* Axar Patel comes into the attack
9 overs: RR 59/2, need 126 off 66 balls
Brilliant over from Anrich Nortje, a wicket and three runs off it including a leg bye.
8.1 overs: OUT! Anrich Nortje gets rid of Steve Smith (24). RR 56/2
Brilliant low catch by Shimron Hetmyer at deep square leg to send Smith back to the pavilion. Umpires took the review with a soft signal as OUT. And the third umpire agreed with them. Big wicket for Delhi.
8 overs: RR 56/1
Good over from Harshal Patel, gave away just 6 runs in it.
7 overs: RR 50/1
Steve Smith (20*) hit a four off Ravichandran Ashwin in the over as the pacer conceded 9 runs in it.
6 overs: RR 41/1
End of Powerplay. 8 runs off Harshal Patel’s first over which included a six hit by Yashasvi Jaiswal.
5.2 overs: SIX! Yashasvi Jaiswal (11*) smacks Harshal Patel over deep mid-wicket for his first maximum. RR 39/1
* Bowling change: Harshal Patel comes into the attack
5 overs: RR 33/1
Another tidy over from Ravi Ashwin, gave away just three singles in it.
4 overs: RR 30/1
Steve Smith (12*) ended Kagiso Rabada over with a six and a four off the final two deliveries as the pacer leaked 14 runs in it. Second successive expensive overs from Rabada tonight, his figures: 2-0-24-0
3.5 overs: SIX! Steve Smith (8*) smacks Kagiso Rabada over deep square leg for his first maximum. RR 26/1
3 overs: RR 16/1
Successful start from Ravichandran Ashwin – a big wicket and just three singles off it.
2.3 overs: OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin gets rid of Jos Buttler (13). RR 15/1
Brilliant catch by Shikhar Dhawan at square leg as he dived full stretch to his right to grab it. Big breakthrough for Delhi as Ashwin struck in his first over.
* Bowling change: Ravi Ashwin comes into the attack
2 overs: RR 13/0
Good start from Anrich Nortje, gave away just three runs in it and ended the over with four straight dot balls.
1 over: RR 10/0
Jos Buttler (9*) hit back-to-back fours off Kagiso Rabada as the pacer leaked 10 runs in the first over.
0.4 overs: FOUR! Jos Buttler opens his account with a four towards fine leg off Kagiso Rabada. RR 5/0
Welcome Back! Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler to start the RR run chase. Kagiso Rabada with the ball for DC.
Rahul Tewatia (4-0-20-1):“Thought we need to vary pace on this track as this is a small ground and especially we have to play with the lines. I was just planning not to give much time to the batsmen and push the ball rather quickly than giving more air time. Luckily I got hold of that Hetmyer catch as he was looking in good touch. First I thought I misjudged it and then I stayed close to the boundary ropes to complete the catch. The total is chaseable and it’s been a great effort by the bowlers and now it’s up to the batsmen to do the rest.”
20 overs: DC 184/8
Brilliant final over from Jofra Archer – a wicket and 3 singles off it. What a finish from the pacer as he returned figures of 3 for 24 in 4 overs.
19.4 overs: OUT! Jofra Archer dismisses Harshal Patel (16). DC 183/8
Third wicket for Archer.
18.6 overs: OUT! Andrew Tye ends Axar Patel’s 17-run cameo. DC 181/7
Tye ended his spell with a wicket, but his figures read 1 for 50 in 4 overs. The pacer conceded 22 runs in the penultimate over of the innings. A good one for Delhi. Patel hit a six and two fours during his 8-ball cameo.
18.4 overs: SIX! Axar Patel (13*) smacks the free-hit from Andrew Tye straight down the ground for a maximum. DC 177/6
18 overs: DC 159/6
Harshal Patel (14*) ended Jofra Archer over with a four as the pacer leaked 10 runs in it.
