Indian Premier League, 3rd match: Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals at Delhi, Apr 19, 2008
Delhi Daredevils won by 9 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
19 April 2008 - night match (20-over match)

Hello and welcome to the third game of the IPL. This is Jamie Alter, your commentator for the evening. Thanks for tuning in to Cricinfo again.

Word from the middle is that the Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and chosen to bat. We have seen two hundreds already in this tournament from Brendon McCullum and Mike Hussey, but what will the Kotla hold? Stick around to find out. I'll have teams for you in a moment.

Delhi 1 Virender Sehwag (capt), 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Mithun Manhas, 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Brett Geeves, 10 Glenn McGrath, 11 Farveez Maharoof.

Rajasthan 1 Yusuf Pathan, 2 Taruwar Kohli, 3 Mohammad Kaif, 4 Darren Lehmann, 5 Dinesh Salunkhe, 6 Shane Watson, 7 Mahesh Rawat (wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja , 9 Shane Warne, 10 Sidharth Trivedi, 11 Munaf Patel.

Glenn McGrath has the new ball. Yusuf Pathan and Taruvar Kohli to open. There are two slips in place. Good crowd in, and the Kotla looks in better shape than I last saw it in September. A lovely buzz around under bright lights. All set, lets start. Play ball!


McGrath to Kohli, no run, thats an expected channel from a man who retired after the World Cup, on the dime outside off stump with a hint of movement and Kohli leaves it be


McGrath to Kohli, no run, similar line as the ball wobbles off the seam and beats Kohli's slash


McGrath to Kohli, no run, oh ho, that very nearly knocked back the base of off stump as Kohli inside-edges a drive but looks back as the ball misses its mark, theres some movement out there


McGrath to Kohli, 1 wide, first runs come courtesy a wide outside off, Kohli charges down but misses


McGrath to Kohli, no run, he's like a machine, McGrath, pitching on that lovely length and the extra pace and bounce beats Kohli as he fishes for it from his crease

The crowd is buzzing, let me tell you


McGrath to Kohli, no run, beaten again as the subtle movement passes by the bat

Australian legend versus Under-19 star. This is fun. What a moment for Kohli.


McGrath to Kohli, SIX, now thats smashed, as Kohli advances and creams the ball over cover-point

End of over 1 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • T Kohli 6 (6b 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • GD McGrath 1-0-7-0

Another Australian, Tasmania's Brett Geeves, takes the ball.


Geeves to Pathan, 1 run, back of a length and Pathan defends the ball to point

Fine leg comes over to deep point


Geeves to Kohli, no run, there's some bounce, the ball beating Pathan's limp bat outside off stump

Second slip in again


Geeves to Kohli, no run, drives from the crease and the away swing beats the bat again


Geeves to Kohli, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and squeezes this one down to third man


Geeves to Pathan, FOUR, stands and flashes with no footwork and gets a french-cut to fine leg


Geeves to Pathan, FOUR, another slash, this time over backward point, evades a diving sweeper

End of over 2 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • YK Pathan 9 (3b 2x4)
    • T Kohli 7 (9b 1x6)
    • B Geeves 1-0-10-0
    • GD McGrath 1-0-7-0

Plenty of cheer. There's a deep point in place.


McGrath to Kohli, no run, lands it on that same length, Kohli pushes and misses it


McGrath to Kohli, no run, this one's closer to the stumps and Kohli tries to nibble it fine but misses


McGrath to Kohli, OUT, gone! Kohli decides to take on McGrath by skipping down but only succeeds in swiping the ball to Manhas at midwicket, who takes a simple catch

T Kohli c Manhas b McGrath 7 (12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 58.33


McGrath to Watson, no run, lands it on a length and it moves past the bat again, top bowling this


McGrath to Watson, no run, straighter one and Watson turns it towards square leg


McGrath to Watson, no run, leaves this one outside off and thats the first maiden in the IPL

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Rajasthan Royals 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • SR Watson 0 (3b)
    • YK Pathan 9 (3b 2x4)
    • GD McGrath 2-1-7-1
    • B Geeves 1-0-10-0

Geeves to Pathan, 1 run, quick outside off, tapped towards cover for a single

Australia to Australia now. Watto on strike.


