Indian Premier League - 40th match

Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab won by 6 runs (D/L method)

8.15: The openers walk out. This is match 40. There's no reduction in the overs. Sreesanth warms up.

Toss (8.00 pm) : Virender Sehwag has won the toss and Delhi will bat first. He says the pitch looks great for batting. Yuvraj says he would have bowled first anyway. Both captains go back to the dressing room happy. Super. We're not sure at this point if there is a reduction in overs. Update coming your way soon. Not to worry.

Team changes: One change for Punjab. Ramesh Powar comes in for Tanmay Srivastava. This is incidentally Powar's IPL debut.

Two changes for Delhi. Mohammad Asif and Manoj Tiwary make way for Pradeep Sangwan and Shoaib Malik respectively.

Delhi Daredevils: 1 Virender Sehwag (capt), 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Farveez Maharoof, 8 Rajat Bhatia, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Pradeep Sangwan, 11 Glenn McGrath.

Kings XI Punjab: 1 Shaun Marsh, 2 James Hopes, 3 Luke Pomersbach, 4 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 5 Mahela Jayawardene, 6 Irfan Pathan, 7 Ramesh Powar, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Uday Kaul (wk), 10 Sreesanth, 11 VRV Singh.

7.55: Better news. The drizzle has stopped and the captains are getting ready for the toss.

7.42: We've received word that it's just a light drizzle and the situation isn't that bad. That's good news, folks. However, it will be a delayed start. Delayed by how much, it's too soon to predict.

So what do we look out for? The fielders at the boundary might want to keep an eye on the crowd. Virender Sehwag was pelted with a stone in his home ground in their last home game. Ouch. Let's cross our fingers and hope there aren't any repeat offenders around.

Glenn McGrath v Shaun Marsh should be worth a watch - the future of Australian cricket up against its illustrious past. The clash of the leggies - Piyush Chawla and the hat-trick hero Amit Mishra - is another. For more, check out Dileep's preview.

7.25: Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to part of the Saturday double-bill. Delhi Daredevils host Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla. I'm Kanishkaa Balachandran, your companion through this match. Raju and Raymond take over the scoring controls. As I write, Rajasthan Royals have just trampled over the abject Bangalore Royal Challengers in Jaipur.

Ok, we have some bad news to start with. It's raining in Delhi. We don't have live pictures from the ground yet. We'll of course keep you up to date with the latest. We haven't had too many rain delays in this tournament. Staying with the topic, our colleagues in London must be sick and tired of seeing it pelt down at Lord's. Why does it always rain out here?. That song comes to mind.

0.1

Sreesanth to Gambhir, no run, shaky start for Gambhir already as he gets an inside edge onto his pads, the ball could well have rolled onto his stumps

0.2

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 1 wide, he strays a little too wide outside the off stump and Gambhir can't resist chasing that

One slip in place

0.2

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 2 wides, terrible delivery wide down the legside and Sreesanth will really have to thank Kaul for flinging himself to his right and saving two wides

0.2

Sreesanth to Sehwag, no run, hits the right line and length and Sehwag gets across and defends back to the bowler

0.3

Sreesanth to Sehwag, no run, goes for the drive this time but he's cramped for room outside the offstump as he plays it down to mid-off

There's no grass on this surface, unlike the previous game

0.4

Sreesanth to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag whips this hard towards mid-on, he wants to get off the mark after two consecutive ducks

0.5

Sreesanth to Sehwag, 1 wide, nearly lands himself with a third consecutive duck as he flays at a wide delivery outside off which seams away, Sreesanth's struggling a bit here

When will this over end?

