DD 157/4 | Overs 19 | Russell 6* Botha 1*
Brad Hodge is the man. He caught Juneja in the last over and in the 19th over he ran out Warner courtesy of a direct hit. What a wonderful over from Saxena. Remember last year Delhi defeated Royals by one-run at the Kotla. So will Royals exact revenge on Delhi. One over and nine needed.
DD 149/3 | Overs 18 | Warner 77*,
Cooper conceded five runs in the 18th over and picked up Juneja. Is there a little twist in the tale? But Warner is the man Royals want soon. It was from here Royals lost the plot. Will Delhi commit the same blunder? Delhi require 17 off two overs.
DD 144/2 | Overs 17 | Warner 74*, Juneja 19*
Trivedi bowled the first ball short and wide. Warner, who must have been seeing the ball like a football, dispatched it behind point for a boundary. A 50-run alliance between Warner and Juneja. Trivedi was then deposited for a six from Warner. Delhi is well on course. They need 22 off three overs.
DD 131/2 | Overs 16 | Warner 62*, Juneja 18*
Juneja hits a six before Warner. A shocking delivery bowled from Stuart Binny. Warner again played the ball at vacant mid-wicket region and ran two. So 11-runs off Binny’s opening over. Four overs 35 runs to get for Delhi.
DD 120/2 | Overs 15 | Warner 58*, Juneja 11*
Warner got his second life. Substitute Ankeet Chavan failed to hold on to a catch at deep square leg. Warner pulled Badree for a four. So Delhi need 46 off five overs.
DD 112/2 | Overs 14 | Warner 53*, Juneja 8*
Warner brought up his 50 off 41 deliveries. Cooper experimented too much in the over – a leg side wide and an off-side wide. Cooper conceded 12-runs off his second over. Delhi require 54 off six overs.
Shukla is working up good pace. Juneja was beaten for pace off the second delivery where the ball eluded long-on. Shukla then hurried Warner into a pull and then a succor ball wide to the southpaw spoiled the effort for the Royals. And the 100 is up.
Trivedi starts poorly as he gives an easy ball on the legs to Juneja. He scored a boundary off his first. That ball ruined what was otherwise a good eight-run over.
Rahul Shukla welcomed at the bowling crease with a hit over mid-wicket for a boundary by Warner. Short and wide, then full deliveries and strange angle from Shukla. And a wicket of Jayawardene courtesy of a stunning catch from Rahane. A real mixed-bag over.
Warner targeted the vacant mid-wicket region and pushed Jayawardene for two on the second ball. Late-cut from Jayawardene for a two. Delhi are not looking for big hits but pushing the fielders on the boundary. Delhi have lost only one wicket at the half way stage. Only three dots off the last 18 deliveries.
Kevon Cooper’s first over was quite dramatic. Royals displayed shoddy cricket conceeding an over which cost them five runs and sublime Jayawardene hit an effortless boundary. A 12-run over and required rate comes down slightly.
Sreeshant started with a full-toss and Warner is in no mood to leave Royals. Rajasthan is leaking runs. So Royals reach 50 in the eighth over and Warner has played himself in.
Rajasthan Royal’s most capped player Siddharth Trivedi comes on to bowl. Back of the length deliveries bowled by him and he conceded seven runs in the first over. Delhi is showing urgency with quick running.
So two in two for Unmukt Chand. First it was Brett Lee who disturbed his timber and now Sreeshant has him- two stumps were on the ground. Sreeshant is bowling well on Kotla
Two fours off Badree over by David Warner and the drop is already proving costly. Delhi has a steady start. So will Warner’s drop be really costly?
DD 23/0 | Overs 4 | Chand 19*, Warner 3*
A drop off the fifth ball as captain Rahul Dravid failed to grab hold of the ball, giving a lifeline to David Warner at backward point. The series of dot balls was broken off the fifth ball. Dravid was struggling with cramps.
DD 22/0 | Overs 3 | Chand 18*, Warner 3*
Unmukt Chand started the over with a six and Delhi scored 12 runs off Badree’s second over.
Sreesanth started off well but Chand hit him for a boundary advancing down the track, towards mid-wicket and Delhi innings get a move on. Good finish from Sreesanth, a swinging delivery that beat Warner.
DD 5/0 | Overs 1 | Chand 2*, Warner 2*
Delhi Daredevils couldn’t quite pick Samuel Badree in the opening over of the innings, as a five-run over is a good start for Royals.
RR 165/7 | Overs 20 | Shukla 1*, Sreesanth 0*
Rajasthan Royals’ innings ends with a flurry of wickets. Kevon Cooper gives Ashish Nehra his 50th IPL wicket and he cleans up Ashok Menaria off the next delivery. A few overs ago, Rajasthan looked set to score anything between 185 and 200. They have to settle for 165/7. This match is nicely set up for an interesting chase.
