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Chennai vs Hyderabad - Final

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: 27 May 2018

Chennai 181/2 (18.3 Ovs) RR: 9.78 | Chennai won by 8 wkts


It started with a hammy-torn Jadhav pulling out a miracle. It ends with another hammy-pulled Watson plundering a surrender. It's been that season. It's been scripted - two years in oblivion precedes a fairy tale. The night's been really long, but some of CHN's spectators refuse to leave. Well someone has to, so we do. Hope you had fun bearing with all that we wrote, we sure did enjoy your comments. Now go, disperse, grab back your nationalities. On behalf of the entire team - Vineet Anantharaman, Kumar Abhisekh Das, MS Ramakrishnan, Akshay Maanay, Rishi Roy and our scorer Siva, ta ta!!

Now Dhoni moves to the big stage where the trophy is waiting for him. He takes it and hands it to his teammates, who take all the limelight as confetti goes up in the background. They pose in front of the champions board now. Dhoni holds his daughter and both enjoy the confetti flying around them. The CHN team is singing their team song as Raina, Bhajji, Murali Vijay, Balaji etc bring their kids. The CHN fans in the stands are absolutely elated to see their team all smiles.


Dhoni (2/2): We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu for example is 33, he's someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect. What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings. For example if I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he'll burst his hamstring and won't be available for the next game. So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there's no point getting injured for a single. No plans to celebrate as of now. We are going to Chennai tomorrow, meet a few people, the fans and some people who are close to the franchise. But we'll have a get-together in the hotel and celebrate.

MS Dhoni | CHN captain: (1/2) By the time you reach the final everybody know their roles. The fielders have to adjust their roles while fielding, but while batting the styles are well known. So if somebody is finding it difficult in the middle, you know the incoming batsmen wouldn't find it easy as well. Well, Bhuvi is as deceptive as Rashid and thus it's not just one bowler in their side who could put pressure on us. So it was a good batting effort, but we always had belief in the firepower our middle-order has. [On Bravo sitting with pads on] He keeps doing it on his own. There was no plan as such (to promote him up); with Faf playing Rayudu had to come down at four. But Bravo is someone who pads quite easily and stays ready. Very difficult to recall what the earlier championship wins were. A lot of people talk about stats, so tonight is 27th, my jersey number is seven and this is the seventh final for us. Enough reasons to win it. But none of these reasons matter, what matters is that we've won it in the end.

MS Dhoni gets the winners' cheque of Rs. 20,00,00,000

Stephen Fleming | CHN coach: Each year has been different for us. We stayed pretty consistent with the core of our team when others kept chopping and changing. It's one thing that players are older, but it's the professionalism that we got look into as well. MS Dhoni handles me (smiles). It's about man-management. When he goes on the field he can do the things. There's a lot of trust as well and it's a nice relationship to have with him.

Kane Williamson | HYD skipper: We thought it would be a very competitive total. It was a good surface but the slower balls were holding. Hats off, Shane Watson comes and gets 120 not out in the final. It's frustrating, but CHN were deserved winners. They certainly showed their experience. A new bunch of guys in HYD, a great bunch of guys in the unit. Showed great character. It was a great experience leading this side, shame that we couldn't win the final, but there are a lot of positives. Every team is trying to find the balance between bat and ball. No doubt having a quality bowling attack with bowlers who can control the death overs and also the likes of Rashid are all great assets to have. It's always a struggle to find the balance and you are always compromising in one or two areas. But that is one of the joys of the decision making that you are part of. As a team we look back fondly on the season. It's a collective effort from the team. I enjoy the captaincy and it was nice to contribute to the team with the bat personally.

Kane Williamson collects Rs. 12,50,00,000 - He's the runner up, remember. Calculate the GST.

