Indian Premier League - 50th match

Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals

Delhi Daredevils won by 14 runs

Moments from the start. Gambhir to face. Munaf to bowl

* Lots of feedback about how Amit Singh is playing despite being reported. The ICC rules here say that he can continue to play at the discretion of his team, till the time he is tested

* More changes in Delhi side folks. Apparently Sehwag had forgotten about them at the toss. They have apparently rested Pradeep Sangwan and Rajat Bhatia, and brought in Aavishkar Salvi and Amit Mishra.

* If you have followed the previous match, and are still struggling for breath, do read some light stuff before the second match begins. Read on Sriram Veera's meeting with Hashim Amla's brother Ahmed, the Natal Dolphins captain.

Pitch report: Simon Doull reckons it might not swing a lot because it is quite cold down in Bloemfontein. It's sunny, though. He also expects a bit of variable bounce.

* Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. Welcome to the 50th match of the IPL, between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. Virender Sehwag has won the toss and chosen to bat. They have brought in Dirk Nannes for Daniel Vettori

While Delhi have already made it to the semi-finals, Rajasthan have had all other results going against them. Bangalore and Punjab, their competitors for the semi-final spots, have won their games and made it tough for Rajasthan. They make one change too, bringing in Amit Singh for Sid Chitnis.

0.1

Patel to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, angled across, left alone

0.2

Patel to Gambhir, no run, length ball, angling across from off stump, and left alone again, it dies on the way to the keeper

0.3

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length, again going across the left-hander, and helped away to the third man

0.4

Patel to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, just outside off, extra bounce, and Sehwag withdraws late

0.5

Patel to Sehwag, 1 no ball, no-ball, goes for the bouncer, and oversteps

free hit coming up

0.5

Patel to Sehwag, 1 no ball, slower bouncer, beats Sehwag on the pull, but it is the second bouncer of the over

still free hit

0.5

Patel to Sehwag, no run, and Munaf bowls a short one again, Sehwag top-edges, Munaf catches it, celebrates, but has forgotten it was a free hit

0.6

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, back to length, moves away a touch, and defended off the back foot

End of over 1 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
V Sehwag    1* (5b)      MM Patel    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    1* (3b)     

Amit Singh to bowl

1.1

Singh to Sehwag, no run, on a length, and on target, just around off stump, and defended back towards the bowler

1.2

Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, Sehwag looks midwicket, gets the bottom edge towards mid-on, gets a single still

1.3

Singh to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir walks down the track, Amit pulls the length back, and he dabs it down towards fine leg for two

1.4

Singh to Gambhir, no run, stays back of a length, Gambhir stays in the crease too, and defends towards point

1.5

Singh to Gambhir, FOUR, keeper comes up, but Gambhir stays in the crease, and hits him straight down the ground, full face of the bat, straighter of mid-off

1.6

Singh to Gambhir, 1 run, tucks him up on the pads, Gambhir gets tall and bunts it down for a single

End of over 2 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
G Gambhir    8* (7b 1x4)      A Singh    1-0-8-0
V Sehwag    2* (7b)      MM Patel    1-0-4-0

Munaf to continue

2.1

Patel to Gambhir, OUT, what a ripper by Munaf, this is an unbelievable catch, back of a length, Gambhir hits it back towards his good friend Munaf. This is going straight over the stumps at the non-striker's end, but Munaf stretches his right hand and intercepts perfectly. Munaf's fielding has been a revelation during this IPL

G Gambhir c & b Patel 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

AB is the new man in

2.2

Patel to de Villiers, no run, stays back of a length, pushes AB to the back foot, and he defends

2.3

Patel to de Villiers, 2 runs, short again, but angling into the pads, and he gets two runs towards fine leg

2.4

Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, looks to tuck him up again, but this one doesn't rise enough, and is helped away towards square leg

2.5

Patel to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag almost walked, that's two in the same over for Munaf. This is short too, Sehwag jumps, looking to play it into the on side, but this one stays low, and catches him right in front. Sehwag knew all along he was gone. Munaf is carrying on from his last over against Mumbai

V Sehwag lbw b Patel 2 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Dilshan to face the music

2.6

Patel to Dilshan, no run, length ball, on off stump, defended off the front foot. Superb over

