Deepak Hooda* 32(25); | Billy Stanlake 5(25);
Mustafizur Rahman* 4-0-24-3; | Ben Cutting 4-0-40-0
Shreyas Iyer* 0(0); | Chris Morris 17(0);
Jaydev Unadkat* 2-0-24-1; | Ben Laughlin 2-0-20-2
We started yesterday evening and finally the wait was answered with a win for RAJ, today. Worth its weight in gold, this win, against DEL. Safe to say their bunnies. The fortunes changed sides before the rains came down. But then the big break ensured DEL were up against it. A chase of 71 needed some bravado but it never came despite a batting line up consisting of - Maxwell, Munro, Morris and Pant. The bowlers led by Ben Laughlin used the cutters and slower balls to derail the chase. So, RAJ have opened their account, DEL's wait will continue but ours is over. We will whisk off. This is Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off in the company of Pratyush Sinha, Sriram, Hari Prasad, Rishi Roy and Naga!
Sanju Samson, Man of the Match: "Feels really amazing. We wanted a win badly at our home ground and it feels good to get our first win of the season. I think it's about the preparation, we had about 4 camps before the T20 League and an excellent support staff who give us lot of freedom. This is one of the best grounds in India. Credit to the groundstaff for all the work (during the rain delay)."
Ajinkya Rahane, RAJ captain: "Good way to start at home. We were thinking that 71 will be little difficult in 6 overs. But we focused on things we could control. Our bowlers did a fantastic job. When we were batting we thought 165-170 would have been a good score. First over from Gowtham was very crucial. T20 is all about starting from zero, whether we win or lose. We will enjoy this win and move forward."
Gautam Gambhir, DEL captain: "We were very much in the game. It was a beautiful wicket to bat on, then 150-odd for 5 in 18 overs, we thought we could contain them to 170 and it was chaseable, especially with dew coming in later on. We were very much happy with the first innings. But then in 6 overs, 71 was tough. We had to go from ball one. Obviously with these sort of games, things could go either way. Just 2 overs of Powerplay, it's very difficult. If it was a 20-over game, it would've been much easier to chase."
Deepu, the night-owl, is quick as ever with the numbers:This was the 17th T20 League match decided by D/L method.- Batting first won: 4 (23.53%)- Batting second won: 13 (76.47%)
12:50am local, Day 2 ... : Huge smiles in the RAJ camp. Gautam hides his face in his palms. But DEL had their moments before the rains came in, before contriving to help Rajasthan complete a much-needed win. Their comeback to Sawai Mansingh stadium is a happy one. Rahane, Samson and Buttler played their parts and had taken Rajasthan to 153 for 5 in 17.5 overs. Then there was huge rain break. The action did resume and the equation was 71 off 6 overs for DEL. Munro got run-out off the first ball and Maxwell never arrived. Pant struggled to get the big shots away and Morris was left with too much to do in the end. DEL stay on blob and RAJ open their account. Stay tuned for the presentations.
Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Laughlin to Vijay Shankar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Vijay Shankar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
25 off the last over.
Deepu and his stats on fire: 25 to win. Rohit needed 21 and made 26 in the 2009 edition.
Unadkat to Pant, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Last 2 overs..35 needed..
Chris Morris, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Laughlin to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Laughlin, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Here's Deepu, still firing in midnight stats: Most balls bowled in T20 League without a no-ball:1269 Axar Patel; 1194 Shane Warne; 1129 Yusuf Pathan; 1034 Karn Sharma; 1004 Jaydev Unadkat*
Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Embarrassing Stats Corner: Diamond ducks for DEL batsman in T20 League:- A Agarkar v KOL, Delhi, 2011- M Morkel v KOL, Delhi, 2012- C Munro v RAJ, Jaipur, 2018 *
Dhawal Kulkarni, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Run out first ball of an inngs in T20 League: A Gilchrist v BLR, Bengaluru, 2011C Munro v RAJ, Jaipur, 2018
Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Gowtham to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Munro is gone. He has to depart. The umpire went upstairs. Only a formality. Disaster strikes DEL.
Maxwell and Munro are at the crease. Maxwell is on strike. Gowtham will open the attack