Tom Moody | HYD coach: I saw something special tonight. Shane Watson's innings was just out of the box; they needed something special and that's what Watson provided. I think the season has been really good. We had a few setbacks early on with a few players unavailable. It wasn't a bad thing for us to come back to earth after the start, rejig something for the finals. Kane has shown the cricketing world that he can play all three formats leisurely. We are really fortunate to have him in the squad and every team is lucky to have him at the helm. [On Rashid] He's a terrific cricketer, not only in India but everybody's fallen in love with him. Not only his bowling, we saw what a flash he had with the bat in Calcutta. He's been a fantastic cricketer.

Some awards for the umpires, referees as we go on. Okay, runners up medals coming up now.


Awards Ceremony:

Sunil Narine | MVP (pre-recorded): Unfortunately I couldn't be there as our team were knocked out. Really wish we were in the finals. It has been a successful journey with the bat and ball. I would like to continue it and I really wish I could be there to collect the award.

Williamson wins the Orange cap with 735 runs. He'll be interviewed as the runners-up captain in a few moments. Hang on.

Andrew Tye -- 24 wickets to boast -- Purple cap (pre-recorded): I accept the purple cap with great honour. India's been a great place with a lot of memories to take home. Unfortunately our team couldn't make it to the finals but we'll try hard to get back next year.

Stylish Player of the Season - Rishabh Pant -- He mints another 1000 grand

Super Striker of the Season: Sunil Narine - Well he isn't here too. His pyrotechnics are etched in our memories though.

Perfect Catch of the Season - Trent Boult -- Well he's gone back, Rishabh Pant collects on his behalf. A brilliant athletic back-peddling catch by the Black Cap.

T20 League Fairplay award - Mumbai -- Aditya Tare collects

Rishabh Pant | Emerging player of the season: I enjoyed the whole tournament; but it didn't go well for the team though. When you play a lot of matches you get confidence and that helps me and the team. Last year I was trying to hit a lot of sixes, but in this season I've stopped my instincts from taking over.

Pitch and ground award - Punjab Cricket Association (For grounds who've hosted less than seven matches)

Pitch and ground award - Cricket Association of Bengal (For those grounds who've hosted seven matches or more)


Shane Watson | MoM: It's been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with BLR. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CHN. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. Bhuvi is really good with the new ball and was lucky to get the opportunity to catch up. It was good that I got a couple of boundaries to hit and get on par to take it from there. The good thing is that I wouldn't be playing for the next three-four months; feels great. It gives me plenty of time to recover. Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight.

Right, the real presentations coming your way. There are over ten dignitaries on the stage waiting to give out awards .. it's a long night. Simon Doull to take us through.

Harbhajan Singh: Brilliant the way we came out and chased it down. To see what Watson, what he brings to the table, you know how many runs you might get, it is always chaseable. Fourth T20 League title for me and I am glad. I mean considering that Kane was in good form and they had a lot of middle-order batsmen who were right-handers, Dhoni was right that he needed someone who would take the ball away from the batsman. We have seen wrist spinners bowling more and more overs in the T20 League compared to finger spinners. But I hope it would change next year. Well done to Karn and glad to be on the winning side.

Karn Sharma: I was prepared and was waiting for my chance to grab the opportunities I got.

Chahar: I enjoyed bowling with the new ball. I have been waiting for my chance and this year I got my chance. Thanks to Mahi bhai for believing in me; batting, bowling and fielding. It is everyone's dream to play in the T20 League and win it, one of my dreams have come true.

Thakur: It is great. Last year I was part of final, but couldn't win it. But this year we won it and it is incredible. I am feeling at top of the world. I think I had the last game in my mind, had to bowl well in the death. More often than not you get hit in this format. Today I was on top of my game and executed the plans.

Ngidi: Very amazing. It's been a roller coaster of emotions. Good to come away with a win and lucky to be part of an T20 League winning side. Not many people get to experience such a moment. It's lovely to have the death bowling responsibility on your shoulders and take it in your stride, one ball at a time in a pressure situation and it is great to help the team win.

