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Chennai vs Bangalore - 35th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date: 05 May 2018

Chennai 128/4 (18 Ovs) RR: 7.11 | Chennai won by 6 wkts

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CHN are almost through to the playoffs despite captain MS Dhoni lamenting so many mistakes from his team and the fact that they still haven't arrived at a settled combination. Try telling that to Virat Kohli - who has been left wondering about the prospects of his own team. The bowling, which has always been the problem is slowly showing signs of improvement, only for the stronger suit (batting) to come completely apart today. How would they wish to have Chris Gayle at the top, or even KL Rahul. But that's past and they now need to find ways of arresting this free-fall, it wouldn't be easy as me typing when they take on Hyderabad in a must-win game on Monday. The action continues with Delhi taking on the Hyderabad in a few minutes time. Do change tabs and enjoy all the action. For now, cheers and bye..

Jadeja - It's good to get MoM awards in a T20 game. Very happy with the way I bowled today. The wicket was a bit dry, the ball was holding a bit, I was looking to bowl in the right areas and not give them width. Bhajji also bowled very well, together, we tried not to give them too many runs. Overall, I am very happy, I finally took a few wickets, looking to do better and better in the coming games.

Jadeja is the MoM for his 3 for 18

MS Dhoni - I think it was a par score, the ball wasn't coming on nicely. I thought spinners came into play, there was no turn for them. Both Jaddu and Bhajju Pa did very well, they kept us in the game after the start was provided by the fast bowlers. On this wicket, we can't get to know what is a good score. Batting - it could have been slightly better. We were worried about the bowling department, in the last few games, there's no one individual who has come up and owned that place, especially someone who can bowl in the death overs. The good thing is we have a lot of all-rounders, we need to know who is our death bowling option going ahead, that's what we are worried about. That's the reason for so many changes in the team for every game. That forces us to make changes in the top-order, depending on who comes into the team. We are playing with multiple line-ups, so if someone on a good day bowls two or three overs (if possible four), that helps us keep Bravo at the end, he doesn't need to bowl four overs always, it also helps the other bowlers to know what they are expected to do, he also knows what he has to do in that over. In the 9-10 games we have played, none of them have shown the consistency to bowl in the death overs. They kept losing wickets, that helped me keep the off-spinner for the longer side and the left-arm spinner for the shorter side, Jadeja bowled very well, he was maneuvering his pace, bowled with a flatter trajectory. Virat and AB - both getting out made things slightly easy - they bowled 8 overs in tandem, that helped me to keep them going. As a team, we bowled really well.

Most sixes in an T20 League season for Dhoni:
27 in 2018 *
25 in 2013
23 in 2011
20 in 2014

Kohli - I think it was a close match, we did really well to pull it back but two drop catches doesn't help. It wasn't an ideal day for us, six out of six soft dismissals is really rare to see but that is how this game goes. We gave a good effort in the second half, we knew it is going to be difficult with the total we had. This wicket surprised me, we knew it was going to be slow but it played slow under lights too. It was difficult to score in the end, had we taken the chances we could have made the match closer. Everyone loves to see MS striking the ball, the way he is doing. The bigger picture is that it is good for Indian cricket. They have played well and they deserve to win this game. We know it is a tough road ahead, we need to win at least 4 matches or all 5 matches. We have to pull our socks up. We have played our best cricket when we have been in this position. I have an optimistic feeling about the games ahead.

Umesh Yadav, Purple Cap: Feeling nice. I knew one thing, that I have pace. So I have been concentrating on line and length. Nehra paaji is helping me with it. This is good for me and getting a lot of confidence (from my performances). This purple cap is for my wife, who has been asking me when are you going to get the purple cap.

With only 127 to defend, BLR needed early wickets, they snapped Watson early - but Rayudu and Raina made handy contributions. Together they added 44 - not a big stand, but when you are chasing a modest score, it was gold dust. The bowlers kept fighting and took three quick wickets - setting up a tense finale. Two chances offered from Bravo went in waste and that ended BLR's fight. Chahal's 18th over saw MS Dhoni take centre-stage and the visitors coasted towards an easy win. CHN now go top of the table with their seventh win, they are all but through to the playoffs.

