Indian Premier League - 1st semi final

Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 105 runs

7.58 pm local time: Past achievements don't matter anymore. It's sudden death for both the teams. A single mistake could cost them the tournament, and the pressure will only get more intense.

Rudi Koertzen and Billy Bowden are the umpires. Graeme Smith and Swapnil Asnodkar are Rajasthan's openers, they've done a fantastic job so far in the IPL. Glenn McGrath has the new ball for Delhi, bowling from over the wicket. There's a steady roar in the Wankhede now.

7.45 pm: Well the early luck has been with Delhi. Sehwag said that the conditions in Mumbai during the first innings offered assistance to the seam bowlers and Delhi are bowling first. Warne said he would have bowled as well. Rajasthan have chased confidently throughout the tournament and will now face the challenge of setting a competitive target. How much is enough? The last time they played in Mumbai, Pollock and Co bowled them out for just over a 100, although that match was at the DY Patil Stadium.

"Why have the Royals dropped Kamran Akmal, he seemed to me to be playing pretty good," says Dresdan. He was playing well, but a team can field only four internationals and Rajasthan's first choices are Smith, Watson, Tanvir and of course Warne.

"It's clear Warne has gone with big-match experience over performance in selecting Kaif over Patel. High time Kaif justified his price tag, although to be fair his position in the batting order has meant that he hasn't got very many "full fledged" opportunities," says Umair.

Toss, 7.30 pm: Contrary to what Virender Sehwag said, Sunil Gavaskar feels that the pitch is excellent and the team winning the toss wouldn't mind batting first. Sehwag had said that the ball did a bit during the first innings in Mumbai and hinted that he would prefer to chase. Warne has always put the opposition in when he wins the toss in the night games.

The two captains are out there for the toss with the bombastic Ravi Shastri, who bellows "Mumbai are you ready to rock!" The crowd response isn't as loud in comparison. Virender Sehwag calls heads and it falls heads. Sehwag sticks to his guns and Delhi will bowl first.

Delhi have made one change to their line-up, replacing Brett Geeves with Mohammad Asif, who's fit again.

Delhi Daredevils (probable): 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag (capt), 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Farveez Maharoof, 8 V Yomahesh, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Mohammad Asif 11 Glenn McGrath.

Rajasthan have brought back the players they rested for the dead rubber against Punjab. Smith's back, so are Asnodkar, Warne, Jadeja and Tanvir. Niraj Patel misses out and Mohammad Kaif keeps his spot, which I find a bit surprising considering Patel has played two cracking knocks in his last two innings.

Rajasthan Royals (probable): 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Swapnil Asnodkar, 3 Yusuf Pathan, 4 Shane Watson, 5 Mohammad Kaif, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Mahesh Rawat (wk), 8 Shane Warne (capt), 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Siddharth Trivedi, 11 Munaf Patel.

7.10 pm: "I feel that deciding the champion with one final is not fair. After such a long series and such great efforts by the team one bad moment and the title is gone. I think best of three finals in this format is most suitable," says Niraj. He does have a point.

Raghu wants the semi-finals also to be held in "home-away style".

"If Mumbai got into the final four they would have their semi-final and perhaps the final at home giving them a decisive advantage. An advantage based on cash not merit or their performances! This is an absolute absurdity," says Paul.

By the way I've just got word that the Wankhede is far from full at the moment. So if you are in the vicinity, it might be worth making the trip. Ticket prices have been slashed as well, because Mumbai aren't in the final four.

In other news, Yusuf Pathan and Pragyan Ojha have been included in India's squad for the tri-series in Bangladesh.

7.00 pm: Hello everybody and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first semi-final of the Indian Premier League between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In case you're wondering why the semi-final is at a neutral venue, it's because Mumbai won the right to host the semis and the finals because their owner was the highest bidder when the franchises were being auctioned. I'm George Binoy, your commentator for the match.

Dileep Premachandran isn't a fan of the semi-final being at the Wankhede. "In just over 48 hours, a team that lost nearly 50% of its league matches could be crowned champions of the inaugural Indian Premier League. A competition spanning six weeks, nearly as long as the much-criticised World Cup in the Caribbean, will finally reach its climax at two venues that none of the four semi-finalists call home. The Rajasthan Royals, perfect over seven games in Jaipur, go into their semi-final against the Delhi Daredevils with no reward whatsoever for that pristine home record. The fact that they won four more games over the regular season also counts for nothing. So, what sort of league are we talking about here?"

