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Bangalore vs Punjab - 8th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date & Time: 13 April 2018

Bangalore 159/6 (19.3 Ovs) RR: 8.15 | Bangalore won by 4 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock bowled Ashwinbowled Ashwin453471
Brendon McCullum c Mujeeb & b Axarc Mujeeb & b Axar0100
Virat Kohli bowled Mujeebbowled Mujeeb211640
AB de Villiers c Nair & b Andrew Tyec Nair & b Andrew Tye574024
Sarfaraz Khan c Nair & b Ashwinc Nair & b Ashwin0100
Mandeep Singh runout runout 221910
Chris Woakes Not OutNot Out1200
Washington Sundar Not OutNot Out9420
Kulwant Khejroliya dnbdnb0000
Umesh Yadav dnbdnb0000
Yuzvendra Chahal dnbdnb0000
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 3, w 1, nb 0)
Total 159 (6 Wkts, 19.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
1-1 (Brendon McCullum,0.2), 33-2 (Virat Kohli,4.5), 87-3 (Quinton de Kock,11.2), 87-4 (Sarfaraz Khan,11.3), 146-5 (AB de Villiers,18.1), 150-6 (Mandeep Singh,18.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Axar Patel4 0 25 1 6.25
Ravichandran Ashwin4 0 30 2 7.50
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4 0 29 1 7.25
Andrew Tye4 0 27 1 6.75
Mohit Sharma3.3 0 45 0 13.64
Lokesh Rahul0 0 0 0 0
Mayank Agarwal0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Finch0 0 0 0 0
Yuvraj Singh0 0 0 0 0
Karun Nair0 0 0 0 0
Marcus Stoinis0 0 0 0 0


After losing 11 games with de Villiers in the side, BLR finally win one. Don't let that dizzy you too much; life hasn't always been rewarding. And to add to your astonishment, this was also a home victory for BLR after going six games without a win at Chinnaswamy last year. A homecoming in more ways than one, and Virat will hope this continues into the next game for them, which is here, day after, against Rajasthan. But we'll see you before that, at the double-header tomorrow. Until then, this is Pratyush Sinha logging off alongside Hari Sadanandan, Nikhil Jadhav, Nagaraju, Kumar Abhisekh Das and Pradeep. Sleep tight, ta-ta!

Umesh Yadav - Player of the Match: I was backing myself and my strengths, bowling quick at the stumps. Whatever you want, you do it is what Kohli and the coach tells. They want me to bowl with pace and attack the stumps, and not worry about the variations. This pitch was slow; Kolkata pitch was quick, where the back of a length ball was kicking. If you bowl on a length here then the ball was skidding and that helped me. I think I enjoyed Yuvraj Singh's wicket the most.

Virat Kohli: Very happy. First home game is crucial. Last year, we couldn't get off to a start. Crowd has a lot of expectations, and tonight was a game we wanted badly, especially in the initial stages of the tournament. We knew new ball will come on nicely, and the batsmen hit some good shots. Umesh bowled well; getting three wickets in an over is great. Our mindset is - we want our best bowlers to step up and get confident early on. When only five are playing, you have to hit your areas well. They have done well. I think 170 would have been par. (The pitch is) Slightly better than the last year but against the older ball, middle overs can be difficult. We have lost two wickets in two balls in the last two games, so we have to work on them. Maybe stitch a little partnership. Back to back wickets pushes you back in the eight ball.

AB de Villiers: Really wanted to get over the line. Wanted to be not out in the end but feel sorry that I got out and put pressure on the lower order batsmen. I love guiding the team to victory being unbeaten, unfortunately couldn't do that. Anyways, credit to their bowling unit. The wicket was little bit on the slower side and Yuzi (Chahal) and Sundar bowled well. They got the important wickets and got the momentum our way at half stage. It's a really special place to play cricket - the Chinnaswamy. Get a lot of crowd support here. We didn't have a good season last year but we are going to make up for it this year.

Ravichandran Ashwin: "(On the result) I am really proud of the way the boys fought. Always thought we had our backs against the wall because we were about 20-30 short. Still we fought hard and I am proud of the guys. (If the toss is crucial this season) Cannot always depend on the tosses, tournaments are won on good performances. (Whether the BLR top order is intimidating) Not that intimidating to be honest, pressure is on them actually due to their reputations. I thought our boys did well by putting in a good effort. (On captaincy) It's good so far, I am really enjoying it. Cannot ask for anything better from the boys. (If PUN are spin-heavy) I think the best bowlers are still going to be the best ones. This wicket wasn't exactly great for spin bowling with the dew around but we showed them what we are capable of. At the end of the day, good bowlers are still good bowlers."

11:39pm local: Quite a match that weaved around Mujeeb and his fluctuating fortunes, you'd have to say. Aged seventeen, he turned the match around with Kohli's wicket and what followed were fears, of another BLR disappointment. And all that was blown away out of a petri dish, when de Villiers laid into Mujeeb, actuating an unravelling that set the home side for a win. Ashwin, who's having a heated chat with the umpire, was left-field with his captaincy, marshalling a troop of burgeoning spinners, but the batsmen never had enough on board -- even if Chinnaswamy is, now, a fading replica of the bowlers' morgue that it used to be.

