Shikhar Dhawan, acting DC skipper: One moment it was quite even and to pick it back from there was a team effort. Was important we stayed positive as a team. Knew their batting isn’t deep. Knew if we got their top-order we can get them. It changed with Stokes’ wicket.
On Iyer’s injury: He’s in pain but his shoulder is moving. We’ll get proper report tomorrow.
DC pacer Kagiso Rabada: Just glad that we won. Stokes and Buttler got off to a great start but we knew it would get tough to bat if we used our line and length smartly along with the field settings.
RR skipper Steve Smith: Disappointing. The wicket slowed up a bit as the game went on. We got off to a good start with Jos and Stokesy, then we lost a couple wickets and got another partnership between Stokesy and Sanju, then again lost wickets in clumps and on slow wickets it is hard to make up too many runs at the backend. We needed to take it a bit deeper from some of our batters and we were not able to do that.
RR 148/8 after 20 overs (Tewatia 14)
DC win by 13 runs. What brilliant bowling in the last five by them... Nortje, Rabada and Tushar all bringing their team home. RR panicked.
Last 5 overs, only 25 runs. Brilliant.
RR 140/7 after 19 overs (Tewatia 12, Gopal 1)
Rajasthan Royals need 22 runs in 6 balls. Will be difficult, even for Tewatia. Tushar to bowl the last over.
RR 138/7 after 18.4 overs (Tewatia 10)
Rajasthan Royals need 24 runs in 8 balls. Just how good have DC been in the last few overs. Archer had no answer to Rabada’s variations, only hit it as far as Rahane at point.
Jofra Archer c Rahane b Rabada 1(4)
RR 137/6 after 18 overs (Tewatia 10, Archer 1)
Rajasthan Royals need 25 runs in 12 balls. Brilliant over from Nortje – just 4 runs and a wicket.
RR 135/6 after 17.3 overs (Tewatia 9)
WICKET! Nortje with a 150 km/h yorker sends Uthappa walking back.
Uthappa b Nortje 32(27)
RR 133/5 after 17 overs (Uthappa 32, Tewatia 8)
Rajasthan Royals need 29 runs in 18 balls. Lovely four over the keeper’s head by Tewatia but this match looks like it is going to go right down to the wire.
RR 125/5 after 16 overs (Uthappa 29, Tewatia 3)
Rajasthan Royals need 37 runs in 24 balls. Great over for DC. Will put some pressure on the RR batsmen.
RR 123/5 after 15 overs (Uthappa 28, Tewatia 2)
Rajasthan Royals need 39 runs in 30 balls. Still very much RR’s game to lose. But DC did themselves no favours by dropping Tewatia in the deep. Nortje got to the ball but just couldn’t hold on. Will that come back to haunt DC?
RR 110/5 after 13.2 overs (Uthappa 18)
WICKET! Poor call from Uthappa leads to a Riyan being run out. Axar with the direct hit. Uthappa sort of just tapped it back to the bowler, set off and then stopped.
Riyan Parag run out (Axar) 1(2)
RR 110/4 after 13 overs (Uthappa 18, Riyan 1)
Rajasthan Royals need 52 runs in 42 balls. A top-edged six and a four off a wide delivery from Nortje made this a good over for RR.
RR 97/4 after 11.4 overs (Uthappa 6)
WICKET! Samson needed to stay there but he plays a poor shot and falls to Axar’s arm ball. Poor cricket this.
Samson b Axar 25(18)
RR 95/3 after 11 overs (Samson 25, Uthappa 5)
RR need Uthappa to bring all his experience into play. Vital phase coming up. Rajasthan Royals need 67 runs in 54 balls. Cool heads needed.
RR 86/3 after 10.2 overs (Samson 22)
WICKET! A big wicket for DC. Stokes deceived by Tushar’s slower ball and hit it only as far as the fielder in the deep. A fine innings but this leaves RR’s remaining batsmen with some work to do.
Stokes c (sub)Lalit Yadav b Tushar Deshpande 41(35)
RR 85/2 after 10 overs (Stokes 41, Samson 21)
Solid over from Ashwin – just 4 runs off it – helps stem the flow of runs for a bit. RR are in this. But this is where it usually starts getting tougher for the batting side.
