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Punjab vs Kolkata - 44th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date & Time: 12 May 2018

Punjab 214/8 (20 Ovs) RR: 10.70 | Kolkata won by 31 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Lokesh Rahul bowled Narinebowled Narine662927
Chris Gayle c Karthik & b A Russellc Karthik & b A Russell211721
Mayank Agarwal c Searles & b A Russellc Searles & b A Russell0100
Karun Nair c Prasidh & b A Russellc Prasidh & b A Russell3600
Aaron Finch c Kuldeep Yadav & b Searlesc Kuldeep Yadav & b Searles342003
Axar Patel c Searles & b Kuldeep Yadavc Searles & b Kuldeep Yadav191121
Ravichandran Ashwin lbw Prasidhlbw Prasidh452243
Andrew Tye c Karthik & b Prasidhc Karthik & b Prasidh141011
Barinder Sran Not OutNot Out1100
Mohit Sharma Not OutNot Out4310
Mujeeb Ur Rahman dnbdnb0000
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 1, w 6, nb 0)
Total 214 (8 Wkts, 20 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
57-1 (Chris Gayle,5.4), 57-2 (Mayank Agarwal,5.5), 79-3 (Karun Nair,7.6), 93-4 (Lokesh Rahul,8.6), 119-5 (Axar Patel,11.6), 156-6 (Aaron Finch,15.2), 209-7 (Andrew Tye,19.1), 210-8 (Ravichandran Ashwin,19.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sunil Narine4 0 44 1 11.00
Prasidh Krishna4 0 31 2 7.75
Javon Searles4 0 52 1 13.00
Andre Russell4 0 41 3 10.25
Kuldeep Yadav2 0 29 1 14.50
Piyush Chawla2 0 16 0 8.00
Chris Lynn0 0 0 0 0
Robin Uthappa0 0 0 0 0
Shubman Gill0 0 0 0 0
Nitish Rana0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Karthik0 0 0 0 0


The Kolkata had to respond after the thumping Mumbai gave them and they have done it in style. They are back in the top four with this win and with two games in hand have the momentum to reach the playoffs. That's it from here. Switch tabs to catch the young Delhi batsmen in action. Cya!

Sunil Narine, MoM - (When the bowlers bowl short) I just try to stay as still as possible and make contact. Get as close to the ball as I can, and go after it, because the ground was small to hit a six have to be still. It was a flat wicket. When the spinners were bowling, I just tried to back myself. Tried to keep it as simple as possible and hope for the best. If I bowl bad, it gives a chance to do well with the bat and vice versa. It helps as I can contribute somewhere in every game.

Dinesh Karthik: We batted really well. This is a small ground, mishits go for sixes and it is hard on the bowlers, especially the spinners. Our seamers are coming up, Prasidh is coming up really well, Searles has a lot of variety and Russell is really special. For the last five games he's been doing the job for us, keeps asking me for the ball and I have to calm him down (smiles). What I like the most about Narine is that he thinks of himself as a batsman now and no longer only as a pinch hitter. One more game against Rajasthan and putting up a good performance against them would be great.

Ashwin: 245 was a little too many. We didn't execute our plans really well. The bowlers were just caught under the fire. They were all over the place up front and in the middle overs as well and it cost us the game at the latter end. The yorkers weren't falling in the right place. When Dre Russ came in to bat it was quite evident that we needed to bowl wider and then change up with the yorkers. It wasn't going to plan, it wasn't our day to be honest. Mujeeb got injured very early and a couple of inside edges went at the start of the game. If we had batted a touch better it would have been a closer game than what it was. It is a small ground, but we don't want to give that as an excuse. I would say we have got ourselves into an interesting situation. We still have got enough games to try and get through to the play-offs. One positive is we have never lost a game that's been hands down. The middle-order has been a concern for us and that's why we brought in Finchy. He hit the ball well. He is a world-class player and I am sure he will come good.

The margin might not give the clear picture, but this game was won in the first half itself and when Rahul got out in the 9th over, it was sealed. With a fragile middle order and a mountain to climb, the onus was on Gayle and Rahul to provide the start and the duo did courtsey the latter, but two wickets in two balls from Russell put the brakes on the scoring rate. Narine, who was smashed around by Rahul, got the better of him and that pretty much won the game for KOL. Ashwin just delayed the inevitable with a 22-ball 45 and also ensured that their NRAJ didn't take a beating.

Prasidh to Mohit Sharma, no run, KOL win by 31 runs. Handshakes all round and the campaign is back on track for Karthik and his boys. Krishna dug in another bumper and Mohit attempted the ramp, climbed over the hanging willow
Prasidh to Mohit Sharma, no run, bouncer following the batsman and Mohit tried his best to connect with the ramp, but just couldn't. Too quick for him
Prasidh to Mohit Sharma, FOUR, fuller and outside off, a handsome square drive to get off the mark from Mohit, he presses forward and creams it with an open bat face square of the wicket, giving sweeper no chance

Mohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Prasidh to Ashwin, out Lbw!! Ouch! Ashwin is limping off the field. DK helped his state mate compose himself. He was struck on the right knee. Length delivery right on the stumps, Ashwin with a cleared front leg missed the slog to the on-side, hit flush on the back knee in front of middle. The umpire took a while before raising his finger, but he made the right decision. Ashwin grunted in pain after the blow and was on his haunches for a bit. Ashwin lbw b Prasidh 45(22) [4s-4 6s-3]