Yet another defeat and BLR join MUM and DEL in scraping at the bottom of the table. To make things worse, there is a 4-point gap between PUN (in the 4th position) and MUM (level on points with DEL and BLR - in the next position). Have the four playoff spots been confirmed? There are still games to know, but I can't see how the bottom four will manage to challenge the top-four now. A CHN supporter rushed onto the ground and fell at the feet of MS - that's the adulation he gets in any part of India.

17.6
1
Chahal to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, CHN have completed the double over BLR, tossed up wider of off, Bravo plays with an open face and eases it square past cover
17.5
1
Chahal to Dhoni, 1 run, scores are level, slower and wider of off, pushed towards long-on for a single
17.4
6
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX, back-to-back sixes for Dhoni, hitting of the highest order from the former India captain. This was tossed up on off, Dhoni gets forward and thumps it high and over long-on for a maximum
17.3
6
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX, that should be it, this was tossed up well outside off, Dhoni gets forward and thumps it high towards long-on, didn't get hold of the shot, Kohli at long-off was kept interested, but in the end - the ball sailed over his head
17.3
1
Chahal to Dhoni, no ball, it's all going wrong for Chahal and BLR. He has overstepped and might have actually trapped Dhoni in front. This was the wrong 'un, Dhoni didn't spot it, swung across the line and missed, might have been going on and hitting the leg-stump. Free-Hit coming up
17.2
6
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX, massive, that should seal this match. This was the wrong 'un from Chahal, Dhoni spots it early, gets a big stride forward, plays with the turn and smashes it high and over deep mid-wicket
17.1
0
Chahal to Dhoni, no run, flatter and on the stumps, Dhoni is cramped for room on the pull, mistimed shot towards mid-wicket
17.1
1
Chahal to Dhoni, wide, pushed through flatter and wider of off, just beyond the tramline and it's called as a wide

Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-1-7-0] is back into the attack

Chahal has two, Umesh, Southee and Ashwin have one each. BLR need to defend 22 from the last three overs. It's Chahal who is back into the attack

16.6
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, six singles off the over, that will not hurt CHN, fraction fuller and well outside off, eased square on the off-side for a single
16.5
1
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, on a length and on the stumps, flicked away behind square on the on-side for a single
16.4
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, tad fuller and just outside off, Dhoni stays back and pushes it past the diving McCullum at cover
16.3
1
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, leg byes, 1 run, short of a length and angling into Bravo, he was looking to flick and missed, rolled away towards square leg for a leg-bye
16.2
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, tad fuller and on the stumps, nudged away towards long-on for an easy single
16.1
1
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, worked away towards long-on for a single

28 needed from 24 balls, it's still CHN's game to lose. Chahal still has two overs, but CDG will finish his spell

15.6
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, beautifully bowled, lovely leg-break, slower through the air, dragged Dhoni forward before spinning past his outside edge. Parthiv Patel was quick to whip the bails off, but Dhoni had gone nowhere, still 11 came from the over
15.5
4
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, FOUR, poor ball from Ashwin, drops his length short and well outside off, Dhoni is all over it like a rash, slaps it past cover and collects his first boundary
15.4
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, the quicker leg-break from Ashwin, pushed through flatter and just outside off, Dhoni was looking to dab and missed
15.3
1
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, flighted well wide of off, slapped away square past cover. Siraj gets across quickly and keeps the batsmen down to a single
15.2
6
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, that should relieve the pressure off Bravo, a rank long hop from Ashwin, Bravo rocks back and nails the pull over wide long-on, went a long way over the ropes
15.1
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, no run, the leg-break from Ashwin, Bravo goes back and defends it towards the off-side

Time for the strategic break. BLR have fought hard but have been let down by some poor catching. Parthiv missed a run-out chance and then dropped a tough catch, so did Chahal. Can't afford those when you are defending just 127. CHN need 39 runs from the last 30 balls, will the match go to the last over?

