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Delhi vs Kolkata - 26th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date & Time: 27 April 2018

Kolkata 164/9 (20 Ovs) RR: 8.20 | Delhi won by 55 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Chris Lynn bowled Maxwellbowled Maxwell5610
Sunil Narine c Shreyas Iyer & b Boultc Shreyas Iyer & b Boult26913
Robin Uthappa c Prithvi Shaw & b Boultc Prithvi Shaw & b Boult1200
Nitish Rana c Avesh Khan & b Avesh Khanc Avesh Khan & b Avesh Khan8710
Dinesh Karthik c Boult & b A Mishrac Boult & b A Mishra181801
Shubman Gill runout runout 372931
Andre Russell bowled Avesh Khanbowled Avesh Khan443034
Shivam Mavi bowled A Mishrabowled A Mishra0300
Piyush Chawla c Munro & b Maxwellc Munro & b Maxwell2400
Mitchell Johnson Not OutNot Out12620
Kuldeep Yadav Not OutNot Out7610
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)
Total 164 (9 Wkts, 20 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
19-1 (Chris Lynn,1.5), 20-2 (Robin Uthappa,2.1), 33-3 (Sunil Narine,2.6), 46-4 (Nitish Rana,5.1), 77-5 (Dinesh Karthik,9.3), 141-6 (Shubman Gill,15.3), 141-7 (Shivam Mavi,15.6), 144-8 (Andre Russell,17.5), 146-9 (Piyush Chawla,18.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult4 0 44 2 11.00
Glenn Maxwell2 0 22 2 11.00
Avesh Khan4 0 29 2 7.25
Liam Plunkett4 0 24 0 6.00
Amit Mishra4 1 23 2 5.75
Vijay Shankar1 0 10 0 10.00
Rahul Tewatia1 0 11 0 11.00
Prithvi Shaw0 0 0 0 0
Colin Munro0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0


So, DEL back on track. Four points in their kitty now. The Double Dynamites - Shaw and Iyer exploded at the top and that propelled DEL to a winning score on a wicket that was slightly sluggish. KOL never really were in the chase and it all ended in a 55-run loss for them. The dropped catches in the first innings from KOL also would also be a concern for them. Lots of ponder over for KOL but Delhi after a lot of thinking have finally got it right. This is Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off on behalf of Raju Peethala, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Hariprasad Sadanandan, Varun Dikshit and Vinod. You peeps put on your thinking cap as CHN take on MUM tomorrow.

STAT: Biggest wins for DEL in T20 League (by runs):
97 v RPs, Pune, 2017
67 v RAJ, Delhi, 2010
55 v KOL, Delhi, 2018
51 v PUN, Delhi, 2017

Shreyas Iyer, Man of the Match and winning skipper: Obviously a great feeling getting on the winning side. It is an amazing feeling winning my first game as a skipper. All of us contributed for this win. We wanted to bowl first. So, a nice toss to lose. It gave the batsman the freedom to express themselves. He (Prithvi) has been really batting well since the start of the season. Even in the practice games before the T20 League. It is always important how he is starting off. Colin Munro at the top with him added 50 runs and that benefitted for the team. Liam Plunkett is our goto guy. He came up to me and told me he wants to bowl the 16th or 17th over, whichever over he bowled. And I really like it when my bowlers come up to me and talk. It is really good.

Trent Boult (purple cap) - Runs on the board, credit to the new captain who added many partnerships and got a big score. We bowled according to the plan and it was job well done. The wicket was a lot quicker today, we didn't plan to bowl those many short balls. We were not too predictable to a guy like Russell. He (Iyer) batted tremendously well, some good communication with the experienced guys and he will be very stoked with what happened in the middle.

Dinesh Karthik - "220 is a big task, if the dew had come in, it would have made it easy for us but today was that sort of a day where there was no dew. I thought they really batted much better than us. If Russell starts hitting, he gives us hope but he is also a human being. We need to put our hands up and say we didn't play good cricket. Three spinners doesn't generally go for a lot of runs. I am comfortable in bowling them in the powerplay. I think we really need to wake up in the fielding department. We need to improve our fielding standard and that should turn around the things for us".

And when KOL came out to bat, Maxwell picked up Lynn in the second over of the innings. That was followed by a plan to bowl short. The speedsters - Boult, Avesh Khan and Plunkett put the plan into place and picked up wickets in the middle overs. Kolkata were always behind the 8-ball and it was only Russell's little cameo which ignited a few hopes but they were quashed out soon. In the end, a huge win for Delhi by 55 runs. Stay tuned for the presentations.

The Delhi camp is up and happy. Little smiles come up on the faces of Delhi players as well. They know the importance of this win. A loss here and it would have been a dead end in the journey of T20 League 2018 but DEL are still alive. They scored 219 batting first and that I guess set the game for them. First Prithvi Shaw, then Shreyas Iyer ensured that DEL put it across the KOL side. 29 runs of the last over by Iyer off Mavi was the telling blow. It just put it beyond KOL it seemed.

