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Kolkata vs Bangalore - 3rd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: 08 April 2018

Kolkata 177/6 (18.5 Ovs) RR: 9.40 | Kolkata won by 4 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Sunil Narine bowled Umeshbowled Umesh501945
Chris Lynn c de Villiers & b Chris Woakesc de Villiers & b Chris Woakes5810
Robin Uthappa c Brendon McCullum & b Umeshc Brendon McCullum & b Umesh131201
Nitish Rana lbw Washington Sundarlbw Washington Sundar342522
Dinesh Karthik Not OutNot Out352940
Rinku Singh c de Kock & b Chris Woakesc de Kock & b Chris Woakes6610
Andre Russell c de Villiers & b Chris Woakesc de Villiers & b Chris Woakes151121
Vinay Kumar Not OutNot Out6310
Piyush Chawla dnbdnb0000
Mitchell Johnson dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 3, w 10, nb 0)
Total 177 (6 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
16-1 (Chris Lynn,1.5), 65-2 (Sunil Narine,5.2), 83-3 (Robin Uthappa,7.3), 138-4 (Nitish Rana,14.3), 146-5 (Rinku Singh,15.4), 164-6 (Andre Russell,17.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Yuzvendra Chahal3 0 29 0 9.67
Chris Woakes4 0 36 3 9.00
Washington Sundar4 0 48 1 12.00
Umesh Yadav4 0 27 2 6.75
Kulwant Khejroliya3.5 0 34 0 9.71
Quinton de Kock0 0 0 0 0
Brendon McCullum0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli0 0 0 0 0
AB de Villiers0 0 0 0 0
Sarfaraz Khan0 0 0 0 0
Mandeep Singh0 0 0 0 0


Not quite the double-header you might have expected, but hey who's complaining? KL Rahul slammed the fastest ever T20 League fifty earlier in the day whilst Narine tonked it to all corners, to record his second fastest T20 fifty. And both grabbing the Man of the Match awards too. Tells you where the format is headed. 'Opening batsman' is the most fancy profession right now. So, get a willow and clatter the hell out of leather. We will see you next tomorrow for the clash between Hyderabad and Rajasthan. Until then, this is Raju Peethala bidding adios on behalf of Sagar Chawla, Ramakrishnan, Nikhil Jadhav, Rishi Roy and Sreenivas. Cheers!!

Most wins against BLR in T20 League:
13 by MUM (21 matches)
12 by PUN (20 matches)
12 by CHN (20 matches)
12 by KOL (21 matches)*

Most wins for KOL against an opponent in T20 League:
14 vs PUN (21 matches)
12 vs DEL (19 matches)
12 vs BLR (21 matches)*

Sunil Narine, Man of the Match: It's good to get the ball rolling in the first game. The support staff and everyone gave me a chance to open the batting again. I wouldn't see myself as an opening batsman, but whatever the team requires of me I'm happy to do, whether it's up the order or down the order. Whatever role the team wants me to play, I'm happy to do it. If I get out first ball, that's okay, that (the attacking style of play) puts a lot more pressure on the fielding team and less on me. It's (the pitch) not as it was before, but it's a good cricket wicket, whatever you do on the field, it's gonna benefit you.

DK: Feels very good. Good to get off to a good start, everybody needs it and I'm no different. I just felt at that point [during the powerplay] of time it was coming out too well for the fast bowlers, so I thought I will try wrist spin and bring little bit of risk so that it will take a little bit of time for them to play the shots. When AB and Virat were playing it was tough, they were too good and they are two great players. Just wished for their wickets after they got starts and we got lucky I guess. We just prayed to God that he [Narine] plays a few balls - I mean he has been doing that pretty well. It's very important that he gets us off to a good start. We all play for the crowd and they came in big numbers. We would love to play for a team like this and a crowd like this.