End of over 3 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 15/2 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (1b)      MM Patel    2-0-7-2
AB de Villiers    3* (3b)      A Singh    1-0-8-0

3.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, length ball, on the middle stump, defended off the back foot

3.2

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, and almost another one, this was short and wide, AB shaped for the cut, but this one stopped on it, and fell just short of point

3.3

Singh to Dilshan, no run, Smith is alert at point, this one was short and wide again, didn't stop, so made for a good cut, but Smith dived to his right and prevented any runs

3.4

Singh to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan looks for the scoop this time, but this is well outside off, and he misses it completely

3.5

Singh to Dilshan, no run, short and wide again, slapped away again, but can't beat Jadeja at point. It must have stung, it's cold and was hit hard

3.6

Singh to Dilshan, 3 runs, Dilshan scoops again, and connects this time. There is no fine leg, the deep backwards square leg has to run and do the cutting

End of over 4 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 19/2 (RR: 4.75)
TM Dilshan    3* (5b)      A Singh    2-0-12-0
AB de Villiers    4* (5b)      MM Patel    2-0-7-2

Munaf will continue

4.1

Patel to Dilshan, no run, that bouncer got big on Dilshan, and audaciously Dilshan looks to push it over keeper's head, but the extra bounce beat him

4.2

Patel to Dilshan, 2 runs, back of a length, wide, and Dilshan punches off the back foot, through the covers

4.3

Patel to Dilshan, no run, slower ball, short, 112ks, and defended off the back foot

4.4

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball, and just outside off, and Dilshan plays off the back foot, wide of mid-on

4.5

Patel to de Villiers, FOUR, that's a clever shot, short and outside off, not short enough to be cut, he waits and open the faces of the bat, and gets a four between third man and slip - all along the ground

4.6

Patel to de Villiers, no run, short and on the stumps, AB defends off the back foot

End of over 5 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 26/2 (RR: 5.20)
AB de Villiers    8* (7b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-14-2
TM Dilshan    6* (9b)      A Singh    2-0-12-0

Sid Trivedi to bowl

5.1

Trivedi to Dilshan, FOUR, starts with a gift of a loosener, short and wide, gentle pace, and Dilshan crashes it over cover, powerfully hit

5.2

Trivedi to Dilshan, 1 run, again a short delivery, this time cut through the gully region, just a single

slip comes out, moves to gully. Warne it is

5.3

Trivedi to de Villiers, no run, short and wide again, cut to front of square, this one came slow too, so he could neither keep it down nor cut it square, but the ball bounced before it reached cover

5.4

Trivedi to de Villiers, FOUR, when the cut don't work, pull. And pull does AB, short again, transfers the weight back, and pulls between mid-on and midwicket, a shot he plays especially well

5.5

Trivedi to de Villiers, no run, slower ball this time, still short, AB recovers and pulls, but can't beat Yusuf at midwicket

5.6

Trivedi to de Villiers, no run, pitched up finally, wide outside off, and AB drives but can't beat the off-side ring, which is densely populated

End of over 6 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 35/2 (RR: 5.83)
AB de Villiers    12* (11b 2x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    11* (11b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-14-2

Botha to bowl now. He can't bowl the doosra, remember?

6.1

Botha to Dilshan, 1 wide, big offbreak, pitches middle, goes down the leg side

6.1

Botha to Dilshan, 1 run, another offbreak, pitched up outside off, turning in, and played with an open face towards sweeper-cover

6.2

Botha to de Villiers, no run, AB steps out, Botha drags it back, and forces him to defend

6.3

Botha to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted, too full, and an easy single down to long-on

6.4

Botha to Dilshan, no run, just short of a good length, spinning from outside off, Dilshan looks to run it down to third man, but misses

6.5

Botha to Dilshan, no run, full on the stumps, and played towards midwicket

6.6

Botha to Dilshan, no run, back of a length again, and Dilshan looks for the late cut again, but this one hurries on after pitching and beats him

End of over 7 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 38/2 (RR: 5.42)
TM Dilshan    12* (15b 1x4)      J Botha    1-0-3-0
AB de Villiers    13* (13b 2x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-9-0

Warne will be on now. He will like this pitch. The ball is turning, and the pitch is two-paced. One slip, short fine leg

7.1

Warne to de Villiers, 2 runs, starts off with a short one, turns away, but AB pulls it down the ground, wide of long-on, and gets a couple

7.2

Warne to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted, turning, but just short of a length, and AB gets a single to sweeper-cover

7.3

Warne to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on the leg stump again, just short of a length, Dilshan stays on the back foot and gets a single to sweeper

7.4

Warne to de Villiers, 1 run, a very slow legbreak, short again, so will be an easy single

7.5

Warne to Dilshan, 1 run, this is short and wide too, and Warne is lucky that the batsman can't beat the sweeper-cover

7.6

Warne to de Villiers, 2 runs, flat delivery on the pad, AB nudges it deftly towards the deep backward square leg, and runs two, capitalising on the lack of pace in that shot

End of over 8 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 46/2 (RR: 5.75)
AB de Villiers    19* (17b 2x4)      SK Warne    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    14* (17b 1x4)      J Botha    1-0-3-0

8.1

Botha to Dilshan, 1 run, fulltoss on the off stump, hit off the back foot, towards sweeper

8.2

Botha to de Villiers, 1 run, overpitched on the pads, and nudged towards fine leg

8.3

Botha to Dilshan, 1 run, late cut, in front of the stumps, against the turn, but just a single to short third

8.4

Botha to de Villiers, 1 run, flights it on the stumps again, and turned away towards deep backward square

8.5

Botha to Dilshan, 1 run, dropped, Dilshan looks for the cut again, and scoops it towards Amit Singh at short third man. It is dropped there, he doesn't have to move too much, but perhaps takes his eyes off early

8.6

Botha to de Villiers, FOUR, to rub the salt in, AB plays an exquisite shot through extra cover, off an overpitched delviery. Superb shot, classical

End of over 9 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 55/2 (RR: 6.11)
AB de Villiers    25* (20b 3x4)      J Botha    2-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    17* (20b 1x4)      SK Warne    1-0-8-0

9.1

Warne to Dilshan, 1 run

9.2

Warne to de Villiers, 1 run, full, on the pads, and nurdled into the leg side for one

9.3

Warne to Dilshan, no run, sharp turner, pitched on leg, moved away, and he looks for the cut, and gets an underside edge

9.4

Warne to Dilshan, 1 run, this one is short enough to be cut, and cut Dilshan does, towards sweeper-cover, where Amit fumbles again, but this time it doesn't cost them a run

9.5

Warne to de Villiers, 1 run, another very slow legbreak from Warne, 77ks, and played with soft hands from just outside off, and gets a single

9.6

Warne to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for the flipper, 88ks, but this is too full, in front of the stumps, and is hit down the ground for one

Time to take a breath. Seven-and-a-half minutes' worth of it

End of over 10 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 60/2 (RR: 6.00)
TM Dilshan    20* (24b 1x4)      SK Warne    2-0-13-0
AB de Villiers    27* (22b 3x4)      J Botha    2-0-12-0

Botha to continue after the break

10.1

Botha to Dilshan, no run, flat, fast offbreak, starts middle and tucks him on the leg side

10.2

Botha to Dilshan, 2 runs, full, outside off, sliced away square of short third man and gets two

10.3

Botha to Dilshan, no run, slower ball, turning in from outside off, and defended to cover

10.4

Botha to Dilshan, 1 run, that's bowled off a couple of steps, full, on the pads, and a single down to long-on

10.5

Botha to de Villiers, 1 run, bowls a good spinner's length, this one turns in from outside off, and a single to long-on

10.6

Botha to Dilshan, 2 runs, slightly short, Dilshan rocks back, and cuts, wide of short third, and gets a two

End of over 11 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 66/2 (RR: 6.00)
TM Dilshan    25* (29b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-18-0
AB de Villiers    28* (23b 3x4)      SK Warne    2-0-13-0

11.1

Warne to de Villiers, no run, flighted, outside off, this one turns away, and beats AB on the sweep

11.2

Warne to de Villiers, no run, slow, thrown up too, 71ks, turns away and gets a single to cover

11.3

Warne to de Villiers, 3 runs, well bowled, this one dipped on the batsman, spun away, took the outside edge, and ran away wide of slip, and they get three