0.5

Sreesanth to Sehwag, SIX, That should ease the nerves for Sehwag big time! Sreesanth dishes out a half volley wide outside off and Sehwag chases it and gets a thick outside edge which just clears the third man rope

0.6

Sreesanth to Sehwag, no run, ends the over with a beautiful delivery pitched on the corridor outside off, it squares up Sehwag and he nearly gets an edge

End of over 1 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 10/0 (RR: 10.00)
V Sehwag    6* (5b 1x6)      S Sreesanth    1-0-10-0
G Gambhir    0* (1b)     

Irfan Pathan runs in

1.1

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, lands it on a good length and gets it to curve away, Gambhir taps it in front of the bowler and decides against a run

1.2

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, he gives him the charge this time but he fails to place it wide of mid-off who's stationed more towards cover

Fine leg up in the circle

1.3

Pathan to Gambhir, FOUR, pitches just marginally wide outside off, he opens the face of the bat and times it superbly in the arc between backward point and cover

1.4

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, pushes a full delivery firmly towards mid-off, no chance of a single despite the fielder standing deep

1.5

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, gets this one to bend back in sharply and nearly takes the edge

1.6

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, he slashes hard square of the wicket and Hopes does well to slide and save a couple of runs, Marsh throws it to the keeper and there's confusion in the running, Gambhir makes it back just in time

End of over 2 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 14/0 (RR: 7.00)
G Gambhir    4* (7b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    6* (5b 1x6)      S Sreesanth    1-0-10-0

2.1

Sreesanth to Sehwag, 2 runs, : Sehwag goes for the loft and completely mistimes it as the top edge goes towards mid-off, Yuvraj who has the safest pair of hands spills the sitter

2.2

Sreesanth to Sehwag, 1 run, takes a very quick single to point and Gambhir scampers home

2.3

Sreesanth to Gambhir, FOUR, very poor fielding there! Gambhir reaches out and gets a thick outside edge towards VRV Sing at third man, he goes for the catch, then pulls back suddenly, misjudges the bounce and the ball rolls to the boundary

2.4

Sreesanth to Gambhir, no run, chases a full delivery wide outside off but this is slower, he's beaten on the drive

2.5

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 1 run, stays back to a short of a length delivery and taps it in front of mid-off for a quick single

2.6

Sreesanth to Sehwag, 2 runs, the misfielding disease spreads like a virus here, Sehwag pushes wide of mid-on and sets off, Powar makes a mess of it and they take an extra run

End of over 3 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
V Sehwag    11* (8b 1x6)      S Sreesanth    2-0-20-0
G Gambhir    9* (10b 2x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-4-0

3.1

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, slices this one firmly towards point and Hopes intercepts it

3.2

Pathan to Gambhir, FOUR, he improvises by making room outside off and slaps a good length delivery wide of Hopes at point, he had enough width to play it off the meat of the bat

3.3

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, steps down and exposes his stumps, Pathan follows him and the ball clips the pad and just misses the stumps on the deflection, Kaul saves it with one hand

3.4

Pathan to Gambhir, FOUR, Pathan errs by overpitching it outside off and Gambhir as if anticipating it makes room and creams it wide of mid-off, that traveled like a bullet

3.5

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, gets the width outside off but he mistimes the drive to Hopes at backward point

3.6

Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, plays it late, opens the face of the bat and glides it gently down to third man to retain the strike

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End of over 4 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 33/0 (RR: 8.25)
G Gambhir    18* (16b 4x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-13-0
V Sehwag    11* (8b 1x6)      S Sreesanth    2-0-20-0

4.1

Sreesanth to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length outside off, he opens the faced of the bat and gently steers it to Marsh at backward point

4.2

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 2 runs, fuller in length and a touch wider, he makes room and scoops it over extra cover, Hopes at the deep slides and cuts it off before the rope

4.3

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 2 runs, steps down the track again and tries to launch him downtown, he mistimes the stroke and the ball just clears the fielder in the region of long-off

4.4

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 1 wide, bowls the slower ball but misdirects the legbreak down the legside, he tries to nudge it down but misses

4.4

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir's charmed life continues as he gets a thick outside edge and ball lands wide of VRV in the region of third man

