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Bangalore vs Chennai - 24th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date: 25 April 2018

Chennai 207/5 (19.4 Ovs) RR: 10.53 | Chennai won by 5 wkts


Kohli will get a lot of flack for bowling out his key bowlers very early and the team selection of course, but come on, whatever your name is, you got to back yourself to defend 45 off 18 balls. Kohli wants his bowlers to learn, hopefully they do quickly. He was gutted in the interview post-match, but took it with a smile. By the way, Dhoni gave away some gems as to what the ideal role of a finisher is. Scroll down for a good read. On that note, we bid goodbye and enjoyed bringing this riveting contest to you. We'll back in a matter of hours with HYD v PUN of course. Goodnight!

Phew! Why does this CHN team like to test our hearts everytime they go out to play? Five of their six games were decided in the final over. You definitely got to feel for BLR. 205 on the board, CHN literally down and out. Just a matter of getting Rayudu/Dhoni with about 100 runs needed in 7 overs, but Dhoni was just sooooo cool in the Garden city that was cooled by the rain in the evening. And hey, rain gods, thanks a lot for just watching the cricket from up above. You were kind!

Highest ratio of sixes to fours in an T20 League match:
1.83 CHN v BLR, Bengaluru, 2018 (33:18)
1.55 CHN v KOL, Chennai, 2018 (31:20)
1.29 DEL v GUJ, Delhi, 2017 (31:24)
1.18 PUN v BLR, Indore, 2017 (20:17)

Highest successful chases by CHN in T20 League:
206 v BLR, Bengaluru, 2018*
206 v BLR, Chennai, 2012
203 v KOL, Chennai, 2018
193 v PUN, Dharamsala, 2010
188 v DEL, Delhi, 2008

Dhoni (2/2): "Shardul will get better. The more he is under the pump, the better he will get as the tournament progresses. It's important to know the overs that are left and who will bowl the death overs, who is their best bowler on that particular wicket and who you can take on. You may win or lose, but it's about getting the process right. Not everybody knows what kind of a game is theirs and what really is their strength. You will score runs with the experience you have got, but if you can help the other batsman with what to play, run quicker between the wickets, tell what the bowler could do with his batting style etc. All these things really matter, and that's what I feel is the job of the finisher. It's not just about me batting at the death. Sharing the experience with the youngsters or whoever is batting and helping them getting the score is key, because tomorrow I may not be batting with him or I may get out, he needs to do the job. Rayudu's batting is very important for us, he keeps the scoreboard moving."

MS "Cool" Dhoni is the Man of the Match: (1/2) "I thought when we had the innings break this was difficult to chase because when I was keeping, I felt AB batted well to get them to 200 runs and it was tough to score. I thought it was 15-20 beyond par score. The key for us was the two left-handers but we lost them early. Just had to hang around there. This is a small ground, ball travels and there was just a bit of dew and it worked in our favour. Rayudu batted really well. Got a very good partnership and then Bravo striking at the end, overall it went perfectly according to the script. Not exactly as we had planned, but still the script was good. This was a slightly slowish wicket and that's why AB's knock was special. It wasn't an easy wicket, it was not a wicket where you could bat like that, credit to him. Happy that people are chipping in for us and we are chasing down big totals and at the same time it is a good exposure for some of our death bowlers."

Kohli (2/2): "Pitch has played really well, we are happy with that. Spin came as a massive factor, both for us and for them. But quality batting from both sides getting 200-plus. Great game for people to see but as a team, we are disappointed to not get across the line. (On Rayudu being another of the young batting talents) He is not young, has been around 15 years, been around forever (smiles). Quality player and we all know that. Has done well in the T20 League and domestic, also has done well for India too. You never know who gets the opportunities. Deserves the applause. I am happy for him. (On MSD) Great to see him strike a few, not against us though. We wouldn't have liked that. He's hitting the ball really well this T20 League. He is in a happy space, batting higher up and expressing himself. Seems to be enjoying it. Credit to him as well."

