Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils will face each other in a mouth-watering Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Both the teams will head into the game hoping to bounce back from the defeats they suffered in their opening games. Ajinkya Rahane led Rajasthan Royals were defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets in their first game of the season. Shikhar Dhawan and SRH skipper Kane Williamson led the charge with the bat as they outscored the target of 125 runs put up by Rajasthan Royals with 4.1 overs to spare. Clinical bowling performances from Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan meant Royals didn’t have the start they had expected in the IPL 2018.
With IPL action returning to Rajasthan after a gap of 5 years, the hosts would aim to give the crowd a cracker of a game. Gautam Gambhir led Delhi Daredevils too didn’t have the start they wanted as they were blown up in the storm created by KL Rahul who scored the fastest 50 in IPL’s history to help Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets. Gambhir put up a decent show with the bat in the opener and would expect to continue his fine form against a formidable pace line-up of the Royals. Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell can feature for the Daredevils for the first time in the IPL this season in the Rajasthan clash. We will bring you all the live updates from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium as the Rajasthan Royals lock horns with Delhi Daredevils to pick first points in the IPL 2018.
Highliights of Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils match from Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur:
23:10 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils 15/1, 2 overs, Maxwell – 3, Pant – 10
Good start from Dhawal Kulkarni who keeps Maxwell at bay with a delivery in the slot, Maxwell was not expecting such a brilliant yorker from the Indian. Just 5 runs off the over from Kulkarni as the asking rate shoots up for the Delhi Daredevils. 56 needed now of 24 balls.
23:05 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils 10/1, 1 over, Maxwell – 1 , Pant – 9
Rishabh Pant off to a sensational start with two fours of the over from Gowtham after Munro’s departure. 10 runs off it and Delhi now needs 61 more to win from 30 deliveries. An over can make or break this game for them. Rishabh Pant and Maxwell are arguably the two best hitters for the Delhi outfit and would aim to win it if they stay.
23:01 PM IST: OUT! Munro run out (Buttler/Gowtham) 0(0) Pant walks in to bat
Without a run on board, Delhi Daredevils have lost a wicket as Colin Munro fell short of the crease. Munro wanted a run but Maxwell wanted him back, resulted in a chaos ending in Rajasthan’s favour. Rishabh Pant is the new man in.
23: 58 PM IST: Munro, Maxwell Start for Delhi with Gowtham taking the ball.
23:55 PM IST: Match resumes, will be a six over game, Delhi Daredevils will have to chase 71 in six overs. Last minute touches are being given to the ground. Colin Munro and Gautam Gambhir will open the batting for Delhi. The fans who have waited will finally get to see a finish. A max 2 overs from a bowler with a powerplay of two overs.
23:17 PM IST: If there are any hopes of a game alive in Jaipur, 12:02 AM IST, as per Cricbuzz is the deadline for a 5-over game. So far the covers are firm and there a few wet patches which are only getting worse with the droplets pouring in. This is close to being called a no-result.
23:07 PM IST: No hopes of a pitch inspection as the rain has come back again and time is running out, we are moving towards the sharing of points with rain taking this one away. The Rajasthan Royals fans and the fans in Jaipur who got to witness IPL action after 3 years would be disappointed to not see the complete game.
23:00 PM IST: The overs had started getting reduced since 10:25 PM IST, it’s almost 11 now and if the match starts now it would mean no more Rajasthan batting with Duckworth Lewis coming into play. The match officials will inspect the pitch one last time as the rain has stopped but the clouds are still hovering which means it can come back to haunt the game again. Will it be a first no-result of the season?
22:15 PM IST: WEATHER UPDATE: The rain has stopped with the covers coming off. Can this finally be the end of the rain? The hide and seek between the groundsmen and the rain continues in Jaipur as cricketing action awaits resume.
9:55 PM IST: What can be a good total for Rajasthan from here? Rahane and Sanju Samson had put the batting team in a position to look up to a total close to 180-90 but few blows in the middle overs ensured Delhi Daredevils were back in it. Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler with some pinch-hitting towards the end brought Rajasthan back into the game, with Buttler over now, the onus is on Tripathi to take the Royals past 180 which will be tough to chase for the Delhi Daredevils.
9: 43 PM IST: WEATHER UPDATE — After a 10 minutes halt, the rain has hit back again and its heavier than the last time, the covers are coming back at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Rahul Tripathi and Gowtham will look to continue from where they left.
9:39 PM IST: Some good news from Jaipur, the covers are coming off at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. A large group of people are involved in taking them off. Even if the rain continues, the match is not going to lose overs until 10: 25 at least.
9: 26 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 153/5, 17.5 overs, Tripathi – 15, Gowtham – 2 (Rain intervenes)
Buttler started that over from Shami with a six, but it was the Indian who had the last laugh as he bowled him. A brilliant delivery which Buttler missed completely to see his stumps get uprooted. Rain has intervened in Jaipur with covers coming up, Rajasthan Royals have crossed the 150 run mark and are in a comfortable position in the match.
9:24 PM IST: OUT! Jos Butler bowled, Buttler b Shami 29(18), Krishnappa Gowtham is the ne man in
Jos Butler was looking dangerous but Shami got better off him with his experience and intelligence. Brilliant delivery under pressure from Shami to clean up the Englishman.
9: 22 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 144/4, 17 overs, Tripathi – 15, Butler – 23
Jos Butler targets Chris Morris, earning 18 runs off it with two sixes and a boundary. This is what, Rajasthan was looking for and Butler decided to go after Morris. Tripathi started the over with a six and Butler joined in with another screamer. Rajasthan eyeing a good finish off the death overs.
9: 17 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 126/4, 16 overs, Tripathi – 8, Butler – 13
Only 17 runs off the last 4 overs for the Rajasthan Royals, with another good over Rahul Tewatia with three doubles and a wide off it. Butler and Tripathi are the last recognized batting pair for the Royals and will have to start targeting the DD bowlers to post a good total on the board.
9:13 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 117/4, 15 overs, Tripathi – 3, Butler – 10
Trouble seems to be mounting up for the Rajasthan Royals who are failing to make the most out of the overs. Shami with a good one for the Delhi Daredevils with just 4 runs off it. 4 singles to end the over as Delhi finishes 15 overs with 117 on board, if they can up the ante from here, 170-80 can be a possible target.
9:08 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 113/4, 14 overs, Tripathi – 1, Butler – 8
Ajinkya Rahne’s brilliant effort has been brought to an end by Jharkhand spin sensation Shahbaz Nadeem who got him caught by Morris. Rahane was looking in a good touch but couldn’t time that shot well and ended up getting dismissed. The second one for Nadeem who conceded only 5 runs off the over. Rajasthan in trouble here.
9:04 pm IST: OUT! Rahane caught. (Rahane c Chris Morris b Nadeem 45(40)) Rahul Tripathi walks in to bat
Just when it looked like Rahane was close to his half-century and would make it count here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, he has been trapped by a quick and skiddy one from Nadeem which saw him mistime his stroke to put it into the hands of Chris Morris.
9:02 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 108/3, 13 overs, Rahane – 42, Butler – 7
Rahane is looking in splendid touch here at the home ground of the Rajasthan Royals, two boundaries from the skipper to start the over from Mohammed Shami to obtain 9 runs from it. Butler didn’t get a ball to play in the over as Rahane kept the strike with a single off the last delivery.
8:58 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 99/3, 12 overs, Rahane – 33, Butler – 7
Butler gets a four off Rahul Tewatia to finish the over with nine runs off it. After getting hit for a boundary on the third ball of the over, Tewatia conceded only 2 runs off his last three deliveries. This is Delhi’s chance to pick another wicket and gain control of the match. But Butler is looking to make amends from his last dismal outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
8:54 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 90/3, 11 overs, Rahane – 31, Samson – 37
OUT! Samson b Nadeem 37(22) Jos Butler is the new man in
Tossed up and Samson gets caught in the trap, he is bowled been Nadeem who gets his firs wicket of the day. Samson went for the slog sweep but got an inside edge with the ball rocketing into the off stumps. Samson was going good and looking dangerous with his stroke play, Gambhir is a happy man as he chose to go with Nadeem over Mishra.
8:49 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 84/2, 10 overs, Rahane – 29, Samson – 33
The partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson is of 56 runs in 35 balls and is going strong enough to be of concern for the Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir. The two right-handers are capitalising well on the bowlers they have targeted and focusing on rotating the strike otherwise. Rajasthan have crossed the 80 run mark inside 10 overs with 7 runs off the over from Tewatia.
8:44 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 77/2, 9 overs, Rahane – 21, Samson – 19
What a batsman he is, Sanju Samson going all out on Trent Boult as he whacks the first one from the Kiwi pacer into the crowds and then blasts the second ball over the rope to finish the over with 15 runs off it. The Royals are now cruising in this game as Gambhir looks for a breakthrough. This partnership can help Rajasthan in posting a good total on board.
8:40 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 62/2, 8 overs, Rahane – 21, Samson – 19
Just 4 runs off the over with Rahul Tewatia finishing his first over conceding very less. Tewatia has been a revelation of sorts for the Daredevils and Gambhir would be using him more often to get things going for the Delhi Daredevils.
8:36 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 58/2, 7 overs, Rahane – 19, Samson – 17
Mohammed Shami with a good first over for the Delhi Daredevils, he was hit for a boundary on the very first ball but ensured he ended the over with only seven runs off it. Samson and Rahane are steading the ship for the Rajasthan Royals as they try to settle down well.
8:31 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 51/2, 6 overs, Rahane – 13, Samson – 16
Good over for the Delhi Daredevils with Chris Morris conceding just 8 runs off it. No boundaries in that over as Morris makes a comeback after going for runs in the first over. Rajasthan have managed to cross the half-century mark at the end of the powerplay.
8:27 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 43/2, 5 overs, Rahane – 6, Samson – 16
Superb fight back in the over by Rahane and Samson after Stokes’ departure. Samson comes in and slams Boult for a boundary and a six in successive deliveries. Rahane joins the party with a splendid short back of the square leg to finish the over with a good 15 runs off it. Samson is going big right from the beginning to ensure the Delhi bowlers don’t settle down well.
8:22 PM IST: OUT! Ben Stokes c Pant b Boult 16(12) [4s-1 6s-1] Sanju Samson is the new man in
What a ball from Boult to get Ben Stokes in a soup, the most expensive IPL player had no response to that delivery angled into him which took an edge of his bat and went straight into the hands of Rishabh Pant behind the wickets. Gautam Gambhir also needs to be credited for creating a pressure on Stokes by getting Boult again.
8:20 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 28/1, 4 overs, Rahane – 6, Stokes – 16
Ben Stokes is takings on Chris Morris early in his over as he slams his 63 meters on the left to send the ball into the crowd. Good start on both ends at the end of the 4th over but Rajasthan are still behind in the scoring run rate at an average of 7.
8:16 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 19/1, 3 overs, Rahane – 6, Stokes – 7
Brilliant over from Trent Boult once again, no wickets yet but the Kiwi southpaw has maintained his line and length in search of his first breakthrough. Just 5 runs off the over as Stokes and Rahane ease things a bit in Jaipur. Stokes whacked a four of Boult on the 4th ball off the over to get into the groove.
8:12 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 14/1, 2 overs, Rahane – 6, Stokes – 2
Shahbaz Nadeem takes the ball and gets hit for a boundary on the very first delivery by D Arcy Short who hits it towards the deep wicket to comfortably take the first run, Rahane calls for a second and it results into a big fuss with Vijay Shankar hitting the stumps to send the Australian packing. 8 runs off the over with Daredevils having the last laugh.
OUT! D Arcy Short RUN OUT, Ben Stokes walks out to bat
Ajinkya Rahane wanted an extra run, a big muddle up in the middle as Vijay Shankar aims outrageously well with the throw which hist the stumps with Short missing by miles. Ben Stokes is the new man in.
8:07 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals 6/0, 1 over, Rahane – 5, Short- 1
Trent Boult with a superb first over for the Delhi Daredevils. Getting some swing with the ball, Boult keeps it on a good length to Rahane and concedes only six runs off the over. For Short, Gambhir kept two slips in place going on all-out attack against the Aussie southpaw.
8:02 PM IST: No Rahul Tripathi for Royals once again as Rahane opens the batting with D Arcy Short. Kiwi pacer Trent Boult will bowl the first over for the Delhi Daredevils.
7:58 PM IST: The Rajasthan Royals are second to only Mumbai Indians in maintaining a solid winning record at home. The Royals have a brilliant 73% winning percentage at home after MI. It will be interesting to see who would Rahane chose to open. Shahbaz Nadeem can be the match turner for Delhi replacing an off colour Mishra.
7: 50 PM IST: For Gautam Gambhir and his Delhi Daredevils, it will be important to put up a more formidable performance with the ball. With veteran Amit Mishra being left out of the squad in only the second game of the season, it reflects how desperate Gambhir is to secure important points for his home side.
7: 48 PM IST: Ben Stokes 5(8) and 21 runs in 2 overs had an outing to forget against the SRH and will look to amend his mistakes and help his team come out on top against Gambhir’s Delhi Daredevils who succumbed to KL Rahul’s brilliance in the game against Kings XI Punjab.
7:45 PM IST: Rajasthan Royals opened with Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short against the Sunrisers Hyderabad which backfired spectacularly with the opening pair failing to leave an impact. Despite having the likes of Rahul Tripathi and Jos Butler in their ranks, it was surprising from Rahane to not start with one of the two. We can see a change in that batting order today.
7:40 pm IST: Playing XIs
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
Delhi Daredevils: Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir(c), Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant(w), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami
7:37 PM IST: Gautam Gambhir: “Looks a good wicket, won’t change much. Perhaps dew will come in. That’s why we are chasing. Just the start of the tournament, need to get the combination right. We have the full squad now. Maxi is back and we all know how dangerous he can be. Important to get the combinations right and hopefully we can do it. Two changes – Nadeem for Mishra, Maxwell for Christian.”
Ajinkya Rahane: “We would have bowled as well but as I said, toss isn’t in our control. We will look to bat well and put runs on the board. I think the boys have adjusted to the conditions well, especially the overseas ones. They are experienced campaigners. We are unchanged.”
7:32 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and opted to field first
7:20 PM IST: Australian explosive all-rounder Glenn Maxwell touched India on April 9 can be Gautam Gambhir’s trump card today in Jaipur as both the teams, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils will aim to pick points in the season after losing their respective opening ties against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.
Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Glenn Maxwell, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Shahbaz Nadeem, Naman Ojha, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Jason Roy, Vijay Shankar, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Abhishek Sharma, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Daniel Christian, Sayan Ghosh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Ankit Sharma, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, D’Arcy Short, Dushmantha Chameera, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, S Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mahipal Lomror, Jatin Saxena, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Birla, Jos Buttler, Heinrich Klaasen, Zahir Khan and Rahul Tripathi.