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Bangalore vs Punjab - 8th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date: 13 April 2018

Bangalore 159/6 (19.3 Ovs) RR: 8.15 | Bangalore won by 4 wkts

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After losing 11 games with de Villiers in the side, BLR finally win one. Don't let that dizzy you too much; life hasn't always been rewarding. And to add to your astonishment, this was also a home victory for BLR after going six games without a win at Chinnaswamy last year. A homecoming in more ways than one, and Virat will hope this continues into the next game for them, which is here, day after, against Rajasthan. But we'll see you before that, at the double-header tomorrow. Until then, this is Pratyush Sinha logging off alongside Hari Sadanandan, Nikhil Jadhav, Nagaraju, Kumar Abhisekh Das and Pradeep. Sleep tight, ta-ta!

Umesh Yadav - Player of the Match: I was backing myself and my strengths, bowling quick at the stumps. Whatever you want, you do it is what Kohli and the coach tells. They want me to bowl with pace and attack the stumps, and not worry about the variations. This pitch was slow; Kolkata pitch was quick, where the back of a length ball was kicking. If you bowl on a length here then the ball was skidding and that helped me. I think I enjoyed Yuvraj Singh's wicket the most.

Virat Kohli: Very happy. First home game is crucial. Last year, we couldn't get off to a start. Crowd has a lot of expectations, and tonight was a game we wanted badly, especially in the initial stages of the tournament. We knew new ball will come on nicely, and the batsmen hit some good shots. Umesh bowled well; getting three wickets in an over is great. Our mindset is - we want our best bowlers to step up and get confident early on. When only five are playing, you have to hit your areas well. They have done well. I think 170 would have been par. (The pitch is) Slightly better than the last year but against the older ball, middle overs can be difficult. We have lost two wickets in two balls in the last two games, so we have to work on them. Maybe stitch a little partnership. Back to back wickets pushes you back in the eight ball.

AB de Villiers: Really wanted to get over the line. Wanted to be not out in the end but feel sorry that I got out and put pressure on the lower order batsmen. I love guiding the team to victory being unbeaten, unfortunately couldn't do that. Anyways, credit to their bowling unit. The wicket was little bit on the slower side and Yuzi (Chahal) and Sundar bowled well. They got the important wickets and got the momentum our way at half stage. It's a really special place to play cricket - the Chinnaswamy. Get a lot of crowd support here. We didn't have a good season last year but we are going to make up for it this year.

Ravichandran Ashwin: "(On the result) I am really proud of the way the boys fought. Always thought we had our backs against the wall because we were about 20-30 short. Still we fought hard and I am proud of the guys. (If the toss is crucial this season) Cannot always depend on the tosses, tournaments are won on good performances. (Whether the BLR top order is intimidating) Not that intimidating to be honest, pressure is on them actually due to their reputations. I thought our boys did well by putting in a good effort. (On captaincy) It's good so far, I am really enjoying it. Cannot ask for anything better from the boys. (If PUN are spin-heavy) I think the best bowlers are still going to be the best ones. This wicket wasn't exactly great for spin bowling with the dew around but we showed them what we are capable of. At the end of the day, good bowlers are still good bowlers."

11:39pm local: Quite a match that weaved around Mujeeb and his fluctuating fortunes, you'd have to say. Aged seventeen, he turned the match around with Kohli's wicket and what followed were fears, of another BLR disappointment. And all that was blown away out of a petri dish, when de Villiers laid into Mujeeb, actuating an unravelling that set the home side for a win. Ashwin, who's having a heated chat with the umpire, was left-field with his captaincy, marshalling a troop of burgeoning spinners, but the batsmen never had enough on board -- even if Chinnaswamy is, now, a fading replica of the bowlers' morgue that it used to be.