Virat Kohli (1/2): "(On the loss) Many things that we can look at. The way we bowled is just not acceptable. Just not good enough on the day, 72/4 and giving away runs like that for just 1 wicket is criminal. Something that we need to address going forward because we haven't bowled well. If we cannot defend even 200, it's a problem somewhere. It hurts at the moment, very tough for us to swallow but great game for Chennai. (Whether BLR has better bench strength) You have to back the guys who are on the park and need to give them confidence to execute what they have to. They need to be clear in their plans and execute well. We weren't brave enough with the ball, somewhere there was that hesitation of the opposition overcoming them."

Rayudu - Orange Cap holder: "Unbelievable. Lost a few wickets early. We were constructing the innings. We had the belief, but this ground made it really possible. I am hitting the ball well, so the batting position doesn't really matter to me. We were calculating how many overs each guy had and we wanted to play out Chahal because he was looking the most threatening there. Really happy that we won."

Post-winning scenes: Dhoni with his coolness and swagger was lifted by Harbhajan - must be said for the offie, that is a routine thing as far as T20 League is concerned. Watson, Billings, Wood, Faf and Willey were up and shouting their lungs off as the ball left MS's bat. They were all sitting in a group.

After tonight's loss one has to wonder whether it is a mental thing with BLR losing to CHN. So many close games and every single time, they have come out on the losing end. It can't be skill or any other factor. Similar to South Africa in events. There's something that the human brain can't comprehend! We'll leave it there and let you decide!

It was not all about Dhoni though. Rayudu played his part with a massive innings and he fed off MS's self-belief not to play the rash shot and gift his wicket away when his side were in trouble after losing four wickets. The asking rate was touching 14, 15, 16 at various points, but nothing flustered the duo. Maybe Kohli made a mistake by bowling out Umesh and Chahal but you can turn that around and say what if he was trying to get MS and Rayudu out. That would've sealed the game right there. Kohli was outstanding as captain but he met a bigger match in MS and that's where the game was won and lost.

23:52 Local Time, 18:22 GMT, 23:52 IST: MS Dhoni is the GOAT! As a finisher! GOAT in terms of being cool. In all sport! Just the swagger after he saw the ball go over wide long-on. A mischievous I know it I can win from anywhere smirk dotted his face. Unbelievable. Really. And he keeps doing it all the time. Never doubt the man. The way he took it to the end knowing his ability to finish it off against the likes of Siraj, Negi and Anderson at the end speaks volumes about the man's innate self-belief. Never doubted himself - not one second - when he was nudging, nurdling, dabbing, pushing and eking out singles, seeing out Umesh and Chahal in the middle overs is stuff of legend.

Corey Anderson to Dhoni, SIX, that's it! How cool is he man! Is he human? CHN have won with two balls to spare! Unbelievable stuff. More than 100 runs were needed in about 7 overs but he never showed any signs of pressure, nor did he play rash shots. Just played his trumpcard of taking the match deep and backing himself to finish and boy, what a finish it was. Just a jump across to the off-side and slogs this full ball with all his might to clear deep mid-wicket. This is BLR's first loss defending in excess of 200 at the Chinnaswamy
Corey Anderson to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, cut in the airrr, but there is a man at deep point. Short of a length ball from Corey Anderson, Bravo doesn't get the placement right

6 needed off 4

Most sixes in an T20 League match:
32 BLR v CHN, Bengaluru, 2018*
31 DEL v GUJ, Delhi, 2017
31 CHN v KOL, Chennai, 2018
30 CHN v RAJ, Chennai, 2010
26 MUM v PUN, Mumbai WS, 2017

Corey Anderson to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, who better than DJ Bravo to hit those inside-out shots over cover. You got to admire him. Distraught BLR fans. Delight in the CHN camp. Back of a length delivery outside off stump, Bravo backs away and gets under the ball to smash it over cover
Corey Anderson to Dwayne Bravo, FOUR, that's the healthiest of edges you can get. Lucky runs. Precious runs for CHN. The yellow contingent believes. Ceee Esss Kayyy chants ringing in the ground. Shortish delivery outside off stump, Bravo slogs and gets a thick edge that flies over the leaping QdK

16 needed. Backward point, third man, fine leg, square leg in

Siraj to Dhoni, 2 runs, straight drive, hits the stumps at the bowler's end and deflects. Didn't go really hard at this very full ball, maybe just wanted to take a single to keep strike, Siraj didn't get a foot on it, otherwise Bravo would have been out

It's Chahal's turn to talk to Siraj. Come on!