Jadeja: It is good to be part of a champion team. We did a great job on and off the field because we have played as a team despite winning or losing. We've participated after two years and am very glad to finish as champions.

Dwayne Bravo: It has been good. This is a special moment. The team did not play together for the last two years. We had to move from Chennai after one game. For most of the guys, this is their first time. We were able to keep focus and do it. Nothing is better than winning finals. We always said experience will help in crunch times. Watson batted on one leg and despite the hamstring, his experience helped him. Watson is a world class player.

Rayudu: I was really fortunate to have such a season for Chennai. I worked really hard for it and am glad that I could hit the winning runs. Initially the wicket looked a little slow, it was damp, got much quicker and I am glad we could chase it down.


Stats brought to you by Deepu Narayanan

- Eight players this season scored 500+ runs - the most ever going past seven from 2013.

- This is the first time a team has beaten an opponent four times in a season.

- Teams finishing second in league phase lifting T20 League title:
CHN in 2011 & 2018
KOL in 2012 & 2014
MUM in 2013 & 2015

- Ambati Rayudu (2013, 2015, 2017 & 2018) equals Rohit Sharma (2009, 2013, 2015 & 2017) for the most wins in T20 League finals. Harbhajan Singh also makes that list though he was not part of the XI.

- T20 League Champions:
RAJ in 2008
HYD in 2009
CHN in 2010, 2011 & 2018
KOL in 2012 & 2014
MUM in 2013, 2015 & 2017
HYD in 2016


The Watson show: When the scoreboard read 0(10) against Shane Watson, there were thoughts of this being the final T20 League season for him. Questions were being asked. But in a matter of minutes, he plays his finest knock in T20 League history. Battled a niggle that didn't let him move freely, but why worry when you can clear the boundary at will. He connected them sweetly and smashed Sandeep Sharma for 26 runs in an over and stunned HYD.

Match summary: HYD getting 178 on the board was a stiff ask many thought, because they have a brilliant bowling attack. CHN where going nowhere when they reached only 20/1 after 5 overs. But they didn't need to go anywhere. Too much experience in the bank and they never panicked. HYD missed the trick of not bowling Shakib to a struggling Watson and by the time he was brought on, Watson was ready to greet him with a first ball six. HYD interestingly gave Bhuvi a third over in the powerplay, but the sensible heads in the yellow camp chose to play him out knowing they have enough firepower to catch up. Watson upped the ante in the sixth over and there was no looking back for the Aussie from that point. Rashid Khan, HYD's main weapon, went wicketless and thus the best bowling line-up in T20 League history was taken to cleaners. The trophy is now on its way to RA Puram, Chennai.



This is an insane run chase from CHN. The heads were down when Watson was struggling and Faf fell in the trap, but they believed. They have built a team around experience. They were mocked when their squad didn't have many youngsters, but it's that experience of handling big game pressure that has helped them win the title this year. CHN become the first team to beat a side four times in a single season. 2018 - Chennai is being engraved on the trophy now.

Brathwaite to Rayudu, FOUR, that's it! Chennai are champions of T20 League for the third time. What a brilliant return to the stage this is from CHN after a two-year ban. The players rush to the middle to mob Watson. Meanwhile, captain Dhoni is gently walking around with a gentle smile of his
Brathwaite to Rayudu, no run, very full again, Rayudu drives and finds mid-off
Brathwaite to Rayudu, no run, yorker and on the stumps, Rayudu digs it out towards the on-side

Carlos Brathwaite [2.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack

The CHN dugout is just waiting to erupt. 2 runs needed

Fifth 100 of T20 League 2018, fourth against HYD
128* R Pant
117* Watson
104* Gayle
100* Rayudu

