full and wide outside off, and in the slot to be hit for six. But he can only slice it over cover for a single. Delhi Daredevils win by four runs!
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."
Rajasthan need six off the last ball! This was full on leg stump, and Gowtham lifted it to long on. Iyer prepares himself at long on, but he can't hold on to the catch. Goes to the boundary on the bounce
run out at the non-striker's end! Full and wide outside off again, and Tripathi can't muscle this over cover either. Gowtham's quick to get to the other end, but Tripathi's too slow. Rajasthan need 10 off two balls
Ten off three balls...
slower ball, but very full outside off. He can't slog it away and through to Pant on the bounce. They're running for the runs anyway, and Pant's throw to Boult can't be collected by the bowler. Rajasthan get the run
Eleven off four balls...
full just outside off, and Gowtham gets his front foot out of the way to lift it over cover. Two men in the deep though
Thirteen off five now...
good length on middle stump, and he goes down on one knee to pull it towards deep square leg
full but too wide outside off. Over the tramlines so that adds another to Rajasthan's total. Rajasthan need 14 off six
Rajesh: "Anybody thinking about super over?"
thumps this pull over deep midwicket! Short on off, but he's a tall man. Stays on the back full and sends this over the man in the deep. Rajasthan need 15 off six
back of a length outside off, but Gowtham's pull goes over short third man! Sliced, really, and that's a useful four runs
slower ball, but too wide outside off. Drills it over Plunkett's head but extraordinary from Maxwell at long on! Covers a lot of ground in the deep
appeal for lbw, and a chance for a run out as well! But not given lbw, so Plunkett reviews. It was full on off stump, and he tried to slog sweep towards the leg side. It had hit his front leg but would've gone down leg stump. The review's been lost.
back of a length on middle, and he's quick to swivel and pull! One-bounce four to the fine-leg boundary. Used his wrists to play it as fine as possible
slower ball! Good length outside off, and he's through his leg-side heave way too early. Through to the keeper on the bounce
yorker just outside off, and that's been squeezed away to short third man. The fielder does well to adjust for the spin and stops it with one hand
good length outside off, and Tripathi goes down on one knee to wide long on. They're going for the second run too, and just make it!
Swappy: "Keep posting par score please....rain might be around the corner.." -- 116 at this stage. After four wickets and 9.4 overs
full on off stump, and the extravagant drive is sliced. In the air, and Avesh Khan at short third man does the rest
full just outside off, and Short gets his front foot out of the way to smack it over long off
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
full on leg stump, and Short puts on his dancing shoes! Meets it on the full and sends it over long on
good length on off stump, and Short gets his front foot out of the way to thump it over deep midwicket! Just a bit too short from Maxwell
Rajasthan need 51 off 18. That's 17 per over.
SHUBHAM JAIN: "What is the Smart Economy Rate of Mishra, considering all the mayhem ? On that note, what was Bhuvi's smart economy rate when Gayle scored 175, Bhuvi gave 23" -- Bhuvi saved his team 16.3 runs that day. Smart ER 1.67
Prathmesh : "How many bowlers can bowl 3 over in this innings?" -- two
waist high full toss outside off, and Stokes thumps it towards the leg side. Straight down deep midwicket's throat, but Stokes thinks it could be a no ball. They're checking. It's gonna be close, but given!