19.3
4
Mohit Sharma to Washington Sundar, FOUR, BLR get going at home this year. A little room down leg and an inside-out lift over cover. That'll do

Okay, what's happened. Mohit's running in and has been stopped. Think it's because the fielders are moving in the outfield

1 off 4 needed. Still on BLR's side but this ball can change things

19.2
0
Mohit Sharma to Washington Sundar, no run, so not the full ball that we thought. Slow, yes, and angled across on a back of a length. Washington Sundar wafts and misses

Five balls, 1 run. I'll stick my head out and say that BLR are winning this.

19.1
4
Mohit Sharma to Washington Sundar, FOUR, scores level. Banged in short, and Washington Sundar is quick to leap into an upper-cut. Got it much finer than he intended but that'll do. Through third man. That will surely do

5 needed off the last over. Surely this can't get close. Surely. Mohit Sharma to bowl. Let's see how he fares...

18.6
0
Andrew Tye to Woakes, no run, beaten for pace there. Preempting a slow ball from Tye perhaps, Woakes goes for the cheap single to third man and doesn't connect

"BLR! BLR" rings around. They don't realize that two wickets have fallen in quick time. They see a win at home.

18.5
1
Andrew Tye to Washington Sundar, 1 run, angled across the left-hander there, and pushed through cover for a single

Washington Sundar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

18.4
1
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, out Mandeep Run Out!! 1 run completed. They take on Dagar again at deep mid-wicket and he's not going to miss out this time. Worked to him with a flat-batted swat, he hedgehops the throw to the keeper and beats Mandeep's dive back in. And just like that, BLR lose two in the over. Mandeep run out (Mayank Dagar/Rahul) 22(19) [4s-1]

Andrew Tye to Mandeep, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

18.3
2
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 2 runs, a little taken aback by this knee-high full toss, Mandeep jerks the ball away to deep mid-wicket. And they've come back for the second. Dagar did well there actually, getting rid of the ball in one motion, but Woakes was brilliant with the early call and back-up
18.2
1
Andrew Tye to Woakes, 1 run, angled into the pad, chipped through the vacant square leg region

Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Bangalore need 10 runs in 11 balls

18.1
0
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, out Caught by Nair!! Chinnaswamy was just growing in decibels when de Villiers finds deep point. Short and wide, cut away intending a six, and he's not gotten enough on that. You've to say that de Villiers has done the job for BLR. And if not, something really has to go south from here. de Villiers c Nair b Andrew Tye 57(40) [4s-2 6s-4]

Andrew Tye to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Andrew Tye [3.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

17.6
1
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, now gets the yorker right. Drifting into the base of middle, de Villiers jams it out to deep square leg. He's no longer seeing it as a cricket ball. 10 runs needed
17.5
1
Mohit Sharma to Mandeep, 1 run, not quite the length to be sitting and sweeping. A touch fuller to be doing that, and Mandeep drags it to deep square
17.4
1
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, shuffles across a touch across his stumps, de Villiers was looking for a leg-side single but gets his bat face straighter and pushes it to long-off
17.3
2
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 2 runs, sits low on his knees and half-pull half-sweeps it round the corner

15 from 16, but does it matter now?

17.2
6
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, SIX, bowled at 109ks and de Villiers's smashed him like a spinner. A giant front foot stride and then the club of a bat-swing over long-on. Add to that de Villiers's arched back generating all the power, besides the elegance that has us drooling. That is fifty for the genius as well. Happy homecoming!
17.1
1
Mohit Sharma to Mandeep, 1 run, a very full ball at the base of off-stump, squeezed out through point

Mohit Sharma [2.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

16.6
6
Mujeeb to de Villiers, SIX, now this one's been overcompensated and bowled a little short. de Villiers goes for it. On the back foot and the bat swing takes over. Sails over wide long-on. "That's the match," chirps Harsha Bhogle on air
16.5
6
Mujeeb to de Villiers, SIX, too full. Whatever the variation was, that was overpitched. Flown over long-off. That's de Villiers for you
16.4
1
Mujeeb to Mandeep, 1 run, fires the carrom ball flat, stops on Mandeep who works it to mid-on. Mujeeb was in de Villiers's way as he set for the run, with the bowler trying to field the ball, but they go for the sharp single
16.3
4
Mujeeb to Mandeep, FOUR, lovely from Mandeep. A googly that's a little short, and Mandeep's quick to go back and smash it over mid-wicket. Split the two fielders perfectly in the deep
16.2
1
Mujeeb to de Villiers, 1 run, a leg break slapped uppishly through cover

Loud cheer for Sehwag, who's bespectacled.

16.1
1
Mujeeb to Mandeep, 1 run, skids on outside off, Mandeep bunts it to mid-off and goes for a sharp single. de Villiers is in, dragging his bat back in

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [3.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

Time-out! 41 needed off the last 4 overs. We're banking on cricket to win. Time for Mujeeb, who's been really good today. Let's see what he does in his last over.

15.6
2
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, 2 runs, off the toe-end ... and safe! Banged in on a short of length, de Villiers is in no position to swish his bat at that. Wafts with footwork in a pudding, and with the ball darting away, the cue end of the bat is in business. What de Villiers does well is give the shot a real thrust, meaning it clears the off-side infield
15.5
1
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 1 run, varying his pace nicely. Back to quickish delivery, full too, and all Mandeep can do it drill it to long-on
15.4
1
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, leg byes, 1 run, that's off the pad. Sits low to scoop it over leg-side but he's doing that to a fuller delivery. Misses it
15.3
0
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, no run, away-drifting full toss and de Villiers was totally short on timing there. Waits and waits, and then reaches out with the bat. And by then, the timing goes way in a poof. Drags it back to the bowler
15.2
1
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 1 run, slower back of a length delivery and Mandeep has it sorted. Swats it round the corner
15.1
1
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, 1 run, he's backing away but gets a 140ks full ball on off-stump. Quick wrists and hands needed. de Villiers has that. Slaps it through point

So, the equation is 47 off 30 balls. de Villiers's striking at over hundred -- when does he not?! -- and Mandeep's willing to pinch singles. This looks under BLR's control

14.6
1
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, 138ks low full toss heaved to long-on
14.5
4
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers wants this over early. That patent move where he gets his front leg across and swat-sweeps it through mid-wicket. That's power
14.4
1
Mohit Sharma to Mandeep, 1 run, there's a man at deep square leg. This one's the famous back-of-the-hand ball that he famously bowled in 2015 WC. Read by Mandeep though, who swats it round the corner
14.3
0
Mohit Sharma to Mandeep, no run, dragged on, nearly. Cramped for room outside off as he looked for a tempting single past short third man. Safe, all safe
14.2
1
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, dipping 135ks ball this time that forces de Villiers into a little crouch. Worked to long-on in the end
14.1
2
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 2 runs, sliding stop by Mayank Agarwal at long-off and then tag-team throw back to the center. de Villiers shuffles across early here. Gets a slow low full toss that he drills down the ground

Mohit Sharma [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

56 runs needed from the last 6 overs. Not impossible but given this T20 League's penchant for 1-wicket wins, I'm not revealing my cards this early, okay?

13.6
2
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 2 runs, they've smuggled a couple of runs here. Softed through vacant mid-wicket, Andrew Tye was at it. Rushing across but that was hit for a safe second run. Easy in the end
13.5
1
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, 1 run, shouts of catch it but there's no deepish mid-on in place. A bit of a miscue that. de Villiers tries to heave an off-pace that's too full
13.4
0
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers was on the back foot, having read the line, but Andrew Tye had the pace off that. Off the bottom-end into the off-side
13.3
1
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 1 run, more like a leg break, this ball. Hits the pitch and spins away. Mandeep covers that and pushes a single through extra cover
13.2
1
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, 1 run, AB is looking to just rotate strike now. Gets a slower delivery that's wide and full, and he just eases that front-footed to long-off
13.1
1
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, 1 run, strewn full and worked off the front foot to wide long-on
13.1
1
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, wide, slow ball -- yeah, starts with it -- but it's been splayed down leg. Called.

