Indian Premier League, 4th match: Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals at Delhi, Apr 6, 2013
Rajasthan Royals won by 5 runs
6 April 2013 - day/night match (20-over match)

Rahane and Kusal Perera to open the batting, IK Pathan the bowling

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saugat: "RR is one of the underrated sides in IPL, last year both Rahane and Owais Shah were in good forms, but they missed a flair called Watson I believe. If Watson can find his T20 form for RR this year, it will be trouble for the other teams. In 2008, RR was the champion because a handful of players performed consistently for RR and Watson was one of the major conributors."

Shahed: "Kevon Cooper - eh? the guy hasn't played one T20I in the last few years and RR keep picking him? Why, but why?"

3.30 pm Rahul Dravid wins the toss and RR will have a bat

Four overseas players for RR: Brad Hodge, Samuel Badree, Kusal Perera and Kevon Cooper. IPL debuts for Badree and Sanath Jayasuriya Perera

Four overseas players for DD: Mahela, Warner, Russell and Jayawardene forgets the fourth name, Dravid remembers it, it's former RR offspinner Johan Botha

Jayawardene says Sehwag should hopefully be fit by DD's next game. Sreesanth is back to the IPL after missing the 2012 season

3.15 pm Welcome to our coverage of game four of the IPL, between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in Delhi. Daredevils will want to move on from their tepid start against KKR, Royals will be starting their campaign today. Here is the preview, and the toss is in around ten minutes

Last time these two sides met at the Kotla,, DD won by one run, and RR lost just three wickets in the chase


Pathan to Perera, no run, gentle away swinger, he guides it and times it wide of point, who dives to save some runs


Pathan to Perera, FOUR, here he goes, he hasn't middled it, but this is a harmless back of a length ball, and he's clobbered it over mid on


Pathan to Perera, no run, tries to cut a good length outswinger, chops it into the ground


Pathan to Perera, no run, guided with the away swing to backward point


Pathan to Perera, 1 leg bye, into the pads, straightens, but not enough, and they take the leg bye as the ball dribbles away


Pathan to Rahane, no run, short, it's gotten big on him around off, and he's awkwardly swatted it down to mid on

End of over 1 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • AM Rahane 0 (1b)
    • MDKJ Perera 4 (5b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-4-0

Nehra on


Nehra to Perera, no run, that wasn't a bad shout, but the length ball was headed down leg, as replays show


Nehra to Perera, no run


Nehra to Perera, 1 run, almost in the blockhole, dug out in front of mid and they make it across for the single


Nehra to Rahane, no run, comes forward to a pitched up ball angled across and pushes to extra cover


Nehra to Rahane, FOUR, full, he's picked that from well outside off stump, and turned the wrists to send it racing to the deep midwicket rope


Nehra to Rahane, 1 run, widish, good length, dabbed down to third man

End of over 2 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • AM Rahane 5 (4b 1x4)
    • MDKJ Perera 5 (8b 1x4)
    • A Nehra 1-0-6-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-4-0

Umesh Yadav comes on


Yadav to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length, skidding through, around the pads, he swivels to help it along to fine leg


Yadav to Perera, 1 run, dropped, Botha got a hand out to this screamer high to his left at lone slip, but it burst out, Perera thick edged it after having a go at an outswinger going across him


Yadav to Rahane, 1 run


Yadav to Perera, FOUR, short, into the body, he's swivelled to pull it flat to the deep square rope


Yadav to Perera, FOUR, 147.8 kph, says the speed gun, yeah right, says Perera as he moves half forward to smash a length ball through extra cover


Yadav to Perera, OUT, Umesh has him now, slower one, floated up outside off, speed gun will have you believe it was 137 kph, Perera done in by the change of pace, and his swing has taken the ball only as far as extra cover

MDKJ Perera c Pathan b Yadav 14 (12m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

End of over 3 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 22/1 (RR: 7.33)

    • AM Rahane 7 (6b 1x4)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-11-1
    • A Nehra 1-0-6-0