Check out Cricinfo's preview of the game, "The irony is that Delhi have Rajasthan to thank for their place in the final four. Stuck on 15 points after 14 matches, Delhi needed Rajasthan to beat Mumbai in Jaipur and only after Mumbai's final-ball choke was Delhi's spot secured."

There's a lot more in our preview package for this game. Nagraj Gollapudi spoke to Yomahesh, Farveez Maharoof and Mohammad Asif on how they've benefitted from playing alongside Glenn McGrath. Check out 20 key numbers from the league phase. Here's a tidbit: 16- The numbers of maidens bowled in the tournament. Also, the number of wickets that have fallen on the final ball of an innings.

Rajasthan were the best team during the league stages, winning 11 out of 14 games. They lost their final game to Punjab but that was largely because they fielded a relatively weak XI. Delhi made the final four by the proverbial skin of their teeth but they have the firepower in Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, and the experience in Glenn McGrath to knock over any opposition. They've also beaten Rajasthan once in the tournament.

An interesting contest to watch out for is Sohail Tanvir against Delhi's top order. They haven't faced him before. Which way do you think this match will swing?

0.1

McGrath to Smith, no run, a peach from McGrath, he pitches on a good length around off stump, draws Smith forward and then seams the ball past the outside edge of his forward defence, simply superb

0.2

McGrath to Smith, 1 wide, and this one is wide, McGrath gets a bit too straight and the ball slants down leg side

0.2

McGrath to Smith, no run, tight line and length around off stump, no room for Smith who strides forward and pushes the ball towards cover

Smith's been in awesome form in the IPL but missed the last two games because of a hamstring problem. Can he slot back in seamlessly?

0.3

McGrath to Smith, no run, good length once again from McGrath, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

0.4

McGrath to Smith, no run, Smith tries to flick a fuller ball that swings into him but gets struck on the pad, the keeper and the slips appeal for lbw but McGrath isn't interested, he knew that was missing leg

0.5

McGrath to Smith, no run, short of a length this time outside off stump, Smith moves back and opens the face to defend on the off side, Smith had moved a bit down the pitch and McGrath saw him coming and shortened the length

0.6

McGrath to Smith, no run, McGrath finishes a splendid first over, a disciplined line and length on off stump, he can bowl that all day you feel, Smith gets behind the line and blocks

End of over 1 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
GC Smith    0* (6b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0
SA Asnodkar    0* (0b)     

Can Mohammad Asif follow up that superb first over? He's bowling from over the wicket to Asnodkar. Asif's also not had match practice for a while. He is wearing a brace on his bowling arm but he's been asked to remove it now, hence the delay. Two slips in place.

1.1

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, 1 run, Asif pitches on off and middle and slants the ball into leg, Asnodkar moves across his crease and whips the ball off his pads to long leg where Maharoof slides and makes the save

1.2

Mohammad Asif to Smith, no run, Asif raps Smith on the pads with one that pitches around off and middle and seams across the left-hander, Smith had come forward to defend but played down the wrong line, that was missing off

1.3

Mohammad Asif to Smith, no run, terrific fielding! Dilshan's saved a four, the length was too full on the pads, Smith leaned forward and flicked firmly, he's very strong in that area, Dilshan dived to his right and stopped it

1.4

Mohammad Asif to Smith, FOUR, this time Smith's put it away, the length and line was too far on leg stump once again, Smith moves across and flicks towards the fine leg boundary

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Smith, 1 run, what a close call! Smith pushes the ball towards cover and sets off for the quick single, as he's running his hamstring begins to give him trouble and he begins to hobble, he's struggling to make his ground as the direct hit comes in from cover at the bowler's end, Smith barely grounds his bat as the ball hits the stumps, that was very very close, Smith's safe but his hamstring is giving him trouble

Smith's having a word with the umpire, presumably about a runner. He was carrying a hamstring problem into this match so he might not be allowed a runner. We will have to wait and see, it's up to Sehwag to allow him a runner.

