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Punjab vs Delhi - 2nd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date & Time: 08 April 2018

Punjab 167/4 (18.5 Ovs) RR: 8.87 | Punjab won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Lokesh Rahul c Shami & b Boultc Shami & b Boult511664
Mayank Agarwal c Shami & b Chris Morrisc Shami & b Chris Morris7501
Yuvraj Singh c Vijay Shankar & b Rahul Tewatiac Vijay Shankar & b Rahul Tewatia122220
Karun Nair c Boult & b Christianc Boult & b Christian503352
David Miller Not OutNot Out242310
Marcus Stoinis Not OutNot Out221520
Axar Patel dnbdnb0000
Ravichandran Ashwin dnbdnb0000
Andrew Tye dnbdnb0000
Mohit Sharma dnbdnb0000
Mujeeb Ur Rahman dnbdnb0000
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 1)
Total 167 (4 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
58-1 (Mayank Agarwal,3.2), 64-2 (Lokesh Rahul,4.5), 97-3 (Yuvraj Singh,9.2), 138-4 (Karun Nair,15.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult3.5 0 34 1 9.71
Mohammed Shami2 0 26 0 13.00
Amit Mishra4 0 46 0 11.50
Chris Morris3 0 25 1 8.33
Daniel Christian2 0 12 1 6.00
Rahul Tewatia4 0 24 1 6.00
Gautam Gambhir0 0 0 0 0
Colin Munro0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0
Vijay Shankar0 0 0 0 0


So that concludes the first game of the double-header. Hop tabs to get all the action from the big game KOL v BLR. The pitch seems to be a very good one with even grass covering. Mitch Johnson v the likes of Kohli, AB, McCullum and QdK is going to be mouth-watering if Johnson gets it right. See ya there!

KL Rahul (Man of the Match): "I just went in there and I just took off. I didn't plan this innings. I was just watching the ball and getting into good positions. It's an opener's responsibility to get the team off to a good start. Really happy that it came off today. I was striking the ball really well, but it's important to forget this innings and move on to the coming games. I don't want to be overconfident. I have been branded as a Test cricketer for 4-5 years, so it's good for me to be up there creating history and breaking the record (for the fastest T20 League fifty)."

Ashwin: "There is lesser pressure now. I had a bit of nerves going in for the toss. Feeling a bit relieved now. I had some elaborate plans going in the practice games. KL Rahul and the other guys helped me execute them. It doesn't matter if it's a left-arm spinner to a left-hander or a right-arm spinner for a right hander. I think it's just the perception that one has and I would like to think my best bowlers are the best bowlers and if they get hit, so be it, we will try and chase it down. That's the thought process. I wanted a lot of guys to have a good hit and we batted well today."

Gautam Gambhir: "I thought that we got a decent total on the board but in the first 6 overs (of the chase), they put it beyond us. Credit to our bowlers, they fought back well to drag it into the 19th over. (Whether DEL were short of runs) No, I thought that 160-165 was a good total because the old ball wasn't easy to get away. Hence, the first 6 overs were key. (On DEL's fine support staff) Yes, we have a good start with Ricky and many others in the backroom staff. Hopefully we can get things right."

So a victorious start for captain Ashwin. The fans are elated. Clearly Delhi did not get enough on the board. Gambhir and Pant were the only ones to bat briskly before Morris did his bit. But how well did KL Rahul bat? Came out with a positive intent and took Boult for 16 runs in the very first over to set the tone. Shami too wasn't spared. Amit Mishra got no respect whatsoever. 4 6 6 4 4 was the sequence of the over and in the process he also recorded the fastest ever T20 League fifty off just 14 balls. Karun Nair chipped in with a fine fifty and then senisble batting ensured they were home with 7 balls to spare.

Boult to Stoinis, 1 run, that's it! PUN have won their first outing. Full delivery from Boult, Stoinis chips it over cover
Boult to Stoinis, FOUR, smashed and the scores are level. There is a man at long-off, but he is very wide, Stoinis picks the slower ball early, waits and then muscles it down the ground for a one-bounce four
Boult to Miller, 1 run, Boult goes for the wide yorker, Miller reaches out and drives it to deep cover
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run, slower ball from Boult, Stoinis drives it to long-on
Boult to Miller, 1 run, low full toss on the leg stump, Miller loses shape on the slog and hits it to deep mid-wicket
Boult to Stoinis, no ball, 1 run, very full and on the leg stump, driven to long-on. Extra fielder outside the circle, so it's been adjudged a no ball. Free-hit coming up and captain Gambhir is not happy, is shaking his head

Trent Boult [3.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack

Chris Morris to Miller, 2 runs, change of pace again from Chris Morris, Miller pulls it towards fine leg and comes back for the second
Chris Morris to Stoinis, 1 run, slower ball and Stoinis flicks to deep mid-wicket
Chris Morris to Miller, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, Miller flicks it into the on-side
Chris Morris to Stoinis, 1 run, slower delivery from Chris Morris, Stoinis mistimes the pull to long-on
Chris Morris to Stoinis, no run, hit on the leg. Oh dear! This one's missed the pad and hit him hard on the side of the knee. He's down on the floor in pain, gets up but he is limping. That is one bad area to get and it wasn't the slower ball from Morris. That will be really painful for Stoinis. Gets some attention and he's good to continue
Chris Morris to Stoinis, no run, oh that's almost knocked the off pole out of the ground, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Stoinis tries to pull and misses

Chris Morris [2.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack

Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, 3 runs, chopped past short third man, flatter delivery outside off stump, Stoinis tries to guide it to third man, ends up get an under edge. 11 off that over, very hard for PUN
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, FOUR, no one at deep cover and Stoinis picks the gap. Went back to give himself a bit of room, the bowler dropped it short and Stoinis lofts the ball over the infield for four
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, no run, the reverse sweep attempted and it's down the leg-side, Stoinis makes no contact
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off stump, Miller guides it to short third man
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, 1 run, good from the bowler, he dropped it short on seeing Stoinis advance, the batsman makes the adjustment late and flicks through mid-wicket
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, 2 runs, Stoinis was down on one knee and ready for the paddle even before Rahul Tewatia jumped in his delivery stride, helped away to fine leg

Rahul Tewatia [3.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack

Christian to Stoinis, 1 run, this is flicked away to long-on, almost a yorker, but Stoinis manged to hit it well
Christian to Stoinis, 2 runs, oh what a shot to begin with. Full and on the stumps, a solid straight drive from the middle of the bat, just misses the stumps and long-off cuts it off, Miller calls Stoinis through for the second

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Time-out. 29 off 26 balls. The game is in PUN's pocket, but you never know. Should be done with one over to spare at least. Let's see...

Christian to Nair, out Caught by Boult!! In the airrr and he's picked out Boult this time. He is very disappointed that he's gifted the wicket away. "These are not baby boundaries," says Pommie Mbangwa on air. Oh Nair, this is not the Chinnaswamy that you are so used to. Anyway, full credit to him for an excellent effort. Another shortish ball from Christian, Nair pulls again, hits it flatter this time and Boult moves to his right before completing the catch and tumbling. Nair c Boult b Christian 50(33) [4s-5 6s-2]

Christian to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Christian to Nair, no run, good yorker outside off stump, Nair digs it out

Fifties in debut innings for PUN:
95 G Maxwell, 2014
84*S Marsh, 2008
71 J Hopes, 2008
54 K Sangakkara, 2008
51*R McLaren, 2011

Christian to Nair, SIX, that's a nice way to raise the fifty. Harmless short of length delivery from Christian, Nair waits and pulls powerfully over mid-wicket. 9th T20 League fifty for him and he takes the helmet off and points to the PUN badge on the helmet. His team-mates are elated
Christian to Nair, no run, short of length delivery down the leg-side, Nair gets inside the line and wants to help it away past the man at 45 but wears it on the thigh pad and can't get a run

Daniel Christian [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack

35 needed off 30 balls

Mishra to Miller, 2 runs, in the gap at mid-wicket again and Miller jogs back for the second. This is sensible and good batting from Miller
Mishra to Miller, 2 runs, flicked along the ground to mid-wicket and it's an easy two this time
Mishra to Nair, 1 run, tossed up and on the leg stump, Nair flicks to deep mid-wicket, where Boult runs to his left to tidy up
Mishra to Nair, no run, fast and full, Nair under-edges the sweep to short fine leg
Mishra to Miller, 1 run, down the leg-side, flicked through backward square leg
Mishra to Miller, no run, oh the leading edge is found, but it doesn't carry to cover. Miller wanted to flick this googly on the on-side, got away with the edge
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, short and outside off stump, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover
Rahul Tewatia to Nair, 1 run, another ill-timed chip from Nair, he wanted to flick to mid-wicket off the back foot, ends up hitting the ball through the vacant mid-on region


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