Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Toss: Rajasthan elect to bowl first
Head-to-Head: With 11 wins and 11 losses in 22 games, both teams stand neck-to-neck. However, Delhi side has won all the previous five encounters.
Pitch: Wankhede wicket has always favoured the batting side. Team that accelerates better in last 5 overs wins the game. Having said that, Royals had the worst economy rate (12.28) and picked up the fewest wickets (17) in the back end (16-20) of an innings last season among all the eight teams.
Par score: 190-210
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Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Riyan Parag, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Morris, Marcus Stoinis, Chetan Sakariya, R Ashwin, Avesh Khan
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (C&WK), David Miller, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (C&WK), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tom Curran, Avesh Khan
Result: Rajasthan Royals win by 3 wickets and 2 balls to spare
Coming off a heart-breaking loss and hit by star all-rounder Ben Stokes' injury-forced ouster, a beleaguered Rajasthan Royals would hope for another inspirational knock from new skipper Sanju Samson when it faces a confident Delhi Capitals in an IPL match in Mumbai today.
While DC made a superb start under new captain Rishabh Pant, clinching a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in their opening contest, RR suffered a four-run defeat against Punjab Kings in a high-scoring match on Monday night.
As if the loss was not enough, RR were dealt a severe blow on Tuesday when Stokes was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a broken finger.
In his absence, the pressure would be on the likes of Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag to deliver the goods and provide ample support to their young skipper, who has been sensational in the first match.
The likes of Manan Vohra (12), Buttler (25) Dube (23), Parag (25) all got starts but failed to lend the much-needed support to Samson.
The major worry for RR team management would be the performance of its bowling unit.
RR bowling unit looked rusty and completely out of sorts in their opener.
Barring young Chetan Sakariya (3/31), who had a fantastic debut, all other RR bowlers went for runs and looked completely clueless against opposition batsmen.
Mustafizur Rahman, Chris Morris, Stokes, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia -- all went for big runs and need to pull up their socks quickly.
Last edition's runner-up side DC, on the other hand, had a perfect start to their campaign as they defeated three-time champions CSK with consummate ease.
Opting to field, DC had allowed CSK to pile up a competitive 188 for 7 but Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw made a short walk of the target with a 138-run opening partnership, that laid the foundation for the win.
Both Dhawan (85 off 54) and Shaw (72 off 38) played their strokes from the word go and looked in complete control during their knocks.
On the bowling front, Chris Woakes (2/18) and Avesh Khan (2/23) had a good outing in the first game and would look to carry on their form but the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Tom Curran, Amit Mishra and Stoinis had a forgettable outing and would be desperate to make amends on Thursday.
The contest will also witness test of wits of two new captains in Pant and Samson.
Sakariya will start for Rajasthan. He's bowling to Shaw. Dhawan at the other end. Slip in place
1.6 - WICKET!
Backward point in action. Change of pace takes out dangerous Shaw out of equation. 112.7 km/h ball at off stump gets a leading edge and Miller takes a straightforward catch.
Prithvi Shaw c Miller b Unadkat 2 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 4
End of Over 3: DC (20-2)
11 runs from the Over
Ajinkya Rahane5 (3) | Shikhar Dhawan 9 (10)
Chetan Sakariya 2-0-13-0 | Jaydev Unadkat 1-0-3-1
Unadkat to bowl fourth over
3.1 - WICKET!
Unadkat on a hat-trick as Samson takes possibly the catch of season so far
Pant is the new man in at No. 4
Shikhar Dhawan c †Samson b Unadkat 9 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81
End of Over 5: DC (31-2)
11 runs from the over despite just one boundary. Good rotation of strike
Unadkat to bowl final over of the powerplay and his third
5.5 - WICKET!
Rahane chips a slower one straight back to bowler, who gets his third wicket
Ajinkya Rahane c & b Unadkat 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
End of Powerplay
DC: 36/3 | Projected Score: 160
Marcus Stoinis 0 (1) Rishabh Pant 15 (11)
Jaydev Unadkat 3-0-12-3 | Chris Morris 1-0-11-0
6.5 - WICKET! Another DC Batsman falls for a slower one
115.1 km/h full length delivery on the off stump and Stoinis chips it to short extra cover
Lalit Yadav is the new man in
Marcus Stoinis c Buttler b Mustafizur Rahman 0 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
End of Over 7: DC (37-4)
Morris to continue with Over No. 8
Lalit Yadav 0 (1) | Rishabh Pant 16 (12)
Mustafizur Rahman 1-0-1-1 | Jaydev Unadkat 3-0-12-3
End of Over 9: DC (54-4)
Unadkat to bowl his final over
Rishabh Pant 23 (18) |Lalit Yadav 9 (7)
Riyan Parag 1-0-8-0 | Chris Morris 2-0-20-0
End of Over 10: DC 57-4
Projected score: 145
Rishabh Pant 25 (20) Lalit Yadav 10 (11)
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-15-3 | Riyan Parag 1-0-8-0
Tewatia to bowl eleventh over
End of Over 11: DC 77/4
Mustafizur to bowl Over No. 12
Just an Over Capitals needed
4,4,4,2,2,4 - 20 from Tewatia over
DC has shifted the gears; Pant brings up his fifty!
Four off the last ball. Parag replaces Tewatia
DC: 85/4 CRR: 7.08
Rishabh Pant 50 (30) | Lalit Yadav12 (13)
Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-9-1 | Rahul Tewatia1-0-20-0
12.4 - RUNOUT!
Parag's direct hit sends Pant packing
Rishabh Pant run out (Parag) 51 (32b 9x4 0x6) SR: 159.37
14.5 - WICKET!
Lalit Yadav taken at mid-on. Tewatia takes a brilliant catch running back
Lalit Yadav c Tewatia b Morris 20 (24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
End of Over 15: DC 102-6
Tewatia will bowl 16th over
Tom Curran 8 (5) | Chris Woakes 0 (0)
Chris Morris 3-0-27-1 | Rahul Tewatia2-0-22-0
17.2 - FOUR!
Woakes gets it past fly slip for four! Woakes and Curran need to stay in the middle if DC want anything around 145
END OF OVER 18: DC 124/6
Mustafizur to bowl penultimate over
Tom Curran 17 (14) Chris Woakes 13 (9)
Chetan Sakariya 3-0-22-0 | Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-17-1
18.2 - WICKET!
Another cutter! Another wicket! Rajasthan are restricting DC much below the average scoreon this wicket. Brilliant bowling and by far the best fielding dispay of this season so far.
Tom Curran b Mustafizur Rahman 21 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 131.25
18.6 - WICKET! Brilliant throw from the boundary and Ashwin is well short of his crease
Ravichandran Ashwin run out (Miller/†Samson) 7 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 175
End of 20 overs: DC 147-8
DC innings highlights
No six in 20 overs
Powerplay: 36 runs, 3 wickets
R Pant: 50 off 30 balls
Jaydev Unadkat: 15/3 in 4 Overs
Start of second innings
Buttler comes out as an opener alongside Manan Vohra. Chris Woakes to bowl first over
2.5 - BIG WICKET! BUTTLER DEPARTS
Inside edge and Pant makes no mistake
Jos Buttler c †Pant b Woakes 2 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57
END OF OVER 4: RR 18/3
5 runs from the over and 1 wicket
Need 130 runs from 96 balls
Shivam Dube 0 (2) David Miller 1 (1)
Kagiso Rabada 1-0-5-1 Chris Woakes 2-0-10-2
END OF OVER 5: RR 21/3
David Miller 3 (5) Shivam Dube1 (4)
Chris Woakes 3-0-13-2 Kagiso Rabada 1-0-5-1
END OF OVER 7: RR 31-3
David Miller 12 (16) | Shivam Dube 2 (5)
Ravichandran Ashwin 1-0-5-0 | Kagiso Rabada 2-0-10-1
END OF OVER 10: RR: 52/5
11 runs and a wicket of Riyan Parag from the Avesh Khan Over
Need 96 runs from 60 balls
David Miller 30 (26) | Rahul Tewatia1 (1)
Avesh Khan3-0-17-2 | Ravichandran Ashwin2-0-10-0
END OF OVER 14: RR 85/5
12 runs from the over
Royals’ run-rate crawls over 6 for first time
Required rate: 10.50 | RR need 63 runs from 36 balls
Rahul Tewatia16 (14) | David Miller47 (37)
Tom Curran2-0-14-0 | Marcus Stoinis1-0-15-0
14.5 - WICKET!
Just when you thought Rajasthan were coming back in the game Rabada has removed Tewatia with a sharp short ball
Rahul Tewatia c Lalit Yadav b Rabada 19 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 111.76
15.5 - WICKET!
How often do you see a wicket after two massive hits
David Miller c Lalit Yadav b Avesh Khan 62 (43b 7x4 2x6) SR: 144.18
End of Over 16: RR 105-7
RR need 43 runs from 24 balls
Chris Morris 2 (3) | Jaydev Unadkat 0 (0)
Avesh Khan4-0-32-3 | Kagiso Rabada 3-0-15-2
RR need 34 runs from 18 balls
Chris Morris 4 (5) | Jaydev Unadkat 7 (4) Avesh Khan4-0-32-3 | Kagiso Rabada 3-0-15-2
END OF OVER 19: RR 136/7
15 runs from it
12 needed from final over
Chris Morris 22 (14) | Jaydev Unadkat 11 (7)
Kagiso Rabada 4-0-30-2 | Tom Curran3-0-21-0
Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21, Jaydev Unadkat 3-15); Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*, Avesh Khan 3-32).
What a finish we've had
Back against the wall, left-handed batsman David Miller produced a 62-run knock and it was followed by Chris Morris' cameo of 36 runs off just 18 balls as Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by three wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday here at the Wankhede Stadium.
Miller played a knock of 62 runs. The left-handed batter came out to bat with the score at 17/3, and he guided Rajasthan's innings. And with 27 needed off the final two overs, Morris stepped up to the occasion to take his side over the line with two balls to spare. With this win, Rajasthan has registered their first victory in this edition of the IPL.