TOSS: Delhi Capitals won the toss and
opted to bowl
Chris Gayle & Kl Rahul to open for kxip
KL Rahul is
one-handed loft straight down the ground followed by a one-handed sweep by Rahul
was too much to take for Sandeep Lamichhane, bowling just the second over of
the match. Bowls the perfect leg break, gets the loop and drift and dip right
up, has Rahul reaching out on the forward defence, and gets him stumped by Pant
(who’s ecstatic at having pulled it off like la la Dhoni). KXIP 13/1
There’s real turn in the pitch. What else did you expect from the track as it
is turning and bouncing as well.
that’s long long way outta park And it was off a knuckle ball by Ishant Sharma
which gayle Slogged across, and it flies way over long-on and into the stands.
Deep into them. I wish there were words to describe Gayle’s lack of expression
after he launched that.
not going to bowl a knuckle ball anytime soon. And you know what follows? Four
boundaries in the over that Lamichhane bowls next. Gayle is on 28* off 11
we saying about this pitch?! Hahaha!
gets breakthrough; gets Mayank Agarwal out
Anyone who didn’t see this coming hasn’t seen enough cricket yet. I mean Mayank
struggled to put bat to ball in the over, so quick Rabada was. And then tries
to take him on and miscues. Dot, Dot, Dot, Dot, Wicket. KXIP 42/2
didn’t match the expectations
trying to match the power of Gayle, who by the way had just launched into Amit
Mishra last over. So Axar Patel comes on, Miller hits out first ball and holes
out to deep mid-wicket. And that just when the on-air comms were discussing
Miller’s role now that Rahul’s fallen early. “It’s all on Mandeep’s
shoulder now,” Collingwood says. KXIP 61/3
took him 25 balls. And he’s looking good for more. He just launched a full toss
from Amit Mishra for a six that perhaps found the drinks refrigerator. We are
all thirsty for more Gayle, we all are.
trouble for KXIP
as Gayle and Curran depart in the same over
catch, what a relay catch from Colin Ingram. He’s been brought into the side
for a reason. Gayle miscues, he’s standing at deep mid-wicket. Takes the catch
right inside the ropes and is about to tip over, when he fires a throw to
long-on and finds Axar Patel accurately. That’s a superb piece of fielding.
Gayle out for 69 runs off just 37 balls, KXIP 106/4
what, Sandeep Lamichhane gets Sam Curran too. Caught and bowled. A
match-changing over, surely? Is it? KXIP 106/5
Wicket: Mandeep’s gone out stumped by
Pant. Leaves his crease, allows Axar Patel to fire it wide and cannot make it
back. 30 off 27. He kind of stabilized KXIP after Curran and Gayle fell in the
same over but who does KXIP have for the power hitting here?
finishes with 163 runs
be able to defend this one as we have seen they’ve already defended 166 runs
against DC this season
Capitals need 164 runs to win off 120 balls
Shikhar Dhawan & Prithvi Shaw
totally Dhawan’s fault as he Called for the single and then hesitated mid-way
and it’s too late for Shaw to return back and make it. He isn’t the quickest
anyway. Mandeep hits the bull’s-eye at the non-striker’s end. The run outs at
this end continue when KXIP play… In comes skipper Shreyas Iyer. DC 24/1
Iyer steering boat for Delhi Capitals
the kind of partnership that wins you matches. Unhurried, but punishing when
given an opportunity. Dhawan and Iyer, the latter redeeming his run out of
Shaw, have gotten Delhi Capitals to 90/1 after 10 overs, meaning they need only
74 off the last 10. But Curran has three overs remaining, and we have seen how
from Ravi Ashwin again? okay no mankad
Scenes here at Kotla. Ashwin stops in his followthrough just like he did
against Rajasthan Royals while running put jos buttler, here even though
Dhawan’s bat is grounded inside the crease at the non-striker’s end. A warning
perhaps. So what does Dhawan do next ball? Puts on his Dance India Dance cap
on, drags his feet furiously on the ground — short steps — and pulls off a
little dance jig as Ashwin delivers the next ball. All with his bat grounded. We
can call this as the ‘mankad dance’ by Shikhar Dhawan.
One of my
colleagues thinks that the mankad warning from the skipper has done its job.
Viljoen delivers the blow. And you know what, the two fielders going for the
catch were Gayle and Ashwin. Lastly Ashwin though pulls off a nice catch,
running back and getting hold of the ball. Gayle, I daresay, was relieved.
says DC needs 35 runs off 28 balls
can’t finish things off again!
Viljoen who gets the wicket And yes, Sam Curran taken the catch, as Pant
top-edges the heave and holes out. He’s done it all over again. Ingram walks
says DC needs 23 runs off last 3 overs
falls with Delhi on the verge of victory
skipper Shreyas Iyer gets a fifty, his 12th in the IPL, and Ingram is bowled by
Shami the ball after. Delhi Capitals need 9 off 9 balls. There’s Axar Patel
walking out. Is it safe to say that Delhi are winning this?
Oh my my!
Axar is run out
around for the second, finds Shami on the way, and is run out. Wasn’t Shami’s
fault. 8 off 8 needed. Is *it* happening all over again? Win for KXIP
not sure until Shreyas Iyer is on the crease.
6 runs off last over, Sam Curran to ball the ultimate over
Iyer helps Delhi win
have done it again but they haven’t. Iyer has stayed there till the end and
helped his side across the finishing line, something they have really struggled
at. Dhawan was superb earlier with his quickish half-century while Sandeep
Lamichhane stood out in the first innings, picking three wickets at crucial
stages. And so did Rabada, with figures of 2 for 23. And yes, it’s a win for
Delhi in Delhi.
Man of the match: skipper Shreyas Iyer for his match winning unbeaten 58*