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Chennai vs Punjab - 56th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date: 20 May 2018

Chennai 159/5 (19.1 Ovs) RR: 8.30 | Chennai won by 5 wkts

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Great finish to the league stages, with hardly any dead rubbers towards the end. It's been very close this year, at the end of which HYD, CHN, KOL and RAJ have survived. We'll have a special Cricbuzz Live analysis show tomorrow at 6pm to talk about the playoffs. Do join us then. For now, this is Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Nikhil Jadhav, Akshay Maanay, Rishi Roy, Abhinand Raghavendran and our scorer Naga. Cheers!

Ngidi, MoM: Very good day out. Really didn't expect it to go that far, but will definitely take it today. Usually sub-continent stays a bit low and slow. When Chahar bowled the first over today, I couldn't stop grinning on the side. CHN is a team which really values family values. Just the cricketing mind and brain Dhoni has, it's helped me.

Dhoni, CHN captain: If you see their bowling line-up, it was definitely swinging a bit more for Ankit. From a captain's perspective, you want to take as many wickets upfront. So sending in Bhajji and Chahar creates chaos. The bowlers all of a sudden bowl yorkers and bouncers. When batsmen are batting, they stick to a good line and length, but against Bhajji and Chahar, they lose their line and lengths, instead of sticking to the plan. Plus Bhajji and Chahar could come in handy during the playoffs. Owners have been brilliant. We have a set of people who are close to the players. They have a history of understanding the game. That makes the job easy for the captain. Also if you don't have a good team, it becomes difficult. We kept adding players and they kept performing. The big shift will be after two years, where most of these players won't be there. Maybe they won't be fit for the shortest format. Looking at ten years, it has been very good for us. We like to do the process right because that's what gives you the result. There are quite a few finals where I still remember what went wrong. When the format is like this, just a couple of big hits or a run-out can change things. Everyone wants to win. They've done well to go into the knockout stages. The top two teams they get extra life. What's important is to be at your best on that particular day.

Deepak Chahar: I got my opportunity today after a long time. I have been waiting for my chances. From the first match I have liked bowling here. There is a bit of breeze blowing across. Today also it was a moving a bit in the initial stage. It is good for the confidence; getting an opportunity to bat. Now if I get a chance to bat in the playoffs I will do good for the team. I was a swing bowler basically, but have worked on my pace for the last six years. We have been waiting for this opportunity for two years and looking forward to the playoffs. He (Watson) was rested. If KOL would have lost yesterday, even I would be rested today.

R Ashwin, PUN captain: Tough days at the office. We didn't bat very well. Lost three wickets in the powerplay and from there it was going to be catch-up. Karun got us a good score but it was always 20-30 runs below par. We put down a catch. It never came together in the latter half of the tournament. We had a decent April but a horrible May. We had Ankit who swung it around in this conditions. Should've latched onto the catch, but that happens in cricket. Even in the first half we were playing in Mohali. KL and Gayle were making most of the runs but the middle-order didn't click at all which was expected, which hurt us in the latter half of the tournament. Ankit did really well, and of course KL was amazing. We have the purple cap holder in Tye as well. So loads of positives but we haven't applied ourselves. We haven't commanded any respect at all in terms of getting results on our own terms. The game against BLR costed a lot, not only in terms of run-rate but especially in terms of morale. We were not really there in terms of performance on such a day, but CHN were better today. A good team culture will help us win tournaments in the future, so I'd like to build that culture slowly in this new-look franchise and we'll look to do much better next time.

CHN found it difficult too at the start against the moving ball, but through some left-field tactics, they were able to stock up their firepower for the death. Raina bided his time initially, leaving it to the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Deepak Chahar to take the bowling on. What it did was keep the required rate well within reach in those last four overs where Raina and Dhoni launched a scathing assault to finish it off in a hurry.

23:49 Local Time, 18:19 GMT, 23:49 IST: Going in, Punjab knew the equation. They had to win this game by 53 runs or more to go into the playoffs. So to receive the liveliest pitch of the season, which turned the match into a reasonably low-scoring affair was the last thing they would've wanted. Their greatest shot at qualification - their top three - were wiped off in a matter of minutes with the new ball darting around for Ngidi and Chahar. The tall South African pacer was absolutely sensational tonight actually, on a deck resembling some of those he would've played on back home. His figures of 4/10 in four overs meant that Punjab were never going to get a huge score, even with Karun Nair's splendid fifty.