S Kaul to Watson, no run, defended off the front foot
S Kaul to Watson, FOUR, and he's doing it in style. Kaul tries the yorker and Watson drives it straight and hard, Kaul takes his leg out of the way to save himself and the ball rockets to the boundary
S Kaul to Watson, FOUR, oh that's a bowler-killer. Luckily it didn't come very straight at Kaul. Very full from Kaul, Watson drills it hard and beats long-off
S Kaul to Rayudu, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Rayudu punches to sweeper cover
S Kaul to Watson, 1 run, low full toss and Watson tries to hit it hard, doesn't get the connection right, hit to long-off
S Kaul to Rayudu, 1 run, shortish from Kaul, Rayudu pulls it to fine leg

Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack

Two 100s in an T20 League season:
V Kohli (4) in 2016
C Gayle in 2011
H Amla in 2017
S Watson in 2018

Rashid Khan to Watson, FOUR, the fielder at deep backward square leg has misjudged this. Watson slogged this in the air, the fielder dived but couldn't get there. On the biggest night, CHN have negated Rashid Khan without a wicket
Rashid Khan to Watson, FOUR, cheeky, gets inside the line of this googly and paddles it past the man at short fine leg, this is clever batting from Watson
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, driven to mid-on
Rashid Khan to Watson, 1 run, take a bow, Shane Robert Watson. He becomes the fourth player to have two or more hundreds in an T20 League season. If at all you are struggling in life, just watch this innings folks. This is a serious life lesson. He couldn't time the ball, was only hitting it to hand, was getting beaten, his first run came off the 11th ball he faced, but he didn't lose heart. Backed himself like his captain always does and he now has a hundred off 51 balls. When his trigger is that slight movement backwards with a gentle hop of the front leg, you know as a bowler he's in the zone. He switched gears and muscled all the bowlers around. The hundred ball though was just a gentle push to the left of cover and off comes the helmet, great applause from the crowd and the CHN dugout and soaks them all in with his hands aloft
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, gentle drive to long-off and a big roar as Watson heads to take strike
Rashid Khan to Watson, 1 run, full and on the stumps, driven to long-on. On 99 now
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Watson stands tall and dabs it to third man
Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, 1 run, slashed away hard and uppishly wide of point
Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, no run, driven towards cover, straight to the fielder
Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, SIX, two dot balls and Rayudu has had enough. Runs at the bowler and nonchalantly lofts it over wide long-off, easily clears the rope
Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, no run, knocked towards cover
Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, no run, back of a length, Rayudu defends

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [3.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack

Time-out. Just 1 run off that over, yet the requried rate is only 6.6. Got to question HYD's tactics today with the ball. Watson was struggling and they never tried Shakib at him (in the powerplay). In fact they were on top at one stage with CHN only 20/1 in 5 overs. Bhuvi was bowled for a third over. CHN calmly played him out because they know they have the firepower at the death even against the best. It's in the yellow bag at the moment, can the Orange Army steal this?

Rashid Khan to Rayudu, leg byes, 1 run, another googly from Rashid Khan, down the leg-side, Rayudu fails to get bat on ball, the ball rolls past short fine leg and this time Watto runs. Maiden over for Rashid
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, no run, googly from Rashid Khan, Rayudu reads off the surface and plays off the back foot, gets hit on the pad first before the ball touched the bat, but Rayudu was well outside the line of off stump, review wasted

A very optimistic review for LBW, but it's going to be eaten up I feel. Impact way outside off stump. Waste!

Rashid Khan to Rayudu, no run, back foot defence and look at that applause from the CHN dug out. They know they've got this under control and even won't mind two maiden overs from Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, no run, gets inside the line and glances the googly to short fine leg, a loud noooo from Watto because he can't run. He doesn't have to with the way he's been hitting the ball
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, no run, dabbed to slip
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, no run, flatter delivery on the stumps, Rayudu turns it to the left of the keeper and tries a non-existent run, sensibly sent back by Watson

Rashid Khan [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

Would you believe it, from 20/1 after 5 overs, the run rate is under six with six overs to go!

