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.
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.
One run to win. Sodhi to bowl.
Ashish : "Good to see Pant playing a mature innings with a good mix of restraint and aggression when required."
shorter length, he's back and punching this to deep cover-point
thumped over long on! A leg break tossed up in his arc, he swung hard, smearing it over long on into the crowd!
shorter length, he's back and pushing this to the gap at cover-point
Short leg and slip in for Axar
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
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.
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!
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.
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
short ball, he tries to pull, gets a bottom edge onto body and it rolls away into the off side for a single
full and wide, he plays a cracking square drive straight to deep point
back of a length on off, he pushes this off the back foot through cover-point to the sweeper
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."
142kph, fired down the leg side and called wide
Aaron back into the attack
Srinath Rajagop: "One NZ gets 100 wickets while the other 150 in the same match.. wow"
shorter leg break, he's back and punching this to cover
Abhay Paropkari: "On cue! This is getting interesting. Will they lose their heads again?!"
full toss on leg, he clips this to deep backward square
caught off the glove trying to sweep! Sodhi does it again. He's down to sweep from off the stumps, it catches the glove and pops up, Rahane runs from slip behind the keeper to complete the catch.
top edge lands safely back over the bowler's head! He tried to slog sweep, it bounced a touch more, he got a top edge that landed between long on and long off
leg break short down leg, he's back and glancing this fine
tossed up on off, he defends on the front foot
Ish Sodhi is back