53rd Match (D/N), Delhi, May 4 2019, Indian Premier League
(16.1/20 ov, target 116)121/5
Capitals won by 5 wickets (with 23 balls remaining)
player of the match
Amit Mishra
Delhi Capitals

That's a wrap of this game. Thanks for reading. Goodbye and good night from myself and Alex. Cheers

Pant: Always happy whenever I take the team home. Last time I could not finish it, so this time I wanted to finish it. The pitch is always turning at Kotla, I just took the game deep. Firstly, we thought about doing within 10 overs [and go ahead of CSK], but then after wickets we just milked it around. Sometimes, you need to change your game according to this situation and that's what I did today.

7.20pm Cheers, Alex. Here's Rahane: We had our moments from the first game, but could not capitalise. Some of the guys are playing their third or fourth game, so it's tough on them. Really happy with Parag - the way he handled pressure and showed his character. Gopal continued his form from last year and he's a magnificent legspinner who always thinks about wickets. We knew 150 would have been difficult, but we did not bat according to the plan. The spinners - Ish was fantastic - KG bowled well. My season was good, batting-wise. As a captain, it's a different role.

Delhi win by five wickets with 23 balls to spare. Rajasthan's season is over. Brilliant knock by Pant to finish off the great work his bowlers did to restrict the Royals to just 115. Deivarayan will step in for the post-game presentation.

Sodhi to Pant, SIX runs

he smashes this short ball into the crowd over wide long on! Pant brings up the win and a half-century in style! Brilliant innings. It was a drag down and he sat back and clubbed it to ice the game.

One run to win. Sodhi to bowl.

end of over 1615 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 115/5CRR: 7.18 • RRR: 0.25 • Need 1 run from 24b
Rishabh Pant47 (37)
Axar Patel1 (1)
Shreyas Gopal4-0-21-2
Varun Aaron2-0-21-0

Ashish : "Good to see Pant playing a mature innings with a good mix of restraint and aggression when required."

Gopal to Pant, 1 run

shorter length, he's back and punching this to deep cover-point

Gopal to Pant, SIX runs

thumped over long on! A leg break tossed up in his arc, he swung hard, smearing it over long on into the crowd!

Gopal to Axar Patel, 1 run

shorter length, he's back and pushing this to the gap at cover-point

Short leg and slip in for Axar

Gopal to Pant, 1 run

googly, short outside off, he's back and cutting hard to deep point

Pant on strike as they crossed. Axar is in

Time out was taken

Gopal to Rutherford, OUT

caught by Livingstone running in from long on! Great comeback from Gopal. He tossed up the googly, Rutherford ran down the track, tried to launch down the ground, got under it and hit a towering sky ball to long on, Livingstone ran in, sat under it forever but took the catch well.

Sherfane Rutherford c Livingstone b Gopal 11 (11m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 183.33
Gopal to Rutherford, SIX runs

Pulled over deep square leg and it just clears Parag on the rope! Short drag down, it said 'hit me', he hammered it flat over square leg, Parag jumped up on the rope but it just carried over him!

Gopal back

end of over 1516 runs
DC: 100/4CRR: 6.66 • RRR: 3.20 • Need 16 runs from 30b
Rishabh Pant39 (34)
Sherfane Rutherford5 (4)
Varun Aaron2-0-21-0
Ish Sodhi3-1-20-3
Aaron to Pant, FOUR runs

short and wide and he slices this over backward point! Too wide, Pant threw his hands through the line at speed and it sailed over the fielder in the ring, one bounce four.

Aaron to Pant, SIX runs

hooked over short fine! Clever shot. It was a short slower ball, he steps inside the line and helped it on it's way over short fine and it carried all the way! Brilliant batting

Aaron to Rutherford, 1 run

short ball, he tries to pull, gets a bottom edge onto body and it rolls away into the off side for a single

Aaron to Pant, 1 run

full and wide, he plays a cracking square drive straight to deep point

Aaron to Rutherford, 1 run

back of a length on off, he pushes this off the back foot through cover-point to the sweeper

Aaron to Rutherford, 2 runs

shorter on the hip, he works this off the hip behind square, they push for two, taking on Lomror's throw and it's wide of the stumps! It would have been tight if the throw was better

Tushar: "Rutherford is very underrated in this setup. He is good batsman and has played well in the limited chances he has got. I dont think Delhi needs to worry here. He will take them through."

Aaron to Rutherford, 1 wide

142kph, fired down the leg side and called wide

Aaron back into the attack