Suyash Srivastava/Zeenews Sports Bureau
New Delhi: The ball was in Rajasthan’s court till the 18th over, they had dominated in the game for 38 overs. The Royals needed just 15 runs from the last 12 balls and it was Morne Morkel’s penultimate over that changed around things for the Delhi Daredevils as they registered an incredible 1-run win over the visitors at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
07:24 pm 20th over: 151/3 Yadav to bowl the last over. Rajasthan need 12 runs off the next five balls. And the first ball is a DOT BALL! Rahane manages a single towards mid-off, and his bat is broken into two pieces! Owais Shah is the new batsman. 11 needed from 4 balls. Just a single taken as Shah fails to hit a big one. Rajasthan need 10 from the last 3 balls. Rahane clears the deep backward point boundary for a MASSSSIVVEE SIXXXXX! In form Rahane has hit the right shot at the right time! Rahane hits the next ball towards square leg for couple. 2 needed off the last ball. A draw will produce a super over. AND DELHI HAVE REGISTERED AN INCREDIBLE WIN!! Rahane failed to make contact and he ran for a bye and Shah was run-out.
07:16 pm 19th over: 141/2 Morkel comes back into the attack. He begins with a yorker and Rahane defends it back to the bowler. The next ball is a swing and a miss as Rahane charges down the track and fails to make contact. Another yorker by Morkel and Rahane plays it for a single. The next ball is dot ball. Hodge takes a couple off the fifth ball. Last ball, Morkel has picked up the wicket of Hodge who is caught plump in front of the wicket! The home crowd has gone berserk as Hodge returns back to the pavilion. Is there a twist in the tale here?
BJ Hodge lbw b Morkel 22 (18b)
07:12 pm 18th over: 138/1 Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. Brad Hodge scores a boundary towards deep midwicket. Hodge slashes hard to the second ball which rushes pass deep backward point for another boundary. So its back-to-back boundaries for the experienced Brad Hodge! The third ball is played back to the bowler. Hodge fails to make contact with the next delivery. Hodge takes a quick single off the next ball. Rahane ends the over with a single towards third-man.
Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodege
07: 08 pm 17th over: 128/1 Morkel is back into the attack. Hodge takes a single off the first ball. The second ball takes an inside edge from Rahane’s bat that flies through first slip for another boundary. Rahane takes a single off the next ball. Hodge gets into action, clobbers Morkel over extra-cover for a BOUNDARY! Morkel follows it with a yorker and Hodge plays it back to the bowler. Hodge ends the over with a single.
07:03 pm 16th over: 117/1 Agarkar comes into the attack. Hodge takes a quick single off the first ball. Agarkar bowls a slower one which is turned on the leg-side by Rahane for another single. Third single came as a leg-bye. Rahane gets a low full-toss and he hits it high in the air which falls in the vacant area. Hodge takes a single off the penultimate delivery. Rahane times the last ball towards deep backward point for a boundary.
Time for a strategy break.
06:57 pm 15th over: 108/1 Nadeem brought back into the attack. Rahane charges down the track and takes a single towards long-on. Brad Hodge escapes a run-out chance Hodge gets off the mark with a single towards long-off. Rahane hits a beautiful shot, lofted driver over extra cover for a boundary! Great timing from the youngster. Rahane takes a single towards long-on.
06: 52 pm 14th over: 100/1 Pathan to bowl his last over. Pathan bowls a length delivery and Dravid tries to clear the long-on boundary, but Ajit Agarkar takes a great catch to dismiss Dravid! Brad Hodge is the new batsman. Six runs from the over. 100 up for Rajasthan.
R Dravid c Agarkar b Pathan 40 (38b)
06:46 pm 13th over: 94/0 Umesh Yadav comes back into the attack. Rahane takes a single on the leg-side. Dravid follows it with another single towards third-man. Rahane flicks the third ball towards fine leg for a boundary that also brings his 50 in 40 balls. Nine runs from that over.
06:42 pm 12th over: 85/0 Pathan comes into the attack. Rahane takes a couple towards square leg. Dravid is lying on the field and he looks in pain. The physio is on the ground and Dravid is undergoing some treatment. Rahane takes a single on the long-off. Dravid takes a single towards long-off. Dravid hits the ball over sweeper cover for a couple. Pathan ends the over the dot ball, he appeals for a caught behind appeal, the umpire gives him OUT!! And then calls him back.
06:35 pm 11th over: 76/0 Agarkar to bowl his third over. Dravid takes a single towards long-off. Three singles taken off the first three balls. Rahane makes some room and hits the ball over covers for a boundary. Agarkar bowls a Wide. Rahane guides the fifth ball towards fine leg for a couple. Rahane gets back the Orange Cap.
06:31 pm 10th over: 67/0 Nadeem to continue. Four singles have come off the first four balls. Rahane scores another single towards mid-on. Dravid scores a single off the last ball on the off-side.
06:28 pm 9th over: 61/0 Agarkar to continue. Dravid punches the first ball through covers for a single. Rahane takes a quick single. Dravid hits the third ball towards wide of long-off for another single. Rahane makes good use of the wrists and takes a couple towards square leg. Rahane takes a single towards wide off deep backward point. Agarkar ends the over with a slower one.
06:22 pm 8th over: 55/0 Nadeem is brought back into the attack. Rahane takes a single off the first ball. The second is a dot ball. Dravid takes a single off the third ball towards covers. A misfield at mid-on produces a couple off the fourth delivery. Rahane hits the fifth delivery over covers for a boundary. Nagar and Taylor were the two fielders there and due to confusion, none of them dived. Rahane defends the last ball for no run.
Rahul Dravid 27*(23), Ajinkya Rahane 27*(25)
06:18 pm 7th over: 47/0 Agarkar comes into the attack. Rahane plays the fifth ball towards fine leg for a boundary. Rahane takes a single off the last ball to keep the strike.
06:15 pm 6th over: 40/0 Morkel to continue. Dravid gets off the strike with another quick single. Rahane hits a short delivery from Morkel over midwicket for a boundary in style! Rahane solidly defends the next ball towards mid-off. Morkel bowls a good yorker and Rahane defends it back to Morkel. Rahane takes a single towards third-man. Morkel bowls a length delivery and Dravid easily hits it towards wide of deep midwicket for a boundary.
06:11 pm 5th over: 30/0 Umesh Yadav comes into the attack and he begins with a Wide delivery. He bowls short to Dravid and it is smashed towards square leg for a boundary. The second ball is played towards Nadeem at point for no run. The third ball is tapped back to the bowler. The fourth ball is a length ball and Dravid once again hits it back to the bowler. It has been a good comeback by Yadav after being hit for a boundary first ball. The fifth ball finds the fielder for no run. Dravid takes a quick single off the last ball.
06:06 pm 4th over: 24/0 Morkel comes into the attack. Dravid takes a single off the second delivery. Three dot balls. Morkel ends the over with another dot ball.
06:02 pm 3rd over: 22/0 Pathan to continue. Dravid defends the first ball towards mid-off. The second delivery is a swing and a miss. Dravid fails to connect with the next ball as well. Another cracking driver from Dravid! Just some width offered and Dravid pounces on it. The next ball is on the pads and Dravid flicks it towards deep midwicket for another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for The Wall! He defends the last ball for no run.
05: 59 pm 2nd over: 14/0 Nadeem to bowl the second over. Dravid hits the penultimate delivery through covers for a boundary. Eight runs from the over.
05:54 pm 1st over: 6/0 Pathan to begins the proceedings for Delhi. Dravid takes a single off the first ball. Rahane gets off the mark with a boundary towards fine-leg area for a boundary. Six runs from the first over.
Sehwag once again played a captain’s knock as he smashed 63 runs from just 39 balls. He now has the orange cap and he also became the first cricketer in IPL history to have scored 4 consecutive fifties. Rajasthan need 152 runs to win and they have the batting line-up required to chase it.
05:36 pm 20th over: 152/6 Amit Singh to bowl the last over. Nagar scores a DLF MAXIMUM off the first ball! Nagar fails to make a contact with the second ball as he tries to create too much room for himself. Nagar comes down the wicket as a leading edge goes to third-man for a boundary! Another full-toss by Singh and Nagar clobbers it over square leg, where a terrific fielding effort from Cooper is of no use, it’s a SIX!! Cooper seems to have hurt himself. Nagar again attempts a huge hit, but this time he is caught at the man at deep midwicket. Last ball of the innings. Pathan on strike. And he clears the vacant area near deep square leg for a boundary! 20 runs came off the last over!
Nagar c Chavan b Amit Singh 27(20b)
05:30 pm 19th over: 131/5 Irfan Pathan is the new batsman. He gets off the mark with a couple towards square leg. Pathan takes a single off a slower one. Nagar takes a single. Cooper bowls another slower one, manages a single. A Wide bowled by Cooper. Nagar takes a single off the fifth ball. A very good yorker to end the over, just six runs from the over.
05:27 pm 18th over: 125/5 Amit Singh comes into the attack. Single taken off the first ball. The second ball was a juicy full-toss as Ojha manages just a single. Another full-toss from Singh and Nagar clears the boundary wide of the man at long-off, good shot that. Ojha is OUT! Fails to pick up a slower one and Dravid takes a good catch at mid-off.
NV Ojha c Dravid b Singh 11 (11b)
05:21 pm 17th over: 118/4 Cooper is brought back into the attack. A good over from Cooper, four runs from it.
Time for a strategic timeout.
05:14 pm 16th over: 114/4 Hogg to bowl his last over. Ojha takes a single off the first ball. Dot Ball. Nagar takes a single towards third man. Hoog goes a little too full and Naman Ojha clobbers him straight down the ground for a HUGE SIX!! Hogg follows it with a super delivery that beats Ojha.
05:12 pm 15th over: 105/4 Pankaj Singh comes into the attack. Taylor’s struggle at the crease ends! He is BOWLED by Pankaj Singh! Taylor was looking to score on the leg side as a straight ball crashed onto the stumps. Naman Ojha is the new batsman. He gets off the mark with a single towards third-man.
LRPL Taylor b Pankaj Singh 25 (35b)
05:07 pm 14th over: 102/3 Hogg comes into the attack. And Hogg strikes as Menaria takes a PHENOMENAL CATCH!! Sehwag hit the ball over extra cover where Menaria dived in his front to take a very low catch! Yogesh Nagar is the new batsman. Good over from Hogg, just three runs and a big wicket.
Sehwag c Menaria b Brad Hogg 63(39b)
05:01 pm 13th over: 99/2 Cooper to bowl his second over. He begins with two dot balls. The third delivery went inches close to the leg stump. Taylor takes a couple off the fourth delivery. Cooper bowls a good yorker. Taylor ends the over with another couple towards square leg. Good over for Rajasthan, just 4 runs from it.
04:57 pm 12th over: 95/2 Chavan comes into attack. Seven runs from the over.
04:52 pm 11th over: 88/2 Hogg replaces Amit Singh. Taylor takes a single towards square leg. Sehwag hits another balls straight down the ground for a SIX OVER LONG ON! Sehwag takes a single. Sehwag ends the over with another power hit towards deep midwicket which produces another boundary.
Sehwag becomes the first player in IPL history to have scored 4 consecutive half centuries!
04:48 10th over: 43/2 Pankaj Singh comes back into the attack. Taylor takes a single off the first ball. Sehwag smashes the second ball straight down the ground for a couple. Taylor takes a single towards long-off. Dot ball. Viru hits the ball wide of point for a CRACKING BOUNDARY! And it’s a short ball, and Sehwag smashes it over deep midwicket for a boundary! 50 up for Sehwag in just 33 balls, he is unstoppable in IPL 2012!
Time for strategic timeout.
04:42 pm 9th over: 62/2 Amit Singh brought back into the attack. Sehwag on strike. He begins with a sort ball, Sehwag manages to take a single on the leg-side. Taylor takes a single through mid-on. Amit Singh bowls a bouncer, dot ball. Sehwag charges down the track and takes a single towards long-on. Sehwag has asked for a new bat. Taylor plays a dot ball. Taylor clears the off side field for a single.
04:37 pm 8th over: 58/2 Brad Hogg comes into the attack. Sehwag gets some room and he cuts the ball towards deep backward point where Ashok Menaria stops the ball just inside the boundary. Excellent effort that, Menaria saves a two runs for his side. Hogg bowls a short one and Sehwag takes a single. Taylor takes a single. Sehwag picks the wrong one and takes a single. Taylor plays a dot ball. Hogg ends the over with another dot ball.
04:31 pm 7th over: 53/2 Chavan comes into the attack. Sehwag plays a reverse sweep and he guides the ball towards third-man for a boundary. A slip in place now. Two dot balls. Sehwag gives himself some room and the balls rushes through covers for a boundary. Wide ball bowled. Sehwag shimmies down the track and takes a single off the last ball.
04:28 pm 6th over: 42/2 Cooper comes into the attack. Three dot balls and a single scored off the fourth. The penultimate ball is a length ball , Sehwag makes room and hits it over long-off for a MASSIVE DLF MAXIMUM!
04:22 pm 5th over: 35/2 Amit Singh brought into the attack. Sehwag takes a single towards leg-side. Taylor takes another single. Sehwag takes a single towards leg-side. Pankaj bowls a WIDE ball. Taylor takes another single. Sehwag hits the penultimate delivery high over wide of long-off as the ball lands safely, two runs scored. The last ball is a wayward delivery and Sehwag easily guides the ball towards wide of fine-leg for a boundary.
04:18 pm 4th over: 24/2 Singh to continue. Sehwag times the ball beautifully towards deep midwicket for a boundary. He’s in such a great form, and that shot is an evident proof. Sehwag takes a single towards third-man for a single. Taylor is the new batsman. Five runs from the over.
04:14 pm 3rd over: 19/2 Kevin Pietersen is the new batsman. Chavan to continue. And KP gets off the mark with a boundary, hits the ball between point and covers. He attempts a similar shot but fails to clear the gap. KP attempts a sweep shot, fails, no runs scored. Pietersen takes a single. Sehwag takes a single towards deep midwicket. The dangerous Kevin Pietersen is GONE!! Not a great end to his last innings in IPL 2012. Pietersen tries a cut shot and is caught by Dravid at slips!
KP Pietersen c Dravid b Chavan 5 (5b)
04:10 pm 2nd over: 13/1 Pankaj Singh to bowl the second over. Mahela takes a single towards third man off the first ball. Great shot from Sehwag, punches the ball wide of mid-on for a boundary. Sehwag defends the next ball towards point. Sehwag takes a single on the leg-side. Mahela defends the fifth ball for no run. Pankaj Singh strikes! Mahela is OUT!! Mahela tried to clear the square leg boundary where Brad Hogg takes a good catch.
DPMD Jayawardene c Hogg b Pankaj Singh 6 (5b)
04:04 pm 1st over: 7/0 Chavan offers width to Mahela and the ball rushes past the deep backward point for the first boundary. Chavan bowls short again but this time Mahela just manages to take a single. Sehwag on strike. Sehwag couldn’t clear the man at point, no runs scored. Sehwag takes a couple at fine leg off the last ball.
Sehwag has been in great form and Rajasthan would like to get him early. Mahela and Sehwag to open the innings. Ankeet Chavan has the bowl in his hands.
Sehwag has been in great form and Rajasthan would like to get him early. Mahela and Sehwag to open the innings. Ankit Chavan has the bowl in his hands.
TOSS Delhi have won the toss and they will bat first.
Table toppers Delhi Daredevils will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals at Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.