Sun, 03 May 2015
IPL Live! Rahane, Nair guide Rajasthan to the top table

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Following brilliant half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair, Rajasthan Royals bowlers  delivered the goods to give the hosts a convincing 14 runs win over Delhi Daredevils. 

Delhi were guilty of being sloppy in the field, and it translated into their batting as well. 

Barring JP Duminy, none of the Delhi players stood up in the chase. Yuvraj Singh did provide a glimmer, but perished under  the scoreboard pressure. 

In the end Delhi could only manage 175-7.  

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JP Duminy is leading the game for Delhi Daredevils with a fighting half-century. 

Though improbable, but the game is still on as far as Delhi is concerned. The South African reached the landmark inn 35 balls with  three runs off Rajat Bhatia. 

He was finally dismissed by James Faulkner for 56. Duminy who tried to hit a cheeky boundary towards fine leg was caught by Kulkarni.

Delhi were 145-6 after 18 overs
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Dhawal Kulkarni dented Delhi further as he had Kedar Jhadav walking back for 11. 

Jhadav got a thickish outside edge and was caught by Shane Watson, who was placed in covers. 

Delhi were 124-5 after 15.3 overs
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Stuart Binny brought back into the attack provides the breakthrough as he had Angelo Mathews walking back for 16. 

Mathews looking to be aggressive against the medium pacer edged it to Sanju Samson, who dived forward to take the catch. 

After 14 overs, Delhi were 111-4. 
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Rajat Bhatia now introduced into the attack as he starts off with a dot delivery. 

Duminy clips one off his pads for a couple. The Delhi skipper collects a single with a dab towards long on. 

Angelo Mathews hits one hard in to the ground for a single. 

Duminy hits one over the bowler's head for a maximum. He follows it with a boundary towards midwicket. 

Delhi were 101-3 after 13 overs. Duminy is on 40, while Mathews is on 12.
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Just when JP Duminy and Yuvraj Singh were stitching up a partnership, James Faulkner struck for Rajasthan Royals as he had Yuvi walking back for 22. 

Yuvraj went for a pull and seemed to have timed it as well, but Stuart Binny timed his jump perfectly to hold on to a stunner. 

Delhi were 66-3 after 9 overs.  
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Shane Watson to continue after the break. First up is a straight delivery from Watson, Yuvraj plays it defensively. 

Yuvi tries to guide one but fails to clear point -- no run. 

Yuvraj flashes, gets an outside edge towards third man for a single. 

JP Duminy lets on go as Delhi were 59-2 after 8 overs. 
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Shane Watson now brings himself on from the Pavilion end and strikes off the first ball!!!

Watto removes Shreyas Iyer -- another chopped one back on to stumps. 

Yuvraj Singh gets off the mark with a single down the leg side. 

Duminy then hits one crisply for a single through covers. 

Yuvraj times one down the ground for a boundary. After 5 overs Delhi were 41-2.
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Stuart Binny replaces Tim Southee for the third over. 

Mayank Agarwal gives himself a bit of room and smashes it over the bowlers head for a maximum. 

Binny strikes back as he castles Agarwal for 11. Agarwal looking to play one fine chopped it back on to the stumps. 

JP Duminy get off the mark with a straight boundary. Duminy then pull one into the crowd to make it a big over. 

Delhi were 31-1 after 3 overs. Duminy is on 10, while Iyer is on 9.


Riding high on a brilliant 91 not out from Ajinkya Rahane and a 61 from Karun Nair, Rajasthan Royals have posted a competitive 189-2.

Delhi were guilty of being sloppy in the field and let some easy chances go through. 

Earlier, Shane Watson gave them a good start with a 24-ball 21, before he was snapped by Angelo Mathews. 
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Delhi have finally managed to hold on to their catch as Amit Mishra manages to hold on to an ariel shot from Karun Nair. 

Nathan Coulter-Nile the beneficiary as he induced a false shot from Nair. 

Ajinkya Rahane has been a phenomenal form in this IPL -- scoring his 5th IPL half-century this season. 