Rahul Dravid walks in to applause from the crowd


Nehra to Dravid, 5 wides, full and wide across the right-hander, Dravid reaches out for it, misses, as does the keeper, it was dying on him and he was slow to get down


Nehra to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid is a touch slow to get to the line of another wide one, and he's managed a thick edge that has run past the lone slip


Nehra to Dravid, no run, that's more like it, forward to a length ball around off, and blocks


Nehra to Dravid, no run, swinging in a shade, Dravid has the forward press going neatly, and adjusts slightly to cover for the movement, and defends


Nehra to Dravid, no run, bat around front pad to turn it from the stumps to midwicket


Nehra to Dravid, no run, slowish across Dravid, good length, he shoulders arms


Nehra to Dravid, 1 run, he's gone reaching out for this pitched up delivery, a thick edge produced again, but it hasn't carried to slip

End of over 4 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 32/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • R Dravid 5 (6b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 7 (6b 1x4)
    • A Nehra 2-0-16-0
    • UT Yadav 1-0-11-1

Prasoon: "Great to see Umesh Yadav below over 145k.. I can pay to watch Dale Steyn bowl.. Hoping for the same with Umesh Yadav in future :)"


Yadav to Dravid, no run, quick, short of a length, he goes back and punches it to point, that was clocked at nearly 146 kph


Yadav to Dravid, no run, slower one now, Dravid is forced to adjust as he was already forward, pushes it to short extra cover, that was 142 kph apparently, now come on


Yadav to Dravid, 1 run, hurried into a pull, takes a single behind square


Yadav to Rahane, 1 run, comes forward and nudges a length ball, 147.5 kph, to midwicket


Yadav to Dravid, 2 runs, into the pads, he turns it wide of square leg, fine leg runs around to field


Yadav to Dravid, no run, pulled off the front foot now, but he's hit it to forward square leg

End of over 5 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 36/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • R Dravid 8 (11b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 8 (7b 1x4)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-15-1
    • A Nehra 2-0-16-0

Russell to Rahane, 1 wide, angles it full down the leg side


Russell to Rahane, 1 run, opens the face and runs a length ball outside off down to third man


Russell to Dravid, FOUR, he's placed that nicely, waited on the cut, and ensured he hit it wide of point, no chance for third man


Russell to Dravid, no run, quickly bursts into a drive, but he's mistimed it to extra cover


Russell to Dravid, 1 run, pushed to mid off, and Dravid makes it in time


Russell to Rahane, 1 run, leans across to squeeze it just past short midwicket, mid on fields


Russell to Dravid, 1 run

End of over 6 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 45/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • R Dravid 14 (15b 2x4)
    • AM Rahane 10 (9b 1x4)
    • AD Russell 1-0-9-0
    • UT Yadav 2-0-15-1

Pathan to Dravid, 1 run, length ball moving in, tries to work it away, thick inside edge down to fine leg


Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, this one goes across, and a thick outside edge runs to third man


Pathan to Dravid, 1 run, good length, he forces it in front of square leg


Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, walks down, pushes softly in front of mid in and takes the single


Pathan to Dravid, 1 run, goes for the pull, another thick edge runs down wide of fine leg


Pathan to Rahane, no run, pushed wide of extra cover, who runs across to cut off the single

End of over 7 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 50/1 (RR: 7.14)

    • AM Rahane 12 (12b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 17 (18b 2x4)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-9-0
    • AD Russell 1-0-9-0

Nadeem on


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, flat and shortish, he opens up to drag it to deep midwicket


Nadeem to Rahane, 1 run, worked out to deep square leg


Nadeem to Dravid, no run, width for the cut, but he's chopped it to short cover


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, follows the batsman as he backs away to leg, forced out to deep midwicket


Nadeem to Rahane, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes to wide long off


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, worked to deep backward square leg off the pad

End of over 8 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 55/1 (RR: 6.87)