Geeves to Watson, FOUR, driven crisply to short extra cover but that's a fine save from Shikhar Dhawan, but he tried to throw down the stumps and made a mess of that one, runs away for four overthrows


Geeves to Watson, FOUR, on middle and leg, turned away delectably for four, rips through short midwicket


Geeves to Watson, 1 run, clattered down the ground towards long-off


Geeves to Pathan, OUT, gone! short outside off, pulled away and they take a most reckless single, Manhas gets an accurate throw and Geeves does the rest, there was some hesitation in the running and that was suicidal from Yusuf. Needs to run back all the way. Third umpire is called up and that's gone.

YK Pathan run out 10 (5b 2x4 0x6) SR: 200.00


Geeves to Watson, FOUR, thats four, as he clips a full one off his toes past a diving short fine leg

Rajasthan are off to a shaky start. The Delhi crowd loves it.

End of over 4 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 31/2 (RR: 7.75)

    • SR Watson 13 (7b 3x4)
    • M Kaif 0 (0b)
    • B Geeves 2-0-24-0
    • GD McGrath 2-1-7-1

McGrath to Kaif, no run, short of a length and zipping into the ribs, he tries to work it fine but instead plays it towards point


McGrath to Kaif, no run, another inside-edge as Kaif just tries to drive from the crease, with zero footwork, and survives as the ball takes bat then back leg


McGrath to Kaif, 1 run, thats too straight, and Kaif gets off the mark with an uppish shot in the air past a diving midwicket


McGrath to Watson, FOUR, stays low but he pulls the short one into the ground and the ball races away through the gap at midwicket and across the turf

Fine leg comes in, deep midwicket comes into place


McGrath to Watson, no run, top delivery, nipping in off a length and Watson tries to run it fine but gets cramped, the edge falls well in front of the slip and wicketkeeper


McGrath to Watson, 1 run, now there's a yorker, and very well dug out to midwicket by Watson

McGrath is still at the top of his game in Twenty20 cricket.

End of over 5 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 37/2 (RR: 7.40)

    • SR Watson 18 (10b 4x4)
    • M Kaif 1 (3b)
    • GD McGrath 3-1-13-1
    • B Geeves 2-0-24-0

Change in the attack as Farveez Maharoof comes on. Rajasthan 37 for 2.


Maharoof to Watson, no run, he drives from the crease and drags it towards midwicket, hit too hard

Its hard to hear much with all the din around the Kotla. The track has some zip in it.


Maharoof to Watson, 1 run, change of pace squares him up and he ends up edging towards gully

Maharoof is a tricky customer with his subtle varations


Maharoof to Kaif, no run, hits a good length and Kaif defends well to cover, but thats not a shot you want


Maharoof to Kaif, 1 leg bye, drifts onto the pads, Kaif misses but scampers a leg-bye at Watson's urging


Maharoof to Watson, 1 run, another yorker, played out towards Bhatia at mid-on, good bowling


Maharoof to Kaif, no run, scrambled seam beats Kaif's bat as he inches forward and tries to run it away

End of over 6 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 40/2 (RR: 6.66)

    • M Kaif 1 (6b)
    • SR Watson 20 (13b 4x4)
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-2-0
    • GD McGrath 3-1-13-1

Lance, on feedback email: "Glenn McGrath has just shown the perfect way of bowling in a T20 match. Age is no bar to perform well. The youngsters from both sides need to learn from all this." On that note, here's Rajat Bhatia.


Bhatia to Watson, no run, hits a good length and Watson opens the face to steer towards point.


Bhatia to Watson, 1 run, OUT, Watson slogs the slower ball over cover and it drops in no man's land, but attempting a tight run he has to go on his way, Bhatia accepting a good flat throw at the nonstrikers' end

SR Watson run out 21 (15b 4x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

Watson wasn't watching his partner and failed to get back in time. Here's Darren Lehmann


Bhatia to Kaif, 2 runs, stands and punches this one past point and Lehmann has some running to do


Bhatia to Kaif, no run, plays and misses from his crease, good seam positioning


Bhatia to Kaif, no run, an action replay of sorts, except this ball sits up, and well taken too


Bhatia to Kaif, 1 run, punches a good-length delivery to mid-off and keeps strike

Delhi fully on top of matters, and the crowd cheers its approval.

End of over 7 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 44/3 (RR: 6.28)

    • M Kaif 4 (10b)
    • DS Lehmann 0 (0b)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-4-0
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-2-0

There's Twinkle Khanna, the former Bollywood actress turned interior decorator, in the crowd.


Maharoof to Kaif, 1 leg bye, too straight and he works that away towards square leg, but off the pads


Maharoof to Lehmann, 1 run, flowing square-drive from Lehmann, creamed past point for one


Maharoof to Kaif, 1 run, good line and length and Kaif can only push it to cover


Maharoof to Lehmann, OUT, and the big man goes! Lehmann shuffles across and tries to turn a straight one past square leg but misses, and even before Maharoof can complete his appeal umpire Pratapkumar shoots up the finger, it pitched on leg stump and looked out, though Lehmann didn't think so

DS Lehmann lbw b Maharoof 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Maharoof to Jadeja, no run, this one's short and down leg stump, the 'keeper collects and appeals, but I'm not sure for what exactly


Maharoof to Jadeja, 1 run, back of a length on off, tapped towards point and he calls for it, and Kaif is let off going for the risky single as the throw misses the stumps

Rajasthan are in a mess.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 48/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • RA Jadeja 1 (2b)
    • M Kaif 5 (12b)
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-5-1
    • R Bhatia 1-0-4-0

Bhatia to Jadeja, no run, back of a length and Jadeja punches off the back foot to cover


Bhatia to Jadeja, no run, a touch fuller but young Jadeja can only drive it to the cover fielder again


Bhatia to Jadeja, 1 bye, swing and miss, attempting a booming cover-drive, Karthik lets it go for byes


Bhatia to Kaif, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and drives a full one into the covers


Bhatia to Jadeja, no run, flicks a straighter one uppishly to the fielder at midwicket, didn't carry


Bhatia to Jadeja, 1 run, gets up and punches a shorter one past cover for a single

Slow going. Kaif has to score and hold up one end and looks uncomfortable.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 51/4 (RR: 5.66)

    • RA Jadeja 2 (7b)
    • M Kaif 6 (13b)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-6-0
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-5-1

Maharoof to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, short outside leg stump, Jadeja tries to get out of the way but cops it on the elbow and the ball runs to square leg, and the umpire signals leg-byes


Maharoof to Kaif, 1 run, full and straight and Kaif clips it to mid-on for one


Maharoof to Jadeja, 1 run, full outside off, Jadeja uses his feet and drives to mid-off and Gambhir, on the circle, misses the stumps


Maharoof to Kaif, 1 run, low full toss which Kaif drives down to Geeves at long-off

Will singles do it? I think not, given the heroics of McCullum and Hussey.


Maharoof to Jadeja, 1 run, whats he doing? The ball is short and Jadeja backs away to leg, again copping one on the body ... he looks all at sea, honestly


Maharoof to Kaif, 1 run, overpitched and Kaif plays a firm on-drive for a single

End of over 10 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 57/4 (RR: 5.70)

    • M Kaif 9 (16b)
    • RA Jadeja 4 (10b)
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-10-1
    • R Bhatia 2-0-6-0

The score is 57 for 4 after ten overs.


Bhatia to Kaif, no run, slower delivery, Kaif shuffles but cannot work the ball past midwicket


Bhatia to Kaif, no run, full on off stump and Kaif just drives it back to Bhatia


Bhatia to Kaif, OUT, simple as can be! A struggling Kaif reaches across and paddles the ball from just outside off stump straight into the hands of Geeves at short fine leg

M Kaif c Geeves b Bhatia 9 (19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

Mahesh Rawat comes out.


Bhatia to Rawat, 1 run, comes forward and plays a good-looking drive to cover for a single


Bhatia to Jadeja, no run, some room on offer and Jadeja cuts it to the man at backward point


Bhatia to Jadeja, 1 run, sees the fuller length and slogs it to down to long-on for one

They don't seem to have much of a game plan, Rajasthan. Crowd wants some fireworks.

End of over 11 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 59/5 (RR: 5.36)

    • RA Jadeja 5 (12b)
    • M Rawat 1 (1b)
    • R Bhatia 3-0-8-1
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-10-1

Daniel Vettori comes on. Shorn of his locks but the fuzz on the face is still there.