Highest individual scores in T20 League finals (Chases):
94 M Pandey v PUN, 2014
89 M Bisla v CHN, 2012
76 C Gayle v HYD, 2016

Brathwaite to Watson, SIX, he wants to finish this early. He is just a hit away from a hundred now. Back of a length delivery on the stumps, Watson pulls and clears deep mid-wicket
Brathwaite to Watson, wide, yorker down the leg-side
Brathwaite to Watson, FOUR, audacious is the word for this shot. The bowler runs in and bowls a pacy length ball, this lad doesn't move and just opens the face of the bat at the very last moment to beat the diving short third man fielder. He's playing around with the bowlers and the fielders
Brathwaite to Rayudu, 1 run, guided away to third man

Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Brathwaite to Raina, out Caught by Goswami!! That's the end of a fantastic 117-run stand. Sharp bouncer from Brathwaite. We all know Raina has a problem with the short ball, glad HYD thought about it too. This was a really good steepler cramping Raina on the half-hook shot, was almost trying to evade, the ball catches the glove and Goswami jumps to catch the ball. The appeal was confident, umpire Marais Erasmus said no. HYD went for the review and Raina walked off without waiting for the replays because he knew he hit that. Raina c Goswami b Brathwaite 32(24) [4s-3 6s-1]

Brathwaite to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Caught behind review. Is Raina walking now? Looked like a glove/edge to me. He's not waiting for the replays. Raina has given himself out. Definite glove there and it's a good review. Much needed red for the orange team there.

Brathwaite to Watson, 1 run, oh he went for a mighty slog across the line, bottom-edged that along the ground to deep square leg
Brathwaite to Raina, 1 run, shortish delivery on the leg stump, Raina hops and glances it to fine leg
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, FOUR, oh this is sublime batting from Watson. Knows Sandeep Sharma is going for the wide yorker with third man inside the ring and he smartly squeezes it in the gap between short third man and backward point. A massive 27-run-game-killing over
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, wide, way outside off stump, ignored
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, SIX, hat-trick of sixes. He's carrying a niggle, but he's hitting them cleanly. Gee, what a turnaround this has been been. Took 11 balls to get off the mark and now he's 82 off 44. Length ball and Watson blasts that over long-on
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, SIX, and he's not done yet! Don't bowl full tosses sir! At least not when he's in this mood. Watson waits for the ball and smashes it over the mid-wicket boundary
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, SIX, oh my word! How on earth has he managed to hit that so well and so cleanly? This is actually a slower ball very well disguised by Sandeep Sharma, Watson was beaten for pace, almost was early into the shot, but managed somehow to reach out and muscle the ball over long-on
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, FOUR, low full toss and he's crashed that over extra-cover, the shoulders are dropping in the Orange camp. The yellow in the stands is very bright. Watson got down low on his knees and loft-drove that
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, no run, a good wide yorker outside off stump, Watson tries to reach out but doesn't get bat on ball

Sandeep Sharma [3.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack

75 runs needed from 48 balls

Brathwaite to Watson, 1 run, slower ball slapped uppishly past the bowler to long-off. And he reluctantly takes the run. He's not alright, so might as well just swing the willow around
Brathwaite to Watson, FOUR, this will do. This will do for CHN. Slower ball but Brathwaite landed that way too short, pulled powerfully through mid-wicket and it's well wide of the fielder in the deep
Brathwaite to Raina, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and guides it towards short third man, who stretches his hand and stops the ball
Brathwaite to Watson, 1 run, oh Watson. Poor fella is being dragged around. Oh has he pulled a muscle here? Firstly Raina sent him back when he tried to attempt a quick single with a guide to short third man, then there's an overthrow and Watson, who had to rush back to the striker's end, had to put the reverse gear again and race to the bowler's end. Looks like he's feeling some pain
Brathwaite to Raina, 1 run, gently knocked to deep square leg
Brathwaite to Watson, 1 run, short of length delivery on the stumps, Watson works it to square leg

Carlos Brathwaite, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Most runs conceded in a season:
536 S Kaul (2018)* - after his second over
533 D Bravo (2018)
508 Umesh (2013)
507 McClenaghan (2017)
497 D Bravo (2013)
494 D Bravo (2016)

So that was Rishi Roy for the last 5 overs. Ramki will take you through to the end.

