Indian Premier League - 18th match

Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 5 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

Welcome back and we were thinking it was a good track for batting after all the pitch report, contrasting views, well after the first innings it looks a slow wicket, I might be proved again by the Rajasthan batsmen, stay tuned.

0.1

Nannes to Quiney, no run, bit of swing and that goes through to the keeper

0.2

Nannes to Quiney, 1 wide, quicker delivery but this one is directed down the leg side and that's a wide

0.2

Nannes to Quiney, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and swinging away, no shot offered

0.3

Nannes to Quiney, 1 wide, way outside the off stump

0.3

Nannes to Quiney, FOUR, in the slot outside the off stump and Quiney thuds it through covers for the first boundary of the innings

0.4

Nannes to Quiney, no run, short of a good length delivery, this one came back in with the angle and is defended down on the leg side

0.5

Nannes to Quiney, no run

0.6

Nannes to Quiney, no run

End of over 1 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 6/0 (138 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.26)
RJ Quiney    4* (6b 1x4)      DP Nannes    1-0-6-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

1.1

Nehra to Smith, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, left through to the keeper

1.2

Nehra to Smith, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Smith defends it down on the off side

1.3

Nehra to Smith, 1 wide, pitched wide outside the off stump and swinging away further

1.3

Nehra to Smith, no run, another line and length delivery, bit of extra bounce. Smith gets behind the line and defends it down

1.4

Nehra to Smith, FOUR, edged and down to third man for a boundary, Nehra gets another one to swing away from the left-hander, Smith pushes at it and the ball races away off the outside edge

1.5

Nehra to Smith, no run, punched away towards point, early call from Quiney and they decide not to go for the single

1.6

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, edged and this one fall short of the man at first slip. Smith once again beaten by the away movement there.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 12/0 (132 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.33)
GC Smith    5* (6b 1x4)      A Nehra    1-0-6-0
RJ Quiney    4* (6b 1x4)      DP Nannes    1-0-6-0

2.1

Nannes to Smith, FOUR, full and drifting onto the pads. Smith reads it well, leans forward and clips it away through square leg for a super boundary

2.2

Nannes to Smith, no run, this one hits the deck and jumps up a bit, Smith feels for it outside the off stump and the ball whips past the outside edge

2.3

Nannes to Smith, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump and that's dispatched to the backward point fence. Cracker of a shot, had four written over it the moment it left the bat

2.4

Nannes to Smith, no run, cut away hard to point and a diving stop from Dilshan cuts off a certain boundary

2.5

Nannes to Smith, no run, defended off the back-foot to cover region

2.6

Nannes to Smith, no run, good length delivery, this one came in with the angle. Smith ends up with a leading edge, was looking to play it away off the back-foot

End of over 3 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/0 (124 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 7.29)
GC Smith    13* (12b 3x4)      DP Nannes    2-0-14-0
RJ Quiney    4* (6b 1x4)      A Nehra    1-0-6-0

3.1

Nehra to Quiney, no run, forced away towards point, no room for a single there

3.2

Nehra to Quiney, no run, good length delivery, in the slot outside the off stump and Quiney safely plays it away towards gully

3.3

Nehra to Quiney, OUT, good length delivery, this one kept a bit low and came in with the angle. Quiney goes for the pull and gets beaten by a long way, ball thuds into the pad and Nehra's throat bursting appeal is upheld by umpire Baxter.

RJ Quiney lbw b Nehra 4 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Hawk Eye says it is hitting top of off.

3.4

Nehra to Asnodkar, no run, pushed away towards point, Asnodkar calls for the single and is sent back

3.5

Nehra to Asnodkar, no run, worked away with no real intention

3.6

Nehra to Asnodkar, 1 run, worked away to fine leg, end of a successful over

End of over 4 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 21/1 (123 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 7.68)
SA Asnodkar    1* (3b)      A Nehra    2-0-7-1
GC Smith    13* (12b 3x4)      DP Nannes    2-0-14-0

4.1

Sangwan to Asnodkar, FOUR, good length and angling across the right-hander - Asnodkar pushes forward and hits through the line, ball clips the outside edge and flies away to the backward point fence.

