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Bangalore vs Delhi - 19th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date: 21 April 2018

Bangalore 176/4 (18 Ovs) RR: 9.78 | Bangalore won by 6 wkts


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, 2018
89(41)* v HYD, Bengaluru, 2014
79(47)* v GUJ, Bengaluru, 2016

Boult to de Villiers, FOUR, it's it. Lays into a half volley, screeching it through the covers, beating the leather off it. And BLR begin their move up
Boult to de Villiers, FOUR, beautifully played, fraction short and just outside off, AB arches back and then ramps over third man, couple of bounces and over the ropes
Boult to Mandeep, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away past square leg
Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, doesn't quite get up and hence a mistime on the cut, wide of cover-point and AB sneaks in a single
Boult to Mandeep, 1 run, 135.1kph, soft tap into the covers. Into single digits ..
Boult to Mandeep, 2 runs, 134.3kph. Full toss again. Knocked straight back, and the lack of legs mean the second
Chris Morris to Mandeep, 1 run, loopy slow full toss on middle. Turns it in front of square

So 13 runs required in 19. Roy has gone off for treatment.

Chris Morris to Mandeep, FOUR, blame Mandeep for stealing AB's century. A fullish length and he throws every ounce of his muscle to cart it straight down. Roy chases, dives, and has probably cut himself on the rope. Yeah, none of it could stop the boundary though
Chris Morris to Mandeep, no run, tight on the sticks. Ahh, a defensive push, you've been missed
Chris Morris to de Villiers, 1 run, 129.3kph, dipping full toss, taking AB by surprise, can still pinch the single, with a tickle down to fine leg

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.

Chris Morris to Mandeep, 1 run, to third man, 129.2kph, on the hop, riding the bounce to stab it to third man. 18 off 22. AB needs 20
Chris Morris to Mandeep, wide, tries a cutter drifting down leg. Mandeep can't connect with his flick
Chris Morris to Mandeep, SIX, these massive bats. So Mandeep's done in with the lack of pace, he swings across the line, gets the back of the bat. And it finds a way to fly high and into the fence behind the keeper
Boult to Mandeep, 1 run, tummy-lined. A delicate run down to third man

Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Boult to Corey Anderson, out Bowled!! Another twist. That ideal ball in the times of misery. Full, straight, bang in the blockhole. Anderson backs away, gives himself some room to go downtown. Misses. Big time. And the ball sneaks under to make a mess of the timber. And they take the time-out. The only strategy RCb need now is to find ways of giving AB his strike. And his century. Corey Anderson b Boult 15(13) [6s-1]

Boult to Corey Anderson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, oh the running. And this drama script has some comedy mid-way. Okay so AB pokes it to point, he takes off for the single, Anderson kindly responds. But with the ball going straight to Gambhir, both of them freeze, run wrong ways after almost having made it in. And Corey decides to surrender .. true friend like. Never mind, the throw's wild, Boult's dive too can't get a hand to it
Boult to Corey Anderson, 1 run, leg full toss. Whipped away to long-on
Boult to Corey Anderson, no run, nails the wide yorker. Everything right for a change. Anderson can't stretch enough
Boult to Corey Anderson, SIX, nobody's getting it right. Boult returns with a full toss, nice and high, and Anderson's reversing roles. Smokes it into cow corner

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 to Corey Anderson, 1 run, full toss, politely steered to point, who's right at the edge. And they take the single
Chris Morris to de Villiers, 1 run, tucks him up with the bumper. On the ribs and pulled away. Ugly. One-handed. Ballooning up, but in no man's land in mid-wicket. It's his day
Chris Morris to de Villiers, wide, tries going round the wicket. Tries going short. A sign of relief. Turns. Spots the umpire's hands stretched. Who's game is this
Chris Morris to de Villiers, FOUR, the carnage. Morris loses it down leg, the last hit has mentally scarred him. And is mowed away, fine
Chris Morris to de Villiers, SIX, the second tier tonks have become boring. So AB goes into the third. Once that front leg goes out of the way, it's always into the orbit. And then the ball's on the meaty length too. Whacked, straight down
Chris Morris to de Villiers, no run, hurries him in with the cramper. Off the sticker to short fine
Chris Morris to Corey Anderson, 1 run, stays beisde the line, opens up the bat face. Square

