Shubman Gill* 5(2); | Chris Lynn 62(52);
Umesh Yadav* 3.1-0-36-0; | Mohammed Siraj 4-0-40-2
If you were looking for answers to BLR's bowling troubles, they're not here yet. Kohli was brilliant, their batsmen put up a reasonable score, but reasonable's not good enough for them right now. Maybe next time. That's all from the double-header today. It's a goodnight from Sagar Chawla, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Vineet Anantharaman, Srivathsa, Sriram and our scorer Vinod.
Third successive win for KOL against BLR at Chinnaswamy2016: By five wkts2017: By six wkts2018: By six wkts
Chris Lynn, MoM: Sort of been that type of season for me. Hasn't been freeflowing. Not easy on those kind of wickets. Had to find a way, and bit of luck on my side tonight. Too hard to hit down the ground, those boys had it on a string there. Sweeping was the method which I found to work for me. Got to play every situation. Kolkata doesn't turn as much, gets through quicker. Might be easier to score boundaries there. Whatever the team needs, I'll do the job. Body is getting there. Support staff have been very good. Schedule's tight, but I'm keeping the body intact. Got to keep the moustache now. Was going to get rid of it yesterday. Now we've got to get it trending in Kolkata. It's all about having fun here in the T20 League.
Karthik, KOL captain: There's nothing special, nothing too bad about it, we're right in the middle. Important we use some momentum that we got here Thought it was a par score. With AB not being there, we knew Virat was the big wicket. But he's Virat, he came out all guns blazing. I'm somebody who believes in trusting the eleven players, not making too many changes. I have a lot of time for them in life (U-19 players). They're great kids. They're learning. After winning a WC you generally have a bit of a chip on the shoulder, but not these guys. Credit to Rahul Dravid too. They always have to say good things about him. When somebody like that is a coach at the U-19 level, it's going to help you. Always trying to make sure to win the game. It's always the path I'm trying to take when I go into bat.
Sunil Narine: The lesser the wickets we lose at the top the better it is for us. We set a platform for the rest in the middle-order to come and finish it off. We just try to keep calm and win cricket games. Once the guys come out and give them their all we can win any game; hope we continue from strength to strength.
Virat Kohli, BLR captain: The pitch is bringing out surprises everytime we bat. Looked better than it played. 175 was a really good score I felt. If we field like that, we don't deserve to win. We need to be hard on ourselves and be more brave with the ball and in the field, we need to correct those things going forward. We didn't deserve to win with the way we fielded. We weren't just good enough tonight. I can't pin-point anything at this point. We got to win 6 out of 7 to qualify from here. We need to be in that mindset to take every match as a virtual semi-final from here and there's no room for complacency. Need guys stepping up their game at the right time. Hopefully, they understand that moving forward.
00:07 Local Time, 18:37 GMT, 00:07 IST: BLR fail to defend yet another score. A score which was at least par if not above par, on a Chinnaswamy pitch which was taking significant turn. There was much frustration for them at the start of the chase, with Narine professionally scooping the ball in gaps and then Murugan Ashwin dropping a sitter from Lynn. The rain break wouldn't have helped either. But there's no running away from the fact that their bowlers came up short again. Saying that, it wasn't a straightforward chase from KOL. Things did get tight on a couple of occasions, but the sublime cameos from Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik, along with Lynn's well-swept fifty helped them wade through it.
Umesh Yadav [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack
Just four needed.
Shubman Gill, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Siraj to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Just 15 needed off 12. Crowd not looking optimistic. They don't have much reason to be.
Third man up in the ring
Tim Southee [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
Duck on birthday in T20 League:Misbah v MUM, Bengaluru, 28 May 2008C Morris v KOL, Delhi, 30 Apr 2016A Russell v BLR, Bengaluru, 29 Apr 2018 **
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Siraj to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rana is down here. Oh he's going off. The physio was out, helping him stretch even as he writhed in pain. Apparently, it's some back issue. Russell comes in
Mohammed Siraj [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Time-out! BLR's spinners are done, and with 43 needed from four overs, KOL would fancy themselves.
Murugan Ashwin [3.0-0-28-2] is back into the attack
Change of bat for Lynn. The heavier one will come out I presume. The hammer
Tim Southee [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Yuzvendra Chahal [3.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Nitish Rana, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Slip, leg-slip for Rana
Murugan Ashwin to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Murugan Ashwin [2.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
Umesh Yadav [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
The slip moves across to mid-wicket now
A slip in for Uthappa
Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease
A slip for Uthappa
Murugan Ashwin to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Murugan Ashwin, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Can Ashwin make up for his earlier drop? He's in for his first ball of T20 League 2018
Right, the players are back out in the middle. Will this break help BLR? They bowled a lot better without much luck, but they can't afford any more slip-ups in the field
22:45 Local Time: Restart in 10 minutes, no overs lost.
10.33pm local: Covers are being taken off, informs Prakash. So it won't be a long delay. Shouldn't be any loss of overs either.
22:22 Local Time: Rain has picked up and Nigel Llong has had it enough. It's not too heavy, but enough for play to be stopped. As of now, KOL are ahead of BLR on DLS method, which was 44
A slight drizzle at Chinnaswamy but play will continue for now
Mohammed Siraj, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Time for the strategic break. BLR haven't bowled badly at all - just that they didn't accept the chance and luck hasn't gone their way. A storming start once again by the two openers and KOL are controlling this chase at the moment
This is the first match this season where a wicket hasn't fallen in either side's powerplay
Umesh Yadav [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
First change and Chahal is into the attack.. A slip in place
Lots of fielding changes
Umesh Yadav, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Narine vs BLR in T20 League:1(1)*34(17)54(17)50(19)139 runs54 balls16 fours10 sixesSR 257.40
Chris Lynn and Narine are at the crease. Chris Lynn is on strike. Southee will open the attack