Shakib to Raina, SIX, tossed up on an enticing length outside off, Raina reaches out and gets to the pitch, check-lofts it over long-on for six! Raina turning it on in a big match!
Shakib to Watson, 1 run, flat and skiddy just outside off again, Watson gets low and savagely cuts that away to deep point for a single
Shakib to Raina, 1 run, drag-down outside off, pulled away to long-on for a single
Shakib to Raina, no run, fired in flat on the pads, tapped off the back foot towards short mid-wicket
Shakib to Watson, 1 run, fired in flat just outside off, not much turn, Watson crouches low in his stance and chops it away towards sweeper cover for a single
Shakib to Watson, SIX, over the wicket, odd angle for Shaks, Watson gets low and plays a hybrid sweepull over backward square leg for six. Fifty up for Watto! Big match, and the big man stands up!

Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Rashid Khan to Raina, FOUR, round the wicket, fired down leg, Raina tries a sweep, gets a tickle on it to get it away to (extremely) fine leg for four. Almost long stop. Runs coming in a hurry for CHN
Rashid Khan to Watson, 1 run, another googly, but a drag-down outside off, Watson under-edges a pull to deep mid-wicket for a single
Rashid Khan to Raina, 1 run, googly on middle, Raina gets back and tucks it against the turn to long-on for a single
Rashid Khan to Raina, no run, wow! Rash, how do you do this? A tad short and skiddy, Raina tries to push it back to Rashid, who dives to his left to pick up and throws it to the keeper in the middle of the dive after he sees Raina leaving the crease
Rashid Khan to Watson, 1 run, overcook on off, not allowed to turn, Watson gets leg-side of the ball and drives it to long-off for a single
Rashid Khan to Raina, 1 run, on leg-stump, a bit of flight, tucked away to deep mid-wicket for a comfortable single
S Kaul to Watson, 2 runs, another loopy slower one pitched up wide outside off, Watson gets on his knees again and lofts it between extra cover and long-off. Falls between three fielders who were converging. Wow! Fortune with CHN, it seems.
S Kaul to Watson, FOUR, short-ish delivery outside off, Watson reaches out and cross-bats the loft towards long-off for four. Falls only just inside the rope
S Kaul to Watson, 2 runs, falls short of Rash at sweeper cover. Low full toss just outside off, Watson is down on his knees and gets under it to slice it towards sweeper cover where Rashid tries to take it. It falls just short. 50 partnership up!
S Kaul to Watson, SIX, looked like another slower one, Watson doesn't try anything straight batted this time (wary of the knuckle ball) and cross-bats that over long-on for six. Muscled.
S Kaul to Raina, 1 run, length ball on the pads, a lofted whip away to deep square leg for a single. Flies off Raina's bat, as my fellow commentator correctly observes. Is this his night?
S Kaul to Watson, 1 run, I think that was the knuckle ball on a back of a length, Watson made room and tried to go straight down the ground, checked his shot and managed to get it to Dhawan at the boundary, on the bounce

Time for the penultimate timeout of the season. CHN have picked up on the run-rate after the powerplay, funnily enough. 36 off the last three overs. Sid Kaul is back.

