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LIVE IPL! Punjab scrape past Delhi at Kotla, retain top spot

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May 19, 2014


Punjab: 165-6 (19.4 overs)
Delhi: 164-7 (20 overs)

Akshar Patel hits a six off Unadkat to bring the target down to under 20. Imran Tahir strikes in his final over to have Bailey (6) caught by Jadhav at deep midwicket. 

Rishi Dhawan is the new man in. Tahir ends with figures of three for 22. 

Wayne Parnell to bowl the final over. Nine needed. Dhawan seals it with a boundary. 

Punjab win by four wickets, with two balls to spare. 

It's Delhi's second consecutive defeat, and 10th of the season.

Punjab: 139-5 (16 overs)
Delhi: 164-7 (20 overs)

Akshar Patel is the new man in with his side in a spot of bother. A single off his blade, off Unadkat, helps Punjab reach the 100-run mark in the 11th over. 

He and Saha combine well for the fifth wicket. However, when the stand reaches 33, Saha (13) is caught at short cover by Parnell off Shami. 

Captain George Bailey comes out to bat. Patel eases the pressure with three boundaries in a Parnell over. Time out.

Punjab: 94-4 (10 overs)
Delhi: 164-7 (20 overs)

It's twin bowling change for Delhi as JP Duminy replaces Shami (3-0-33-0) in the attack in the eighth over. Sehwag smashes the fourth ball over cover for a huge six.  

However, Sehwag (23) gets carried away and is caught by Manoj Tiwary at sweeper cover. 

David Miller joins Maxwell at the crease. However, the latter is cleaned up by Tahir in the next over. 

Maxwell managed just 14 today. Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman in. 

But Punjab lose another as Duminy cleans up Miller (2).

Punjab: 75-1 (7 overs)
Delhi: 164-7 (20 overs)

Vohra helps himself successive sixes in Shami's second over. The first bowling change happens in the fifth over, Jaidev Unadkat replacing Parnell (2-0-21-0) in the attack. 

He is unlucky first ball as Imran Tahir puts down Sehwag (0n 11) at mid-off. 

Vohra continues his assault on Shami, hitting successive boundaries in the bowler's third over. Timeout is taken soon after. Imran Tahir is introduced soon after resumption and he strikes with his second ball, having Vohra (42) caught by Vijay at long off.

Vohra's 19-ball innings was inclusive of four boundaries and three sixes and he helped Sehwag add 67 runs (38 balls) for the opening wicket.

In comes Glenn Maxwell and he smashes the third ball for a huge six. 

Punjab: 33-0 (3 overs)
Delhi: 164-7 (20 overs)

Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra to open the batting for Punjab and it will be Wayne Parnell who will start the proceedings for Delhi. He gives away just five runs. 

Mohammed Shami to bowl the second over. Sehwag welcomes him with a boundary over cover. Three balls later, Sehwag glides the ball to the third man fence. 

Vohra gets going with a boundary over cover in Parnell's second over. He smashes the next ball for a six over mid-off. 

Delhi: 164-7 (20 overs)

Immediately after resumption Hendricks has Duminy (17) caught by Maxwell at wide long-on, thereby ending a 560-run stand for the third wicket.

Another Maxwell catch helps Sharma get his second wicket, Kedar Jadhav failing to open his account. 

Mayank Agarwal hits a six before Sharma cleans him up in the next ball. Sharma ends with figures of three for 35.

Karthik's innings is cut short when Hendricks has him caught by Dhawan at deep square leg. Karthik's 44-ball 69 was inclusive of seven boundaries and three sixes. 

A spectacular catch by Maxwell gives Hendricks (4-0-36-3) his third wicket, Parnell managing just two.

Delhi: 134-2 (16 overs)

The 15th over, Rishi Dhawan's final over, costs Delhi 17 runs. Karthik helps himself to a couple of boundaries and a six over long-off to complete a well-deserved fifty. 

Dhawan expectedly ends with impressive figures (4-0-42-0). 

Karthik is also severe is Shivam Sharma's (4-0-32-0)  final over, helping himself to a boundary followed by a six over the bowler's head. A single by Duminy helps raise the 50-run partnership for the third wicket even as the second timeout is taken.

Delhi: 103-1 (14 overs)

Pietersen is unlucky to miss what would have been a well-deserved fifty by just a run, a beauty from Akshar Patel gets past his defense and dislodges the stumps. In fact, it's a wicket maiden.