14.6
1
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, tad fuller and on the stumps, eased down towards long-on for a single
14.5
0
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, length delivery on the stumps, stopped a bit on the right-hander, Bravo was early into his flick, was in the air for a while, but bounced well in front of the fielder
14.4
0
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, on a good length and angling back into the right-hander, clipped away straight to VK at mid-wicket
14.3
0
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, de Grandhomme shortens his length on middle, defended with a straight bat towards mid-on
14.2
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, tad fuller and just outside off, eased down towards long-off for a single
14.1
1
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, Bravo plays a punchy drive towards long-off, just a single
13.6
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, flatter and wider of off, dabbed straight to the fielder at backward point
13.5
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, slower and wider of off, Dhoni was looking to drive and missed. Ashwin was so overexcited that he lost his footing as he appealed, down on all fours
13.4
1
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, chance and dropped, BLR simply can't afford this, Kohli looks livid, but Chahal is the man who has dropped it. This was tossed up well outside off, Bravo went for his flamboyant inside out drive, didn't bother to keep it down. Chahal did all the hard yards, ran across to his right from sweeper cover, got to the ball and then shelled it as he tumbled onto the ground
13.3
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, no run, flighted just outside off, Bravo gets well forward and defends it towards the on-side
13.2
1
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, 1 run, fraction short and well outside off, cracked away square on the off-side for a single
13.1
2
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, 2 runs, very full and well outside off, Dhoni gets forward and drills it wide of cover. Kohli had a long way to go from long-off and does well tio make a diving stop, saved two runs for his team
12.6
1
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, tad fuller and just outside off, eased down towards long-off for a single
12.5
1
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, pushed to the left of cover for a single
12.4
0
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, chance and Parthiv has shelled it, it was a tough chance, he was standing up to the batsman, on a good length and well wide of off, Bravo went for the flamboyant drive, got a feather and Parthiv grabbed at that, it popped out and he had a second bite at the cherry, but can't hold on
12.3
0
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, on a good length and on the stumps, Bravo gets half-forward and defends it towards the on-side

Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.2
0
de Grandhomme to Shorey, out Caught by Mandeep!! Short, wide and OUT. Looks like BLR have found a way of taking wickets, another soft dismissal for CHN. Shorey is the man to go, he saw the width, went with hard hands on the cut, nailed the shot but didn't bother to keep it down. Straight into the bucket like hands of Mandeep at backward point. DO BLR stand a chance here? Shorey c Mandeep b de Grandhomme 8(9) [6s-1]

de Grandhomme to Shorey, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

12.1
0
de Grandhomme to Shorey, no run, on a good length and on the stumps, Shorey prods across and clips it straight to mid-wicket
11.6
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, flighted just outside off, Dhoni prods forward and pushes it towards the off-side. Just two wides and a wicket from that over
11.5
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, another leg-break from Ashwin, Dhoni spots it early and dabs it towards short third man, wants a run but is sent back
11.4
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, the leg-break from Ashwin, but the length is way too short, Dhoni finds backward point with the cut
11.4
1
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, wide, turn for Ashwin, but it turns from well outside leg, called as a wide
11.3
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, tossed up nicely outside off, Dhoni leans forward and pushes it towards the off-side. Shorey wanted a run and is sent back
11.2
0
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, almost another wicket, bounced just in front of Mandeep at point. Dropped short and wide of off, Dhoni waited on it and cut it in the air, bounced just in front of the fielder
11.2
1
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, wide, Ashwin drifts this one short and down the leg-side, called as a wide

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.1
0
Murugan Ashwin to Rayudu, out Caught by Siraj!! .. and he strikes first ball. It's the big wicket of Rayudu, dropped short and wide of off, Rayudu's eyes lit up as he saw the width, went way too hard on the cut, lost his poise and the thick top-edge lobbed gently to Siraj at short third man. Relief for BLR, but still need 7 wickets to pinch this match. Rayudu c Siraj b Murugan Ashwin 32(25) [4s-3 6s-2]

Murugan Ashwin to Rayudu, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Murugan Ashwin, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

BLR need wickets and loads of it, still no Ashwin though. Are they playing him as a number 8 batsman? No, here he comes with a very difficult task ahead of him.

10.6
0
de Grandhomme to Shorey, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, Shorey steers it straight to the fielder at backward point
10.5
0
de Grandhomme to Shorey, no run, short and wide of off, Shorey went hard on the cut and gets an under-edge that bounces in front of Parthiv
10.4
1
de Grandhomme to Rayudu, leg byes, 1 run, fraction too straight from de Grandhomme, ends up drifting onto Rayudu's pads, he was looking to flick and missed, sneaks in a leg bye

