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Punjab vs Rajasthan - 38th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date & Time: 06 May 2018

Punjab 155/4 (18.4 Ovs) RR: 8.30 | Punjab won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Lokesh Rahul Not OutNot Out845473
Chris Gayle c Samson & b Jofra Archerc Samson & b Jofra Archer81120
Mayank Agarwal c R Tripathi & b Stokesc R Tripathi & b Stokes2300
Karun Nair bowled Anureet Singhbowled Anureet Singh312322
Axar Patel c D Arcy Short & b Gowthamc D Arcy Short & b Gowtham4500
Marcus Stoinis Not OutNot Out231621
Manoj Tiwary dnbdnb0000
Ravichandran Ashwin dnbdnb0000
Andrew Tye dnbdnb0000
Ankit Rajpoot dnbdnb0000
Mujeeb Ur Rahman dnbdnb0000
Extras 3 (b 0, lb 0, w 3, nb 0)
Total 155 (4 Wkts, 18.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
23-1 (Chris Gayle,3.2), 29-2 (Mayank Agarwal,4.4), 79-3 (Karun Nair,10.5), 87-4 (Axar Patel,12.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Krishnappa Gowtham3 0 18 1 6.00
Jofra Archer3.4 0 43 1 12.65
Ben Stokes3 0 22 1 7.33
Jaydev Unadkat4 0 26 0 6.50
Shreyas Gopal3 0 26 0 8.67
Anureet Singh2 0 20 1 10.00
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0
D Arcy Short0 0 0 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
Sanju Samson0 0 0 0 0
Rahul Tripathi0 0 0 0 0


Another T20 League weekend is done. The usual suspects Chennai and Mumbai along with Hyderabad registered wins, the defending champs now have won two in two and are threatening to pull off another Houdini act, like in 2015. Punjab's win today solidifies their campaign as well, while the likes of the Delhi and Bangalore find their chances hanging by a thread. Kolkata have slipped a bit and although they aren't in danger yet, they cannot afford any more slipups. The Rajasthan are struggling and time is running out for them. Let's see what the week ahead has in store. Hope you enjoyed our coverage for the night. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off on behalf of Raju Peethala, Nikhil Jadhav, Pratyush Sinha, Varun Dixit and our scorer Mukesh Gowda. Goodnight!

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Man of the Match for his fantastic figures of 4-0-27-3.

Ashwin: (On getting to third spot) We didn't play for some time and we hadn't got any points over the last two weeks. There was a bit of nervousness and it's glad to get two points. This win is good because we were tested in our batting. One of our batsmen batted deep and that's what we've been asking for. We didn't need a tight game to chase it down. That box has been ticked. (On the bowlers setting this win up) Most of our wins have been set up by the bowlers, 12 points have been set up by the bowlers. It's pleasing. Good to know that one department is firing on all cylinders. We have options. Many of the batters are inexperienced and as the tournament goes on, I expect them to do better. (On his captaincy mantra thus far) Didn't come with any expectations to be honest, didn't come here to outdo myself or do anything special, just came here to gauge the situation and use the team in the best way possible. The most important thing for a captain is to rotate the bowlers well and pick the best combination possible, and to get the batting order right. (Whether being a bowling captain helps the bowlers) I think bowlers will get hit in this format, the guys who let me down today will win me games tomorrow, that's the only perspective I came into the tournament with. Thankfully all of them are going well.

KL Rahul: "For me personally I think this is the first knock I am really satisfied with because I won the game for the team and stayed till the end. I have been hitting the ball really well so can't complain about that. I always try to back my cricketing shots and don't try to slog much. Playing in this way is what will make me consistent. I trust myself and trust my instincts to finish the game. I knew if I stay till the end I'll finish the game today. Karun played well and supported me. Stoinis played well and ran well too. I got lucky and that's what happens in this format."