4.2

Sangwan to Asnodkar, no run, punched down to long-on

4.3

Sangwan to Asnodkar, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Asnodkar gets behind the line and plays it down

4.4

Sangwan to Asnodkar, SIX, pitched up on the pads and Asnodkar leans forward and clips it over the backward square leg fence, good clean hit

4.5

Sangwan to Asnodkar, OUT, played down to mid-on and a suicidal run is called for, direct hit at the bowler's end from Mishra, who moved in quickly from from the edge of the circle, and Asnodkar is history

SA Asnodkar run out 11 (8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 137.50

He was picking the ball well and it looked as if he was in for a big one but...

4.6

Sangwan to Smith, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Smith safely plays it away on the off side

End of over 5 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 31/2 (113 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 7.53)
GC Smith    13* (13b 3x4)      PJ Sangwan    1-0-10-0
PC Valthaty    0* (0b)      A Nehra    2-0-7-1

5.1

Nehra to Valthaty, no run, short of a good length delivery and this one came back in, Valthaty was clueless and the ball zips past the inside edge to the keeper

5.2

Nehra to Valthaty, no run, defended watchfully

5.3

Nehra to Valthaty, no run, another line and length delivery, Valthaty stays back and taps it down on the leg side

5.4

Nehra to Valthaty, 1 run, pitched up on the pads and Valthaty turns it down to fine leg for a single

5.5

Nehra to Smith, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Smith moves across a bit and defends it with a straight bat

5.6

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, worked away on the leg side, played with soft hands and a quick single is taken

End of over 6 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 33/2 (111 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.92)
GC Smith    14* (15b 3x4)      A Nehra    3-0-9-1
PC Valthaty    1* (4b)      PJ Sangwan    1-0-10-0

6.1

Mishra to Smith, no run, full and on the stump, Smith pushes forward and defends it back to the bowler

6.2

Mishra to Smith, no run, worked away off the back-foot, straight to the fielder at short midwicket

6.3

Mishra to Smith, 1 run, worked away well wide of that man at midwicket, easy single taken

6.4

Mishra to Valthaty, OUT, another one! tossed up close to the off stump line and turning away, Valthaty gets forward and hits it straight to Vettori at long-off. Horrible shot to say the least.

PC Valthaty c Vettori b Mishra 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Royals are losing the plot here - they need a strategic time-out and they need it quick

6.5

Mishra to Smith, 1 run, worked away for a single and that brings Jadeja on strike

6.6

Mishra to Jadeja, 1 run, forced away through square on the off side and he is off the mark first ball. End of a fine first over

End of over 7 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 36/3 (108 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 8.30)
RA Jadeja    1* (1b)      A Mishra    1-0-3-1
GC Smith    16* (19b 3x4)      A Nehra    3-0-9-1

Change of ends for Sangwan.

7.1

Sangwan to Jadeja, 1 run, short and wide, cut away in the air to the sweeper.

7.2

Sangwan to Smith, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump and Smith chases it, lucky he did not get an edge.

7.2

Sangwan to Smith, 1 run, back of a length and bit slower, Smith waits for it and opens the face off the bat and plays to deep point.

7.3

Sangwan to Jadeja, FOUR, short from Sangwan, Jadeja upper cuts it over the slips to third man fence.

7.4

Sangwan to Jadeja, 1 wide, again too wide outside the off stump, Jadeja sensibly lets it go.

7.4

Sangwan to Jadeja, 1 run, opens the face off the bat and runs it down to the right of backward point, Dilshan desperately dives but fails to stop it.

7.5

Sangwan to Smith, 1 run, short delivery and Smith moves across to the off side and works it through square leg to pick up an easy single.

7.6

Sangwan to Jadeja, 1 run, slower and bit fuller, pushes to the right of backward point away from Dilshan who dives yet again but fails to stop it cleanly.

The required rate has gone over 8.