Boult to Johnson, FOUR, slogged away off a length ball towards the deep mid-wicket fence but does not matter. DEL win this by 55 runs. This has been a superb show from DEL, ably led by their new skipper - Shreyas Iyer. Two vital points and KOL have been jolted badly by this
Boult to Johnson, FOUR, does not miss out on the timing despite backing away. Too full and the batsman screamed the drive away through the cover region for a four
Boult to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, low swinging in full toss and the batsman inside halves the ball away into the on-side for a single
Boult to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, another yorker, the batsman backs away and misses it. The keeper throws it back to the bowler. Clinical stuff from DEL it has been
Boult to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, short ball, the batsman is late on the shot and misses it
Boult to Kuldeep Yadav, wide, down leg, wided. That was a poor ball, well down leg
Boult to Johnson, 1 run, too full, right up there and the batsman trying to muscle the ball away, gets it off the toe-end of the blade to send it to fine leg

Trent Boult [3.0-0-33-2] is back into the attack

Maxwell to Kuldeep Yadav, 2 runs, looks to drive it outside off and the inside edge runs away fine on the on-side. Mishra ji and Avesh Khan almost mess it up but only a couple
Maxwell to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, wants to slog sweep and the ball pops up in front of him off the inside half of the blade. The keeper wanted the bowler to make an effort. Maxwell never could have reached that
Maxwell to Kuldeep Yadav, FOUR, down leg, swept fine and that will run away to the fence
Maxwell to Johnson, 1 run, wristy thump on to the on-side and a single it is towards deep mid

Andre Russell:
First eight balls - seven runs
Next nine balls - 36 runs (3 X 4s, 4 X 6s)
Last 13 balls - one run

Kuldeep Yadav, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Maxwell to Chawla, out Caught by Munro!! The DEL boys can do nothing wrong tonight. Slog swept and the man at deep backward square leg jumps up and grabs it with the tip of his fingers. Superb take at the boundary line. That was hit flat and well but the fielder did well to keep his balance at the fence and grab it. In the end, the momentum on the shot almost meant the ball would explode through his fingers but it did not. Chawla c Munro b Maxwell 2(4)

Maxwell to Chawla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Maxwell to Johnson, 1 run, chips down the track and clips the ball away into the on-side for a single

Glenn Maxwell [1.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

The giant screen reads - DELHI DARES. And yes they have. They dropped GG, took a bold decision and that has come off.

Avesh Khan to Johnson, 1 run, low full toss, the batsman backs away and slices the ball away to deep third man for a single. Only 12 balls and 75 needed

Mitchell Johnson, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Avesh Khan to A Russell, out Bowled!! The base of the off-pole has been struck hard. Yorkerish delivery and the batsman trying to create room, misses it. Avesh Khan gets carried away as well after the wicket. Shouts a mouthful at the batsman. Can't interpret that. But that is GAME.SET.MATCH for DEL. First Shaw, then Iyer, now Avesh Khan. DEL being pulled along by the young guns. A Russell b Avesh Khan 44(30) [4s-3 6s-4]

Avesh Khan to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Avesh Khan to A Russell, no run, angles across the short delivery and the batsman misses the pull. That was sharp and the ball soars over the bat
Avesh Khan to A Russell, no run, short, quick ball, the batsman backs away to pull the ball away but fails to get the freedom. Goes to long-on
Avesh Khan to A Russell, no run, highish full toss, legal one and has been mistimed away to deepish long-on for a dot ball. Russell does not take the single again

Russell has scored only 1 run off his last 9 balls.

Avesh Khan to Chawla, 1 run, short, angling away, steers the ball away to deep third man for a single

Avesh Khan [3.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack

Plunkett to A Russell, no run, short delivery again. The short stuff has worked on this slightly sluggish wicket. The batsman misses the pull and the ball goes through to the keeper. Only two runs of the over. Last 2 overs, three runs have been added
Plunkett to A Russell, no run, mmmm. Interesting. A wide down leg not called because the batsman was moving in the crease. Short ball down leg and the batsman dodged the ball by moving away to the off-side. Russell is furious
Plunkett to A Russell, no run, and he refuses the single! That was right up there and the batsman yorked the ball out into the off-side
Plunkett to Chawla, 1 run, round the wicket short ball and the batsman fends the ball away into the off-side. The ball almost touched the handle as Chawla jabbed it away
Plunkett to Chawla, no run, slower bumper outside off and the batsman trying to poke the ball away, misses it. 78 needed now
Plunkett to A Russell, 1 run, low full toss, on the pads, dipping and has been clipped away on the on-side for a single

Liam Plunkett [3.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

Piyush Chawla, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Mishra to Shivam Mavi, out Bowled!! This has been a nightmare. Finally, it ends for Shivam Mavi. That was a slow googly, the batsman was too early into the pull and misses it. The ball takes its time to tickle the leg-stick. To make matters worse for KOL, maiden over from Mishy! The three dots also would not have helped the equation for KOL. DEL look set to break their jinx. Shivam Mavi b Mishra 0(3)

Mishra to Shivam Mavi, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Mishra to Shivam Mavi, no run, flighted outside off and the batsman misses the leg-break as he went for a slog sweep


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