Indian Premier League, 29th match: Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals at Delhi, Mar 31, 2010
Delhi Daredevils won by 67 runs
31 March 2010 - night match (20-over match)

David Warner, the centurion from the previous match, and Virender Sehwag are making their way out. We are almost ready for the start here. Shaun Tait has the ball. No he doesn't. It's Yusuf who will bowl the first over. Here we go.

There's still some time left before the start of play. In the meantime, you could read the preview. Nannes was struck hard on the hand the other day against Kolkata, and rushed to the dressing room. We know ow the injury is a fairly serious one. Rajasthan are unchanged today, and the replacement for Bhatia is Sarabjit Ladda.

Gambhir has won the toss and chosen to bat. He says a score of 170 should be competitive. Dirk Nannes is not playing; he's out for a week after sustaining an injury in the previous game. Maharoof takes his place. Rajat Bhatia has been left out as well. Look out for the XIs above.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the clash between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils. Both teams are currently in the top four, and will look to consolidate their positions. Rajasthan, especially, are on a high, winning four games on the trot after three consecutive defeats before that.


Pathan to Warner, no run, shortish on leg stump, turns towards off and Warner drops it in front of the bowler


Pathan to Warner, 1 run, gave it a bit of air, tossed up on the off, pushed through the line towards long-off for a single


Pathan to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag makes room and taps it towards extra cover, can't clear the field there


Pathan to Sehwag, SIX, this time he can, flighted, comes down the track and sends it into the stands over long-on, nice, clean strike


Pathan to Sehwag, FOUR, four more, Yusuf kept it flat this time and fired it on leg stump, Sehwag bent low and swept it really fine to find the ropes


Pathan to Sehwag, no run, an opportunity missed, short and wide, makes room to cut but misses, nevertheless Delhi are off to an attacking start

Thanks for the clarification; Nannes was injured against Kolkata, not Bangalore. That's been changed. Narwal comes on

End of over 1 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 11/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • V Sehwag 10 (4b 1x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 1 (2b)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-11-0

Narwal to Warner, no run, full on the off, driven hard but straight to mid-off


Narwal to Warner, 1 run, short of a length on the off, no movement there, kept a little low there, Warner tried to pull that past midwicket, mistimed it but earned a run

A widish slip in place.


Narwal to Sehwag, 1 run, banged it short and Sehwag was not fully in control, tried to pull, got it high on the bat and it landed just wide of square leg, a single to the score but it came on to him a lot quicker than he expected


Narwal to Warner, no run, dropped, Siddharth Trivedi the culprit, full toss on the off and Warner clubs that towards mid-on, Trivedi runs just a few paces to his right and gets his hands to it but spills a fairly regular chance, how costly will that prove?


Narwal to Warner, no run, low full toss outside off, cracked straight to extra cover


Narwal to Warner, 2 runs, Warner's enjoying a bit of luck here, short of a good length, tries to whack it through the off side, ends up slicing it just in front of mid-off, it falls just short of the fielder who fumbles and they get a couple

End of over 2 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 15/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • DA Warner 4 (7b)
    • V Sehwag 11 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Narwal 1-0-4-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-11-0

Shuffling their bowlers around are Rajasthan, Voges comes on


Voges to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, turns away and Sehwag thinks of cutting it but lets it be at the last moment


Voges to Sehwag, FOUR, no restraint this time, full and wide, he stretches to reach it and slices it hard over point for a boundary


Voges to Sehwag, 1 wide, full and wide, too wide and Sehwag lets it go, given a wide


Voges to Sehwag, no run, coming from round the wicket, bowls it short on the off, punched off the back foot to extra cover


Voges to Sehwag, FOUR, ominous signs, shortish on the off, spins away, makes room and thumps that hard over extra cover, plenty of width on offer and he's cashing in

Over the wicket now..