McCullum has a chat with his bowler and is making some changes to the field

10.3
4
de Grandhomme to Rayudu, FOUR, poor ball from de Grandhomme, short and angling into Rayudu's pads, he swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it behind square on the on-side for a boundary
10.2
1
de Grandhomme to Shorey, 1 run, de Grandhomme shortens his length on middle, Shorey was looking to drive and gets an inside edge towards square leg
10.1
1
de Grandhomme to Rayudu, 1 run, short of a length and well wide of off, mistimed cut wide of cover for a single

Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

9.6
6
Siraj to Shorey, SIX, that ruins the over. Tries to scare the debutant with a short delivery, but Shorey has made a clean connection with the hook shot, got inside the line and used the pace on the ball to place it over fine leg
9.5
1
Siraj to Rayudu, 1 run, bit of extra bounce on this off-cutter, Rayudu was taken aback slightly, but played it well in the end. Dropped it with soft hands into the off-side and sprinted across to the other end
9.4
0
Siraj to Rayudu, no run, short and outside off, Rayudu cuts it crisply but straight to Mandeep at backward point
9.3
0
Siraj to Rayudu, no run, back of a length on off, Rayudu defends within himself with the bat close to the body
9.2
1
Siraj to Shorey, 1 run, fuller and on off, Shorey drives off the inner portion of the bat to mid-on, quick single taken
9.1
1
Siraj to Rayudu, 1 run, full toss and Rayudu has missed out. In fact, Siraj has his hands on his head. He thought he had his man, Rayudu went for the hoick and squirted an inside edge onto pad, if not for the bat, he was a goner. Poor cricket all round

Mohammed Siraj [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

8.6
0
U Yadav to Shorey, no run, back of a length and hurried the batsman for pace, it was more of ball hitting the bat than the other way around. Shorey manages to get his bat across in the nick of time
8.5
0
U Yadav to Shorey, no run, on a length and just outside off, Shorey pushes it to cover

Dhruv Shorey, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Timeout! Raina and Rayudu have steadied the innings after the early loss of Watson. Even though the former is gone, the leading run-scorer is still out there looking in good touch. With Dhoni and Co. to come, CHN well and truly on top. BLR need wickets and plenty of them.

8.4
0
U Yadav to Raina, out Caught by Southee!! Raina is waiting. He has been asked to walk back. Fine take by Southee. With a leg slip in place, Raina had to find other areas to play the short ball, so he moves away to leg and tries to flat-bat it over long-on, got it off the toe-end and it still almost cleared long-on. Southee first held on to the catch, then saw himself overbalancing, threw the ball up and went out before coming back in to complete the catch. Raina c Southee b U Yadav 25(21) [4s-2 6s-1]

U Yadav to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

8.3
0
U Yadav to Raina, no run, and what does Umesh do? He slants the short of length delivery outside off, Raina backs away and cracks the cut straight to backward point

Leg slip added

8.2
0
U Yadav to Raina, no run, almost a repeat of the previous ball, but this time Raina does not meet with the glance. Same line and length from Umesh, bounces over the stumps this time
8.1
4
U Yadav to Raina, FOUR, easy! That is well played by Raina. Short of length delivery, Raina shuffled across to get inside the line, picked it up from the middle stump line and tickled it fine. Runs starting to flow quite comfortably now

Umesh Yadav [2.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack

Most runs in an T20 League season for Rayudu:
2018: 397 *
2011: 395
2014: 361
2010: 356
2016: 334
2012: 333

7.6
0
Chahal to Rayudu, no run, floated up outside off, Rayudu with a lunge forward directs it to short third man
7.5
1
Chahal to Raina, 1 run, whenever Chahal has tried to push it through, he is dropped it short, flicked off the pads to deep square leg
7.4
1
Chahal to Rayudu, 1 run, flighted outside off, Rayudu eases the drive down to long-off
7.3
1
Chahal to Raina, 1 run, tossed up on off, Raina pushes it to the left of Chahal, who fails to stop it with a dive
7.2
4
Chahal to Raina, FOUR, poor delivery from Chahal. Rank long hop and Raina had all the time in world to pick his spot, transfers his weight on the back foot and slots the pull past square leg, no chance for the man in the deep
7.1
0
Chahal to Raina, no run, slides on after pitching, Raina presses forward to defend, off the outer half to backward point

