Indian Premier League, 2019
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Date & Time: 22 April 2019
RR: 9.98 | Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets
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?
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.
Colin Ingram walks in for the finishing duties. Jofra Archer returns as well. 3-0-20-0 so far.
Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl his last.
Sherfane Rutherford is the new man in.
FREE HIT TIME!
Jofra Archer is back!
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.
A direct hit and it has been referred upstairs! Pant seems relaxed!
Dhawal Kulkarni is brought back on!
Jaydev Unadkat is back on!
Shreyas Gopal is back into the attack!
Rishabh Pant is the new man in!
Shreyas Iyer comes out to bat!
Shreyas Gopal is back on!
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?
Dhawal Kulkarni is back into the attack!
Jofra Archer is on now!
Shreyas Gopal is on!
Jaydev Unadkat is on now!
Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl from the other end.
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....