Bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils were in desperate need of a victory after suffering a 13-run defeat at the hands of table-toppers Chennai Super Kings. Facing an inconsistent Rajasthan Royals at home, Delhi Daredevils finally achieved their desired result after defeating the Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs, courtesy of the DLS method. Chasing a revised target of 151 in 12 overs, RR got off to a good start but were ultimately restricted to 146/5 in their stipulated quota of 12 overs. Jos Buttler top-scored for the Royals scored with a quickfire 67 off 26 balls. However, Trent Boult proved to be the difference as he bowled a fiery spell and returned with figures of 2/26 runs. Royals needed 15 in the last over but it was Boult who bowled a brilliant last over to secure an important victory for his side. A fine performance by the home side earned them vital two points and simultaneously pushed them up to the sixth spot on the points table.
IPL 2018, DD vs RR: Highlights
Delhi Daredevils win by 4 runs!
Delhi Daredevils have beaten Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs (DLS method). Chasing a revised target of 151 in 12 overs, RR were restricted to 146/5 (12.0 Ovs) Jos Buttler top-scored for the Royals scored with a quickfire 67(26). However, Trent Boult proved to be the difference as he took 2 wickets for 26 runs. A fine performance by the home side earns them vital two points and pushes them up to the sixth spot on the points table.
15 in the last over
A huge six off the last ball of the penultimate over and the deficit is reduced to just 15. Royals now require just 15 in six balls. Trent Boult to bowl the last over. Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham at the crease.
After smashing three sixes in the over D Arcy Short is dismissed by Glenn Maxwell. Ball is spinning away from him and he goes for the shot over mid-wicket and the edge carries it straight to Avesh Khan. Royals are losing wickets in a flurry. RR - 121/4 in 10.0 ovs. They still need 30 runs in 12 balls.
Boult strikes twice!
Boult has struck twice in one over. This time it is Ben Stokes who has to make the long walk back. High full toss and he hits it towards the deep mid-wicket. Royals are losing the plot here.
Sanju Samson is dismissed by Trent Boult. Length delivery and Samson has to go for the big hit but doesn't connect properly and the ball went high into the air. A very well judged catch by Colin Munro. Samson departs for 3. Rajasthan Royals still need 59 runs in 23 balls
Smart bowling from Amit Mishra. Conceded just three runs in the over and the pressure got to Buttler. Flighted top-spinner by Mishra draws the batsmen forward and he misses it completely and is stumped by Rishabh Pant behind the wickets. RR - 82/1 in 6.4 Ovs. They still need 69 runs in 32 balls
Fifty for Jos Buttler
SIX! and Jos Buttler has reached his half-century in just 18 balls. A full toss by Amit Mishra and he reverse sweeps it for six. Buttler has been on a rampage. This is also the fastest fifty by any Rajasthan Royals batsmen in the history of IPL.
Jos Buttler has taken the attack to Avesh Khan and smashed him for three sixes and one four in the over. 23 runs conceded in the over and RR are on the charge. However, they still need 106 runs in 54 balls.
Jos Buttler gives it a whack over the fine-leg and it sails over the ropes for a six. 14 runs off the first over. Good start for Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan Royals need 137 runs in 66 balls
Rajasthan begin chase
Opening the innings for the Royals are - Jos Buttler and D Arcy Short. Shahbaz Nadeem has the ball in hand and will open the attack for DD. A mouth-watering contest awaits us. Target - 151 in 12 overs
Play to start at 11.30 PM
The rain has stopped and covers are coming off. So that means live action to begin at 11: 30 PM. Rajasthan Royals will need to kickstart proceedings on a positive note. Powerplay of 4 overs. 2 bowlers can bowl a maximum of 3 overs.
Here is an interesting statistic- All the boundaries in the DD innings have been hit by the Indian batsmen. Then are the foreign batsmen becoming of zero value for the Daredevils? Good news for Indian cricket. Rain has stopped though and play is expected to begin soon.
Glenn Maxwell is lbw by Joffra Archer and just as he is walking back, it has started to rain. The players walk off as the umpires call for cover
Rishabh Pant is gone, Unadkat takes the pace off the ball and Pant goes for the big heave but can only find Stokes towards the mid-wicket region. What an innings by Pant, another brilliant one sets the platform for Delhi. DD- 172/4 in 15 overs.
