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Delhi vs Rajasthan - 32nd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date: 02 May 2018

Rajasthan 146/5 (12 Ovs) RR: 12.17 | Delhi won by 4 runs (DLS method - Reduced to 12 overs due to rain- Target 150)

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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, 2012
4 v HYD, Vizag, 2015
4 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.

11.6
1
Boult to Gowtham, 1 run, in the air but this ball is going nowhere close to the boundary, Delhi win a thriller. It was a fuller length ball outside off, Gowtham wanted to power it, throws his hands at it, but ends up slicing it. It falls short of deep cover and that's that
11.5
4
Boult to Gowtham, FOUR, It is a four, and it's been dropped in the deep by the captain, can you believe it! Crazy scenes here at the Kotla. This is going down to the last ball, it was on a fuller length and at the stumps, Gowtham flaunts his hitting prowess and hits the ball over long-on, timing wasn't great and Iyer at long-on spills it. Right through his hands there. Couldn't close the palms, the ball rips through it and bounces once before tagging the boundary ropes. Maxwell is around too, standing close-in and watching everything. Tries to slap the rebound off the ground into the playing area but fails to get a hand. Four! Six needed off the last ball!

10 runs needed off 2 balls!

Jofra Archer, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.4
0
Boult to R Tripathi, out R Tripathi Run Out!! Boult calmly takes off the bails at the non striker's end and Tripathi will have to depart. This match is going Delhi's way now. Coming back to the ball, it was a perfect yorker outside off, Tripathi swings and misses; the ball goes to the keeper who balloons it to the bowler and he does the rest. Some headless running distilled in panic to be honest. Non-striker almost at the other end by the time Tripathi realizes that he has to run -- basically bullied into it -- and pays the price for it. R Tripathi run out (Pant/Boult) 9(8) [4s-1]

Boult to R Tripathi, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

11.3
1
Boult to Gowtham, 1 run, perfect yorker outside off, Gowtham misses the ball, excellent running from Tripathi who comes charging for a single and completes it
11.2
2
Boult to Gowtham, 2 runs, he fails to come under the ball and ends up slicing it, placement luckily was fine and ball goes wide of long-off for a single
11.1
1
Boult to R Tripathi, 1 run, slower ball at the stumps, R Tripathi goes down on his knees and sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 13 off 5 balls
11.1
1
Boult to R Tripathi, wide, well outside off and umpire signals it wide

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.

10.6
6
Plunkett to Gowtham, SIX, back of a length slower ball, Gowtham picks it off the hand, he waited and waited for the ball to arrive, gets himself in a decent position and tonks it over deep mid-wicket for a six
10.5
4
Plunkett to Gowtham, FOUR, slower ball banged in short, Gowtham gets it off the outside half, slicing the ball fine of the short third man fielder for a four
10.4
1
Plunkett to R Tripathi, 1 run, clean strike wide of long-on where Maxwell comes across and stops the ball brilliantly and keeps the batters down to a single. Hammered down the ground
10.3
0
Plunkett to R Tripathi, no run, Tripathi misses the ball again and it strikes him on the pads, DEL go for a LBW review. Actually it was a win-win review for DEL, or so Iyer thought. Plunkett had taken the return catch, which meant that even an inside edge and Tripathi was out. DRS shows the the ball missed the bat and was going down the leg-side clearly, so DEL lose their review too

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.

10.2
4
Plunkett to R Tripathi, FOUR, cross seam delivery at the body of Tripathi who gets in a fine position and pulls it through fine leg for a four
10.1
0
Plunkett to R Tripathi, no run, Tripathi goes down on his knees and misses the slower ball totally

Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

9.6
1
Maxwell to R Tripathi, 1 run, R Tripathi cuts it to short third man and Mishraji puts his hand to the ball and stops from going through
9.5
2
Maxwell to R Tripathi, 2 runs, carves it to long-on for a brace

Krishnappa Gowtham, right handed bat, comes to the crease

9.4
0
Maxwell to D Arcy Short, out Caught by Avesh Khan!! Maxwell will have the last laugh in the battle of the Australians. D Arcy Short loses his shape, he wanted to slog across the line, gets an outside edge and ball scoops up in the air to Avesh, who takes a fine catch at short third man. D Arcy Short c Avesh Khan b Maxwell 44(25) [4s-2 6s-4]

Maxwell to D Arcy Short, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

9.3
6
Maxwell to D Arcy Short, SIX, quicker delivery outside off, D Arcy Short was deep in the crease, connection was terrific and ball sails into the crowd. Bludgeoned over long-off
9.2
6
Maxwell to D Arcy Short, SIX, this has been a dismal bowling change from Iyer. It was touch fuller, D Arcy Short uses his power and timing after using feet and sends the ball into the crowd again. Over the head of the bowler
9.1
6
Maxwell to D Arcy Short, SIX, picks up the short length quickly, gets in a good position and deposits it over deep square leg for a six

Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

8.6
0
Boult to Stokes, out Caught by Vijay Shankar!! Poor T20 League for Stokes continues. He has been in filthy form this season. It was a full toss, Stokes mistimes the heave and he has been caught at deep mid-wicket. He is going nowhere and is standing in his crease even after the catch is taken. He thinks it's a no-ball for being above the waist. The umpires have gone upstairs to check for the no-ball. The replay however shows it is below the waist height and Stokes will have to depart. Stokes c Vijay Shankar b Boult 1(2)

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.