4.5

Sreesanth to Gambhir, 2 runs, fires it fuller, pitches outside off and he steers it down to VRV at third man, they take the first run very quickly

4.6

Sreesanth to Gambhir, FOUR, strays towards the pads and he mows this one across the line in the arc between midwicket and mid-on, Powar gives up the chase very early, this outfield is like lightning

End of over 5 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 46/0 (RR: 9.20)
G Gambhir    30* (22b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-33-0
V Sehwag    11* (8b 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-13-0

VRV Singh replaces Irfan

5.1

Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, full and wide outside the offstump, he drives away from his body and gets an inside edge to the on side

5.2

Singh to Gambhir, FOUR, dishes out a full toss on the pads and Gambhir waits for it and lofts it over midwicket, that was pure timing

5.3

Singh to Gambhir, 1 run, takes a couple of paces down and softly tucks it towards midwicket to take a single

5.4

Singh to Sehwag, SIX, full and wide outside the offstump and Sehwag reaches out and deposits it over the extra cover boundary

5.5

Singh to Sehwag, SIX, make that two, VRV pitches it too short and wide outside off and he stays at the crease and slashes it over deep backward point

5.6

Singh to Sehwag, FOUR, this is wide again but the length is too full, he reaches out and the edge flies wide of the keeper and runs to third man

End of over 6 (22 runs) Delhi Daredevils 68/0 (RR: 11.33)
V Sehwag    28* (12b 1x4 3x6)      VRV Singh    1-0-22-0
G Gambhir    35* (24b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-33-0

6.1

Powar to Gambhir, 1 wide, wide from round the stumps, it turns away, and is called a wide

6.1

Powar to Gambhir, 1 run, Pitched on the off stump, this is the straighter one, and cut away to point

6.2

Powar to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag goes for an almighty heave, it's slower and misses

6.3

Powar to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted and hit stright to mid-on, it just bounes short of piyush chawla there

6.4

Powar to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir makes room, and lofts this flighted delivery over mid-off for four

6.5

Powar to Gambhir, no run, flatter on leg stump, and just brushes the pad

6.6

Powar to Gambhir, OUT, Powar strikes! Gambhir plays for the break, but this one goes straight and cleans Gambhir up. Clever bowling from Powar.

G Gambhir b Powar 40 (28b 7x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

The change has worked like magic for Yuvraj. Powar almost got Sehwag when Chawla couldn't pull off a sensational catch, but now he cleans up Gambhir

End of over 7 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 75/1 (RR: 10.71)
     RR Powar    1-0-7-1
V Sehwag    29* (14b 1x4 3x6)      VRV Singh    1-0-22-0

VRV, who went for 22 in his first over has been taken off

7.1

Chawla to Sehwag, FOUR, Chawla bowls short, Sehwag almost out of habit steps out first ball to a new spinner, and although beaten in the flight, he cuts it through covers for four

7.2

Chawla to Sehwag, SIX, This is a biggie! Sehwag doesn't respect spinners. On the middle stump, in his slot, Sehwag slogsweeps this and clears everything

7.3

Chawla to Sehwag, 1 run, Round the stumps, Sehwag plays this to short thirdman for a single

7.4

Chawla to Dhawan, 1 run, Flat on l;eg stump, Dhawan turns this around the corner for one

7.5

Chawla to Sehwag, 1 run, angled across the rigjt hander, Sehwag punches it off the backfoot to long-off

7.6

Chawla to Dhawan, no run

End of over 8 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 88/1 (RR: 11.00)
S Dhawan    1* (2b)      PP Chawla    1-0-13-0
V Sehwag    41* (18b 2x4 4x6)      RR Powar    1-0-7-1

8.1

Powar to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag steps out, gets right to the pitch and hits it with the break over midwicket boundary for another six. Spinners don't evoke any respect from Sehwag

10.57: Thank goodness now. The umpires are out and so are Kings XI Punjab. Fielding restrictions will apply for three overs when Punjab bat.

