Indian Premier League, 3rd match: Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab at Cape Town, Apr 19, 2009
Delhi Daredevils won by 10 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (neutral venue)
19 April 2009 (20-over match)

The openers are walking out. The Delhi team is already on the field. Starting the proceedings for Punjab is Dirk Nannes, Bopara to face. Karan Goel is the non-striker. They have retained the strategy timeout, which will take place after six overs. Wonderful! Thanks for your patience, all set. Two slips in place.

2.10 pm: The disappointment doesn't last long, thank goodness. The rain has stopped, and the match has been reduced to 12 overs. The powerplay will last for three overs, and bowlers can bowl a maximum of three overs each.

Before we get better updates, you can amuse yourself reading Andy Zaltzman's hilarious dictionary of cricket. Much needed comic relief given the drab developments in Cape Town.

This is pretty bad. There was a fairly sizable crowd at the ground, but with his new interruption, their patience is being tested. No one's to blame though, you can't control the weather.

Andrew: "The point about Cape Town weather is that it has a Mediterranean climate - it remains in winter, which is why they got the Cape Town matches out of the way quickly.The rest of the country will be as dry as a bone for the rest of the tournament. I think Durban will provide the very closest resemblance of Indian cricketing passion to make the organisers happy."

1.50 pm: This is incredibly frustrating. Just as we had a match in store, it's started drizzling again, and the covers are back on. It's a steady drizzle, and the Table Mountain is covered in cloud. Not a good sign that, so while we keep losing overs, perhaps we'll only have time for the strategy breaks.

1.47 pm: Even though we have lost time, the tactical break still remains - avoiding that could have given us a few overs but....

Delhi team: Sehwag, Gambhir, Dilshan, de Villiers, Karthik, Tiwary, Vettori, Salvi, Mahesh, Sangwan, Nannes (12: Collingwood). So no Glenn McGrath, or Warner. Wonder why.

Punjab team: Yuvraj singh, Bopara, Yusuf Abdulla, Jayawardene, Sangakarra, T Kohli, VRV Singh, V Malik, Chawla, Goel, I Pathan (12: Katich).

1.35 pm: The news is that Delhi have won the toss and opted to field. Sehwag feels the track is a little sticky, and the fast bowlers will get some good purchase. Nannes, Vettori, Yo Mahesh, Sangwan, and Salvi make up their bowling attack. For Punjab, Ravi Bopara, Yusuf Abdulla, Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are the overseas players in the XI. We'll get you the XI's in a bit.

1.25 pm: We should have the toss in five minutes. The powerplay will last four overs, and bowlers can bowl a maximum of three overs each. Rosy, our man at the ground says he's seeing rain over the Table Mountain, ouch!

1.22 pm: An inspection is underway now, there are few wet areas, but mostly, things look fine. It seems we will surely have a shortened game now, our guess is around 14 overs. The bowlers are busy taping up their run-up. Ok, it's confirmed, it is 14 overs.

Sunil Gavaskar thinks the pitch will play a lot slower today, and expects the fast bowlers to get some assistance early on. The batsmen, like yesterday, may have to work hard to get runs, so it appears there won't be massive run-fest.

1.10 pm: It's gotten much brighter at Newlands, and the super -soppers are in full flow. The players are out on the field warming up, and the crowd is gradually building up.

1 pm: The covers off but the pitch cover lying on the adjacent strip is ready to be dragged on at short notice. We've just got some news. The umpires will have another inspection at 1.20 pm local time. No idea yet about whether we'll have a shortened game as a result of the delay, or whether they'll stick to the break after ten overs to discuss strategy.

Luke: "I don't know where about Harish is living but I live in Warwickshire and my church was flooded this week because of heavy rains!" So, where do we move it next?

Tishani Doshi takes in the first day's events. Her column is here.

