Indian Premier League, 68th match: Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors at Delhi, May 21, 2011
21 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)

David Warner and Naman ojha are Delhi openers. We are playing on that 230 pitch, FYI. Thomas to Ojha

Viru is back in India. He is there to watch the game, his arm in a sling #goodtoseeyou

Also good to see is that Pune are looking a jolly bunch, looking to have fun out there. Lots of laughs around, and less of (what looks like) fake tension. Sourav Ganguly has a word or two in the team huddle too.

Karn writes in, "Oh, I wish Dada plays Ranji next season and comes in fit 'n strong for the next season. And then, makes a grand exit. That would be far more suited to the man's persona and achievements!" Oh what the Ranji Trophy has been reduced to! A tool to keep people fit for the IPL

Hello and welcome to this IPL game between Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors, sides that have both been long out of the tournament. For what it's worth, the winner of this game tonight avoids the bottom of the table. Delhi have won the toss and will bat first. Colin Ingram and Matthew Wade come in, Morne Morkel misses out. Jesse Ryder and Wayne Parnell are rested by Pune. James Faulkner and Mitch Marsh come in


Thomas to Ojha, 1 run, punched to point and dives to complete a single. Would have been close had Pandey's throw hit


Thomas to Warner, 1 leg bye, full, on the pads, slight swing, Warner gets a leg-bye as he falls over trying to fiick this


Thomas to Ojha, no run, left alone outside off


Thomas to Ojha, no run, well bowled, angling in, hitting back of a length, just outside off, and then swinging away to beat the edge


Thomas to Ojha, no run, slightly shorter, slightly heavier, pushes Ojha back, who defends


Thomas to Ojha, no run, no feet as he wafts as this outside off. Beaten

End of over 1 (2 runs) Delhi Daredevils 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • NV Ojha 1 (5b)
    • DA Warner 0 (1b)
    • AC Thomas 1-0-1-0

James Faulkner to bowl left-arm seam


Faulkner to Warner, 1 leg bye, big lbw shout, low swinging full toss, hitting him in front of middle and leg, umpire Tucker thinks this is going down the leg side


Faulkner to Ojha, no run, seams away from Ojha, who is beaten as he plays away from the body


Faulkner to Ojha, no run, full, near yorker, Ojha digs it out


Faulkner to Ojha, no run, another yorker, squeezing under Ojha's bat, outside off


Faulkner to Ojha, no run, back of a length, around off, Ojha goes deep into the crease and defends


Faulkner to Ojha, no run, another defensive shot off the back foot - Faulkner starts with a maiden over on IPL debut

End of over 2 (1 run, maiden) Delhi Daredevils 3/0 (RR: 1.50)

    • NV Ojha 1 (10b)
    • DA Warner 0 (2b)
    • JP Faulkner 1-1-0-0
    • AC Thomas 1-0-1-0

Thomas to Warner, no run, Warner drives on the up, but finds extra cover


Thomas to Warner, FOUR, Robin Uthappa, miked up for a chat with the commentators, was just saying he and his mates have noticed that Warner is not great at hitting down the ground. Well spoke a ball too soon as Warner wallops this half-volley over mid-off. That will show you Robin


Thomas to Warner, SIX, Robin also said that Warner sits back and loves the short ones. That he got write as Warner sat back and smoked this shortish delivery over square leg. Good stuff Robbie


Thomas to Warner, 1 run, the correct in-between length catches Warner on the crease, but the inside edge goes past the leg stump


Thomas to Ojha, 1 run, looks to drive away from the body, ends up slicing it over the cover fielder


Thomas to Warner, 1 run, driven square, point keeps it from going for four but can't prevent the single

End of over 3 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 16/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • DA Warner 12 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • NV Ojha 2 (11b)
    • AC Thomas 2-0-14-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-1-0-0

Faulkner to Warner, SIX, more for Uthappa to see. Warner gets down on a knee and lofts this wide length delivery over long-on. First runs off Faulkner in IPL


Faulkner to Warner, 1 run, back-of-the-hand slower ball, lands on a yorker length, Warner squeezes it our for one. And as Simon Doull calls it right, reminiscent of the Steve Waugh slower one


Faulkner to Ojha, 1 run, guided past the gully area for one


Faulkner to Warner, OUT, Faulkner's impressive night continues. It's the highly difficult to master back-of-the-hand slower ball - Steve Waugh style - that is also an inch-perfect yorker. Takes out the off stump