James Faulkner is welcomed to the crease by a bouncer -- steals a bye. 

Rahane meanwhile helps a leg side delivery on the way to another six. 

A single to end the over as Royals were 174-2. Rahane is on 84, while Faulkner is yet to open his account. 
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Amit Mishra starts off with a full toss as Karun Nair takes a single. 

Ajinkya Rahane too takes a single to give the strike back to Nair. 

Nair hits one over Mishra's head for a boundary. The duo have put on 50 runs stand for the second wicket.

Meanwhile, Rahane completes another half-century off in the IPL with a six off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the next over. 

Rajasthan were 114-1 after 15 overs. Rahane is on 51, while Nair is on 36.   
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Angelo Mathews probing spell continues as Karun Nair gets a thickish outside edge for a single. 

Mathews is on the money to Ajinkya Rahane. 

Rahane clips one off his pads for a couple. 

Rahane goes ariel only for Gurinder Sandhu to drop it at deep cover. 

At the end of 11 overs, Rajasthan were 80-1. Rahane is on 37, while Nair is on 16. 
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Angelo Mathews introduced now, but Rahane late cuts hims for a boundary towards third man. 

Singles are far too easy for Rajasthan. Mathews tries to test Watson with a short one, but the Royals skipper is equal to the task and dispatches it to the boundary. 

Mathews comesback strongly as he had Watto walking back after he edged one to Kedar Jhadav behind the stumps. 

Rajasthan were 53-1 after 7 overs.  
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Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane have given Rajasthan Royals another solid start after they were asked to bat. 

Zaheer Khan unlike his last game has been off colour and has leaked runs. 

Nathan Coulter-Nile extracted good bounce but it also helped batsmen to clear the in field. 

At the end of 6 overs, Rajasthan were 42-0.Watson is on 17, while Rahane is on 21.
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Nathan Coulter-Nile now introduced into the attack now as Ajinkya Rahae dabs one for a single towards third man. 

Shane Watson keeps the strike rotating with another single . 

Coulter-Nile bowls one on length but Watson is beaten by bounce. 

Watson flicks one towards the boundary on the leg side as Rajasthan were 23-0.
Gurinder Sandhu to share the new ball with Zaheer Khan. 

First up Shane Watson picks up a quick single through the off side. 

Ajinkya Rahane has a wild swing at a widish delivery. 

Rahane then slaps one past point for a couple. Rahane then hits one over the in field for a boundary towards point. 

Extra bounce surprises Rahane as Sandhu ends the over with a dot. 

Rajasthan at the end of two overs were 12-0.
Welcome to the live update of the second game of the day between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. 

The news from the middle is that Delhi have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.

Both team have made couple of changes to their side considering a fresh Brabourne ground.

Gurinder Sandhu debuts for Delhi in place of Imran Tahir, while Rajasthan have brought in Rajat Bhatia and James Faulkner in place of Ankit Sharma and Rusty Theron 

In the earlier game, Mumbai Indians thrash Kings XI Punjab by 23 runs.

Punjab: 149-7 (20 overs)
Mumbai: 172-3 (20 overs)

McClenaghan ends an impressive spell (4-0-25-0). 

Punjab need 44 off the final two overs. Malinga (4-0-31-2) to bowl the penultimate over. Both the batsmen hit a boundary apiece but Bailey (21) is run out in the fifth ball and Axar Patel in the sixth.

Vinay Kumar to bowl the final over. Punjab need 33. They get nine. 

Mumbai win by 23 runs. 

Punjab: 124-4 (17 overs)
Mumbai: 172-3 (20 overs)

Punjab need 55 runs off the last four overs. Malinga to bowl the 17th over. He strikes with his second ball, having Miller (43) caught by Miller at cover. 

Wridhimaan Saha is the new man in. 

Punjab: 118-3 (16 overs)
Mumbai: 172-3 (20 overs)

Captain George Bailey has replaced Vijay. Harbhajan was also unlucky in his third wicket as Simmons put down Miller (on 24). Moreover, he also conceded a boundary. 

