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Bangalore vs Kolkata - 29th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date & Time: 29 April 2018

Kolkata 176/4 (19.1 Ovs) RR: 9.18 | Kolkata won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Chris Lynn Not OutNot Out625271
Sunil Narine c de Grandhomme & b M Ashwinc de Grandhomme & b M Ashwin271931
Robin Uthappa c Southee & b M Ashwinc Southee & b M Ashwin362133
Nitish Rana retired hurt retired hurt 151020
Andre Russell c de Kock & b Sirajc de Kock & b Siraj0100
Dinesh Karthik c Kohli & b Sirajc Kohli & b Siraj231021
Shubman Gill Not OutNot Out5210
Shivam Mavi dnbdnb0000
Piyush Chawla dnbdnb0000
Mitchell Johnson dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Extras 8 (b 1, lb 0, w 7, nb 0)
Total 176 (4 Wkts, 19.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
59-1 (Sunil Narine,7.1), 108-2 (Robin Uthappa,12.2), 139-3 (Andre Russell,16.3), 171-4 (Dinesh Karthik,18.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee4 0 34 0 8.50
Umesh Yadav3.1 0 36 0 11.61
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 29 0 7.25
Mohammed Siraj4 0 40 2 10.00
Murugan Ashwin4 0 36 2 9.00
Brendon McCullum0 0 0 0 0
Quinton de Kock0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli0 0 0 0 0
Manan Vohra0 0 0 0 0
Mandeep Singh0 0 0 0 0
Colin de Grandhomme0 0 0 0 0


If you were looking for answers to BLR's bowling troubles, they're not here yet. Kohli was brilliant, their batsmen put up a reasonable score, but reasonable's not good enough for them right now. Maybe next time. That's all from the double-header today. It's a goodnight from Sagar Chawla, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Vineet Anantharaman, Srivathsa, Sriram and our scorer Vinod.

Third successive win for KOL against BLR at Chinnaswamy
2016: By five wkts
2017: By six wkts
2018: By six wkts

Chris Lynn, MoM: Sort of been that type of season for me. Hasn't been freeflowing. Not easy on those kind of wickets. Had to find a way, and bit of luck on my side tonight. Too hard to hit down the ground, those boys had it on a string there. Sweeping was the method which I found to work for me. Got to play every situation. Kolkata doesn't turn as much, gets through quicker. Might be easier to score boundaries there. Whatever the team needs, I'll do the job. Body is getting there. Support staff have been very good. Schedule's tight, but I'm keeping the body intact. Got to keep the moustache now. Was going to get rid of it yesterday. Now we've got to get it trending in Kolkata. It's all about having fun here in the T20 League.

Karthik, KOL captain: There's nothing special, nothing too bad about it, we're right in the middle. Important we use some momentum that we got here Thought it was a par score. With AB not being there, we knew Virat was the big wicket. But he's Virat, he came out all guns blazing. I'm somebody who believes in trusting the eleven players, not making too many changes. I have a lot of time for them in life (U-19 players). They're great kids. They're learning. After winning a WC you generally have a bit of a chip on the shoulder, but not these guys. Credit to Rahul Dravid too. They always have to say good things about him. When somebody like that is a coach at the U-19 level, it's going to help you. Always trying to make sure to win the game. It's always the path I'm trying to take when I go into bat.

Sunil Narine: The lesser the wickets we lose at the top the better it is for us. We set a platform for the rest in the middle-order to come and finish it off. We just try to keep calm and win cricket games. Once the guys come out and give them their all we can win any game; hope we continue from strength to strength.

Virat Kohli, BLR captain: The pitch is bringing out surprises everytime we bat. Looked better than it played. 175 was a really good score I felt. If we field like that, we don't deserve to win. We need to be hard on ourselves and be more brave with the ball and in the field, we need to correct those things going forward. We didn't deserve to win with the way we fielded. We weren't just good enough tonight. I can't pin-point anything at this point. We got to win 6 out of 7 to qualify from here. We need to be in that mindset to take every match as a virtual semi-final from here and there's no room for complacency. Need guys stepping up their game at the right time. Hopefully, they understand that moving forward.

00:07 Local Time, 18:37 GMT, 00:07 IST: BLR fail to defend yet another score. A score which was at least par if not above par, on a Chinnaswamy pitch which was taking significant turn. There was much frustration for them at the start of the chase, with Narine professionally scooping the ball in gaps and then Murugan Ashwin dropping a sitter from Lynn. The rain break wouldn't have helped either. But there's no running away from the fact that their bowlers came up short again. Saying that, it wasn't a straightforward chase from KOL. Things did get tight on a couple of occasions, but the sublime cameos from Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik, along with Lynn's well-swept fifty helped them wade through it.