DA Warner b Faulkner 19 (10b 1x4 2x6) SR: 190.00

In comes Matthew Wade


Faulkner to Wade, no run, this is not slow, outside off, back of a length, left alone


Faulkner to Wade, 1 run, kicks from a length, hitting Wade on the glove. They take a single, and don't call for any medical attention

End of over 4 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 25/1 (RR: 6.25)

    • MS Wade 1 (2b)
    • NV Ojha 3 (12b)
    • JP Faulkner 2-1-9-1
    • AC Thomas 2-0-14-0

Thomas goes round the stumps


Thomas to Wade, 1 leg bye, one into the ribs this time, guided with the angle towards fine leg


Thomas to Ojha, no run, back of a length, around off and middle, defended


Thomas to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha looks to force the issue here, tries hit a shortish delivery down the ground. Good for him that it doesn't carry to mid-on


Thomas to Wade, no run, looks to chop this fine, but is beaten by the lack of bounce


Thomas to Wade, no run, no bad bounce this time but Wade is beaten on the cut


Thomas to Wade, no run, "No no" is the initial and clear call from Ojha as Wade hits this to point and wants the single

End of over 5 (2 runs) Delhi Daredevils 27/1 (RR: 5.40)

    • MS Wade 1 (6b)
    • NV Ojha 4 (14b)
    • AC Thomas 3-0-15-0
    • JP Faulkner 2-1-9-1

Shrikant Mundhe to bowl right-arm medium. One slip in place


Mundhe to Ojha, no run, puts this up teasingly wide of off stump and Ojha is typically leaden-footed with this drive. Beaten


Mundhe to Ojha, no run, another attempt at fishing outside off, again no contact managed

There is, fittingly, a slip waiting


Mundhe to Ojha, 1 wide, full and wide again, too wide I am afraid


Mundhe to Ojha, no run, well bowled, it's as if Ojha is chained to the floor as he swings wildly outside off. Mundhe's slight swing beats the edge


Mundhe to Ojha, FOUR, moves back and across early, thus getting close to the line, and hits this over mid-off


Mundhe to Ojha, OUT, Thanks for coming, Naman. The fishing rod finally works. Poor feet again as he swings at a full delivery outside off, gets a thick edge to third man

NV Ojha c Sharma b Mundhe 8 (19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

Colin Ingram is the new batsman, but Wade is in strike


Mundhe to Wade, 1 run, turned away off the pads for one

End of over 6 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 33/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • MS Wade 2 (7b)
    • CA Ingram 0 (0b)
    • SS Mundhe 1-0-6-1
    • AC Thomas 3-0-15-0

Ramesh: "Very sad.. I could not change my fantasy team...." Yeah, life is tough lad. And then you die

Mitch Marsh to bowl now


Marsh to Wade, 1 run, gentle half-volley on the pads, but it is hit straight to long leg

Rishabh: "Here nearby it is raining cats and dogs. Why isn't it raining over Feroz Shah Kotla. That is the only hope Delhi gets a point tonight."


Marsh to Ingram, 1 run, full on off, hit towards point


Marsh to Wade, 1 run, punched off the back foot, riding the bounce, gets a single to sweeper-cover


Marsh to Ingram, 1 run, tucked off the pads for one

One slip still in place


Marsh to Wade, no run, slower ball, back of a length, pitches leg, turning towards off, Wade defends it back to the bowler


Marsh to Wade, 1 run, makes room to drive this length ball down to length-off

End of over 7 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 38/2 (RR: 5.42)

    • MS Wade 5 (11b)
    • CA Ingram 2 (2b)
    • MR Marsh 1-0-5-0
    • SS Mundhe 1-0-6-1

Rahul Sharma on now. People compare him to Kumble. Here he is at the pilgrimage if you are a Kumble devotee


Sharma to Wade, no run, pushed through across him, defended to cover


Sharma to Wade, no run, fuller, straighter, driven to mid-off


Sharma to Wade, 2 runs, comes down the track, and places this flat delivery wide of long-on


Sharma to Wade, 1 run, Sharma's pace and bounce nearly get him on the pull, but the mis-hit doesn't travel as far deep backward square


Sharma to Ingram, 1 run, slower through the air, full outside off, driven to sweeper-cover


Sharma to Wade, no run, flat and fast again, hit straight to mid-off

End of over 8 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 42/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • MS Wade 8 (16b)
    • CA Ingram 3 (3b)
    • R Sharma 1-0-4-0
    • MR Marsh 1-0-5-0