Jaydev Unadkat dismisses Shreyas Iyer. One shot too many for Iyer, the bat turns in his hand as he goes for another big hit and a good catch by Tripathi at long-off. Finally, RR have the breakthrough. DD-166/3
10'th IPL fifty for Iyer
10th IPL half-century for Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer. He has been the shining light in DD's batting line-up this season. Three fours and three sixes in his innings so far.
Fifty for Pant!
What a fine innings by the youngster. Since the time he walked in, Pant looked in fine touch and hammered the bowlers all around the park. 6th IPL fifty for Pant. Incidentally, this is also his fastest IPL half-century.
Rishabh Pant is in scintillating form. Back to back boundaries through the extra-cover region. Kulkarni is guilty of being wayward in his line and length and is punished ruthlessly. DD - 145/2 in 13 overs
Shreyas Iyer launches into a half-tracker by Krishnappa Gowtham and hoicks it over the mid-wicket region for another huge six. with this hit, Iyer crosses the 30-run mark in IPL 2018.
Rishabh PAnt takes on the in-form Joffra archer and launches him over the mid-wicket region for a humongous six. Pant has been in the devasting form in IPL 2018 and looks set for a good knock today. 10 sixes so far in Delhi's innnings. DD-99/2 in 10 overs
Smart bowling from Shreyas Gopal, pitches on the shorter side, Prithvi Shaw goes for the punch off the back foot but it hits it straight back to the bowler. DD -74/2 in 7.2 ovs
Dhawal Kulkarni gets a catch back to him in his follow through but drops it to give Prithvi Shaw another life. That was not an easy one but you can't afford to drop someone who is in this form and of that calibre
A back of the length delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni and Prithvi Shaw has dispatched it for a maximum. This is the second six of the over and Shaw is hammering his Mumbai teammate here in Delhi. They have lost an early wicket and need partnership from Shaw and Iyer
First blood for RR
Dhawal Kulkarni strikes, seaming delivery grabs an inside edge of Colin Munro's bat. Jos Buttler accepts the catch gleefully. Big setback for the home side. DD- 1/1 after 0.4 ovs
Colin Munro & Prithvi Shaw walk out!
Delhi Daredevils openers, Colin Munro & Prithvi Shaw have walked out to the middle led by umpires Nandan, Virender Sharma. Dhawal Kulkarni has the ball in hand. The crowd, which has gathered in numbers also look happy. We are all set for live action.
Play to start at 9.30 PM
UPDATE: It is an 18-overs-a-side match. Play to start at 9.30 pm. As per the rules - 2 bowlers can bowl max 3 overs, 3 bowlers get 4 overs each
The heavy showers are slowly turning into a drizzle. It seems like the dark clouds will clear in a bit. Super soppers are working in full flow. Stay tuned for live updates.
Its drizzling in Delhi
Few of the covers are coming on the pitch, slight drizzle at Feroz Shah Kotla. We had told you earlier that is a forecast of rain towards the latter half of the evening. While it is a slight drizzle let's hope for the best.
Playing XI for both teams
Rajasthan Royals- Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Delhi Daredevils- Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
Changes in team line up!
One change for Delhi Dareveils- Shahbaz Nadeem comes in for Rahul Tewatia.
One change for Rajasthan Royals - D'Arcy Short comes in for Ish Sodhi. Shreyas Gopal comes in place for Mahipal Lomror.
Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and opted to bowl first. Remember there is a forecast of rain in the evening at Feroz Shah Kotla so the decision to bowl first might have been impacted by this.
Probable XI for RR
Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat
Probable XI for DD
Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
Rajasthan Royals Squad
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, D Arcy Short, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen
Delhi Daredevils Squad
Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Junior Dala
Who should open for Rajasthan Royals?
With Darcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler in the team, Rajasthan Royals have plenty of options as openers. The opening combinations have not always worked for the franchise this season, and they will be eager to get off to a flying start against DD tonight. Who should open for Rajsthan Royals?
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Will Gautam Gambhir play for DD tonight?
Delhi Daredevils former skipper Gautam Gambhir has missed out the past two matches after he left his captaincy reigns and handed it over to the youngster Shreyas Iyer. In his absence, DD have looked good with the bat, scoring 220 and 193 in the two matches. But they failed to pick up the win against CSK in the last match. With a place in the competition at stake, will DD bring Gambhir back in the playing XI?