1.6

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, 1 run, strays on to the pads once again, Asnodkar flicks off his hips towards long leg

End of over 2 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
SA Asnodkar    2* (2b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-7-0
GC Smith    5* (10b 1x4)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0

Mohammad Kaif has come in as a runner for Smith.

2.1

McGrath to Asnodkar, no run, brilliant, McGrath hits the good length around off stump and seams the ball across the right-hander, Asnodkar gets squared up on the back foot and is beaten

2.2

McGrath to Asnodkar, 2 runs, Asnodkar backs away and throws his bat hard at a good length ball, he manages to slice it over point, the ball races across the outfield but Asif runs to his right from third man and slides to save the four

2.3

McGrath to Asnodkar, FOUR, edged and the ball falls short! Asnodkar drives loosely at a good length delivery which seams away from him, he gets an outside edge that falls short towards Sehwag's right at second slip, he gets a hand to it but the ball beats him and runs to the third man boundary

2.4

McGrath to Asnodkar, 1 run, Asnodkar pushes the ball towards the leg side and sprints the single

2.5

McGrath to Smith, no run, McGrath keeps it on a good length around off stump, Smith gets behind the line and defends back to the bowler, he's in quite a bit of discomfort because of his hamstring

2.6

McGrath to Smith, no run, Smith makes room and slashes hard at the ball, McGrath moves it away from the left-hander from short of a length and beats the bat, Smith's struggling here - 5 off 12 balls

End of over 3 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
GC Smith    5* (12b 1x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-8-0
SA Asnodkar    9* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-7-0

3.1

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, FOUR, Asnodkar's exploded! He stands in his crease, picks up a length ball from outside off stump and slashes hard while opening the face of the bat, he slices the ball over backward point for four

3.2

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, 2 runs, short of a length and outside off stump, Asnodkar goes after it and cuts hard once again, the ball screams across the outfield and McGrath slides to make the save in the nick of time

3.3

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, no run, Asnodkar defends off the back foot towards backward point, Kaif wanted the single but Asnodkar was ball watching

3.4

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, FOUR, Asnodkar's hitting it with aplomb! He plants his front foot forward and lofts Asif from a good length on the up over extra cover, terrific timing and Asnodkar's fizzing now

3.5

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, no run, short of a length delivery outside off, Asnodkar moves on to the back foot and defends

3.6

Mohammad Asif to Asnodkar, FOUR, that's too short on leg stump and Asnodkar's cashed in big time, he swivels and pulls the ball firnly towards fine leg, he gets into position so quickly does Asnodkar and he's got amazing hand-eye co-ordination

End of over 4 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
SA Asnodkar    23* (12b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-21-0
GC Smith    5* (12b 1x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-8-0

4.1

McGrath to Smith, 2 runs, Smith tries to loft down the ground but mis-hits the ball high over cover, two fielders give chase but they can't get to it

4.2

McGrath to Smith, no run, fuller length angling across the left-hander, smith moves his front foot out of the way and tries to smash it but misses

4.3

McGrath to Smith, FOUR, he hasn't missed this! Smith gives himself room to a length ball and pulls with tremendous use of the bottom hand over midwicket for four

4.4

McGrath to Smith, FOUR, and again! the length is fuller from McGrath and Smith gets under the ball and smashes it over deep midwicket, the ball bounces just once before going over the fence

4.5

McGrath to Smith, FOUR, three in a row! Smith makes a bit of room and punches hard at a fuller ball, he dispatches it past mid-off for four more

4.6

McGrath to Smith, no run, McGrath finishes the over with a slower ball which beats Smith who tries to run it towards third man

"Smith is one tough fellow. He has played in extreme pain before to lift South Africa to a victory. I can't recall when," says Farhan. Smith was injured in the first ball of the inaugural game of the Twenty20 World Cup. He was hit on the arm by Darren Powell and went on to make a 21-ball 28.

