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Bangalore vs Hyderabad - 51st Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date & Time: 17 May 2018

Hyderabad 204/3 (20 Ovs) RR: 10.20 | Bangalore won by 14 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shikhar Dhawan c Chahal & b Chahalc Chahal & b Chahal181502
Alex Hales c de Villiers & b Moeenc de Villiers & b Moeen372423
Kane Williamson c de Grandhomme & b Sirajc de Grandhomme & b Siraj814275
Manish Pandey Not OutNot Out623872
Deepak Hooda Not OutNot Out1100
Shakib Al Hasan dnbdnb0000
Shreevats Goswami dnbdnb0000
Rashid Khan dnbdnb0000
Basil Thampi dnbdnb0000
Siddarth Kaul dnbdnb0000
Sandeep Sharma dnbdnb0000
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 2, w 3, nb 0)
Total 204 (3 Wkts, 20 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
47-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,5.1), 64-2 (Alex Hales,7.6), 199-3 (Kane Williamson,19.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Umesh Yadav4 0 31 0 7.75
Tim Southee4 0 45 0 11.25
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 28 1 7.00
Mohammed Siraj4 0 43 1 10.75
Moeen Ali2 0 21 1 10.50
Colin de Grandhomme2 0 34 0 17.00
Virat Kohli0 0 0 0 0
Parthiv Patel0 0 0 0 0
AB de Villiers0 0 0 0 0
Mandeep Singh0 0 0 0 0
Sarfaraz Khan0 0 0 0 0


Phew! T20 League fans, you have to afford a pacemaker. Another insane game of cricket has come to an end. The high balls, flying takes, simple dropped chances and some pitiable bowlers - summary of game number 51. More importantly, two massive points for BLR. HYD have lost two on the bounce and they will try to recover. So, shall our team. Saline drip please! This has been draining. Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off on behalf of other textperts - Pratyush Sinha, Vineet Anantharaman, Rishi Roy, Mr. S and Sulthan.

ABD: It is an amazing feeling. Crazy game of cricket. The crowd got behind us and we managed to pull it through. I felt I was in a bit of a puddle when I got out there. At times we were average. I was very happy that I pulled off that nice catch off. I look to put a bit of pressure on the bowlers and I am human after all. I am either going to falter under pressure or they are. So, I always try to put them under pressure. If I get one or two away and take it forward. I made it look better than actually it was. Got into a bad position, the ball had a bit of a curve on it. The minute I took the jump, I realized a little bit of my body was outside. I just had to put that right and luckily it stuck. It would be great to make the knock-outs. Hopefully we do get through. Lots got to happen. First of all, the most important thing is we need to win the next game. Then it comes down to the run rate and who knows.

Virat Kohli (2/2): Tonight ABD and Moeen were superb with the bat with Colin chipping in. We are pretty comfortable with the side. Moeen has come in and done very well for us. Tonight his knock was superb and hats off to him for grabbing his opportunity. He is providing us the balance that we require. Teams don't want us to win. That is a great position to be in. We sense fear and pounce. That has been the case. That was Spiderman stuff (about ABD's catch). You don't do that as normal human beings. I thought it was going for a six but he pulled it off. I though it was going for a six, but he pulls it out, then the jump and then the balance. I mean he can do freakish things but I am used to it now. His shots still leave me in awe but his fielding I am pretty used to now. Need to thank the crowd as it is our last home game. They have been brilliant and the support is something that we are grateful for.

Virat Kohli (1/2): I have seen many of these games before. Just had to stay calm at the end of it. After a point of time, you need to understand that the bowlers are in control of what they want to do. We have two games like this. The one against Mumbai was something similar. The wicket was very good and in the second innings, there was a lot of dew. Hats off to the bowlers for maintaining the composure and giving us two points. The last three games have been like this with our backs against the wall. We head to Rajasthan with momentum on our side. The team is feeling great. Someone stepping up every time and that is what you expect in a team game.

ABD getting an award for taking the catch of the match. Did I hear it right? Might have been the catch of the season. Scroll through the game just to check how on earth, an alien type effort got ABD taking the catch.

