New Delhi, May 4: Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra helped Delhi Capitals to a 5 wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their final league match of the ongoing IPL here on Saturday.
Ishant (3/38) did the early damage before leg-spinner Mishra (3/17) came to the party to rock Rajasthan's innings. While, the veterans did their job with the ball, Pant played a steady innings to guide Delhi to a win after Ish Sodhi and Shreyas Gopal had rattled the top order.
Young Riyan Parag (50 off 49, 4x4s, 2x6s) was the lone bright spot for Rajasthan as he held on to one fort and notched up his maiden IPL fifty to take the visitors close to the 120-run mark. Parag became the youngest player at 17 years and 175 days to score a fifty in IPL.
Rajasthan had a disastrous start after opting to bat as they were reduced to 30 for four at the end of the first six overs of powerplay with Ishant doing bulk of the damage. Ishant struck in the second over, removing Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane (2) and then came back an over later to clean up Liam Livingstone (14).
To make matters worse for the visitors, in-form Sanju Samson (5) fell victim to an unnecessary mix up with Mahipal Lomror in the next over. Lomror (8) didn't help his cause either as he handed Ishant his third wicket of the day, nicking one to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.
Parag and Shreyas Gopal tried to stabilise the innings with a 27-run fifth-wicket stand before Mishra scalped two wickets in consecutive deliveries in the 12th over to disturb Rajasthan's resistance. Mishra first foxed Gopal (12) to be stumped by Rishabh and then induced a faint edge from new man Stuart Binny, which again Rishabh obliged. This gave Mishra a chance for registering a hat-trick.
The leg-spinner was well on course of scalping a hat-trick but Trent Boult dropped a sitter at long-off to hand Krishnappa Gowtham life. However, Mishra got his man an over later as Gowatham gave a straight forward catch to Ishant at long-off and Rajasthan slumped to 65 for seven.
Parag opened up late and smacked Ishant for two fours to pick up 18 runs off the 17th over and then smashed Boult for two sixes in the final over before perishing in the last ball of the innings.
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Pant plays a completely different game to what he's known for and helps DC although with a lower NRR than Mumbai and Chennai, to move up to second spot for now. The Rabada-less, team's bowlers bounced back really well from the CSK defeat, in fact they sealed the game in the first innings itself after restricting Rajasthan to a severely underpar 115. The Royals might have sniffed a chance when Sodhi got rid of Dhawan and Shaw off consecutive deliveries, but eventually with Pant's striking Delhi got home.
Its all over. Rishabh Pant hits a six to bring up his fifty and help Delhi Capitals to a five wicket win over Rajasthan Royals.
Shreyas Gopal picked up a wicket in that over, but concedes 15 runs. DC need just one run to win now.
OUT!! Rutherford departs after striking Gopal for a six. DC are 106 for 5 in 15.2 overs
Rishabh Pant gets into the groove, strikes back-to-back boundaries as Delhi Capitals reach 100 at the end of the 15th over.
Sodhi concedes just three runs and most importantly picked up a wicket in the over. Rutherford walks into the middle as DC need 32 off 36.
OUT!! Sodhi gets his third wicket of the match. Colin Ingram's attempt to sweep finds the edge and Rahane takes a simple catch. DC are 83 for 4 in 13.4 overs. Now, do RR have a chance?
Four runs conceded from Gowtham's final over of the match. DC are 81 for 3 in 13 overs. Another tight over and it will get close to a run a ball.
Shreyas Gopal bowls yet another tight over, concedes just two runs from it. DC are 77 for 3 in 12 overs.
Five runs comes of the eleventh over bowled by Gowtham. DC need 41 runs off 54 balls to win. Few more tight overs and the pressure will be back on the home side.
Stuart Binny bowls a tight over and concedes just six singles from the 10th over. DC are 70 for 3 in 10 overs.
1,0,0,0,0,0 - Just one comes off Krishnappa Gowtham's second over as Colin Ingram joins Pant in the middle. DC need 52 from 66 to win.
Shreyas Gopal gets rid off Shreyas Iyer, but is it too late. DC are 63 for 3 in 8 overs.
Rishabh Pant scores back-to-back sixes off Riyan Parag as 14 runs come from the 7th over, DC are 60 for 2.
Shreyas Iyers hits Ish Sodhi for back-to-back sixes, while Pant joins in to hit a boundary to help DC to 46 for 2 at the end of power play.
Shreyas Gopal concedes just one run from his first over. DC are 29 for 2 in 4 overs.
Double wicket maiden for Ish Sodhi. DC are 28 for 2 in 4 overs.
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are in the middle now. The pair have a big task on their hand as the DC are known for collapses.
Back to back wickets for Ish Sodhi who sends both the Delhi Capitals openers back into the hut
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw hit Oshane Thomas for three boundaries in the over. Capitals are 28 for 0 in 3 overs.
Varun Aaron concedes nine runs from his first over. DC are 15 for 0 in 2 overs, need 101 off 108.
Six singles come off the first over. Delhi Capitals are 6 for 0 in 1 over. Need 110 off 114 balls
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan come out to the middle to start the run chase for Delhi. Gowtham opens the bowling for Royals.