    • R Dravid 20 (22b 2x4)
    • AM Rahane 14 (14b 1x4)
    • S Nadeem 1-0-5-0
    • IK Pathan 2-0-9-0

"Could someone please tell me what is this strategy of rotating the bowlers without letting anyone making a spell called?" It's called T20, Ravi


Russell to Dravid, no run, tries to pull, beaten as it bounces over his bat-swing


Russell to Dravid, 1 run, opens the face to run a length ball to deep point

Kevin Pietersen sitting in the DD dressing room


Russell to Rahane, FOUR, he's swatted that straight back past the bowler, the length ball hasn't bounced much, and he's powered through with the shot


Russell to Rahane, FOUR, delicate now, allows it to come on from back of a length, and opens the face to run it fine to the third man rope


Russell to Rahane, no run, beaten by a pitched up slower one now


Russell to Rahane, 1 run, drops it softly in front of mid off and it's an easy run in the end, DD haven't been able to stop the quick singles today

End of over 9 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 65/1 (RR: 7.22)

    • AM Rahane 23 (18b 3x4)
    • R Dravid 21 (24b 2x4)
    • AD Russell 2-0-19-0
    • S Nadeem 1-0-5-0

Nadeem to Rahane, 1 run, that skidded on around off, he's pushed it out to the sweeper


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, into the pads with the angle, whipped away to deep square


Nadeem to Rahane, 1 run, does not quite get hold of it as he tries to paddle it fine


Nadeem to Dravid, no run, tries to slog-sweep this one angled in, misses


Nadeem to Dravid, FOUR, darted in quick, he's whipped that through midwicket, and the man in the deep has failed to rein it in, Nehra it is who makes a mess of a regulation stop


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket

End of over 10 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 73/1 (RR: 7.30)

    • R Dravid 27 (28b 3x4)
    • AM Rahane 25 (20b 3x4)
    • S Nadeem 2-0-13-0
    • AD Russell 2-0-19-0

Pathan to Dravid, 1 run, hits a length ball down to long off


Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, forward to push smoothly to long off


Pathan to Dravid, FOUR, pitched up, he's cleared front leg and cracked it dead straight down the ground, just past the non-striker's stumps, that's disappeared instantly


Pathan to Dravid, 1 run, good length, moving across, he drives it out to sweeper cover


Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, loopy slower one from round the stumps, he waits and pats it past the non-striker to long on


Pathan to Dravid, FOUR, slow, shortish, angled in, Dravid immediately in position to slam it to the deep midwicket rope off the front foot

End of over 11 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/1 (RR: 7.72)

    • R Dravid 37 (32b 5x4)
    • AM Rahane 27 (22b 3x4)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-21-0
    • S Nadeem 2-0-13-0

Rishabh: "The way they are going, they will end up scoring at least 160 which is a massive total on this slow Delhi track. Stop them someone!"


Nadeem to Rahane, 1 run, worked down to wide long on


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, angled into the pads, he bends the knee and swings it down to deep square leg

siddhant: "I don't get the logic of not giving Johan Botha the ball. Can anyone explain?"


Nadeem to Rahane, OUT, Nadeem with the breakthrough, Rahane unsure what to do with it, he's ended up forcing it back to the bowler

AM Rahane c & b Nadeem 28 (49m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.66


Nadeem to Binny, no run, moves across and inside edges it down the track


Nadeem to Binny, 2 runs, that slid in quick, he made room and cut it through point


Nadeem to Binny, 2 runs, paddle-scoops it tamely in the air, fine leg tidies up

End of over 12 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 91/2 (RR: 7.58)

    • STR Binny 4 (3b)
    • R Dravid 38 (33b 5x4)
    • S Nadeem 3-0-19-1
    • IK Pathan 3-0-21-0

Suresh Shukla: "@ Siddhant, Mahela forgot about the fourth foriegn player in the team. Remember?"