Southee: I guess every game from the last couple of games is a must win. We've been focusing only on one game at a time and we did the first half really well in this game and that helped us despite it getting a little too close for our liking. I thought that catch was taken cleanly, it looks a lot worse on TV but it's the third umpire's decision and in the end we won the game which was more important. You sometimes put too much focus on the end result but we just do our thing and the end takes care of itself. The way AB, Mo (Ali) and Colin set the game up was superb and then we pulled it back well at the death. We obviously have two world class players (Virat and AB), but we had useful hands from Moeen who hasn't played a lot and similarly from Colin who finished it off brilliantly at the end. Games like these and the one against Mumbai give us a lot of confidence.

Williamson: I think if we are honest, we missed the trick a little bit with the ball. BLR were fantastic in batting, put us under pressure from ball one and got a good total. When you're chasing, a lot needs to go your way and you need to make very good decisions. At key times towards the end, the runs didn't come. The boys fought hard, and we'll move forward from this. (Thoughts during the innings break) The surface here is tough generally; today was a good wicket obviously. It was important for us to not get carried away early on. The ball flies at this ground, so you can make up. We were close but not close enough. (On what he's done about his consistency) It's about playing your role for the team, as well as you can. We played on a number of tough wickets. We have to find that balance and get some momentum. Credit to BLR again; they deserve to win. They bowled nicely towards the end.

And what about the atmosphere at the Chinnaswamy? The fans rightly acted as the 12th man for the home team to help them hold their nerves. Got to feel for Manish Pandey. He started off a little late in a game which never allowed him the liberty to get his eye in. But at the end of it, HYD have been humbled twice. And the BLR juggernaut rolls on.

All smiles in the BLR camp. They managed to do the jail-break this time after being prisoned during the death overs many times. Siraj was a relieved man. Kohli can afford a beaming smile now. The hugs amongst the BLR boys are warm. They know they are still in it. Another rip roaring game. Full of boundaries and runs. And in the end, how much do you credit Tim Southee for bowling that 17th over, when he conceded only 6 runs. That for me was the speed breaker for HYD, which put off the equation a bit and left them a bit more to do in the last over. But my word, the innings from Kane who choke-slammed every bowler that came his way and the catch from ABD. A highlights package is what the game looked like as almost every ball kept taking the full journey. And yes, dropped catches only added more to the theater called T20. Who is your Man of the Match? Wait a bit to find out who takes the award away.

Fewest wickets lost in a losing run chase:
174/3 CHN v PUN, Centurion, 2009 (Tar: 186)
151/3 RAJ v DEL, Delhi, 2012 (Tar: 153)
204/3 HYD v BLR, Bengaluru, 2018 (Tar: 219) **

Siraj to Manish Pandey, 1 run, BLR are still in this. They move to 12 points. Whatta game of cricket. Again got the heartbeats pulsating at a break neck pace. That was a low full toss and tailing in, the batsman with a closed face of the bat drags the ball away to long-on for a single

This is the highest score for HYD batting second, going past 191 they made at Kotla earlier in the season

Siraj to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, miscues the ball over backward point for a brace
Siraj to Deepak Hooda, 1 run, dropped! How many dropped catches tonight? And second drop for the skipper. The length ball was delivered for the batsman to send it to the moon. But the batsman lifted it up without any distance for the man at long-off to come in but he dropped it
Siraj to Manish Pandey, leg byes, 1 run, full toss and the batsman fails to connect on this. The ball thuds the pad away and bobbles away into the on-side. They take a leg-bye amidst the huge appeal. The fans erupt as they know that even three sixes won't be enough
Siraj to Manish Pandey, no run, what was he trying to do? 20 off 4 balls now. The batsman tries to be cheeky and looks to hit it off the back of his bat and misses it. Pressure on the batting side now

Deepak Hooda, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Siraj to Williamson, out Caught by de Grandhomme!! The swirler has been taken at deep fine leg, inches inside the fence. The batsman shuffled across the sticks and swept the ball away high up in the air. The ball went skywards and when it came down, it had a nervous Kiwi under it. The fielder took it really away from his body. He was inches inside the fence though and that played on his mind. Williamson c de Grandhomme b Siraj 81(42) [4s-7 6s-5]

Siraj to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Siraj then, under the swinging axe.

