53rd Match, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, 21 May 2016

Pune vs Punjab

Pune 2nd Inn:173/6 (20)

Ravichandran Ashwin* 1 (1);MS Dhoni 64 (32);
Mohit Sharma* 4-0-39-1; Axar Patel 4-0-43-1;

Last bat: Thisara Perera

Result: Pune won by 4 wkts.

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Pune Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Ajinkya Rahane c W Saha & b Sandeep Sharma 19 15 4 0 126.67
Usman Khawaja c D Miller & b Gurkeerat Singh 30 29 1 1 103.45
George Bailey st W Saha & b Axar 9 11 2 0 81.82
Saurabh Tiwary c F Behardien & b Gurkeerat Singh 17 15 1 1 113.33
MS Dhoni(c) & (wk) not out 64 32 4 5 200
Irfan Pathan c W Saha & b R Dhawan 2 3 0 0 66.67
Thisara Perera c W Saha & b Mohit Sharma 23 14 2 1 164.29
Ravichandran Ashwin not out 1 1 0 0 100
Adam Zampa dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ashok Dinda dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Deepak Chahar dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 7, nb - 0)8
Total(173 for 6 in 20 overs)173 (8.65 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/35 (Ajinkya Rahane, 4.4 ov.) 2/47 (George Bailey, 6.6 ov.) 3/78 (Saurabh Tiwary, 11.2 ov.)
4/80 (Usman Khawaja, 11.5 ov.) 5/86 (Irfan Pathan, 13.2 ov.) 6/144 (Thisara Perera, 18.1 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Sandeep Sharma 4 0 29 1 7.25 (2w)
Mohit Sharma 4 0 39 1 9.75 (1w)
Kyle Abbott 3 0 25 0 8.33  
Axar Patel 4 0 43 1 10.75 (2w)
Gurkeerat Singh Mann 2 0 15 2 7.5 (1w)
Rishi Dhawan 3 0 21 1 7 (1w)
               

Punjab Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Hashim Amla c Bailey & b Ashwin 30 27 4 1 111.11
Murali Vijay(c) b Ashwin 59 41 4 3 143.9
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) c Ashwin & b A Zampa 3 4 0 0 75
Gurkeerat Singh Mann c D Chahar & b Ashwin 51 30 3 3 170
David Miller lbw Ashwin 7 5 1 0 140
Farhaan Behardien c A Rahane & b Dinda 5 5 1 0 100
Axar Patel c S Tiwary & b T Perera 1 3 0 0 33.33
Rishi Dhawan not out 11 4 0 1 275
Kyle Abbott not out 1 1 0 0 100
Mohit Sharma dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Sandeep Sharma dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 3, nb - 0)4
Total(172 for 7 in 20 overs)172 (8.6 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/60 (Hashim Amla, 7.3 ov.) 2/65 (Wriddhiman Saha, 8.3 ov.) 3/123 (Murali Vijay, 15.4 ov.)
4/150 (Gurkeerat Singh Mann, 17.3 ov.) 5/154 (David Miller, 17.5 ov.) 6/160 (Farhaan Behardien, 18.6 ov.)
7/160 (Axar Patel, 19.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Irfan Pathan 4 0 37 0 9.25  
Ashok Dinda 3 0 16 1 5.33  
Deepak Chahar 3 0 28 0 9.33 (3w)
Thisara Perera 2 0 24 1 12  
Ravichandran Ashwin 4 0 34 4 8.5  
Adam Zampa 4 0 32 1 8  
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

Sharma to Rahane, FOUR, but not the line. Gets the swing going from a fuller length but the radar's wrong. Slips it down leg and Rahane spindles around softly and nudges it to the fine leg fence. Deftly done. Times his turn-around and put enough wood on that for it to race away

6

Sharma to Khawaja, SIX, oh divine. All eyes, all hands. Takes on this length ball, had the length gauged early I reckon and just picks it up over deep square leg. Gyrated around in his crease and flicked it with cocked wrists to generate power

4

Sharma to Rahane, FOUR, switches back to over the wicket for Rahane but he's come second. Good length delivery rising high and into Rahane, who turns around and almost shoves it down to fine leg. Can't call it a tuck because it wasn't too wristy. Just firm wrists, closed bat pointing to fine leg and a push-iron of a shot

4

Sharma to Rahane, FOUR, and this has been brutally caressed. Through fine leg. pings a length on say off-stump, Rahane was on the back foot - like how quickly you flick a switch - and clipped it through the empty acres behind

4

Abbott to Rahane, FOUR, that's gorgeous! Short delivery outside off and how often does a batsman cut that? Not Rahane. Stays put, pokes his hands out and punches off the back foot over backward point. Had his stance open to get that placement pitch-perfect. Brilliant. Rewind and see that again

W

Sharma to Rahane, out Caught by W Saha!! Believe me, that's the worst way to go. No, not the run out at the bowler's end, but this. A strangle down leg. Pretty ordinary ball this - shortish in length, down leg side and crying to be put away. Rahane is late to spot the line and turn around for a tickle. He placed it finer as a result, within Saha's radar who leaps to his left and pouches it. Ordinary cricket, but for Saha's athleticism behind the stumps. Rahane c W Saha b Sharma 19(15) [4s-4]

4

Sharma to Bailey, FOUR, uses his feet and makes himself feel better almost. Buries the demons with an extended-arm loft over mid-off. Nicely done. On the up and found the vacant acres to perfection

4

Sharma to Bailey, FOUR, and again! Another use of the feet, the length is a touch manipulated by who drops it short, but Bailey's stopgap shots are no ordinary. Closes the bat face on the 45-degree punch and channels it over mid-on this time. There's the V covered in two balls

W

to Bailey, out Stumped!! There it is. The turn. bowls it slow on a good length, draws Bailey out of his crease and then gets it to spin away viciously. Saha was alert behind the stumps, shuffles to his right to collect and lights the LEDs up. That red signals the end of Bailey's innings, his T20 League 2016 batting, but not his smiles. Bailey st W Saha b 9(11) [4s-2]

4

Dhawan to S Tiway, FOU, that's whee he is good. Dhawan cut the pace on it but it was timmed back in length. As a esult, Tiway's tunaound tuck was uppish but beneficial fo a bounday though deep mid-wicket

4

Dhawan to Khawaja, FOU, same shot, same ball but the intent measued moe. If only thee was a scale! Poweed it with a bigge batswing and tailoed it past exta cove fo a bounday. Lovely bounday. What's next?

6

Singh to S Tiwary, SIX, the fullishness, the foolishness on that has been pummeled. In the slot to be slog-swept and Tiwary RSVPs to the invitation with a grand launch over mid-wicket. All the way, need I say?

W

Singh to S Tiwary, out Caught by Behardien!! And now he perishes. His watch is ended, as the Crows would say. Used his feet, sees the length shortened and goes with the turn for this loft. Couldn't compensate for the slightly exaggerated turn ad slices it straight to an onrushing deep cover. S Tiwary c Behardien b Singh 17(15) [4s-1 6s-1]

W

Singh to Khawaja, out Caught by D Miller!! And Khawaja has chosen to go. Pune now need 93 runs in 49 balls, and with him gone, the equation starts to assume higher degrees of complexity. This was there to be hit, to be fair. On that sloggable length, Khawaja crouched on his knee but didn't put enough wattage into this slog-sweep which found deep mid-wicket, like radium in dark. Khawaja c D Miller b Singh 30(29) [4s-1 6s-1]

W

Dhawan to I Pathan, out Caught by W Saha!! Let's stop and agee on one thing: Ifan Pathan is having a moment and it's a hoo. This is the most embaassing of ways to go. A shot ball fom a modest-paced Dhawan to stat and aguably this bumpe was intended to be slow. But not so slow. Pathan's delayed pull was so totoise-esque that the ball lobbed off the toe-end duing that half a second which looked to be played in slow motion. Saha spints fowad, dives and pouches it heoically. I Pathan c W Saha b Dhawan 2(3)

6

to Dhoni, SIX, that's smoked! On a length, bounding off the pitch quick enough for Dhoni to time this shot. Slog-sweeps this well over deep mid-wicket. Not a bad ball, I repeat, not a bad ball. Just the timing, the power and 34 milligrams of Dhoni's charisma

4

Abbott to T Perera, FOUR, this he has connected. Pounces on the short delivery and pipes the brutal cut wide of a diving cover-point

6

Abbott to T Perera, SIX, bazinga! Good length and Perera makes a meal out of that. Thanks the stars for getting one in his swinging arc and PSLVs it over long-on. Oh, that brutal bat swing

4

Abbott to T Perera, FOUR, and again! What an over this. 16 runs off it. Short ball on the stumps, not the width to be cut away but Perera starts up and creates some of his own. Shuffles across ever so late with a hop and plants it wide of backward point. Pune need 54 runs in 24 balls

4

Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, that's a full toss and it's been blazed away. Burnt. Opens the blade, gets the horsepower with whipped wrists and canes it square of the wicket on the off-side

4

Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, tries for a more disciplined repeat and it did look like a good ploy, given Dhoni's feet frozen to the pitch. But cloaks this wide yorker in a full toss, Dhoni reaches out and slices it over backward point. Not pretty but will do. 38 off 16 needed now..

OT

Sharma to Dhoni, wide, he's lost it. 's lost it. Bangs it on a length and steers this off-pace delivery well wide of tramline outside off, Dhoni doesn't not even bother

6

Sharma to Dhoni, SIX, can someone check Vizag's altitude? This flew, believe me. Hits that don't-do-it fullish length, Dhoni latches onto it and motors it on a 103-meter journey via long-off. Huge. Brutal. Mighty. And I don't have any more adjectives.. Ramiz Raza used it all already

W

Sharma to T Perera, out Caught by W Saha!! Ah, Perera misses being in England because he has edged one to the keeper.. with a shot that's from his T20 cupboards. Was perhaps expecting a slower delivery but gets one very full and fast outside off. Hurries into a bat swing, looking to launch it downtown, but fails to do it in time. An outside edge is eked out as a result and Saha pouches it safely behind. T Perera c W Saha b Sharma 23(14) [4s-2 6s-1]

4

Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, that's a one-handed Dhoni wondershot. goes for a dipping full toss outside off, Dhoni reaches out with an open bat penduling across and carves it out over backward point. Pushed so hard at it that his bottom hand came off, but you want want one of Dhoni's for two of yours

6

to Dhoni, SIX, there you go! That's been manhandled, and the worst of times for Punjab! Who gets that dreaded wooden spoon? Launches this with a slog over deep mid-wicket

4

to Dhoni, FOUR, that's why! Short and wide delivery again, can you believe? Shamed over deep cover with a brutal cut shot

6

to Dhoni, SIX, has lost it. Just another six needed. Drops it on a length, Dhoni swipes his bat and marauds it over deep mid-wicket... A wind up and a release to see the ball launched away. And there's a dog on the field, desperately trying to get rid of his itch

6

to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni, you beautiful beast! Patel has been bullied, like at a senior's 'orientation' party! Oh wow. 23 runs were needed and Dhoni went 6, 4, 6, 6 to seal it. "I don't want the last spot," he must have said to himself. tries to outwit him with an arm-ball on leg-stump but Dhoni quickly shuffled across and inside the line, and whipped it over deep mid-wicket. So much power. Can't imagine how you would manage it on the leg-side, without the room for the bat swing, but Dhoni has, and as a result, glued Punjab to the bottom of this T20 League 2016 points table forever

4

Pathan to Amla, FOUR, Amla has had enough! Ths tme he decdes to shuffle across to negate the movement. Brngs those rubber wrsts nto play wth a well-tmed flck through md-wcket, all the way...

4

Pathan to Amla, FOUR, short and slppng down leg, Amla swvels and pulls to the left of a dvng short fne, hasn't tmed t that well, but placement was spot on

4

to Amla, FOUR, a bit too straight and Amla says "Thank you." Half-turns and spanks the flick wide of fine leg

4

to Vijay, FOUR, don't worry about that! Short and sat up to be smashed. Vijay is such a sweet timer of a cricket ball. Pulled with aggro. (off the front foot) one bounce and over the ropes at deep mid-wicket

6

to Vijay, SIX, launched! Might have landed near RK beach. Vijay sees length and obliges with a thumping stroke over long-on, all the way for a eye-pleasing maximum

4

to Vijay, FOUR, down leg, all Vijay needed to do was to get some willow on that, he does so with a modest glance and the ball scorches away to the fine leg fence

4

Perera o Vijay, FOUR, Vijay is finding he gaps so nonchalanly. Walks back and across and goes kaboom o he lef of mid-on, ha jus flew

6

Perera o Amla, SIX, ha's more like i. Amla joins he pary now. Goodish lengh ouside off, Amla says solid and dispaches i wih a lovely exension of he arms. Lofed for a 87-mere six over long-off

4

to Amla, FOUR, and Amla welcomes him with a boundary. Sees the ball loop up well outside off and reverse sweeps it past short third man, innovative!

