15th Match, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, 15 April 2017

DD vs KXIP

Punjab 2nd Inn:137/9 (20)

Sandeep Sharma 2 (2);
Pat Cummins 4-0-23-2; Chris Morris 4-0-23-3;

Last bat: Axar Patel

Result: Delhi won by 51 runs.

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Punjab Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Manan Vohra lbw Nadeem 3 6 0 0 50
Hashim Amla c Billings & b Chris Morris 19 12 4 0 158.33
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) c Zaheer & b Nadeem 7 5 1 0 140
Eoin Morgan c Nair & b Pat Cummins 22 20 3 0 110
David Miller lbw CJ Anderson 24 28 1 0 85.71
Glenn Maxwell(c) c Billings & b A Mishra 0 2 0 0 0
Axar Patel b Chris Morris 44 29 1 3 151.72
Mohit Sharma b Pat Cummins 13 14 1 0 92.86
KC Cariappa b Chris Morris 1 2 0 0 50
Sandeep Sharma not out 2 2 0 0 100
Varun Aaron dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 1, nb - 0)2
Total(137 for 9 in 20 overs)137 (6.85 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/5 (Manan Vohra, 1.4 ov.) 2/21 (Wriddhiman Saha, 3.2 ov.) 3/31 (Hashim Amla, 4.4 ov.)
4/64 (Eoin Morgan, 9.6 ov.) 5/65 (Glenn Maxwell, 10.3 ov.) 6/88 (David Miller, 13.4 ov.)
7/133 (Mohit Sharma, 18.5 ov.) 8/134 (KC Cariappa, 19.1 ov.) 9/137 (Axar Patel, 19.6 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Zaheer Khan (c) 4 0 38 0 9.5  
Shahbaz Nadeem 2 0 13 2 6.5  
Chris Morris 4 0 23 3 5.75 (1w)
Pat Cummins 4 0 23 2 5.75  
Amit Mishra 3 0 16 1 5.33  
Corey Anderson 3 0 23 1 7.67  
               

Delhi Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Sanju Samson c Morgan & b Cariappa 19 18 2 1 105.56
Sam Billings c Miller & b Axar 55 40 9 0 137.5
Karun Nair c Saha & b Aaron 0 3 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer c Morgan & b Mohit Sharma 22 17 3 0 129.41
Rishabh Pant(wk) c Morgan & b Aaron 15 9 3 0 166.67
Corey Anderson not out 39 22 3 3 177.27
Chris Morris c Mohit Sharma & b Sandeep Sharma 16 8 1 1 200
Pat Cummins not out 12 6 2 0 200
Amit Mishra dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Shahbaz Nadeem dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Zaheer Khan(c) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 2, w - 4, nb - 4)10
Total(188 for 6 in 20 overs)188 (9.4 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/53 (Sanju Samson, 6.5 ov.) 2/55 (Karun Nair, 7.3 ov.) 3/96 (Shreyas Iyer, 11.5 ov.)
4/103 (Sam Billings, 12.5 ov.) 5/120 (Rishabh Pant, 15.1 ov.) 6/151 (Chris Morris, 17.5 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Sandeep Sharma 4 0 41 1 10.25  
Mohit Sharma 4 0 37 1 9.25  
Axar Patel 4 0 33 1 8.25  
Varun Aaron 4 0 45 2 11.25 (4w)
KC Cariappa 3 0 23 1 7.67  
Glenn Maxwell (c) 1 0 7 0 7  
               
All|Overs 1-50
W

to Vohra, out Lbw!! Shahbaz strikes in his very first over. He's having a wonderful season. The umpire took his time before raising the dreaded finger. Did that pitch in line? Yes, it did and spun away. Vohra gets down on one knee and in his attempt to lap it fine, misses it completely. He is pinged on the thigh pad in front of middle and leg. HawkEye confirms that would have hit the leg-pole. Good decision from the umpire. Vohra lbw b 3(6)

4

to Amla, FOUR, in the air and that's the first boundary of the innings! The knuckle ball on a shortish length, Amla walks down the track and pulls it over mid-wicket. There is no one in the deep and the ball races away