10.52: It will now be a 11 over game. Play will start at 11 PM, weather permitting!

Sid V makes a hilarious observation in a five-over scenario: "Middle overs (between 1.3 and 3.1) will become formulaic and boring."

He adds: "11pm, 11 overs, 11 men .. Oceans 11."

10.48: Ok, some positive developments. The covers are off.

10.37: Great Snakes! The covers are coming back on. So much for short thrills. Looks like the 10.40 start is out of the question. I've been informed that if Delhi don't bat anymore, Punjab will be chasing a target of 62 off 5 overs.

10.34: News is that the match has been reduced to 13 overs-a-side. Play will start at 10.40. Three bowlers can bowl three overs each while two bowlers can bowl a maximum of two.

10.25: We have an update. Umpire Jayaprakash says both teams have lost at least two overs each. He reckons this could be a 16 overs-a-side game. The rain has stopped and the covers are off, the groundstaff are busy getting the outfield ready. Play could start in the next 15 minutes, after the umpires inspect the field. The cut-off time is 11.40 PM (after which the match will be called off) but that's still a long way off. We'll update you as and when we receive word.

10.17: Good news finally! The covers are off. The super sopper is at work to drain out the surface water. Normally in a curtailed match, you would think the chasing side has the advantage. Fewer overs, 10 wickets etc. But not sure about that theory in a five-over chase. Every wicket you lose is a dot ball.

10.12: No signs of letting up yet I'm afraid. We're already well past the cut off time for the first innings. To constitute a match, both teams need to play a minimum of five overs each. There's a chance that Punjab will come out facing a revised target, off five overs. More on that as things develop.

10.00: Sorry guys. I wish I could give you good news but I just can't. It's still pouring, looks more like a hard drizzle.

9.43: Word from the ground is that it's a steady downpour. Hardly an improvement. We're trying to find out the cut-off time before the overs get reduced. If it goes into Duckworth/Lewis (highly likely), it looks like Delhi's target will be revised.

I dislike these rain delays as much as you guys do. Raju, our scorer, isn't wasting his time. He's busy with Sudoku.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan disagrees: "I love this rain delay, unlike you fellows. Viru isn't in my Fantasy League team and he'll kill my hopes if the carnage continues. Call off, I say." The legions at the Kotla won't be a happy bunch if that happens.

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9.28: It's pelting down. Spectators in the unprotected stands are scurrying for cover. It looks like a full house. The ground really was buzzing a while back. Too bad about the current situation. It looks as if it will be a longer wait.

In case the match is washed out, it will not be replayed tomorrow.

9.25: The covers are still on. It's quite windy out there as well.

9.20: Still raining...

9.13: The rain hasn't stopped in Delhi. This could upset Delhi's momentum.

Meanwhile, a heavy drizzle has stopped play. Covers are coming on. This is a strange time for Delhi to have rains, and it has interrupted a fascinating onslaught from Sehwag. Sehwag has ridden his luck; some other day he might have been caught twice. We will keep you updated how long does this rain interrupt Sehwag's charge.

Rahul writes: "John Wright wrote in his book that he used to pray when Sehwag faced the spinners for the first time in a game since he just doesn't rate them. He believes that they deserved to be hit out of the park!"

Nalin: "Ironic isn't it? Sehwag himself is a spinner!"

Srikant has other plans - "I hope the match doesn't start in another 8 mins as the FA Cup is on in its final stages." Soccer, anyone?

Vikranth from Louisville, Kentucky: "IPL is not only a great chance for Indian domestic players to contest for the national selection but also a great opportunity for the future captains of India to show their mettle."

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8.2

Powar to Sehwag, 1 wide, Powar slips this one wide down leg on seeing Sehwag give him the charge

8.2

Powar to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, goes for a mighty hoick a little too early and he misses, the ball trickles past the keeper

8.3

Powar to Dhawan, SIX, he gives it a bit too much flight and Dhawan gives him the charge and clubs a high full toss over deep midwicket

8.4

Powar to Dhawan, 1 run, fires this one fast and full, he gives the charge and pushes to long-on

8.5

Powar to Sehwag, 1 run, pushes it flat on middle and leg, he makes room and heaves it to deep midwicket

8.6

Powar to Dhawan, OUT, cuts back on the pace and lands it on a good length, Dhawan gives him the charge, fails to get to the pitch of the ball and as a result he mishits it to Chawla at extra cover who takes the skier

S Dhawan c Chawla b Powar 8 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

End of over 9 (16 runs) Delhi Daredevils 104/2 (RR: 11.55)
     RR Powar    2-0-22-2
V Sehwag    48* (21b 2x4 5x6)      PP Chawla    1-0-13-0

Dilshan is the new bat. Here's VRV

9.1

Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, attempts a yorker but it turns into a low full toss, Sehwag swings across the line and Powar just manages to intercept it at short fine leg

9.2

Singh to Dilshan, (no ball) 2 runs, slips out of his hand and it's almost a beamer! Luckily it slides wide down the leg side and Kaul fumbles as he tries to collect it

9.2

Singh to Dilshan, FOUR, good improvisation as he moves across his stumps and paddles a low full toss from outside off and scoops it high over short fine leg

9.3

Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, makes room and clubs a full delivery to long-off

9.4

Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, hits a fullish length wide outside off and he makes room and gets a thick edge to third man, that's his 50

9.5

Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish outside off, he pushes it down to mid-off and that's only a single

The breeze has blown rubbish into the ground and some of it comes near the pitch

9.6

Singh to Sehwag, no run, clever stuff from VRV as he slips it wide outside off stump on seeing Sehwag make room, it was too far for him to stretch out and play a stroke

End of over 10 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 115/2 (RR: 11.50)
V Sehwag    50* (24b 2x4 5x6)      VRV Singh    2-0-33-0
TM Dilshan    8* (4b 1x4)      RR Powar    2-0-22-2

Hopes to bowl the final over

10.1

Hopes to Dilshan, no run, excellent delivery from Hopes as he slips in an unplayable yorker and follows follows Sehwag as he makes room, he only succeeds in pushing it back to the bowler

10.2

Hopes to Dilshan, OUT, bangs this one short and follows Sehwag as he makes room to pull, he connects well but doesn't get the elevation as Pomersbach juggles at deep midwicket before taking the catch

TM Dilshan c Pomersbach b Hopes 8 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Maharoof walks in

10.3

Hopes to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, makes room to paddle it past short fine leg but he fails to connect off his bat

10.4

Hopes to Maharoof, OUT, this is turning out to be an excellent over so far! He bowls the slower ball, Maharoof makes room but he mistimes the loft and Powar runs backwards and takes an excellent catch at midwicket

MF Maharoof c Powar b Hopes 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

10.5

Hopes to Sehwag, 1 run, fires in the yorker and swings it away from the offstump, he makes room and gets a feather touch to it, the ball trickles to the keeper and Kaul's underarm flick fails to hit the stumps

10.6

Hopes to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, superb ends to the over as he dishes out an inswinging yorker, there's nothing much Malik could do with that as he gets a thin edge to his pads and picks up a quick single

11.21: And again the rain returns and so do the covers! What a day.

We've been informed that Punjab will chase a revised target of 123 in 11 overs. Hopes' final over (three runs and two wickets) could be very crucial. Apparently there's a mild drizzle.

One bowler can bowl a maximum of three overs while four can bowl a maximum of two each.

End of over 11 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 118/4
Shoaib Malik    1* (1b)      JR Hopes    1-0-2-2
V Sehwag    51* (26b 2x4 5x6)      VRV Singh    2-0-33-0
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