JP Duminy replaces his captain at the crease. 

A single by Karthik off Shivam Sharma helps Delhi get past the 100-run mark in the 14th over.

Delhi: 71-1 (8 overs)

Pietersen turns on the magic, first with a boundary off Sharma followed by another off Hendricks, both past the point fielder. Another boundary, left of thirdman, is followed by a huge six over backward square leg as 18 runs come off the over. 

Dinesh Karthik gets into the act with a huge six over deep square leg, off Sharma.

Rishi Dhawan is handed the ball in the seventh over and Pietersen welcomes him with successive boundaries. Time out.

Delhi: 13-1 (3 overs)

Kevin Pietersen and Murali Vijay to open the batting for Delhi and it will be Sandeep Sharma starting the proceedings for Punjab. 

Six runs come off the over, with Vijay hitting a boundary off the fifth ball. Beuran Hendricks to bowl the second wickets. He gives away five runs first up.

Sharma strikes in his second over, having Vijay (5) caught by Hendricks. 


Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opted to bowl first in their Indian Premier League match at the Ferozshah Kotla on Monday. 

Punjab have made one change, Beuran Hendricks coming in for Mitchell Johnson. 

There are as many as four changes for Delhi. 
19:26  Spinners help Mumbai ease past Rajasthan:   Mumbai win by 25 runs!!!

Rajasthan 153-8 (20 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Rajat Bhatia edges the fourth ball which goes past the keeper for a four but Rajasthan finish on a disappointing 153 for eight in their 20 overs.

Mumbai register a convincing 25-run victory and keep their very slim hopes alive which also depends on how the other results go.

In the end, it turns out to be another easy victory for Mumbai Indians, who have won their last two away matches from home.

Mumbai's victory was set up by the splendid performances from their three spinners -- Harbhajan, Ojha and Gopal, who claimed three wickets apiece.

Mike Hussey, brought back into the team, got Mumbai off to the perfect start after they had elected to bat. The veteran hit 56 from 39 balls as he put on 120 runs for the opening wicket with Simmons, who slammed 62 from 51 balls.
19:21  Mumbai set for easy win after Rajasthan collapse:  Rajasthan 145-8 (19 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Faulkner goes after Santokie as he crashes the first ball over long-on for a six and then drives the next through the covers for a four. Hodge then hammers the fourth ball over long-on for a six but falls off the next delivery as Rohit takes another splendid catch high over his head leaping high at long-on.

Hodge is dismissed after a superb innings of 40 from 30 balls, having hit three sixes.

Rajasthan need 34 from the last over for victory, which means all the six deliveries have to be hit for sixes.
19:12  Rajasthan 127-7 (18 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Santokie comes back with Rajasthan needing 77 runs from four overs for victory at an asking rate of around 19 runs per over.

Faulkner hammers the last ball over long-on for a six to get 14 runs from the 17th over but the required run rate keeps climbing up.

The young Bumrah comes back, to bowl the 18th over. Hodge slaps the first ball ball down the ground where Rohit fumbles at long-off to give away two runs. The veteran lofts the fifth ball over long-on for a six to get 11 runs from the over.

The match is nearly out of Rajasthan's grasp with 52 needed from two overs for victory.
19:06  Rajasthan 102-7 (16 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Brad Hodge brings some cheer back to the Rajasthan camp as he heaves Gopal for a six over midwicket. The young leg-spinner gives away 12 runs in his final over, but still finishes with impressive figures of two for 25 in four overs.

Ojha follows suit as he comes on to bowl his fourth and final over. He concedes six runs to end with good figures of two for 30.

The three spinners did the maximum damage as far as Mumbai are concerned, taking six for 68 in 12 overs.
18:54  Rajasthan 84-7 (14 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

James Faulkner gets a thick outside edge as Gopal gets some turns for a couple to thirdman. Brad Hodge is beaten by a flighted delivery which again spins away from him as Gopal sends down another tidy over, giving away just five.

Harbhajan finishes his spell with another good over to register excellent figures of two for 13 in four overs.
18:50   Rajasthan 75-7 (12 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Binny has struggled to get going and has scored just two runs from nine balls. The right-hander tries to hit his way out of trouble as he gives Gopal the charge but is beaten and is stumped.

