Washington Sundar* 9(4); | Chris Woakes 1(4);
Mohit Sharma* 3.3-0-45-0; | Andrew Tye 4-0-27-1
Gautam Gambhir* 6(4); | Jason Roy 17(4);
Jasprit Bumrah* 0-0-0-0; | Akila Dananjaya 1-0-12-0
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.
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
Five balls, 1 run. I'll stick my head out and say that BLR are winning this.
5 needed off the last over. Surely this can't get close. Surely. Mohit Sharma to bowl. Let's see how he fares...
"BLR! BLR" rings around. They don't realize that two wickets have fallen in quick time. They see a win at home.
Washington Sundar, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Andrew Tye to Mandeep, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Bangalore need 10 runs in 11 balls
Andrew Tye to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Andrew Tye [3.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
15 from 16, but does it matter now?
Mohit Sharma [2.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack
Loud cheer for Sehwag, who's bespectacled.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Yeah, Ashwin is undecided and will reload his bowling. Who's not nervous, right?
Ashwin to Sarfaraz Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Sarfaraz Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ashwin to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
A slip for de Villiers
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
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!
Axar Patel [1.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack
Mohit Sharma, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
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
Ravichandran Ashwin [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
The spin battery continues for PUN
AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mujeeb to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Mid-off drops back for Kohli
Andrew Tye, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Finally, a pacer!
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
More spin. Not a coincidence that the skipper is a spinner
Round the wicket to the left-hander
Ravichandran Ashwin, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Spin from the other end as well. The skipper brings himself on
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
Axar to Brendon McCullum, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
de Kock and Brendon McCullum are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Axar will open the attack