Kieron Pollard replaces Suchith (4-0-33-1) in the attack in the 13th over. He gives away six runs first up.

A boundary by Miller, off Harbhajan (4-0-27-1), helps Punjab get past the 100-run mark, in the 14th over. 

Punjab: 90-3 (12 overs)
Mumbai: 172-3 (20 overs)

A single by Miller, off Suchith, helps Punjab get to the 50-run mark, in the seventh over. 

Harbhajan Singh is introduced into the attack in the eight over, replacing Vinay Kumar (2-0-8-0). He gives away eight runs first up, with Miller finding the fence off the last ball.

Miller continues his aggressive ways with a huge six over midwicket, in Suchith's third over. In the same's bowler's final over, Vijay hits a massive six over long-on. 

However, his aggression costs him his wicket, Harbhajan having him caught by Unmukt Chand at long-off. He has frittered away a good astart here.

Vijay's 33-ball 39 was inclusive of three hits to the fence and one over it, and he helped Miller add 48 runs for the third wicket. 

Punjab: 42-2 (5 overs)
Mumbai: 172-3 (20 overs)

Vijay eases the pressure with successive boundaries of McClenanghan. 

Suchith replaces McClenaghan (2-0-16-0) in the fifth over. He strikes with third ball, having Maxweel (12) caught by Vinay Kumar at short third man. 

David Miller is the new man in, coming ahead of captain George Bailey. 

Punjab: 16-1 (2 overs)
Mumbai: 172-3 (20 overs)

Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag to open the batting for Punjab and it is Mitchell McClenaghan first up for Mumbai. He gives away four runs first up. 

Lasith Malinga to bowl the second over. He strikes with his first ball, having Sehwag (2) caught by Pollard at point.

Glenn Maxwell is the new man in. 

Mumbai: 172-3 (20 overs)

Johnson is unlucky as Shwag puts down Rohit (on 22) at long leg. 

However, the miss doesn't prove costly as Johnson (4-0-41-1) has Rohit (26) caught by Anureet at deep midwicket two balls later. 

Rohit's 20-ball knock included two boundaries and he helped Simmons add 43 for the second wicket. Kieron Pollard replaces his captain at the crease. 

Anureet to bowl the final over. He strikes with his third ball, having Simmons (71) caught by Axar at deep square leg. 

Punjab come back well to restrict Mumbai to 172 for three.

Mumbai: 136-1 (16 overs)

Captain Rohit Sharma has come in at the fall of Parthiv's wicket. And so is Johnson, replacing Maxwell (1-0-8-0) in the 14th over. He gives away only three runs. 

Karanveer Singh ends a decent spell (4-0-29-1). 

Simmons hits a straight six off Axar to ease the pressure. 

Mumbai reach 136 for one after 16 overs. Time for the second strategic timeout.

Mumbai: 115-1 (13 overs)

A couple off Axar Patel helps Parthiv complete his sixth IPL fifty. A well-deserved one this. The runs also help Mumbai get past the 100-run mark, in the 11th over. 

However, he gets carried away and hits a Karanveer delivery straight to Vijay. 

Parthiv's 36-ball 59 was inclusive of five boundaries and three sixes and he helped Simmons add 111 runs for the opening wicket. 

Simmons, meanwhile, has reached his fifty as well, with a single of Karanveer

Mumbai: 72-0 (8 overs)

Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel to open the batting for Mumbai and it will be Sandeep Sharma first up for Punjab. 

The Mumbai openers make a good start. 

At the first strategic time out, taken after the eighth over, the visitors have reached 72 without loss.

Mitchell Johnson has gone for 30 in his two overs.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live coverage of the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in Mohali. 

The news is that Mumbai has won the toss and decided to have a bat first.

"The wicket looks a little bit dry and we will try to post a good total, which is our strength" says captain Rohit Sharma. His opposite number, George Bailey, isn't too perturbed with the toss loss. He knows exactly what his team needs to do though.

"We need to win," he says, adding, "We just need to get back to playing good cricket."

Mumbai is fielding an unchanged side while there are quite a few changes for Punjab.