Rashid Khan to Watson, 1 run, skiddy googly that stayed low after pitching outside off. Watson, with his usual low stance, is able to get under it and carves it away to cover as he scurries across for a single
Rashid Khan to Raina, 1 run, flatter trajectory ball on the stumps, a comfortable whip away to mid-wicket for a scampered single
Rashid Khan to Watson, leg byes, 1 run, good length delivery tossed up on middle, turning towards leg, Watson tries a whip, big appeal as it hits the pads, but going down leg
Rashid Khan to Raina, 1 run, googly on leg-stump, turning in, Raina gets on the back foot and tucks it away to short fine leg with the spin for a quick single.
Rashid Khan to Watson, 1 run, half-volley fractionally wide outside off, Watson gets room to free his arms and gets on his knees to flat-bat a drive to long-off for a single
Rashid Khan to Watson, no run, slip in place, leg-break on a length and skidding outside off, Watson gets back and whips it back to the bowler

Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

S Kaul to Raina, FOUR, just a fraction short towards leg-stump, Raina twists his torso into another late pull to fine leg for four. Excellent over for CHN!
S Kaul to Raina, no run, back of a length delivery, aiming at the leg stump I think, trying to exploit Raina's weakness of getting bowled down leg. He just drops it off the back foot towards short mid-wicket
S Kaul to Raina, FOUR, short one from over the wicket, Raina just has to guide the pull to fine leg for four. Easy pickings
S Kaul to Watson, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Watson tries to loft it straight through the line, slices it towards sweeper cover, thanks to the away seam movement. There's a fielder running back and Rashid running in from the deep, lands in the middle. No man's land.
S Kaul to Watson, SIX, oh a horror of a delivery by Kaul! A length ball angling into the pads, Watson just has to flick it away over deep backward square leg for six! Watto has started to find the meat. A neat and violent pick-up shot...
S Kaul to Raina, 1 run, pitch-up around angling towards off, expertly whipped away to long-on for a comfortable single

Siddarth Kaul, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Fourth lowest PP score for CHN this T20 League - three of them vs HYD
27 in Hyderabad
33 in Qualifier 1
35 tonight

Powerplay completed. A quiet one. Kumar Abhisekh Das leaves after the powerplay and this is Rishi Roy, taking you through for the next few overs.

Sandeep Sharma to Raina, 1 run, chops the ball away into the off-side and the fumble from the man at point allows the single. CHN end with a poor powerplay
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, 1 run, he is safe! Raina and CHN fans are breathing easy after being on a ventilator for a while. The slog sweep did not connect. And Raina decided to take a single. The pool like dive saves him. Excellent work from Sandeep, runs forward and kicks the ball onto the stumps
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, FOUR, full delivery and the batsman has pile-driven the ball down the ground. The man at mid-off was wide enough for the ball to fly into the fence on a bounce
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, SIX, biffed away! That goes the journey as it was dragged slightly short. The seam up delivery came on to the bat nicely and was in the arc for the batsman to put it away over deep square leg. CHN breaking the shackles?
Sandeep Sharma to Raina, 1 run, punchy drive square of the wicket fails to pierce the gap. The man at point slides and dives to make the stop. They take a single
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, 1 run, hacks the length ball away and the man at deep mid-wicket grabs it off his left hand on the bounce. Superb from Rashid. Good captaincy from Kane as well to have a fielder there
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, wide, first real loose delivery from Sandeep Sharma and that is a wide. Watson knelt down to slog sweep but that was well down leg
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, 1 run, nurdles the length ball off the sticks into the on-side
Bhuvneshwar to Raina, 1 run, uppish clip off the pads and was flicked away stylishly into the on-side. One bounce and straight to the man at deep square leg. CHN are hitting it to dead-ends for the moment
Bhuvneshwar to Raina, no run, length ball and has been pushed back to the bowler
Bhuvneshwar to Raina, no run, slightly dragged down length and ekes an inside edge on to the pads. Raina wanted a single but was sent back
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, 1 run, tucks it uppishly on the on-side and they get a single as the ball again held up on the surface. The man at mid-wicket never had a chance

Slip stays..for Watson

Bhuvneshwar to Raina, 1 run, length ball and has been whipped away off the pads to deep backward square leg for a single. That was aimed for the off-pole and the batsman closed the face of the bat on it

