12.54am And as we approach 1 am, it's time to say goodnight. We'll be back in around 18 hours for game 33 of the IPL. For now, on behalf of Nikhil Kalro, this is Sreshth Shah signing off. Hope you enjoyed our company.
12.44am Three teams on six points, while Mumbai are at four. The bottom-half of the points table is getting very interesting. Time for the presentation.
Rishabh Pant, the Man of the Match and orange cap holder. He says: "It's been going great but I'm just happy with the win for my team. If anyone is retained, it doesn't matter, you have to just perform for your team. I play the paddle well, so since people are bowling me there, I'm pulling some tricks. As Daredevils, we're just being positive. We know if we lose, we're out, so being positive for every match. Intent is same in every game, but the small things were important which got us the win tonight."
Shreyas Iyer, the winning captain: "Really important win, coming in this situation. Was a heart throbbing match. This wicket here even 200 is less, but the bowlers kept their nerves and came back strong. The start Shaw is giving is amazing for Daredevils. Personally, Pant coming in, giving that extra strike-rate, and if he plays till the end the score can be totally different. We also know that it's important for us to win all the games. We've been believing in each other and Ricky Ponting is really positive. No one is thinking negatively. It's really difficult to bowl in these conditions, plus the small grounds, so we try to slow things down if the bowler is going for runs."
Fahim: "Oh That missed overthrow from Stokes !!!!"
Bhaskar: "Have teams qualified for playoffs with 14 points ever in IPL ?" -- yes
12.36am Lots of talking points tonight. What was Short's innings all about? Why did Maxwell bowl that over? And how good were Pant and Buttler tonight?! Daredevils, however, collect the two points tonight, and stay alive in IPL 2018!
Out statsman Rajesh S says: that's the highest run-rate in any IPL game in which both teams have batted at least 10 overs. Pant's smart-strike rate: 302.75!
Ajinkya Rahane, the losing captain: "Definitely disappointed. Buttler was amazing, but we could've batted better. 151 off 12 was difficult but we did magnificently with the bat nonetheless. The wicket was pretty good, ball was coming onto the bat, but our bowlers' execution wasn't well. We're still in the tournament, so got to believe. Buttler, we know how dangerous he is. Jos in form is good for us. We believe we can win all the games for now. All games are knockouts for us. It's all in the minds now. Character and attitude will be important."
Trent Boult, the purple cap holder: "Was good to test my skillset against quality players. A win's nice. (on bowling at the death), it's still a learning curve so trying to develop my skills. Advantage of coming to IPL is picking others' brains. We had to play good cricket, and we're taking it game by game. Good to tick it off. Now to test ourselves in Hyderabad. Pant's a great cricketer."
Sumanth: "Said it before (not published ofcourse) and saying it again, sending Tripathi before Gowtham would be the difference in the end."
Gaurav K: "Yipeee....DD no more at the bottom of points table."
vamsi: "I'm neither DD nor RR person. But I'm happy DD winning this match to get total 6 points which enables a close contest among the bottom 4 teams in the table."
Ten off three balls...
Eleven off four balls...
Thirteen off five now...
Rajesh: "Anybody thinking about super over?"
Swappy: "Keep posting par score please....rain might be around the corner.." -- 116 at this stage. After four wickets and 9.4 overs
Jai: "been hearing it a lot, can someone tell me what is smart ER and how it is smart ? (any link please) " -- here ya go