* 150 comes up for DC in 17.1 overs – 150/6
16.6 overs: OUT! Kartik Tyagi dismisses Shimron Hetmyer (45). DC 149/6
BIG BREAKTHROUGH! Young Tyagi provided Royals a timely breakthrough as Hetmyer was caught by Rahul Tewatia at wide long-on. Hetmyer was going for a hat-trick of sixes but failed. The left-hander scored 45 off 24 balls which included five sixes and a four.
16.4 overs: SIX! Shimron Hetmyer (39*) smacks Kartik Tyagi over long-off for another maximum. DC 143/5
16 overs: DC 135/5
Good recovery from Andrew Tye as the pacer ended the over with three successive singles. Delhi though scored 13 off it as Hetmyer smashed a four and a six in consecutive deliveries in it.
15.3 overs: SIX! After hitting a four down the ground to long-on, Shimron Hetmyer (31*) smacks Andrew Tye over extra cover for a six. DC 132/5
15 overs: DC 122/5
Hetmyer hit a six in it as pacer Tyagi conceded 11 runs in it.
14.4 overs: SIX! Shimron Hetmyer (21*) smacks Kartik Tyagi over fine leg for a maximum. DC 121/5
14 overs: DC 111/5
Brilliant final over of the spell for Rahul Tewatia – a big wicket and 4 runs off it including a leg bye. Tewatia’s final figures: 4-0-20-1
13.3 overs: OUT! Rahul Tewatia gets rid of Marcus Stoinis (39). DC 109/5
Another soft dismissal for Delhi. Stoinis had to stretch to connect the ball and lofted it straight to Steve Smith at cover point. Stoinis hit 4 sixes during his 30-ball knock.
13 overs: DC 107/4
11 runs off Andrew Tye over as Hetmyer hit a six in it.
12.3 overs: SIX! Shimron Hetmyer (12*) smacks Andrew Tye over deep backward square leg for a six to bring up 100 for Delhi. DC 103/4
12 overs: DC 96/4
Another tidy over from Rajasthan bowlers as Rahul Tewatia gave away just 4 singles in it. Nine singles in the last two overs for Delhi, and the run rate has dropped down to exactly 8.
11 overs: DC 92/4
Brilliant bowling from young Kartik Tyagi as the pacer conceded just 5 singles in it.
10 overs: DC 87/4
Marcus Stoinis (31*) taking full advantage of the short boundary as he hit another six, his 4th of the night, off Rahul Tewatia in the over. 9 runs and a terrile run-out in it. Delhi are scoring at good speed but have already lost four wickets and their last proper batting pair out in the middle.
9.2 overs: OUT! Rishabh Pant run out for 5. DC 79/4
What just happened? Stoinis hit it straight to short midwicket and Pant was already next to him looking for a single. A mix-up and Pant had to return back and left stranded in the middle of the pitch. Terrible running from Pant.
9 overs: DC 78/3
Good over from Shreyas Gopal despite being hit for a six by Marcus Stoinis (24) in it. The spinner conceded just 8 runs in it, bowling three dot balls too.
8.3 overs: SIX! Marcus Stoinis (23*) smacks Shreyas Gopal over the extra cover fence for his third maximum. DC 76/3
8 overs: DC 70/3
Good, tidy start from Rahul Tewatia, gave away just 4 runs in it including a wide.
* More bowling change: Rahul Tewatia comes into the attack
7 overs: DC 66/3
15 runs off Shreyas Gopal’s first over as Marcus Stoinis hit two consecutive sixes in it.
6.5 overs: BOOM! 6, 6 – Marcus Stoinis (14*) smacks back-to-back maximums off Shreyas Gopal, both over mid-wicket, to open his boundary count. DC 65/3
* Another bowling change: Shreyas Gopal comes into the attack
6 overs: DC 51/3
End of Powerplay. Delhi lost three wickets for 51 in the six powerplay overs. Rajasthan on the top so far.