4

to Amla, FOUR, shot! Perhaps, a safe shot. Stands tall, waits for the ball to come to him and launches this short of a good length delivery over mid-off. One bounce and into the fence

4

to Saha, FOUR, flat and slightly short, Saha backs away and carves it over point. Two fielders chase, but can't chase it down

W

to Saha, out Caught by Zaheer!! Zaheer takes a catch and claims it. The umpires decide to go up and the soft signal is out. It was darted in on off, Saha danced down, moved leg-side and went for the inside-out shot. Couldn't get enough elevation on that and finds Zak at extra cover. The ball was dipping when it approached him, but Zaheer had both his hands underneath the ball. Second wicket for Shahbaz . Now, it's all down to the four foreign recruits for PUN to make a match out of this. Saha c Zaheer b 7(5) [4s-1]

4

to Amla, FOUR, beautiful shot! See the ball, hit the ball, is the mantra. A round-armish delivery from , Amla who has taken leg-stump guard, has enough room to free his arms. Strokes it over and wide of mid-off to collect his third boundary

4

Morris to Amla, FOUR, wow! Elegant. Amla shuffles across a long way and flicks this full ball around off very fine. No chance for the man at short fine leg. The ball reached the fence in a hurry

W

Morris to Amla, out Caught by Billings!! Would you believe that? Amla perishes to a full toss. There was one fielder in the deep on the leg-side and Amla finds him perfectly. A low full toss on the pads, Amla with a slight shuffle, flicks it in the air and hits it straight down the throat of Billings at long leg. Punjab in a spot of bother. Amla c Billings b Morris 19(12) [4s-4]

OT

Morris to Miller, 1 run, ah! A direct hit there at the striker's end would have been curtains to Eoin Morgan! Miller taps this length ball to covers with soft hands and sets off. Billings chases it down and fires in a throw quickly. Misses the target just by a few inches

4

Cummins to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, shot! Shortish ball that sits up nicely for Morgan to thwack the pull from outside off. Found the gap between mid-on and mid-wicket and the result was a boundary

4

Cummins to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, a boundary for PUN after 24 balls. Morgan clears the front leg and spears a full ball through extra-cover. Mid-off was up in the ring and he just had to find the gap

4

Cummins to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, Morgan again. This time it's short and wide and Morgan slaps it hard through point. It beats the diving fielder inside the ring as well as the one at the boundary

W

Cummins to Eoin Morgan, out Caught by Nair!! He's cut that straight to backward point this time. That's a big blow. Morgan was starting to find some fluency but he now finds the fielder. Short and wide from Cummins, Morgan goes hard but fails to keep it down and it's straight to Karun Nair. Eoin Morgan c Nair b Cummins 22(20) [4s-3]

W

to Maxwell, out Caught by Billings!! Is that the game for DEL? The in-form Maxwell is gone for a duck. Too much pressure really. He had to tee off from the word go with the required rate touching 13, and isn't the most straightforward bloke to take on first up. He cleverly bowls it a little wide of off forcing Maxwell to reach out for his slog-sweep and it comes right off the bottom. It's a top-edge too. Simple catch for Billings at deep mid-wicket. Maxwell c Billings b 0(2)

6

to Axar, SIX, gosh, that's big from Patel. Way back into the stands. turns one into him this time, Patel goes down quickly and picks the bones out of the slog-sweep. Elevation as well as the distance

4

Anderson to Miller, FOUR, his first boundary today and it's come off a thick inside edge past short fine. Anderson bowls this in the blockhole just outside off, Miller jams down on it and squirts it away past leg-stump

D

Anderson to Miller, 1 run, is that a dropped catch? It looks like it. Another very full ball, Miller crashes it to the right of cover where Zaheer goes across low with both hands but fails to hold on