Brad Hodge has walked in to bat at No. 8. Can you believe that?

Just a single from Gopal's second over, who has taken two for eight in two overs.

Karun is the lone batsmen to make some contribution with the bat. He sweeps Harbhajan over short fine leg for a four before the bowler extract revenge from the next ball.

Karun, who stroked 48 from 24 balls, offered a simple catch to Santokie at long-off to leave Rajasthan in tatters at 75 for seven after 12 overs.

Mumbai's three spinners -- Ojha, Harbhajan and Gopal -- have picked up two wickets each to run through the Royals top and middle order.
18:40  Rajasthan lose 5th wicket, Mumbai in control:   Rajasthan 69-5 (10 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Debutant leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal comes into the attack. Ankit Sharma pulls the first ball to deep midwicket for two runs followed by a wide. The left-hander then punches the next ball to sweeper cover for two runs before he gets a wicket from the third ball.

Ankit goes for the slog sweep but ends up lobbing a simple catch to Rayudu at deep square to fall for four.

It's all Karnataka out in the middle with Stuart Binny joining Nair in the middle and they are facing their state mate Gopal.

A successful start for Gopal, who gets a wicket in his first over in IPL.

Harbhajan gives just a single in his second over as Rajasthan struggle to 69 for five at the halfway stage. They need another 110 runs from 60 balls for victory.
18:33  Harbhajan strikes as Rajasthan slip further:   Rajasthan 61-4 (8 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack and he immediately starts from round the wicket.

He strikes in his first over with the wicket of Cooper, who is dismissed courtesy of an unbelievable catch from Pollard. The tall West Indian leaped high to catch the ball one-handed before the momentum carried him over the ropes but he showed great presence of mind to flick the ball in as he went over. Finally, he had to dive full length to complete the catch and all this happened in a matter of a few seconds to leave everyone stunned.

Cooper walks back for five as Rajasthan slip to 61 for four after eight overs.
18:27  Rajasthan 58-3 (7 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Nair not holding back despite a few early wickets. Ojha getting some help from the pitch but Nair is brave enough to play the sweep which goes for a flat six over the square leg fence as 11 runs come from the over.

Nair has blasted 43 from just 18 balls, hitting three sixes and as many fours, to take Royals to 58 for three in seven overs.
18:21   Rajasthan 47-3 (6 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer Santokie cripples Rajasthan further with the wicket of Samson, who is caught by Rayudu on the off-side for for two. The right-hander tried to go over the top of the cover region but was foxed by the slower and ended up lobbing a simple catch to Rayudu.

Nair has a close shave. He goes for the big hit down the ground but mistimes it as the fielder at mid-on runs back but is unable to judge it.

Rajasthan in trouble at 47 for three after six overs.
18:14  Watson falls for 5, Rajasthan in trouble:   Rajasthan 41-2 (5 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Kieron Pollard comes into the attack. Shane Watson slashes the third ball through point for a four to get off the mark in some style before Nair comes down the track and lofts the last ball over long-on for a six to take RR to 38 for one in four overs.

Ojha provides Mumbai with another big wicket as Watson miscues the pull shot and is caught at midwicket for five.

Rajasthan in a spot of bother at 41 for two in five overs with Nair doing the damage on 30 from 12 balls.
18:10  Ojha strikes, Rajasthan lose early wicket:   Rajasthan 27-1 (3 ovs) vs Mumbai 178-2 | Scorecard

Jasprit Bumrah to open the bowling for Mumbai and up against him is Rajasthan's new opening combo of Karun Nair and Unmukt Chand.

The young pacer makes a tidy start, giving away just four runs in his first over.

Debutant Krishmar Santokie to bowl the second over. He goes for runs in his first over as Nair smashes the fourth ball over the off-side for a six and then hits a boundary off the last ball to get 13 runs from the over.

Pragyan Ojha strikes in his first over with the wicket of Unmukt Chand, who is caught at deep midwicket in the third over of the innings.

Nair then hits Ojha for back to back boundaries as 10 runs come from that over.
17:40  Hussey, Simmons slam 50s to lift Mumbai to 178:   Mumbai 178-2 (20 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Kulkarni starts the 19th over with two good yorkers as just two runs come from it. He then tries the slower ball but Rohit is waiting for it and pulls it over square leg for a six. Kulkarni then goes back to bowling yorkers on the stumps and gives just four runs from the last three balls. He gives away 12 runs in his final over to finish with 27 runs from four overs.