19.1
6
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, SIX, finishes it off by pulling this short ball over the long leg boundary, and then calmly tips the bails over. And that's how the T20 League 2018 league stages end, with HYD, CHN, KOL and RAJ going through
18.6
0
Andrew Tye to Raina, no run, oh well, length ball on off, Raina presents a perfect forward defence. The honour of finishing the game falls upon Dhoni again
18.5
4
Andrew Tye to Raina, FOUR, short ball at the head, Raina swivels across nicely and helps the pull away to the fine leg boundary. Just one more needed. What a late assault
18.4
4
Andrew Tye to Raina, FOUR, sliced away in front of deep point, where the fielder dashes in only to find that he's badly misjudged it. Then he doesn't put his body behind it either, allowing it to slip past the side of him
18.3
6
Andrew Tye to Raina, SIX, pops Tye over long-on to raise his fifty! The equation has come down to a run-a-ball. Don't think he got this one off the middle either, but got enough to just clear the leaping fielder
18.2
2
Andrew Tye to Raina, 2 runs, length ball, dragged away off the inside half between long-on and deep mid-wicket
18.1
6
Andrew Tye to Raina, SIX, finally gets hold of one! He waited just a moment longer to account for the knuckle ball, and then heaved it away for a flat six. Even this had come more off the bottom of his bat actually, but again, these are short boundaries

Andrew Tye [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

17.6
4
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni absolutely nails this! Spoils what was turning out to be a good over. Brings up 4000 T20 League runs for himself as well. Back of length at the stumps, he opens himself up and swings into a brutal cross-batted smite through square leg
17.5
1
Mohit Sharma to Raina, 1 run, Raina's timing is just not there. Not always easy to hit out after nurdling the ball for so long. Length ball outside off, he slogs hard and miscues it off the outside half. So terrible is the timing that it falls well in front of deep mid-wicket
17.4
1
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni skips out of the crease, only to be greeted with a brilliant yorker length delivery. Can only jam it out to mid-off
17.3
1
Mohit Sharma to Raina, 1 run, length ball outside off, Raina opens himself up to carve it over extra cover, but can't find the middle this time either. Thick inside edge past leg-stump
17.2
2
Mohit Sharma to Raina, 2 runs, desperate effort from Ankit Rajpoot, who does well in the end to shove his hands behind the ball. Length ball slanted outside off, Raina aims for a hoick through mid-wicket but sends it in a diagonally opposite direction through an outside edge. It was in the air for a while, but fell well short of the charging Rajpoot
17.2
1
Mohit Sharma to Raina, wide, bangs the slower bouncer in way too short, loops over Raina's head
17.1
1
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length delivery on middle, poked back past the bowler

Mohit Sharma [2.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack

Wonder how motivated PUN would be. A win would be nice of course. It's 34 needed off 18

16.6
1
Ashwin to Dhoni, 1 run, waits on this length delivery before dabbing it to short third man
16.5
2
Ashwin to Dhoni, 2 runs, rocks back to the carrom ball and cracks the cut away through point. Good diving effort from Axar in the deep to save the boundary
16.4
1
Ashwin to Raina, 1 run, turned away with the angle through mid-wicket
16.3
1
Ashwin to Dhoni, 1 run, 93.8kph, pretty full outside off. Dhoni shimmies to the pitch of it and pushes a single to long-on

"Dhoni, Dhoni"

16.2
1
Ashwin to Raina, 1 run, flat length ball, pushes it into the off-side

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.1
0
Ashwin to Chahar, out Caught by Mohit Sharma!! Sliced up off a thick edge, Mohit Sharma gets underneath it comfortably at cover. So Chahar's joyride comes to an end. The carrom ball was cleverly fired out of his arc, and his leg-side swipe was always vulnerable to the ball turning away. He's done his job though. He's done more than what could've been asked of him. Chahar c Mohit Sharma b Ashwin 39(20) [4s-1 6s-3]

Ashwin to Chahar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

PUN have failed to qualify for the playoffs after winning five out of their first six games - first time it has happened in an T20 League season.