Yuzvendra Chahal [1.0-1-0-0] is back into the attack

6.6
1
Siraj to Raina, 1 run, fuller and on the stumps, Raina eases it down to long-on
6.5
2
Siraj to Raina, 2 runs, run-out chance missed. This is where BLR will miss de Kock. He has been brilliant behind the stumps. Very full and outside off, Raina squeezes out to square third man, Ashwin gets across and releases the ball quickly, Parthiv failed to gather the ball. Had he done so, then Raina was gone
6.4
6
Siraj to Raina, SIX, that's the pressure releaser. Needed a boundary or something to get himself going. Backed away to leg and got the length delivery right in his arc, swung it away over long-on. Not quite off the middle but still had enough
6.3
0
Siraj to Raina, no run, fuller and around off, Raina is half forward to defend it to cover
6.2
0
Siraj to Raina, no run, Raina trying a bit too hard to score. Walks away to the off-side and is made to reach out for this short of length delivery, misses out on meeting with the cut shot

Umesh Yadav has taken seven of his 12 wickets this T20 League in his second over.
His second over figures: 7-0-47-7

6.1
0
Siraj to Raina, no run, back of a length slanted across, Raina hops to work it into the on-side and gets a leading edge to the left of cover

Mohammed Siraj, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

5.6
4
Southee to Rayudu, FOUR, big over for CHN, 16 off it. Overpitched delivery and right in the slot for Rayudu, with the form he is, there is no missing out on such freebies, drills the drive wide of mid-off. Did Kohli err in giving Southee a third?
5.5
0
Southee to Rayudu, no run, fuller and outside off, Rayudu pushes it meekly to extra cover
5.4
6
Southee to Rayudu, SIX, wrong length from Southee. The off-cutter is landed short of length, sat up for Rayudu, who gave it his all to smash the pull over mid-wicket, the in-form batsman has broken the shackles for the home side
5.3
4
Southee to Rayudu, FOUR, slower delivery and Rayudu spotted that early, a much needed boundary for CHN that. Waited for the off-cutter, stood his ground and heaved it over mid-wicket. No chance for AB to pull it back in
5.2
1
Southee to Raina, 1 run, Raina moved away to the leg-side to open up the off-side, Southee slips in the off-cutter and the inside out loft does not come off, right off the toe-end and over mid-wicket
5.1
1
Southee to Rayudu, 1 run, bit sloppy from Siraj. On a length and just outside off, Rayudu drives on the up and in the air to mid-off, goes on the bounce to Siraj, who lets it escape past him, just a single
4.6
0
U Yadav to Raina, no run, back of a length around off, Raina watchfully bunts it back down the wicket
4.5
2
U Yadav to Raina, 2 runs, top effort from McCullum. Saved two. Short delivery angled across, Raina shuffles a bit and plays a controlled pull in front of square, McCullum gives chase from mid-wicket and pulls it in just before the rope. Siraj does the throwing
4.4
0
U Yadav to Raina, no run, now the slower delivery slanted across the left-hander, Raina went a tad hard on the drive and the inside edge gets caught up in his pad, drops near his feet
4.3
0
U Yadav to Raina, no run, short and on the stumps, Raina with a typical hop across looks to tuck it into the leg-side, beaten for pace and is struck on the ribs. Ouch he went. Rayudu was trying to sneak in a run but Umesh ensured that is not happening
4.2
1
U Yadav to Rayudu, 1 run, off-pace delivery and a shortened length, Rayudu waits before dabbing it to third man
4.1
0
U Yadav to Rayudu, no run, fuller and hint of movement for Umesh, on a length and outside off, Rayudu with his feet on leg-stump attempted a booming cover drive, the swing beats the outside edge
3.6
1
Southee to Rayudu, 1 run, runs down the wicket and is greeted by a pulled back length, no pace as well from Southee as he ran his fingers across the ball, punched on the up towards extra cover, where McCullum dives to his left and makes a good stop

Chants of "CHN, CHN". That is more like it from the home crowd

3.5
1
Southee to Raina, 1 run, short ball that refuses to bounce, hardly gets around hip height, Raina shuffles to get inside the line and helps it along the way to fine leg
3.4
2
Southee to Raina, 2 runs, nice gentle full delivery on the pads for Raina to get off the mark, flicked uppishly over square leg and Ashwin had a lot of running to do from deep backward square, easy two
3.3
1
Southee to Rayudu, 1 run, short again and there was a bit of space as Rayudu stayed put, cracked behind point and straight to third man
3.2
0
Southee to Rayudu, no run, good thinking from Southee. Saw Rayudu give him the charge and ensured he kept it away from the batsman's reach, just inside the tramline is the short of length delivery and Rayudu looks at the umpire for a wide, gets nothing