Harish from the UK: "Talking about the situation in South Africa makes me wonder why the IPL didn't come to England. Look at the weather outside. Sun is shining. Not a cloud in sight! It hasn't rained here for almost 2 weeks!"

12.44 pm: The covers are starting to come off, and the drizzle has stopped. So that's good news, but it will still be some time before play gets underway.

12.38 pm: Terrible, it has started raining again, and the square is covered now. We are looking at a longer delay now and can only decide on a start time once the rain stops. It's just a slight drizzle, and the players are still warming up. But the groundstaff is doing all it can to get the match to start asap.

12.33 pm: The umpires were shown having a look at the outfield. There's one big blue cover on the pitch but the rain has stopped.

12.13 pm: The conditions are still pretty dull out in Cape Town. The umpires will inspect the pitch in about ten minutes from now.

For a spectator's eye-view of the action, take a look at the first of our Fan Following reports.

Click to read Lawrence Booth's diary from the opening day. He writes the popular blog 'The Spin' for the Guardian.

12.07 pm: Two interesting matches yesterday, with both finalists from the last season losing. Chennai Super Kings were undone in a competitive opener by Mumbai Indians, with Sachin Tendulkar scoring a sublime half-century. Bangalore Royal Challengers, who finished second-last in the first edition of the IPL and were dubbed a "Test team" put that tag to rest by humiliating Rajasthan Royals, skittling them out for 58.

11.57 am: It's quite overcast in Newlands, and it had been raining for a bit. It's stopped now and the covers have come off. The players are strolling about on the field, and having a look at the pitch. We're not yet sure if there's going to be a delay, but stay put and we'll get you all the info as soon as we have it.

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11.45 am local time: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the third game of the IPL's second season, between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab. Both teams were semi-finalists last season, but Delhi, in the lead up to the tournament have been tipped as the favourites.

They have an explosive top order with Sehwag, Warner and Gambhir, and a quality pace attack boosted by McGrath and Vettori. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are the two main overseas signings for Punjab, who will bank on their past record, having beaten Delhi in both their games last season.

There's still some time left for the toss, so read the preview to the game in the meantime.


Nannes to Bopara, 1 wide, starts off wide a wide, fired in well outside off and going further with the angle, Punjab off the mark


Nannes to Bopara, 1 leg bye, short on middle, is struck on the ribs, it drops short of Dilshan at cover and they rush off for a single, he records a direct hit but Bopara is well in


Nannes to Goel, 1 wide, down the leg side this time, wide called, false start for Nannes


Nannes to Goel, no run, nipped back in, bowled on a good length outside off and moved in sharply to strike him on the pads as he tried to play it down the leg side, was struck outside the line


Nannes to Goel, FOUR, shot! Banged in short outside off, gets into perfect position to play the cut and executes it beautifully, blazing it behind point


Nannes to Goel, no run, much fuller and left the bat as it moved away, he tried to force that off the front foot but wasn't able to reach it


Nannes to Goel, 1 leg bye, back of a length on middle, tapped into the leg side off the back foot, went off his thighs


Nannes to Bopara, 2 runs, full on middle and off, tries to drive it past cover but gets a thick inside edge wide of midwicket for a couple

End of over 1 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 10/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • RS Bopara 2 (2b)
    • K Goel 4 (4b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-8-0

Decent start for Punjab but Nannes is working some good pace here, will get you the speeds in his next over. Salvi to share the new ball.


Salvi to Goel, FOUR, just a fraction full outside off and he drills it down the ground well wide of mid-off, raced away, despite a wettish outfield


Salvi to Goel, FOUR, bowls it on a length again and gets the treatment, Goel gets forward and creams it wide of cover, he's looked sound


Salvi to Goel, 1 run, holds it back this time, worked away to fine leg for a single


Salvi to Bopara, no run, on the stumps, nipping back in after landing on middle, plays with bat too close to his pads and almost gets trapped in front, manages to connect and pushes it to square leg


Salvi to Bopara, 1 run, does well, covers the movement by moving across and pushes it wide of midwicket for a single


Salvi to Goel, 1 run, a touch short on the off, tries to drag it wide of midwicket but mistimes it, there's a misfield though which allows him a single

End of over 2 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 21/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • K Goel 14 (8b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 3 (4b)
    • AM Salvi 1-0-11-0
    • DP Nannes 1-0-8-0

Pradeep Sangwan, the left-arm seamer, into the attack now. A widish slip in place.


Sangwan to Goel, 1 leg bye, full on the leg stump, misses out, tries to clip it fine but is hit on the pads, salvages a leg bye


Sangwan to Bopara, SIX, that sounded sweet! Meaty, length ball outside off, stays his ground and has a powerful swing, dispatches it miles over the deep-midwicket boundary


Sangwan to Bopara, no run, beaten this time! Good comeback, held it back, pitched in line of middle and off and got it to move away as he tried to prod at it


Sangwan to Bopara, 1 run, short of a length on the off, gloves it behind point for a single


Sangwan to Goel, no run, good length outside off and Goel is into the shot a touch too early, hangs his bat out without much conviction and is almost done in by the away movement


Sangwan to Goel, 2 runs, swings at it, on middle and leg, doesn't get hold but is able to clear square leg for a couple

End of over 3 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 31/0 (RR: 10.33)

    • K Goel 16 (11b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 10 (7b 1x6)
    • PJ Sangwan 1-0-9-0
    • AM Salvi 1-0-11-0

The juggling of the bowlers continues, Yo Mahesh comes on


Mahesh to Bopara, 1 run, too straight, on middle and leg, tickles it down to fine leg


Mahesh to Goel, 1 run, banged it short on middle, mistimes a pull towards deep midwicket, the powerplays are done so there's cover in the outfield


Mahesh to Bopara, 1 run, tapped off the back foot into the vacant midwicket region for an easy single


Mahesh to Goel, SIX, that's murdered, it's out of the ground! Short on the off, plants his foot forward, is onto it quickly and smashes it over deep midwicket, Punjab are off to a breezy start here

The ball's lost, so they've got a new one. The weather doesn't seem to have affected the cheerleaders, they're going at it pretty nicely there


Mahesh to Goel, 1 run, turned away behind square, shortish on middle, thinks of a second but is wisely sent back


Mahesh to Bopara, no run, short of a length outside off, tries to dab it down to third man, probably bounced more than he expected, misses

End of over 4 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 41/0 (RR: 10.25)

    • RS Bopara 12 (10b 1x6)
    • K Goel 24 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • VY Mahesh 1-0-10-0
    • PJ Sangwan 1-0-9-0

Sangwan to Goel, 1 run, short outside off, waits for it and chops it down to third man


Sangwan to Bopara, SIX, feeding them with short ones, poor stuff from Delhi here, banged it outside off and Bopara got into position quickly to bludgeon that, yet again, over the deep-midwicket region


Sangwan to Bopara, 2 runs, utter confusion, poor calling from the fielders, deceived him with the slower one, tries to smash that over midwicket again but doesn't get hold due to the change of pace, Sehwag runs backwards and there's a fielder running in from the outfield but it lands safely between the two. Neither of them were committed to it, and ended up throwing away an opportunity


Sangwan to Bopara, 1 run, dropped, poor Sangwan spills it but it was a tough one, smashed back to him and he is a little late to react, ends up palming it off for a single


Sangwan to Goel, 1 leg bye, full on the pads and tries to work it away fine, misses out but manages a leg bye


Sangwan to Bopara, no run, full and wide and he swings at it wildly, is nowhere near it as the ball moves away

End of over 5 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 52/0 (RR: 10.40)

    • RS Bopara 21 (14b 2x6)
    • K Goel 25 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • PJ Sangwan 2-0-19-0
    • VY Mahesh 1-0-10-0

Mahesh to Goel, SIX, Goel, you beauty! Comes down a couple of steps, it's in the slot outside off and he strikes it cleanly over long-on for another big one


Mahesh to Goel, no run, slightly short outside off, chopped down straight to point


Mahesh to Goel, SIX, this one was flat! Short, for the umpteenth time in this innings, and he rocks back to dismiss it over deep square leg this time


Mahesh to Goel, 1 run, pushed firmly off the front foot short of mid-off for a quick single


Mahesh to Bopara, 1 wide, slower ball well down the leg side, the frustration builds, another run gifted


Mahesh to Bopara, 1 run, slower one, an offcutter bowled full outside off, driven powerfully but straight to deep cover


Mahesh to Goel, OUT, caught at mid-off, Vettori takes an easy one, full and straight on the off stump and he mistimes while attempting to clear mid-off

K Goel c Vettori b Mahesh 38 (21b 3x4 3x6) SR: 180.95

A superb start for Punjab though, Goel's given them an ideal platform for a sizable total here. Oh, and it's that time again. Tactics, strategy, and all that mumbo jumbo.

End of over 6 (15 runs) Kings XI Punjab 67/1 (RR: 11.16)

    • RS Bopara 22 (15b 2x6)
    • VY Mahesh 2-0-25-1
    • PJ Sangwan 2-0-19-0

Pawan: "With a lineup like that of Delhis, you simply can't be too sure on what is a good score. Sehwag can blast a six every over or fall for a first ball-duck nd then there's the reliability of Gambhir.Follow that up with Dilshan and de Villiers and others, you can't feel safe with any total."

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Vettori in action now


Vettori to Bopara, OUT, strikes immediately, tossed up on the off and dipped into Bopara, there was no spin on that one, he came forward to defend and was struck in line with middle, that was plumb

RS Bopara lbw b Vettori 22 (16b 0x4 2x6) SR: 137.50

So two quick wickets. Karthik's a fan of Peter McGlashan, wearing a baseball helmet


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on the off stump, dropped off the front foot onto the pitch


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, short outside off, attempts a cut but misses


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, slightly short and much quicker through the air, dabbed into the off side, decides against the single


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, excellent stuff, on middle and leg, turned away to midwicket


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, superb over, spun into him, dabbed in front of point for a quick single

End of over 7 (1 run) Kings XI Punjab 68/2 (RR: 9.71)

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (5b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (0b)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-1
    • VY Mahesh 2-0-25-1

Nannes back into the attack


Nannes to Sangakkara, no run, fires it in full at 133.1 kmph, swung back in as Sangakkara tried to drive that through the covers, beat the inside edge to the keeper


Nannes to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, drives it through the line to long-on for a single

Yuvraj, the captain, on strike


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short and wide, goes for the cut but is a little late in into the shot, bowled at 133 kmph


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, much quicker, lets out a grunt as he delivers, bowled at 140.2 kmph, tucked away to square leg off the back foot


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fullish on the off stump, slices it away towards deep cover, the runs have dried up, excellent stuff from Nannes


Nannes to Sangakkara, 1 run, completes a good over, though bowled a fraction full, there's cover in the deep, struck down firmly to long-on, that break helped

End of over 8 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 71/2 (RR: 8.87)

    • KC Sangakkara 3 (8b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (3b)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-11-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-1

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted outside off, bends and swats that down the ground to long-on


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short on the off, much quicker through the air, bowled with a flatter trajectory, dropped short of point for a single


Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, nice improvisation, fetched it from outside off by moving across and swiping it away wide of short fine for a pressure-relieving boundary


Vettori to Sangakkara, OUT, but the pressure's back now, dragged it short and was much quicker, Sanga tried to pull it away over short fine but got the top edge and Nannes judged that to perfection despite losing his cap running backwards

KC Sangakkara c Nannes b Vettori 8 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Vettori is some bowler. Delhi have fought back superbly here, and dented the start given to Punjab from Goel