Andrew Tye [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

This is nothing bang-slam like BLR fans would have imagined, I fear. Time for Tye.

12.6
0
Axar to de Villiers, no run, has to bowl it quick to de Villiers. Such fast hands. Cramped for room, and by the quick pace, but he's played that alright. Didn't have time for the placement though. Finds the fielder square on the off-side. 63 from 42 needed
12.5
1
Axar to Mandeep, 1 run, loops it like Powar. Wide line too, so Mandeep's reaching out on his front foot to work that through cover-point
12.4
1
Axar to de Villiers, 1 run, that's an audiogasm of a single. Off the front foot and that's been pushed away to long-off with a crunchhhhhhhh
12.3
1
Axar to Mandeep, 1 run, darts in the arm-ball that's pushed past mid-wicket
12.2
1
Axar to de Villiers, 1 run, spins a little, de Villiers protracts his arms and wrists that through covers
12.1
1
Axar to Mandeep, 1 run, slower ball on off-stump, manoeuvred off the back foot to deep mid-wicket. There's a slip in place

Some over from Ashwin that to wrap his quota. 4-0-30-2 for the captain tonight, with the wrists and fingers working overtime. Bangalore need 68 runs in 48 balls

11.6
0
Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, another leg break that. Flatter and quicker and fuller on leg-stump, de Villiers fails to beat the short fine leg fielder
11.5
1
Ashwin to Mandeep, 1 run, flatter leg break that drifts across and straightends; run down by Mandeep round the corner
11.4
0
Ashwin to Mandeep, no run, the loopy full leg break but it doesn't get him the wicket. No hat-trick. Just pushed back by Mandeep

Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Yeah, Ashwin is undecided and will reload his bowling. Who's not nervous, right?

11.3
0
Ashwin to Sarfaraz Khan, out Caught by Nair!! And just like that, Ashwin is on a hat-trick. First wicket with an off break, the second with a leg break. More like the top-spinner actually, for it didn't spin. Just skidded on with extra bounce, and Sarfaraz Khan lamely steers it to the slip in place. Sarfaraz Khan c Nair b Ashwin 0(1)

Ashwin to Sarfaraz Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Sarfaraz Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.2
0
Ashwin to de Kock, out Bowled!! Ashwin makes a bunny out of de Kock and his footwork there. Sees him making a bit of room down leg and rips the ball a little extra. Proper off break that. Rushed into getting behind the line, front-footed de Kock tries to reach across but the ball, as fast as it was, is through the bat-pad gap. de Kock b Ashwin 45(34) [4s-7 6s-1]

Ashwin to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

11.1
0
Ashwin to de Kock, no run, quicker skidder that rips in with the round-the-wicket angle, and raps the pad down leg
10.6
0
Axar to de Villiers, no run, bunted off the front foot to the cover fielder
10.5
1
Axar to de Kock, 1 run, falls between three coalescing fielders: bowler Axar, cover and long-off who's running in. Cleverly bowled actually by Axar. Drifts it wider outside off, de Kock was looking for the leg-side slog and totally miscued it up in the air. And gets lucky. Of course
10.4
4
Axar to de Kock, FOUR, through short third man. Early to load up on the reverse-sweep and swabs that through the fielder's dive
10.3
2
Axar to de Kock, 2 runs, now the conventional sweep to fine leg
10.2
0
Axar to de Kock, no run, de Kock shaping for the reverse sweep and is nearly undone by Axar. Fired down leg, de Kock softed the shot behind point
10.1
1
Axar to de Villiers, 1 run, arm-ball from round the wicket, de Villiers punches it back-footed to long-off
9.6
0
Ashwin to de Kock, no run, quicker delivery spinning into de Kock. Blocked to short fine, intends the run but has to get back to the crease
9.5
4
Ashwin to de Kock, FOUR, let's say Ashwin is trying things. Lower round-armish ball from wide of the crease, and he's been nicely swept through backward square leg. Early load-up from de Kock to play that
9.4
0
Ashwin to de Kock, no run, quicker and wristed into de Kock's pad. Deflected round the corner
9.3
6
Ashwin to de Kock, SIX, wow. The red flags are out. Runs down the track and martyrs it over Ashwin's head. Sails over long-off
9.2
1
Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, now he bowls the leg break but drifts it down leg. Easy tickle to deep square leg

A slip for de Villiers

9.1
1
Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, saw de Kock shimmy down and fired it down leg. Dragged to deep square leg for just a single. Trust me, de Kock wanted many more out of that ball from round the wicket

Ravichandran Ashwin [2.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

Time-out! The match is evenly poised and if not for that expensive Mohit over, BLR would have been feeling a lot of pressure. However, AB and de Kock were quick to pounce on those loose offerings to ensure that some of the pressure was put back on the bowling side. 5 overs of spin remain and that will be pivotal to how this game pans out

8.6
0
Axar to de Villiers, no run, good discipline from Axar, nice loop and keeps it just outside off, pushed gently towards cover
8.5
0
Axar to de Villiers, no run, flighted fuller outside off, AB gets across and pats it back towards the bowler
8.4
2
Axar to de Villiers, 2 runs, quicker and wider outside off, rocks back and powers it towards sweeper cover, in the gap and they get two
8.3
0
Axar to de Villiers, no run, flatter and outside off, stays back and cuts it towards the off-side
8.2
1
Axar to de Kock, leg byes, 1 run, close shave in the end! Hardly anything there on the margin of impact and de Kock escapes by a whisker. Spinning in from a slower trajectory and got pinged on the front pad as he missed the whip. The LBW appeal wasn't given and Ashwin went for the review. As it turned out, the decision was very, very marginal. Umpire's call on impact which is all that matters, even though it was hitting the stumps. The batsmen crossed during the appeal

PUN review! Impact will be key here. Seems fine and this could be close I feel as the height looks okay. Oh boy, it's umpires call on the impact! What a reprieve for de Kock!

8.1
0
Axar to de Kock, no run, soft leading edge, doesn't carry back to Axar. Fired in on leg stump, de Kock was early into the flick and got lucky

Axar Patel [1.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

7.6
4
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, FOUR, blasted away by AB! There was a man at sweeper cover and he didn't have to move much to stop this but ended up as a mere spectator. Powerful shot from the dynamic South African, shortish with a lot of width and he just slammed it on the up through the covers. Power and precision, 16 off Mohit's first over!
7.5
0
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, no run, short of a length around middle and leg, de Villiers stays back and punches it to mid-wicket
7.4
1
Mohit Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, sensible batting, already a big over and de Kock is happy to rotate strike. Around off on a good length, he just nudges this towards cover-point and de Villiers gives him a brisk response on the single
7.3
4
Mohit Sharma to de Kock, FOUR, poor stuff from Mohit, there was some pressure being built but this over is easing that on BLR. Sprays this on the pads, de Kock gets across and whips it away towards short fine leg where Yuvraj also chips in with a poor effort. Late to react and lets it through
7.2
1
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length again and this is around middle, punched off the back foot down to long-on
7.1
6
Mohit Sharma to de Villiers, SIX, C-R-U-N-C-H! What a sound off the blade and it went flat into the stands at deep mid-wicket. 100th six of this T20 League! Fractionally short from Mohit and AB rocks back in a jiffy to nail the pull, an absolutely meaty blow