End of over 5 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/0 (RR: 8.60)
GC Smith    19* (18b 4x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-22-0
SA Asnodkar    23* (12b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-21-0

5.1

Mahesh to Asnodkar, FOUR, dropped! Asnodkar swivels and pulls a short ball towards long leg where Maharoof gets into position to take the catch but spills it, that flew fast towards him and he tried to take it with fingers facing upwards, Aussie style, looks like the ball hit him on the face as well after bouncing off his hands, to add insult, it goes over the boundary

5.2

Mahesh to Asnodkar, no run, defended on the front foot on the pitch

5.3

Mahesh to Asnodkar, SIX, this time Maharoof has no chance, Asnodkar latches on to a short ball and swings it high and far over long leg, I think he broke a window pane in the stands

5.4

Mahesh to Asnodkar, no run, Asnodkar moves back and defends back to the bowler

5.5

Mahesh to Asnodkar, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Asnodkar goes after it and slashes wide of first slip for four over, what a dynamo Asnodkar is, he's absolutely electric at the moment

5.6

Mahesh to Asnodkar, 1 run, good length delivery angling into the right-hander, he pushes it on the leg side for a sharp single

End of over 6 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 58/0 (RR: 9.66)
SA Asnodkar    38* (18b 6x4 1x6)      VY Mahesh    1-0-15-0
GC Smith    19* (18b 4x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-22-0

Dheeraj: "Other than Smith's toughness, one must appreciate Sehwag for being sportive and allowing him a runner. He could very well have opposed it on the ground that Smith shouldn't be playing with an injury."

Rajasthan have scored 43 off the last three overs. Maharoof replaces McGrath, bowling from over the wicket.

6.1

Maharoof to Asnodkar, 1 run, good length to start with outside off stump, Asnodkar tries to drive through the off side and gets an inside edge past his stumps

6.2

Maharoof to Smith, 2 runs, Smith backs away a bit too early, Maharoof sees him and bowls the slower ball, smith waits for the short of a length delivery and slices it down to third man

Kaif is running for Smith who is suffering from a hamstring problem.

6.3

Maharoof to Smith, FOUR, too full on the pads, Smith's super in that area even when he is injured, he picks the ball up off his pads and lofts it to the deep square leg boundary

6.4

Maharoof to Smith, OUT, caught! and splendidly caught! Smith lifts the ball off his pads once again, he's hit it flat towards deep square leg where Shikhar Dhawan runs in from the boundary and dives to take the catch inches off the ground, superb effort and the relief is visible on Sehwag's face

GC Smith c Dhawan b Maharoof 25 (21b 5x4 0x6) SR: 119.04

Warne's given Tanvir a promotion.

6.5

Maharoof to Asnodkar, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Asnodkar slashes at it and gets beaten

6.6

Maharoof to Asnodkar, OUT, Maharoof's struck again! He hits the pitch hard and gets the ball to lift on Asnodkar from just short of a length, Asnodkar cuts the ball from outside off stump but can't control it because of the high bounce, he slices it in the air towards Tiwary at point, who takes a smart catch

SA Asnodkar c Tiwary b Maharoof 39 (21b 6x4 1x6) SR: 185.71

End of over 7 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 65/2 (RR: 9.28)
     MF Maharoof    1-0-7-2
Sohail Tanvir    0* (0b)      VY Mahesh    1-0-15-0

Watson is the new batsman. Maharoof has delivered for Delhi, and how.

7.1

Mahesh to Sohail Tanvir, no run, punched off the front foot to cover

7.2

Mahesh to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR, that's classic from Tanvir, he moves forward to a length delivery and smashes it through covers with an orthodox cover drive, lovely timing

7.3

Mahesh to Sohail Tanvir, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

7.4

Mahesh to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, Tanvir takes a strides forward and pulls a short of a length ball towards long on, he hasn't connected well so the ball doesn't reach the boundary, or the fielder in the deep

7.5

Mahesh to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Watson moves on to the back foot and plays the square drive towards point, didn't connect very well on that occasion

7.6

Mahesh to Watson, 1 run, what happened there? Watson came forward and tried to flick a good length ball across the line towards midwicket, the ball seamed a fraction away from him and the leading edge went towards long off

End of over 8 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 71/2 (RR: 8.87)
SR Watson    1* (2b)      VY Mahesh    2-0-21-0
Sohail Tanvir    5* (4b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-7-2

8.1

Maharoof to Watson, no run, Maharoof pitches the ball on a good length outside off stump, Watson lets it go through to Karthik

8.2

Maharoof to Watson, no run, Watson tries to run the ball towards third man but the length is good and the line is too close to off stump, the ball bounces a bit more as well and beats the bat

8.3

Maharoof to Watson, FOUR, the slower ball outside off stump, Watson picks it up early and uses his muscle to loft the ball back over the bowler's head for four

8.4

Maharoof to Watson, 1 run, played off the back foot down to third man for a single

8.5

Maharoof to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, caught! Maharoof has his third! He pitches just short of a length and gets the ball to bounce and hurry on to Tanvir who had come on to the front foot to pull, he was in no position whatsoever and the ball ballooned after hitting high on the bat towards Karthik who held an easy catch

Sohail Tanvir c †Karthik b Maharoof 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

8.6

Maharoof to Watson, 1 run, Watson waits for a good length ball to angle into him and opens the face to guide it to third man

End of over 9 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 77/3 (RR: 8.55)
SR Watson    7* (7b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-13-3
M Kaif    0* (0b)      VY Mahesh    2-0-21-0

Sehwag's given the ball to the legspinner Amit Mishra, bowling from over the wicket.

9.1

Mishra to Watson, 1 run, Watson plays the ball off the front foot behind square for one

Mohammad Kaif is the new batsman.

9.2

Mishra to Kaif, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Kaif moves forward and opens the face of the bat to play the ball towards point

9.3

Mishra to Watson, 1 run, Sehwag fires the throw into the keepers end after Watson collects a single behidn square on the leg side

9.4

Mishra to Kaif, 1 run, Kaif leans forward and pushes a flat delivery in front of Tiwary at point

9.5

Mishra to Watson, 1 run, Watson takes a step down the track but mis-times the attempted loft towards long-on, he wanted to clear the boundary

9.6

Mishra to Kaif, 1 wide, slides down leg side this time, it's Bowden's cue to entertain the crowd

9.6

Mishra to Kaif, no run, pushed back towards the bowler off the back foot

End of over 10 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 83/3 (RR: 8.30)
M Kaif    2* (3b)      A Mishra    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    10* (10b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-13-3

10.1

Mahesh to Watson, FOUR, too full on the pads, Watson moves forward and swings the ball powerfully off his pads past the fielder at short fine leg for four, poor line when you have a short fine leg

10.2

Mahesh to Watson, 1 wide, he overcompensates by bowling too wide outside off stump, Watson slashes hard but misses

10.2

Mahesh to Watson, 1 run, Watson stands his ground and hits the ball hard towards long-on, the ball reaches the fielder on the bounce, looks like they are targeting Yomahesh

10.3

Mahesh to Kaif, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Kaif tries to nudge the ball on the leg side but gets an edge on to his body, they run a single towards the off side on the rebound

Watson's using a new bat, he cracked his old one off his previous ball.

10.4

Mahesh to Watson, SIX, and what a difference it's made! the length is short from Yomahesh, Watson gets on to the front foot and pulls with tremendous power, that ball has cleared the roof at deep square leg

10.5

Mahesh to Watson, SIX, and again! Watson pulls with brute force off the front foot and hits the ball flat over the boundary at deep midwicket, he's laying into Yomahesh with haymakers now

10.6

Mahesh to Watson, 2 runs, full toss and Watson drives down the ground for two more to end the over, they're steaming along now

End of over 11 (21 runs) Rajasthan Royals 104/3 (RR: 9.45)
SR Watson    29* (15b 2x4 2x6)      VY Mahesh    3-0-42-0
M Kaif    3* (4b)      A Mishra    1-0-6-0

11.1

Mishra to Kaif, no run, bowled with flight on off stump, Kaif moves back and defends cautiously on the off side, what a difference in tempo there is when Kaif is on strike

11.2

Mishra to Kaif, 1 run, Kaif moves forward, gets down on one knee and drives towards long-on

11.3

Mishra to Watson, SIX, Watson does it again! He gets down on one knee, gets under a flighted delivery from Mishra and slogs him from outside off stump over deep midwicket, that new bat is marvellous

11.4

Mishra to Watson, no run, Watson slogs again but Mishra beats him with a slower ball, Karthik whips off the bails but Watson's back foot is behind the line