Slip in

3.1
0
Southee to Rayudu, no run, wobbly seam delivery from Southee, on a fuller length and Rayudu's on-drive is mistimed, the bat turned on impact and the ball dribbled only as far as mid-on

Tim Southee [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

2.6
0
U Yadav to Watson, out Bowled!! The perfect set-up from Umesh. Couple of short of length deliveries before the full one, Watson's feet went nowhere as he tried to get bat on ball, beaten for sheer pace and the ball uproots the off-stump. The direction is what mattered and Umesh got it spot on. Aimed right for the base of off-stump. There's the wicket BLR were looking for. Watson b U Yadav 11(14) [4s-2]

U Yadav to Watson, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

2.5
2
U Yadav to Watson, 2 runs, once again Umesh hurries the batsman with a short delivery, even Watson can't get hold of the pull shot, off the splice and drops in the vacant deep mid-wicket region, scamper back for a brace before Chahal hunts it down
2.4
0
U Yadav to Watson, no run, short of length on off, Watson hops a bit and drops it into the off-side, can't scamper across

Maidens in T20 League 2018:
A Mishra
D Bravo
D Chahar
Rashid Khan
S Thakur
T Boult
Y CHAHAL

2.3
1
U Yadav to Rayudu, Leg byes, 1 run, back of a length around the hips, Rayudu is beaten for pace and the flick doesn't connect, off the thigh pad and into the leg-side
2.2
6
U Yadav to Rayudu, SIX, that is what pace brings. Rayudu is hardly in control of the pull shot, but the ball has sailed away for a maximum. Rushed the batsman with a short ball and the top-edge flies over the CHN dugout
2.1
0
U Yadav to Rayudu, no run, good length ball zips across the surface, Rayudu prods forward and defends to cover-point

Umesh Yadav, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Best run rates in the first over in T20 League 2018:
8.90 CHN
8.63 PUN
7.13 RAJ
6.67 KOL
6.67 BLR
5.00 MUM
4.78 DEL
3.75 HYD

1.6
0
Chahal to Watson, no run, maiden! But BLR would have liked a wicket. They are not going to defend this total without taking wickets. Pushed through on off, Watson makes a bit of room and punches it straight to cover
1.5
0
Chahal to Watson, no run, shortens the length and Watson taps it adjacent to the wicket on the leg-side, bit of confusion regarding the single and the pair retrieve back to their respective ends in time
1.4
0
Chahal to Watson, no run, tossed up close to off, Watson plays an extended forward to the left of Chahal, who dives across to stop

Short mid-wicket in place

1.3
0
Chahal to Watson, no run, bit more air this time around and Watson plays a firm forward push back to Chahal
1.2
0
Chahal to Watson, no run, quicker and flatter, Watson camps on the back foot and punches it back to Chahal
1.1
0
Chahal to Watson, no run, touch too full and around off, Watson squeezes the nudge to mid-on and sends Rayudu back on the single

Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Spin straightaway. Chahal it is going to be..

0.6
0
Southee to Rayudu, no run, stifled appeal for LBW. No review from Kohli and BLR. Nipped back in from a good length and cramped Rayudu for room, he is beaten on the inside edge and struck on the pad in front of leg-stump. The ball was swinging down. Good positive start from CHN
0.5
1
Southee to Watson, 1 run, back of a length on off, Watson tucks it into the on-side through vacant mid-wicket and rotates strike
0.4
4
Southee to Watson, FOUR, even with a sweeper Watson collects a boundary. Southee is still searching for swing, pitches it up and Watson leans forward to caress the drive through cover. de Grandhomme gave up the chase early
0.3
0
Southee to Watson, no run, shortens the length and keeps it close to off, Watson hangs back and knocks it to cover

Sweeper out now.. No third man

0.2
0
Southee to Watson, no run, shade fuller and around off, Watson half forward defends it to backward point
0.1
4
Southee to Watson, FOUR, cracking shot! That is not the place to bowl to any batsman. Short, wide and outside off, just the delivery Watson would have liked to get him going, slapped the cut square on the off-side and opened his account in style

Watson and Rayudu are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Southee will open the attack