Virat Kohli: I think we were 15 short with the bat. I played too many dot balls and couldn't get any momentum going. Me and AB getting out in 2 balls to a part-timer was a game-changing event. Sunil took the game away from us with the way he batted. If you are giving 13 an over in the first overs on that sort of a wicket, it's very difficult to comeback. It's difficult for the spinners to bowl on this pitch, the fast bowlers get some purchase and you can score runs as well. It has become a really good cricket wicket over the last couple of years. We made a pretty good game out of it, to drag it till the 19th over and take those wickets was a big positive.

23:41 Local Time, 18:11 GMT, 23:41 IST: AB was spot on when he said (during the onfield interview) that BLR were good 20-30 runs short with the bat. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the game, right there! Imagine if KOL had 20 more to chase, and imagine if Umesh Yadav had one more over. Can assume all sorts of permutations and combinations, but it's always good to reflect on what went wrong in hindsight. Narine, with his lesser-known skill, provided the perfect platform [a 17-ball 50] in the powerplay overs and that allowed KOL and the rest of the batters to sit back and pick their moments/bowlers for the rest of the game. And when you have the luxury of Russell batting at 7, runs required would be a lesser parameter to worry about. DK anchored it neatly towards the end, offering Nitish Rana and Russell the much-needed freedom to go after their shots.

Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, clears his front leg and lays the finishing marker on the game. AB at mid-on slides to his left, but realizes that's too far to fetch. So, Dinesh Karthik and KOL start off their campaign in style, a morale-boosting 4-wicket win over BLR. A typical slog from Vinay Kumar, all he needed to do was clear mid-off and boy did he hit that hard! Comfortably past mid-on
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 1 run, short of length sliding down leg, helped away towards fine leg. Doing it in singles now are KOL
Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, off-cutter on the pads, clipped away wide of square leg
Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, wide, gets carried away with the short ball ploy and bowls it too high over the batsman, called
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 1 run, short and into the ribcage, pulled away down to long leg
Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, dropped! Washington Sundar at deep cover. VK slapped this length ball over cover, Sundar came running in and seemed to have judged well to snaffle the ball under his throat, but just as he rolled over to avoid the tumble, the ball slipped out of his grasp. Unlucky!

Kulwant Khejroliya [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

Woakes to Karthik, no run, back of a length wide of off-stump, a swing and a miss from DK
Woakes to Karthik, FOUR, errs in line this time, short and angling into the body, DK rolls his wrists and nails the pull through mid-wicket

Vinay Kumar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Woakes to A Russell, out Caught by de Villiers!! Terrific catch from AB running back. Avoided a massive collison with B-Mac there. It was bowled full and wide, asking Russell to fetch from that far, he goes after it and clubs it high into the night sky. AB from extra cover runs back, keeps his eyes on the ball and completes a splendid catch running back. B-Mac was charging from long-on, but he did well to stay low and dive to avoid bombarding into AB. A Russell c de Villiers b Woakes 15(11) [4s-2 6s-1]

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

Woakes to A Russell, no run, exposed his cards way too early there? Russell was aiming to go over mid-wicket, Woakes on noticing his moves bowls it short and wide, dragged off the toe-end back towards the bowler
Woakes to A Russell, wide, bowls the bumper, but gets too much height on that, called wide for the same reason. Russell watches it sail over him
Woakes to A Russell, no run, short and far from Russell's off-stump, he was standing way outside leg and couldn't reach out for the flashy cut
Woakes to Karthik, 1 run, slower and grips off the pitch, DK tucks round the corner and gets across for a quick single
U Yadav to A Russell, SIX, conceded 12 runs in his first 3 overs and now 15. T20 things! A candyfloss on middle and leg-stump, Russell muscles it many-a-mile over wide long-on for a maximum
U Yadav to A Russell, FOUR, goes full and goes for a journey! There's no-one at deep extra cover, so what does Russell do? Manufactures ample room and lifts Umesh Yadav over extra cover, the timing on the shot takes care of the rest
U Yadav to A Russell, no run, menacing stuff this from Umesh Yadav, ups his speedgun and unleashes a lethal bouncer, Russell getting into a tangle to evade that. All unorthodoxy...
U Yadav to A Russell, no run, pacy short ball, Russell shuffled too far across and just about managed to stay out of the firing line. Would have crashed him bang on the helmet grille had he lost sight (even for a moment)
U Yadav to A Russell, wide, short and speared down leg, wided
U Yadav to A Russell, no run, short and just outside off, Russell seeks to cut it over third man, fails to lay bat on ball
U Yadav to A Russell, FOUR, length ball in the slot, goodbye! Russell clears his front leg and swats him over mid-wicket, one bounce and over the ropes