Siraj to Dhoni, wide, aaaand it's another one way outside off stump

Now Siraj is approached by Kohli. Feel for Siraj. One ball left to Dhoni and he has many on his ears. I feel he's just got to be left alone.

Siraj to Dhoni, wide, oh no, Siraj! What are you doing! He tries the widish yorker but bowls way outside off stump

AB has a chat with Siraj

Siraj to Dhoni, wide, left alone and the umpire stretches his arms. The slower ball bumper loops over Dhoni, oh that was well above the head

21 needed of 7. This needs to go for a boundary for CHN! Third man, backward point, fine leg in. Is it going to be full and outside off stump

Siraj to Dhoni, SIX, don't tell me he deliberately sliced that all the way for six! Oh he did! Genius! Low full toss outside off stump, not a really bad ball, Dhoni has been looking to target third man this innings and he's somehow got under this properly and sent it for a maximum
Siraj to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, it's not happening for Bravo tonight. High full toss, he jumped out and got too close to the line of the ball, mistimed hit wide of cover
Siraj to Dhoni, 1 run, lovely wide yorker, Dhoni reaches out and squeezes it to backward point. Lovely stuff from Siraj. Held the ball in way to suggest he was going to bowl the slower ball and then changed the grip last moment to go full pace
Siraj to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, full ball, Bravo can only drill it to long-off. This is just what BLR want. 29 off 10 now. Massive pressure on Dhoni
Siraj to Dwayne Bravo, no run, and he's missed a low full toss, Dhoni is key and he's off strike, gold dust dot ball. Tried to target the cover boundary, only connected with thin air

30 needed off 12 balls.

Highest scores for Rayudu in T20 League:
82 v BLR, Bengaluru, 2018
81*v BLR, Bengaluru, 2012
79 v HYD, Hyderabad, 2018
68 v HYD, Hyderabad, 2014
65 v PUN, Mohali, 2016

Corey Anderson to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, slower delivery outside off stump, Bravo drives it to sweeper cover, it's not going to be easy for Bravo to time those straightaway. This is not a batting belter

Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Corey Anderson to Rayudu, out Rayudu Run Out!! 1 run completed. They say you don't run on a misfield and Rayudu's excellent knock has been ended by a brilliant piece of fielding by Umesh. Brilliant first with the full length dive to get a hand on the attempted square-drive to save the boundary, and then brilliant with recovery time and more importantly smash the stumps with a bullet throw and he had one stump to aim at from a side on angle. BLR are back in it! Rayudu doesn't want to leave. He got greedy and hoped for a poor throw from the fielder but Umesh has a good throwing arm and was out by miles despite a dive. Rayudu run out (U Yadav) 82(53) [4s-3 6s-8]

Corey Anderson to Rayudu, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Corey Anderson to Rayudu, FOUR, now then, now then, you can't bowl way too short and slow either. No sweeper cover remember, only third man and deep cover, so Rayudu stands tall, delays the cut and hits it over the infield
Corey Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball into the pitch, tough to hit those, Kohli wants more of those, Dhoni mistimes the cut to point and almost bangs the bat on the ground in disappointment that he didn't hit that in the gap
Corey Anderson to Dhoni, SIX, whyyy! When those back of a length balls were working so well, why do you want to try the yorker. Dhoni smacks it. He did really smack it straight down the ground. Fifty for the CHN captain, he's determined and as always confident
Corey Anderson to Dhoni, wide, that's way outside off stump. The only thing with this tactic from BLR is that it's going to be predictable. It's going to be back of a length and everything angled across, they just got to hope for a few mishits to land in hand, and for them to be caught
Corey Anderson to Rayudu, 1 run, now that's brilliant field placing. They know it's a slightly sluggish pitch, so they have placed a deep cover and left sweeper cover open. Rayudu slices it on the bounce to the man in the deep

What's it then now? 45 needed off 18. Is it asking for too much? BLR should back themselves to save this, but you never know.

Runs scored by CHN in the last three overs of run chases in T20 League 2018: 50, 44 & 50

Siraj to Dhoni, FOUR, finally, he guides this in the gap and that spoils a good over for Siraj. Bowled pretty well to be honest. Back of a length and outside off stump, Dhoni steers it between backward point and short third man
Siraj to Rayudu, 1 run, the slower ball banged into the pitch and it sticks, forces Rayudu to force the pace and he mistimes an uppish slap, just clears the extra-cover fielder
Siraj to Dhoni, 1 run, and again! This is interesting, length ball, in the slot, but Dhoni doesn't go hard down the ground. Wants to guide past short third man, finds the fielder. Four great deliveries for BLR
Siraj to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni tried to be clever with the field placement there, just opened the bat face at the last moment to this full delivery with no third man, the ball clears point, but de Grandhomme does exceedingly well to run to his left and save two with the slide
Siraj to Rayudu, 1 run, the yorker turns out as a low full toss on the off stump, Rayudu toe-ends the drive to long-off. Two good deliveries after the time-out

All BLR need to do hit the back of a length region and vary their pace. This is a two-paced pitch, a mistimed hit is always on the cards. Can they do it under pressure though?

Siraj to Dhoni, 1 run, nicely bowled, back of a length and on the off stump, no room whatsoever, Dhoni forced to guide to backward point

Timeout! Those two consecutive sixes has put the game withing CHN's reach again. Remember that BLR have inexperienced and hittable bowlers to bowl these remaining 4 overs. Negi has one, Siraj has two, Anderson has two. So it will be between them to complete it. Unless Kohli springs up something out of the ordinary. A long chat in the BLR dugout. They will need all of that. More importantly a much needed break for CHN and especially for Rayudu - who looks tired.

Corey Anderson to Rayudu, SIX, this is bigger. And longer. Full outside off, Rayudu shuffles across and gives it all, off the middle of the bat and way back into the stands. Nailed that and the ball flies away to the deep mid fence
Corey Anderson to Rayudu, SIX, back of a length outside off, Rayudu knows what is coming, a mini shuffle outside off, forehands it over wide long-off. Carries over the rope, not by much but it will do
Corey Anderson to Rayudu, wide, marginal call from umpire Virender Sharma. Is he making up for his earlier mistake? Pushed across Rayudu on a short of length, who flays and misses. To the naked eye on first glance, seemed a 50-50 call. de Kock and Corey Anderson aren't impressed
Corey Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length outside off, Dhoni slashes to deep backward point, Mandeep decides to field on the bounce and does so
Corey Anderson to Rayudu, 1 run, dropped by Umesh at extra-cover. Kohli though claps in encouragement. Rayudu moved across to the off-side, skied the lofted hit straight up. Umesh went for the conventional way, straight in and out. Will that prove to be costly?
Corey Anderson to Rayudu, no run, slants this full delivery across Rayudu, who misses the lofted extra-cover drive. Well-bowled too as he took it away from Rayudu's grasp. Inside the tramline too
Corey Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off, smashed straight down the ground, but Kohli has placed himself straight at long-off. Sprints across and keeps it to a single. Good captaincy

MS and Rayudu have a chat. Fine leg and third man in

Corey Anderson [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

BLR death overs (16-20) bowling in T20 League 2018:
36/2 (3.5) v KOL
33/3 (4.2) v PUN
88/1 (5.0) v RAJ
70/3 (5.0) v MUM
71/2 (5.0) v DEL

Siraj to Dhoni, 1 run, length delivery on off, pushed wide of extra cover for a run. Dhoni will keep the strike
Siraj to Dhoni, no run, backs it up with another good ball, aiming at off and keeping Dhoni quiet, back to the bowler
Siraj to Rayudu, 1 run, very full and aiming for the blockhole, Rayudu can only dig it out to long-on. Good ball
Siraj to Rayudu, SIX, magnificent shot. Down the track and lifts the back of a length delivery over deep cover. So effortless with so much timing. A crucial blow at the right time
Siraj to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu is livid that he has let that go. A cutting short ball outside off, well inside the tramline, strangely Rayudu left it to de Kock and then let it all out
Siraj to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length outside off, Dhoni guides that, on the bounce to sweeper cover

Mohammed Siraj [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Negi to Rayudu, no run, how is that not a wide? Very poor umpiring from umpire Virender Sharma. Pitches on the tramline marker and spins away, beats Rayudu's slog-sweep, who is shocked that it wasn't given a wide. We saw what happened to HYD when a no-ball wasn't called, they lost by 4. Will the same happen to CHN? Dhoni makes his displeasure known to the umpire-cam
Negi to Rayudu, SIX, 50 for Rayudu. He is getting tired and losing some of his power, but this he sits back and waits for it to be bowled short, then mauls the pull over deep mid. Third six of the over
Negi to Dhoni, 1 run, late-cut, in the air but in front of short third. Didn't have the bat to carry it to the fielder. Good bowling again
Negi to Dhoni, no run, that's the ball. Shortish length, allowing the ball to spin, it does and beats Dhoni's late dab. Pitched outside off and took out Dhoni's straight shots out of the equation
Negi to Dhoni, SIX, Negi continues to toss it up, too full and right in the hitting zone, Dhoni swings and sends it over long-on. When it is so full, Dhoni will hit everything out of the park
Negi to Dhoni, SIX, helicoptered straight down the ground! Mini-helicopter you can call. Tossed up on middle, Dhoni marmalises it back over the bowler's head. Such power

Have CHN left it too late? Or is it a cunning ploy to see off Umesh and Chahal - the two most threatening bowlers on the day - and then go mental against the others. If they pull it off, will rank as one of the all-time great heists, amongst all the unbelievable things they have done in the T20 League. Meanwhile Negi back on

Chahal to Dhoni, 1 run, end of Chahal, flat trajectory remains, pushed wide of cover for a single
Chahal to Dhoni, wide, this is wide, of the tramline, right call from Llong
Chahal to Rayudu, 1 run, flat and darted in, tucked to deep mid
Chahal to Rayudu, no run, ripping leggie, pitches inside the tramline and spins away, legal delivery as Rayudu lets it go. Wants a wide but gets nothing, fair delivery
Chahal to Dhoni, 1 run, brave from Chahal to toss it up outside off, Dhoni mistimes the big hit and just about does enough for the ball to land in front of long-on. Negi didn't attack the ball, opted to take it on the bounce
Chahal to Rayudu, 1 run, pushed through on the stumps, on-driven to long-on

Rayudu seems to have lost his range in the last few overs, let's see whether he can get it back

Chahal to Dhoni, leg byes, 1 run, down leg, runs off the pad to short fine leg
Corey Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched up outside off, driven to long-off, to keep the strike

Don't know why there's a delay, but we are back on

Corey Anderson to Dhoni, SIX, right in Dhoni's teeing off zone. Picks the slower delivery and murders it over long-on. As easy as you like
Corey Anderson to Rayudu, leg byes, 1 run, how long did Kohli take there? Definitely more than the stipulated 15 seconds but this is T20 League, so different rules apply here. Have to remember that. Very late call by the BLR captain to go for a review against Rayudu. For lbw after umpire Virender Sharma didn't give it out. Horrible review in fact. Impact is umpire's call and it is missing off comfortably. Rayudu down on one leg and looking to heave the slower delivery but missed. Struck on the elbow I think and then onto the body. Kohli checked with a couple of mates and then went for it. Rayudu while going down, made sure he got outside the line
Corey Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, another cutter, punched to Umesh at extra cover, quick single taken
Corey Anderson to Rayudu, 1 run, slower delivery, a cutter on the stumps, Rayudu defends this in front of backward point and crosses over

Third man up

Corey Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Dhoni languidly square-drives to the sweeper cover

Corey Anderson, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Chahal to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu misses out on the slog. Quicker and under the bat, rolls off the leg and falls on the stumps but the zing bails don't light up. Anyway it wouldn't have counted!

Free-hit time

Chahal to Rayudu, no ball, my word. That's criminal from Chahal. But tight call. Very tight. Marginal. Llong the ump. The front of the hand slider, punched back to Chahal who fields
Chahal to Dhoni, 1 run, slower and tossed up on leg, nurdled in typical MS fashion to square leg, and a jog to the other end
Chahal to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended watchfully to mid-wicket

Still the slip stays

Chahal to Dhoni, 2 runs, just a soft tap in front of deep square leg, perfectly placed between two fielders. Easy two
Chahal to Dhoni, 2 runs, the vertical-bat stand upright sweep or a mow down backwards, to a ball down leg, Negi sprints from deep backward square and dives to keep it to two
Chahal to Rayudu, 1 run, quick and Rayudu pushes off the back foot to long-on. Wanted to use his feet but kept quiet by the flatter trajectory
Negi to Dhoni, no run, quicker and darted in, well bowled, bit of spin on that as well, Dhoni shows it the full face, but it hits the outside half of the bat and rolls back
Negi to Rayudu, 1 run, Rayudu now uses his feet, had to adjust and does so, punched to long-off
Negi to Dhoni, 1 run, and again down the track, got too close to the pitch, muscled to long-on
Negi to Dhoni, SIX, crikey! We have seen everything from MS in this game. Never will play the big shot off just his second ball, but here he has done so and got six. Down the track to the tossed up delivery on leg, heaves into the deep mid fence. Off the mark with a biggie
Negi to Dhoni, no run, skids off the pitch, Dhoni picks it off the pitch and defends off the back foot

Virat in at slip for Dhoni

Negi to Rayudu, 1 run, tossed up on leg, Rayudu flicks to the deep mid region for a run

Pawan Negi [1.0-0-8-1] is back into the attack

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Timeout. Wickets has put BLR on the front foot. So much so that Rayudu has to play second fiddle and curb his all-out aggression. It is BLR's match to lose from here, has happened before though but will they choke again? I don't think so. But CHN will still believe in themselves as there's Dhoni and Bravo along with Rayudu left. MS comes out as well. Negi back on.

Chahal to Jadeja, out Bowled!! He is punching the air as if he was a boxer beating the hell out of your defeated opponent. What bowling from Chahal. He is turning it on for BLR. That's as comprehensive as it gets. Sets Jadeja up for the cut but the ball fizzes off the pitch and beats the shot to clatter the stumps. Jadeja is not a bad player of spin, just the quality of Chahal outshining and outsmarting the spinner. Now BLR are well on top. Jadeja b Chahal 3(5)

Chahal to Jadeja, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Chahal to Jadeja, wide, spins, too much, wide down leg
Chahal to Rayudu, 1 run, driven to long-off
Chahal to Rayudu, no run, immediately quickens it up and flattens the trajectory, grips and turns past the poke of Rayudu who was hanging on the back foot. Lovely change-up
Chahal to Rayudu, SIX, goes over deep cover. Rayudu didn't find it off the middle of the bat, but has got enough bat to send the ball soaring into the crowd over deep cover. Tough tough shot but Rayudu trusted his ability and played it supremely
Chahal to Rayudu, no run, beautiful bowling. Slower and tossed up outside off, making Rayudu reach out away from his body, completely mistimed back to Chahal's right
Chahal to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu is down on the ground and Chahal is appealing. Can only happen in cricket. Quick slider, the attempted flipper, Rayudu is beaten for pace on the pull, misses but it is sliding down. Llong knows it and makes his call
U Yadav to Rayudu, 1 run, whipped from middle to deep mid and that's the end of Umesh for tonight. "Match-winning spell" calls Clarke on air. Could well be

Sensible from these two to see out Yadav who has bowled an awesome spell today. They don't want to give him a wicket in his final over

U Yadav to Jadeja, 1 run, another short of length delivery at pace on the ribs, tucked to deep square leg
U Yadav to Rayudu, 1 run, banged in hard into the pitch, on the hips, nudged through square leg
U Yadav to Jadeja, 1 run, comes down the track and slashes the back of a length delivery to the sweeper cover
U Yadav to Jadeja, no run, swings in to Jadeja, who has to respect that one, does so, brings his bat down to defend

This is the first time I have seen Kohli this attacking with his captaincy in all formats, ever since he took over. He wants this game badly and as do the other 21 in both sides out there.

U Yadav to Rayudu, 1 run, pacy length delivery on off, Rayudu defends to mid-on and takes the single

There was a slip and leg-slip for Jadeja when he came onto face Chahal

Chahal to Rayudu, 1 run, stays low, Rayudu bunts it to long-on off the back foot, the call is for two but they settle for just one
Chahal to Rayudu, no run, quicker and gripped a bit off the pitch, defended to the right of Chahal, no chance of a single there
Chahal to Rayudu, no run, tossed up on middle, a Test match forward block from Rayudu
Chahal to Jadeja, 1 run, flat leggie, turns in, Jadeja whips it off the back foot through square leg to get off the mark

Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Chahal to Billings, out Stumped!! Gone. Chahal is shushing Billings as he puts his finger to his lips. Magnificent bowling. Done Billings in with his quickish, flattish leggie, Billings was down the track and looking to play across the line, dangerous, deadly dangerous when it spins past you like that leaving you hopeless and helpless. Easy for de Kock to complete the formalities. Chahal is jumping up and down like a young child who has been denied his icecream. Billings st de Kock b Chahal 9(7) [4s-2]

Chahal to Billings, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

Chahal to Billings, FOUR, pre-meditated and four. Knelt down and paddled it fine, beats the long chase and desperate dive of Corey Anderson at fine leg. Almost played it onto the stumps, but got it wide of de Kock

Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

100+ wickets for pacers in T20 League:
154 L Malinga
128 D Bravo
117 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
106 A Nehra
105 R Vinay Kumar
102 Zaheer Khan

U Yadav to Billings, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, run down to third man
U Yadav to Billings, no run, fullish and attacking the stumps, Billings shows the full face of the bat in defence and respect. The ball rolls to mid-on
U Yadav to Billings, no run, wow. This is some delivery. Nippy and at pace, cuts Billings in half, zips off the pitch and beats everything - the inside edge, the glove and zooms into de Kock's gloves. That shot off the pitch
U Yadav to Billings, FOUR, now Billings flicks and gets four. Over mid-wicket and it races away. On the pads, Billings relies on timing and goes up and over
U Yadav to Billings, no run, will Kohli go for the review? No he won't. Looks a good call too. Pacy inswinger, Billings falls over on the flick, the impact is on leg, above the pad and with the angle, would've been sliding down as well. Yadav's continous appeal is turned down and rightly so

Sam Billings, right handed bat, comes to the crease

U Yadav to Raina, out Caught by Mandeep!! The shouts of Ceeee-Sssss-Kkkkkkk have been drowned out by that wicket. Now Aaaaarrrrr-Ceeeeee-Beeeeeee back on. Leg-stump full delivery, hint of shape on that, Raina flicked too early and the leading edge landed safely in backward point's grasp where Mandeep catches and tumbles over in delight. The ploy of giving Yadav another over has worked. 100th T20 League wicket for Umesh as well. Raina c Mandeep b U Yadav 11(9) [4s-2]

U Yadav to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Siraj to Rayudu, FOUR, belted straight down the ground. Rayudu knows what is coming from his Hyderabad teammate. Skips down and then brutalises the short of length delivery back over the bowler's head. Umpire was ducking for cover there
Siraj to Raina, 1 run, now round the wicket, follows the backing away Raina who swings to deep square leg. CdG fumbles but just a single
Siraj to Raina, FOUR, another amazing shot by Raina. Siraj with the double-teapot pose, wondering what he has done wrong. Raina down the track, in a flash and even when there's no room on the back of a length delivery, whiplashes the slash, gets it through cover and extra-cover. Right into the gap. Top batting
Siraj to Raina, wide, down leg, wasted delivery and poor
Siraj to Rayudu, 1 run, pacy and angled back in, giving Rayudu no room whatsoever, Rayudu does ever so well, to dab it with soft hands to the right of de Kock
Siraj to Rayudu, FOUR, short and pulled away. Rayudu didn't hit it as well as he would've liked to, but gets a one bounce over the ropes four at deep square
Siraj to Rayudu, no run, extra bounce from a back of a length, Rayudu is surprised a tad, jabs it away to cover in the end. Good start by Siraj

Mohammed Siraj, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

U Yadav to Raina, no run, fine comeback by Yadav. Cuts the backing away Raina in half. Followed him with a pacy back of a length delivery, seam movement doing Raina in, flies past the inside edge and thuds into de Kock's gloves
U Yadav to Raina, FOUR, that is an unbelievable shot. Especially if your name is Raina and you have a problem against the short ball. The world knows it. Yadav did nothing wrong there, followed the backing away Raina with a perfect short ball, but Raina turned on the style and forehanded like Rafa Nadal at Philippe Chatrier Roland Garros. So much topspin on the crosscourt and it swings and eludes wickedly past the great AB at mid-on. How he managed to get on top of the bounce and kept it down, only he will know
U Yadav to Rayudu, 1 run, fullish outside off, Rayudu opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man
U Yadav to Rayudu, no run, good pacy delivery, attacking Rayudu's ribs. On a shortish length, fended down awkwardly back onto the pitch
U Yadav to Rayudu, no run, short and wide outside off, seams away after pitching, Rayudu slashes and the ball flies over the top edge. Good take by de Kock too for it swung after it passed the bat
U Yadav to Rayudu, SIX, he is in the mood. For sure. A length ball angling in, Rayudu stays back and just whips that off his pads, knew there was no-one back out there, the white ball sails into the crowd at deep backward square

Now shouts of "Ceeeee-Sssssss-Kkkkkkk" doing the rounds. In fact, "their 'CHN, CHN' chants are drowning out simultaneous shouts for BLR," pings Prakash.

Washington Sundar to Rayudu, 1 run, another quick delivery, worked to long-on to keep the strike
Washington Sundar to Rayudu, no run, flat and on off, punched back to Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar to Rayudu, SIX, good cricket awareness from Rayudu as he knew Washington Sundar will pitch it up, he does and Rayudu swings through the line and cleanly to get another six over long-on
Washington Sundar to Rayudu, SIX, the sound of bat hitting ball was like a gunshot. Such a big hit and so well hit too. After not getting to the pitch, Washington Sundar seeing Rayudu come down, dragged it down, but Rayudu is seeing so well at the moment that he goes through with the pull and muscles it over deep mid
Washington Sundar to Rayudu, no run, shortish, on off, punched to the right of cover-point, straight to the fielder
Washington Sundar to Raina, 1 run, darted in from round the wicket, Raina uses the angle to knock it into the gap at mid-wicket

Washington Sundar, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

U Yadav to Raina, 1 run, back of a length and hit into the pitch, Raina directs a flamingo-soft pull wide of square leg and keeps the strike
U Yadav to Raina, no run, all at sea. Looked very ugly did Raina there. Pitched up and looking for swing, Yadav got swing too, just that it didn't come back enough to hit off. It did against MUM when he dismissed Ishan Kishan, not here, beats the loose drive of Raina
U Yadav to Raina, no run, pitched up outside off, slanted across Raina, who with an open face taps to the point region
U Yadav to Rayudu, 1 run, now a soft leading edge on the back foot block, the ball goes in front of short cover, Rayudu wants the quick single, points at where the ball is and runs, Raina responds too and easily done. After completing the run, Rayudu has a stare at his partner. Didn't look happy
U Yadav to Rayudu, no run, short of length on off, Rayudu again opens the face of the bat and taps it to the left of Negi, Raina shouted a loud no, diving stop made and that prevents any runs being taken
U Yadav to Rayudu, no run, fullish outside off, hint of shape away, Rayudu guides it to the left of Negi at backward point, good fielding

Umesh Yadav, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Negi to Watson, out Caught by Siraj!! How often have you seen Watson get out, mistiming a pull? His staple shot is the pull. Made a career out of it as a batsman even fetching length balls and muscling them over mid-wicket. But Negi has him again. Credit to Kohli for throwing the ball to the left-arm spinner, he has a good record against Watson and gets him with a short ball. May have skidded on a wee bit to catch Watson's inner half, Siraj takes a dolly at mid-on and flings the ball away. Negi raises his arms in triumph. Watson c Siraj b Negi 7(4) [6s-1]

Negi to Watson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Negi to Watson, SIX, that's Watson at his best. Too full and too straight, Watson sits down and then heaves with all his might, good connection to get it all the way over long-on. Gets the crowd going
Negi to Watson, no run, Watson missed out there, dragged down and sliding down, Watson tries to hit it too hard and mistimes the pull to backward square leg
Negi to Rayudu, 1 run, comes down the track and drives wide of mid-off, deep cover fields

Interesting to see a deep cover for Rayudu

Negi to Rayudu, no run, tossed up on off, Rayudu gets forward to defend to the short cover region, wants a quick single, but de Kock, Mandeep and Negi all attack the ball, anyway Watson wasn't interested
Negi to Watson, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Watson eases it off the front foot to long-off to get off the mark

Watson and Rayudu are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Negi will open the attack