Delhi Capitals need 116 off 120 to win the match and there is every chance for them to improve their net run rate. But on the slow surface they wouldn't want to take a risk with Ish Sodhi and Shreyas Gopal in the Royals ranks.
OUT!! Riyan Parag holes out to Boult off the last ball of the match. However, his knock has helped Royals to 115 for 9 at the end of the 20th over
SIX!! Riyan Parag hits Trent Boult down the ground for a maximum
Three runs come of the penultimate over of the innings as Royals reach 100.
Keemo Paul seems to have some issue with his foot and leaves the field. Sherfane Rutherford will bowl the remaining five balls of the 19th over.
End of the eighteenth over and Rajasthan are 97 for 8 as Varun Aaron joins Riyan Parag in the middle.
OUT!! Ish Sodhi drives straight to Amit Mishra in the covers and gives Trent Boult his first wicket of the match and his 100th T20 wicket. Royals are 95 for 8 in 17.2 overs
18 runs come off Ishant's final over as Royals inch closer to a 100. RR 93 for 7 in 17 overs.
FOUR!! FOUR!! Back-to-back boundaries as Riyan Parag pulls a wayward Ishant to the fine leg boundary and follows with another
Young Riyag has been fighting it for the Royals, but Delhi well in control of this match. Royals are 75 for 7 after 16 overs.
Amit Mishra ends his spell with 3 for 17. Excellent from the seasoned leg spinner as he puts Royals in trouble at 67 for 7 in 14 overs.
OUT!! Amit Mishra gets Krishnappa Gowtham this time around. Royals are 65 for 7 in 13.2 overs
At the end of 13 overs, Royals are struggling at 64 for 6 as Axar concedes six runs from the over.
Hattrick chance!! Boult misses the catch. Krishnappa Gowtham survives and gets a single
OUT!! Amit Mishra gets back-toback wickets as Stuart Binny edges to Pant who pouches the ball. Royals are 57 for 6
OUT!! Mishra gets fellow leggie Gopal stumped. Royals are struggling at 57 for 5.
Keemo Paul bowls yet another tight over as he concedes just two runs from it. Royals are 57 for 4 after 11 overs.
Mishra concedes just four runs from his second over. Royals are 55 for 4 after the half way stage. Looks a very slow wicket and it will be tough to chase anything in the region of 150. But do RR have the batting to take them there?
Rajasthan crawl to fifty to end the ninth over which was bowled by Keemo Paul. Royals 51 for 4 in 9 overs and its time for a strategic time out.
1,1,2,1,4,0 - nine runs come off Amith Mishra's first over of the match. Royals 44 for 4 in 8 overs
Axar Patel concedes just five runs in the seventh over. RR 35 for 4 in 7 overs.
OUT!! Samson gets himself run out. Royals 26 for 3. Zero communication from both batsman - Lomror kept screaming at his partner who was oblivious to his call, kept running down the track aand then had nowhere to go
Mahipal Lomror walks into the middle and gets off the mark with a lucky boundary. Royals 24 for 2 in 4 overs.
OUT!! Ishant Sharma gets his second, cleans up Livingstone
Boult follows his first tidy over with another and concedes four from it. RR 15 for in 3 overs.
In form Sanju Samson marches to join Livingstone in the middle as Ishant finished the over by conceding seven runs and picked up an important wicket of Rahane.
OUT!! Ajinkya Rahane perishes as Ishant Sharma finds the edge off a flick. Rahane c Keemo Paul b Ishant Smarma 2
A tidy start from Boult in the first over. He concedes just four runs in it. Royals 4 for 0 in 1 over.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Liam Livingstone are in the middle for Rajasthan Royals, while Trent Boult opens the bowling for Delhi Capitals.
Here is the XI for Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson(w), Liam Livingstone, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Here is the playing XI for Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Shreyas Iyer: It's an important game for us, we need to have a mindset of playing every game as a knock-out match, we are in a good mood as a team. Our batsmen love to bat on good bouncy wickets, this been a slow wicket - we didn't expect it, but we can't blame the wickets for our poor show here. Two changes for us, Keemo and Ishant are in, they replace Suchith and Chris Morris.
Ajinkya Rahane: The wicket looks dry, not sure how it will play, might get slower and slower, will look to put the runs on the board. For me, the team comes first, I respect their decisions, it's a great challenge and it's important to play well and win. We have a couple of changes, Ish Sodhi and Krishnappa Gowtham are in, for Smith and Unadkat. It's all about giving our best.
"There isn't a blade of grass, absolutely bone dry. It's quite hard, but there shouldn't be a lot of bounce. Bowl straight lines, it should turn, it's very hot and a score around 160 should be competitive. A bat-first wicket," says Graeme Swann in his pitch report.
On a dry wicket in Kotla, spin will be the key, but still you can't discount the start Rajasthan Royals star Oshane Thomas has had in the IPL.
With key pacer Kagiso Rabada out of the tournament, Delhi Capitals will bank on fellow South African and West Indian Keemo Paul in the pace department.
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The home side will target a big win to enhance their chances of a second place finish, while the visitors, who still have slight chance to qualify for the play-offs will also look for a win.
Welcome to the live updates of Match no. 53: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals.