Overs: 17.5 / 17.5
Overs: 0.2 / 6.0
11.45pm We have good news: a resumption at 11.55pm, 10 minutes from now.. Delhi need 71 runs in six overs, with a two-over Powerplay. Rajasthan can bowl their best three bowlers, two overs each.
11.42pm Heading closer to the cut-off time. If we do have a five-over game, Delhi's target will be 61
11.30pm Covers coming off now. The rain has stopped. We have only 30 minutes for the ground to be(come) fit for play. Still quite unlikely that we'll get in more cricket tonight.
11.10pm The cut-off time is 12.02AM, we have 50 minutes for that. But it seems very unlikely we'll get back on.
Aashish Calla: "For RR, I think it's better this gets washed out now, because if DD come out to chase anything in 5-6 overs with Maxi, Munro, Pant and Morris in their ranks, it'll be all over for the home team!"
Sandeep: "How much time left before the match is called off?" Not too long.
10.55pm In case you haven't seen it yet, you can watch two of Rajasthan Royals' millionaires interview each other.
Meanwhile, the ICC has appointed a three-person panel for the dispute between the BCCI and the PCB.
If it's not your summer holidays, you could probably doze off for a bit. It's raining again.
Here's more reading material for you during the rain break. You might remember Sushil Kumar as India's most decorated Olympian, but he has recently been in the news for the wrong reasons. Can he silence his critics with a medal at the Commonwealth Games tomorrow?
Hemant Noval: "On a side note, I see good competition between Kishan, Pant and Samson for the next Indian limited overs wicketkeeper !! But if that gets Rahul a place in the XI, I would love to see him there !"
Tushar: "How many overs we have lost till now? " Maybe the match.
10.48pm The rain has eased off again. We will have another inspection at 11.00PM. Again, plenty of attention will be given to the state of the ground before we could even start thinking of playing.
Rivlud: "The following teams are looking for overseas players and possible Indian players destinations: Derbyshire (2nd half of the season), Gloucestershire (2nd half of the season), Kent (2nd half of the season), Middlesex (2nd half of the season), Notinghamshire (2nd half of the season), Somerset, Sussex (2nd half of the season). " Informative.
10.30pm Raining again. The covers come scurrying back on.
This time last night, MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings were taking multiple data-defying decisions en route to a
10.24pm We'll have an inspection at 10.40PM IST, but there is a light drizzle still hanging around.
venkatesh rao: "How many overs will be cut off ? " At least three.
10.15pm The rain has stopped. The covers are slowly being removed. How much damage has the rain done, though?
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Dev: "@jenynethv - agreed... short can't be playing because then there's 5 players who can bat in the powerplay and who have opened in past IPLs - you need 2 out and our hitters in the lower order and you will have that with Klaasen and stokes "
Saket: "Heavy to stop in 5? Rain in T20 mode as well. "
10.10pm If you're looking for news on the weather front, it's not very good. Still raining in Jaipur and quite heavily too.
Do you know which Rajasthan Royals player is nicknamed 'puppy dog'?
More news: Chennai Super Kings lose their games in Chennai: they will be moving to Pune.
Jeyenth V: "I don't know why everyone's first X1 has Darcy Short. Generally, foreign players take a year to settle into the IPL. I would rather play Rahane, Tripathy, Butler, Samson, Stokes, Klassen. Klassen has to bat somewhere between 4-7 because he has shown great ability to handle the spinners and finish games."
Abhishek Narang: "With around 15 minutes left before the overs start getting reduced, I don't see Rajasthan batting again. Would the target be increased for Delhi considering that the 1st team tries to score more in the final overs ?" I'm not going to try to explain DLS. What we can explain is our new metric to understand T20s: it's ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats. Familiarise yourself?
Binjesh : "Akshar Patel also playing county cricket for Durham this year. It's good experience for the players."
10.00pm Still raining, it's now just a drizzle but more steady.
The County Championship season starts this Friday. Cheteshwar 'Steve' Pujara will be spending his summer holidays (ah, I miss those days) in England, playing for Yorkshire. Here's what he had to say about the art of the leave in the T20 age.
For the young people here, this is as millennial as you will find in cricket, from the experienced Vinay Kumar.
Harsha Gadipudi: "In my opinion, Jos Butler has to open the innings like how he did for Mumbai Innings. That is where he has excelled in the IPL. He has the numbers to show for it."
Ankush Singhal: "pujara going to england and english weather coming to india" I can guarantee, you'd not find Indian summer weather there.
Tushar: "When are we going to reduce playing overs? " Not for a while, hearing we have another 30 minutes before we start losing overs.
Pranav: "My suggestion: 1. Tripathi 2. Short 3. Rahane 4. Samson/Stokes(depending on how late in the innings) 5. Samson/Stokes 6. Buttler"
9.40pm Has started raining again. Not much in the forecast, though.
9.34pm The rain is already easing off. Almost stopped. The covers are now coming off, we should have a resumption soon.
NISHANT DAS: "RR certainly need to get Tripathi to open, Short can bat 3. But Tripathi has to open for them to have a great run."
Sumanth M: "Team batting first yet to win a match this season, the rain is only gonna help keep this stat intact!!!"
Savya Sachi: "How bad can it be? First Butler gone and then rain breaking the momentum gathered in the previous over!"
9.23pm It's far too heavy. And the umpires call for covers. We have one hour before we start losing overs, so still a long way to go. The good news is that it's quite windy too, so not the settling kind of rain. Still quite heavy for the moment, more and more covers make their way on.
|17.5||Mohammed Shami to K Gowtham, 2 runs, drifts down leg, flicked away through backward square leg for a couple..|
|17.5||Mohammed Shami to K Gowtham, WIDE, 1 run, a short loopy bouncer over the head..|
|17.4||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, OUT, No run, and out of a yorker! That's Buttler bread and erm...butter. But he misses this. Buttler walked right across, looking to scoop the ball over fine leg, but it's a slower ball on leg. And very very full. Despite his excellent hands, he can't quite improvise fast enough to that delivery. Misses and the ball hits leg stump..|
|17.3||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, No run, 139 kph, strays down leg. Buttler misses a flick. Just clips the pad to the keeper..|
|17.2||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, No run, on the pads, skewed away to square leg.|
|17.1||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, gets underneath the length, gives himself room and knows exactly what he's doing. Lofted cleanly and easily over long-off, too easy..|
Samrat Ahuja: "RR seems to be missing a power hitter down the order....Need stokes to come around at this situation along with Butler. Can shift Tripathi at 3 or 4. "
|16.6||CH Morris to JC Buttler, LEG BYES, 1 run, 142 kph, a full toss down leg, would you want it anywhere else? Buttler did not expect such a friendly delivery and reaches the ball very late. The ball hits the front pad, sliding down..|
|16.5||CH Morris to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short and wide, too much width. Cut over backward point for four. That's very clever batting. Nicely chopped away..|
|16.4||CH Morris to JC Buttler, No run, shortish outside off, Buttler misses his swing..|
|16.3||CH Morris to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, gets under that and sends the ball very very high. Does not quite get the distance. Maxwell circles under the ball, but he too can't haul the ball back in as he steps over the boundary at long-on.|
|16.2||CH Morris to RA Tripathi, 1 run, full and wide outside off, a thick outside edge down to third man for a run.|
|16.1||CH Morris to RA Tripathi, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, taken on the deep midwicket boundary, but tries to throw the ball back in as his momentum takes him over the boundary. His throw back in is futile because he has stepped over the boundary. A slower ball is smashed over deep midwicket.|
|15.6||R Tewatia to JC Buttler, 2 runs, overpitched on leg, driven away wide of long-on for a couple. A tidy end to a tidy spell..|
|15.6||R Tewatia to JC Buttler, WIDE, 1 run, strays down leg, wide. He's not altered his line at all, all well down leg..|
|15.5||R Tewatia to RA Tripathi, 1 run, 92 kph, keeps it down leg, a top-edged sweep lobs over short fine leg for one..|
|15.4||R Tewatia to RA Tripathi, No run, slides down leg, Tripathi plays another sweep, but finds short fine leg this time.|
|15.3||R Tewatia to RA Tripathi, 2 runs, another one, too short from Tewatia, helped along wide of short fine leg for two.|
|15.2||R Tewatia to RA Tripathi, 2 runs, flat down leg, swept away neatly to deep backward square leg for a couple more..|
|15.1||R Tewatia to JC Buttler, 1 run, Buttler premeditates a forward shimmy, comes down and the bowler shortens his length, nudged to midwicket.|
Of the 36 times Rahane has scored 40 or more in the IPL, 18 have been at strike rates of less than 130. Only 5 of them with SRs of more than 150
Mohammed Shami concedes at a Smart Economy Rate of 10.56 between overs 14-20 since IPL 2015. Here, he's had an excellent third over. Now to finish off. Today has been one of his better outings in recent times.
|14.6||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, 1 run, an excellent yorker, ends with a straight yorker. Driven to long-on.|
|14.5||Mohammed Shami to RA Tripathi, 1 run, a naughty misfield from Gambhir. Full outside off, driven to cover, and the ball pops out. The pressure was building on Tripathi..|
|14.4||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, 1 run, nice and full on middle, worked away towards midwicket.|
|14.3||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, No run, a low full toss on middle, bunted away to mid-off. Rajasthan losing momentum.|
|14.2||Mohammed Shami to RA Tripathi, 1 run, a slower delivery outside off, an open-faced dab to deep point for one.|
|14.1||Mohammed Shami to RA Tripathi, No run, good length delivery on leg, nudged away to midwicket. Dot..|
Db: "Rahane trying to get the footwork right for a reverse sweep. Just shows he's not too comfortable playing unorthodox shots in this format. Hope this pressure doesn't spoil his game and his form"
Time for another time-out.
|13.6||S Nadeem to RA Tripathi, 1 run, shortish and quick outside off, punched to the sweeper cover.|
|13.5||S Nadeem to RA Tripathi, No run, flat outside off, pushed to cover.|
|13.4||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, OUT, No run, taken at point! A short, straight delivery, the ball turns away. Rahane looks to work that away over midwicket, but didn't account for that turn. Gets a thick leading edge which lobs to Morris at point..|
|13.3||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, 2 runs, pops over extra cover for a couple. Flat outside off, the ball comes back in. Rahane reverse-paddles that, terrible timing but enough to clear the fielder..|
|13.2||S Nadeem to JC Buttler, 1 run, flat outside off, drifts back in, pushed to long-on for one..|
|13.1||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, 1 run, shortens his length as he sees Rahane coming, nudged to deep midwicket.|
Tripathi. Buttler strikes at 108.8 against legspin. In comparison, he's better against left-arm spin. He goes at 140. Royals potentially have just two overs of this variety left in the game, unless Gambhir brings on Maxwell
|12.6||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, 1 run, a slower one outside off, pushed to long-on for one.|
|12.5||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, No run, two fours, followed by three dots. A low full toss, looking to bunt that through midwicket but the ball slices to cover.|
|12.4||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, No run, looking for one to third man, flat and wide, but the ball misses Rahane's open-faced dab.|
|12.3||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, No run, full and wide, a yorker. Jammed to point.|
|12.2||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Boult has taken some absolute stunners, almost another. It's a good change in length, the bouncer outside off, pulled away over midwicket. Boult runs to his left, and sticks out a left hand, but the ball bursts out and goes away. He covered so much ground..|
|12.1||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, comes shimmying down and slices a hurried forehand past cover. Wanted to go over mid-off, but the ball hurried onto him so he had to slice the ball past the fielder's right. Mid-off was up.|
|11.6||R Tewatia to JC Buttler, No run, flat and wide outside off, drilled away to cover. Nicely timed that..|
Modi2018: "Exuberance of youth gets better of Sanju Samson. "
|11.5||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, 1 run, this is neat batting from Rahane too, full outside off, driven to long-off.|
|11.4||R Tewatia to JC Buttler, 1 run, short and wide, chopped away to cover for one..|
|11.3||R Tewatia to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, the reverse paddle. Tewatia goes short outside off, Buttler wanted to hit that, but because the length was shorter, he had to wait and force the ball through third man.|
|11.2||R Tewatia to JC Buttler, 2 runs, gets right across and paddles the ball fine for a couple. Fast outfield but two as Shami gets across.|
Good from Rajasthan not to keep Buttler for too late
|11.1||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, 1 run, driven with the spin to long-off.|
A slip and silly point. Buttler has had problems against legspin.
|10.6||S Nadeem to SV Samson, OUT, No run, bowled! A flat delivery, drifting back in, Samson stays low and looks to heave that sweep over midwicket. He gets a thick inside edge into his back leg, the ball then ricochets back and hits off stump. He was waiting for the right delivery which he could attack, but didn't quite execute with this one..|
|10.5||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, 1 run, flat and wide, the ball slides in again. Punched to deep cover for one..|
|10.4||S Nadeem to SV Samson, 1 run, flat down leg, nudged to deep square leg for one.|
|10.3||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, 1 run, nicely bowled, sees Rahane coming and so he slows the pace down and shortens the length. Pushed to long-off well, good improv.|
|10.2||S Nadeem to SV Samson, 1 run, flat outside off, punched to long-off.|
|10.1||S Nadeem to SV Samson, 2 runs, slow down leg, pushed to long-on for two. Very soft hands, and Rahane comes back.|
Ali: "Even players who are supposed to anchor innings should have a strike rate of 100+ in today's T20 arena. However, I strongly believe winning totals are posted when batsmen from both ends are going."
|9.6||R Tewatia to SV Samson, 1 run, quick and straight, driven to long-on for one. Good comeback again..|
|9.5||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, 1 run, comes down and drives to long-off with the spin.|
|9.4||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, No run, flat and quick on middle and leg, worked to midwicket.|
|9.3||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, picks the gap and gets four. Tewatia drops short, Rahane rocks back and pulls that neatly into the gap at square leg for four. Lovely shot..|
|9.2||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, No run, drilled right back at the non-striker's stumps. Tewatia dives to his right. Samson dives back. Tewatia didn't get a hand on that..|
|9.1||R Tewatia to SV Samson, 1 run, flat and quick, on off, punched away towards point for a run..|
Shahbaz Nadeem has a middle-overs economy of 7.2. He was brought in to give some control after Mishra proved expensive. So far, that move hasn't paid off for Daredevils
|8.6||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, 2 runs, short outside off, punched away into the gap at midwicket for a couple. Very easily done..|
|8.5||S Nadeem to SV Samson, 1 run, a slider, coming back in with some drift, pushed to long-on.|
|8.4||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, 1 run, slow outside off, worked away to long-on.|
|8.3||S Nadeem to SV Samson, 1 run, slow on the pads, worked to deep midwicket.|
|8.2||S Nadeem to SV Samson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that's very neatly played. Shortish and wide, carved away off the open face through the vacant slip region..|
|8.1||S Nadeem to SV Samson, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, picks the length early of that, rocks back and pulls to deep midwicket. That's exceptional batting, the key was how quickly he read a scoring opportunity.|
Ishan Jain: "Well, to be fair every lineup needs players who can anchor the innings. These players are required to tap the ball around and hit occasional boundaries. Kohli has really increased the expectations by being too good. I have seen even players like Williamson are getting criticised for being slow."
|7.6||R Tewatia to SV Samson, 1 run, very flat down leg, clipped to deep midwicket. Four off that over, very tidy stuff..|
|7.5||R Tewatia to SV Samson, No run, slow down leg, Samson wants to turn that to square leg, finds his front pad instead..|
|7.4||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, 1 run, flatter trajectory, on middle. Punched away to long-on.|
|7.3||R Tewatia to SV Samson, 1 run, slow down leg, nudged to fine leg for one..|
|7.2||R Tewatia to SV Samson, No run, nicely bowled, flat down leg, pushed to midwicket. Maxwell dives to his left.|
|7.1||R Tewatia to AM Rahane, 1 run, extremely full on middle, pushed to long-on..|
|6.6||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, 1 run, another pull, but he picks out deep square leg. Short on middle and off, heaved away for one. Tidy comeback..|
|6.5||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, No run, a slower ball around off, Rahane looks to turn that ball to square leg but fails to connect well. A thick inside edge into the pad..|
|6.4||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, No run, back of a length outside off, guided away to backward point.|
|6.3||Mohammed Shami to SV Samson, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed to long-on.|
|6.2||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped down to third man.|
|6.1||Mohammed Shami to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, lovely shot. Shami goes short first up, on off. Rahane swivels easily and pulls into the gap behind square with so much ease. Great batting..|
Apoorv Joshi: "holdingTripathi is not a good move, he has shown his best when he comes in the first ten overs."
|5.6||CH Morris to AM Rahane, 1 run, nicely flicked away to deep backward square leg for one. At least a run off every ball that over.|
|5.5||CH Morris to SV Samson, 1 run, a shortish slower ball on the pads, clipped down to short fine leg for one..|
|5.4||CH Morris to AM Rahane, 1 run, a slower ball outside off, tapped down to third man, 124 kph..|
|5.3||CH Morris to SV Samson, 1 run, good single. Full outside off, pushed away to mid-off and calls for a quick single. Makes the run easily.|
|5.2||CH Morris to AM Rahane, 1 run, nicely played, back of a length outside off. Rahane opens his bat face and guides the ball to third man.|
|5.1||CH Morris to SV Samson, 3 runs, a poor delivery, strays on the pads does Morris. And worked away elegantly through midwicket for three. A lovely chase and stop by Nadeem, to save one..|
vishal: "To all those criticizing Rahane, I think in the absence of Steve Smith RJS needs Rahane to anchor the innings at least till 10 overs and all the power hitters can play around him."
|4.6||TA Boult to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, it's through the fielder for four. A shortish delivery down leg, pulled away towards square leg, who takes his eyes off the ball and the ball spins around him like water around a rock. And then trickles away to the boundary, like a river..|
|4.5||TA Boult to SV Samson, 1 run, good length delivery outside off, punched to the deep point fielder.|
|4.4||TA Boult to SV Samson, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, six! Back of a length on middle and leg, some swing too. But there is no deep square leg so Samson can go from bottom to top and pull. Enough elevation and timing, over square leg.|
|4.3||TA Boult to SV Samson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, lovely placement. Full and wide outside off, 146 kph. Samson opens the bat face and carves his cut through backward point..|
|4.2||TA Boult to SV Samson, No run, good length outside off, carved away to point from the crease..|
|4.1||TA Boult to BA Stokes, OUT, No run, edged and taken! 142.2 kph, it's a sensational delivery. A good length delivery, pitches outside off, the ball moved away just enough, not enough to beat the bat but to take the outside edge as Stokes is squared up. Gets a thick outside edge, flies away to Pant's left, and takes a really good catch..|
|3.6||CH Morris to AM Rahane, No run, a length delivery outside off, Rahane comes down again, looking to drive the ball over mid-off. No connection..|
|3.5||CH Morris to BA Stokes, 1 run, back of a length down leg, Stokes looks to pull but is beaten for pace, struck on the arm..|
|3.4||CH Morris to BA Stokes, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, picks the length of that! Back of a length down leg, Stokes gets under the length of that and pulls over square leg for six. Plenty of timing and power behind that stroke.|
|3.3||CH Morris to BA Stokes, No run, excellent bowling, never a bad time for the yorker. Full outside off, jammed to mid-off.|
|3.2||CH Morris to BA Stokes, 2 runs, not quite timed, but finds a gap over backward point for a couple. Full outside off, Stokes came charging that time and skewed his drive away.|
|3.1||CH Morris to BA Stokes, No run, full and straight, 132 kph. A thick inside edge into the pad as Stokes looks to clip that through midwicket.|
|2.6||TA Boult to AM Rahane, No run, well bowled. A wily change in length, going short on leg. Rahane is very late on his pull, the ball flies past his glove..|
|2.5||TA Boult to AM Rahane, No run, back of a length around off, worked away to midwicket.|
|2.4||TA Boult to BA Stokes, 1 run, nudged away towards midwicket, on a length and straight..|
|2.3||TA Boult to BA Stokes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Stokes comes charging and drills the drive through cover, wide of mid-off. Created enough room and let his powerful arms do the rest..|
|2.2||TA Boult to BA Stokes, No run, full and moving away outside off, Stokes is neatly behind the line this time to defend.|
|2.1||TA Boult to BA Stokes, No run, beauty! Stokes has had to face deliveries like these right through the Auckland Test. Now, the white ball swings away and leaves Stokes' bat hanging.|
Ben Stokes is relatively slow in the Powerplays in the IPL. He strikes at 115.99 and has a dot ball percentage of 48. Tonight may not be a bad time to change that. They've lost another explosive opener in D'Arcy Short.
|1.6||S Nadeem to BA Stokes, 1 run, clipped down to short fine leg. An iffy single, but Rahane makes it with a dive. A very tentative start from Rajasthan..|
|1.5||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, 1 run, quick and straight, worked away to long-on for a run..|
|1.4||S Nadeem to AM Rahane, No run, flat on the pads, worked away to square leg. No turn at all.|
|1.3||S Nadeem to BA Stokes, 1 run, nudged to deep midwicket.|
|1.2||S Nadeem to DJM Short, OUT, 1 run, Short is run-out again! That's ridiculous running. A complete breakdown in communication from Short and Rahane. AGAIN. Short is run-out for the second time in successive matches. He taps a length delivery to deep midwicket. Rahane completes one easily and comes back for two. Why? Because there are large dimensions in this ground. Short isn't sure, he hesitates and comes back but a direct hit and Short is at least five metres short..|
|1.1||S Nadeem to DJM Short, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, a poor delivery. Short and wide, slides on, with plenty of width and Short says thanks mate with a cut through cover.|
Nadeem, a specialist Powerplay bowler. One slip too.
Ujjwal: "Rahane should not eat powerplay overs. Samson/Tripathi should open with Short with Rahane at 4."
|0.6||TA Boult to DJM Short, 1 run, inside edged, just past the stumps. Back of a length outside off, Short looks to punch into the off side, a thick inside edge just evades the stumps..|
|0.5||TA Boult to AM Rahane, 3 runs, eeks, that's an ugly swing. Full and straight, moving back in. Rahane comes charging and hoicks the ball away through midwicket via the inside half. Pulled in just inside..|
|0.4||TA Boult to AM Rahane, No run, excellent lines. Not much Rahane can do. On a length, straight. Defended into the off side. Typical Boult, naggingly accurate..|
|0.3||TA Boult to AM Rahane, No run, yep, some swing! Boult usually gets swing. A good length delivery on middle and off, the ball moves back in, in the air and off the pitch. A thick inside edge saves Rahane..|
|0.2||TA Boult to AM Rahane, 2 runs, on the pads on that occasion, drifting on the pads. There is some swing too. Worked away through backward square leg for a couple. Very neatly tucked away.|
Like his side, who have won each of their last six games against Delhi Daredevils, Ajinkya Rahane has a formidable record against them too. He's made six half centuries and has 632 runs at an average of 63.2.
|0.1||TA Boult to AM Rahane, No run, nice start from Boult. Full and straight, not much swing though, pushed away to cover..|
We're all set for the start here in Jaipur. Trent Boult to D'Arcy Short and Ajinkya Rahane. A nice breeze blowing across the ground, it should help Boult.
7.55pm Some factors for consideration: The pitch is not quite the middle of the ground, so there is a short and a long boundary (it will impact lengths, lines and field placements). And the par score is 156 here batting first.
7.45pm Rajasthan will need a strong start after their batting failure in their previous game. Short gets another opportunity, how will he front up?
Elsewhere, medals have seemed to arrive with splendid regularity for India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. But Sharda Ugra points out that victory is always craved for, defeat always stings and every event matters for competitors.
Andy: "By mentioning the fact that Short is getting another opportunity, are you implying that his place in the side could or should be in jeopardy? He's only had one innings! I know there's obviously a competition for places, but let's give the guy a decent chance to get into the swing of things." I'm saying that with the quality of players in the IPL, there ain't room for consistent failure.
7.30pm Delhi Daredevils won the toss and chose to bowl
Gautam Gambhir: "Won't change much, chasing the best decision. Trying to get the combination right, Maxy coming back is a huge plus. Two changes: Maxwell and Nadeem in for Mishra and Christian."
Ajinkya Rahane: " We would have bowled as well. Looks a good track, T20s are about starting fresh. The guys are experienced. No changes."
7.25pm Maxwell should slot right back in for Delhi. This is also a new-ish venue for the IPL teams after a long hiatus. I'd be very surprised if the captain winning the toss chooses to bat. And given the chasing trend, it should be a bowling-first evening.
Kairav Parikh: "Here's hoping Stokes plays with a calm head today. He can change the face of the game in a couple of overs! "
Matt: "I'd definitely play Archer if he's fit. Can bowl whenever during the innings and capable with the bat. "
7.10pm Jofra Archer did not play the first game, but he's here in India now. Will he come in for Rajasthan? Ditto for Glenn Maxwell. Our preview has so much more to look forward to this evening.
Dhaval : "Seriously feel that your best batsmen should face maximum overs in T20. Rahane should consider dropping himself down to No 6 and let Short, Tripathi, Samson, Buttler and Stokes unleash themselves. No doubt Rahane is one of the best batsmen in the world but not in this format."
7.00pm A blockbuster homecoming for the Chennai Super Kings last evening. It's the return of the other franchise, the Rajasthan Royals, back to their home ground, in Jaipur.
Both these sides, Rajasthan and Delhi Daredevils, began their IPL campaigns with a rather heavy defeat in their openers. But tonight's a proper chance for one of these teams to get into things. Who are you backing?
We've had some thrillers in this IPL already, but these two sides were not involved in any of those. How will these two teams change their tactics, will they improvise or will they stick to their initial prognosis?
Vineet Jaggi: "Hope Klassen plays today - He is in my fantasy league. Can not afford to have non-playing players there " That is true.
dez: "@Vineet Jaggi - also hoping Jason Roy, plays for the same reason! He seems to be jinxed in the IPL - always purchased by a team that has a large range of opening options. Backing him to score big when he gets his chance."
|AM Rahane||C CH Morris B S Nadeem||45||40||5||0||112.5|
|DJM Short||Run out V Shankar||6||3||1||0||200|
|BA Stokes||C RR Pant B TA Boult||16||12||1||1||133.33|
|SV Samson||B S Nadeem||37||22||2||2||168.18|
|JC Buttler||B Mohammed Shami||29||18||2||2||161.11|
|RA Tripathi||not out||15||11||0||1||136.36|
|K Gowtham||not out||2||1||0||0||200|
|GJ Maxwell||not out||1||2||0||0||50|
|C Munro||Run out JC Buttler,K Gowtham||0||0||0||0||-|
|RR Pant||not out||0||0||0||0||-|