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, out Caught&Bowled!! The slower ball and that lands a wicket. The ball holds up thanks to knuckle ball and the lifted hit finds the bowler's hands. The bowler called for it and takes it. He charged out and tried to go aerial but never timed it. Watson's dot ball a reason for this? Might well be. CHN are off to the worst possible start. du Plessis c and b Sandeep Sharma 10(11) [4s-1]

Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

Sandeep Sharma to Watson, 1 run, the length ball bends in and the heave across the line has not been timed. The ball just evades the man at mid-wicket. Only a single is what they got
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, no run, length ball, keeps low and the batsman defends it out into the off-side. Wanted a single but was sent back by du Plessis
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, FOUR, full, too full and biffed! Murdered down the ground past the bowler for a four. The man at mid-off had no chance
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, no run, slower delivery and the batsman going for the slog sweep, misses. The appeal was aborted as that was going down
Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, leg byes, 1 run, that was a slower delivery and it keeps low. The ball thuds the pad but was going down. The ball ricocheted away into the off-side for a single

CHN have started off like a snail.

Bhuvneshwar to Watson, no run, back of a length delivery and punched off the back foot to cover point
Bhuvneshwar to du Plessis, 5 runs, poor from Hooda. His match continues to get worse! That was dab just behind square on the off-side. A limping Watson was ambling away and Hooda came charging in from point to have a shy at the batter's end. The result is 5 runs! 5 overthrows!! How costly it would be?
Bhuvneshwar to du Plessis, no run, slightly outside off and that has been pushed away into the off-side. Tentative from du Plessis and the nerves doing all the talking. Credit to HYD
Bhuvneshwar to du Plessis, no run, opens him up like a surgeon! That was on a length and the batsman for the third time in succession has no answers to it as he defends it out into the wicket

"Not much dew out there," says covert agent Vishaal Loganathan from the ground. "However the ropes were out during the breaks earlier. Sources are saying there won't be much today." -- That's good news for the HYD spinners, and bad news for CHN.

Bhuvneshwar to du Plessis, no run, another top delivery from a top bowler! Gets opened in his stance and the outer half of the bat defends it down
Bhuvneshwar to du Plessis, no run, he hoped for the ball to nip away and it did not. On a short of length spot and the batsman squared up to fend the ball away into the off-side off the outer half of the bat. CHN hitting a roadblock
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, no run, no room for Watson to work with. That was nipping in from a length and the batsman defends it into the on-side off the inner half of the bat. Another over from HYD which was bang on the money barring the second ball
Sandeep Sharma to Watson, no run, length ball zoning in at the sticks and has been defended into the turf. Sandeep Sharma is bowling good lines as well
Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, a leading edge takes the ball away wide of mid-off, towards his left and they take a single. It was fuller and the batsman closed his face of the bat a bit too early
Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, no run, fuller this time and is greeted with a drive on the up. Straight to the man at cover
Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, FOUR, punched away off the back foot with a slightly horizontal bat. Stays forward and takes care of the shortish ball. Not too short and the batsman thumped the ball away. He is in good form
Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, no run, dot balls are epidemic it seems. The swinging in delivery and the batsman bunts the ball down into the deck right under his eyes

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

Bhuvneshwar to Watson, no run, opens the batsman up! He is behaving like a child in a bar. Clueless. That was on a length, slightly dropping the length may be. The ball swerved away and the batsman was beaten all ends up. Maiden!! Talk about starts..CHN started their bowling attack with a no-ball
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, no run, short, wide, should have been put away but isn't. The man at point had an easier task to do this time. Picks the ball up. Maiden to start?
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, no run, front foot stride and then the open face of the bat to the inswinging delivery. The man at point slides and stops the ball to his left
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, no run, mixing it up now and that too at almost 140kph. The inswinger and the batsman dabs the ball down into the deck, a bit too late on it
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, no run, length ball, outside off and the away swinger was left alone
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, no run, brute! Takes off after landing on a length and swings away to beat the poke. He got out like this in qualifier 1. That though was a peach

Watson and du Plessis are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack