Match 40 RR VS DC : Rishab Pant drives DELHI CAPITALS to a 6 wickets victory against RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Toss: Delhi won the toss and opted to chase

Sanju samson & Ajinkya Rahane comes out to open

Samson out – run out!

He’s been let down by opener Rahane here. Run out before even facing a ball. Rahane’s call, Samson is left stranded halfway on the pitch only for Kagiso Rabada to nail the direct-hit. “Absolute waste of a wicket!” You can say that. RR 5/1

Rahane gets a life!

It was a perfect set-up as Axar Patel darted it around middle and leg-stump, Rahane sweeps it and found Ishant Sharma waiting at short fine leg. And ka-boom, it’s down. Next two balls from Axar to Rahane: 6, 4. The moment’s gone.

At the end of powerplay RR 52/1

Rahane is on 40* off 25. Who would have imagined? That dropped catch might seems to have shaken Rahane up.

Fifty for Rahane off just 32 balls

100-run stand

A century partnership off just 58 balls. Even Smith has come into his own now, using his wrists to place boundaries through point. Even Amit Mishra couldn’t contain the duo.

123* – highest second wicket partnership for Rajasthan Royals

Fifty and out for smith!

Gets there off only 31 balls and mistimes one to Morris on the ropes soon after. Axar strikes. Partnership is 130* off 71 already. And you must know about the lap shot that Rahane played off Morris. SIX OVER FINE LEG!

Stokes fails again

Out to a full toss. Fails to find power and timing, and finds Shreyas Iyer in the deep. Chris Morris with the wicket. RR 157/3

Rahane stuns with a 58-ball hundred

What do you call a man who was dropped on 16, only to miraculously rediscover his timing? Ajinkya Rahane. At least for today. Ishant Sharma won’t possibly be able to make up for that drop. Rahane has looked imperious. Timing, placement, and intent – as Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out.

Rajasthan Royals get to 191/6

All thanks to Ajinkya Rahane, who sparkled in his innings of 105* off 63. Steven Smith made 50 off 32 balls, but the others were disappointed. Ben Stokes made 8 off 8 and Sanju Samson, for little fault of his own, was run out before facing a ball. You could say that they could have gotten more here. Only 56 runs in last 7 overs. Good pitch, dew around, so it should be an interesting chase. But Delhi Capitals not the best exponents of that, so we’ll see how it pans out. Join us back after this short break!

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Dhawan starts briskly

Shaw is struggling at the other end but not Dhawan, who warmed up with a six and a four in Dhawal Kulkarni’s first over. Can Delhi Capitals chase this? Would be thrilling to watch that chase. They have the pitch to do that.

Turner drops Shaw on 10

Not Ashton Turner’s greatest outing in a cricket match. Misjudged pull from Prithvi Shaw and it’s coming straight to him at deepish mid-wicket. Dropped.

Dhawan falls after fifty

A 25-ball half-century for him, his fastest in IPL ever, but he falls soon after. Steps out and is deceived by Shreyas Gopal, who hurls it wider and gets him stumped. DC 72/1

WICKET: Shreyas Iyer falls

Not quite the day for him. And 17-year-old Riyan Parag becomes the second-youngest to get a wicket in the IPL. Gets Iyer miscuing the big hit to deep mid-wicket. DC 77/2

Shaw falls as well

42 off 39. All he needed was to give the strike back to Rishabh Pant. But he went for the big hit, lost his wicket and also stacked up a dot ball for his side. Riyan Parag with a good catch under pressure. 31 needed off 20.

Bails don’t come off

How many times have we seen that this season? Shaw backs away, the full toss hits the bails, lights them up.. and they don’t come off. Something’s wrong with the bails this season.

Pant keeps Delhi in with the chase

Pant has a fifty off 26 balls and is looking strong for more. Shaw has kept one end taught, scoring 42 off 36 balls. 41 runs needed off last 4 overs.

Five successive ducks in T20

Ashton Turner, oh Ashton Turner. Third consecutive duck in IPL. A slower ball from Ishant, and he’s found extra cover. DC 163/4

Rutherford does his job

Makes 11 off 5 balls and holes out in the deep. Despite that wicket, Dhawal Kulkarni comes up with an average over, conceding 13 runs in the 18th over. 17 needed odd 2 overs. It’s Delhi’s game to lose.

Delhi beat Rajasthan by 6 wickets

Rishabh Pant has done it for Delhi Capitals. A phenomenal innings of 78* off 36 balls. With Prithvi Shaw set from one end, Pant could slide into his innings with ease and could attack right away. And unlike other times, he stayed till the end. Ajinkya Rahane scored a superb 58-ball hundred but Rajasthan Royals scored only 56 runs in last 7 overs, and that came back to haunt them.

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Man of the match: Rishab Pant for his unbeaten match winning knock of 78*

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