Player of the match: Jaydev Unadkat
End of match: That’s a super win #RR. David Miller, in form, delivering in the middle order with a gem. Chris Morris finishing things off with the bat ,when he didn’t have a great night with the ball. With no Stokes and Archer, two South African internationals stepped up.
End of match: Rishabh Pant says the batting effort was a few runs short and the dew played a big role in the end. The start of the bowling innings was a positive he adds.
19.4: SIX!!! CHIS MORRIS FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE! A full toss is the perfect gift from Tom Curran and the SA allrounder wins it with a big shot over square leg.
19.2: SIX!!!! CHRIS MORRIS ON FIRE! Picks up the slower ball that is dug into the pitch, launched over square leg. RR need 4 off 4 balls.
19.1: Two for Morris. Pushed to cover. Good running.
Chris Morris on strike. Tom Curran to bowl.
RR 136/7 after 19 overs: SIX! CHRIS MORRIS! Rabada concedes the second six off the over and it a massive 19th for Royals. The SA allrounder keeps strike with a single off the last ball. 12 needed off 6 balls.
18.4: Great fielding at third man to save a boundary by Avesh Khan. 19 off 8 balls.
Over 18.1: SIX! Morris sends this a long way into the stands as Rabada steams in for the 19th over. Picked up the slower ball. 21 off 11.
RR 121/17 after 18 overs: A good over from Tom Curran at a crucial time against his former employers. RR need 27 off 12.
Over 17.1: CHANCE! Oh well. Unadkat was well short of the ground after a mid-pitch slip but Pant has not gathered the ball cleanly. Will it hurt DC?
Royals need 34 from 18 balls.
RR 114/7 after 17 overs: A Six for Unadkat! Pulled over long leg. Well, well. Still life in this. Morris retains strike off the last ball.
Over 15.5: WICKET! Is that the match? Miller time is over. Avesh Khan hit for a couple of sixes, Rishabh Pant goes for a chat with the bowler, wicket next ball. Seemed like the change of pace, straight on the stumps did the trick. Caught at long on. A serious stare from Pant too.
RR 104/6 after 15.4 overs: BACK-TO-BACK SIXES!!! We have gone 36 overs without a six in this match and David Miller makes it two in two. The second one a massive hit over square leg. Avesh Khan put under pressure.
HALF CENTURY: A 40-ball 50 for David Miller. Amid the procession for RR, he has played a solid hand. Still keeping his side interested.
Over 14.5: WICKET! Tewatia gone! Rabada comes back for his third over, with Pant hoping for a breakthrough and he does just that! Could have played this over out, the RR allrounder. Rushed for pace by a short ball, no timing. Caught at midwicket. RR 90/6.
Royals need 63 from 36 balls.
After 14 overs, RR 85/5: GOOD OVER FOR ROYALS! A boundary down the ground and then a cheeky sweep (off a pacer) as Tewatia takes on Tom Curran like we had thought he might. Required rate met.
Royals need 75 from 42 balls.
After 13 overs, RR 73/5: 4-4-4! David Miller keeping Royals in the hunt. He has been in good form for South Africa. Can he take Royals over the line? A hat-trick of overs in that Stoinis over, and it is bowling change that didn’t work for Delhi.
After 12 overs, RR 58/5: Just 2 runs from Tom Curran’s over. Another DC bowler who did not have a great outing last match, he might be the weak link that RR might target if they could.
After 11 overs, RR 56/5: Ashwin once again with a tidy over, seems like he has been asked to keep things tight from his end. Continued to fire it in.
After 10 overs, RR 52/5: Well, David Miller seems to be in the mood at least for Royals. A couple of boundaries in that Avesh Khan over. Joined by Tewatia in the middle. RR do have depth.
Over 9.2, WICKET! Oh dear, Riyan Parag is gone as well. A slower delivery from Avesh Khan, and it is YET ANOTHER catch for Shikhar Dhawan. As Harsha Bhogle said earlier, the man is going to have a sore thigh.
RR need 107 from 66 balls. Timeout.
After 9 overs, RR 41/4: A couple of tight overs by Ashwin, given how expensive he was in the previous match. Looks like he is pushing the ball through much more. All above 90 kph so far.
OVER 7.4: WICKET! Avesh Khan strikes, Shikhar Dhawan with another catch. Good field placement by Rishabh Pant as well, to have a wide slip in place and staying on the attack.
After 7 overs, RR 31/3: Rotation of strike in Ashwin’s first over. Not taking chances in a high-risk match-up.
Ashwin comes on as he should, with two left-handers in the middle.
End of powerplay: RR 26/3 Delhi Capitals have made a sensational start in defence of a low-score.
After 5 overs, RR 21/3: Another solid over by Woakes. DC haven’t really gone pace-off yet, as much RR pacers did with their cutters.
After 4 overs, RR 18/3: Dube and Miller in the middle at the moment. Ashwin should be in soon.
Over 3.3: WICKET! ANOTHER MASSIVE WICKET! Cricket is a great leveller and all that. Game well and truly on. RR have lost the wicket of Samson too, and it’s Rabada’s first of 2021. Dhawan with the catch at slip as Samson goes for a booming cover drive. Samson out for 4.