11.4

Warne to Dilshan, 1 run, gets drift now, angling in towards pads, and then spinning away, Dilshan gets to the pitch of the ball and dabs it for a single to cover

11.5

Warne to de Villiers, no run, drift and dip again, forces AB to defend, it pitched leg stump and turned away

11.6

Warne to de Villiers, 1 run, full again, drivable though, and is hit to wide of cover, and they get a run

End of over 12 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 71/2 (RR: 5.91)
AB de Villiers    32* (28b 3x4)      SK Warne    3-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    26* (30b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-18-0

Jadeja will bowl now, replacing Botha

They have gone at around 6 an over, but have wickets in hand. Which bowler will they target

12.1

Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, excellent shot, this was short, just a check-punch from AB, finds the gap between extra cover and the sweeper

12.2

Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, flat, on the stumps, and defended

12.3

Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, flat again, not much turn, and hit to left of Warne at cover

12.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker still, a hint of turn, and gets a thick outside edge, for a single to short third man

12.5

Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, flat, hurries AB into a defensive shot because it is on the stump

12.6

Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, slower this time, but wide outside off, and AB gets a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 13 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 78/2 (RR: 6.00)
AB de Villiers    38* (33b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0
TM Dilshan    27* (31b 1x4)      SK Warne    3-0-18-0

Abhishek Raut to bowl now

13.1

Raut to de Villiers, FOUR, tries a legbreak, but is way too short, it's a poor delivery, and AB rocks back to pull it through midwicket

13.2

Raut to de Villiers, 1 run, no turn, just short of a length, and hit straight down the ground

13.3

Raut to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, this is thrown up, Dilshan looks for the paddle, and is too early into it, but does pick a quick leg bye

13.4

Raut to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely placement, this is short and outside off, AB is waiting, goes in front of square, beats the sweeper-cover, perfect placement on a pitch that doesn't make for good square hitting

13.5

Raut to de Villiers, no run, slower, higher, and on the stumps, defended off the front foot

13.6

Raut to de Villiers, 1 run, gets this one to turn from off-stump line, but AB just dabs it for one to short third

End of over 14 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 89/2 (RR: 6.35)
AB de Villiers    48* (38b 6x4)      AS Raut    1-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    27* (32b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0

14.1

Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, flat, short, on the stumps, played to long-on off the back foot

14.2

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, angled into the pads, and turned away for one towards fine leg

14.3

Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, and AB gets to his 50, superb innings given the start Delhi got. He gets there with a punch down the ground for a single

14.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, full, on the stumps, and Dilshan goes for the slog sweep, but there is a deep midwicket in place

14.5

Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, full, on the stumps, and hit towards long-on

14.6

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, short, flat trajectory, and punched away towards the sweeper on the off side

End of over 15 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 95/2 (RR: 6.33)
TM Dilshan    30* (35b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-13-0
AB de Villiers    51* (41b 6x4)      AS Raut    1-0-10-0

We are into the third quarter now, and Delhi will look to open up now.

Yusuf to bowl

15.1

Pathan to Dilshan, no run, nice off break, at 94ks, beats a drive from Dilshan around the pads

15.2

Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, late-cut from in front of the stumps, and he gets a single to short third

AB told Warner during the time-out that 140 is a good score, it's tough to bowl

15.3

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, full, on the pads, and turned away for one to deep backward square

15.4

Pathan to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan looks to beat short third man again, but can't get bat on the ball, it's too quick for it

15.5

Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, he does it this time, but since he has cut it from in front of his leg stump, eh can't beat short third man

15.6

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, flat, on the pads, and helped away for a single to deep backward square leg

End of over 16 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 99/2 (RR: 6.18)
AB de Villiers    53* (43b 6x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    32* (39b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-13-0

Botha back in the attack

16.1

Botha to de Villiers, 1 run, he steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball, and plays it towards wide long-on

16.2

Botha to Dilshan, 1 run, fulltoss, looks for the sweep, but gets the underside edge onto his boot, will get just one

16.3

Botha to de Villiers, 1 run, hit powerfully, full ball on the stumps, but can't beat long-on

16.4

Botha to Dilshan, OUT, this wicket should delay the late charge a bit, full, almost a yorker, around off, and DIlshan looks for the big sweep, misses completely, and leaves an open invitation from the stumps, which the ball accepts