Vettori to Jadeja, SIX, and thats clobbered rows back over long-on! Jadeja greets Vettori by slogging him with the turn and a firm strike gets him maximum


Vettori to Jadeja, FOUR, smart batting, as he gets back and late-cuts the flatter, shorter one away


Vettori to Jadeja, 1 run, looped up on off stump and he pushes into the covers for a single


Vettori to Rawat, no run, well bowled, flighting it on middle and off and Rawat smothers the spin


Vettori to Rawat, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and pushes to backward point for one


Vettori to Jadeja, no run, thinks about stepping out but Vettori fires it in and he defends to cover

End of over 12 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 71/5 (RR: 5.91)

    • RA Jadeja 16 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Rawat 2 (3b)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-12-0
    • R Bhatia 3-0-8-1

Bhatia to Rawat, OUT, cleaned up! Rawat goes attempting one of those en vogue paddle-sweeps, but fails to make any contact whatsoever and pays the price for exposing leg stump

M Rawat b Bhatia 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Bhatia gets another as Delhi proceed to roll over Rajasthan. You should hear the cheer.


Bhatia to Salunkhe, FOUR, thats an intellectual edge, Salunkhe opening the face and sneaking it past Karthik's gloves down to the third man fence


Bhatia to Salunkhe, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps and Salunkhe on-drives for a single


Bhatia to Jadeja, 2 wides, pitches well wide of the stumps, Karthik fumbles so thats a couple


Bhatia to Salunkhe, no run, good stuff, no room to work with and the ball is just turned to midwicket

Above the cricket, Akshay Kumar swings in the starry night on a harness.


Bhatia to Salunkhe, 1 run, comes forward and drives a single into the covers


Bhatia to Jadeja, 1 run, gives himself room and drills this one down to the man at long-off

Akshay Kumar is more interesting than the cricket. Hope he's secured up their. But he's done some daring stunts all throughout his career. I'm looking forward to his Tashan. April 25. Note it down.

End of over 13 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 80/6 (RR: 6.15)

    • RA Jadeja 17 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • D Salunkhe 6 (4b 1x4)
    • R Bhatia 4-0-17-2
    • DL Vettori 1-0-12-0

Geeves is back on.


Geeves to Jadeja, FOUR, now there's a shot and a half! Jadeja creates room and goes over point


Geeves to Jadeja, 1 run, gets forward and pushes this one into the gaps


Geeves to Salunkhe, 1 run, full down leg stump, he clips it down to Vettori at fine leg


Geeves to Jadeja, no run, tries to get cheeky, exposing the stumps, but cannot make contact


Geeves to Jadeja, 1 run, again he backs away miles to leg stump, this time gets some bat on it with an ill attempt at a pull, very cramped, so thats good stuff from Geeves


Geeves to Salunkhe, no run, hits a short length and gets Salunkhe hopping up to keep the ball down

End of over 14 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 87/6 (RR: 6.21)

    • D Salunkhe 7 (6b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 23 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • B Geeves 3-0-31-0
    • R Bhatia 4-0-17-2

Right, there are six overs to go. How much can Rajasthan get?


Vettori to Jadeja, SIX, great shot, man! Jadeja dances down and heaves this one over mid-on


Vettori to Jadeja, OUT, but this is Vettori, and he's been around for a while now! The wily veteran fires it in fast and flat and Jadeja, exposing the stumps in an attempt to steer it away, fails to get bat on it much to Vettori's pleasure bowling after being carted for six

RA Jadeja b Vettori 29 (23b 2x4 2x6) SR: 126.08

Shane Warne gets some cheer as he takes guard. Bet he didn't expect this mess when he turned up.


Vettori to Warne, no run, slides down leg stump, Warne misses out on the flick to midwicket


Vettori to Warne, 1 run, fuller one, drifting into leg stump, Warne again tries to flick and gets an inside-edge wide of Vettori's left hand


Vettori to Salunkhe, 1 run, tosses it up down leg and Salunkhe clips it out to the deep for one


Vettori to Warne, 1 run, single to end the over, Warne also turning one past midwicket

End of over 15 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 96/7 (RR: 6.40)

    • SK Warne 2 (3b)
    • D Salunkhe 8 (7b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-21-1
    • B Geeves 3-0-31-0

Rohit emails in: "Jamie are you promoting the movie? I suppose you are looking forward to seeing Kareena Kapoor more than Akshay Kapoor!" Smart man.