End of over 8 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 47/3 (97 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.87, RRR: 8.08)
RA Jadeja    8* (5b 1x4)      PJ Sangwan    2-0-21-0
GC Smith    18* (21b 3x4)      A Mishra    1-0-3-1

8.1

Mishra to Jadeja, 2 runs, cuts it behind point to the deep, good running from Jadeja, comes back for the second run.

8.2

Mishra to Jadeja, 1 run, tossed up on the legs and worked to deep backward square leg for another single.

8.3

Mishra to Smith, no run, googly from Mishra, Smith gets squared up.

8.4

Mishra to Smith, 1 run, turns it behind square leg on the front foot.

8.5

Mishra to Jadeja, 1 run, chops it down behind point for another single.

8.6

Mishra to Smith, FOUR, googly from Mishra, the batsman and keeper fail to read it, goes to the fence for byes.

End of over 9 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 56/3 (88 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 8.00)
GC Smith    23* (24b 4x4)      A Mishra    2-0-12-1
RA Jadeja    12* (8b 1x4)      PJ Sangwan    2-0-21-0

Dilshan to bowl, last over before the strategic time out.

9.1

Dilshan to Jadeja, 1 run, cut away to the sweeper on the off side.

9.2

Dilshan to Smith, no run, strikes the pad as he looks to play to the onside, loud appeal turned down, was a close thing. Smith is lucky to be there.

9.3

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, moves back and works it to deep square leg.

9.4

Dilshan to Jadeja, 1 run, chops it away to the sweeper in the deep on the off side.

9.5

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, cuts and gets an inside edge past the stumps and to short fine leg, direct hit would have been interesting.

9.6

Dilshan to Jadeja, no run, pushes to cover straight to the fielder.

Time for a strategic time out. Lot to plan for both the teams. Royals require 84 runs from 60 balls, if they bat sensibly they can easily win this. Delhi need more wickets to get the match in their control. It promises to be a fantastic finish, stay tuned.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 60/3 (84 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.40)
RA Jadeja    14* (11b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    25* (27b 4x4)      A Mishra    2-0-12-1

Welcome back, Vettori is the key for Delhi, he is yet to bowl. Mishra to continue.

10.1

Mishra to Smith, 1 run, works it behind square leg for a single.

10.2

Mishra to Jadeja, 2 runs, hit in the air down the ground to long off, comes back for the second run, good running from Smith.

10.3

Mishra to Jadeja, OUT, a loose shot from Jadeja, tosses it up and he hits in the air straight down the throat of Sangwan at long off.

RA Jadeja c Sangwan b Mishra 16 (13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 123.07

Once again a wicket after the strategic time out.

10.4

Mishra to Smith, 1 run, driven down the ground to long on.

Warne is the new batsman.

10.5

Mishra to Warne, no run, looking to work it through the onside, takes it low on the pad.

10.6

Mishra to Warne, OUT, swings and misses, Karthik collects the ball and whips off the bails, Warne drags his foot outside the crease, referred to the third umpire, OUT comes up on the screen and Warne has to go.

SK Warne st †Karthik b Mishra 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

10.7

Mishra to Pathan, no run

End of over 11 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 64/5 (80 runs required from 53 balls, RR: 5.73, RRR: 9.05)
YK Pathan    0* (1b)      A Mishra    3-0-16-3
GC Smith    27* (29b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0

11.1

Sangwan to Smith, 1 run, taps it away past gully for a single

11.2

Sangwan to Pathan, no run, angled across the right-hander, Pathan cuts it away straight to the fielder at point

11.3

Sangwan to Pathan, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the pads, Pathan stays back and taps it away into the gap between mid-on and midwicket

11.4

Sangwan to Smith, no run, slower delivery and this one kicked up after hitting the deck, Smith is early into the shot and the ball zips past the outside edge

11.5

Sangwan to Smith, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Smith moves across a bit and clips it away towards midwicket for a single

11.6

Sangwan to Pathan, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Pathan plays across the line and the ball goes through to the keeper, didn't miss the stumps by much

End of over 12 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/5 (77 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.58, RRR: 9.62)
YK Pathan    1* (4b)      PJ Sangwan    3-0-24-0
GC Smith    29* (32b 4x4)      A Mishra    3-0-16-3

Vettori into the attack now.

12.1

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot to the midwicket region

12.2

Vettori to Pathan, 2 runs, short delivery outside the off stump, Pathan waits on this one and plays it away to wide long-on. The first run is taken quickly and they scamper back for the second

12.3

Vettori to Pathan, SIX, outside the off stump, Pathan swings across the line - good old slog sweep and the ball flies over the midwicket fence

12.4

Vettori to Pathan, SIX, another one! flat delivery outside the off stump, once again Pathan slogs across the line and the ball files off the meat of the bat to the midwicket fence. That's more like it

12.5

Vettori to Pathan, no run, played straight back to the bowler

12.6

Vettori to Pathan, FOUR, fuller length delivery and Pathan hammers it straight back past the bowler to long-off, poor fielding in the deep and the ball rolls over the ropes. End of a massive over for the Royals

End of over 13 (19 runs) Rajasthan Royals 86/5 (58 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.61, RRR: 8.28)
YK Pathan    19* (9b 1x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-19-0
GC Smith    30* (33b 4x4)      PJ Sangwan    3-0-24-0

13.1

Sangwan to Smith, 1 run, taps it away towards gully and they scamper through for a dangerous single, Dilshan moving in fails to hit the stumps and Pathan makes it across safely. Direct hit and Pathan would have been history

13.2

Sangwan to Pathan, no run, defended down on the leg side

13.3

Sangwan to Pathan, 2 leg byes, played away off the back-foot to the backward square leg region and they come back for the second, the fielder misses the pick-up under pressure and no damage is done

13.4

Sangwan to Pathan, 1 run, punched down to long-off

13.5

Sangwan to Smith, 1 run, short off a good length delivery, Smith plays late and taps it away behind the wicket on the off side

13.6

Sangwan to Pathan, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, Pathan comes down the track and works it away through midwicket.

End of over 14 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 92/5 (52 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 8.66)
YK Pathan    21* (13b 1x4 2x6)      PJ Sangwan    4-0-28-0
GC Smith    32* (35b 4x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-19-0

52 runs required from 36 deliveries and Nannes is back.

14.1

Nannes to Pathan, no run, played along the ground straight to the fielder at midwicket to a full delivery.

14.2

Nannes to Pathan, no run, Nannes keeps it full on the stumps, mishits to mid on.

14.3

Nannes to Pathan, 1 leg bye, short ball and Pathan looking to pull the ball gets hit on the helmet, they scramble for a tight run.

Pathan is hurt by the delivery and an injury time out and more time for ads.

All is fine, play resumes.

14.4

Nannes to Smith, 1 run, short delivery outside the off stump and Smith chops it down to third man for a single.

14.5

Nannes to Pathan, 1 run, another short delivery on body, off the glove to the onside.

14.6

Nannes to Smith, 1 run, opens the face off the bat and plays it down to third man.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 96/5 (48 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.40, RRR: 9.60)
GC Smith    34* (37b 4x4)      DP Nannes    3-0-17-0
YK Pathan    22* (17b 1x4 2x6)      PJ Sangwan    4-0-28-0

48 runs required of 30 balls, stay tuned, this is going to the wire. Vettori is back.

15.1

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, flat delivery and Smith pushes down the ground to long on.

Vettori comes round the wicket for Pathan.

15.2

Vettori to Pathan, 2 runs, tossed up delivery and Pathan goes for the slog sweep and mishits it high in the air to fine leg and drops just short of the fielder.

15.3

Vettori to Pathan, SIX, this time Pathan connects it well, swings it high and hard over the ropes at midwicket.

15.4

Vettori to Pathan, 1 run, good smart batting, plays with soft hands to the off side for a single.

15.5

Vettori to Smith, 2 runs, swings it across the line to deep midwicket and Gambhir moves quickly in the deep, puts in a dive and makes a good save.

15.6

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, once again plays across the line to deep square leg, this time Nannes does well to stop it.

End of over 16 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 109/5 (35 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 8.75)
GC Smith    38* (40b 4x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-32-0
YK Pathan    31* (20b 1x4 3x6)      DP Nannes    3-0-17-0

35 runs required from 24 balls. Mishra is back.

