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Bangalore vs Delhi - 19th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date & Time: 21 April 2018

Bangalore 176/4 (18 Ovs) RR: 9.78 | Bangalore won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock runout runout 181611
Manan Vohra c Roy & b Maxwellc Roy & b Maxwell2500
Virat Kohli c Boult & b Harshal Patelc Boult & b Harshal Patel302621
AB de Villiers Not OutNot Out9039105
Corey Anderson bowled Boultbowled Boult151301
Mandeep Singh Not OutNot Out17911
Washington Sundar dnbdnb0000
Chris Woakes dnbdnb0000
Umesh Yadav dnbdnb0000
Mohammed Siraj dnbdnb0000
Yuzvendra Chahal dnbdnb0000
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)
Total 176 (4 Wkts, 18 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
9-1 (Manan Vohra,1.6), 29-2 (Quinton de Kock,4.3), 92-3 (Virat Kohli,10.6), 148-4 (Corey Anderson,15.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult4 0 33 1 8.25
Glenn Maxwell2 0 13 1 6.50
Shahbaz Nadeem2 0 27 0 13.50
Chris Morris4 0 43 0 10.75
Harshal Patel3 0 33 1 11.00
Rahul Tewatia3 0 26 0 8.67
Gautam Gambhir0 0 0 0 0
Jason Roy0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant0 0 0 0 0
Vijay Shankar0 0 0 0 0


So that customary AB special at Chinnaswamy hits us. And a familiar script plays itself out at Bangalore all over again - the bowlers concede, the batsmen steal more. It's all we have for you from this heady night. I was Vineet Anantharaman helping you chew your nails off in the company of Sagar Chawla, Akshay Maanay, Nikhil Jadhav, Pradeep Krishnamurthy and our scorer Naga. To a couple more tomorrow, ta ta!!

AB de Villiers | MoM: It's one of those nights when you see the ball well. The last two innings I wasn't hitting it too well, but today I felt it coming off the middle, watched it nice and early, bought myself that extra split second to make decisions and that's when I need to cash in. When you do get on top of the bowler, you have to take him down. This is the best crowd in the world; I love playing here. They keep backing us every game but I must say, whenever you get into that zone that crowd is only a buzz. And most of it today was a buzz. [On the 'genius' on his bat] I didn't give myself that name, MRF did it (smiles). It's a privilege playing with these bats, it's some good stuff.

Virat Kohli | Winning skipper: I think the 30 runs tonight is much better than the 90 I got in the last game. Two points are very crucial for us at this stage. We really thought about how to go about it, and we still have a few areas. The guy (AB) in our team gives us plenty of reasons to smile. We understand situations, understand each other's games well. He started off in a great way, my job then became to stick it out, string in a 65-70 run partnership. And then the opposition know they have to protect the game, rather than going for a win. It was a pity I couldn't stay till the end, but Corey and Mandy did really well to support him. They kept taking singles with positive intent and that is great to see. But AB just keeps taking the game away and that's why there's no doubt why he's the best player in the world. [On Boult's catch] It's one of those things you see regularly in the T20 League. It's good for the fans as well and when you look back you don't really feel bad getting out to a catch like that, full credit to Trent. Till the 15-over mark we were really good with the ball and with the bat even after we lost early wickets we strung in small partnerships. Plenty of positives but plenty of areas where we can improve as well. The crowd has always supported us in huge numbers; if the team believes, the crowd believes in us as well. We need the energy of the crowd and the players and we'll keep doing it for them, giving it our everything and keep pushing forward for them.

Rishabh Pant: This is how T20 games go on, I played well, but AB was the difference between the two teams. The wicket wasn't so easy, we (myself and Iyer) thought we will have a partnership. It worked well, but we didn't get a winning score. No excuses about the dew, but it was a factor. I am just trying to learn from AB and Virat, how easy they score runs. That scoop shot today was a new innovation.

Gautam Gambhir | Losing skipper: I thought AB took the game away from us, the way he batted. We were very much in the game after scoring 175. At one point getting to 150-155 looked difficult. It was a bit tacky in the first six overs. Shreyas was unbelievable, Pant was unbelievable too. Our spinners could have bowled better against AB in the first six overs. When the spinners were bowling the ball was gripping as the ball was new, the seam was new, one wicket there and it was our game. AB took on the spinners and got away with it. (On Boult's catch) It's the best catch I've ever seen. It was unbelievable because he's a left hander and he grabbed it in his right hand. It's never easy. Things are getting desperate for us and hopefully we can turn things around when we go back home. We are professional cricketers and there can't be excuses. Hopefully we can win a few and get the momentum in our favor. If you see the points table most of the teams are close to each other. So we need to reach the mid of the table first and then maybe in the top four.

23:27 local: It's been a show. It's been a carnage. And it's been the usual suspect murdering yet another attack, yet another match. Oh what would this side do without AB .. he's churned out yet another special, chasing, alone. So Delhi started well, running mixups helped them too, so did Boult's special at the boundary. But then the tornado hit, with sixes being smashed into every single pocket possible, breaking a few jaws on the way. Sheer audacity. Delhi would rue their missed powerplay when they were batting, for the wicket only kept getting truer with the dew setting in. And their bowlers missing their lengths just didn't help. Read into the interviews lined up.

Highest scores for AB de Villiers chasing in T20 League:
90(39)* v DEL, Bengaluru, 2018
89(41)* v HYD, Bengaluru, 2014
79(47)* v GUJ, Bengaluru, 2016

Boult to de Villiers, FOUR, it's it. Lays into a half volley, screeching it through the covers, beating the leather off it. And BLR begin their move up
Boult to de Villiers, FOUR, beautifully played, fraction short and just outside off, AB arches back and then ramps over third man, couple of bounces and over the ropes
Boult to Mandeep, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away past square leg
Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, doesn't quite get up and hence a mistime on the cut, wide of cover-point and AB sneaks in a single
Boult to Mandeep, 1 run, 135.1kph, soft tap into the covers. Into single digits ..
Boult to Mandeep, 2 runs, 134.3kph. Full toss again. Knocked straight back, and the lack of legs mean the second
Chris Morris to Mandeep, 1 run, loopy slow full toss on middle. Turns it in front of square

So 13 runs required in 19. Roy has gone off for treatment.

Chris Morris to Mandeep, FOUR, blame Mandeep for stealing AB's century. A fullish length and he throws every ounce of his muscle to cart it straight down. Roy chases, dives, and has probably cut himself on the rope. Yeah, none of it could stop the boundary though
Chris Morris to Mandeep, no run, tight on the sticks. Ahh, a defensive push, you've been missed
Chris Morris to de Villiers, 1 run, 129.3kph, dipping full toss, taking AB by surprise, can still pinch the single, with a tickle down to fine leg

Morris' spikes seem to have mud stuck in them. So do Delhi's hopes. Sadly only one can be cleaned up using the wire-brush.

Chris Morris to Mandeep, 1 run, to third man, 129.2kph, on the hop, riding the bounce to stab it to third man. 18 off 22. AB needs 20
Chris Morris to Mandeep, wide, tries a cutter drifting down leg. Mandeep can't connect with his flick
Chris Morris to Mandeep, SIX, these massive bats. So Mandeep's done in with the lack of pace, he swings across the line, gets the back of the bat. And it finds a way to fly high and into the fence behind the keeper
Boult to Mandeep, 1 run, tummy-lined. A delicate run down to third man

Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Boult to Corey Anderson, out Bowled!! Another twist. That ideal ball in the times of misery. Full, straight, bang in the blockhole. Anderson backs away, gives himself some room to go downtown. Misses. Big time. And the ball sneaks under to make a mess of the timber. And they take the time-out. The only strategy RCb need now is to find ways of giving AB his strike. And his century. Corey Anderson b Boult 15(13) [6s-1]

Boult to Corey Anderson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, oh the running. And this drama script has some comedy mid-way. Okay so AB pokes it to point, he takes off for the single, Anderson kindly responds. But with the ball going straight to Gambhir, both of them freeze, run wrong ways after almost having made it in. And Corey decides to surrender .. true friend like. Never mind, the throw's wild, Boult's dive too can't get a hand to it
Boult to Corey Anderson, 1 run, leg full toss. Whipped away to long-on
Boult to Corey Anderson, no run, nails the wide yorker. Everything right for a change. Anderson can't stretch enough
Boult to Corey Anderson, SIX, nobody's getting it right. Boult returns with a full toss, nice and high, and Anderson's reversing roles. Smokes it into cow corner

Trent Boult [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

The equation - 35 runs. 30 balls. AB needs to get 21 off those for his century.

Chris Morris to Corey Anderson, 1 run, full toss, politely steered to point, who's right at the edge. And they take the single
Chris Morris to de Villiers, 1 run, tucks him up with the bumper. On the ribs and pulled away. Ugly. One-handed. Ballooning up, but in no man's land in mid-wicket. It's his day
Chris Morris to de Villiers, wide, tries going round the wicket. Tries going short. A sign of relief. Turns. Spots the umpire's hands stretched. Who's game is this
Chris Morris to de Villiers, FOUR, the carnage. Morris loses it down leg, the last hit has mentally scarred him. And is mowed away, fine
Chris Morris to de Villiers, SIX, the second tier tonks have become boring. So AB goes into the third. Once that front leg goes out of the way, it's always into the orbit. And then the ball's on the meaty length too. Whacked, straight down
Chris Morris to de Villiers, no run, hurries him in with the cramper. Off the sticker to short fine
Chris Morris to Corey Anderson, 1 run, stays beisde the line, opens up the bat face. Square

Chris Morris [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, 1 run, wrong 'un. Short enough for Anderson to read and jab it in front of square
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, sets up for the across the line mow again, but it's wide now. And damn quick. Adjusts to slap it to a wide long-off

Reaching 50 off 25 or fewer balls most times in T20 League:
11 D Warner
8 AB de Villiers
6 V Sehwag/ C Gayle
5 R Uthappa

Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, SIX, spectator down - into her jaw. Now who's missing Gayle when AB can break jaws as well. Back on a knee, under the swinging tonk, and into the second tier at cow corner
Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, 1 run, 86.5kph, too straight. Tickled away round the corner. And he's doing his job perfectly


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