Royals falls short by four runs against Daredevils

Jos Buttler's 26-ball 67 goes in vain as the Ajinkya Rahane-led side fail to chase down 151 in 12 overs.

12:36: Boult, again, does the job for the Daredevils. His concedes just 10 off his final over. Daredevils wins this thriller by 4 runs!

12:29: K. Gowtham pulls Plunkett into the stands for a six! 15 off 6 balls! 

12:21: He goes for a fourth one, but his slog against the spin takes a leading edge into the hands of short third man. He Short has got Royals to within 33 needed.

12:20: Short gets stuck into Glen Maxwell's gentle offies! Three successive sixes off his first three balls!

12:15: No, he can't. He skies a catch to deep mid-wicket. Two in the over for Boult! 51 needed off 18 balls.

12:11: Sanju Samson falls cheaply and in walks Ben Stokes. Can he take the Royals over the line tonight?

12:08: Short connects with one finally. He scores his first six of his 18th delivery faced.

12:02: Mishra strikes! He has the dangerous Jos Buttler stumped for 67!

Jos Buttler scoring breakdown.

11:52: REVERSE SWEEPS Amit Mishra for a SIX! Buttler brings up his 50 off just 18 balls - third fastest fifty of the tournament.

11:47: SIX! 42 off 14; incredible hitting by the Englishman. Plunkett, his compatriot, gets the treatment.

11:46: Buttler has brought his A game to the fore here, 36 off 13. RR 45/0 (3).

11:40: Buttler up the order with D'arcy Short, interesting move here; the duo have managed 22 runs in the first two overs.

11:30: Powerplay overs will be four, one bowler can bowl a maximum of three overs.

11:25: Good news! The game is set to begin in five minutes, it will be a 12-over game. The target for RR is 151.

10:59pm: Maxwell falls and the rain comes in for the second time. Hope, it is not a long delay. DD 196/6 in 17.1 overs.

10:45pm: Unadkat gets the two crucial breakthroughs in the form of Iyer (50) and Pant (69). DD 172/4 in 15 overs.

 

 

10:37pm: Pant and Iyer notch up their fifties as DD eyes 180-plus total in the death overs.

10:25pm: Pant and Iyer bring up the fifty-run partnership, with Gowtham conceding 16 in the last over. DD 125/2 in 12 overs.

 

10:02pm: OUT. Prithvi misses out on his half-century as Shreyas Gopal scalps him on 47, caught and bowled. Nonetheless, the youngster has put the platform.

 

9:56pm: End of Powerplay, DD 62/1 in 6 overs. Iyer also starts playing his shots as RR looking desperate to break the stand.

 

9:52pm: Shaw takes charge and decides to cut loose, 15 runs off Unadkat's last over, which included a six and two boundaries. And that will be strategic time-out with DD 48/1 in 5 overs (Shaw 37*, Iyer 11*).

9:35pm: The game is finally underway and the Royals strikes in the very first over. There is some assistance from the pitch after the rain delay and Dhawal Kulkarni makes the most of it. Kulkarni brings the ball into Colin Munro, whose drive takes an edge behind. He is dismissed for 0.

Rain updates:

9:14pm: So the inspection is over and the game has been reduced to 18 overs a side. Play to start at 21:30.

8:43pm: It has stopped raining and the covers are off too. The inspection at 9:10pm.

8:29pm: Good news trickling down from Delhi, the rain has eased. A steady drizzle.

8:16pm: Raining heavily at the moment in Delhi and it looks to be a long wait before the play starts.

TOSS: Rajasthan Royals chooses to bowl.

Shahbaz Nadeem comes in place of Rahul Tripathi for Delhi Daredevils.

Ajinkya Rahane confirms two changes for Rajasthan Royals: D'Arcy Short and Shreyas Gopal come in, Ish Sodhi misses out.

Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult.

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane (c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.

 

Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals possess some match-winners and big hitters. So far in the Indian Premier League campaign, though, it seems the two teams, alongside Mumbai Indians, are in a race to grab the wooden spoon. While Daredevils has stuttered further with Gautam Gambhir's stepping down as captain, Royals hasn't made the most of its expensive buys in Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat.

Both teams, though, still have the chance to turn it around. Every game from now on becomes a virtual knock-out for them. Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the match. Here's our preview for the out-of-form teams at Ferozeshah Kotla.