Phew! T20 League fans, you have to afford a pacemaker. Another insane game of cricket has come to an end. The high balls, flying takes, simple dropped chances and some pitiable bowlers - summary of game number 51. More importantly, two massive points for BLR. HYD have lost two on the bounce and they will try to recover. So, shall our team. Saline drip please! This has been draining. Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off on behalf of other textperts - Pratyush Sinha, Vineet Anantharaman, Rishi Roy, Mr. S and Sulthan.
ABD: It is an amazing feeling. Crazy game of cricket. The crowd got behind us and we managed to pull it through. I felt I was in a bit of a puddle when I got out there. At times we were average. I was very happy that I pulled off that nice catch off. I look to put a bit of pressure on the bowlers and I am human after all. I am either going to falter under pressure or they are. So, I always try to put them under pressure. If I get one or two away and take it forward. I made it look better than actually it was. Got into a bad position, the ball had a bit of a curve on it. The minute I took the jump, I realized a little bit of my body was outside. I just had to put that right and luckily it stuck. It would be great to make the knock-outs. Hopefully we do get through. Lots got to happen. First of all, the most important thing is we need to win the next game. Then it comes down to the run rate and who knows.
Virat Kohli (2/2): Tonight ABD and Moeen were superb with the bat with Colin chipping in. We are pretty comfortable with the side. Moeen has come in and done very well for us. Tonight his knock was superb and hats off to him for grabbing his opportunity. He is providing us the balance that we require. Teams don't want us to win. That is a great position to be in. We sense fear and pounce. That has been the case. That was Spiderman stuff (about ABD's catch). You don't do that as normal human beings. I thought it was going for a six but he pulled it off. I though it was going for a six, but he pulls it out, then the jump and then the balance. I mean he can do freakish things but I am used to it now. His shots still leave me in awe but his fielding I am pretty used to now. Need to thank the crowd as it is our last home game. They have been brilliant and the support is something that we are grateful for.
Virat Kohli (1/2): I have seen many of these games before. Just had to stay calm at the end of it. After a point of time, you need to understand that the bowlers are in control of what they want to do. We have two games like this. The one against Mumbai was something similar. The wicket was very good and in the second innings, there was a lot of dew. Hats off to the bowlers for maintaining the composure and giving us two points. The last three games have been like this with our backs against the wall. We head to Rajasthan with momentum on our side. The team is feeling great. Someone stepping up every time and that is what you expect in a team game.
ABD getting an award for taking the catch of the match. Did I hear it right? Might have been the catch of the season. Scroll through the game just to check how on earth, an alien type effort got ABD taking the catch.
Southee: I guess every game from the last couple of games is a must win. We've been focusing only on one game at a time and we did the first half really well in this game and that helped us despite it getting a little too close for our liking. I thought that catch was taken cleanly, it looks a lot worse on TV but it's the third umpire's decision and in the end we won the game which was more important. You sometimes put too much focus on the end result but we just do our thing and the end takes care of itself. The way AB, Mo (Ali) and Colin set the game up was superb and then we pulled it back well at the death. We obviously have two world class players (Virat and AB), but we had useful hands from Moeen who hasn't played a lot and similarly from Colin who finished it off brilliantly at the end. Games like these and the one against Mumbai give us a lot of confidence.
Williamson: I think if we are honest, we missed the trick a little bit with the ball. BLR were fantastic in batting, put us under pressure from ball one and got a good total. When you're chasing, a lot needs to go your way and you need to make very good decisions. At key times towards the end, the runs didn't come. The boys fought hard, and we'll move forward from this. (Thoughts during the innings break) The surface here is tough generally; today was a good wicket obviously. It was important for us to not get carried away early on. The ball flies at this ground, so you can make up. We were close but not close enough. (On what he's done about his consistency) It's about playing your role for the team, as well as you can. We played on a number of tough wickets. We have to find that balance and get some momentum. Credit to BLR again; they deserve to win. They bowled nicely towards the end.
And what about the atmosphere at the Chinnaswamy? The fans rightly acted as the 12th man for the home team to help them hold their nerves. Got to feel for Manish Pandey. He started off a little late in a game which never allowed him the liberty to get his eye in. But at the end of it, HYD have been humbled twice. And the BLR juggernaut rolls on.
All smiles in the BLR camp. They managed to do the jail-break this time after being prisoned during the death overs many times. Siraj was a relieved man. Kohli can afford a beaming smile now. The hugs amongst the BLR boys are warm. They know they are still in it. Another rip roaring game. Full of boundaries and runs. And in the end, how much do you credit Tim Southee for bowling that 17th over, when he conceded only 6 runs. That for me was the speed breaker for HYD, which put off the equation a bit and left them a bit more to do in the last over. But my word, the innings from Kane who choke-slammed every bowler that came his way and the catch from ABD. A highlights package is what the game looked like as almost every ball kept taking the full journey. And yes, dropped catches only added more to the theater called T20. Who is your Man of the Match? Wait a bit to find out who takes the award away.
Fewest wickets lost in a losing run chase:174/3 CHN v PUN, Centurion, 2009 (Tar: 186)151/3 RAJ v DEL, Delhi, 2012 (Tar: 153)204/3 HYD v BLR, Bengaluru, 2018 (Tar: 219) **
This is the highest score for HYD batting second, going past 191 they made at Kotla earlier in the season
Deepak Hooda, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Siraj to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Siraj then, under the swinging axe.
Siraj is off the field, having an energy drink. Seems to have a niggle on his right leg. Difficult to tell what the specifics are, but he doesn't look overly concerned. He's a candidate to bowl the last over. Gotta be tough.
Still 35 needed. A good penultimate over from Southee should seal the deal. But is that easy? Refill your popcorn..
Most consecutive 50+ scores in T20 League:5 V Sehwag in 20125 J Buttler in 20184 V Kohli in 20164 K WILLIAMSON in 2018 *
Mohammed Siraj [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Tim Southee [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
Timeout. Time for BLR to do the squeezing act and get away with this somehow. Because by the look of it, HYD thanks to Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey might track this down. Southee has two overs. Siraj has two. Can they give BLR a chance to stay in contention?
STAT ALERT: HYD captains have scored 7 fifties in 8 innings against BLR since 2015(57, 52*, 58, 92, 69,14, 56, 77*)
The third umpire's services have been called for. PP gathered the ball and reverse flicked the ball back on to the sticks. But Pandey is in. By a hair's breadth.
Yuzvendra Chahal [3.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack
Most runs in a season by a captain:973 Kohli (2016)848 Warner (2016)641 Warner (2017)634 Kohli (2013)619 Williamson (2018) *Any guesses who KW just replaced on that list? #SRTForever
Umesh Yadav [3.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Mohammed Siraj [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
Most runs in a season for HYD:848 Warner (2016)641 Warner (2017)577 WILLIAMSON (2018)* -- when on 33562 Warner (2015)528 Warner (2014)
Tim Southee [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to Hales, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Some Mo-maya for BLR...
Time-out for two and a half minutes. Time for the players to regroup and catch their breath. Even though HYD aren't quite caught up with the RAJR, it's pretty evenly poised at the moment. A mouth-watering contest on our hands...
Umesh Yadav [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Good powerplay for HYD. Not quite up to speed with RAJR but close enough.
Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Mohammed Siraj, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Tim Southee, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Dhawan and Hales are at the crease. Dhawan is on strike. U Yadav will open the attack