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LIVE IPL! Punjab thrash Rajasthan to finish top of the table

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May 23, 2014


Rajasthan: 163-8 (20 overs)
Punjab: 179-4 (20 overs)

Faulkner takes Balaji to the cleaners, hitting a boundary and two sixes as 18 runs come off the penultimate over. 

Rajasthan need 31 runs to win from the final over. Faulkner (35 not out) hits a couple of sixes but it is too little too late.

Punjab win by 16 runs, meaning they finish top of the table.

Rajasthan have made things difficult for themselves and now need to beat Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede on Sunday.

Rajasthan: 131-5 (18 overs)
Punjab: 179-4 (20 overs)

Tewatia (16) smashes Akshar Patel for a six over deep midwicket. However, the bowler strikes in the very next ball, having the batsman caught by Karanveer Singh at deep square leg. 

James Faulkner is the new batsman. Hodge gets on the offensive with a six over deep square followed by a boundary wide of cover off Hendricks. 

Another boundary and six means 22 runs come off that Hendricks over, all scored by Hodge. 

However, Patel has Hodge (31) stumped to all but end Rajasthan's hopes. A spectacular catch by Marsh cuts short Kevon Cooper's (2) stay, giving Patel his third wicket. 


Rajasthan: 84-5 (14 overs)
Punjab: 179-4 (20 overs)

Binny (7) doesn't survive for long, Karanveer Singh having him caught by Marsh at long-off.

The leg-spinner strikes again an over later, having Samson (30) stumped. The second time out is taken with Rajasthan tottering at 83 for five after 13.1 overs. 

Brad Hodge comes out to bat. 

Rajasthan: 58-3 (9 overs)
Punjab: 179-4 (20 overs)

Rishi Dhawan strikes twice in the second over after the time out. He first gets past the defense of Rahane (23) and then cleans up Rajasthan captain Shane Watson for a first ball duck. 

Stuart Binny survives the hat-trick ball. 

Rajasthan: 54-1 (7 overs)
Punjab: 179-4 (20 overs)

Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair open the batting for Rajasthan and it will be Lakshmipathy Balaji first up for Punjab. Rahane drags the fourth ball over mid-on for a boundary as five runs come from that over. 

However, Balaji strikes in his third over, having Nair (11) caught by Bailey.

Sanju Samson is the new batsman. He begins with a couple of boundaries off Rishi Dhawan as Rajasthan manage 44 for one in the powerplay period.

A six by Samson off Hendricks helps Rajasthan get past the 50-run mark.

Punjab: 179-4 (20 overs)

Tambe's ordeal is over in his final of the day, even as Miller hoists him for a straight six. It's clearly been an off day for the bowler (4-0-36-0). Tewatia did better (4-0-24-1). 

Faulkner to bowl the penultimate over. Bailey smashes the first ball over cover for a boundary. The second ball is hit over wide long-on for a six. 

Another six by Miller, followed by a single, helps raise the 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Miller (29) and Bailey (26) add 59 runs in an unbeaten fifth wicket stand to take Punjab to 179-4.

Punjab: 126-4 (16 overs)

The covers have come off. David Miller is the new man in. 

Tewatia provides Rajasthan another breakthrough in the second over after resumption, having Saha (27) caught by Rahane at long-on.

Captain George Bailey joins Miller at the crease with their team needing a fillip.  Time out time.

Punjab: 113-3 (13.1 overs)

Marsh has cut loose, first with a boundary off Tambe and then with a six over midwicket off Tewatia. 

Kevon Cooper replaces an expensive Tamble (2-0-17-0) in the attack in the 12th over. Marsh welcomes him with a boundary past sweeper cover. 

Faulkner replaces Tewatia (3-0-22-0) at the other end. A single by Saha, off the first ball, helps raise the 50-run partnership for the third wicket. 

Saha hits successive boundaries as 10 runs come of that Faulkner over. 

However, VS Malik strikes in the first ball of his next over, having Marsh (40) caught by Rahane at long-off.

Marsh's 35-ball innings was inclusive of five boundaries and a six and he helped Saha add 59 runs for the third wicket. 

His departure is followed by a passing shower. Play has stopped.

Punjab: 113-3 (13.1 overs)

Apologies, the timeout had been taken earlier. Marsh has cut loose, first with a boundary off Tambe and then with a six over midwicket off Tewatia. 

Kevon Cooper replaces an expensive Tamble (2-0-17-0) in the attack in the 12th over. Marsh welcomes him with a boundary past sweeper cover. 

Faulkner replaces Tewatia (3-0-22-0) at the other end. A single by Saha, off the first ball, helps raise the 50-run partnership for the third wicket. 

Saha hits successive boundaries as 10 runs come of that Faulkner over. 

However, VS Malik strikes in the first ball of his next over, having Marsh (40) caught by Rahane at long-off.

Marsh's 35-ball innings was inclusive of five boundaries and a six and he helped Saha add 59 runs for the third wicket. 

His departure is followed by a passing shower.

Punjab: 75-2 (9 overs)

Marsh and Vohra add 30 runs for the second wicket before the latter is run out. 

Wridhimann Saha is the new man in. And Pravin Tambe is handed the ball in the eighth over. Saha welcomes the spinner with successive boundaries. 

A boundary off Rahul Tewatia brings up 4,000 T20 runs for Marsh. Time out.

Punjab: 26-1 (3 overs)

James Faulkner replaces Malik in the third over and strikes with his second ball, having Sehwag (18) caught by Malik at mid-on. 

Shaun Marsh is the new man in. 

Punjab: 20-0 (2 overs)

Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra have ensured Punjab a steady start. 

In fact Sehwag went full throttle in the opening over by VS Malik, hitting successive boundaries followed by a last ball six over backward point.

Vohra has started with a boundary off Watson.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and invited Kings XI Punjab to bat first in their Indian Premier League match in Mohali.

"There's a bit of grass on the wicket," reasoned captain Shane Watson, adding there were as many as four changes in his team. His opposite number agreed with the decision.

"Everybody wants to chase here. It's a beautiful ground for chasing," said George Bailey.
19:25  Mumbai win by 15 runs!!!

Delhi 158-4 (20 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Mumbai register their sixth victory to jump to fifth in the standings with 12 points. They would be keenly following the next match to be played Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. If Rajasthan win that match, then they will progress to the play-offs, but if they lose then Mumbai would still have a chance of going through.

Meanwhile, Delhi's miserable showing continued as their suffered their 11th defeat in 13 matches in the tournament.
19:23  Mumbai Indians down Delhi to stay afloat:   Mumbai win by 15 runs!!!

Delhi 158-4 (20 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Bumrah to bowl the final over with Delhi needing 25 runs from six balls for victory. He starts with a good ball as Duminy can only get a single on the off-side and Jadhav also gets one from the next ball.

Bumrah dealing in only yorkers as Duminy digs it out for one before Jadhav edges a full delivery over the thirdman fielder for a four.

Jadhav survives a big shout for LBW as he is beaten off a yorker and Duminy takes one from the last ball as Delhi suffer another defeat.

Delhi finish on 158 for four to lose by 15 runs with Duminy unbeaten on 45 from 29 balls and Jadhav on seven.

19:17  Delhi need 25 runs from last over for victory:  Delhi 149-4 (19 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

De Lange starts the 19th over with a high full toss which is ruled a no-ball as Duminy is caught at deep midwicket but Delhi get two runs in the process.

But Tiwary falls a few balls later as he looks to hit it down the ground but holes out a high catch on the off-side to fall for 41 from 31 balls.

Kedar Jadhav gets two runs from the last ball as Delhi require 25 runs from the last over for victory.
19:09  Delhi 142-3 (18 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Tiwary slogs a full toss from Harbhajan through midwicket where Rayudu makes a valiant effort diving full length to his right but is unable to prevent the boundary. Duminy then smashes a full toss over midwicket to end the over with a six as 14 runs come from it.

Duminy has changed gears and is getting sixes at will. He heaves Bumrah over midwicket for another huge six to take his score to 44 from 23 balls.

Tiwary lofts the last ball over mid-off for a four as Delhi reach 142 for three in 18 overs, needing 32 from two overs for victory.
19:01  Delhi need 58 runs from 4 overs for victory:  Delhi 116-3 (16 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Medium pacer Kieron Pollard comes into the attack and he does a good job in his first over, giving away just four singles.

Duminy slog sweeps Ojha for a huge six over midwicket as the left-arm spinner continues to go for runs.

Delhi are 116 for three in 16 overs with 58 runs needed from four overs for victory.
18:51  Delhi 101-3 (14 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

De Lange comes back as Tiwary flicks the third ball, a low full toss, through square leg for a four.

In the next over, Tiwary comes down the track to Ojha and slams him over midwicket for a six as Delhi try to inch their way back into the contest.

Delhi are 101 for three in 14 overs, with 73 needed from six overs for victory at an asking rate of just over 12 runs per over.
18:43  Delhi 82-3 (12 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Manoj Tiwary is struggling to get going as he plays three dot balls in a row before he paddles it fine for a couple. However, he executes it perfectly off the last ball through the same region for a four.

Tiwary looking to break the shackles as he gives Gopal the charge and lofts him back over the bowler's head for a four. In the same over, Duminy pulls a short ball over midwicket for a six to get 13 runs from the over.

Delhi are 82 for three in 12 overs, with 92 runs needed from eight overs for victory.
18:38  Pietersen and Karthik dismissed, Delhi in trouble:   Delhi 62-3 (10 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

The experienced Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack. Pietersen hammers the fourth ball over the covers for a boundary to take his score to 40 from 24 balls as Delhi reach 54 for one in seven overs.

Gopal comes up with another tidy over, giving away just three singles in his second over to build up the pressure on Delhi.

Harbhajan lifts Mumbai with the big wicket of Pietersen, who attempts the reverse switch but misses and is bowled after a good innings of 44 from 31 balls.

Delhi slip further as Karthik is dismissed in the next over by de Lange, who shuffles across his stumps but misses and is bowled for seven.

At the halfway stage, Delhi are 62 for three, with 120 needed from 10 overs for victory.
18:18  Vijay out for 8, Delhi lose first wicket:   Delhi 47-1 (6 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Vijay, who is stumped for eight after being beaten by a flighted delivery that turned as he attempted a big hit.

Dinesh Karthik gets off the mark with a boundary, pulling a short ball over mid-on as Delhi reach 47 for one in six overs.
18:12  Pietersen, Vijay give Delhi a good start:   Delhi 24-0 (3 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Kevin Pietersen hits the fourth ball of the first over bowled by Bumrah through the off-side for a four as eight runs come from the first over.

Marchant de Lange to bowl the second over. He starts with one down the leg side which KP flicks fine for a four. The last two balls are also despatched for boundaries as the Delhi captain takes full toll of short balls and pulls them on the leg side.

With KP out in the middle, it is not surprising that left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha comes into the attack as early as the third over. He makes a good start giving away just two runs and nearly had KP's scalp with one that turned away.

Delhi reach 24 for no loss in three overs.
17:42  Mumbai stumble after good start to post 173:   Mumbai 173 all out (19.3 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

Marchant de Lange tries to reverse sweep Tahir but is beaten and is given caught behind for one.

Ojha is run out off the final delivery of the over in which Tahir gives away just three runs to finish with three for 37.

Parnell to bowl the final over. Gopal takes a run from the first ball before Jasprit Bumrah is beaten off the next two deliveries. He misses a high bouncer as Gopal calls him for a bye but is run out after Karthik gets a direct hit on the stumps.

They looked in complete at 136 for two in 14 overs, before losing their last eight wickets for 37 runs in the space of 33 deliveries.
17:33  Mumbai 167-6 (18 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

Mumbai have decided to continue hitting out despite the fall of wickets. Harbhajan Singh also perishes in his bid to clear the straight boundary off Parnell and is caught at long-off for two.

Shreyas Gopal cuts a short ball from Parnell past point for a boundary to give Mumbai fans something to cheer for after a few quick wickets in recent overs.

17:26  Mumbai lose quick wickets as Delhi fight back:  Mumbai 160-6 (17 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

The wickets continue to tumble for Mumbai. This time Rayudu attempts a big shot down the ground but is caught at long-off after scoring two.

In the next over, Tare holes out to deep midwicket to be dismissed for 14 as Mumbai slip to 157 for six, having lost four wickets for 17 runs in the space of 13 balls.

17:20  Unadkat's double strike lifts Delhi Daredevils:   Mumbai 149-4 (15 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

Kieron Pollard walks in to bat at No. 4 and he shows his intent right away. The tall West Indian lofts the first ball straight down the ground for a huge six over the sightscreen.

Unadkat makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Rohit, who makes room but is beaten and is bowled for 30 from 20 balls.

Two balls later, Unadkat lifts Mumbai with the big wicket of Pollard, who is caught behind for 11.

Despite the double blow, there is no stopping Mumbai's charge. New batsman Aditya Tare starts off with back to back fours off Unadkat through the off-side.
17:01  Hussey run out for 56, Mumbai lose 2nd wicket:  Mumbai 120-2 (12 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

The boundaries continue to flow. Rohit Sharma steers a wide delivery past short thirdman for a four and then cuts the next ball past point for another boundary as Duminy concedes 12 runs in that over.

Rohit keen to get after the spinners as he comes down the track and drives Nadeem through the covers for a boundary.

Against the run of play, Delhi strike with the wicket of Hussey, who is run out after a superb innings of 56 from 33 balls.
16:52  Hussey blasts quickfire fifty to put Mumbai on top:  Mumbai 100-1 (10 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

Duminy continues to bowl as he concedes just three runs from his second over for a total of nine runs from two overs.

Hussey brings up his fifty in grand style, from 28 balls as he lofts a full delivery from Tahir over the cover region for a six.

At the halfway stage, Mumbai are looking set for a huge score as they reach 100 for one in 10 overs.
16:49  Simmons out for 35, Mumbai lose first wicket:   Mumbai 87-1 (8 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

Part-timer JP Duminy gets the ball. He restores some sanity to the proceedings, giving away just six runs in his first over.

With the spinners able to exert some control, Delhi introduce leg-spinner Imran Tahir into the attack.

He drops short as Simmons rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary and repeats the shot following a wide for the same result.

Tahir continues to pitch short as Simmons helps himself to another cut shot but this time Parnell stops it inside the ropes to keep it down to two.

Simmons then hammers a full delivery down the ground for a four but the bowler gets revenge from the next ball.

Simmons tries to loft it over the cover region but is unable to make proper connection and is caught at sweeper cover after scoring 35 from 25 balls.

He has provided Mumbai with a solid platform, putting on 87 runs from 48 balls for the opening wicket with Hussey.
16:34  Mumbai 65-0 (6 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

With the pacers going for plenty of runs, Delhi introduce spin early in the form of left-armer Shahbaz Nadeem.

Hussey skips down the track and lofts the second ball straight into the sightscreen fora  huge six.

11 runs from the over as Mumbai race to 65 for no loss after the first six overs of Powerplay.

Hussey has been on fire, slamming 41 from 20 balls, while Simmons has preferred to take it easy to score 17 from 16 balls.
16:29  Mumbai 54-0 (5 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

Kaul comes back and starts with a leg side wide as he bowls a high bouncer to Simmons, who plays and misses. He then attempts to turn the next ball on the leg side but is struck on the pads and the ball goes fine on the off-side for four byes.

Simmons then steers a good length delivery between point and short thirdman region for a delightful boundary.

Hussey comes down the track to the last ball and flays it through the covers for a four to take Mumbai past the 50-run mark.

He pulls the last ball past short fine leg for another four as 18 runs come from the over.
16:25  Hussey, Simmons give Mumbai good start:  Mumbai 36-0 (4 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

Hussey gives Parnell the charge and lofts him back over his head for a four before Simmons makes room and heave a short ball over midwicket for the same result. He tries the same off the last ball but fails to time it that well for two runs in the deep.

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat comes into the attack. Hussey welcomes him in rather rude fashion by pulling the first ball over square leg for a four. He repeats the shot after three balls for another boundary to get 12 runs from the over.

Mumbai off to a good start as they reach 36 for no loss in four overs. Hussey has gone on the attack right from the start to hit 25 from 15 balls, while Simmons has made 10 from nine balls.
16:15  Delhi elect to bowl vs Mumbai, Shami dropped:  Mumbai 13-0 (2 ovs) vs Delhi | Scorecard

The in-form Lendl Simmons, who hit a century in the previous match, walks out to open the innings for Mumbai along with veteran Mike Hussey.

Left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell opens the bowling for Delhi. Simmons flicks the third ball to fine leg for a single before Hussey drives the next ball through the covers for a four as six runs come from the first over.

Siddharth Kaul to bowl the second over. Hussey flicks the third ball fine on the leg side beating the fielder inside the circle for a four to get seven runs from the over.
16:08  Praveen Kumar got injured during the warm-up sessions after the toss took place and he was carried into the dressing room by a couple of the support staff members.

Kumar, who was named in the playing eleven, has been ruled out of the match with injury.

A good gesture by Delhi as they allow Mumbai to replace the injured Praveen with Pragyan Ojha despite the injury taking place after the toss.
15:46  Delhi elect to bowl vs Mumbai, Harbhajan replaces Ojha:   Delhi Daredevils captain Kevin Pietersen has won the toss and elected to bowl against Mumbai Indians in the 51st match of the IPL.

The hosts have made two changes to their team with Harbhajan Singh coming in for Pragyan Ojha and South African fast bowler Marchant de Lange replacing Krishmar Santokie.

Delhi have also made a couple of changes with left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and pacer Siddarth Kaul taking the place of Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Shami respectively.

15:20  Do-or-die for Mumbai Indians against Delhi:  It's a do-or-die match for Mumbai Indians, who take on struggling Delhi Daredevils in a must-win Indian Premier League clash, at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Friday.

The return to their fortress, Wankhede stadium, where they have suffered just one defeat in the last 11 games, spreading over to last season, will be a comforting factor for skipper Rohit Sharma.

Sharma himself exuded the belief that his side can still make the play-offs after lifting themselves to fifth on the eight-team league table.

The defending champions have to win their game against the Daredevils as well as the next one on Sunday against Rajasthan Royals to take their points tally to 14. But they could still lose out if other results don't go in their favour.

Delhi, on the other hand, have been pathetic this season. Their batting, that includes captain Kevin Pietersen, failed to click in unison and the bowling is far from impressive.

Daredevils batting is too dependent on him, South African J P Duminy and Dinesh Karthik, as the likes of Murali Vijay, after a decent beginning, Manoj Tiwary, Ross Taylor and Quenton de Kock have really not done what was expected of them.

Mohammed Shami too has been disappointing with the ball and the leading wicket-taker is left-arm slow Shahbaz Nadeem (7 wickets from 9 games), who should relish the extra bounce of the Wankhede track.