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, turned into the leg side wide of midwicket for a single

Jayawardene walks in


Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on the off, gets forward and pushes it wide of cover

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 78/3 (RR: 8.66)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (1b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3 (5b)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-8-2
    • DP Nannes 2-0-11-0

Nannes to bowl his last over


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, low full toss on middle and leg, flicked away to deep square leg


Nannes to Jayawardene, FOUR, stylishly done, typical of Jayawardene, straying on the pads and he clips it away beautifully to the fine-leg boundary


Nannes to Jayawardene, 1 run, does it again but plays it much squarer where fine leg fields it well, was a low full toss


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good stuff, attempted yorker on the off stump, dug out back to the bowler


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, full and wide, fired in a t139.9 kmph


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, bouncer on middle and he's into the pull a little too early, misses


Nannes to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, that was coming, strayed in length, bowled it on a length straight on middle and Yuvraj punishes him into the stands over long-on just as he had done to poor old Stuart Broad in the World Twenty20

End of over 10 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 91/3 (RR: 9.10)

    • Yuvraj Singh 10 (9b 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (3b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-24-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-8-2

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump, comes down and drills it down to long-off


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, spoiling Vettori's figures here, bowled flat on the off but he's made room, bends down and slog-sweeps it over deep midwicket


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, run out, shapes himself up for another swing in the same direction but it's bowled shorter, it clips his pads and drops on the leg side, Jayawardene's already rushed down for a single, Yuvraj is late to respond, Karthik returns a throw to Vettori at the non-striker;s end where he takes off the bails to find him short

Yuvraj Singh run out 16 (11b 0x4 2x6) SR: 145.45


Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length on the off, chopped down straight to point


Vettori to Jayawardene, OUT, holds out in the deep, Vettori gets another one, tossed up on the off, inviting him to step out of the crease, Jayawardene looks to clear long-off but doesn't time it well enough, Dilshan ran forward to complete an easy catch

DPMD Jayawardene c Dilshan b Vettori 6 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Vettori to Pathan, OUT, run out, Punjab have thrown it away here, tapped in front of cover and Chawla, from the non-striker's end, calls for the single, he's struggling all through and Tiwary returns an accurate throw to the keeper diving forward to find him well short

PP Chawla run out 0 (0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Three in the over, and Vettori finishes a potentially decisive spell

End of over 11 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 98/6 (RR: 8.90)

    • IK Pathan 0 (1b)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-15-3
    • DP Nannes 3-0-24-0

Salvi to bowl the last over


Salvi to Pathan, no run, good stuff, into the blockhole on the off, dug out to the bowler

Pathan is facing


Salvi to Pathan, no run, full and wide and Pathan has a wild swing, but there's the movement away from him that just beats the outside edge


Salvi to Pathan, 2 runs, right length, yorker, but well outside off, dug out with an open face wide of deep point for a couple, 100 up


Salvi to Pathan, 2 runs, gets forward and mistimes a loft right between deep cover and long-off for a couple more


Salvi to Pathan, 2 runs, superb fielding by AB, full toss on the off, slapped back over the bowler's head and just when it seems it will bounce over the ropes, AB at long-off stretches to palm it back into the field


Salvi to Pathan, OUT, length ball on the off, in the slot and tries to clear long-on but ends up slicing it straight to Dilshan who takes a neat catch

IK Pathan c Dilshan b Salvi 6 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

The first half belonged to Punjab, but Delhi have come back superbly. It started with Vettori's over after the timeout, and the others chipped in well to restrict Punjab down to a chaseable score. They have the wherewithal to pull it off, with Sehwag and Gambhir up front, so we are in for an exciting run-chase. Stay put.

End of over 12 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 104/7

    • T Kohli 0 (0b)
    • AM Salvi 2-0-17-1
    • DL Vettori 3-0-15-3





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