Russell to Dravid, no run, dropped, Dravid chipped a slower one in the air, Russell got a hand to it but it went down, there was a chance to run the non-striker out, but he was back in time


Russell to Dravid, 2 runs, opens the face very late to run it fine, third man slides to stop the four


Russell to Dravid, 1 run, that has hurried onto him very quickly, he's surprised but manages to hook it awkwardly in the air to square leg, another fumble in the field


Russell to Binny, 2 runs, lifted straight in the air down the ground, falls short of Warner running across from long on, now he too fumbles, but no harm done, now he hits the stumps with the throw, and they run for the ricochet


Russell to Binny, 1 run, overthrows again, Binny opened up by a length ball on middle and leg, throw misses at striker's, and they get another run


Russell to Dravid, SIX, now a drop as Delhi continue to bleed runs in the field, Dravid did not get hold of it as he had a go, Warner had it covered close to the long on rope, but ended up parrying it over

End of over 13 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 103/2 (RR: 7.92)

    • R Dravid 47 (37b 5x4 1x6)
    • STR Binny 7 (5b)
    • AD Russell 3-0-31-0
    • S Nadeem 3-0-19-1

Nadeem to Binny, no run, down the track to force it to extra cover

Karmaresh Patel: "Misfields, drop catches and overthrows ... what was that over of Andre Russell was all about ??"


Nadeem to Binny, 1 leg bye, misses the big swing off the pads, takes the leg bye


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, makes room to hit it down to long off


Nadeem to Binny, 1 leg bye, fires it in, Dravid misses the slog, takes the leg bye to short fine


Nadeem to Dravid, 1 run, backs away and cracks it down the ground, long on covers it to his left


Nadeem to Binny, 1 run, misses another swipe and keeps the strike as they jog across even as the ball rolls square

End of over 14 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 108/2 (RR: 7.71)

    • STR Binny 8 (9b)
    • R Dravid 49 (39b 5x4 1x6)
    • S Nadeem 4-0-22-1
    • AD Russell 3-0-31-0

yogi: "If delhi lose this match they can easily blame their fielding. It has already cost them atleast 12 runs and a wicket."

Botha on finally.


Botha to Binny, FOUR, backs away and swings, gets four with a thick edge to third man, he's lost his bat on that occasion, but he'll pick it up, and pocket four


Botha to Binny, SIX, slog-sweep, and that will carry comfortably over the deep midwicket boundary, lunges forward on a knee, fetched it from well outside off, and connected big


Botha to Binny, SIX, well, Botha's gone for runs straight away, Binny comes down, he's opened the face to loft this one over long off


Botha to Binny, 1 run, mistimes the pull to deep midwicket


Botha to Dravid, 1 run, swats a wide one down to long off and that is fifty for Rahul Dravid in his first innings in a long time


Botha to Binny, 1 run, hit down to long on

End of over 15 (19 runs) Rajasthan Royals 127/2 (RR: 8.46)

    • STR Binny 26 (14b 1x4 2x6)
    • R Dravid 50 (40b 5x4 1x6)
    • J Botha 1-0-19-0
    • S Nadeem 4-0-22-1

Matt: "Or they could just blame Botha"

rene a: "I was wondering why so many people were asking for Botha to be brought on; makes sense now, had to be those tricky Rajasthan fans...."


Nehra to Binny, 1 run, good length, swung down to extra cover


Nehra to Dravid, 1 run, awkwardly turned off the pads down to fine leg


Nehra to Binny, 2 runs, pulls a bouncer, top edge swirls over the chasing keeper, fine leg prevents four


Nehra to Binny, SIX, huge, low full toss, and Binny has sent it soaring into the stands way beyond long on

luhem: "SOS Viru-Morkel"

round the stumps


Nehra to Binny, FOUR, neat from Binny, fine leg is up, he's used the angle off his pads to flick it over that man


Nehra to Binny, 1 run, very full, slammed on the bounce to long on

End of over 16 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 142/2 (RR: 8.87)

    • STR Binny 40 (19b 2x4 3x6)
    • R Dravid 51 (41b 5x4 1x6)
    • A Nehra 3-0-31-0
    • J Botha 1-0-19-0