11.5

Mishra to Watson, no run, bowled flatter and quicker outside off stump, Watson moves back and tries to run the ball to third man but misses

11.6

Mishra to Watson, 2 runs, Watson's lucky there, he tries to slog Mishra for the third time over deep midwicket, the ball turns away from the right-hander and Watson gets a top edge that runs past McGrath at short third man

End of over 12 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 113/3 (RR: 9.41)
SR Watson    37* (19b 2x4 3x6)      A Mishra    2-0-15-0
M Kaif    4* (6b)      VY Mahesh    3-0-42-0

Asif's back for another go, from over the wicket.

12.1

Mohammad Asif to Kaif, no run, Kaif steps forward to a good length ball, there's no room to work with and he ends up defending back to the bowler, he'll want to give Watson the strike as much as possible

12.2

Mohammad Asif to Kaif, 1 run, Kaif waits in his crease this time and steers a good length ball from outside off towards third man

The crowd are roaring for "Watson, Watson!"

12.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, FOUR, and he doesn't disappoint! Asif delivers a low full toss, he was looking for the yorker, Watson comes forward and clips the ball off his pad, he hasn't used too much power but the placement is perfect at deep square leg

12.4

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, this time Asif finds the block hole with the yorker, Watson digs it out back to the bowler

12.5

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 2 runs, another block-hole delivery, Watson manages to get into position and nudge the ball towards deep square leg, Yomahesh fields in the deep but Kaif and Watson sprint two

12.6

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, he's homing in on the block hole now, an excellent yorker from Asif to end the over, Watson defends back to the bowler

End of over 13 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 120/3 (RR: 9.23)
SR Watson    43* (23b 3x4 3x6)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-28-0
M Kaif    5* (8b)      A Mishra    2-0-15-0

13.1

Mishra to Kaif, SIX, Kaif joins in the big-hitting fun! Mishra gives the ball a lot of flight outside off stump, Kaif gets under the ball and lofts cleanly over the long-off boundary, he freed his arms and swung his bat hard

13.2

Mishra to Kaif, 1 run, Kaif pushes the ball towards deep cover for a single

13.3

Mishra to Watson, 1 run, caught! What a catch! Or has he taken it? Watson smashed the ball flat towards long on, Tiwary sprints in from to boundary and dives full length to take a very low catch, he isn't sure if he's taken it cleanly, Bowden doesn't even refer it to the third umpire, he says it's a bump ball and indeed it was

13.4

Mishra to Kaif, OUT, bowled him! Kaif decides its time to go after everything and swings across the line at a googly from Mishra, he misses and the ball crashes into the stumps

M Kaif b Mishra 12 (11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 109.09

Yusuf Pathan is the new batsman. If he and Watson fire in tandem then Delhi better brace themselves for a massive target.

13.5

Mishra to Pathan, 1 run, he gets down on one knee and sweeps behind square to get off the mark

13.6

Mishra to Watson, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg for a single

End of over 14 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 130/4 (RR: 9.28)
SR Watson    45* (25b 3x4 3x6)      A Mishra    3-0-25-1
YK Pathan    1* (1b)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-28-0

Maharoof's back, can he work his magic again? The keeper is standing up to the stumps.

14.1

Maharoof to Watson, 1 run, cheeky! Maharoof bowls a full ball outside off, Watson wanted to paddle the ball towards fine leg but in the end chops it towards third man

14.2

Maharoof to Pathan, no run, Maharoof runs in and fires in a yorker, Yusuf digs it out towards the bowler

14.3

Maharoof to Pathan, FOUR, short of a length delivery from Maharoof outside off, it's a slower one as well, Yusuf picks it up early and swats it in the air towards deep midwicket, the fielder runs to his left and dives but doesn't quite get there, the ball bounces just wide of him and goes over the boundary

14.4

Maharoof to Pathan, 1 run, full ball driven towards mid-on for a single

14.5

Maharoof to Watson, 2 runs, Maharoof bowls a low full toss which Watson drive firmly down the ground, Dilshan runs and dives to his left to save the four

14.6

Maharoof to Watson, FOUR, dropped, well he never really got hands to it, Yomahesh is having a shocker today, Watson pulled a short ball in the air towards deep midwicket, he didn't time it well and it should have been a simple catch, Yomahesh ran in from the boundary and simply ran too far forward, the ball flew over his head for a one-bounce four, he reaches his 50 as well

End of over 15 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 142/4 (RR: 9.46)
SR Watson    52* (28b 4x4 3x6)      MF Maharoof    3-0-25-3
YK Pathan    6* (4b 1x4)      A Mishra    3-0-25-1

15.1

Mishra to Pathan, no run, defended on the off side, Yusuf came down the track and played it to point

15.2

Mishra to Pathan, no run, Yusuf tries to swing across the line but gets beaten by the leg break

15.3

Mishra to Pathan, SIX, has he cleared the fielder, only just! Yusuf comes forward and just about chips the ball towards long on, Tiwary is on the boundary but the ball clears him

15.4

Mishra to Pathan, SIX, this time it's massive! Yusuf gets down on one knee and carts Mishra over the deep midwicket boundary, the only people close to catching that were the fans at deep midwicket

15.5

Mishra to Pathan, 1 leg bye, this time Yusuf misses the hit over deep midwicket but gets hit on the pad for a leg bye

15.6

Mishra to Watson, OUT, stumped! Watson gives Mishra the charge and tries to loft over long-on, he doesn't get to the pitch of the ball and gets beaten by the length, once the ball begins to spin away from him he has no chance in making contact, Karthik whips of the bails

SR Watson st †Karthik b Mishra 52 (29b 4x4 3x6) SR: 179.31

End of over 16 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 155/5 (RR: 9.68)
     A Mishra    4-0-37-2
YK Pathan    18* (9b 1x4 2x6)      MF Maharoof    3-0-25-3

16.1

Maharoof to Pathan, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off for a single

Jadeja is the new batsman. Watson fell at a crucial juncture, with four overs to go.

16.2

Maharoof to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja pushes the ball off the back foot towards cover, Yusuf sets off for one but Jadeja sends him back

16.3

Maharoof to Jadeja, 1 run, top-edged but safe! Jadeja tries to pull but the short ball gets to him too quickly and he top edges towards the short fine leg region, Karthik can't get there fast enough

16.4

Maharoof to Pathan, SIX, that's a beastly hit! The length is a bit short from Maharoof, Yusuf gets on to the front foot and launches the ball into the stands at deep midwicket with a fearsome hit, watch out in the crowd, they need the hard hats that were in supply during the World Twenty20 in South Africa

16.5

Maharoof to Pathan, 1 run, a low full toss from Maharoof, Yusuf drives the ball towards long on off the front foot, it got there rapidly

16.6

Maharoof to Jadeja, no run, Maharoof ends the over with a yorker on leg stump, Jadeja tries to work the ball to square leg but gets hit on the pad

End of over 17 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 164/5 (RR: 9.64)
RA Jadeja    1* (3b)      MF Maharoof    4-0-34-3
YK Pathan    26* (12b 1x4 3x6)      A Mishra    4-0-37-2

Three overs remain, 36 needed to reach 200. Yomahesh's back, from over the wicket.

17.1

Mahesh to Pathan, no run, he's escaped there, that was a juicy full toss outside off but Yusuf hit it straight to cover

17.2

Mahesh to Pathan, 1 run, another full toss but this time it is in line with the stumps, Yusuff drives towards long on for one more

17.3

Mahesh to Jadeja, SIX, Jadeja's smashed it! He made a movement as if to back away towards leg but then stayed where he was, Yomahesh bowled a short ball and Jadeja pounced, he rocked back and pulled the ball deep over midwicket

17.4

Mahesh to Jadeja, OUT, caught! Jadeja makes a bit of room and slashes at a fuller ball outside off stump, he slices it high in the air towards deep cover where Maharoof runs froward and to his left from the boundary and takes a well-judged catch

RA Jadeja c Maharoof b Mahesh 7 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

17.5

Mahesh to Pathan, 1 run, another full toss on middle stump, Yusuf swings the ball towards wide long-on for a single

Warne prepares to face his first ball.