W

to Amla, out Caught by Bailey!! "Yaaaaay" grunts out an elated . Amla is standing too deep inside the crease and the slowness of the surface has done him. This flighted delivery spins in from outside off, stopped a bit before reaching Amla who was flashing with hard hands. Tries to clear mid-wicket with the flick, but instead chips it tamely straight to him. Safely nestled by Bailey (a reverse cup). Amla c Bailey b 30(27) [4s-4 6s-1]

W

to W Saha, out Caught by Ashwin!! There you go. Adam and his wickets in Visakhapatnam. Boy! doesn't he love this venue? Bowls a legspinner outside off and asks Saha to fetch. Saha camps back and attempts to late-steer it wide of the lone slip. Again, its the slowness of the track that does the trick. A thick outside edge is found and is neatly wrapped by a floppy-hat Ashwin (KEY: Timed his jump to perfection). W Saha c Ashwin b 3(4)

4

to Gurkeerat Singh, FOUR, loops it slightly wider of off, Gurkeerat Singh uses the crease to steer it late past backward point. Neatly done!

4

to Gurkeerat Singh, FOUR, again looks to pound the bumper, but spears it down leg, Mann rocks back and pulls it to the fine leg fence. He beats the fielder in the deep running across to perfection

4

to Vijay, FOUR, fuller length delivery and on the stumps, Vijay clears his front leg a touch and pulverises it to the deep mid-wicket fence. Nice connection from the skipper

6

to Vijay, SIX, this is the kind of fearlessness we saw from Vijay during the first few seasons of the T20 League. He sits on one knee and slog-sweeps a flatter delivery over mid-wicket. It cleared the boundary boards with ease

OT

Pathan to Vjay, 2 runs, low full toss bowled at 125ks, Vjay clps t to md-wcket and hares back to the strker's end for a couple of runs. Wth t, he also completes a well-deserved ffty

6

to Vijay, SIX, shorter in length, Vijay picks the length quickly and deposits it over the mid-wicket fence. The stand now is worth 50 runs

W

to Vijay, out Bowled!! is in the middle of a fine spell today. He has outfoxed the opposition's batsmen with flight and guile. From round the wicket, teases Vijay with a deliciously flighted delivery, Vijay sits on one knee and aims to slog-sweep, but missed it completely and could only hear the death rattle. Vijay b 59(41) [4s-4 6s-3]

6

Pathan to Gurkeerat Sngh, SX, Pathan perhaps amed for the yorker, but n the end, bowls a very low full toss, Mann just bures t over the long-on boundary. He dd not lose the shape of hs shot

6

Pathan to Gurkeerat Sngh, SX, the off-pace ball from Pathan, Mann stays slghtly leg-sde of t and cracks the extra cover lofted drve to collect a maxmum

6

to Gurkeerat Singh, SIX, lovely strike by Mann! He uses his feet, gets close to a tossed up delivery and lifts it over long-on. It hit the sweet spot of the bat

4

to Gurkeerat Singh, FOUR, Mann nicely creates his own length to a delivery that was bowled a touch short and crunches a boundary. He rocked back quickly to usher in the cut and the ball just vroomed away to the deep backward point fence. He also now has a fifty to his name

W

to Gurkeerat Singh, out Caught by Chahar!! Just in the nick of time for PUNE, Mann has been chugged down. Mann tries to play the short-arm pull and ekes out a top-edge to the man at deep backward square leg, who moves forward to snaffle the catch. Gurkeerat Singh c Chahar b 51(30) [4s-3 6s-3]

4

to D Miller, FOUR, slower through the air from , Miller sinks on one knee and sweeps it to the deep backward square leg fence. He beat the fielder in the deep with clockwork precision

W

to D Miller, out Lbw!! prises out his 100th scalp in the T20 League with a clever piece of bowling. The arm ball from , Miller hangs back and looks to defend, but misses. It raps him on the pads below the knee-roll and was likely hitting the middle and off-stump. It was 30ks quicker than the previous delivery. D Miller lbw b 7(5) [4s-1]

4

to Behardien, FOUR, the cross-seamer and on a fuller length, Behardien just butchers it to the deep mid-wicket boundary. He breached the gap with pinpointed perfection

W

to Behardien, out Caught by Rahane!! Street-smart piece of bowling from there. Back of the hand slower one from and he bowls it on a fuller length, Behardien looks to biff it over long-off, but gets it off the toe-end to Rahane, who did not have to move an inch to snare the catch. Behardien c Rahane b 5(5) [4s-1]

W

Perera o Axar, ou Caugh by S iwary!! ag-eam work by Chahar and iwary leads o Pael aking he long walk back o he huch. Low full oss from Perera, Pael heaves i owards mid-wicke, where Chahar snaffles he cach above head heigh, bu loses his balance. Jus before he would go over he rope, he lobbed he ball back ino play. iwary did well o run across and grab i. Axar c S iwary b Perera 1(3)

6

Perera o R Dhawan, SIX, very full and jus ouside off, Dhawan says inside he crease and lofs i over deep exra cover for a maximum

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