Geeves to Warne, no run, straight on middle and leg, Warne tries to on-drives but cant beat the field


Geeves to Warne, no run, gets a shorter one and tries to run past point but the fielder is sharp


Geeves to Warne, FOUR, that one beats point, and McGrath on the ropes, as Warne cuts harder


Geeves to Warne, no run, good length ball, moves in and Warne plays it to midwicket


Geeves to Warne, FOUR, bang! Warne produces a short-arm jab to the shorter ball, clearing the front leg and clubbing it over midwicket


Geeves to Warne, 2 runs, another firm shot between square leg and midwicket, cut off by a sliding Bhatia who covers ground in the deep and receives the bowler's applaud

End of over 16 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 106/7 (RR: 6.62)

    • SK Warne 12 (9b 2x4)
    • D Salunkhe 8 (7b 1x4)
    • B Geeves 4-0-41-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-21-1

Vettori to Salunkhe, 1 run, cheeky shot, opening the face and dabbing to a fumbling gully fielder


Vettori to Warne, no run, oh ho ho ho, Warne also tries the cheeky shot as he shows all his three stumps and very narrowly gets bat on the arm ball, chopping to point


Vettori to Warne, 1 run, uses his feet and goes aerial, good shot but just the single


Vettori to Salunkhe, no run, another arm ball, which is played to backward point rather well


Vettori to Salunkhe, 1 run, comes forward and clips this one past midwicket


Vettori to Warne, 1 run, fails to put the short and wide one away, instead cutting towards point

Warne looks to have some urgency. Salunkhe needs to support him.

End of over 17 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 110/7 (RR: 6.47)

    • SK Warne 14 (12b 2x4)
    • D Salunkhe 10 (10b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-25-1
    • B Geeves 4-0-41-0

Maharoof to Warne, OUT, goes for a booming drive over extra-cover, gets a thick inside-edge onto the back leg and it proceeds to roll onto the base of his stumps, dislodging the bails

SK Warne b Maharoof 14 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

Maharoof strikes on return. Warne goes. Now what?


Maharoof to Trivedi, no run, takes his eyes off the bouncer and it nearly takes his head off


Maharoof to Trivedi, no run, slower ball on off stump, Trivedi backs away and chops to cover


Maharoof to Trivedi, no run, good short one, sitting up and skimming past the bat as he gets tall


Maharoof to Trivedi, 1 run, slower delivery again, Trivedi picks it and chops it into the covers for one


Maharoof to Salunkhe, no run, another short one outside off gets Salunkhe ducking low, so its a dot ball

Maharoof has bowled excellently tonight.

End of over 18 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 111/8 (RR: 6.16)

    • D Salunkhe 10 (11b 1x4)
    • SK Trivedi 1 (4b)
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-11-2
    • DL Vettori 3-0-25-1

Vettori to Trivedi, no run, tosses it up on middle and leg, Trivedi plays it towards mid-on


Vettori to Trivedi, 1 run, again tossed up and this one's past midwicket, Salunkhe sends him back


Vettori to Salunkhe, FOUR, short one is cut past cover, and a diving stop allows the four


Vettori to Salunkhe, FOUR, good use of the feet, and a clean smash over long-off, makes for a top shot


Vettori to Salunkhe, no run, makes room and misses out on the cut, cleverly disguised ball


Vettori to Salunkhe, 1 run, shuffles around, Vettori keeps it flat and he biffs it down to long-on

End of over 19 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 121/8 (RR: 6.36)

    • D Salunkhe 19 (15b 3x4)
    • SK Trivedi 2 (6b)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-35-1
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-11-2

And we have the final over coming around. Can they cross 130? Lets see. McGrath's back.


McGrath to Salunkhe, FOUR, nicely done! Salunkhe just walks across the stumps and scoops it over Karthik


McGrath to Salunkhe, no run, walks way outside off and attempts it again, but cannot connect

Salunkhe curses himself for missing out.

Mid-on comes into the circle


McGrath to Salunkhe, 1 run, well bowled, right up there in the zone, and Salunkhe drives to midwicket


McGrath to Trivedi, 1 run, makes room and drives hard to extra-cover for a single


McGrath to Salunkhe, 2 runs, strides down and heaves, getting an inside-edge down to deep square leg

Very tidy over from McGrath. Last ball coming up ...


McGrath to Salunkhe, no run, fires in a slow yorker, Salunkhe makes room and digs it back to McGrath

A tight bowling display after having to field sees Delhi restrict Rajasthan to a poor 129 for 8. Delhi's bowlers gave nothing away from the start and no partnerships were allowed to form. Virender Sehwag says that four overseas bowlers was a definite advantage. The hosts have an explosive opening combo in Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Will this be enough to defend? Do come back and join me to find out.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 129/8

    • D Salunkhe 26 (20b 4x4)
    • SK Trivedi 3 (7b)
    • GD McGrath 4-1-21-1
    • DL Vettori 4-0-35-1





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