, he tonks it over the long on fence. 84 needed in 48. The game is excellently poised at the moment.
11.5
1
S Gopal to P Shaw, Now then, did Binny not go for the catch? Gopal fires this very full on the pads, Shaw whips it towards deep mid-wicket. Binny there is seen running backwards and he collects the ball on the bounce. Not sure though but judging by Gopal's reaction, Binny could have gone for it. A single taken by the batsmen.
11.4
1
S Gopal to R Pant, Full on leg, Pant sweeps it towards the square leg region for a single.
11.3
2
S Gopal to R Pant, Gopal bowls this on off, Pant makes some room and cuts it one his one leg towards the cover-point region. Two runs added to the total.
11.2
1
S Gopal to P Shaw, Now brings out the sweep shot but it is straight to the man at deep square leg for a run.
11.1
4
S Gopal to P Shaw, FOUR! Lovely shot! The placement here is the key. Shaw uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He though still manages to stroke it past cover and away from long off for a boundary. Ideal start to the over.

Shreyas Gopal is back into the attack!

10.6
0
R Parag to R Pant, Parag bowls this outside off, Pant looks to cut but ends up chopping it to covers. A dot to end but an excellent over for Delhi, 12 from it. Also, this was probably Parag's last over for tonight.
10.5
4
R Parag to R Pant, FOUR! Not learning is Parag here. He bangs it short again, Pant rocks back and hammers it through mid-wicket. It is in the gap and it is the second boundary of the over.
10.4
2
R Parag to R Pant, A length delivery on off, Pant comes down the track and plays it towards the mid-wicket region. Gets a double.
10.3
4
R Parag to R Pant, FOUR! This time he pays the price for bowling short. Pant is down on one knee and he pulls it through backward square leg for a much-needed boundary. Delhi would hope, this gets Pant going.
10.2
1
R Parag to P Shaw, What happened there? The bowler is just not happy. Shaw is way too early in his slog sweep. It goes off the bottom edge towards the right of the bowler. He goes for it but collides with the batsman who does nothing wrong though as he is standing his ground. He fails to stop it and a run is taken.
10.1
1
R Parag to R Pant, Short and angling into the body, Pant pulls it hard but straight towards mid-wicket for a single.
9.6
1
J Archer to R Pant, Another excellent full delivery on middle, Pant jams it down to long on and takes one. 14 from the last 3 overs, Delhi finding it difficult to score runs now.
9.5
0
J Archer to R Pant, That was quick! Short and well-directed. Pant at the very end ducks under the ball.
9.4
1
J Archer to P Shaw, Back of a length and skidding off the surface. Shaw guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
9.3
1
J Archer to R Pant, Full on leg, Pant flicks it to mid-wicket for a run.
9.2
0
J Archer to R Pant, A great delivery by Archer. A back of a length delivery on off, coming in for Pant. Pant was in double mind in this. At first he looks to cut it but then decides to guide it towards the third man region but is very late to decide. He fails to connect and is beaten.
9.1
0
J Archer to R Pant, Archer fires this yorker on middle, Pant digs it out to mid-wicket.

Jofra Archer is back!

8.6
1
R Parag to R Pant, A single to end another excellent over for the hosts. Just the 5 runs and a wicket from it. This is short and on middle, Pant goes back and pulls it flat but on the bounce to deep mid-wicket. A single taken.

Rishabh Pant is the new man in!

8.5
0
R Parag to S Iyer, OUT! Straight to the man! Two wickets in quick succession for the hosts and they are back on top now. The in-form Delhi skipper is walking back without making much of an impact. A nothing delivery to be honest this. It is short and on off, Iyer once again looks to pull but does not get the desired connection. He hits it flat and straight down the throat of Ben Stokes at the mid-wicket boundary. He takes a dolly. Suddenly the crowd here has come alive.
8.4
2
R Parag to S Iyer, A couple now! Slightly short and on off, Iyer goes for the hoick but mistimes it towards wide long on. They go for the second and Shaw in the end makes it.
8.3
0
R Parag to S Iyer, This is fired on the stumps, Iyer goes back and works it to mid-wicket.
8.2
1
R Parag to P Shaw, Shaw eases this down to long on and takes one.
8.1
1
R Parag to S Iyer, A misfield and a run! Shortish and outside off, Iyer cuts it nicely but towards point. The fielder there misfields and a run is taken.
7.6
0
S Gopal to P Shaw, Gopal sprays this on leg, Shaw flicks it to short fine leg. 119 runs needed of 72 balls.
7.5
0
S Gopal to P Shaw, A length delivery on off, Shaw plants his front foot firmly and drives it straight to covers.
7.4
1
S Gopal to S Iyer, A tossed up delivery, Iyer drives it to long off and gets off the mark straightaway.

Shreyas Iyer comes out to bat!

