Krishnappa Gowtham 18(6); | Jofra Archer 0(0);
Liam Plunkett 3-0-37-0; | Trent Boult 3-0-26-2
Shane Watson* 26(18); | Suresh Raina 20(13);
Kuldeep Yadav* 0.4-0-5-0; | Andre Russell 1-0-12-0
We witnessed an absolute humdinger today. In the end, the Rajasthan from Rajasthan fell short by a hit. Pant and Buttler almost matched each other shot by shot but RAJ missed the innings which Iyer and Shaw played for DEL. I am sure you all would have enjoyed this thrilling Northern Derby, join us again tomorrow for KOL vs CHN. Until then, this is Varun Dixit signing off on behalf of Pratyush Sinha, Abhinand, Kumar Abhisekh Das and Hariprasad along with our scorer Harish. Goodnight and take good care!
Rishabh Pant - It is going great for me. Win is more important for me. No added responsibility for being the retained player. I am using some different tricks to counter the bowlers. We are being positive because we know if we lose one more match we are out of the tournament. Intent is the same in every match we play.
Shreyas Iyer - It was a very important victory for us. This wicket is very good and even 200 is very less. Bowlers kept their nerve and we came back strong. I dropped the catch but we won the match, we should look forward. Start that Shaw is giving is amazing and Pant's role in the middle is pivotal. It is important for us to win all the matches. Ponting is a positive guy and no one is thinking negative in the dressing room. It is difficult to bowl with the ground being small, it is really tough to control when the batsmen start hitting.
Trent Boult, Purple Cap holder - To get few games and test my skill set is good fun. It is a learning curve. Obviously, trying to back myself and trying to pick brains of some people. We are off to Hyderabad tomorrow. We will see how it goes there. We are taking it game by game. Pant is a quality and fearless cricketer. He goes out there and plays his shots.
Ajinkya Rahane - Disappointing to lose this game. We batted incredibly well. Jos upfront was magnificent. The wicket was pretty good. We were trying to bowl hard lengths but we did not execute well. It is a learning phase for our bowlers. We are still in the tournament. Upfront he (Buttler) is a very dangerous player and good for us that he is in form. We all believe that we can win all our games and make it to the play-offs. We have always taken one game at a time. It is all in the mind now and we will have to show character.
Most consecutive wins vs an opponent in T20 League (includes Super Over wins):8 BLR v DEL (2011-15)8 KOL v PUN (2014-17)7 CHN v DEL (2012-15)7 RAJ v DEL (2013-2018) - streak ended today
Narrowest margin of wins for DEL in T20 League (by runs):1 v RAJ, Delhi, 20124 v HYD, Vizag, 20154 v RAJ, Delhi, 2018 **7 v PUNE, Delhi, 2017
00:41 Local Time, 19:11 GMT, 00:41 IST: The 22 yards at the Kotla was a belter and we have been greeted with a cracker of a match here. We finally got to see Buttler (67 off 26 balls) in full flow this season and his innings put RAJ in a commanding position. But Short failed to strike the ball cleanly from the other end in the middle overs and played a miserable knock, albeit making up with a 25-ball 44 later. That killed the flow of the chase. After the departure of Buttler, RAJ's innings came apart, there was a valiant effort from Gowtham in the end but he failed to replicate his heroics in the last over today.
10 runs needed off 2 balls!
Jofra Archer, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to R Tripathi, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Trent Boult [2.0-0-16-2] is back into the attack
15 required off the final over. We are in for a classic. Gee! T20 League and these last over finishes.
DEL have gone for a LBW review against R Tripathi. DRS shows ball is going down the leg-side clearly, DEL lose their review too.
Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
Krishnappa Gowtham, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Maxwell to D Arcy Short, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Boult to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Stokes has been caught at deep mid-wicket. He is going nowhere and standing in his crease. Umpires have gone upstairs to check for the no-ball - if it was above waist height, replay shows it is just below the waist height and Stokes will have to depart.
Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to Samson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Trent Boult [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
Liam Plunkett [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
That is the 24th time in T20 League when Mishra has dismissed someone stumped. That is 10 more than the next best (14 by Chawla & Harbhajan)
Mishra to Buttler, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Avesh Khan [1.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
Fastest 50s in T20 League 2018:14 KL Rahul v DEL, Mohali17 S Narine v BLR, Kolkata18 J BUTTLER *21 S Billings v KOL, Chennai
Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Stat: 3.1 overs is the fastest team fifty for RAJ in T20 League. Previous best: 4.3 overs, on two occasions
Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Jos Buttler's scores in this T20 League: 6, 29, 23, 24*, 22, 6, 10(last)
Avesh Khan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Trent Boult, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
D Arcy Short and Buttler are at the crease. D Arcy Short is on strike. Nadeem will open the attack