Voges to Sehwag, no run, tries the reverse-sweep and misses, turns away and he gets into position early but can't connect


Voges to Sehwag, no run, a bit of a mix-up there, shortish and it's punched wide of the bowler, Voges dives and returns a strong throw to the keeper but Warner has sent Sehwag back in time

End of over 3 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 24/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • V Sehwag 19 (11b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 4 (7b)
    • AC Voges 1-0-9-0
    • S Narwal 1-0-4-0

Narwal to Warner, OUT, Narwal ensures the dropped catch doesn't cost him much, full on middle, Warner makes room, probably thinking to drive that but it's far fuller than he expects, almost a yorker and he can't get his bat down in time and is bowled

DA Warner b Narwal 4 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

The centurion has an off day today, Gambhir comes in to join his regular opening partner


Narwal to Gambhir, 1 run, short outside off, cuts it hard past point towards third man for a single


Narwal to Sehwag, OUT, Narwal's having a ball, short on the off and Sehwag goes for the pull, a touch too high that and he ends up getting a top edge which is snapped comfortably by Paras Dogra at deep square leg, the openers have been sent back

V Sehwag c Dogra b Narwal 19 (12b 3x4 1x6) SR: 158.33


Narwal to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir is gifted with a full delivery on the off stump and he dispatches it with ease between cover and point for a boundary


Narwal to Gambhir, 2 runs, Did that hit the helmet? Short outside off, comes down the track and tries to crack that hard, gets an inside edge that beats Ojha the keeper, is heading towards the helmet behind him but Ojha runs back and dives to push it away, would have cost five runs otherwise


Narwal to Gambhir, 1 wide, short and wide, too wide, holds its line and is given


Narwal to Gambhir, no run, tapped away into the off side towards point

End of over 4 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 32/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • G Gambhir 7 (4b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 0 (0b)
    • S Narwal 2-0-12-2
    • AC Voges 1-0-9-0

Collingwood to face, Tait to bowl


Tait to Collingwood, SIX, what a welcome, short on middle and leg and he pulls it away into the stands over deep square leg, excellent contact


Tait to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, bowled at 145.7 kmph, full outside leg and Collingwood is struck on the pads as he tries to drive it through midwicket


Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, bowled it on a good length on middle, defended into the leg side in front of midwicket and he rushes through for a quick single


Tait to Collingwood, no run, fullish on the off, comes down the track to thrash it through mid-off, misses and Tait and him exchange words


Tait to Collingwood, FOUR, Collingwood has the edge in this battle, short and wide, a gift ball, cut away fiercely through point for a boundary


Tait to Collingwood, 1 run, nicely done, Tait slips that full, crunched wide of extra cover for a single

End of over 5 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 45/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • PD Collingwood 11 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 8 (5b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 1-0-12-0
    • S Narwal 2-0-12-2

Narwal to Collingwood, FOUR, bowling in Collingwood's zone in Narwal, full on middle, too straight and he just drives it past mid-on for yet another boundary

Tex: "Interesting, if a fielder touches the ball at the same time they touch the boundary/boundary rope it is deemed a boundary, how about a fielder touching the resting helmet while touching the ball, should it not be the 5 runs?!" Not too sure, but Ojha in this case had shoved the ball away before making contact with the helmet


Narwal to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the off side towards cover


Narwal to Collingwood, 1 run, held back the length there, comes down the track and punches it wide of mid-off for a quick single, 50 up


Narwal to Gambhir, OUT, run-out, Voges gets Collingwood, full outside off, steered just wide of point, Voges dives, collects and returns an excellent throw to Naman Ojha to takes off the bails to find Collingwood short, not sure who called first but Collingwood committed himself to the single and he'll regret it now

PD Collingwood run out 16 (8b 2x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Collingwood was hesitant initially but Gambhir had made up his mind about the single, after having struck the ball to Voges' right. A late response from Collingwood cost him.

Kedar Jadhav comes in, made an impression with a fifty in his first IPL game


Narwal to Jadhav, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, closes the face on it and defends


Narwal to Jadhav, 2 runs, shortish and he pulls it away through square leg though doesn't time it all too well, still gets a couple

End of over 6 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 52/3 (RR: 8.66)

    • KM Jadhav 2 (2b)
    • G Gambhir 8 (6b 1x4)
    • S Narwal 3-0-19-2
    • SW Tait 1-0-12-0

Shane Warne comes on


Warne to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted outside off, comes down the track and drills it to long-off


Warne to Jadhav, 1 run, slow, really slow through the air, turned away in front of square leg for a single


Warne to Gambhir, no run, skidded onto him there, kept it flat, Gambhir closes the face a touch too early on that and gets a leading edge towards point


Warne to Gambhir, 2 runs, whipped from the crease towards square leg where Faiz Fazal misfields, allowing them to come back for the second


Warne to Gambhir, 1 run, short outside off, cuts it towards short third for a single


Warne to Jadhav, 1 run, backs away to cut that towards deep cover, a skidding straight ball that