Umesh back


Yadav to Binny, OUT, he strikes first ball on return, length ball angled in fast, Binny backs away and swings, misses, and the stumps are uprooted

STR Binny b Yadav 40 (23m 20b 2x4 3x6) SR: 200.00


Yadav to Hodge, 2 runs, quick from around back of a length, he's managed to help it behind square leg


Yadav to Hodge, no run, slower ball now, Hodge beaten


Yadav to Hodge, 1 run, length outside off, slashed down to third man


Yadav to Dravid, no run, slow and wide, Dravid waits and has a go, edge runs to the keeper


Yadav to Dravid, FOUR, short, into the batsman, Dravid has made some room and pulled it over midwicket, wide of the man in the deep, it eventually rolls over the rope

End of over 17 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 149/3 (RR: 8.76)

    • R Dravid 55 (43b 6x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 3 (3b)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-22-2
    • A Nehra 3-0-31-0

Irfan back


Pathan to Hodge, 1 run, pitched up, chops it to point for a single


Pathan to Dravid, 2 runs, has a swing and slices a full delivery over point


Pathan to Dravid, no run, full one hit straight back to the bowler


Pathan to Dravid, no run, can't make anything of a full toss outside off, misses, keeper collects


Pathan to Dravid, SIX, slower one, and Dravid has sent that flying over deep midwicket


Pathan to Dravid, 1 run, he's fallen after squeezing a full one to third man, but recovered to take the single

End of over 18 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 159/3 (RR: 8.83)

    • R Dravid 64 (48b 6x4 2x6)
    • BJ Hodge 4 (4b)
    • IK Pathan 4-0-31-0
    • UT Yadav 3-0-22-2

Yadav to Dravid, no run, beaten by the bounce on this back of a length ball outside off, that flew through to the keeper


Yadav to Dravid, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, swung down to long on


Yadav to Hodge, no run, slower one now, short of a length, too close to cut, Hodge beaten


Yadav to Hodge, 1 run, full, smacked straight to extra cover on the edge of the circle


Yadav to Dravid, OUT, he's gone this time, tried to lift it over extra cover, could not get too much on it, Mahela's gone back to take it safely

R Dravid c Jayawardene b Yadav 65 (71m 51b 6x4 2x6) SR: 127.45


Yadav to Hodge, OUT, Warner takes it at long on and Umesh has finished with four wickets, slower ball again, good length, it was slogged well in front of Warner, but he's made ground quickly

BJ Hodge c Warner b Yadav 5 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

End of over 19 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 161/5 (RR: 8.47)

    • KK Cooper 0 (0b)
    • UT Yadav 4-0-24-4
    • IK Pathan 4-0-31-0

Nehra to Menaria, 1 run, underedges a slog to midwicket


Nehra to Cooper, 2 runs, low full toss sent rocketing down the ground, Nadeem runs across from long off and prevents it from going for four


Nehra to Cooper, OUT, clears front leg, swings, and slices it high and down to third man

KK Cooper c Yadav b Nehra 2 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Nehra to Menaria, OUT, and another one, what a flood of wickets, Menaria misses the slog, and Nehra's length ball sends middle stump cartwheeling

AL Menaria b Nehra 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Nehra to Shukla, no run, Nehra not getting the hat-trick, Shukla denies him with a solid defensive push down the pitch


Nehra to Shukla, 1 run, short, and dribbles away in to the leg side as he misses the pull

RR were in line for 180, but they lost too many wickets in the last two overs, which went for just two and four. Fifty for Dravid, and Binny's 40 off 20 providing the thrust to the innings

Binny says they were looking to get 160 as it is not an easy pitch to bat on, and are pretty pleased with 165.

End of over 20 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 165/7

    • R Shukla 1 (2b)
    • S Sreesanth 0 (0b)
    • A Nehra 4-0-35-2
    • UT Yadav 4-0-24-4





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