W

Anderson to Miller, out Lbw!! Miller's painful stay at the crease has ended through a full toss. Anderson gets some tail on the delivery and swirls it in on middle, and Miller plays all around it. His head fell over too. The ball crashes into the back leg on the full. Just one of those days for Miller. Never found any timing whatsoever. Miller lbw b Anderson 24(28) [4s-1]

OT

to Axar, 2 runs, only had to gather that and Mohit was gone. But the throw landed very close to him making it difficult. Knuckle ball outside off, Patel punches it through backward point and calls his partner back for two despite the fielder swooping in quickly

4

to Axar, FOUR, short and wide, Patel slashes and slashes hard. The edge flies away through to the third man boundary

4

to Mohit Sharma, FOUR, he's unwittingly sliced that over short third man. A knuckle ball outside off, Mohit throws his hands at it, the bat-face opens on impact and the ball beautifully lobs over the infield. A bit of a helicopter from Mohit too

6

Anderson to Axar, SIX, drills this straight back down the ground. Anderson misses out on the blockhole by a few inches and is hammered by Patel. He's playing a good little knock here. But this chase is beyond his powers

6

to Axar, SIX, another slower ball perhaps? Patel picks it up and nails it over long-on. He's been hitting them really well today

OT

Cummins to Axar, 1 run, dabs a short of length off-cutter straight to short third man. They impetuously run across for a non-existent single. Mohit had given up. No direct hit though

W

Cummins to Mohit Sharma, out Bowled!! Off the pads and into leg-stump. Cummins followed Mohit with a full ball as he backed away a touch. The delivery is too quick for Mohit. He misses his swipe through mid-wicket and the ball deflects off the pad to knock over the timber. Mohit Sharma b Cummins 13(14) [4s-1]

W

Morris to Cariappa, out Bowled!! Similar technique from Cariappa - backing away to swish through off. But Morris does him with a yorker. It's too quick for Cariappa. The ball bursts through to crash into the base of middle. Cariappa b Morris 1(2)

W

Morris to Axar, out Bowled!! The leg-bail flies off its groove and that's the game for Delhi. Massive win. Morris causes Patel to go through with the slog too early as he holds it back in pace and the deception is good enough to fetch him his third for the night. Axar b Morris 44(29) [4s-1 6s-3]

4

Sharma to Samson, FOUR, no, no. Wrong line , searches for that banana swing. In the process, sprays it on the pads, the fine leg was inside the ring and easy put away for Samson. Just nurdles it past the man at 45

4

Sharma to Samson, FOUR, candyfloss. Cracking shot from Samson. Leans forward and caresses it through the packed off-side field. Eventful start for DEL

4

Sharma to Billings, FOUR, not where he exactly intended but he will earn a boundary. Billings gets off the mark with a boundary. bangs it short, Billings was committed to the pull, was hustled by pace, manages to get it off the higher part of his bat and skews it over mid-on

4

Sharma to Billings, FOUR, make that two in a row. goes shorter again, Billings is bred on English soil. Too easy for him, pulls it wide of mid-on. No need to run for those

4

Sharma to Billings, FOUR, you don't often see a batsman play sweep shot to a fast bowler. Let's call this Billings special. Buries on one knee and sweeps it fiercely behind square. Races away to the fence in a jiffy

4

to Billings, FOUR, wow. That was hammered ferociously. Billings charges down the track and smacks it down the ground

4

to Billings, FOUR, Billings is teeing off like a golfer. Uses his feet again, stays a bit leg sidish this time. Fetches the heave from off and directs it through mid-wicket

4

to Billings, FOUR, three in a row. Problems aplenty for . Just not getting his line right. Slants it on the pads, fine leg was inside the ring and Billings will put it away seven days a week and twenty four hours a day. Flicks it past short fine

6

Sharma to Samson, SIX, caps off the over with a stinker. Short ball sat up nicely for Samson, he gets on top of it and nails the pull over wide long-on. Just about clears the fence

OT

to Billings, 1 run, rushes it through outside off, Billings goes deep in his crease and pats it softly to cover