RR 162/5 | Overs 19 | Cooper 0*
Umesh Yadav has pulled things back here! He has struck twice in two balls to send back Rahul Dravid for a well-made 65 and Brad Hodge for five. Just one more over to go.
RR 159/3 | Overs 18 | Dravid 64*, Hodge 4*
Rahul Dravid picked up a six to push Rajasthan Royals to 159 for three at the end of the 18th over. Dravid reached 64 off 48 balls.
RR 149/3 | Overs 17 | Dravid 55*, Hodge 3*
Stuart Binny was cleaned up by Umesh Yadav after a splendid innings of 40 off 20 balls as Rajasthan lost their third wicket for 149. Binny thrashed three sixes and two boundaries during his stay at the crease.
Stuart Binny clobbered a six and a boundary off Ashish Nehra’s third over in the innings as Rajasthan reached 142 for two from 16 overs.
Stuart Binny thrashed two sixes and a boundary off Johan Botha, who is having a bad outing in the field. The Rajasthan batsmen slammed the second ball over the mid-wicket boundary and the third over the long-off to provide his side some momentum toward the end. In the same over, Dravid took a single to complete his half-century.
RR 108/2 | Overs 14 | Dravid 49*, Binny 8*
Shahbaz Nadeem bowled a disciplined 14th over, giving away only four runs. Rahul Dravid is batting on 49, accompanied by Stuart Binny at eight.
RR 103/2 | Overs 13 | Dravid 47*, Binny 7*
David Warner dropped a difficult catch of Rahul Dravid off Andre Russell, which went over the boundary for six. Rajasthan went past the 100-run mark.
Shahbaz Nadeem provided Delhi Daredevils a crucial breakthrough, dismissing Ajinkya Rahane for 28 in the 12th over. Rahane faced 24 balls and hit three boundaries to score 28. He added 64 runs for the second wicket with Rahul Dravod.
RR 85/1 | Overs 11 | Rahane 27*, Dravid 37*
Rahul Dravid took the attack to the opposition, picking up two boundaries off Irfan Pathan in the 11th over of the innings to take the Royals to 85 for one, setting up a good platform for a big total.
Rahul Dravid picked up a boundary off the fifth ball of Shahbaz Nadeem’s second over of the innings as Rajasthan reached 73 for one after 10 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane struck consecutive boundaries off Andre Russell to take some pressure of the Rajasthan Royals, taking the total to after nine overs. The third ball of the over was slapped straight over the bowler’s head, while he picked the second boundary of the over from the third-man region.
RR 55/1 | Overs 8 | Rahane 14*, Dravid 19*
Rajasthan Royals failed to pick a boundary for the second consecutive over and could manage only five singles off Shahbaz Nadeem in the eighth over of the innings.
Irfan Prathan produced an impressive over, giving away only five runs as Rajasthan Royals went past the 50-run mark in the seventh over.
Rahul Dravid picked up a boundary off Andre Russell as Rajasthan reached 45 for one at the end of six overs. Dravid is unbeaten on 14, accompanied by Ajinkya Rahane at 10.
Umesh Yadav bowled an impressive fifth over, giving away only four runs. Rajasthan reached 36 for one after five overs.
Rahul Dravid got a boundary off Ashish Nehra and five extra runs on the first ball off Ashish Nehra helpd Rajathan race to 32 for one at the end of the fourth over.
Umesh Yadav’s first over of the match was dramatic as Johan Botha provided Kusal Perera a lifeline, droppinhg the Sri Lankan batsmen off the second ball of the third over. Perera slammed two boundaries before giving a simple catch to Irfan Pathan at mid-off.
Ajinkya Rahane opened his account with a boundary off Ashish Nehra as Rajasthan Royals reached 11 for no loss after electing to bat against Delhi Daredevils.
Rajasthan Royals’s opener Kusal Perera struck boundary on the very first ball of the game off Delhi Daredevils seamer Irfan Pathan to provide his side a confident start. Rajasthan made one change in their batting order, with Perera opening the innings with Ajinkya Rahane.
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has won the toss against Delhi Darevelis and has elected to bat first.
Dravid revealed at the toss that the Royals’ four overseas players are Brad Hodge, Samuel Badree, Kusal Perera and Kevon Cooper.
For Delhi, they will be David Warner, Andre Russell, Johan Botha and captain Mahela Jayawardene.
Delhi Daredevils: David Warner, Unmukt Chand, Johan Botha, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Manpreet Juneja, Naman Ojha (wk), Andre Russell, Irfan Pathan, Shahbaz Nadeem,Umesh Yadav, Ashish Nehra.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid (c), Brad Hodge, Kusal Perera, Stuart Binny, Ashok Menaria, Kevon Cooper, Siddharth Trivedi, Samuel Badree, S Sreesanth, Rahul Shukla.
Mahela Jayawardene-led Daredevils lost their opening game of the tournament against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and will be looking to notch their first win.
Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, would want to shed their tag of the perennial underdogs and start off with a bang.
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