Mohit Sharma to Washington Sundar, FOUR, BLR get going at home this year. A little room down leg and an inside-out lift over cover. That'll do

Okay, what's happened. Mohit's running in and has been stopped. Think it's because the fielders are moving in the outfield

1 off 4 needed. Still on BLR's side but this ball can change things

Mohit Sharma to Washington Sundar, no run, so not the full ball that we thought. Slow, yes, and angled across on a back of a length. Washington Sundar wafts and misses

Five balls, 1 run. I'll stick my head out and say that BLR are winning this.

Mohit Sharma to Washington Sundar, FOUR, scores level. Banged in short, and Washington Sundar is quick to leap into an upper-cut. Got it much finer than he intended but that'll do. Through third man. That will surely do

5 needed off the last over. Surely this can't get close. Surely. Mohit Sharma to bowl. Let's see how he fares...

Andrew Tye to Woakes, no run, beaten for pace there. Preempting a slow ball from Tye perhaps, Woakes goes for the cheap single to third man and doesn't connect

"BLR! BLR" rings around. They don't realize that two wickets have fallen in quick time. They see a win at home.

Andrew Tye to Washington Sundar, 1 run, angled across the left-hander there, and pushed through cover for a single

Washington Sundar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Andrew Tye to Mandeep, out Mandeep Run Out!! 1 run completed. They take on Dagar again at deep mid-wicket and he's not going to miss out this time. Worked to him with a flat-batted swat, he hedgehops the throw to the keeper and beats Mandeep's dive back in. And just like that, BLR lose two in the over. Mandeep run out (Mayank Dagar/Rahul) 22(19) [4s-1]

Andrew Tye to Mandeep, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 2 runs, a little taken aback by this knee-high full toss, Mandeep jerks the ball away to deep mid-wicket. And they've come back for the second. Dagar did well there actually, getting rid of the ball in one motion, but Woakes was brilliant with the early call and back-up
Andrew Tye to Woakes, 1 run, angled into the pad, chipped through the vacant square leg region

Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Bangalore need 10 runs in 11 balls

Andrew Tye to de Villiers, out Caught by Nair!! Chinnaswamy was just growing in decibels when de Villiers finds deep point. Short and wide, cut away intending a six, and he's not gotten enough on that. You've to say that de Villiers has done the job for BLR. And if not, something really has to go south from here. de Villiers c Nair b Andrew Tye 57(40) [4s-2 6s-4]

Andrew Tye to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Andrew Tye [3.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, now gets the yorker right. Drifting into the base of middle, de Villiers jams it out to deep square leg. He's no longer seeing it as a cricket ball. 10 runs needed
Mohit Sharma to Mandeep, 1 run, not quite the length to be sitting and sweeping. A touch fuller to be doing that, and Mandeep drags it to deep square
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, shuffles across a touch across his stumps, de Villiers was looking for a leg-side single but gets his bat face straighter and pushes it to long-off
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 2 runs, sits low on his knees and half-pull half-sweeps it round the corner

15 from 16, but does it matter now?

Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, SIX, bowled at 109ks and de Villiers's smashed him like a spinner. A giant front foot stride and then the club of a bat-swing over long-on. Add to that de Villiers's arched back generating all the power, besides the elegance that has us drooling. That is fifty for the genius as well. Happy homecoming!
Mohit Sharma to Mandeep, 1 run, a very full ball at the base of off-stump, squeezed out through point

Mohit Sharma [2.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

Mujeeb to de Villiers, SIX, now this one's been overcompensated and bowled a little short. de Villiers goes for it. On the back foot and the bat swing takes over. Sails over wide long-on. "That's the match," chirps Harsha Bhogle on air
Mujeeb to de Villiers, SIX, too full. Whatever the variation was, that was overpitched. Flown over long-off. That's de Villiers for you
Mujeeb to Mandeep, 1 run, fires the carrom ball flat, stops on Mandeep who works it to mid-on. Mujeeb was in de Villiers's way as he set for the run, with the bowler trying to field the ball, but they go for the sharp single
Mujeeb to Mandeep, FOUR, lovely from Mandeep. A googly that's a little short, and Mandeep's quick to go back and smash it over mid-wicket. Split the two fielders perfectly in the deep
Mujeeb to de Villiers, 1 run, a leg break slapped uppishly through cover

Loud cheer for Sehwag, who's bespectacled.

Mujeeb to Mandeep, 1 run, skids on outside off, Mandeep bunts it to mid-off and goes for a sharp single. de Villiers is in, dragging his bat back in

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [3.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

Time-out! 41 needed off the last 4 overs. We're banking on cricket to win. Time for Mujeeb, who's been really good today. Let's see what he does in his last over.

Andrew Tye to de Villiers, 2 runs, off the toe-end ... and safe! Banged in on a short of length, de Villiers is in no position to swish his bat at that. Wafts with footwork in a pudding, and with the ball darting away, the cue end of the bat is in business. What de Villiers does well is give the shot a real thrust, meaning it clears the off-side infield
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 1 run, varying his pace nicely. Back to quickish delivery, full too, and all Mandeep can do it drill it to long-on
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, leg byes, 1 run, that's off the pad. Sits low to scoop it over leg-side but he's doing that to a fuller delivery. Misses it
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, no run, away-drifting full toss and de Villiers was totally short on timing there. Waits and waits, and then reaches out with the bat. And by then, the timing goes way in a poof. Drags it back to the bowler
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 1 run, slower back of a length delivery and Mandeep has it sorted. Swats it round the corner


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