5.5 overs: OUT! Shreyas Iyer run out for 22. DC 50/3
Another wicket fell for Delhi in the Powerplay. While trying to steal a quick single, Iyer was sent back by Rishabh Pant but the Delhi skipper found himself short of crease to the direct hit from Yashasvi Jaiswal. Brilliant fielding effort from the youngster.
* 50 comes up for DC in 5.4 overs – 50/2
* Bowling change: Andrew Tye comes into the attack
5 overs: DC 43/2
Back-to-back successful overs from Jofra Archer. This time he took a wicket and gave away just 5 runs in it. Archer’s figures so far: 2-0-11-2
4.2 overs: OUT! Jofra Archer strikes again, dismisses Prithvi Shaw (19). DC 42/2
Caught & Bowled. After hitting a four off the first ball, Shaw went for a big one and mistimed it totally. The top-edge went straight up and Archer took a good catch to send the Delhi opener back to the pavilion. Shaw scored 19 off just 10 balls with the help of a six and two fours.
4 overs: DC 38/1
Good start from young pacer Kartic Tyagi, gave away just 7 runs, even with Shreyas Iyer (16*) hitting a four in it.
* Bowling change: Kartik Tyagi comes into the attack
3 overs: DC 31/1
0, 0, N4, 4, 1, 2, 6 – Dramatic over from Varun Aaron. Shreyas Iyer (10*) hit back-to-back fours in it to open his boundary count. Then Prithvi Shaw (15*) was dropped by Kartik Tyagi at fine leg boundary, before the Delhi opener smacked the last ball straight down the ground for the first maximum of the match. Unlucky Aaron ended up conceding 18 runs in it.
2.3 overs: NO BALL & FOUR! Shreyas Iyer (5*) opens his boundary count with a cracking four towards deep backward point off Varun Aaron. DC 18/1
2 overs: DC 13/1
A wicket and 6 runs off Jofra Archer’s first over.
1.3 overs: OUT! Jofra Archer strikes early to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan (5). DC 12/1
First wicket for Archer in Powerplay this season. Dhawan hit it straight to Yashasvi Jaiswal at short mid-wicket. Soft dismissal and Delhi lost a wicket early in the match as Dhawan’s below-par run continued in UAE.
1.1 overs: FOUR! Prithvi Shaw (6*) welcomes Jofra Archer with a four towards deep extra cover. DC 11/0
1 over: DC 7/0
Shikhar Dhawan (5*) ended Varun Aaron over with a four towards deep square leg. The pacer though conceded just seven runs in it.
Here we go…Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan to start the DC innings. Varun Aaron with the ball for RR.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (w), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (w), Steven Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron
Captains at the toss:
Shreyas Iyer:“I guess there could be little bit of turn and anything can happen. We are going with the same team. Everyone is looking forward to cementing their place and all the players have great potential to win games and I’m really proud of my team.”
Steve Smith:“We are gonna have a bowl. Looks a good surface and we want to chase it down. We are confident about our set-up and we need to get off a better start with the bat. We made two changes. Ankit Rajpoot and Tom Curran out and Andrew Tye and Varun Aaron in.”
TOSS | Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith wins toss, opts to bowl against Delhi Capitals
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“The average first innings total this year here is 219 in four games. It hasn’t changed much at all and it is still hard and flat. The batsmen will back themselves and will unleash the range hitting. Variations are going to be crucial if you’re a bowler.” – Kevin Pietersen and Michael Slater
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 23 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals in Sharjah.
STATS THAT MATTER
* Delhi Capitals spinners have been the most economical in the season (6.13) while Rajasthan Royals’ being the most expensive (9.12).
* Rishabh Pant has scored 69 (29), 78* (36) and 53* (38) in his last three innings against RR.
* Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled 32 balls to Jos Buttler conceding 31 runs without dismissing the latter. This will be their first face-off after the Mankad dismissal in 2019.
“Delhi is in a great rhythm and is doing very well. We’ve lost a bit of the rhythm and would like to regain some, hopefully, give a tough fight and play a good game.” – RR pacer Kartik Tyagi
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