RR 81/2 after 9 overs (Stokes 39, Samson 19)
Samson smashes another one from Axar deep into the stands. Axar has only been hit for two sixes in this tournament and they have both come in this match. Stokes continues to look very good. Rajasthan Royals need 81 runs in 66 balls.
RR 67/2 after 8 overs (Stokes 33, Samson 11)
Stokes got a four off the second ball and then it was singles all the way. 8 runs off the Ashwin over. Easy does it.
RR 59/2 after 7 overs (Stokes 27, Samson 9)
Samson with a huge hit! A 102-metre six… same distance as Dhoni’s hit last night. Didn’t follow that up with a mistake and that is the more important part for RR.
RR 50/2 after 6 overs (Stokes 25, Samson 2)
A nice Powerplay for RR but they might have lost one wicket too many. Still, Stokes looks to have got his eye in and Samson needs to stay there with him for a while.
RR 43/2 after 5 overs (Stokes 19, Samson 1)
RR were motoring along. Then came the wickets. Last two overs have seen just 6 runs (3+3) being scored. DC skipper Iyer seemed to jar his shoulder while attempting to field off the last ball. He is going off the field for now.
RR 40/2 after 4 overs (Stokes 17)
WICKET! Smith walking back, leading edge back to Ashwin. Good bowling change by DC. Lovely bowling by Ashwin too!
Smith c and b Ashwin 1(4)
RR 37/1 after 3 overs (Stokes 15)
WICKET! The highest opening stand by RR in the tournament ends. Just as it looked as if the Jos Buttler show was beginning, Nortje gets him. Two lap shots for four and then bowled! Nortje’s strategy was faster, faster, fastest. The three deliveries were timed at 146.4kph, 156.2kph and 155.1kph. Some serious pace.
Buttler b Nortje 22(9)
RR 21/0 after 2 overs (Buttler 7, Stokes 14)
Tushar Deshpande’s first over ends. Stokes stroked him for two fours but otherwise... good stuff. Has some pace but does he have the heart?
RR 10/0 after 1 over (Buttler 5, Stokes 5)
Two lovely fours in the first over to kick things off for RR.
Stokes and Buttler in the middle for RR. The Powerplay overs are going to be big. They need to be.
DC 161/7 after 20 overs (Ashwin 0)
WICKET! Another DC wicket off the last ball. Axar falls. RR has done very well in the last five overs – DC have gone from 129/3 to 161/7. The second half will be interesting to say the least.
Axar c Kartik Tyagi b Unadkat 7(4)
DC 157/6 after 19.5 overs (Patel 3)
WICKET! Carey goes. He tried to hit it over long-on but found the fielder in the deep.
Carey c Jofra Archer b Unadkat 14(13)
DC 153/5 after 19 overs (Carey 13)
WICKET! Stoinis never got going and finally found a fielder in the deep. Another wicket for Archer, his third today. He had 14 dots in his four overs.
Stoinis c Rahul Tewatia b Jofra Archer 18(19)
DC 148/4 after 18 overs (Stoinis 16, Carey 11)
Just 5 runs off the Tyagi over. A good one for RR.
DC 143/4 after 17 overs (Stoinis 13, Carey 6)
Good over for DC despite losing the wicket in the last over and one six from Carey off a short ball from Archer was the highlight. He hit it square and flat.
DC 132/4 after 16 overs (Stoinis 12)
WICKET! Iyer (53) skies it and Archer takes a fine catch. Wicket for Tyagi. Iyer was going after almost every ball now.
Shreyas Iyer c Jofra Archer b Kartik Tyagi 53(43)
DC 129/3 after 15 overs (Iyer 52, Stoinis 10)
Stokes almost pulled off a blinder on the last ball to catch Iyer but it turned out to be a six. The DC skipper is going through the gears now. He has 52 off 40 now. Just a while back, he was going at a run-a-ball.
DC 112/3 after 14 overs (Iyer 37, Stoinis 8)
Steady stuff from DC, they need to keep it that way for a couple more over. If they lose too many wickets at this point, they will not be able to accelerate.
DC 95/3 after 11.4 overs (Iyer 29)
WICKET! Dhawan falls while going for a reverse hit. Strange choice of shot. He was striking the ball so well and one might say, he didn’t really need to play it. Got a top edge and Tyagi at short third man ran back a few yards to take it. Wicket for Gopal.
Dhawan c Kartik Tyagi b Shreyas Gopal 57(33)
DC 86/2 after 11 overs (Dhawan 50, Iyer 28)
Dhawan really has set the tone. He is finding the gaps at will. Good timing. Good placement too. He is in the zone. 39th IPL fifty has come off 30 balls.
DC 79/2 after 10 overs (Dhawan 44, Iyer 27)
Archer’s two overs went for 5 runs. Everyone else has been taken for a few. Dhawan has been front and centre for DC. Iyer has 27 off 27.
DC 68/2 after 9 overs (Dhawan 42, Iyer 19)
Iyer showing how he has matured as a cricketer. He is ready to play the supporting role as Dhawan (42 off 23) goes for his shots. Smart stuff.
DC 61/2 after 8 overs (Dhawan 34, Iyer 16)
DC have done well – Dhawan and Iyer have put on 50 in quick time. This is the kind of platform they needed before the slow down in the middle overs.
DC 47/2 after 6 overs (Dhawan 30, Iyer 10)
Stokes’ first over went for 13 and then Tyagi’s over has gone for 14. 27 runs in two overs and DC are up and running now. Poor bowling by Tyagi – hasn’t managed to get his line right today.
DC 33/2 after 5 overs (Dhawan 19, Iyer 8)
Dhawan and Iyer getting into the act and trying to build some momentum here.
DC 20/3 after 4 overs (Dhawan 13, Iyer 2)
Tyagi into the attack and he bowls a good over except for one ball which slid down the leg-side and Dhawan helped himself to a six. Not the start DC would have been looking for.
Meanwhile, Imran Tahir hasn’t got a game for CSK yet but he is calmly waiting for his chance.
DC 10/3 after 2.3 overs (Dhawan 6, Rahane 2)
WICKET! A few dot balls and Rahane went for the big shot and failed to clear the fielder. Another wicket for Archer. But why would DC have Rahane and Dhawan batting together in the Powerplay?
Rahane c Uthappa b Jofra Archer 2(9)
DC 10/1 (Dhawan 6, Rahane 2)
In an ideal world, Delhi wouldn’t want Rahane and Dhawan batting together. Both batsmen tend to play an anchor role. DC needed a ball-striker in too. One of these batsmen will have to attack a bit more. A four off the last ball of the Unadkat over helps though.
DC 0/1 (Dhawan 0, Rahane 0)
WICKET! Archer sends Shaw back on the first ball. Inside edge back onto the stumps. The ball did come back a bit too. Big gap between bat and pad.
Prithvi Shaw b Jofra Archer 0(1)
7.30 pm: Shaw and Dhawan in the middle. Can they get DC off to a good start?
7.04 pm: DC win the toss and will bat first.
One change to DC’s playing XI: Shikhar, Prithvi, Ajinkya, Shreyas (C), Stoinis, Carey (WK), Tushar, Axar, Ashwin, Kagiso, Nortje
RR going with an unchanged XI.
Rajasthan Royals XI: B Stokes, J Buttler, S Smith, S Samson, R Uthappa, R Parag, R Tewatia, J Archer, S Gopal, J Unadkat, K Tyagi
6.62 pm: Kevin Pietersen feels the pitch is pretty dry and he is calling it a new ball wicket. But we have also seen the spinners starting to have a big impact on matches. KP feels if you win the toss, you must bat first.
6.40 pm: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of match No 30 in the Indian Premier League, 2020 edition. The battle tonight is between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals.
Here’s how the points table looks like ahead of tonight’s clash:
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||5||2||-0.116||10|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders||7||4||3||-0.577||8|
|6||Chennai Super Kings||8||3||5||-0.390||6|
|8||Kings XI Punjab||7||1||6||-0.381||2|