7.3
0
S Gopal to S Dhawan, OUT! STUMPED! Gopal is the man who provides Rajasthan the breakthrough. How many times have we seen him delivering for his captain this season? Clever stuff from him. He sees Dhawan come down the track so he fires it at 92.5 KPH and wide outside off. Dhawan fails to put bat on ball as he is a touch late in the shot. Samson behind, collects the ball and whips the bails off. Gopal waves Shikhar off. An excellent innings though from Dhawan, he has got Delhi off to a very good start. Rajasthan though now have a chance to get things under a bit of control.
7.2
4
S Gopal to S Dhawan, FOUR! Hammered! Poor length again, it is short and on middle, Dhawan goes back and pulls it hard through mid-wicket for another boundary.
7.1
1
S Gopal to P Shaw, A short delivery by Gopal, Shaw pulls it to mid-wicket. Single taken.

Shreyas Gopal is back on!

6.6
1
R Parag to P Shaw, Top edge but safe! This is fired down the leg side. Shaw goes for the sweep but gets a top edge. It lands safe in the fine leg region and a run is taken.
6.5
0
R Parag to P Shaw, Gives it a lot of air this time and bowls it on off, Shaw strokes it to covers.
6.4
4
R Parag to P Shaw, FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Short and on middle, Shaw goes back and pulls it through square leg. It is in the gap and they get the boundary they need every over.
6.3
1
R Parag to S Dhawan, A back of a length delivery on off, Dhawan punches it towards the cover region for a single. This brings 50 for Dhawan. A well paced inning by Shikar Dhawan, now he will look to convert this start.
6.2
1
R Parag to P Shaw, Parag bowls this short of a length delivery on leg, Shaw flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
6.1
1
R Parag to S Dhawan, Parag starts with a short of a length on off, Dhawan plays it towards the cover region for a run.

Riyan Parag is on now!

Strategic break has been signaled! A much-needed break for the hosts to be honest. They have been battered in the Powerplay, the crowd here has gone quiet and the dropped catch in this over has not helped. It seems like their body language has also dropped. They need someone to step up for them here and first break this partnership and then try and pull things back. Delhi on the other hand, would hope the two to continue. However, they would like Shaw to help Dhawan a little more. Will we see Delhi continue dominating or are Rajasthan going to fight back?

5.6
1
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, Sensible batting from Dhawan. Already 13 from the over. Kulkarni bowls this short. Shikhar just taps it towards short fine leg and takes a single. That makes it 14 from the over. End of the Powerplay and Delhi are 59/0. They are in control at the moment.
5.5
4
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries and third in the over. Slightly short on middle and Kulkarni picks the length early. He pulls it hard through mid-wicket and you need not run for those.
5.4
4
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, FOUR! Innovation and it comes off. Shuffles right across the off pole. Kulkarni bowls a low full toss outside off. Dhawan still manages to scoop it in the fine leg region for a boundary.
5.3
0
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, A length delivery around off, Dhawan drives it towards the cover region. Turner at covers dives to his right and saves runs.
5.2
1
D Kulkarni to P Shaw, DROPPED! Ashton Turner is the culprit. He is having an edition to forget. First a duck on the very first ball and now a dropped catch when Rajasthan needed a wicket. Yes, it was a skier but it should have been taken. Kulkarni bangs it short, this one is quicker than the last ball. Shaw goes for the pull again but does not get on top of the bounce. A top edge is produced and it goes high up in the air towards mid-wicket. Ashton there runs back and looks to take it with two hands but spills it. The batsmen take one. 50 up for the visitors and it is the first 50-run stand between the openers.
5.1
4
D Kulkarni to P Shaw, FOUR! Make that 4 overs in a row that has begun with a boundary. Shaw finally gets hold of one. It is on the shorter side, Shaw stands tall and pulls it over mid-wicket.

Dhawal Kulkarni is back into the attack!

4.6
1
J Archer to P Shaw, Another short delivery picked up well by Shaw, pulls it towards the mid-wicket region for a single. Despite the boundary just 8 from the over.
4.5
1
J Archer to S Dhawan, Good change of length by Archer. Bowls this short on off, Dhawan guides it to third man for a run.
4.4
1
J Archer to P Shaw, A length delivery on leg, Shaw flicks it towards the square leg region for a single. Shaw seems happy rotating strike.
4.3
0
J Archer to P Shaw, Short delivery by Jofra, Shaw rocks back and cuts it to point.
4.2
1
J Archer to S Dhawan, A good comeback delivery of Archer. Bowls this a little short of a good length on off. Dhawan guides it to third man for a single.
4.1
4
J Archer to S Dhawan, FOUR! Third over in a row which has started with a boundary! Too easy this for Dhawan, it is on his pads and he flicks it through mid-wicket. The ball races away. Dhawan now has 37 from the 41 scored.