U Yadav to Shubman Gill, FOUR, that's it. 18-year old Shubman Gill slaps this short ball to the point boundary and swings his bat in celebration. Back-to-back defeats for BLR at the Chinnaswamy

Umesh Yadav [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack

Just four needed.

Siraj to Shubman Gill, 1 run, yorker on middle and leg, squeezed away through mid-wicket

Shubman Gill, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Siraj to Karthik, out Caught by Kohli!! Breathtaking catch from Kohli. Phew. It's a mistimed loft from Karthik down the ground and it would have landed short for most fielders at long-on. But Kohli races in and then comes up with some stunning acrobatics. Karthik c Kohli b Siraj 23(10) [4s-2 6s-1]

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

Siraj to Karthik, no run, tries to get fancy. He's aware that third man is inside the ring, so he tries for a reverse-hit over the fielder. But fails to make contact
Siraj to Karthik, 2 runs, short of length delivery, pulled away hard wide of deep mid-wicket
Siraj to Karthik, SIX, puts the seal on it. Crushing blow from Dinesh Karthik. He's offered a good length ball from Siraj, sets himself up and drills it over mid-off. Just over the ropes
Siraj to Karthik, 2 runs, flings his hands at a wide length ball and slices it over backward point. Came right off the toe-end, but clears the infield. Back for two

Just 15 needed off 12. Crowd not looking optimistic. They don't have much reason to be.

Southee to Chris Lynn, 2 runs, full toss outside off, Lynn walks across and hammers it to the right of long-off. Didn't get all of it. But the placement's enough to fetch him the second
Southee to Karthik, 1 run, coolly chips this length ball down towards long-on
Southee to Karthik, FOUR, flurry of runs in the last few balls and suddenly KOL are bossing this. Short of length delivery, Karthik beautifully swivels into the pull and helps it into the gap between deep square and fine leg. His timing's on fire
Southee to Karthik, 2 runs, slower length ball at the stumps, Karthik works it softly through mid-wicket and coasts back for two. He has started well here

Third man up in the ring

Southee to Chris Lynn, 1 run, slices the yorker away to deep point
Southee to Chris Lynn, FOUR, back-to-back fours. The power of Lynn coming to the fore. Low full toss, not an easy ball to hit but Lynn muscles it straight of long-on

Tim Southee [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

Duck on birthday in T20 League:
Misbah v MUM, Bengaluru, 28 May 2008
C Morris v KOL, Delhi, 30 Apr 2016
A Russell v BLR, Bengaluru, 29 Apr 2018 **

Siraj to Karthik, FOUR, full in the slot for Karthik who smears it away through extra cover. Excellent finish to the over from the captain. Hammered this drive to the fence
Siraj to Karthik, 2 runs, chaos out there. Two run-out opportunities, both missed. Karthik cracked this length ball to backward point and immediately set off, Lynn wasn't even in the picture. Then they decide to take the overthrow and Lynn's struggling again at the non-striker's end. Bails light up before he gets in his crease, but that's because Siraj has knocked them off with his hand. Crazy
Siraj to Chris Lynn, 1 run, on the money. Brilliant yorker outside off, Lynn slices it to deep point
Siraj to Chris Lynn, wide, strays in line again in going for the wide yorker, Lynn collects another wide

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Siraj to A Russell, out Caught by de Kock!! This is huuuuuuuuge. Golden duck for Russell on his birthday and the Chinnaswamy finds its voice. Siraj bends his back as he bangs it in, rushes Russell on the pull and balloons off a top-edge. Well taken by de Kock running back. Massive blow. A Russell c de Kock b Siraj 0(1)

Siraj to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Rana is down here. Oh he's going off. The physio was out, helping him stretch even as he writhed in pain. Apparently, it's some back issue. Russell comes in

Siraj to Nitish Rana, FOUR, Chahal fails to cut it off. He gave it his best, sprinting across and diving from deep backward point but couldn't get a strong enough hand. But how well has Rana timed this yorker. It's very close to the blockhole if not right in it, but Rana slices it superbly through the off-side
Siraj to Chris Lynn, 1 run, nice and full from Siraj, Lynn can't get under it as he brings the hammer down to drill the ball to long-off
Siraj to Chris Lynn, wide, aims for the wide yorker but misses his mark by a long way. Comfortably beyond the wide marker. Lynn lets it go

Mohammed Siraj [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Time-out! BLR's spinners are done, and with 43 needed from four overs, KOL would fancy themselves.

Murugan Ashwin to Nitish Rana, FOUR, oh poor finish to the spell from Ashwin. Lands the googly outside leg and is punished. Rana grounds his back knee to sweep it over short fine
Murugan Ashwin to Chris Lynn, byes, 1 run, floated up very wide outside off, Lynn walks across and stretches out to fetch the sweep but he's left high and dry by the turn. Wide probably? Maybe not as he walked so far across. Keeper fumbles, allows the bye


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