End of over 7 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 58/3 (RR: 8.28)

    • KM Jadhav 4 (4b)
    • G Gambhir 12 (10b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 1-0-6-0
    • S Narwal 3-0-19-2

Trivedi comes on


Trivedi to Jadhav, FOUR, short and wide, Jadhav cuts it hard through point, there's no cover in the deep and he gets a boundary


Trivedi to Jadhav, 1 run, turns the face on that straightish ball and gets a single in front of midwicket


Trivedi to Gambhir, no run, shortish outside off at 125 kmph, tries to guide it towards third man, misses


Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, full on the pads, a slower one, pitched outside leg, Gambhir tried to heave that over square leg but missed and was struck on the pads, scrambled a leg bye


Trivedi to Jadhav, 1 run, shortish on the off, punches that towards long-on for a single


Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 run, tries to force it through the off side but the bat turns in his hand, lobs it just wide of the bowler and gets it to long-on for a single

End of over 8 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 66/3 (RR: 8.25)

    • G Gambhir 13 (13b 1x4)
    • KM Jadhav 10 (7b 1x4)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-7-0
    • SK Warne 1-0-6-0

Warne to Gambhir, 1 run, comes down the track and nudges it through midwicket for a single


Warne to Jadhav, no run, flighted on middle and turning away, covers it well by moving across and hint and playing it back to the bowler


Warne to Jadhav, OUT, no messing around with Warne, flighted and Jadhav comes down the track to launch it into the stands over long-on, though he gets under it he ends up mistiming it and gifts Yusuf Pathan a simple catch, the hand came off the handle there

KM Jadhav c Pathan b Warne 10 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11


Warne to Gambhir, 1 run, tucked into the leg side for a single

Karthik to face, Delhi in a spot of bother here


Warne to Karthik, 2 runs, bends low and paddles that towards fine leg for a couple of runs


Warne to Karthik, no run, slipped that in quick, shortish on middle, pushed to cover

Timeout, and it's Rajasthan in control

End of over 9 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 70/4 (RR: 7.77)

    • KD Karthik 2 (2b)
    • G Gambhir 15 (15b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 2-0-10-1
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-7-0

Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 run, short outside off, runs it down to third man for the single


Trivedi to Karthik, 1 run, gets across and Karthik punches that to long-on for a single


Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, cut away to third man for one more


Trivedi to Karthik, 1 leg bye, short of a good length on leg stump, tries to whip that square, is struck on the thighs but gets a single


Trivedi to Gambhir, FOUR, slower one bowled short on leg stump, fine leg was up and Gambhir tickled that really late and got it past that fielder for a welcome boundary


Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide, steers it to third man for one more, dropping anchor now is the Delhi captain

End of over 10 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 79/4 (RR: 7.90)

    • G Gambhir 22 (19b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 3 (4b)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-15-0
    • SK Warne 2-0-10-1

Shrenuj: "You folks need to stop informing us about the batsmen's previous succesful innings! You're jinxing them! First, it's Warner's century leading to his downfall, now Jadhav's previous 50! "


Warne to Gambhir, 2 runs, some poor fielding in the deep, drilled hard down the ground, Narwal at long-on fumbles as he slides to his right to stop that, Jhunjhunwala tries to gather it as it rolls towards the ropes, gets there just in time, a couple more


Warne to Gambhir, 1 run, short outside off, cut away towards deep point for a single


Warne to Karthik, no run, sliding it on leg stump, turning away and Karthik defends it watchfully towards point


Warne to Karthik, no run, a bit more air on that one and also kept low as it turned away, beat Karthik who was on the front foot and Ojha took down the stumps but he was well in


Warne to Karthik, FOUR, nicely done, waited for it to turn away, Warne slipped that one a little too short, Karthik made room and slapped it through extra cover for a boundary


Warne to Karthik, no run, full on the off, driven straight to extra cover

End of over 11 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 86/4 (RR: 7.81)

    • KD Karthik 7 (8b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 25 (21b 2x4)
    • SK Warne 3-0-17-1
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-15-0

Madan: "How about Gambhir's 1 and Karthik's 0 in their last innings .....will this help?"

Yusuf comes back


Pathan to Gambhir, no run


Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, tickled away towards fine leg for a single


Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, punched it from the crease wide of midwicket for a single


Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, short on the off, chopped towards point for a single


Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, turning in, worked away towards short fine, one more


Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed towards long-on for a single to keep the strike

End of over 12 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 91/4 (RR: 7.58)

    • G Gambhir 28 (25b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 9 (10b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-16-0
    • SK Warne 3-0-17-1

Warne to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir is tempted into playing the slog-sweep, flighted outside off and he eyes midwicket but ends up getting an inside edge as it turns in, two behind square leg


Warne to Gambhir, 1 run, short outside off, moves back and cuts it through point for a single


Warne to Karthik, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, gets back and pushes it towards long-on


Warne to Gambhir, no run, turning in from a good length outside off, punched to extra cover


Warne to Gambhir, FOUR, stepping out of his crease to that tossed-up ball, hitting it with the turn is Gambhir as he swings that over midwicket for a boundary


Warne to Gambhir, 1 run, whipped away towards deep midwicket for a single to bring up the team's century

End of over 13 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 100/4 (RR: 7.69)

    • G Gambhir 36 (30b 3x4)
    • KD Karthik 10 (11b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 4-0-26-1
    • YK Pathan 2-0-16-0

Tait is back

Vijay: "How can one's performance be jinxed by someone mentioning something. If that is the case, then there are millions of viewers' jinxes, which one would be effective? The performances are based on so many of practical factors, like, the need of an hour, pitch condition, targets, opponents and obviously, one's luck at a particular day or moment." I'm not saying anything more


Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, full outside off, tries to drive through the line but gets a thick outside edge behind point, a single


Tait to Karthik, 2 runs, low full toss, there appeared to be a bit of reverse there, driven hard through midwicket, a couple more


Tait to Karthik, no run, full outside off, bowling from wide of the crease, driven back to the bowler


Tait to Karthik, 1 run, banged in the short one, Karthik bent low and he initially appeared to be trying to duck but smartly played the upper cut, one to third man


Tait to Gambhir, 2 wides, too wide, and it;s given by the umpire, and they also steal a run


Tait to Karthik, FOUR, the shot of the day, superbly done, overpitched yes but Karthik met that with sheer venom, smashing it down the ground past Tait leaving the fielders in the deep no chance to fetch that


Tait to Karthik, 1 run, an attempted inswinging yorker, tries to smack it through midwicket, gets an inside edge onto the pads and has to settle for a single

End of over 14 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 111/4 (RR: 7.92)

    • KD Karthik 18 (16b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 37 (31b 3x4)
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-0
    • SK Warne 4-0-26-1

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, shortish on middle, punched towards deep midwicket, a single


Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, flat and quick outside off, chops it towards point for a single


Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to deep backward square leg


Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, pushed wide of midwicket for one more


Pathan to Karthik, FOUR, short on middle, a long hop and Karthik deals with it well, pulling it away over square leg for a boundary


Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, knocks it down in front of cover for a single

End of over 15 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 120/4 (RR: 8.00)

    • KD Karthik 25 (20b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 39 (33b 3x4)
    • YK Pathan 3-0-25-0
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-0

Trivedi comes back, these two have done extremely well


Trivedi to Karthik, 1 run, shortish on middle, tucked into the leg side and steals a quick single


Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 run, there is width on offer and he cuts that down to third man, one more


Trivedi to Karthik, 1 run, the short offcutter, opens the face to tap that behind point for a quick single


Trivedi to Gambhir, 1 run, slower one again, waits for it to come on and dabs it behind point for a single


Trivedi to Karthik, SIX, Karthik plays a delightful pick-up shot, angling it on the pads, full and he clips it elegantly over deep square leg, beautifully timed, clears the ropes comfortably


Trivedi to Karthik, 1 run, full outside off, slower one, slog-swept on the bounce towards long-on for a single

End of over 16 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 131/4 (RR: 8.18)

    • KD Karthik 34 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 41 (35b 3x4)
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-26-0
    • YK Pathan 3-0-25-0

Narwal comes back...


Narwal to Karthik, SIX, be smacked for six! Karthik's opening up, full, length ball on the off and he bends low and sends it over the bowler's head and long-off for a big six

The keeper comes up


Narwal to Karthik, SIX, another length delivery, Karthik cashes in, swinging it hard over long-on, came off the meat and just about managed to clear the fielder, the crowd is on its feet


Narwal to Karthik, 1 run, full on the off, driven towards long-off for a single

Sridhar: "Don't take the fun out of using our imaginary powers to influence a match Vijay."


Narwal to Gambhir, 2 runs, low full toss on the off, drags it wide of midwicket and some lacklustre fielding in the deep allows them to come back for the second


Narwal to Gambhir, OUT, Another length ball and by the look of his follow-through, it seemed it would disappear as well but he had no timing on that one, landed safe in the palms of Yusuf at mid-on

G Gambhir c Pathan b Narwal 43 (37b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.21

That ends an excellent stand between these two experienced Delhi batsmen, who've taken their team closer to score of 170-odd they were aiming for at the start of the innings


Narwal to Karthik, 2 runs, full outside off, driven wide of extra cover for a couple of runs

End of over 17 (17 runs) Delhi Daredevils 148/5 (RR: 8.70)

    • KD Karthik 49 (28b 3x4 3x6)
    • AB McDonald 0 (0b)
    • S Narwal 4-0-36-3
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-26-0

Andrew McDonald comes in


Tait to McDonald, 1 leg bye, full on the pads, tries to flick it fine, gets a single


Tait to Karthik, 5 no balls, a beamer, down the leg side, and Ojha misses it, that's five runs, Tait's been poor this game and he's made a mess of that


Tait to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik gets to a half-century, an enterprising innings, typical of him, guides that down to third man


Tait to McDonald, 1 run


Tait to Karthik, FOUR, full again, on the off stump and he repeats a shot he had pulled off earlier in the innings, hammers it down the ground into the V for another four


Tait to Karthik, FOUR, four more, low full toss while aiming for the yorker, not much power involved this time, just drives it wristily to beat mid-on for yet another boundary


Tait to Karthik, FOUR, Three in a row, full outside off and he makes room to caress it past extra cover, three shots in three different directions off three consecutive balls, all to the boundary, Tait has been thwacked

End of over 18 (20 runs) Delhi Daredevils 168/5 (RR: 9.33)

    • KD Karthik 62 (33b 6x4 3x6)
    • AB McDonald 1 (2b)
    • SW Tait 3-0-42-0
    • S Narwal 4-0-36-3

Trivedi to McDonald, no run, short and slow by Trivedi, McDonald is too early into the pull, misses


Trivedi to McDonald, 2 runs, short on the off, pulls it away just wide of deep square leg for a couple of runs


Trivedi to McDonald, 1 run, full on the off, digs it out into the off side for a single


Trivedi to Karthik, 1 run, slower one bowled short again, pulled away to deep square leg for one more


Trivedi to McDonald, FOUR, McDonald has picked his spot, bowled it full and he made room to drive that into that gap between long-off and deep extra cover, four more


Trivedi to McDonald, 1 run, fails to pick the slower one again, gets an inside edge onto the thigh as he goes for the pull, one more

End of over 19 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 177/5 (RR: 9.31)

    • AB McDonald 9 (7b 1x4)
    • KD Karthik 63 (34b 6x4 3x6)
    • SK Trivedi 4-0-35-0
    • SW Tait 3-0-42-0

Tait to McDonald, FOUR, Tait continues to bleed runs, short on middle, goes for the pull, gets a top edge over the keeper, another four

Tait has now bowled the most expensive spell this IPL


Tait to McDonald, 1 run, full on the off stump, stroked to deep cover for a single, Karthik gets on strike


Tait to Karthik, no run, low full toss outside off, tries to swing it over midwicket, misses, was there to hit and he'll be disappointed he missed


Tait to Karthik, no run, full outside off, knocked towards extra cover, no single taken this time


Tait to Karthik, SIX, a wise choice to not take a single the previous ball, short on middle and he latches on to it, getting back and pulling it over deep square leg for another six, Tait's half-century comes up


Tait to Karthik, OUT, comes down the track, it's a length ball and he senses another big one, lofts it high, really high, but doesn't get the distance, is caught at long-on by the substitute fielder

KD Karthik c sub (AS Raut) b Tait 69 (38b 6x4 4x6) SR: 181.57

Delhi have recovered brilliantly after being 67 for 4 at one stage; their two experienced hands Gambhir and Karthik played maturely to build a strong stand. Gambhir dropped anchor, Karthik attacked and continued in the same vein after losing his partner. Gambhir had hoped for somewhere around 170 at the toss, he's got much more than that. Rajasthan face a tough task. Join us in a bit for the chase. In the meantime, check out Tait's figures.

End of over 20 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 188/6

    • AB McDonald 14 (9b 2x4)
    • SW Tait 4-0-53-1
    • SK Trivedi 4-0-35-0





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