TM Dilshan b Botha 33 (41b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.48

Dinesh Karthik is the new man in. he has played a cameo or three earlier in the tournament

16.5

Botha to Karthik, 2 runs, full on off, well played, to wide of long-off, and he will get two

16.6

Botha to Karthik, no run, slower, outside off, short enough for Karthik to think of a late-cut, but this one hurries off after pitching and beats him

End of over 17 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 104/3 (RR: 6.11)
KD Karthik    2* (2b)      J Botha    4-0-23-1
AB de Villiers    55* (45b 6x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-0

Amit Singh comes back to bowl

17.1

Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, slower ball tired, it's fulltoss, and hit down the ground, wide of Quiney at long-on, a fumble allows two

17.2

Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, dropped, slower ball, fools AB, it skies to between mid-on and long-on, Quiney makes superb ground, but after getting under it, couldn't hold on to it

17.3

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, full, outside off, and played with an open face for one

17.4

Singh to Karthik, 1 run, slower ball, just outside off, Karthik recovers and plays a late cut, to Munaf at short third and gets a single

17.5

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, another superb slower ball, deceives AB, who is clearly early, and gets a top-edge over the keeper's head, he will take those four runs

17.6

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, on the stumps, length ball, and hit towards long-on

End of over 18 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 115/3 (RR: 6.38)
AB de Villiers    65* (50b 7x4)      A Singh    3-0-23-0
KD Karthik    3* (3b)      J Botha    4-0-23-1

Munaf is back. He had a superb start, but has a crucial job to do. AB looking dangerous

18.1

Patel to de Villiers, 2 runs, missed run-out, short, and pulled to long-on, AB goes for two, Botha goes for the keeper's end, where Ojha doesn't collect it cleanly even as Ab dives

18.2

Patel to de Villiers, (no ball) SIX, perfect hit, the first six of the match, no-ball, half-volley, straight over the bowler's head, six all the way

18.2

Patel to de Villiers, FOUR, free hit, Munaf goes for the slower ball, it's short, AB waits, pulls in front of midwicket, and gets four to move to 400 runs this tournament

18.3

Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, short again, and AB pulls it straight down the ground, just one

18.4

Patel to Karthik, FOUR, when it rains, it pours, as it is happening for Munaf, Karthik stepped away too early, Munaf saw it and went wide of off, and Karthik gets a thick edge wide of keeper

18.5

Patel to Karthik, SIX, this over is turning the game around, Munaf tries the slower ball, goes too short, and Karthik rocks back, and pulls it over midwicket, clean as they come

18.6

Patel to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik looks for the scoop, is too early into the shot, but gets enough bat to chip it towards deep backward square for one. 25 off the over, he had given 14 in his previous three

End of over 19 (25 runs) Delhi Daredevils 140/3 (RR: 7.36)
KD Karthik    14* (6b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    4-0-39-2
AB de Villiers    78* (54b 8x4 1x6)      A Singh    3-0-23-0

Warne to bowl the last over

19.1

Warne to Karthik, 1 run, almost yorks Karthik outside leg, who is looking to make room, but he still gets single into the off side

19.2

Warne to de Villiers, 1 run, swept away, orthodox sweep, and he gets one to deep backward square

19.3

Warne to Karthik, 2 runs, steps out, looks for the slog sweep, gets a top edge, but no one in the circle on the on side, and it falls just short of Botha running in from deep midwicket

19.4

Warne to Karthik, 2 runs, steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball, and hits it powerfully, to wide of long-on and gets two

19.5

Warne to Karthik, 2 runs, short, Karthik waits for it, and cuts it from front of the leg stump, for two to the left of sweeper cover

19.6

Warne to Karthik, 2 runs, and they get two to get to 150, Karthik is cramped up a bit by the drift, he still goes the sweep, which goes down the ground, but not fast enough, and they have enough time to get two

Delhi will know this is more than a competitive total, AB and Karthik have once again provided the impetus towards the end. Rajasthan will still be hurting from that Munaf over that went for 25. How well do they recover from these last three overs? We will know in a while

End of over 20 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 150/3
KD Karthik    23* (11b 1x4 1x6)      SK Warne    4-0-28-0
AB de Villiers    79* (55b 8x4 1x6)      MM Patel    4-0-39-2
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