16.1

Mishra to Smith, FOUR, googly is too short and Smith puts it away nicely through extra cover and ball goes past the fielder to the fence.

16.2

Mishra to Smith, 1 no ball, Mishra oversteps, worked to the onside.

A Free hit coming up.

16.2

Mishra to Smith, 1 run, short ball mishit to midwicket, a tight single, direct hit would have been interesting, Smith is lucky to be there.

16.3

Mishra to Pathan, FOUR, dropped, hits it high in the air to long on and Sangwan fails hold on to the catch.

16.4

Mishra to Pathan, SIX, a terrible delivery, too short and Pathan puts it high and over the long on fence for maximum, goes a long way into the stands.

16.5

Mishra to Pathan, 2 runs, full toss hit down the ground to long on and Sangwan does well this time to field the ball, Smith calls Pathan for the second.

16.6

Mishra to Pathan, no run, comes forward and opens the face off the bat and plays square of the wicket on the off side, a dot ball.

End of over 17 (18 runs) Rajasthan Royals 127/5 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 5.66)
YK Pathan    43* (24b 2x4 4x6)      A Mishra    4-0-34-3
GC Smith    43* (43b 5x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-32-0

17 runs required from 18 balls, this is surely in Royals side, is there a twist in the tale, stay glued to the commentary. Nehra is back.

17.1

Nehra to Smith, no run, down the track and plays across the line, goes over the stumps to keeper, a terrible shot.

17.2

Nehra to Smith, no run, keeps it fuller and Smith fails to get the ball away, inside edges onto the pads.

17.3

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, full toss worked to deep midwicket.

17.4

Nehra to Pathan, SIX, short and Pathan does the best, pulls well and high over the fielder at deep square leg and over the fence for maximum.

17.5

Nehra to Pathan, SIX, another short delivery and Pathan strikes maximum, pulls well over the midwicket fence this time, wonderful striking.

17.6

Nehra to Pathan, 1 run, full toss hit down the ground to long off for a single.

End of over 18 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 141/5 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 1.50)
YK Pathan    56* (27b 2x4 6x6)      A Nehra    4-0-23-1
GC Smith    44* (46b 5x4)      A Mishra    4-0-34-3

3 runs of 12 deliveries. Royals have this in their bag.

18.1

Nannes to Pathan, no run, fuller and strikes the pad, question asked, the ball pitches outside the leg stump.

18.2

Nannes to Pathan, 2 runs, short delivery down the leg side, nudged down to fine leg for couple of runs. The scores are level.

18.3

Nannes to Pathan, FOUR, makes room and swings it down the ground to long on fence for the winning run.

Hugs from the players, they shake hands, Royals win by 5 wickets, fireworks in the back ground after the Pathan fireworks. Warne is a happy man and so is his team, a good game of cricket. It was the Royals bowling that did it for them today and some wonderful striking by Pathan. Smith and Pathan bringing them home.

Smith; "We had the power hitters and we knew we could get through." A tough game coming up for the Rajasthan Royals against the Chennai Super Kings on thursday.

Sehwag: "We dropped couple of catches, may be if we had taken them, it would have been different. Till Yusuf came in, we were in control but he played well to hit some big sixes"

Warne: "We wanted someone at the top to take responsibility, so we tampered with the batting order. Pathan's striking was amazing. Had a chat with Munaf and he has done well and the rest of the bowlers."

No surprises for the Man-of-the-Match, it is Yusuf Pathan.

Pathan: "Today was my day, we targeted the smaller boundaries.".

Thanks for being with us, we hope you have enjoyed the commentary, do join us again for the double-header tomorrow, until then bye from all of us here at Cricinfo. Thanks to Raju and Gopi, who have helped us with the scoring.

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Apr 28, 2009

The Delhi Daredevils celebrate Shane Warne's dismissal, Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, 18th match, Centurion, April 28, 2009

The Delhi Daredevils celebrate Shane Warne's dismissal

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Apr 28, 2009

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Graeme Smith and Yusuf Pathan strategise during the chase

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