Player of the Match
Player of the Match

How crucial has Dilshan been for Delhi this season? He didn't get much playing time last season and when he did there weren't too many positive results but this year he has scored three match-winning half-centuries. All the more special because Delhi's two batting stars from 2008, the explosive openers, have been real flops so far. Today AB de Villiers also flopped and so the pressure was on Dilshan. He was aided excellently by Dinesh Karthik, who batted really impressively for his 41 from 30 balls. That partnership of 79 took the game away from Deccan and then Dilshan's late flourish just stunned them. Edwards had a rare bad day, bowling too many four-balls, and then ... well, that last over was pretty ordinary.

This was a win fashioned in the field after Sehwag opted to field. Dirk Nannes was the star with two ickets, crucially getting Deccan's in-form openers cheaply, while the two spinners were impressive too. Nehra too came back from a bad first over to vary his pace and use the yorkers well as Delhi came back well in the last few overs of Deccan's innings. Karthik started the fightback and Dilshan hung around.

Deccan's run has been halted at four by the one team that looked like being able to do so.

Dirk Nannes is the Man of the Match for figures of 2 for 16 from four overs.

Now, while I relinquish the commentator's role and head over to bulletin the game starting very shortly at this same venue, you all go over to Cricinfo's homepage and click on the live scorecard for Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals. Thanks for your company, and bye for now!

Edwards to Dilshan, SIX runs, all over! Dilshan is the man! Edwards tries another short ball but Dilshan is too smart, waits in his crease for this very delivery and pulls it flat behind square leg for a six that seals victory by six wickets ... a great way to raise a fifty and finish the game by Dilshan
Edwards to Dilshan, 2 runs, very full and this one is squirted into the off side for quick couple
Edwards to Dilshan, (no ball) FOUR runs, Fidel, Fidel, Fidel! Just failed to keep a check on his emotions, tries too hard and oversteps, drops it in short and Dilshan, waiting for the ball, pulls past midwicket
Edwards to Dilshan, no run, bouncer! Edwards charges in and drops short, Dilshan makes a hash of the pull and takes the ball on the side of the helmet, purely beaten for pace, the ball drops into the off side and Dilshan hears a few words of advice from Edwards
Edwards to Dilshan, 1 wide, gets across and goes for that paddle to one sliding down leg stump, umpire Baxter calls wide and Edwards shakes his head
Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR runs, full on off stump and thats a super shot, just cleared the leg, deep in his crease, and clubbed it along the ground into the gap at mid-off and extra cover

Delhi need 17 from 12 balls. Edwards will bowl out after a change of ends.

18 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | DC: 132/4 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 8.50)

  • M Manhas3 (2b)
  • TM Dilshan36 (41b)
  • PP Ojha4-0-24-1
  • Y Venugopal Rao2-0-20-0
Ojha to Manhas, 2 runs, slower ball, gently tossed up, Manhas makes room with good footwork and chips the ball over extra cover, long-off runs after it and cuts it off near the ropes
Ojha to Dilshan, 1 run, pushes it through a lot quicker, Dilshan makes room and slices it
Ojha to Dilshan, no run, shuffles around his crease and back-cuts but cannot beat point
Ojha to Dilshan, no run, makes room and goes hard inside-out but straight to cover
Ojha to Manhas, 1 run, flat on off stump and that is driven wide of extra cover for one

Poor shot from Karthik but he had to keep going after the runs. Ojha gets his name in.

Ojha to Karthik, OUT, oh thats plumb! Ojha comes in from around the stumps and strikes first ball, tossing it up on the stumps and Karthik picks the wrong ball to try and sweep, he misses and gets hit right in front of middle stump

KD Karthik lbw b Ojha 41 (30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 136.66

17 | 17 Runs | DC: 128/3 (21 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.52, RRR: 7.00)

  • TM Dilshan35 (38b)
  • KD Karthik41 (29b)
  • Y Venugopal Rao2-0-20-0
  • FH Edwards3-0-26-0

Expensive over for Deccan. These two batsmen have played really well.

Venugopal Rao to Dilshan, FOUR runs, flat outside off stump, Dilshan gives himself some room and pierces cover
Venugopal Rao to Dilshan, SIX runs, well struck! Rao tosses it up outside off stump and Dilshan picks it from where it pitches, swinging it over midwicket for a flat six, what a good over for Delhi
Venugopal Rao to Karthik, 1 run, flatter ball on the stumps and he slogs it through square leg for one
Venugopal Rao to Karthik, FOUR runs, good shot! Uses his feet and drives that in the air over extra cover
Venugopal Rao to Karthik, no run, tosses it up, Karthik slogs and misses, Gilchrist breaks the stumps
Venugopal Rao to Karthik, 2 runs, too short, he rocks back and drives into the covers, where a misfield allows an easy run, then Smith runs in from the deep and throws it toward the 'keeper's end, where there is another fumble ... sloppy stuff from Deccan

16 | 10 Runs | DC: 111/3 (38 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.93, RRR: 9.50)

  • TM Dilshan25 (36b)
  • KD Karthik34 (25b)
  • FH Edwards3-0-26-0
  • Y Venugopal Rao1-0-3-0
Edwards to Dilshan, no run, short outside off stump and slapped hard but to Gibbs at gully
Edwards to Karthik, 1 run, fuller in length and clipped away for another single
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Daredevils 2nd innings Partnerships

1st30G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd5G GambhirAB de Villiers
3rd14TM DilshanG Gambhir
4th79TM DilshanKD Karthik
5th22TM DilshanM Manhas