Chris Morris [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, 1 run, wrong 'un. Short enough for Anderson to read and jab it in front of square
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, sets up for the across the line mow again, but it's wide now. And damn quick. Adjusts to slap it to a wide long-off

Reaching 50 off 25 or fewer balls most times in T20 League:
11 D Warner
8 AB de Villiers
6 V Sehwag/ C Gayle
5 R Uthappa

Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, SIX, spectator down - into her jaw. Now who's missing Gayle when AB can break jaws as well. Back on a knee, under the swinging tonk, and into the second tier at cow corner
Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, 1 run, 86.5kph, too straight. Tickled away round the corner. And he's doing his job perfectly
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, angry hands, chasing the width, but finds the man in the deep at sweeper
Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, 1 run, wide tease, carved away through sweeper. He wants to watch the show
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, SIX, there's his arc. You genius. Reads the fuller sucker that's to follow, sits, shuffles and it's behind square. In less than a second. Oh the nerve!
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, no run, 130.3kph of a bouncer. AB tries arching back to upper cut it of sorts. Beaten on pace. Now, now
Harshal Patel to Corey Anderson, 1 run, 122.2kph, Anderson takes a cue, goes swinging. But he's no AB, he can get edges. Fat outside one this time, on the bounce to third man
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, nails it in the blockhole. AB has to make his peace with a squeeze down the track

AB de Villiers vs DEL at Chinnaswamy in T20 League:

Harshal Patel to de Villiers, FOUR, gets well across, wanting to go over mid-wicket. And typically changes his mind, like only he can. Ruins a wide yorker, slicing it through extra cover all of a sudden. Just sublime. And yes, a fifty .. he's killing the contest
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, SIX, continues his fun tirade. Keeps getting nothings on the pads, sitting up to be smacked. Obliged. Fiercely swatting into deep mid-wicket
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, low crouch, creaming it through the covers
Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, 1 run, dragged down. Corey on it hard, and it's that man Boult again, diving at cow corner to cut it off
Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, no run, bites, turns, spits. Oh it's a minefield all of a sudden. Somehow avoids kissing the poky-glove
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, very full, almost a squeeze out down to long-on
Rahul Tewatia to Corey Anderson, 1 run, moves back, for a mistimed slap of sorts. Long-off again
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, a dig-out-drive down to long-off

Corey Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Harshal Patel to Kohli, out Caught by Boult!! Just the worst of full tosses. No forget that. It's never going to be remembered. Boult has clinched that 10 lakh cheque for the end of the season. It's a catch for the ages. A viral catch. So Kohli quite obviously whips the innocuous, without bothering to keep it down. Over square leg. Boult comes out of nowhere, sticks his right hand up. And it sticks. With him eventually falling in a millimeter in front of the FBB prismic sponsor on the rope. Nobody can seem to believe. Yeah, muggles, it's true. Kohli c Boult b Harshal Patel 30(26) [4s-2 6s-1]

Harshal Patel to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Harshal Patel to Kohli, 2 runs, slower-short. Sits up for Kohli to go into some wierdly effective forehand, only into the widely vacant mid-on. And they still pinch the second
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, width outside off. Stabbed square, and even that has wrists on use
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, 2 runs, nipping back in off a length. Yet again on the pads, and this time a neat wrist round the corner. Oh and they almost collide while on the second
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, FOUR, 137kph on the pads. And it doesn't even pitch. Oh my. de Villiers's swipes, heaving it into square leg, flat
Harshal Patel to Kohli, 1 run, a nice pitch up on middle. Kohli gets his front leg out, stroking it down to long-off
Rahul Tewatia to Kohli, 1 run, slightly had to reach out for this pull shot, drags it through square leg
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, flicks it through mid-wicket
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, no run, defended into the off-side
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, SIX, smashes the roof of Chinnaswamy! Rank long-hop from Tewatia, just the ball which got rid of Kohli and de Villiers in their previous home game. But de Villiers is having none of that today. Rocks back and hoists it away over mid-wicket
Rahul Tewatia to Kohli, 1 run, flat one on the pads, Kohli flicks it away to square leg for a run
Rahul Tewatia to de Villiers, 1 run, eases the tossed up delivery down to long-on, just a sighter

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 to de Villiers, 1 run, full toss on middle stump, de Villiers whips it to deep mid-wicket
Harshal Patel to Kohli, 1 run, short ball outside off, flat-batted down to long-on
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, leg byes, 1 run, speared in full on leg, 137kph, de Villiers falls over on the flick and it deflects off his pad towards backward point
Harshal Patel to Kohli, 1 run, slower back of length ball outside off, dabbed to short third man
Harshal Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, hangs back to a wide length ball and carves it through point
Harshal Patel to Kohli, 1 run, walks down to this back of length delivery and clips it through mid-wicket

Harshal Patel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Chris Morris to Kohli, 1 run, yorker length ball at the stumps, squeezed away through mid-wicket
Chris Morris to de Villiers, 1 run, deceives de Villiers with the dipping full toss, and the leading edge balloons back over his head. De Villiers wanted to flicked it through mid-wicket, but got done in by the lack of pace

This is the partnership, and probably the game, right here.

Chris Morris to Kohli, 1 run, short of length delivery on off, 136kph, pulled off the front foot to deep mid-wicket
Chris Morris to de Villiers, 1 run, short ball, de Villiers doesn't get hold of the pull and mistimes it to deep mid-wicket
Chris Morris to Kohli, 1 run, nudges a single through mid-wicket this time
Chris Morris to Kohli, FOUR, now Kohli joins in the fun. Not great from Morris actually. Can't feed him on the pads with a length ball, gets flicked away in a flash to the boundary
Nadeem to de Villiers, FOUR, hat-trick of fours! Nadeem is clueless against AB at the moment. He tosses this up wide - the best thing he can think off - but AB still walks across and powers the sweep through square leg. Crowd going wild
Nadeem to de Villiers, FOUR, my word, how's this gone for four! Crazy. Unbelievable power with the bottom hand. He seemed to be cramped on the back foot but is somehow able to whip it between long-on and deep mid-wicket
Nadeem to de Villiers, FOUR, swept away for four. De Villiers has started off brilliantly. Nadeem lands it on a length for him and is dispatched
Nadeem to Kohli, 1 run, punched away for a single through the covers. Nadeem keeping it flat on a back of length
Nadeem to Kohli, no run, wants to dab it fine, and gets it very very fine. Pant - the keeper - lunges out with his right leg and is able to stop it with the thigh
Nadeem to de Villiers, 1 run, arm-ball on middle, de Villiers goes back in the crease to work it round the corner

Running most partners out in T20 League:
22 Rohit
19 Dhoni/ Karthik
17 Uthappa
16 Kohli *
14 Raina
13 Y Pathan

Overall that was the 22nd run-out Kohli was involved in, self out only six times.

Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, spelled out his charge for the bowler, came too early. Morris bumps it in and beats Kohli on the upper-cut
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, flicked to mid-wicket
Chris Morris to Kohli, SIX, just over the fielder. Length ball around off, Kohli whips it away and he had the whole of Chinnaswamy concerned for a bit. But they shouldn't have been. Not with those wrists
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, banged in short, Kohli sways away and sits underneath it
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, uncertain poke from Kohli away from the body. It's been a nervous start from the skipper. Length ball outside off, holds its line and wasn't far from kissing the edge
Chris Morris to Kohli, no run, good length ball just outside off, defensively pushed into the off-side

Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Nadeem to de Villiers, FOUR, now clears his front leg and lofts it inside-out over the covers. The off-side field is up and Nadeem has bowled to his field by drifting it in on middle, but AB is just too good
Nadeem to de Villiers, FOUR, there he goes. De Villiers is underway. Walks across the stumps, gets down low and wallops the sweep through square leg
Nadeem to de Villiers, no run, chopped into the off-sidee

AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Nadeem to Kohli, out de Kock Run Out!! De Kock is gone by a mile. Dreadful running. There's a tremendous mix-up between the two batsmen and de Kock ends up around halfway down the pitch before the bails are taken off. The ball was patted towards backward point, Kohli started running, stuttered to look at his partner, and then ran through. But de Kock never really took off. de Kock run out (Vijay Shankar/Pant) 18(16) [4s-1 6s-1]