17.6

Mahesh to Warne, OUT, that's a sharp catch! Yomahesh pitches short of a length and outside off stump, Warne uses the length and the width to cut the ball hard, it's travelling quickly towards point where Sehwag takes several steps to his right and then dives to hold the catch with both hands, Warne's got a duck off his first ball

SK Warne c Sehwag b Mahesh 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 18 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 172/7 (RR: 9.55)
     VY Mahesh    4-0-50-2
YK Pathan    28* (15b 1x4 3x6)      MF Maharoof    4-0-34-3

18.1

McGrath to Pathan, FOUR, Yusuf clears his front foot out of the way and smashes a length ball from McGrath towards long-off, there's a fielder in the deep but the ball scorches past him

18.2

McGrath to Pathan, FOUR, McGrath bowls a slower ball on off stump, Yusuf swings hard across the line and gets a top edge down to the third man boundary

18.3

McGrath to Pathan, 1 run, better length, full and in the block hole, driven down to long on for one

Rawat is the new batsman.

18.4

McGrath to Rawat, no run, McGrath swings the yorker into the blockhole, Rawat defends off the front foot back to the bowler, he has got to look for the single

18.5

McGrath to Rawat, 1 run, that's a full toss on the pads and Rawat should have hit that, instead he misses and gets hit on the pad, that may have hit the inside edge

18.6

McGrath to Pathan, SIX, well well, McGrath bowls the slower ball on a good length outside off stump, Yusuf spots it well in time, gets into position on the front foot, waits for the ball and absolutely smears it flat over deep midwicket, it's like he's batting with a cudgel

End of over 19 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 188/7 (RR: 9.89)
YK Pathan    43* (19b 3x4 4x6)      GD McGrath    4-0-38-0
M Rawat    1* (2b)      VY Mahesh    4-0-50-2

19.1

Mohammad Asif to Rawat, 1 run, full delivery in the blockhole, Rawat does the sensible thing by digging it out towards point for one

19.2

Mohammad Asif to Pathan, 1 run, full ball in the block hole outside off, even Yusuf can only squeeze it towards point

19.3

Mohammad Asif to Rawat, OUT, caught! Rawat backs away and tries to pull a short of a length ball from middle and off stump, the top edge goes in the air back towards the bowler, Asif runs to his left and takes a simple caught and bowled

M Rawat c & b Mohammad Asif 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Yusuf had crossed so he will be on strike.

19.4

Mohammad Asif to Pathan, 1 run, OUT, Yusuf's run out! He hits a full toss towards deep midwicket and runs the single, he wants the strike back so Yusuf sprints back for the second, Dilshan is the fielder in the deep and his throw to Karthik is flat, fast and accurate, Yusuf dives full length but still can't make his ground

YK Pathan run out 45 (21b 3x4 4x6) SR: 214.28

19.5

Mohammad Asif to Trivedi, no run, short of a length delivery over the stumps, Trivedi backs away but gets beaten, splendid bowling

19.6

Mohammad Asif to Trivedi, 1 run, Trivedi backs away and pushes a full ball towards short third man for only a single, Asif has conceded only four runs off the final over and has succeeded in keeping Rajasthan under 200

9.45 pm local time: Delhi have taken an hour and 45 minutes to bowl their 20 overs. Appalling over-rate. Rajasthan were given a rocket-propelled start by Smith and Asnodkar and then Watson and Yusuf went berserk in the middle to set Delhi 193 to win. The run-chase begins in a few minutes and Sehwag and Gambhir will be walking out with intent. They need to score at just under ten runs an over.

You could use the break to vote for your favourite commentator on Cricinfo's commentators poll.

End of over 20 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 192/9
SK Trivedi    1* (2b)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-32-1
MM Patel    0* (0b)      GD McGrath    4-0-38-0
Tournament Results
Super Kings v Royals at Mumbai - Jun 1, 2008
Royals won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Super Kings v Kings XI at Mumbai - May 31, 2008
Super Kings won by 9 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Daredevils v Royals at Mumbai - May 30, 2008
Royals won by 105 runs
Kings XI v Royals at Mohali - May 28, 2008
Kings XI won by 41 runs
RCB v Mum Indians at Bangalore - May 28, 2008
Mum Indians won by 9 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
More results »