Mohit Sharma, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Mujeeb to de Villiers, 1 run, once again backs away a bit and this is on the shorter side from Mujeeb, punched away down to long-off
6.5
0
Mujeeb to de Villiers, no run, what a ball! AB did well to get his bat down in time because otherwise, it was going to be timber! Spun into him from a flatter trajectory and he was backing away as well. Stabs it towards cover
6.4
1
Mujeeb to de Kock, 1 run, ahhh, wanted to repeat that boundary stroke but got this off the thick inside edge towards mid-wicket. de Kock used his feet but it was speard quite full by Mujeeb
6.3
0
Mujeeb to de Kock, no run, flatter and around middle, worked off the back foot towards the man at mid-wicket
6.2
4
Mujeeb to de Kock, FOUR, top quality shot! Never easy to hit an off-spinner over mid-wicket, especially when he has a mystery factor about him but this is terrific from de Kock. Charges down the track and although he had to fetch it from outside off, uses his reach to launch it over mid-wicket. Effortless!
6.1
1
Mujeeb to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted outside off, AB gets across and drives it down the ground to long-on

Mujeeb to continue, understandable tactic from Ashwin. A wicket right here would be really shake the BLR camp

End of the Powerplay. I did say that this phase was pivotal for PUN to stay in the game and with two huge wickets, they certainly are right in this. Lot rides on this South African duo

5.6
1
Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, slower and fuller around middle, de Villiers works it softly towards mid-on who is on the edge of the circle. Easy single
5.5
1
Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, sliding into the pads from a fuller length, Kock nudges it towards the gap at mid-wicket
5.4
1
Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, slower and fuller around off, de Villiers leans forward and drives nicely down to long-on
5.3
1
Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, very full and outside off, driven off the front foot down towards long-off
5.2
4
Ashwin to de Kock, FOUR, chipped away over the infield! de Kock did well not to overhit this, saw the flight and it was coming into him. Just used his feet and lobbed it over mid-wicket. Clean strike
5.1
0
Ashwin to de Kock, no run, flatter and around leg, de Kock misses the flick and is rapped on the pad

Ravichandran Ashwin [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

The spin battery continues for PUN

4.6
0
Mujeeb to de Villiers, no run, pushed through quicker and around middle, worked off the back foot towards short mid-wicket

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

4.5
0
Mujeeb to Kohli, out Bowled!! What a dream ball! Absolute ripper! Take a bow, young Mujeeb! He has gone through the gate with a traditional googly that's spun back in a mile. And it's the legendary Virat Kohli that he has dismissed. Hold your breath and take a moment out to applaud this young man. What an effort! Nothing really that Kohli did wrong here, got a stride forward for the drive and maybe, we can say he was a touch loose on the stroke but who could have accounted for this turn? Massive wicket! The game is wide open now I would say. We all know how big Kohli is in run chases. Kohli b Mujeeb 21(16) [4s-4]

Mujeeb to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

4.4
0
Mujeeb to Kohli, no run, slower and a touch short around middle, Kohli wrists it a touch uppishly but well short of the man at mid-on
4.3
0
Mujeeb to Kohli, no run, flatter and outside off, stabbed off the back foot towards the man at point
4.2
1
Mujeeb to de Kock, 1 run, whoa, what was that! de Kock aimed the dilscoop kind of stroke but moved very early into the shot and Mujeeb slowed it down a lot. The result was a lob over Rahul but hardly any momentum on the stroke as short fine leg got across
4.1
0
Mujeeb to de Kock, no run, flatter and outside off, de Kock tries the sweep but ekes out a bottom edge to short fine leg
3.6
0
Andrew Tye to Kohli, no run, full and around middle, leans across and eases it towards mid-on
3.5
4
Andrew Tye to Kohli, FOUR, stroke from a genius! Mid-off was dropped back for the fuller ball and that's what Tye delivers, albeit with a shade of width. Kohli is too good a player as he drives this fluently through extra cover. Well wide of the man at long-off

Mid-off drops back for Kohli

3.4
1
Andrew Tye to de Kock, 1 run, slower and fuller, straight lines and de Kock eases it past Tye. Easy single by the time mid-off gets across
3.3
1
Andrew Tye to Kohli, 1 run, fractionally short around middle and leg, Kohli rises on his toes and flicks it in front of square
3.2
0
Andrew Tye to Kohli, no run, stump-to-stump line this time, on a good length and Kohli stays back to defend it onto the track
3.1
4
Andrew Tye to Kohli, FOUR, poor ball to start with from Tye and Kohli takes full toll. Angling into the body from a good length, wrong line with fine leg in the ring and Kohli just shuffles across to whip it away. Placed it well wide of the man in the ring

Andrew Tye, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Finally, a pacer!

2.6
0
Mujeeb to de Kock, no run, the quicker one around middle and leg, de Kock stands tall and defends it with a straight bat
2.5
1
Mujeeb to Kohli, 1 run, on the shorter side and spinning into Kohli, worked away off the back foot to deep mid-wicket
2.4
1
Mujeeb to de Kock, leg byes, 1 run, fired down leg, de Kock went for the sweep but it brushes the pad and rolls towards the leg-side. The batsmen cross
2.3
0
Mujeeb to de Kock, no run, skids off the track and de Kock is cramped on the cut stroke, chopped to backward point
2.2
0
Mujeeb to de Kock, no run, slows it up considerably and lands it full outside off, de Kock checks his drive to cover
2.1
1
Mujeeb to Kohli, 1 run, floated up around off, a bit short and Kohli punches it down the ground to long-off

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

More spin. Not a coincidence that the skipper is a spinner

1.6
0
Ashwin to de Kock, no run, slower and fuller outside off, de Kock presses forward and nudges it towards cover
1.5
4
Ashwin to de Kock, FOUR, beautiful stroke! For a moment, it seemed like there was someone in the deep because the crowd wasn't buzzing as they normally do for a BLR boundary. Flighted off break, too full and de Kock eased the drive through the covers. Classy
1.4
0
Ashwin to de Kock, no run, tossed up nicely just outside off, defended with a good front foot stride

Round the wicket to the left-hander

1.3
1
Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, the slider and a bit short, Kohli rocks back and powers it down the ground to long-on
1.2
0
Ashwin to Kohli, no run, flatter and around middle and leg, worked away off the back foot to short mid-wicket
1.1
4
Ashwin to Kohli, FOUR, deft from Kohli! Not all that short but he rocks back deep in the crease and dabs it ever so late. Very fine and beats Rahul en route to the fence for a boundary

Ravichandran Ashwin, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Spin from the other end as well. The skipper brings himself on

0.6
4
Axar to de Kock, FOUR, creamed away! Top shot but again, the point fielder could have done better. A trifle short from Axar, de Kock sits back and slaps it away square through the off-side. Once it beat the infield, there was no stopping it
0.5
1
Axar to Kohli, 1 run, flatter and around leg, Kohli sits back and flicks it to deep mid-wicket. Wanted the second run but de Kock isn't interested
0.4
0
Axar to Kohli, no run, slower again and well wide outside off, was there to be hit but Kohli mistimes the back foot punch towards cover
0.3
4
Axar to Kohli, FOUR, fumble at point! Poor from Mujeeb and he lets it through for a boundary. Floated up outside off, just a gentle push from Kohli and he timed it well but this should have been stopped. Bonus runs and VK is off

Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease

In comes the skipper. Oh boy, Ashwin is on the attack, a silly mid-off in place for his opposite number

0.2
0
Axar to Brendon McCullum, out Caught by Mujeeb!! Golden duck for McCullum! Huge blow and aren't the PUN boys pumped! This is a massive strike and they know it. Full marks to Ashwin, bold move to start with Axar and it's paid off. Slowed up nicely and dragged outside off, McCullum was making room to go aerial on the off-side but only managed a slice. Straight to Mujeeb who gobbled it up at point. The hosts have been jolted early. Brendon McCullum c Mujeeb b Axar 0(1)

Axar to Brendon McCullum, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

0.1
1
Axar to de Kock, 1 run, fired in on the pads, de Kock works it away towards deep mid-wicket to get BLR off the mark

de Kock and Brendon McCullum are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Axar will open the attack