Time-out! 30 needed from 24, this is KOL's game to lose from hereon. Fasten your seatbelts folks, brace yourself for a possible 19th over finish, but for that to happen KOL has to remain unscathed in this over as Umesh Yadav - the best bowler on show tonight - gets ready to bowl his final over

Eleven years, and veteran Shirshendu Roy, is still entranced by the charm of the T20 League: "Not long back, Karthik from behind the stumps, had been hand holding Sundar, in the Nidahas Trophy. Some nuggets in Tamil were in full flow. And now, Karthik and Sundar are going at each other. The magic of T20 League!"

Woakes to A Russell, 1 run, half-volley outside off stump, blazed away by Russell but there's a fielder protecting the extra cover fence, so he has to be content with a single
Woakes to A Russell, no run, cutter, just outside off, Russell pushes meekly in front of covers

Andre Russell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Woakes to Rinku Singh, out Caught by de Kock!! BLR review: Rinku Singh pulled and seemed to have missed it IMO, but the opinion that matters is that of the TV umpire. So, let's wait and go through the process. Legal delivery. QDK wasn't excited after grabbing the ball. Virat Kohli and a couple of ring fielders got excited and the BLR skipper wasted no time in posing a T-sign to the onfield umpire, and he is absolutely right in doing so. A spike on the UltraEdge and Rinku Singh is gone. A very faint one that and hard to spot amidst the fuzzy environment. The decision has been reversed. OUT. This is a classic case of both batsman and bowler refusing to alter their plans. Woakes dished out a short ball and made life difficult for Rinku Singh by cutting it across him, the angle was always going against him. He ran down the pitch and fed a faint nick on the pull. Rinku Singh c de Kock b Woakes 6(6) [4s-1]

Woakes to Rinku Singh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Woakes to Rinku Singh, no run, Woakes is second guessing Rinku Singh here. Knows he's gonna come down the pitch and delivers a pacy short ball to defeat him on the pull
Woakes to Rinku Singh, wide, shorter again, but to far outside off stump, signalled a wide
Woakes to Rinku Singh, no run, slips in a short ball with lack of pace, Rinku Singh aborts his instincts at the last moment, plays the half-pull and gets beaten
Woakes to Rinku Singh, FOUR, pressure? What's the spelling of that word? This guy seems to have exactly that sort of attitude. Gallops down the pitch, doesn't matter who's bowling, stamps his authority with a rollicking thump over mid-on. Came off the cue end, but he's got it under control with strong bottom hand power

Chris Woakes [2.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack

Washington Sundar to Rinku Singh, 1 run, full on the pads, glanced to fine leg
Washington Sundar to Karthik, 1 run, slower and wider of off, DK opens the bat face to dab it down to third man
Washington Sundar to Rinku Singh, 1 run, straighter delivery on middle, Rinku Singh gets an inside edge on the push which rolls down behind square on the leg-side

Rinku Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Washington Sundar to Nitish Rana, out Lbw!! Nitish Rana has been given out lbw. He reviews after a brief contemplation with his skipper. Legal delivery. Nothing on the UltraEdge which means no bat involved. Waiting for ball-tracking... Nitish Rana though isn't waiting for anyone. He keeps walking back to the pavilion and rightly so. Umpire's call on hitting clubbed with a couple of reds. KOL won't lose the review, but they lose Nitish Rana. Cleverly bowled by Sundar there. Went wide of the crease and bowled the slider on a goodish length, beat Rana on the sweep and pinged him in line with middle stump. Looked rather close to the naked eye, but technology always finds ways to surprise us. Just brushing the top of leg peg according to HawkEye. Nitish Rana lbw b Washington Sundar 34(25) [4s-2 6s-2]


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