Marsh to Ingram, 1 run, opens his face on this delivery in front of middle and leg. Gets a single to point


Marsh to Wade, no run, moves across, hits a low full toss back to Marsh


Marsh to Wade, 2 runs, good cat and mouse here, Wade moves across the stumps looking for the scoop, Marsh bowls the slower one, Wade still manages to get it over the keeper's head

Some rain at the Kotla


Marsh to Wade, 1 run, full outside off, hit powerfully to sweeper-cover


Marsh to Ingram, 1 run, slower ball on the pads, hit wide of mid-on for one

Rain getting heavier


Marsh to Wade, OUT, and Marsh gets the yorker right in the rain. Wade, handcuffed as he has been, makes room to try and go through the covers, but Marsh pitches this on the crease in front of off, and the ball squeezes under Wade's bat. Just as well, he won't have to Wade through this rain now

MS Wade b Marsh 11 (20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.00

End of over 9 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 47/3 (RR: 5.22)

    • CA Ingram 5 (5b)
    • MR Marsh 2-0-10-1
    • R Sharma 1-0-4-0

It keeps drizzling in Delhi, which will no doubt be some relief for the people as it has been pretty hot in Delhi. Yuvi meanwhile brings himself on to bowl in the rain. Round the wicket to the left-hand bat


Yuvraj Singh to Ingram, no run, length ball, middle and leg, hit back to Yuvraj


Yuvraj Singh to Ingram, 2 runs, swept fine from outside leg, past Ganguly at short fine


Yuvraj Singh to Ingram, no run, shimmies down the track and hits this straight to straight midwicket


Yuvraj Singh to Ingram, 1 no ball, full, outside leg, near yorker, but he has overstepped

Free hit coming up


Yuvraj Singh to Ingram, FOUR, another yorker, and Ingram makes room to squeeze this past the diving short third man


Yuvraj Singh to Ingram, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushed past cover for one

Venu Rao to face for the first time today


Yuvraj Singh to Venugopal Rao, no run, length ball outside off, defended back to Yuvraj

End of over 10 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 55/3 (RR: 5.50)

    • Y Venugopal Rao 0 (1b)
    • CA Ingram 12 (11b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-8-0
    • MR Marsh 2-0-10-1

The umpires discuss the rain scene, and decide to keep going


Marsh to Ingram, 1 run, Delhi threatening to slip further in the rain as Ingram swings at a length delivery outside off, nearly slicing it as far as third man

It's official. The game has been called off. Although spiritually both the sides can stake claim to the wooden spoon, Pune's better net run-rare means Delhi technically end at the bottom of the table. So long, and thanks for for all the fish. Also RIP Randall Mario Poffo

10.32pm "Match abandoned," says the big screen at the Kotla. Wait for the official announcement, though. It is still raining

10.30pm More rain at the Kotla. Just wait and watch now

10.15pm It has stopped raining, but it has also delayed the resumption by a bit. We will get you the official word soon

10pm It gets heavy now. Positively pouring

9.55pm Some more rain in the air. In the background Black Eyed Peas blare, "Tonight's gonna be a good good night." Meanwhile AA says: "@Ganesh K: Forget about Twitter....cricinfo commentators aren't even at the ground. they sit in some dingy room and publish commentary, after watching it off a TV (sometimes even use the same words and phrases which the TV commentators have said!). how can u expect them to be 'technologically advanced' enough to use something like Twitter?" You got the dingy bit spot on. It drizzles steadily on

9.30pm The curator has told the umpires that it might take another half hour before the ground can be handed over to them. So expect an inspection not before 10pm. Ganesh K meanwhile writes in, "Why is CricInfo not taking comments through Twitter instead relying only on the feedback page?" Well, what happened to the good-ole email?

9.25pm It seems to have stopped raining. Groundsmen get down to work, although no official word on resumption yet

9.15pm It is still raining in Delhi. Apt time to observe some respectful silence for Randall Mario Poffo. RIP Macho Man. "Ooooh yeah!"

9.05pm The rain has eased out a bit, but it is still coming down. Meanwhile Ashok writes in, "Better that it rains today rather than in the business end of the tournament. In my opinion, if any game deserves to be stopped due to rain, it is this one." I don't mind torrential rain in Chennai all through next week. And I know Chennai is capable of that. Meanwhile as we speak, the rain gets heavier. And slightly eases out again. Just wait for the next update. Can't keep up with the fickle rain

8.48pm All right the rain has its say now. Covers come on






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Hours of play (local time) 20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

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