8.5
1
Boult to D Arcy Short, 1 run, heaves it off the inside part of the willow to deep mid-wicket for a single
8.4
4
Boult to D Arcy Short, FOUR, intention was to hit it over deep mid-wicket into the stands, gets an inside edge and ends up hitting it wide of the short fine leg fielder for a four
8.3
1
Boult to Stokes, 1 run, moves to the leg-side and pushes the perfect yorker to long-off for a single
8.3
1
Boult to Stokes, wide, down the leg-side and wide
8.2
1
Boult to D Arcy Short, 1 run, yorker at the stumps, D Arcy Short flicks it to fine leg for a single

Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease

8.1
0
Boult to Samson, out Caught by Munro!! This ball went into the stratosphere, thankfully it came down and Munro takes a really good catch at cow corner. Again a change in pace from Boult, it has become a stock ball for the pacers these days in this format. Samson's timing was dismal, he lofts it in the air and was cleanly caught by the Kiwi opener in the deep. Swirled under it and then positioned himself under the trajectory with a last-minute adjustment. Chest bump with Maxwell and all follow. Samson c Munro b Boult 3(5)

Boult to Samson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Trent Boult [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

7.6
6
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, SIX, D Arcy Short finally connects one. This was long due from his bat. It was on a good length and on the pads, D Arcy Short moves slightly to the leg-side and powers it over deep mid-wicket for a six. Rajasthan need more of these from his blade, if they have to travel to Jaipur with 2 points
7.5
0
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, no run, this is getting from bad to worse for D Arcy Short. He moves across to the leg-side, Plunkett follows him and hits him on the pads
7.4
1
Plunkett to Samson, 1 run, flat-batted to long-on for a single
7.3
0
Plunkett to Samson, no run, 123.1 kmph delivery, astute change in pace from Plunkett, Samson was early in the shot and ball reaches him after his bat swing
7.2
1
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, 1 run, takes the front foot out of the way and pulls to square leg for a single, no timing on the shot again
7.1
1
Plunkett to Samson, 1 run, Samson was early in the shot and ball hits high on the bat and goes to long-on for a single

Liam Plunkett [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

6.6
0
Mishra to D Arcy Short, no run, no timing on the sweep shot and he sweeps it straight to short fine leg. This has been a disaster of an innings from D Arcy Short thus far.
6.5
1
Mishra to Samson, 1 run, drives firmly to long-off for a single

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)

6.4
0
Mishra to Buttler, out Stumped!! Mishraji will be a popular man at the Kotla now. It was a terrific delivery from him, he brings his experience to the fore and drags his length back. Buttler, on the charge, was nowhere close to the pitch of this widish leg break and he misses it totally, running past it in his shimmy. Pant behind the stumps takes off the bails, delaying it stylishly because Buttler was so far down the track, and thus a blistering innings from Buttler comes to an end. He came in like thunder and went back like lighting. Buttler st Pant b Mishra 67(26) [4s-4 6s-7]

Mishra to Buttler, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

6.3
1
Mishra to D Arcy Short, 1 run, perfect yorker at the stumps, D Arcy Short carves it to long-on for a single
6.2
1
Mishra to Buttler, 1 run, slower outside off, ball kept a touch low and timing of Buttler was disturbed, he ends up pushing it to the off-side
6.1
1
Mishra to D Arcy Short, 1 run, pushes it to long-off for a single. D Arcy Short can't play second fiddle to Buttler in this chase, he needs to contribute more
5.6
0
Avesh Khan to Buttler, no run, slower short of length ball, Buttler was early in the shot and he ends up missing it
5.5
6
Avesh Khan to Buttler, SIX, it was raining 30 minutes back at Kotla and it's raining sixes now. Buttler shuffles in the crease a bit to disturb the length of the bowler, his base was stable and more importantly his connection was clean. Ball has gone into the stands over deep mid-wicket for a maximum
5.4
1
Avesh Khan to D Arcy Short, 1 run, pulls it to mid-wicket for a single
5.3
1
Avesh Khan to Buttler, 1 run, inside edge and ball misses the stumps, ball goes to fine leg who was very fine and stops a certain four
5.2
4
Avesh Khan to Buttler, FOUR, young man is under pressure. It was another full toss and Buttler with this form is not going to miss out. He connects well and places it well through fine leg for a single
5.1
1
Avesh Khan to D Arcy Short, 1 run, yorker at the stumps, D Arcy Short digs it out to point for a single

Avesh Khan [1.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack

4.6
1
Mishra to D Arcy Short, 1 run, flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single and retains the strike. Buttler should take the bulk of strike
4.5
0
Mishra to D Arcy Short, no run, D Arcy Short tried to reverse but ball wasn't close to the bat and he ends up missing it
4.4
0
Mishra to D Arcy Short, no run, wrong 'un outside off, D Arcy Short fails to pick it up and blocks it to the off-side. Buttler wanted a single but there was no chance of it
4.3
1
Mishra to Buttler, 1 run, goes on the back foot and pushes it to long-on for a single
4.2
0
Mishra to Buttler, no run, another reverse sweep attempted but he fails to make contact. Close shave on the leg stump as he misses this googly

