Mandeep Singh* 17(9); | AB de Villiers 90(39);
Chris Morris* 4-0-43-0; | Trent Boult 4-0-33-1
Chris Gayle* 62(38); | Mayank Agarwal 2(2);
Tom Curran* 0.1-0-6-0; | Shivam Mavi 3-0-29-0
So that customary AB special at Chinnaswamy hits us. And a familiar script plays itself out at Bangalore all over again - the bowlers concede, the batsmen steal more. It's all we have for you from this heady night. I was Vineet Anantharaman helping you chew your nails off in the company of Sagar Chawla, Akshay Maanay, Nikhil Jadhav, Pradeep Krishnamurthy and our scorer Naga. To a couple more tomorrow, ta ta!!
AB de Villiers | MoM: It's one of those nights when you see the ball well. The last two innings I wasn't hitting it too well, but today I felt it coming off the middle, watched it nice and early, bought myself that extra split second to make decisions and that's when I need to cash in. When you do get on top of the bowler, you have to take him down. This is the best crowd in the world; I love playing here. They keep backing us every game but I must say, whenever you get into that zone that crowd is only a buzz. And most of it today was a buzz. [On the 'genius' on his bat] I didn't give myself that name, MRF did it (smiles). It's a privilege playing with these bats, it's some good stuff.
Virat Kohli | Winning skipper: I think the 30 runs tonight is much better than the 90 I got in the last game. Two points are very crucial for us at this stage. We really thought about how to go about it, and we still have a few areas. The guy (AB) in our team gives us plenty of reasons to smile. We understand situations, understand each other's games well. He started off in a great way, my job then became to stick it out, string in a 65-70 run partnership. And then the opposition know they have to protect the game, rather than going for a win. It was a pity I couldn't stay till the end, but Corey and Mandy did really well to support him. They kept taking singles with positive intent and that is great to see. But AB just keeps taking the game away and that's why there's no doubt why he's the best player in the world. [On Boult's catch] It's one of those things you see regularly in the T20 League. It's good for the fans as well and when you look back you don't really feel bad getting out to a catch like that, full credit to Trent. Till the 15-over mark we were really good with the ball and with the bat even after we lost early wickets we strung in small partnerships. Plenty of positives but plenty of areas where we can improve as well. The crowd has always supported us in huge numbers; if the team believes, the crowd believes in us as well. We need the energy of the crowd and the players and we'll keep doing it for them, giving it our everything and keep pushing forward for them.
Rishabh Pant: This is how T20 games go on, I played well, but AB was the difference between the two teams. The wicket wasn't so easy, we (myself and Iyer) thought we will have a partnership. It worked well, but we didn't get a winning score. No excuses about the dew, but it was a factor. I am just trying to learn from AB and Virat, how easy they score runs. That scoop shot today was a new innovation.
Gautam Gambhir | Losing skipper: I thought AB took the game away from us, the way he batted. We were very much in the game after scoring 175. At one point getting to 150-155 looked difficult. It was a bit tacky in the first six overs. Shreyas was unbelievable, Pant was unbelievable too. Our spinners could have bowled better against AB in the first six overs. When the spinners were bowling the ball was gripping as the ball was new, the seam was new, one wicket there and it was our game. AB took on the spinners and got away with it. (On Boult's catch) It's the best catch I've ever seen. It was unbelievable because he's a left hander and he grabbed it in his right hand. It's never easy. Things are getting desperate for us and hopefully we can turn things around when we go back home. We are professional cricketers and there can't be excuses. Hopefully we can win a few and get the momentum in our favor. If you see the points table most of the teams are close to each other. So we need to reach the mid of the table first and then maybe in the top four.
23:27 local: It's been a show. It's been a carnage. And it's been the usual suspect murdering yet another attack, yet another match. Oh what would this side do without AB .. he's churned out yet another special, chasing, alone. So Delhi started well, running mixups helped them too, so did Boult's special at the boundary. But then the tornado hit, with sixes being smashed into every single pocket possible, breaking a few jaws on the way. Sheer audacity. Delhi would rue their missed powerplay when they were batting, for the wicket only kept getting truer with the dew setting in. And their bowlers missing their lengths just didn't help. Read into the interviews lined up.
Highest scores for AB de Villiers chasing in T20 League:90(39)* v DEL, Bengaluru, 201889(41)* v HYD, Bengaluru, 201479(47)* v GUJ, Bengaluru, 2016
So 13 runs required in 19. Roy has gone off for treatment.
Morris' spikes seem to have mud stuck in them. So do Delhi's hopes. Sadly only one can be cleaned up using the wire-brush.
Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to Corey Anderson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Trent Boult [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
The equation - 35 runs. 30 balls. AB needs to get 21 off those for his century.
Chris Morris [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Reaching 50 off 25 or fewer balls most times in T20 League:11 D Warner8 AB de Villiers6 V Sehwag/ C Gayle5 R Uthappa
AB de Villiers vs DEL at Chinnaswamy in T20 League:64(42)*39(32)33(17)55(33)53(24)*
Corey Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Harshal Patel to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rahul Tewatia, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Time-out! DEL need to get their act together against de Villiers. He's started off red hot. A few more overs of him and this could get away very quickly. Okay right, a leg-spinner. Rahul Tewatia on.
Harshal Patel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
This is the partnership, and probably the game, right here.
Running most partners out in T20 League:22 Rohit19 Dhoni/ Karthik17 Uthappa16 Kohli *14 Raina13 Y PathanOverall that was the 22nd run-out Kohli was involved in, self out only six times.
Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Nadeem to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Shahbaz Nadeem, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Another spinner for DEL in the powerplay
Kohli vs DEL in T20 League:16 innings661 runsAvg 73.447 X 50sHS 99SR 138.28
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Maxwell to Vohra, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Well hello. It's Maxwell at the other end
de Kock and Vohra are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Boult will open the attack