|Glenn Maxwell||not out||6||6||1||0|
|Deepak Hooda||not out||1||1||0||0|
Right then, three teams are now locked on 12 points with a solitary game left for them. Hyderabad can also join them if they win their match against Bangalore on Saturday. It is getting chaotic in the points table at the moment. On the 31st of October, we have a couple of games lined up. First up, Delhi will be facing Mumbai in Dubai at 1400 local (1000 GMT) and it will be followed by the crunch game between Bangalore and Hyderabad in Sharjah at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
Man of the Match, Ben Stokes says that when you are in a position where you have nothing to lose, you go out there and give your best. States they are still in the reckoning and he is happy about that. Mentions he went in with the same mentality like he did against Mumbai. Shares that he enjoyed the few days off, had a good couple of days of training and hence, he could bowl his 4 overs.
Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith starts by saying that the season has ebbed and flowed and they would have loved to have a couple of wins in the middle. Feels they are peaking at the right time and they still need to win their final match and things to go their way. Adds that they have different plans for different situations and it worked well tonight. States that it's nice to get over the line nice and early and it would have helped their net run rate as well. On Ben Stokes, Smith replies that the last two games have been exceptional, he has come out with intent and he is a class player. Also praises Stokes' effort with the ball and calls him a valuable player to have. On Samson, Smith replies that you always talk to players and get the best out of them. Adds that during their low phase, you have to keep trusting the process and they knew if he spends time in the middle, he will come good. On the next game, Smith says he will be watching the two games tomorrow closely to know what's expected from them in their final game.
Robin Uthappa comes forward for an interview! Says that it was a much-needed win and they are picking up the momentum at the right time. Feels they have got the combination right and now trusting their skills. Adds that it was gripping a bit when they were batting in the Powerplay and repeats Rahul's words that dew has been inconsistent and you cannot consider it. States that their team's motto is that they can win from any situation and they back themselves. Wants to take one game at a time and not look too far ahead. Adds that they will go back, sleep and there is not much time to think about the next game which is good in a way.
Punjab skipper, KL Rahul says that it was a horrible toss to lose with the amount of dew that came on later. Mentions that it was difficult to grip the ball. Adds that on a sticky wicket like this, to get to 185 was a good effort and praises Gayle's batting. Feels they didn't play badly and need to learn how to bowl with a wet ball. States that dew has been inconsistent so far and this is something they cannot prepare for. Further says that they have some international bowlers and they know how to adapt to the situation. Wants to stay positive and hopes to put up a brilliant performance in the next game and try to squeeze in the top four.
Punjab were dismal with the ball and with the dew set in, it became even tougher for them to grip the ball. Ravi Bishnoi still managed to impress but the rest struggled and it was a meek surrender in the end.
It was a chase nicely set up by Ben Stokes' blitz with the bat. The Englishman came out with positive intent and went berserk from the word go. He fired Rajasthan to an excellent start and despite getting out, the start that he provided always kept Rajasthan afloat. Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson never let the chips down, then Steven Smith took it forward and towards the end, Jos Buttler finished things quite easily.
A commanding win for Rajasthan! They have overhauled a tricky-looking target quite easily in the end. There was never a moment in the chase, to be honest when Rajasthan looked like losing control over this match. Overall, a win registered with plenty of balls to spare and that has also halted Punjab's amazing winning streak.
WIDE! That is the end of the game! RAJASTHAN WIN BY 7 WICKETS! It is a very wide delivery outside off. Left alone.
SCORES LEVEL! A yorker outside off, this is jammed out through point for a couple.
SIX! Dispatched! That is right in the zone for Buttler. Full and on middle. Buttler smashes it over the bowler's head for a biggie.
Full and on middle, it is worked towards deep mid-wicket for one.
WIDE! Just the 10 needed! It is well wide outside off. Left alone.
FOUR! This over is probably the one which seals the deal for Rajasthan. 19 from it and only 11 more needed. A slower one on middle. Buttler heaves it over mid-wicket and it races away to the fence. 175/3
Direct hit and Smith was a goner! This is outside off, Smith guides it towards point and takes off. Suchith, who had hit the stumps earlier on, has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
FOUR! This is majestic from Smith! He goes down on one knee and plays the paddle scoop. He just knew where Shami was going to bowl and plays a brilliant shot. It goes for a boundary in the fine leg region. Runs needed below 20 now.
A couple now! It is fuller and around off, Smith opens the face of the bat and guides it through point for two.
FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Excellent wrist work from Smith! This is full and on middle. It is whipped over mid-wicket. No one in the deep and boundary results.
FOUR! That is a poor delivery with mid off up! It is full and a seam-up ball. Smith lofts it over the infield and starts the over with a boundary.
Mohammed Shami is back!
SIX! It's a big hoick and spoils all the good work done in this over by Jordan. His slower delivery is picked this time Buttler. The length is full and Buttler dispatches it over long on. 10 from the over, 30 needed off 24 balls. 156/3
Back of a length ball on off, angling in, Jos stays back and pushes it to the left of the bowler. Jordan does well to stop it. Excellent over, thus far.
Fools the batsman with a slower one! Shortish and outside off, Buttler is early into the shot and gets an under edge. It rolls behind to the keeper.
Slower delivery, on a length around middle and leg, Smith fails to flick and it goes off his pads to square leg. They pinch a leg bye. 150 up!
Pitches it up and outside off, Jos drives it through covers and rotates the strike.
On a good length around off, Buttler forces it from the back foot to deep cover for a brace.
Drinks break! Rajasthan were cruising due the partnership between Smith and Samson but the latter got run out and this chase seems to have some more life left. The last over by Bishnoi was excellent and Punjab need to bowl out of their skin at the backend. 40 needed off 30 balls, the equation still favours Rajasthan. Meanwhile, Chris Jordan is back into the attack after the break.
A dot to end just the kind of over Punjab needed. A wicket and two runs from it. 40 needed in 30 now. The last ball is on off, it is guided to point. 146/3
On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
NOT OUT! It indeed is pitching outside leg. Punjab lose a review but it was probably more in hope. This pitches and then skids through. Buttler looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Bishnoi appeals but the umpire turns it down. Ravi is adamant for a review. Rahul takes it. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call is the right one.
A review from Punjab as an appeal for LBW has been turned down. The ball seems to be pitching outside leg. It seems like a review more in hope.
Outside off, Buttler looks to cut but misses.
Jos Buttler walks out to bat.
OUT! Samson is short! Even the dive does not save him. Punjab have got the breakthrough they desperately needed. Yes, they are still on the back foot but this can be the opening for them. Also, this is the last thing Rajasthan needed. The two were going along so nicely. This is shorter and outside off. Smith mistimes it towards point and takes off. Suchith, the substitute, gets to the ball from point, picks it up and scores a direct hit at the keeper's end. Punjab are already celebrating. The umpire refers it. Replays show that Samson is short. A sorry way to end a promising inning,
Direct hit and Samson seems short! This could well be the opening Punjab needed?
Tossed up on off, this is hit down to long on for one.
Bishnoi is got back on!
FOUR! Nice and fine! Beautifully played by Smith! It is a low full toss on middle. He manages to stay leg side of the delivery and jams it fine towards third man. This time Arshdeep has no chance. 42 needed in 36. 144/2
A short one now! On the body. It is pulled towards short fine leg. Shami fumbles and allows a single.
Well fielded! Arshdeep it is again! Shorter and outside off. Samson guides it past point. It seems to be heading for a boundary but Singh from third man runs to his right, dives and stops it. The batsmen take two.
FOUR! Poor ball again. It is on the pads with fine leg up. Not what he wants. Samson works it fine on the leg side and it races away to the fence.
A slower bumper, it is pulled down to long on for one.
A yorker on middle, it is jammed back to the bowler.
Chris Jordan is back!
FOUR! The last two balls spoil the over. A very expensive one in the end. Shorter and outside off, Samson guides it past the point fielder for a boundary. 13 from the over, 54 needed more. 132/2
SIX! Smashed! A poor ball and it is put away with ease! It is short and it asks to be hit. Samson goes back and pulls it well over the mid-wicket fence.
Shorter and outside off, Samson cuts but straight towards short third man.
Well done! Good fielding! Need such efforts when the team is chasing the game. It is shorter and outside off, Smith looks to play it late. Gets it nice and fine; Arshdeep runs to his left from short third man, dives and saves three for his side.
The googly, it is picked and pushed down to long on for one more.
Smith comes down the track and pushes it towards mid on for one.
Loopy and full on middle, Samson defends it back. 7 from the over, 67 needed more. 119/2
Flatter delivery on the pads, helped down the ground for one.
Hangs on the back foot and punches it back in the direction of the bowler. Bishnoi collects and has an immediate shy at the striker's end. Nothing doing.
Presses forward and brings down a straight bat in defense.
FOUR! Well played! Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Smith attacks it will all his might and whips it to wide long on for a boundary.
Flighted on middle, paddled around the corner for a couple.
Works it off his pads to the on side for a run. 112/2
Steven Smith is the new batsman.
OUT! Uthappa holes out! He wanted to repeat the last shot but this time failed to get the desired elevation and distance. A flighted full ball around off, Uthappa bends his back knee as he goes for the slog sweep but doesn't get enough power behind the shot. Pooran in the deep mid-wicket region does well to catch it and keeps his balance to stay away from the fence. 75 needed off 55 balls and this match is hanging in the balance.
SIX! This is a much better option! Flighted and full around off, Uthappa goes down on one knee and smokes it handsomely over mid-wicket. Sweet sound of bat meeting ball!
No need to do that, Robin! Tossed up ball outside off, Uthappa attempts to playa reverse-batted pull shot but fails to cut. Rahul collects the ball and appeals but nothing from the umpire.
Slightly short in length and around off, Samson moves back and punches it through covers for a run.
Flighted and full on middle, clipped in the gap on the leg side for a run.
A single to end! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one more. 103/1
On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
On middle, this is worked towards the right of the bowler.
SIX! Powered! A little too full and Samson makes the bowler pay. He stands tall and lofts it over the long off fence for a biggie. 100 up for Rajasthan.
Uthappa walks right across and this is bowled full and on middle. Uthappa sweeps it nicely through square leg for one.
On off, it is pushed towards cover.
Down the leg side, Uthappa looks to pull but misses. Wided.
Drinks break. It's been an excellent reply from Rajasthan with the bat. They got the desired result in the Powerplay courtesy Ben Stokes' quickfire fifty. His wicket did disturb the current rate slightly but with stroke-makers like Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa in the middle, you always expect them to score freely. 93 needed off 66 balls and this match is nicely poised.
FOUR! Nice and fine! Ends the over on a high and Rajasthan are in cruise control here. This is very nicely played. It is a very full ball outside off. Samson opens the face of the bat and guides it past short third man. No chance of stopping that one. 93/1
Robin takes a few steps down the track. Arshdeep bowls a slower one on off. Uthappa guides it towards square leg for one.
Fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
Clever batting! Now pushes it through covers for one.
SIX! Welcome back into the attack! It is short and on middle. Asking to be hit. Samson pulls it nicely and over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
Arshdeep Singh is back into the attack! The young man went for 20 in his first spell of 2 overs. Can he bounce back?
FOUR! The last ball ruins the over! The reverse sweep is out! Uthappa plays it nicely despite not having a lot of room. Gets it past short third man for a boundary. 107 needed in the last 12 overs. 79/1
Really full and on middle, it is hit down to long on for one.
Another single! Uthappa goes for the sweep but does not connect that well. A single through square leg.
Tosses it up nicely and outside off. Samson looks to go over covers but it goes off the inner half through mid on for one.
On middle, defended nicely.
A low full toss to begin with! It is hit down to long on for one.
Ravi Bishnoi is on!
Just 5 runs from this over! A good one. They need a few like this. The googly outside off. Uthappa looks to sweep but does not time it all that well. Still finds the gap through square leg and collects a run. 71/1
Another ball on off, it is pushed through covers for one.
One more single as this is worked through mid-wicket.
On off, it is eased down to long off for one.
Shorter and outside off, there is extra bounce. Samson looks to cut but mistimes it towards point.
On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.
FOUR! Shot of a batsman in prime form! Jordan delivers it short and wide outside off, Samson rocks back and smacks it past backward point for a boundary. 66/1 in the Powerplay, Rajasthan are well on top despite losing Stokes. 66/1
Fullish and straight, Robin gets across the stumps and brings his bat down in time to sweep it on the leg side off the inside edge. A single as it goes to short fine leg. Had he missed, he was an lbw candidate!
Width on offer outside off, Sanju glides it down to third man for a run, opens his account.
Sanju Samson arrives in the middle.
OUT! Massive breakthrough for Punjab! Jordan has responded with the big wicket of Ben Stokes. He spears in a very full ball on middle, Stokes tries to open the leg side field with a big heave across the line but ends up slicing it in the air toward mid off. A simple catch for Deepak Hooda who makes no error. 126 needed off 87 balls.
Fullish and angling in, Stokes turns it on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket.
SIX! No one will be spared, Stokes is in his zone. Smashes a 24-ball 50 and remains focused in his celebration. Jordan delivers a full length ball in his arc and the Englishman launches it over long off. We're witnessing a masterclass, the Rajasthan dugout is on its feet.
Chris Jordan is on now! He will be bowling the last over of the Powerplay.
Just short! Shorter and on middle, Uthappa looks to pull but it hits the splice and lobs towards mid on. It lands short of the fielder inside the ring. So a decent over by Shami, just 6 runs from it. 54/0
A single now! A full toss on middle, it is hit down hard towards long on for one.
Goes short again and on off, it is cut to point.
Stokes misses out! A full toss. Stokes looks to play it past short third man but hits it straight to the fielder.
FOUR! That has been thwarted! It went to the fence like a tracer bullet. Fuller and outside off, Stokes hits it hard after making room and it rockets through covers for a boundary.
Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one. Clever batting, gives the strike to Stokes.
A dot to end but a huge over for Punjab and they are on a roll here. 138 needed in 96. This is outside off. Stokes looks to reverse sweep but misses. 48/0
SIX! The slog sweep is out and he nails it! He goes down on one knee and hits it well over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. The Big Ben show has begun and Punjab facing early trouble.
SIX! Up and over! Stokes is in the mood now. This is tossed up nicely and on middle, Stokes lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie.
FOUR! This time he does connect with the reverse sweep. Hits it uppishly but wide of point for another boundary.
Now makes room! It is on the stumps again. Stokes slaps it to covers.
An appeal from Ashwin but he is the only one doing so. It is a googly on middle. Stokes looks to reverse sweep it but misses to get hit high on the pads.
Murgan Ashwin is on now! Spin early on.
A single to end so that is three good overs in a row for Rajasthan. On middle, it is hit down to long on for one. 32/0
FOUR! Stokes is dealing in boundaries! He makes room and Arshdeep follows him. It is a full toss on the pads, Stokes works it fine on the leg side and bags another boundary.
On middle, it is worked towards mid-wicket for one. Mixing caution with aggression, Rajasthan!
Fuller and on middle, this is pushed towards mid off for one. Clever batting.
FOUR! Powered! The youngster is struggling. It is short and on middle, Stokes stays back and pulls it hard through mid-wicket for one more boundary.
Stokes misses out! A full toss outside off. Stokes is probably caught by surprise as he goes after it away from his body. Misses.
SIX! The last ball ruins the over and Rajasthan are off to a flier. It is short and on middle, Uthappa swivels and pulls it over the fine leg fence for a biggie. 21/0
On middle, it is pushed towards cover. The fielder fumbles and a run is taken.
DROPPED? Short? Difficult to say! A good short one on middle. Stokes looks to pull but the ball hits the splice and lobs towards mid on. Maxwell dives forward and he seems to have gotten his fingers under it but does not hang on. Could prove pretty costly. Already we have seen how costly Gayle's dropped chance proved to be for Rajasthan.
Ouch! That might have hurt! Stokes looks to play the paddle scoop but it hits the inner half, then the body and then onto the helmet.
FOUR! Sheer timing! Stokes continuing from where he left off in the last game. Shorter and outside off. Stokes uses the pace and guides it through covers for a boundary.
Shorter and on the pads, Uthappa looks to pull but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side for one. Leg bye!
Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end!
FOUR! Up and over! Perfect start for Rajasthan as 9 comes from the first over. Stokes comes down the wicket but does not get to the pitch of it. Still, he lofts it over the mid on fielder and bags a boundary. First of the chase. 9/0
Well bowled! Stokes shuffles across but Singh bowls it outside off. Left alone.
Two again! This is on middle, it shapes away. Stokes looks to hit it over covers but it goes off the outer half towards deep point for two.
Stokes is off the mark! Fuller and outside off, Stokes looks to drive but it goes off the toe-end through covers for a couple.
Little bit of swing! It is full and it tails back in from off. Uthappa plays it towards mid on for one. Rajasthan are underway.
Starts off with a length ball around middle, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
Welcome back! The men who matter are in the middle. Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes are the openers for Rajasthan and the latter is fresh from a marvellous century in the last match. He would love to do it again. Arshdeep Singh to bowl...