Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant blasted fifties as Delhi Capitals won by six wickets against Rajasthan Royals as Ajinkya Rahane's hundred went in vain. Get highlights here. (Image credit: Twitter)
Delhi Capitals chose to bowl against Rajasthan Royals. Ajinkya Rahane was in brilliant form and he was ably assisted by Steve Smith who smashed a fifty. The partnership of 130 put Rajasthan Royals in a great position but Rahane continued and he went on to score his second century and first in seven years. Rahane's second ton has boosted Rajasthan Royals to 191/6 but Delhi Capitals fought back with a brilliant spell from Kagiso Rabada in the end. In response, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant's brilliant fifties helped Delhi Capitals win by six wickets and go on top of the table in IPL 2019. (SCORECARD)
23:52 hrs IST: Jofra Archer is hit for a six last ball and Rishabh Pant seals it in grand style with a six off Unadkat as Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals by six wickets to go on top of the table. This is a sensational effort from the side and they are one win away from sealing a spot in the play-offs.
23:30 hrs IST: Sherfane Rutherford blasts a six and a four but Dhawal Kulkarni has the last laugh as he dismisses him for 11. Delhi Capitals need 17 off 12.
23:22 hrs IST: Gopal gets a wicket after all the punishment. Gopal flights this delivery and Shaw miscues the lofted shot to hole out to long on. Once again, Delhi Capitals lose a wicket when they are approaching the finish line. Another twist in the tale?
23:19 hrs IST: Unbelievable! Jofra breaches Shaw's defence and the ball hits the stump, the stump is lit but the bail is not dislodged. This happened in one more game in Jaipur. Pant blasts two more fours off Gopal and Delhi Capitals near a win.
23:17 hrs IST: Pant, you beauty! Blasts a six off Jofra Archer and he gets to his second fifty in this edition of the IPL. Can he get Delhi Capitals over the line?
23:14 hrs IST: Another 10 run over from Pant and Shaw, with the left-hander hitting another boundary. However, they will need one massive over to make them comfortable. For Rajasthan Royals, Jofra Archer is crucial.
23:06 hrs IST: Pant and Shaw make great progress and Rajasthan Royals need something special to stem the flow of runs. In the final time-out, Delhi Capitals need 60 off 36 balls.
23:02 hrs IST: Shaw and Iyer are putting on a brilliant exhibition of hitting as Delhi Capitals continue to make smooth progress. Nothing is working out for Smith at the moment.
22:55 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Pant and Shaw. Gopal concedes a boundary first ball to Shaw and Pant ends in style by clobbering him for a six over deep midwicket. The run-rate is just over 10 and Delhi Capitals need to make a move on.
22:43 hrs IST: Riyan Parag gets the massive wicket of Shreyas Iyer and Delhi Capitals are stuttering after a brilliant start from Shikhar Dhawan.
22:34 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan continues his brilliant form and he scores yet another fifty but Shreyas Gopal gets his reward by getting him stumped.
22:27 hrs IST: Dhawan blasts a couple of fours and Prithvi Shaw also gets going with a four but Ashton Turner puts down a chance off Shaw. The Australian is having a nightmare in this IPL 2019.
22:19 hrs IST: 6,4,4! Shikhar Dhawan is in great form as he tears Shreyas Gopal apart. Gabbar is putting on a show at the Sawai Mansingh and even Jofra Archer is not spared as he is clubbed over midwicket for a boundary.
22:09 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan blasts a six off Dhawal Kulkarni and a four to get Delhi Capitals off to a great start.
21:47 hrs IST: Kagiso Rabada takes two wickets but Ajinkya Rahane remains unbeaten on 105. Rajasthan Royals have ended on 191/6 and it will not be easy for Delhi Capitals. Take a bow, Rahane.
21:32 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Ajinkya Rahane as he smashes his second century. However, Ashton Turner's massive slump continues as he falls for his third consecutive duck in IPL and fifth consecutive in Twenty20s.
21:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Chris Morris strikes and Ben Stokes miscues the lofted shot to long on. However, Rahane is holding firm and he moves to 95.
21:19 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane is nearing a century. It will be his second in the IPL and he is putting on a show.
21:02 hrs IST: Axar Patel removes Steve Smith at 50
21:01 hrs IST: Steve Smith completes his 8th IPL fifty, Rajasthan Royals are 135/1 after 13 overs
20:59 hrs IST: SIX! by Ajinkya Rahane to Chris Morris
20:57 hrs IST: Steve Smith smashes three consecutive boundaries to Sherfane Rutherford
20:51 hrs IST: 100 run partnership completes between Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane
20:48 hrs IST: Back-to-ack boundaries for Steve Smith to Amit Mishra
20:43 hrs IST: With 13 runs added in the 10th over, Rajasthan Royals are 95/1 with Rahane and Smith at crease
20:35 hrs IST: After completion of 8 overs, Rajasthan Royals are 71/1 with Rahane (52) and Smith (18) out in the middle
20:32 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane hits another fifty in style after hitting Morris for a FOUR
20:29 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane launches yet another six, this time off Kagiso Rabada and Rajasthan Royals are dominating Delhi Capitals in the powerplay.
20:26 hrs IST: Delhi Capitals are sloppy at the moment. Rahane is dropped by Ishant and then the former skipper hurts them by launching Axar Patel for a six and four. Rajasthan Royals are making good progress.
20:19 hrs IST: Rahane gets going with three boundaries and he is looking in great touch. The onus is now on Steve Smith and Rahane to boost Royals to a great score.
20:14 hrs IST: Oh dear, terrible way to go out and Sanju Samson is run-out for a diamond duck. He does not face a ball as he is run-out by a quick pickup and throw from Rabada.
19:45 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sides.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
19:39 hrs IST: Delhi Capitals have chosen to bowl against Rajasthan Royals. Steve Smith's side are unchanged while Chris Morris replaces Sandeep Lamichhane in the Delhi side.
19:28 hrs IST: A win for Delhi Capitals will consolidate their position in the top while Rajasthan Royals will be aiming to seak momentum from their win against Mumbai Indians.
19:15 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals from the Sawai Mansingh stadium. Both teams have faced hosting issues, meaning they have not been strong at home. However, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals bounced back with wins in their previous encounters.