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Kolkata vs Punjab - 18th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: 21 April 2018

Punjab 126/1 (11.1 Ovs) RR: 11.28 | Punjab won by 9 wkts (DLS method)


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Lokesh Rahul c Tom Curran & b Narinec Tom Curran & b Narine602792
Chris Gayle Not OutNot Out623856
Mayank Agarwal Not OutNot Out2200
Karun Nair dnbdnb0000
Aaron Finch dnbdnb0000
Yuvraj Singh dnbdnb0000
Ravichandran Ashwin dnbdnb0000
Andrew Tye dnbdnb0000
Barinder Sran dnbdnb0000
Ankit Rajpoot dnbdnb0000
Mujeeb Ur Rahman dnbdnb0000
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 0, w 2, nb 0)
Total 126 (1 Wkts, 11.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
116-1 (Lokesh Rahul,9.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Shivam Mavi3 0 29 0 9.67
Andre Russell1.5 0 31 0 20.67
Nitish Rana0.1 0 0 0 0
Sunil Narine3 0 23 1 7.67
Piyush Chawla2 0 24 0 12.00
Kuldeep Yadav1 0 13 0 13.00
Tom Curran0.1 0 6 0 60.00
Chris Lynn0 0 0 0 0
Robin Uthappa0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Karthik0 0 0 0 0
Shubman Gill0 0 0 0 0


It's been a mixed bag for KOL. They have won three and lost three. DK and Co. need to do some serious thinking. Lynn getting back among the runs was a positive and the bowling figures of Mavi don't suggest how well he bowled. KOL would hope Russell's injury isn't big. So that's that from the Eden Gardens run fest. It's not quite a run feast in Bengaluru. Hop tabs for the action between DEL and BLR. See you there!

Rahul (Man of the Match): "I don't want to stop whatever I am doing. I am in a good space and want to win games. The approach is going to be aggressive and to take the bowlers down within my limitations with whatever I am gifted with. It's working for me. The simpler you keep it, the more clearer you will be as a batsman. I don't want to complicate my batting, just see the ball and hit the ball. I bank a lot on cricketing shots. My feet are moving and I am hitting the ball well. I got to make sure that I should make it big and stay there till the end. Me and Chris want to back our games. If Chris is going it doesn't mean I slow down. If he fancies a bowler, then I let him strike. But it hasn't been that way. We've spoken something else outside, but once we are out there, we just continue what we are doing and not thinking too much."

Ashwin: "Lot happier than the previous one (win). I thought we were under the pump with the ball. During the second time-out I pulled the boys and told them if we can keep them to 190, it will be a great favour to the batsmen. Very pleased with the way we batted. KL looked like a millon dollars and you never ask with Chris, he's gone fifty after fifty. Our bowlers got hit, so we wanted to have shorter targets for them to try and make sure they achieved that. You don't really plan with someone like Chris. We are a team that wants to embrace winning the powerplay with the ball and the bat - that's half the job completed. If we can get some points in the next week, even if we get four out 2 games - being a bit greedy, then we go into a small break. So it will be helpful for us."

Chris Gayle, Orange cap holder: I am accustomed to it (about getting the Orange cap). To be honest, I am not worried about the Orange cap. I think Rahul deserves it, he's been batting really well. I have been striking well and when you are in the zone, you try to keep the momentum going. I have been doing lot of stretches (about his fitness) and I am enjoying it. It's really good to contribute to the team. Hope to continue this form.

Dinesh Karthik, KOL captain: I think they took us on in the Powerplay and played really good shots. There seems to be a trend where we tend to miss out on the last couple of overs with the bat. It's important that we finish the innings well. We didn't execute plans and a player like Gayle will always hit you if you miss your lengths. The crowds have been great, proud to be playing in front of them and they are big fans of KOL.

Look at that confident walk back to the dressing from Gayle. He's in a good space folks and is looking hungry. 192 was a good target set by KOL, but Rahul and Gayle just smashed the bowlers to all corners to make a mockery of the total. The rain came down heavy, but the PUN openers ensured that the side was well and truly in front. The revised target of 125 in 13 overs was swallowed easily. Gayle made 62 at a strike-rate of 163 dots, but to me Rahul's 27-ball 60 was special primarily because of the ease with which he hit the bowlers. Hardly played a rash shot. Making a serious case for an opening slot for India in T20s. Rohit plays No. 4 maybe!

Tom Curran to Gayle, SIX, that's in the airrr, mistimed, the fielder jumps and it just escapes him. So that's the game for PUN. They top the points table. Fittingly Gayle hits the winning shot. Length ball, Gayle went for the loft straight, long-on ran to his right and jumped but couldn't get a hand on it

Tom Curran, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Five needed off 12

Shivam Mavi to Gayle, 1 run, low full toss, Gayle drills it to long-on, keeps strike
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run, wild swing, short of a length delivery outside off stump, Gayle slogs and misses
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run, oh this is a very different kind of slower. Not the knuckle ball, not the back-of-the-hander, but he's just released this in a way that it back spins it bounced on Gayle as well. The checked defence almost goes back as a catch to the bowler
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run, oh he should have knocked over Gayle, deserves the wicket, for he's bowled really well to Gayle, but luck is with Gayle and the inside edge hits the pad and rolls past the stumps. Gayle didn't read that slower but tried the cut shot
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, wide, full and down the leg-side, easy call for the umpire
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run, that's a very good yorker, targetting the base of leg stick, Gayle just about managed to dig it out and avoid damage to his toe
Shivam Mavi to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off stump, Mayank drives it to sweeper cover

Shivam Mavi [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

Just 8 runs needed. Can they finish it off this over?