Fastest 50s in T20 League 2018:
14 KL Rahul v DEL, Mohali
17 S Narine v BLR, Kolkata
18 J BUTTLER *
21 S Billings v KOL, Chennai

4.1
6
Mishra to Buttler, SIX, fifty off just 18 balls -- the fastest ever by a RAJ batsman in T20 League. This has been a ripper of an innings. It was a full toss and Buttler takes out the reverse sweeps and sends it into the crowd - behind square on the off-side. Second T20 League fifty for Buttler this, after 77 for MUM vs PUN in Indore in 2017

Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

3.6
0
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, no run, excellent slower bouncer, D Arcy Short was completely beaten and ball goes to the keeper

Stat: 3.1 overs is the fastest team fifty for RAJ in T20 League. Previous best: 4.3 overs, on two occasions

3.5
1
Plunkett to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler carves it to cover for a single
3.4
4
Plunkett to Buttler, FOUR, Pant was flying in air like David De Gea, he gets a hand on it but fails to grab the catch. It was short of length delivery down the leg-side, Buttler gets some bat to it on the pull and ball goes just wide and to the left of the keeper for a four
3.3
1
Plunkett to D Arcy Short, 1 run, another slower bouncer, D Arcy Short picks it up late and pulls it to wide of short fine leg for a single
3.2
1
Plunkett to Buttler, 1 run, loses his shape on the slower bouncer and mistimes the pull shot to square leg for a single
3.1
6
Plunkett to Buttler, SIX, it was the slower ball outside off, Buttler picks it off the hand and dispatches it over extra cover for a maximum

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)

2.6
1
Avesh Khan to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, Buttler pushes it to the off-side and retains the strike. Iyer collects the ball and has an ugly shy at the stumps, ball was nowhere close to the stumps
2.5
4
Avesh Khan to Buttler, FOUR, Avesh Khan is under pressure and he bowls a poor delivery, ball was outside off, Buttler makes full use of the room and scythes it through backward point for a boundary
2.4
6
Avesh Khan to Buttler, SIX, Buttler was deep in his crease and he gets himself in a good position and slogs it over deep mid-wicket for another maximum. Buttler is on fire here
2.3
0
Avesh Khan to Buttler, no run, slower ball outside off, Buttler misses the cut
2.2
6
Avesh Khan to Buttler, SIX, Buttler shuffles to the off-side slightly and scoops this fuller length ball over short fine leg for a maximum. Second six of the over
2.1
6
Avesh Khan to Buttler, SIX, Buttler has deposited it into the stands. It was a fuller length ball and Buttler lofts it with a straight bat over the bowler's head for a sixer

Avesh Khan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

1.6
0
Boult to D Arcy Short, no run, Short has been given out but he has taken the review instantly. Short is spot on as ball has hit his hip, and not the bat as he swatted into a pull. Umpire will change his decision. It was a short of length delivery, D Arcy Short was beaten by the pace and ball defeats him and goes to the keeper.
1.5
1
Boult to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler moves to the leg-side but Boult follows him and cramps him up for room, he manages to push it to the off-side for a single
1.5
1
Boult to Buttler, wide, another short of length delivery, line was bit wayward down the leg-side and umpire signals it a wide
1.4
0
Boult to Buttler, no run, brilliant short of length delivery, Buttler was in no position to hit the pull shot and he decides to let it go
1.3
1
Boult to D Arcy Short, 1 run, nudges to mid-wicket and takes a quick single
1.2
4
Boult to D Arcy Short, FOUR, D Arcy Short likes pace on the ball. It was a fuller length ball outside off, Short drives it handsomely wide of the mid-off fielder for a four
1.1
1
Boult to Buttler, 1 run, good length delivery coming in to Buttler who pushes to cover and takes a single

Trent Boult, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Nadeem to Buttler, 1 run, nudges to backward square leg and retains the strike
0.5
6
Nadeem to Buttler, SIX, follows it with a maximum. He shuffles across to the off-side and slog-sweeps it over the deep square leg for a six. Clean striking from the England batsmam
0.4
4
Nadeem to Buttler, FOUR, Buttler fails to reach the pitch of the ball, but his bat was gun-barrel straight and he lofts it straight down the ground for a boundary
0.3
1
Nadeem to D Arcy Short, 1 run, flatter delivery at the stumps, D Arcy Short nudges to the leg-side for a single
0.2
1
Nadeem to Buttler, leg byes, 1 run, 89.5 kmph delivery fired on the pads, ball deflects off the pads and goes to the point for a single
0.1
1
Nadeem to D Arcy Short, 1 run, flighted delivery turning in to D Arcy Short who clips it to the leg-side and takes a quick single

D Arcy Short and Buttler are at the crease. D Arcy Short is on strike. Nadeem will open the attack