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Right then! Hey, wait! Where are you going? Not allowed. Just kidding. Match number 54 is about to unfold at the Chinnaswamy. Kohli or Willy? Wouldn't you like to see? Do move over to the Bangalore-Hyderabad matchcentre!
AMIT MISHRA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his love affair with the Indian T20 League, Mishra says that he is not happy that missed out on the hat-trick. On his chat with Trent Boult on dropping the catch on the hat-trick ball, Mishy says that he scolded the Kiwi for unnecessarily jumping for the catch, when he could have taken it easily. In response, Amit says that Boult apologized quite a few times. Coming to serious talk, Mishra says that he just focused on keeping things simple and landing the ball in the right areas with the pitch turning so much. Thanks the crowd for its support.
Victorious Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, says that the difference between last season and this season is that the players have opened up a lot, having been given plenty of freedom by the support staff. Adds that they don't feel like coaches and that helps. Further says that keeping things simple is their mantra. Praises Ishant Sharma for the consistency he has showed this season. On Dhawan's trading back to Delhi, Iyer says that he will not complain and is happy with the result, also crediting him for keeping the dressing room in splits. Is happy for Amit Mishra who still has something to give to the team and the sport. Finishes by saying that everyone in the team is treated equally. On the team planning to attack the spinners, Shreyas says that either himself or Pant would have been required to go big and he took the responsibility on himself but unfortunately, it did not reap good dividends.
Rishabh Pant is now in for a chat. Says he is always happy whenever he is taking his side home. Adds that it is always special to finish the match but he failed to do so in the last game. Tonight, he is happy to have done that. On the pitch, Rishabh says that it remained the same and the ball always turns in Kotla. Whether they were thinking to go on top with an early finish, Pant says they were looking for it but once they lost early wickets they decided to milk it and get over the line. On the bowlers' performance tonight, Pant feels that it is always easy for spinners when the pace bowlers pick up wickets upfront and today that is what happened. On being asked who he prefers to meet in the playoffs, Pant says that he does not mind who they face as they are just looking to win.
Rajasthan skipper, Ajinkya Rahane, says that they had a tough season this year and reckons that they did not capitalize on the key moments. He feels there were lots of things to learn and hopes to come back stronger next time. On Parag and Gopal, Rahane says that Parag is a great talent and he has played really well despite being so young and on Gopal, Jinx says that he has picked wickets at regular intervals and he had done it in the previous year as well. On his own form, Ajinkya tells that he had a good season and was feeling confident with the bat. Further adds that he always thinks about the team and he has learnt a lot of things in 2019.
Earlier in the day, Rajasthan could not make good use of a sticky wicket and trouble Delhi. Too many shots were attempted too soon by the batsmen, not quite showing patience to hang in there and losing the plot. At one stage, even 100 was looking impossible, till a certain Riyan Parag came along and took them to 115. Another 20-30 runs would have been helpful.
SO PROVISIONALLY, DELHI MOVE TO SECOND. RAJASTHAN ARE KNOCKED OUT. If Mumbai beat Punjab tomorrow, Delhi could drop down to third, though if Chennai lose to Punjab by a big margin, they could slip down too. Maths, maths, maths, on a Saturday....ohh... better let the events unfold themselves, aye?
Rajasthan tried their best with the ball. Did not allow Delhi to get off to a flier but this was a track where fast bowlers were not that successful. Aaron and Thomas were expensive while the spin department did not have enough on the board to defend. Sodhi ended with 3 wickets while Gopal continued his excellent 2019 with 2 more wickets.
The good thing for the home side was that run rate was not an issue. Yes, if they wanted to finish in the top 2, they needed to win inside 10 overs but the least they could have done is win the game. It was a track where run-making was not easy and someone had to bide his time on the wicket. Rishabh Pant did that, scoring an unbeaten 53 from 38 balls and taking his team over the line. The others played around him, so the lack of a big partnership did not quite hurt Delhi.
Easy-peasy for Delhi then. They were not chasing a big total but when the openers fell in quick succession, they would have felt some sort of a tremor. The team needed one batsman to bat big and one partnership to be strung and one of the two happened.
16.1IshSodhi to RPant
SIX! Game, set and match. Delhi end the league stage with 9 wins. Short and outside off, Pant rocks back and pulls it over wide long on! VICTORY FOR DELHI BY 5 WICKETS AND 23 BALLS TO SPARE.
Ish Sodhi to bowl what could probably be the final over of the game.
15.6SGopal to RPant
Outside off, punched through point for a run. SCORES ARE LEVEL NOW.