Narine to Gayle, no run, shortish and on the leg stump, Gayle knocks it into the on-side
Narine to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, shortish delivery on the leg stump, Agarwal tucks it to square leg

Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Narine to Rahul, out Caught by Tom Curran!! He's mistimed this high in the air and deep mid-wicket takes it. Short ball, Rahul went for the pull, came off the bottom of the bat as the ball came slowly onto him. Walks off to a great applause, raises the bat to the crowd. He really wanted to end this game in a hurry. What a top knock though. It was so good to watch him score quick runs with proper cricketing shots. Rahul c Tom Curran b Narine 60(27) [4s-9 6s-2]

Narine to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Narine to Rahul, FOUR, cut away fiercely past point and a big roar from the crowd! Who are they supporting? Quicker delivery outside off stump, Rahul goes back and cuts really hard
Narine to Rahul, FOUR, Rahul wants to finish this off early. Bravely races down the pitch and forces Narine to shorten the length, it was well outside off stump, but Rahul reached out and cut it away past cover
Narine to Rahul, SIX, crunched! A 24-ball fifty for KL Rahul. How well has he played thus far in the tournament! Shortish delivery from Narine, Rahul pulls off the back foot, hit flat and hit over the mid-wicket boundary
Chawla to Gayle, no run, shortish in length, Gayle sends this towards short fine leg
Chawla to Gayle, no run, defended to the right of the bowler
Chawla to Gayle, no run, oh he targets a maximum again, but this time Chawla beat him with a quick delivery
Chawla to Gayle, SIX, full toss and smashed. A hat-trick of fifties for Gayle and this is a bloke who went unsold originally and was picked last minute at base price. He hits this straight and does the "baby celebration" of his. Gets a great round of applause from the crowd

20:14 Local Time, 14:44 GMT, 20:14 IST: Out come the players. Rahul and Gayle move towards the pitch. Should swallow this easily!

20:06 Local Time, 14:36 GMT, 20:06 IST: 20:15 start for a 13-over game. 125 is the target for PUN. So that means they only need 29 runs from 28 balls. Easy peasy!

All covers off. KOL players already in a meeting. Umpires in the far corner are having a chat with a few groundsmen now.

19:33 Local Time, 14:03 GMT, 19:33 IST: More from the ground - Final sheet on the main pitch goes off now. Huge cheers from the crowd, they have done well to stay back because the way it came down for that 30 odd minutes, phew, one needed some good shelter really.

19:21 Local Time, 13:51 GMT, 19:21 IST: Hurray!! There is some good news from Shirshendu, "It has stopped raining. Groundsmen working away in full force." We might get to see some action after all. Hang in there folks.. We will have more updates soon.

19:14 Local Time, 13:44 GMT, 19:14 IST: Some more insight as to what is happening at Eden: Groundsmen are at it, using those mops to wipe off water from the covers on the square, such huge splashing there. There's a lot of water on the surface. Supersoppers doing their job on the outside.

19:09 Local Time, 13:39 GMT, 19:09 IST: Latest from ground zero: Scheduled close of play is 19:10 and as per the local scorers, play can be extended up to 20:10 IST. Haven't heard anything official yet though. In the meantime, the rain gods are doing tricks - the intensity of the rain has reduced surely but still heavy. Off goes a supersopper, second one is almost ready to take off too.

18:57 Local Time, 13:27 GMT, 18:57 IST: The latest update is not a promising one. "This is all we might have seen today at the Eden. Absolutely bucketing down here. Puddles already on the covers," pings our man. And this one from KOL's twitter handle, "PUN were 31 runs ahead of the DLS par score (65/0) when rain stopped play after 8.2 overs. The drizzle has turned to heavy showers right now. Cut off time for play to resume is 8:10 PM IST."

18:42 Local Time, 13:12 GMT, 18:42 IST: On come the covers and off go the players. The rain has picked up pace and that has forced the umpires to stop play. Gayle and Rahul are still in the dugout as the rest of the team head indoors. The entire ground is being covered. PUN well ahead on the DLS par score, which is 65 at this stage Hopefully it is a passing shower and we resume the action soon. "Thunder, lightning, rain. Not looking good at all," adds Shirshendu.

Chawla to Gayle, SIX, that ball stayed up for an eternity. The fielder at long-on thought he was in with a chance, but it is Chris Gayle who is batting and even a miscue from him will clear the rope. Went after the wrong 'un and cue-ended the loft, just about managed to clear the field
Chawla to Rahul, 1 run, flighted and Rahul taps it into the off-side, for an easy single

Piyush Chawla [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

Kolkata met expert: "Umpires having a word right now, groundsmen have taken their positions already."

Narine to Rahul, 1 run, hangs on the back foot and wrists the offie towards long-on. Sensible batting - play out Narine and attack the rest. That seems to be the mantra for these two


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