Faulkner to bowl the final over of the innings. The second ball is full and on the pads and Rohit smashes it over midwicket for a six. The next ball is again full and the Mumbai captain lofts it back over the bowler's head for another maximum.

He then tries the bouncer which Rohit looks to pull but misses. Rohit then crashes the fifth ball straight to the left of the long-on fielder, who can only watch it speed it on the fence.

Rohit can only defend the last ball which is an incoming yorker and attempts a run but is sent back to be run out. The Mumbai captain slammed 40 from 19 balls, hitting three fours and three sixes, to power Mumbai to a huge 178 for three in their 20 overs.

Pollard didn't have much of the strike towards the end and managed just 14 from 12 balls.

Mumbai went on the attack at the end as they smashed 56 runs from the last five overs thanks to Rohit's blazing knock.

Left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma was the best bowler for Rajasthan as he claimed two for 23, but the rest of the bowlers struggled in the middle and the final overs.
17:30  Mumbai set for big score after good start:  Mumbai 149-2 (18 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Cooper gifts Rohit a full toss which the Mumbai captain lofts over the cover region for a six. Despite that, Cooper only gives away seven runs in his third over.

Pollard flicks Faulkner's first ball to midwicket for two runs before he is beaten by the next as it slants across him. Pollard then chips down the track but is beaten by the yorker which hits his shoes for a leg bye. Rohit then makes room but fails to make any connection as it passes close to his leg stump.

Rohit then attempts to heave it on the leg side but gets an outside edge which goes past short thirdman for a boundary but still Mumbai end up getting just eight runs in that over.

17:20  Mumbai 134-2 (16 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Mumbai have their two best batsmen out in the middle in the form of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, who are also capable of hitting the big sixes in the death overs.

Bhatia comes back, to bowl his fourth and final over. Pollard (1) gets a lifeline as he goes for a quick single and struggles to make his crease but wicketkeeper Sanju Samson drops the ball before he breaks the stumps, giving the Mumbai batsman a lifeline.

Pollard then hammers the next ball over long-on for a six before Rohit paddles the last ball fine on the leg side for a four to get 12 runs from the over.
17:14  Ankit's double strike lifts Rajasthan:  Mumbai 122-2 (15 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma makes the breakthrough for Rajasthan with the wicket of Simmons.

The right-hander, who made 62 from 51 balls, went for a big shot down the ground but could not time it well and was caught just inches inside the ropes.

Simmons and Hussey laid the perfect platform for Mumbai as the duo put on 120 runs from 87 balls for the opening wicket.

Three balls later, Hussey is caught at deep midwicket as he attempts the slog sweep after a superb innings of 56 from 39 balls, having hit three fours and two sixes.
17:07  Hussey, Simmons hit 50s to put Mumbai on top:   Mumbai 119-0 (14 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

In the next over, Simmons raises his half-century from 43 balls in some style with a huge over midwicket off Bhatia, who gives away 11 runs in his third over.

Simmons continues the attack on Rajasthan bowlers as he lofts Cooper over long-off for a six. Hussey plays another cracking cover drive but Unmukt Chand does a good job at sweeper cover to keep it down to two.

Mumbai look set for a huge score as they reach 119 for no loss in 14 overs, with Hussey on 54 from 36 balls and Simmons on 62 from 49 balls.
16:57  Hussey slams half-century to put Mumbai on top:   Mumbai 96-0 (12 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Faulker comes back for his second spell. Hussey welcomes him in rude fashion as he pulls the first ball, which is short, over midwicket for the first six of the match.

He slog sweeps Ankit for a six over midwicket in the next over before taking a single to raise his half-century from 32 balls.

Mumbai in control at 96 for no loss in 12 overs with Hussey on 50 from 32 balls, while Simmons has made 43 from 41 balls.
16:48  Openers Simmons, Hussey put Mumbai on top:  Mumbai 76-0 (10 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Kulkarni is back and he continues to mix his pace and keep the two Mumbai openers guessing and gives away just six runs in the ninth over.

Bhatia also concedes six singles in the next over as Mumbai reach 76 for no loss in 10 overs, their best start in IPL 7.

