Put into bat, DD could only muster 121 which could have been even lesser had it not been for Chris Morris’ final over cameo. In reply, RPS were never disturbed to continue forward. Rain interrupted play twice by when RPS were comfortably ahead of Duckworth Lewis par score. The loss would hurt DD’s hopes of making the play-offs. (IPL 2016 TABLE/STANDINGS)
AS IT HAPPENED:
0001 hrs IST: Play has been called off in Vizag. RPS have won by 19 runs (D/L method)
2341 hrs IST: RPS are 76/1 after 11. DLS par is 57 as covers come on once again.
2338 hrs IST: SIX! Rahane just about clears the rope with a flat six!
2337 hrs IST: Rahane enjoying bit of luck. A Chinese cut first and now edges it fine for a boundary towards third man.
2327 hrs IST: And we’re back. Rahane is on strike. RPS are 57/1 and 8.2 overs gone. No overs lost.
2319 hrs IST: Play to resume at 11.30 PM IST.
2313 hrs IST: No official word yet but it has stopped raining and the outfield looks dry.
2252 hrs IST: Inspection at 11.15 PM. The rain has stopped but drying up process is underway.
2246 hrs IST: Well that didn’t take long but it has stopped rain in Vizag. But some time before game resumes.
2235 hrs IST: Rain interrupts play. RPS are 57/1 after 8.2 overs. RPS are ahead on D/L method.
2234 hrs IST: Ajinkya with clever batting. Short by Coulter-Nile and Jinx drops his hands to steer it behind for a four.
2231 hrs IST: Shami lets the ball creep underneath him for a four. Can’t really afford that when you’re defending 122.
2228 hrs IST: Last ball of the 7th over and Bailey edges the ball straight on to his helmet. Luckily the helmet doesn’t drop and hit the stumps or the ball trickle down to the stumps!
2221 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane brings the Powerplay to a close with a glorious cover drive. RPS are 44/1.
2220 hrs IST: Free hit and Bailey clears the front foot to thump it for a boundary.
2215 hrs IST: 1 from the over. RPS are 33/1 after five.
2211 hrs IST: RPS are 32/1 after four overs.
2208 hrs IST: GONE! A little width for Khawaja but he slices it straight to Iyer at backward point. Morris jumps in celebration!
2205 hrs IST: Khawaja this time with a beautiful straight drive. RPS are 30/0 after 3.
2202 hrs IST: Zaheer Khan bowls one on the pads and Khawaja calmly plays it down for a four. Next ball, Khawaja uses the off side with an uppish shot but it’s safe.
2200 hrs IST: Short, outside off and width for Rahane to use and he does. Plays an uppish shot that clears the boundary on one bounce.
2155 hrs IST: Four from the first over even as a dog interrupted play briefly.
2151 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Usman Khawaja open the innings for RPS. Zak has the ball.
2130 hrs IST: 22 runs from the final over. DD close on 121/6.
2129 hrs IST: Last ball and another six. Poor ball. A full toss and Morris thumps it into the stands.
2129 hrs IST: Fifth ball – Scoop and its gone to the boundary for a four.
2129 hrs IST: Fourth ball – SIX! First six of the inning for DD.
2128 hrs IST: Third ball – FOUR!
2127 hrs IST: Thisara Perera to bowl the final over.
2124 hrs IST: An over to go, DD are 98/6.
2119 hrs IST: Duminy finds the fielder while Dinda celebrates! JP moved to the off side and tried to scoop but found Pathan at short fine leg. DD are 93/6
2117 hrs IST: DD are 91/5 after 18. A staggering 50 dot balls in this inning.
2115 hrs IST: Welcome boundary for DD. Morris helps the ball on to the fine leg boundary for a four.
2114 hrs IST: End of the spell for Zampa. He finishes with 4-0-21-3.
2113 hrs IST: Zampa and Ashwin making things trickier for DD now. 42 balls between them, 14 dots, just 34 conceded.
2109 hrs IST: Just 30 balls left and DD are 73/5.
2105 hrs IST: Karun Nair tried to go for a cross-batted sweep a ball earlier and missed. This time, he gets his foot in front and is caught LBW. DD are in tatters at 70/5!
2101 hrs IST: New man in, JP Duminy starts off with a sweep four. Much more like it!
2058 hrs IST: With dots increasing, Rishabh Pant tries to go over the top but can only find Thisara Perera in the deep who takes it cleanly. Zampa strikes! DD are 62/4
2054 hrs IST: R Ashwin concedes just three runs from the over. DD are 57/3 after 12. One wonders why no JP Duminy or Chris Morris when such poor run rate…
2050 hrs IST: DD are 54/3 after 11. They really need someone to start hitting big anytime now…
2046 hrs IST: Superb piece of spin bowling by Zampa! Sanju Samson comes down the track and is bedazzled by the leg spin, MS Dhoni removes the bails behind him. DD’s woes compounded further – 49/3.
2043 hrs IST: Spin being introduced with Adam Zampa coming on to ball.
2028 hrs IST: At the end of the Powerplay overs, DD are 28/2.
2022 hrs IST: GONE! Iyer tries to pull one but can’t get any distance on it as Khawaja takes an easy catch at deep backward square leg. DD are 25/2.
2021 hrs IST: On to the legs and Nair tucks it swiftly for another boundary.
2020 hrs IST: Karun Nair once again plays an uppish inside-out shot over extra cover that reaches the ropes with ease.
2017 hrs IST: Now Karun Nair capitalises on one outside off and plenty of room to play an uppish shot that goes beyond the ropes on one bounce.
2015 hrs IST: First boundary of the match comes off Shreyas Iyer’s bat. Opens the face of the bat ever so gently to guide it towards the cover boundary.
2014 hrs IST: Wicket-maiden by Dinda. DD are 4/1 after 3
2009 hrs IST: DINDA STRIKES! Quinton de Kock tries to play it down leg but gets hit in the middle – caught LBW
2005 hrs IST: Two runs from the first over. Chahar to bowl from the other end.
2000 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer and Quinton de Kock opening the inning with Ashok Dinda opening the bowling.
1941 hrs IST: One change for RPS: M Ashwin sits out as Deepak Chahar plays.
RPS XI: A Rahane, U Khawaja, G Bailey, S Tiwary, MS Dhoni, T Perera, I Pathan, R Ashwin, A Zampa, D Chahar, A Dinda
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2016
1940 hrs IST: Three changes for DD: Shreyas Iyer, Shami and Coulter Nile come in.
DD XI: S Iyer, Q de Kock, K Nair, S Samson, R Pant, JP Duminy, C Morris, A Mishra, M Shami, N Coulter-Nile, Z Khan
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2016
1930 hrs IST: TOSS: MS Dhoni wins the toss and RPS have opted to bowl first.
The shortest format may have resulted in change of batting philosophy for many but India’s star batsman Ajinkya Rahane says that he will never trade his “copybook style” for fancy shots as it has brought him success in his short but eventful career at the highest level.
For two years, R Sridhar has had to deal with the same modesty-ridden rhetoric from MS Dhoni. So when India’s fielding coach heard it again after the India-Australia clash in the World T20 in March, he wasn’t really surprised. If anything he was expecting it.
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