Nadeem to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Nadeem to Kohli, FOUR, massive moment in the game. Tentative defence from Kohli, the ball turns away from him to take the edge which goes between keeper and slip. Was Morris standing too wide? He barely had time to move before it went through. Nadeem doesn't know what to do
Nadeem to de Kock, 1 run, flat, turning in at the stumps, de Kock works it through mid-wicket

Shahbaz Nadeem, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Another spinner for DEL in the powerplay

Maxwell to de Kock, 1 run, gets too close to the ball after using his feet, jams it wide of mid-on
Maxwell to de Kock, no run, not much intent with this cut shot, plays it to point
Maxwell to de Kock, SIX, swept all the way over short fine. Shuffled across slightly to get inside the line of this off-break, Maxwell drifted it in on leg to aid the batsman further, and gets swatted into the stands with a powerful sweep shot
Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, floated up on off, flicked to deep mid-wicket
Maxwell to de Kock, 1 run, shimmies out but Maxwell pulls the length back to stop him from getting to the pitch. Defended into the off-side
Maxwell to de Kock, no run, hangs back to a length ball turning away from him, Maxwell almost squared him up with his round the wicket angle. De Kock is able to adjust to defend towards point
Boult to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, bunted in front of mid-on for one
Boult to Kohli, 1 run, nudged into the mid-wicket region
Boult to de Kock, 1 run, they've cordoned off de Kock's strong zones. Fielder back at deep cover and deep mid-wicket. This one's full at the pads, flicked away stylishly to deep mid-wicket
Boult to Kohli, 1 run, short of length delivery bending back in on off, Kohli dabs it down to third man

Kohli vs DEL in T20 League:
16 innings
661 runs
Avg 73.44
7 X 50s
HS 99
SR 138.28

Boult to de Kock, 1 run, short of length delivery wide of off, cracked away to sweeper cover
Boult to Kohli, 1 run, looks to drive through the covers but gets an inside edge onto pad, dribbles away in front of point. His shot was foiled due to Boult's inswing

Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Maxwell to Vohra, out Caught by Roy!! Roy almost makes a mess of this at long leg, but he's recovered fantastically to take a superb low catch diving forward. They've referred it upstairs, but there's nothing wrong with it. Clean catch. His fingers are underneath it. The Englishman initially misjudged this top-edged sweep from Vohra, stalled in his position when he should have been moving forward. But makes up with a dive. Vohra c Roy b Maxwell 2(5)

Maxwell to Vohra, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Maxwell to Vohra, no run, pushed through on middle and leg, glanced to backward square leg. Gets away with this does Maxwell
Maxwell to Vohra, wide, turning down the leg-side, wided
Maxwell to Vohra, no run, defended into the on-side
Maxwell to Vohra, 2 runs, flat on leg stump, whipped away backward of square for Vohra. He gets it past backward square leg who probably should have stopped it
Maxwell to de Kock, 1 run, length ball on off, turns away a touch. De Kock defends in front of backward point and calls for a quick single
Maxwell to de Kock, no run, drops it short and wide, lucky to get away. De Kock tamely cuts to point

Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Well hello. It's Maxwell at the other end

Boult to Vohra, no run, beautiful inswinger to Vohra first up, just the ball he looks for against the right-hander. He plays across the line of it and is smashed on the front pad. The only thing which isn't ideal for the leg-before appeal is the line, which is leg-sidish. Boult's shout is turned down
Boult to de Kock, 1 run, full ball angling in on middle and leg, works it to the left of mid-on
Boult to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery slanted into middle and leg, cramps de Kock up and he gets a thick inside edge onto thigh pad
Boult to de Kock, FOUR, that's sweet from de Kock. Exquisite timing. Good length ball curling away from off, de Kock caresses it on the up through the covers. Just had to find the gap there, races away on this outfield
Boult to de Kock, no run, length ball curving away from off, confident stride forward from de Kock to push to mid-off
Boult to de Kock, no run, pitches it right up on off, looking for swing. There's just a little bit of curl away from de Kock who jams it back down the pitch

de Kock and Vohra are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Boult will open the attack