15.5SGopal to RPant
SIX! BLAST! Just 2 more needed. Full and outside off, Pant gets down and mows it into the second tier at long on for half a dozen!
15.4SGopal to APatel
Tossed up around off, spinning in, pushed towards cover for a single.
15.3SGopal to RPant
The googly, outside off, short in length, slapped through the covers for a single. 9 needed now.
This is sad. STRATEGIC BREAK with 10 runs needed. Axar Patel walks in now.
15.2SGopal to SRutherford
OUT! Caught. Six previous ball, gone next ball. Tossed up outside off, Rutherford gets down to slog but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. He gets a top edge which goes high in the air. Liam Livingstone has to run back just a bit from mid on and takes the catch comfortably in the end.
15.1SGopal to SRutherford
SIX! Short ball, outside off, Rutherford pulls it over mid-wicket. The fielder leaps but misses. His knee touches the bottle beyond the ropes but he seems to be fine.
Shreyas Gopal to bowl out. 3-0-6-1 so far.
14.7VAaron to RPant
FOUR! BELLIGERENT! Short and wide outside off, Pant slaps it over point and gets a boundary! 100 up for Delhi with 16 from that over. Just 16 more needed now.
14.6VAaron to RPant
SIX! Fine leg was in but it wouldn't have mattered. It is turning out to be an expensive over from Aaron - 12 from it already. A short ball, around middle, Pant swivels and just uses the pace of the bowler, helping it over fine leg.
14.5VAaron to SRutherford
Hops across and looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The batsmen take a quick single.
14.4VAaron to RPant
Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
14.3VAaron to SRutherford
Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
14.2VAaron to SRutherford
A better throw would have had Rutherford. Really poor running from the West Indian. Sherfane flicks it through mid-wicket and immediately calls for two. Mahipal Lomror runs as hard as he can to the ball but cannot quite put in the hard yards. It should have been an easy couple but this is where Rutherford commits a schoolboy error. He runs around the bowler while going for the second and that costs him an extra second. However, he is lucky that Lomror's throw is wide to the keeper and he gets in.
Mid-wicket drops back. Fine leg comes in.
14.1VAaron to SRutherford
WIDE. Down the leg side, Rutherford misses his flick.
Varun Aaron returns. 1-0-5-0 so far.
13.6IshSodhi to RPant
Outside off, punched off the back foot. Just 3 runs and a wicket from the over, Sodhi's figures read 3-1-20-3!
13.5IshSodhi to SRutherford
Goes back and works it through square leg for a single.
Sherfane Rutherford walks in at number 6, replacing Ingram.
13.4IshSodhi to CIngram
OUT! Caught! Is there still life in this game? Ingram departs. His sorry tournament continues. Full and around middle and leg, the South African reaches out to sweep. No, it is actually an attempt to lap it around the corner. But the ball hits the glove, lobs up in the air and the moment it hits the glove, Samson appeals for LBW. But Rahane from first slip swiftly moves to his right and takes the catch at leg slip and appeals. Sodhi does not even bother appealing as he is celebrating. Ian Gould respects the appeal from Rahane and raises his finger! Ingram walks back admonishing himself. Just 33 more needed but is this going down to the wire?
13.3IshSodhi to RPant
STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR... SAFE! Pant is lucky not to have thrown it away again. Full and outside off, Pant looks to slog but gets a top edge. The ball is straight up, but it swirls and then lands exactly in between long on and long off! A run scored.
13.2IshSodhi to CIngram
Tucks this through fine leg for a single.
13.1IshSodhi to CIngram
Full and outside off, Ingram looks to defend but the ball takes the bottom edge and drops down just beside the keeper.
Ish Sodhi is back on. 2-1-17-2 so far.
12.6KGowtham to CIngram
Short and outside off, slapped to deep point for one more. Decent spell from Gowtham - 4-0-16-0.
12.5KGowtham to RPant
Yes, no and yes finally. Short and outside off, Pant punches it towards cover. He initially calls for a single but then changes his mind. Reason being, Shreyas Gopal is prowling that region. But then, he fumbles and then Pant calls again for the single and it is completed in the end.
12.4KGowtham to RPant
Stays back in his crease this time and blocks.
12.3KGowtham to RPant
Full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
12.2KGowtham to CIngram
Short and outside off, cut through the covers. Riyan Parag covers good ground to his left from sweeper and keeps the batsmen down to a single.
12.1KGowtham to RPant
A short ball, outside off, Pant sits down and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
11.6SGopal to CIngram
Outside off, played straight to point. A quiet over from Gopal.