Simmons has continued his good form to score 41 from 37 balls, while Hussey has stroked 33 from 24 balls.
16:42  Simmons, Hussey give Mumbai good start vs RR:  Mumbai 64-0 (8 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Medium pacer Stuart Binny comes into the attack. Simmons continues to find the boundaries as he steers the second ball past short thirdman for his sixth four. Comeback man Hussey is getting better with every passing over as he creams a full delivery through the covers the second four of the over which brings up the 50-run stand between the two openers, the first for Mumbai this season.

Slow medium pacer Rajat Bhatia is called into the attack as Rajasthan shuffle their bowlers around with the hope of making a breakthrough.

Simmons turns the first ball to midwicket for two runs and then drives the next ball wide of long-on for another couple. Hussey then punches the fifth ball past point for his third four to race to 27 from 18 balls and take the score to 64 for no loss in eight overs.
16:30  Simmons, Hussey give Mumbai good start vs RR:  Mumbai 42-0 (6 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

First bowling change of the day as James Faulkner replaces Sharma, who bowled a tidy first spell (2-0-10-0).

Hussey immediately charges his fellow Australian as he gets to the pitch and produces a lovely drive through the covers for a boundary. Thee balls later Simmons hammers a short ball through the off-side for the same result. The right-hander makes room and hits the next ball again through the covers for the third four of the over. Mumbai get 13 runs from the over to reach 34 for no loss in five overs.

Kevon Cooper comes into the attack. Simmons continue his attack as he flays the second delivery in some style through the covers for another delightful four.

Mumbai have made a good start, reaching 42 for no loss in six overs, with Hussey on 15 and Simmons on 25.

Mumbai started off slowly with 21 runs coming from the first four overs but they have lifted the tempo quite well by hitting 21 runs from the next two overs.
16:18  Mumbai off to a steady start against Royals:  Mumbai 21-0 (4 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Hussey trying to disturb Sharma's rhythm as he attempts the reverse sweep but can't find the gap on the off-side. He gets three runs from the next ball as Rajat Bhatia fails to stop the ball cleanly at short fine leg as six runs come from that over.

Simmons breaks the shackles as he smashes a short wide delivery through the point region for a four. Kulkarni gives away seven runs in that over as Mumbai reach 21 for no loss in four overs.
16:11  Mumbai 8-0 (2 ovs) vs Rajasthan:   Mumbai 8-0 (2 ovs) vs Rajasthan | Scorecard

Michael Hussey is back in the team and he will open the innings with Lendl Simmons, while left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma will bowl the first over.

Hussey gets off the mark immediately with a single to midwicket from the first ball. Simmons defends the next three balls before he gets one from the fifth ball and Hussey takes two runs from the last ball.

Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl the second over. Simmons trying his best to go after Kulkarni but he is unable to get timing on it because of the clever change of pace by the bowler. But he pulls the last ball past short fine leg for a boundary as Mumbai reach eight for no loss in two overs.
16:07  Tendulkar vs Dravid in IPL:  The match also brings together two big legends of Indian cricket -- Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

While Dravid has been appointed as the mentor for Rajasthan Royals, his former team mate Tendulkar was named the icons of Mumbai Indians.

The two players were seen having a long chat ahead of the start of the match as their teams practiced on the sidelines at at the Sardar Patel stadium in Motera.
15:56  Rahane out with hamstring niggle:  Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have confirmed that Ajinkya Rahane has missed the match with a minor injury.

"Missing his match due to hamstring niggle, we wish @ajinkyarahane88 'Get Well Soon'. #WeAreTheRoyals #RRvsMI #RR," Rajasthan Royals wrote on Twitter.
15:53  Mumbai Indians elect to bat against Rajasthan:   Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and elected to bat against Rajasthan Royals in the 44th match of the Indian Premier League in Ahmedabad, on Monday.

Mumbai Indians are without their strike bowler Lasith Malinga, who has joined the Sri Lankan team for their tour of England. He is replaced by West Indian Krishmar Santokie.

Young Karnataka leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal makes his IPL debut as he comes in for CM Gautam, while veteran Michael Hussey takes the place of Corey Anderson.

Rajasthan Royals have made four changes to their team with an eye on the future as they give their reserve players a chance ahead of the final week of the tournament.

Shane Watson comes back to lead the team and he comes in for Ben Cutting. Unmukt Chand, Brad Hodge and Ankit Sharma also get a game as they replace Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Pravin Tambe respectively.