Prasidh to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Prasidh to Barinder, 1 run, round the wicket and banged in short, Sran pulls and the splice lobs over Ashwin, who is happy with the single

Barinder Sran, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Prasidh to Andrew Tye, out Caught by Karthik!! Excellent take! Sharp short delivery on middle and leg, Tye moved across, got inside the line and attempted the pull, the pace was just too quick for him, kissed the glove and flew to the left of DK, who flings full length to glove that. Andrew Tye c Karthik b Prasidh 14(10) [4s-1 6s-1]

Prasidh to Andrew Tye, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Prasidh to Andrew Tye, wide, starts the final over with a wayward delivery outside off, signalled a wide
A Russell to Ashwin, no run, yorker to finish off, Ashwin ekes out an inside edge onto the pad. Dre Russ finishes with 4-0-41-3
A Russell to Ashwin, FOUR, PUN are in this mathematically. 38 off 7. Ashwin is playing a gem here. Short delivery and Ashwin cheekily periscopes his bat up and ramps it over DK. It almost went the distance
A Russell to Ashwin, SIX, Ashwin is helping his team's NRAJ with these strikes. Back of a length and at the stumps, Ashwin cleared his front leg and hammered it over cow corner. Got the elevation and the distance
A Russell to Andrew Tye, leg byes, 1 run, Russell is down. Every time that happens the whole KOL team runs up to check on him. Full and angled in, Tye misses the flick and is struck on the pad. Ashwin was looking to steal a leg bye and was more than halfway down, Russell has a shy and misses and the duo eventually get the run. Russell went down after throwing the ball. He takes a while to get on his feet and is helped by DK. Looks fine to complete the over
A Russell to Ashwin, 1 run, resorts to the yorker, Ashwin jams it into the off-side and switches ends
A Russell to Ashwin, SIX, wow! That is a massive hit from Ash. Picked the back of the hand slower ball, lined himself up for the big heave-ho and gave it the full monty, cleared long-on quite comfortably

Andre Russell [3.0-0-24-3] is back into the attack

Prasidh to Andrew Tye, FOUR, length delivery and Tye gives it his all, shuffled across to get inside the line and powered it away along the ground to deep mid-wicket, no chance for Gill to get around
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, no run, sent back by Ashwin. Yorker aimed for the base of off, Tye digs it to the left of Krishna and he wanted the run, but Ashwin sends him back after taking a few steps out
Prasidh to Ashwin, 1 run, slower delivery and Ashwin does not generate enough power to clear long-on, on the bounce
Prasidh to Ashwin, 2 runs, short of length at the body, a cramped Ashwin gets the pull away to deep mid-wicket, Tye pushes for the second and steals it comfortably in the end
Prasidh to Ashwin, wide, short and outside off, Ashwin lets go and pockets a wide
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, 1 run, very full and outside off, Tye jams out the drive to long-on
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, no run, full and fast outside off, Tye swings and misses. Touch too quick for him

Prasidh Krishna [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Narine to Ashwin, FOUR, now shows his power. Narine offers him the space to free his arms and Ashwin thumps it straight back over Tye, no chance for long-on to get across and stop that
Narine to Ashwin, FOUR, delicate. The quicker offie and Ashwin picked it alright, camped back in the crease and used the pace on the ball to direct it fine past short third man
Narine to Ashwin, no run, short and outside off, Ashwin cracks the punch to extra cover
Narine to Andrew Tye, 1 run, off-break and Tye is through the shot, thick inside edge to short fine leg
Narine to Ashwin, 1 run, carrom ball outside off, Ashwin chops the cut to deep extra cover
Narine to Andrew Tye, 1 run, another skier that drops safely. We have seen quite a few in this innings. The carrom ball and Tye just wants to slog, miscues it over Narine and the ball drops well in front of long-on and long-off

Sunil Narine [3.0-0-33-1] is back into the attack

Searles to Ashwin, SIX, third six of the over. This time off Ashwin's willow. Searles hurls it full and in the swinging arc, Ashwin presses forward and sends it sailing over long-off. Searles ends with 4-0-52-1 on T20 League debut
Searles to Ashwin, wide, goes wide of the crease and sprays it down leg, Ashwin misses the tickle
Searles to Ashwin, no run, fired into the dugout, jammed out to the left of Searles
Searles to Andrew Tye, 1 run, slower short of length delivery and Tye drags the pull to long-on
Searles to Andrew Tye, SIX, off the mark in style. Tye does not want to hang around. Back of a length and not much wrong with the delivery, Tye just goes through the line and smashes it over the leaping long-on fielder

Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Timeout! Just formalities remain in this game. Four wickets left and PUN need 90 more. The former looks more doable.

Searles to Finch, out Caught by Kuldeep Yadav!! And he's gone.. Finch is livid. Lets out a grunt before storming off. Searles went round the wicket and hurled it across the right-hander, Finch shuffled across and did well to get under the ball to play the scoop, couldn't find the elevation and Kuldeep takes a good catch at short fine. Either side and that would have been a boundary. FYI, maiden T20 League wicket for Searles. Finch c Kuldeep Yadav b Searles 34(20) [6s-3]


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