Over 2.6: WICKET! GAME ON AT WANKHEDE? Woakes gets two in over and it’s the big one of Jos Buttler. Superb catch by Rishabh Pant. An inside edge, never easy to catch those. The DC captain makes no mistake.
Over 2.4: WICKET! 4-4-OUT! Manan Vohra tries to up the ante after a slow start, hits a couple of fours and then skies one to Rababa.
After 2 overs, RR 5/0: Avesh Khan follows that up with a tight over himself. Run-scoring definitely not looking easy tonight at Wankhede as Buttler and Vohra struggle for timing early on.
After 1 over, RR 3/0: A good start by Woakes, just three ruins in that over.
Jos Buttler at the top of the order from RR, in the absence of Ben Stokes.
Some news from Indian cricket:
Innings break: No six tonight for Delhi, but a decent finish by them after losing a flurry of early wickets. Some help on track for bowling cutters, can DC make a match out of this?
End of DC innings, 147/8 after 20 overs: A decent finish for Delhi Capitals, something to fight with. A 4-ball 9 from Rabada at the end. Woakes finishes with 15 off 11 balls.
Sakariya with the last over.
WICKET! Ashwin is runout after a superb throw by Miller from the deep. Woakes wanted the strike. DC 136/8 with one over left.
WICKET! The Fizz with another superb slower delivery, Tom Curran is bowled, one delivery after hitting a four. DC 128/7 after 18.2 overs.
DC 124/6 after 18 overs: Worth noting, as pointed out on commentary, not a single six tonight so far! Another boundary for Woakes in that Sakariya over.
DC 115/6 after 17 overs: A boundary for Woakes in Fizz’s over. DC need more of those.
DC 107/6 after 16 overs: Woakes and Curran in the middle as we head into the last four overs.
WICKET! Morris has not had the best of outings with the ball but he gets the wicket of Lalit Yadav, out caught by Tewatia. He is pumped, that is a good catch running backward. 102/6 after 15 overs.
WICKET! A few deliveries after completing a 30-ball 50, Rishabh Pant is runout. A direct hit by Riyan Parag on his bowling follow through! End of a fantastic innings by the DC captain. Out for 51 (32 balls). Lalit Yadav hits a four next ball. 93/5 after 13 overs.
HALF CENTURY: A 30-ball 50 by the DC captain.
After 11 overs, DC 77/4: BIG OVER FOR DC! 4-4-4-2-2-4. Rishabh Pant welcomes Rahul Tewatia to the crease with a hat-trick of boundaries and finishes the over with a four too, thanks to a misfield. The DC captain playing a brilliant innings. 20 runs from that over.
After 10 overs, DC 57/4: Unadkat finishes with brilliant figures of 3/15 in his four overs. A moment of scare while running in to bowl his penultimate delivery as his left leg gives way in landing stride and he is on the floor but no damage done fortunately.
After 9 overs, DC 54/4: Parag comes on to bowl his unique mix of spin / side-arm / over-arm. Pant starts off with a four but the RR youngster keeps it tight after that.
After 8 overs, DC 46/4: A couple of boundaries for Lalit Yadav in Morris’ over. Some relief for DC, as we head for our first timeout.
Over 6.5: WICKET! It is an exhibition of slower-deliveries by #RR in Mumbai. Now Mustafizur has Stoinis completely foxed. Buttler takes a good catch running backward from short cover. DC in heaps of trouble. 37/4.
End of powerplay DC 36/3: Three overs. 12 runs. Three wickets. Jaydev Unadkat has Delhi Capitals reeling in Mumbai.
Over 5.5: WICKET! Jaydev Unadkat again! What a night he is having. Three wickets in the powerplay for him, Rahane is out caught and bowled. Deceived by a 110kph slower ball, can only lob it back to the bowler.
After 5 overs, DC 31/2: A brutal hit down the ground by Pant for another boundary to his name, this one against Morris.
After 4 overs, DC 20/2: Pant gets going with a four through offside. Massive responsibility on his shoulder, how will he respond? Meanwhile, Unadkat has been fantastic on his return to the XI.
Over 3.1: WICKET! STUNNING CATCH BY SAMSON! The Royals captain pulls off a blinder to dismiss Dhawan. Went for a scoop, Samson dives full length to his right. Unadkat picks up two wickets in two balls (misses the hat-trick as Pant is beaten on the outside edge next ball). DC 16/2 after 3.1 overs.
Over 1.6: WICKET! WHAT A START FOR RR! No fireworks from Prithvi Shaw tonight, as he is deceived by a slower ball from Unadkat. Leading edge, caught by David Miller at wide gully. DC 5/1 after 2 overs.
After 1 over, Delhi Capitals 2/0: A unsuccessful LBW appeal in the first over as Sakariya brings one back into Shaw. Swing on offer, a hint of it at least. Tight over.
Chetan Sakariya to start off against Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan
A recap of the team’s previous matches:
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Ajinkya Rahane, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Ashwin Ravichandran, Lalit Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Tom Curran, Avesh Khan.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (w/c), David Miller, Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman.
TOSS: Sanju Samson has won the toss and RR will BOWL first!
6.45 pm: Hello and welcome to live updates of match No 7 of Indian Premier League 2021. Tonight, Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals take on Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.