Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Best performances - Batsmen

TM Dilshan
52(46) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 0 8 5 14 4 13 8
DR Smith
48(28) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %44%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 0 13 7 0 2 9 17

Best performances - Bowlers

DP Nannes
O4
M0
R16
W2
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Ahmed
O4
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

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!

18.4
6
Edwards to Dilshan, SIX, 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
18.3
2
Edwards to Dilshan, 2 runs, very full and this one is squirted into the off side for quick couple
18.3
5nb
Edwards to Dilshan, (no ball) FOUR, 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
18.2
0
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
18.2
1w
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
18.1
4
Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR, 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.