Jofra Archer is on now!

3.6
1
S Gopal to S Dhawan, A back of a length delivery on leg, Shikhar flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a single. 15 runs from the over. Another expensive one and Delhi have the kind of start they would have wanted.
3.5
0
S Gopal to S Dhawan, A tossed up delivery on off, Dhawan drives it with a straight bat to mid off.
3.4
4
S Gopal to S Dhawan, FOUR! Another sweep, another boundary. Dealing in boundaries is Dhawan. He goes down on one knee again and sweeps it through backward square leg. No fielder in the deep.
3.3
0
S Gopal to S Dhawan, The googly and it is on middle, Dhawan pushes it back to the bowler. Some aggression from Gopal as he fires it towards the keeper who does well to dive to his left and stop it.
3.2
4
S Gopal to S Dhawan, FOUR! Up and over the bowler's head! 10 from the first two balls. Dhawan dances down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball. He lofts it over the bowler and bags another boundary.
3.1
6
S Gopal to S Dhawan, SIX! All the way! A boundary to begin the over. Pressure on the bowler now. Dhawan brings out his favorite sweep shot. The ball though takes the top edge but it flies over the fine leg fence. It was the quicker one from Gopal and hence, it went all the way.

Shreyas Gopal is on!

2.6
1
J Unadkat to S Dhawan, Unadkat bowls this back of a length delivery on leg. Dhawan flicks it to square leg and shouts for two straightaway but settles for a single.
2.5
1
J Unadkat to P Shaw, Fuller on leg, Shaw flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
2.4
0
J Unadkat to P Shaw, A length delivery on leg, Prithvi Shaw punches it to mid on.
2.3
0
J Unadkat to P Shaw, Unadkat pulls his length little bit, bowls this on leg. Shaw flicks it to mid-wicket.
2.2
1
J Unadkat to S Dhawan, A back of length delivery on off, Dhawan waits for it and guides it towards short third man. Single taken.
2.1
4
J Unadkat to S Dhawan, FOUR! Welcome into the attack! Dhawan going straightaway after a man who is low on confidence to dent it further. Dhawan steps down the track and it is a length ball. He smashes it past mid on and a boundary results.

Jaydev Unadkat is on now!

1.6
1
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, A back of a length ball around off, Dhawan pushes it towards the cover region for a single. 12 runs from the over, an expensive first from Kulkarni.
1.5
4
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, FOUR! First boundary too comes from Dhawan's bat. Kulkarni bowls it short and it has been put away. Shikhar stands tall and pulls it. It is not off the middle but still has enough to get to the mid-wicket fence.
1.4
0
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, A little width offered outside off, Dhawan cuts it straight to point. Shikhar would be disappointed as he missed a nice opportunity to score some runs.
1.3
6
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, SIX! Terrific from Dhawan. First of the innings! He shuffles across once again and Kulkarni bowls it where the batter wanted him to, on the pads. Shikhar picks it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
1.2
0
D Kulkarni to S Dhawan, A fuller length delivery outside off, Dhawan was looking to cut it without much foot movement. Fails to connect.
1.1
1
D Kulkarni to P Shaw, Kulkarni starts with a short delivery outside off, Shaw smashes it from his back foot to mid off for a single. Smith at that position slides to his right to save any further runs.

Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl from the other end.

0.6
1
S Binny to P Shaw, Just a single to begin a decent first by Binny. Shaw though would feel he had a chance to score a boundary. This is on the pads, Shaw works it close to short fine leg and takes another single.
0.5
0
S Binny to P Shaw, Another good looking drive but finds the fielder! Length and on off, Shaw strokes it on the up but to covers. He has played two good shots in that region but has failed to find the gap. The good thing though is, he is middling it nicely.
0.4
1
S Binny to S Dhawan, Goes short this time does Binny and on the body of Dhawan. The batter pulls it through backward square leg and takes one. He too is off the mark.
0.3
0
S Binny to S Dhawan, Dhawan straightaway goes after Binny. Such is the confidence of the man. He dances down the ground and then looks to flick. It goes off the inner half towards short fine leg. Kulkarni there makes a good stop. A little to his left or to his right, it would have been a boundary.
0.2
1
S Binny to P Shaw, Shaw and Delhi are underway! Binny pulls his length back this time but the line is once again around off, Shaw waits for it and then guides it towards short third man for a single.
0.1
0
S Binny to P Shaw, Excellent drive by Shaw to begin with! Slightly fuller in length and on off, it shapes away a little. PS leans into it and hits it nicely but to the man at covers.

We are back for the chase! Shikhar Dhawan and Pritvi Shaw are the openers for Delhi. The right-hander will take the strike. Stuart Binny will start the proceedings for Rajasthan. Here we go....