Rahane: "Pretty disappointed. 170-175 on this pitch would have very good. We didn't bat very well, including me. Guys have to learn. Bowlers in T20 League are bowling well. We lost crucial wickets, didn't get partnerships. We cannot give excuses all the time. We are all professional cricketers. It's all about execution as I mentioned. As batsmen, we were in doubt about whether we should go for our shots or not. (Samson's one-handed effort against KL Rahul) was a clear catch but the umpires thought otherwise. We are still in the game. We can win five out of five now."

23:29 Local Time: Too easy for Punjab in the end. 153 was never a par score but Gayle's first failure of the tournament and the dodgy middle order meant that RAJ had their chances on a slightly two-paced surface. Of course, they could have done with another 10-15 more runs. But take no credit away from Rahul, he anchored the run chase with finesse and found able partners in Nair and Stoinis which ensured that the task was done effortlessly. Rajasthan's bowlers did utilize the surface well to set the game up nicely for a thrilling finish but Rahul and Stoinis switched gears to make a mockery of the pressure situation. How crucial was that referred catch by Samson of Rahul? No excuses for RAJ though, their batting yet again let them down and their season is now really in the doldrums. Punjab will be glad to break the brief winless drought. Stay tuned for the presentations.

Chasing sides have now won all the seven T20 League matches in Indore

Jofra Archer to Rahul, FOUR, fittingly a Rahul signature cover drive to finish the game. He's been fantastic tonight and has calmly ensured an easy win for PUN. Overcooked from Archer and it's been creamed away off the front foot. Long-off had no chance of cutting it off. PUN return to winning ways

Highest individual scores for KL Rahul in T20 League:
80* tonight
68* v MUM, Bengaluru, 2016
60 v KOL, Kolkata, 2018
51 v KOL, Bengaluru, 2016

Jofra Archer to Rahul, 2 runs, backed away early and Archer followed him with a slower ball. Worked softly through square leg and Rahul wanted two straightaway. Gets it comfortably
Jofra Archer to Rahul, SIX, stand and deliver stuff! Poetry in motion, this shot. Length ball alright but look at the way it's been put away by Rahul. Holds his shape and lifts it straight over Archer's head. Straight as an arrow and clears the ropes with ease. Just a hit away now, PUN
Jofra Archer to Rahul, 2 runs, extra cover did well to get a hand on this with the dive but can only parry it towards long-off. A brace to start the over. Fuller ball that Rahul creamed off the front foot
Unadkat to Stoinis, no run, another slower ball around middle, nudged with soft hands onto the pitch. Another expensive over for RAJ. The game is all but done now
Unadkat to Rahul, 1 run, fast off cutter and induces a soft leading edge that dribbles away through cover
Unadkat to Rahul, FOUR, more runs! Unadkat is being taken to the cleaners here. Came round the wicket and actually got his line right but Rahul is in such a mood that he will put even the good ones away. Makes room by backing away and steers it to find the gap. Bisects short third man and backward point with ease
Unadkat to Rahul, SIX, he is in a hurry to finish this off now, is Rahul. Probably not interested in taking this deep. Gets a freebie, slower short ball around leg, doesn't came easier than these with short fine leg in place. He swivels to get inside the line and helps it away down the leg-side with a well-timed pull
Unadkat to Rahul, 2 runs, another easy brace. These two are doing it comfortably now. Fuller ball that's driven to the right of sweeper cover this time. The throw was good at the bowler's end, Unadkat whipped off the bails quickly too but Stoinis was equally quick. Always looked not out and replays confirm it

Run out appeal referred upstairs but Stoinis is well in. Not sure why it's being checked. NOT OUT!

Unadkat to Rahul, 2 runs, slower ball on a good length, Rahul waits for it and slaps it to the left of Samson at sweeper cover. Another brace

Jaydev Unadkat [3.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

Jofra Archer to Stoinis, 2 runs, very full and attacking the stumps, whipped away into the gap at deep mid-wicket. They hare back for the second, 16 off the over! PUN have wrested some sort of control back now in this run chase
Jofra Archer to Rahul, 1 run, quite full and outside off, jammed out towards the cover region for a single
Jofra Archer to Rahul, SIX, that's gone all the way! What a shot! That too under pressure! Mind you this shortish length ball clocked 145kph but that's also what aided Rahul here. He stays back and upper cuts it over short third man. Deep into the crowd. Just the over PUN wanted to ease a few nerves in the dug out. What a way to get to fifty! Top knock but he knows that the job isn't done yet
Jofra Archer to Stoinis, 1 run, almost a yorker this time, doesn't get Stoinis get under it properly and it's drilled to long-off
Jofra Archer to Stoinis, FOUR, slammed away! Archer just misses his yorker and ends up dishing out a low full toss. Width on offer too and this is crashed past a diving extra cover. Sweeper cover ain't stopping this
Jofra Archer to Stoinis, 2 runs, on a good length around middle and leg, wristed away off the back foot to the right of deep square leg. They get an easy two

Jofra Archer [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack

Stokes to Stoinis, 1 run, deceives Stoinis with a slower one, he wanted to slog this over mid-wicket but ekes out an inside edge to short fine leg
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, slips this down leg, flicked away down the leg-side for a single
Stokes to Rahul, 2 runs, 'two' was the call from Rahul as soon as he hit this and gets it with ease. Fullish ball around middle and leg, wristed away wide of Archer at long-on
Stokes to Rahul, 2 runs, fullish this time and outside off, Rahul opens the face on the drive to get it through backward point. Tripathi from sweeper cover gets around to mop up
Stokes to Stoinis, 1 run, back of a length around middle and leg, pulled away through backward square leg
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, slower on a shortish length, Rahul pulls hard but straight to the man at deep square leg

Ben Stokes [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

Time-out! This game is setting up for a cracking finish I feel. As long as PUN have wickets in hand, they should be able to chase this down but the sluggish nature of this pitch means that a wicket or two could turn the match on its head

Unadkat to Rahul, 1 run, full and outside off, driven off the front foot towards deep cover
Unadkat to Rahul, no run, nearly another blinder from Samson at point but he couldn't quite take it cleanly in the end. Slower ball wider outside off, Rahul sliced this hard towards the off-side and couldn't keep it down. Samson did brilliantly to dive forward and take it one-handed but replays showed that it just about bounced in front of him. Not exactly conclusive when referred upstairs but the soft signal was NOT OUT and there wasn't anything clear to overturn that one either

Has Samson taken that cleanly? If he has, then it's an absolute ripper of a catch. The umpires are having a chat about it and are referring it. Soft signal is not out which is surprising. Let's have a look. Seems like the umpires were right. This is too close to call and maybe, touched the ground. Nothing conclusive though and that could possibly mean that the on-field call will stay. The third umpire is taking more and more views of the replay and that should further favor the batsman. After taking forever, NOT OUT it is!

Unadkat to Stoinis, 1 run, direct hit would have got Stoinis! Rahane was the man at extra cover and his reaction says how much RAJ wanted this. Slower ball that was tapped gently into the off-side, was always a risky run and Stoinis escapes
Unadkat to Stoinis, no run, around the wicket now and angles this into Stoinis, blocked back down the pitch
Unadkat to Stoinis, FOUR, just past a flying Buttler to his right! Excellent bowling from Unadkat, totally bamboozled Stoinis with this off cutter and induced a thick edge on the drive. Buttler did all he could with a dive to his right but couldn't reach it. Raced away fine to the third man fence
Unadkat to Stoinis, no run, fast off cutter on a good length, fizzes away off the pitch and Stoinis dabs it towards point
Unadkat to Stoinis, wide, sprays this down the leg-side, a bit short as well and Stoinis tried to get a tickle on it. Doesn't succeed

Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack


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