Southee to Manish Pandey, FOUR, four to end! The drama continues. 20 to get in the last over. That was full, more of a half-volley as he missed the mark and the batsman brought all his sinews to play. Muscled past long-off, to his left for a four
Southee to Manish Pandey, no run, just inside the tramline outside off and the batsman lets it go in search of a wide. That was again full and the batsman could not reach it as he was backing away a bit
Southee to Williamson, 1 run, another misfield. Does not cost BLR anything. The wide, full ball was squeezed away to short third man, who fumbled and recovered in time to allow only a single. The throw was a horrible one but good backing up as well
Southee to Manish Pandey, 1 run, blasts the full ball away and the man at long-off picks the ball up. Failed to get under it this time. 25 off 9 balls now

Siraj is off the field, having an energy drink. Seems to have a niggle on his right leg. Difficult to tell what the specifics are, but he doesn't look overly concerned. He's a candidate to bowl the last over. Gotta be tough.

Southee to Manish Pandey, FOUR, mid-off inside the circle and the batsman gets under the fullish ball to nail it over mid-off. That is something HYD would take with open arms
Southee to Manish Pandey, FOUR, slippery conditions or too casual was CDG? The batsman biffed the full and wide ball over the bowler. The man at long-on did the slide well but the ball bobbled away after hitting the torso. Pressure is doing all the talking now. 31 needed now
Southee to Manish Pandey, wide, slower delivery, radars it too wide and wided by the umpire as the batsman let it go

Still 35 needed. A good penultimate over from Southee should seal the deal. But is that easy? Refill your popcorn..

Most consecutive 50+ scores in T20 League:
5 V Sehwag in 2012
5 J Buttler in 2018
4 V Kohli in 2016
4 K WILLIAMSON in 2018 *

Siraj to Manish Pandey, 1 run, yorkerish delivery just outside off and the batsman blocks the ball out into the third man region for a single
Siraj to Manish Pandey, no run, looks to do the back of the bat act again and misses. That was full and well outside off, could have got under it but tried to be cheeky and misses. That can be a costly miss. 13 off the over so far
Siraj to Manish Pandey, wide, the batsmen tried to steer the ball away with the back of the bat and misses. That was wide and the umpire makes the correct decision. 36 off 14 balls
Siraj to Williamson, leg byes, 1 run, looks to play the paddle after shuffling across his sticks and misses. The ball thuds the pad and drops dead on the centre. The batsmen get a steal
Siraj to Manish Pandey, 1 run, full, almost a yorker as the full toss dipped on the batsman. Manish Pandey flogged the ball away to deep mid-wicket
Siraj to Manish Pandey, FOUR, slower ball, Manish Pandey waits till eternity and upper steers the ball over short third man for a four. 10 off the first two balls. Pressure back on BLR and Siraj as Kohli tries to egg his bowler on
Siraj to Manish Pandey, SIX, Siraj misses the mark and pays the price. Manish Pandey dances across his sticks, exposes all of it and picks the ball over fine leg for a sixer. That was smart, not from the bowler though

Mohammed Siraj [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

Southee to Manish Pandey, 1 run, and again! Accuracy from the Kiwi has been commendable. The batsman inside halves the ball away into the off-side as another inch-perfect wide and full ball was delivered. Not allowing the batsman to get under it. Six of that over only
Southee to Williamson, 1 run, the batsman shuffled a bit, the bowler kept it full and wide. The batsman dragged the drive away and Umesh does the sliding act at mid-off to keep them down to a single. Excellent stuff from Southee
Southee to Manish Pandey, 1 run, charges out too much, fails to get under it and the batsman muscles the ball away to mid-off. Only a single as Umesh steadied himself to pick that up
Southee to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, not perfectly in the yorker zone outside off and the batsman slams the drive to mid-off. Umesh there lets it slip a bit and they take a couple. Not what BLR would want. HYD would take it
Southee to Manish Pandey, no run, two out of two from Southee..Full and wide yorker. The batsman looks to power it but mistimes the ball back to the bowler
Southee to Williamson, 1 run, fullish and widish yorker, the batsman squirts the ball out to squarish deep third man for a single

Tim Southee [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack


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