W

to Samson, out Caught by Eoin Morgan!! First wicket for in T20 League 2017. Has struck in his first over. Tosses it up this time, the ball dips in a touch. Samson plays down the wrong line, gets a leading edge that ballons up straight to long-off. Morgan ain't dropping those.Samson c Eoin Morgan b 19(18) [4s-2 6s-1]

W

to Nair, out Caught by Saha!! That's an excellent catch from Saha. Credit to Varun, kept persisting it with short pitch stuff and it pays off. After conceding 13 runs in his first over, he shows great courage and picks up a wicket. It was short and drifting down leg, Nair, in a bid to tickle it fine, gloves it to the left of Saha. He flings and settles under it. Nair c Saha b 0(3)

4

to Billings, FOUR, streaky but he won't mind. sees the batsman back away and hurls it full outside off, Billings throws his bat and gets a thickish outside edge that flies through the vacant slip region

4

to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, top shot from Iyer. Sees the leg-break early, lunges across, opens the bat face and steers it past point. The fielder in the deep gets across and puts in a dive but in vain

4

to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, easy-peasy for Iyer. Vrooming down leg, Iyer gets inside the line and tickles it fine

4

to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, brilliant placement from Iyer. Bisects two men in the deep to perfection. Showing a piece of geometry that would put Euclid to shame. strays it on the pads again, Iyer gets right behind it and clips it behind square

4

Sharma to Billings, FOUR, with mid-wicket inside the ring, the pull is a safe shot. That is if you get it right. Billings was almost cramped for room, but got the pull high on the bat and placed it to the left of mid-wicket. No chance for long-on to cut it off

W

Sharma to Shreyas Iyer, out Caught by Eoin Morgan!! Catching practice for Morgan. Another partnership that had started to flourish is nipped in the bud. Not the greatest of shots from Iyer. It was a length delivery alright and he wanted to loft it over the long-on fence, the bat turned on impact and the ball went up towards long-on. Second catch for the England ODI skipper. Shreyas Iyer c Eoin Morgan b Sharma 22(17) [4s-3]

OT

Sharma to Billings, 1 run, fifty for Billings. Raises his bat and acknowledges the applause from the home crowd. Still a long way to go for him. The pitch has started to get slower and run making is not going to be easy. With him being set, DEL would want him to carry on. Coming to the ball: Plays the slower delivery with soft hands into the off-side ring and jogs across to the other end

4

to Billings, FOUR, almost deceived his man. Saw the batsman advance and pushed it wider, Billings reached out and lofted it inside out, not off the meat of the bat but had enough to collect a boundary

W

to Billings, out Caught by Miller!! The small little things that you do produce the bigger things. That Vohra stop kept Billings on strike and what happens next? The Kent man miscues a loft to long-on. Takes a couple of steps down, not close to the ball but still goes through with the loft. Right off the toe-end and almost had enough to clear Miller, who set himself up right on the edge of the circle and clasped it. Billings c Miller b 55(40) [4s-9]

4

to Pant, FOUR, long-off had around 10 yards to cover and he couldn't get there. That is the power of Pant. Races down the wicket and gets to the pitch of the ball, lofts it hard and over extra cover, one bounce and into the fence

D

to Corey Anderson, no run, almost thumped it back to . Flatter offie around, Anderson hangs back and punches it straight down the wicket, did not keep it down the ground, is late to react, the ball hits his upper part of his hand and goes to ground. Tough chance but should have been taken

4

to Pant, FOUR, wow! Width offered and Pant is all over it. There was a deep cover fielder and he beat him to his right. Short as well and Pant slaps it in front of square, raced away to the fence

4

to Pant, FOUR, even the mishits are going to the fence, thanks to some sloppy work by Morgan. Short and turning away, Pant pulls and the bottom hand comes off the handle, the ball goes to wide long-on, where Morgan allows it to escape

W

to Pant, out Caught by Eoin Morgan!! Done in for pace. An important wicket for PUN. Pant was looking to get on with proceedings. Short and angled across off, pulling against the angle is always dangerous, Pant takes it on and splices it towards mid-off. Morgan might be having a rough day with his ground fielding, but not with his catching. Accepts the dolly with ease. Pant c Eoin Morgan b 15(9) [4s-3]

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, lovely! No fancy shots from Morris. He uses 's extra pace to his advantage, stays leg-side of the short of length delivery, opens the bat face and directs it behind square on the off-side, split backward point and short third man expertly

4

to Corey Anderson, FOUR, Anderson reminding everyone that he has the second fastest ODI hundred. The extra delivery costing four runs. Length delivery right in the slot, Anderson slams it straight down the ground. Almost knocked the umpire off

6

Sharma to Chris Morris, SIX, that's how you cash in. Something for Billings to learn. 95kph slower delivery and Morris picked the bones out of that one, delayed his shot and that allowed it him to send it sailing over long-on. That gets the crowd going as well

4

Sharma to Corey Anderson, FOUR, round the wicket and dishes in a full toss, the idea was to nail the yorker, missed and Anderson slices it over the infield on the off-side. The fielder was at deep cover and even though the ball plugged in the outfield, he couldn't get there

W

Sharma to Chris Morris, out Caught by Mohit Sharma!! Huge wicket this, especially at this stage of the innings. Morris blasted a 9-ball 38 in the previous game against PUNE, coming in at this stage. Short of a length delivery and Morris pulls, he does not bother to keep it down, was planning to clear the fielder. But since it was off the bottom of the bat, it has no wings to fly over Mohit at deep square. Chris Morris c Mohit Sharma b Sharma 16(8) [4s-1 6s-1]

6

to Corey Anderson, SIX, became predictable there. He was targeting Anderson's pads, missed his length and the Kiwi got underneath that, swung it over the long leg fence and the short Kotla boundaries took care of the rest

6

to Corey Anderson, SIX, it was a gamble and it didn't pay off. Darted in on a shortish length, Anderson sets himself up with the front leg cleared, muscles it towards long-on. Maxwell leaps as high as possible, but couldn't even get a finger on it

4

Sharma to Pat Cummins, FOUR, handy runs these for DEL. Not a bad delivery by any means. The wide yorker outside off, Cummins crouches low, opens the bat face and steers it past the diving backward point fielder

4

Sharma to Pat Cummins, FOUR, yorker followed by a slow short of length delivery, Cummins was waiting for that, he stayed on the back foot and pulled it in front of square, bisected deep mid-wicket and long-on to perfection

4

Sharma to Corey Anderson, FOUR, switches to round the wicket for Anderson, misses the yorker by a few inches, Anderson smashes the low full toss straight down the ground. No chance for long-on or long-off

6

Sharma to Corey Anderson, SIX, Anderson ends the innings in style. Slower short of length delivery, sat up nicely for Anderson, who waits for it and pulls it to deep square leg. The ball teased the fielder, but he could only palm it over the rope

Delhi

 Shreyas Iyer  Sam Billings  Sanju Samson
 Rishabh Pant (wk) Corey Anderson  Chris Morris
 Karun Nair  Pat Cummins  Amit Mishra
 Shahbaz Nadeem  Zaheer Khan (c) Murugan Ashwin
 Navdeep Saini  Shashank Singh  Angelo Mathews
 Kagiso Rabada  Ankit Bawne  Mohammed Shami
 Jayant Yadav  Carlos Brathwaite  Chama Milind
 Khaleel Ahmed  Pratyush Singh  Ben Hilfenhaus
 Aditya Tare     
           

Punjab

 Hashim Amla  Manan Vohra  Eoin Morgan
 Glenn Maxwell (c) David Miller  Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
 Axar Patel  Mohit Sharma  Varun Aaron
 Sandeep Sharma  KC Cariappa  Marcus Stoinis
 Ishant Sharma  Gurkeerat Singh Mann  Anureet Singh
 Shaun Marsh  Nikhil Naik  Armaan Jaffer
 Pardeep Sahu  Swapnil Singh  Matt Henry
 Rahul Tewatia  Martin Guptill  Darren Sammy
 Rinku Singh  T Natarajan