15.6
2
Axar to Raina, 2 runs, bit of a helicopter flourish from Raina as he whips this off the back foot wide of long-on. Scurries back for the second run
15.5
1
Axar to Chahar, 1 run, fired in very full outside off, Chahar swings hard but gets a thick inside edge wide of short fine leg
15.4
1
Axar to Raina, 1 run, picks length early, steps back in the crease and cuts to point where there's a fumble
15.3
1
Axar to Chahar, 1 run, driven down to long-on
15.2
6
Axar to Chahar, SIX, my word does he have some ability with the bat! This is a stunning shot. Makes some room to a length ball and flat-bats it over long-off. Wow Deepak Chahar
15.1
1
Axar to Raina, 1 run, wow, Raina is playing second fiddle here. Knocks the ball down to long-on
14.6
2
Ashwin to Chahar, 2 runs, and finishes the over by softly nudging the length ball wide of long-on for two. 21 off the over. It knocks Punjab out of the playoffs, sending RAJ through
14.5
4
Ashwin to Chahar, FOUR, short and wide, Chahar stretches out to reach it and then cuts it away to the point boundary. He's taking Ashwin apart
14.4
1
Ashwin to Raina, 1 run, played down the ground for a single
14.3
1
Ashwin to Chahar, 1 run, full and fast at the stumps, Chahar knocks it to long-on
14.3
1
Ashwin to Chahar, wide, absolutely fired in by Ashwin, very quick. But it's very short and very wide, well beyond the marker
14.2
6
Ashwin to Chahar, SIX, now a blistering strike over long-off. Wow. Ashwin had fired this pretty wide of off, so Chahar had to reach out slightly, but the timing is still so sublime
14.1
6
Ashwin to Chahar, SIX, he has whacked this carrom ball over deep square leg's head. Not long boundaries here, so even a decent contact comfortably takes it over the ropes. Walked across the stumps, sat down low and got a great length for the slog-sweep
13.6
1
Axar to Chahar, 1 run, sliding in on middle and leg, nudged through the on-side
13.5
0
Axar to Chahar, no run, eyes another slog-sweep, but inside-edges it onto pad
13.4
2
Axar to Chahar, 2 runs, jumps across the stumps, gets down low and hits the slog-sweep to the left of deep mid-wicket. That's an outstanding effort from Mohit Sharma. The ball was always dropping in front of him, but he throws himself across and stops it on the bounce
13.3
0
Axar to Chahar, no run, hits the back-cut nicely but straight to backward point
13.2
1
Axar to Raina, 1 run, on leg-stump, fired flat, clipped away to mid-wicket for a quick single
13.1
2
Axar to Raina, 2 runs, flat delivery angled in on middle, Raina nudges it towards deep mid-wicket for a brace

Axar Patel [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

Time-out! Looking at this as a full game, it's brilliantly poised. But obviously the playoff situation overshadows the contest aspect of it. Chahar picked to swing the ball, but sent out to swing the bat, still out there. Where is Dhoni?

12.6
1
Ashwin to Raina, 1 run, back of length outside off, punched to the left of backward point
12.5
0
Ashwin to Raina, no run, played with the angle to short mid-wicket
12.4
0
Ashwin to Raina, no run, prods forward and defends the length ball to short cover
12.3
0
Ashwin to Raina, no run, bit round-arm from Ashwin, slides it into middle and leg from round the wicket, Raina defends to short mid-wicket
12.2
1
Ashwin to Chahar, 1 run, carrom ball on middle and leg, Chahar picks it and tucks it through backward square
12.1
1
Ashwin to Raina, 1 run, punched away through the covers
11.6
2
Andrew Tye to Chahar, 2 runs, slower ball outside off, sliced away through backward point. With sweeper cover having to cover some ground to his left, they come back for the second run and make it easily
11.5
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, 1 run, full ball on off, Raina drives down to long-on with a bit of whip on it
11.4
1
Andrew Tye to Chahar, 1 run, knuckle ball which ends up as a low full toss, Chahar knocks it down to long-on
11.3
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, 1 run, full at the stumps, flicked down to long-on
11.2
1
Andrew Tye to Chahar, 1 run, opens the bat-face and runs this back of length delivery down to third man

The Mexican wave going around in the crowd

11.1
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, 1 run, bumper aimed for Raina's head, he swivels across as he pulls but isn't in control of the shot. The ball drops in front of deep backward square though
11.1
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, wide, short of length delivery down leg, Raina misses out on the pull

Andrew Tye [2.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

Interesting tactics these from CHN. Harbhajan and Chahar in ahead of the likes of Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo.

10.6
2
Ashwin to Chahar, 2 runs, played softly in front of long-on, they scamper back for the second run
10.5
1
Ashwin to Raina, 1 run, skidding on from a back of length, Raina punches to long-on
10.4
1
Ashwin to Chahar, 1 run, camps on the back foot and nudges the carrom ball away through mid-wicket
10.3
1
Ashwin to Raina, 1 run, sliding into leg stump, played round the corner
10.2
1
Ashwin to Chahar, 1 run, low full toss on leg, flicked past short fine

Deepak Chahar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Another surprise in the batting order, Chahar

10.1
0
Ashwin to Harbhajan, out Lbw!! Ashwin strikes first ball! This was plumb. A carrom ball which pitches in line with middle and straightens. Harbhajan kneeled down to slog-sweep but in vain, to be hit on the back leg. Only one way that was headed. Harbhajan lbw b Ashwin 19(22) [4s-2 6s-1]

Ashwin to Harbhajan, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

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

9.6
1
Axar to Harbhajan, 1 run, tonks the ball down the ground to long-on after clearing his front leg. There's nothing much in the pitch for Axar, who's not known to be a big spinner of the ball anyway
9.5
1
Axar to Raina, 1 run, clipped away off the pads through square leg
9.4
1
Axar to Harbhajan, byes, 1 run, big wind-up from Harbhajan in his efforts to swipe the ball away through mid-wicket. It was in his arc too. But there's no connection with the willow. However, he did enough to put the keeper off. Rahul's fumble gives them a bye
9.3
1
Axar to Raina, 1 run, nurdled round the corner. This ball at 101kph from Axar
9.2
1
Axar to Harbhajan, 1 run, gets a thick inside edge onto pad as he tries flicking the ball away through mid-wicket, will get a single to cover
9.1
1
Axar to Raina, 1 run, 96.7kph, slipping into the pads, easily nudged through backward square

Timeout! PUN only have 48 runs left now, in which they'll have to take the remaining seven wickets if they are to make the playoffs. Quickly slipping away from them.

8.6
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, steered down to third man
8.5
0
Andrew Tye to Raina, no run, short of length delivery outside off, turned to short mid-wicket
8.4
1
Andrew Tye to Harbhajan, 1 run, full ball at the stumps, flicked to deep mid-wicket. PUN have less than 50 runs to play with
8.3
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, 1 run, back of a length delivery, Raina picks it from outside off and turns it through mid-wicket
8.3
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, wide, short and wide outside off, Raina tries reaching out to meet it but fails. Another wide
8.2
1
Andrew Tye to Harbhajan, 1 run, leg-cutter on a back of length, knocked away in front of point
8.2
1
Andrew Tye to Harbhajan, wide, full toss down leg, Harbhajan misses out. He'll still get the wide of course
8.1
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, 1 run, knuckle ball on middle and leg, Raina shuffles across and clips it off his hips through square leg

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

7.6
0
Axar to Harbhajan, no run, flat back of length delivery outside off, another swing and a miss from Bhajji. He wanted to swipe this through mid-wicket, missed out
7.5
0
Axar to Harbhajan, no run, slashes hard at this back of length delivery outside off, but the extra bounce in this pitch beats him
7.4
4
Axar to Harbhajan, FOUR, wants to drag the sweep shot from well wide of off, but only manages an under-edge. Cruelly for Axar though, it's gone between the keeper's legs for four
7.3
0
Axar to Harbhajan, no run, it was on the shorter side, but the ball came in with the arm to deny Harbhajan the room on the cut. Hence the timing isn't quite there, cut off by backward point
7.2
1
Axar to Raina, 1 run, length ball on middle, 90.4kph, worked away through mid-wicket
7.1
0
Axar to Raina, no run, flat ball on leg-stump, Raina tucks it to short fine

Axar Patel, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

6.6
0
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no run, to compensate the umpire hasn't signaled a wide. This was full and outside the guideline too, left alone by the batsman
6.5
0
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no run, banged short around off, Harbhajan plays this back to the bowler
6.4
6
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, SIX, finally gets some bat on it! Was trying to do this since ages. Clears his front leg and pumps the length delivery over long-off for a flat six
6.3
0
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no run, another swing and a miss! Length ball outside off, Harbhajan swings and misses
6.3
1
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no ball, second bouncer of the over! Wasn't that short, to be honest. Harbhajan went for the heave but got beaten again. He was down the wicket too, so this shouldn't have been a no ball
6.2
0
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no run, short and wide outside off, Harbhajan tries to reach it but gets done by the bounce and pace
6.1
0
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no run, how did that miss the leg stump? This was so close! Length delivery on middle and leg, Harbhajan walks down the wicket and tries to flick it, but misses. The ball misses the leg stump by a whisker too
5.6
1
Mohit Sharma to Harbhajan, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg, Harbhajan heaves it to short mid-wicket and retains strike. Went for the yorker but ended up bowling a juicy full toss. That should have been put away
5.5
4
Mohit Sharma to Harbhajan, FOUR, this is what he's here for! Short of a length around off, Harbhajan clears his front leg and slashes this over backward point. One bounce and into the hoardings
5.4
0
Mohit Sharma to Harbhajan, no run, gets his front leg out of the way and smacks this one to mid-on
5.3
1
Mohit Sharma to Raina, 1 run, tucks the length delivery to square leg and calls for a risky single. Had this been a direct hit at the striker's end, Bhajji was gone. Miller was the fielder and he could have taken some more time before having a go
5.2
0
Mohit Sharma to Raina, no run, full in length around off, Raina tentatively defends it. He's under pressure it seems. The CHN dug-out would be!
5.1
0
Mohit Sharma to Raina, no run, length ball around off, Raina stays in his crease and fends it to the right of the bowler

Mohit Sharma [1.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack

4.6
0
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no run, dropped! Rajpoot almost gets another one. Finch the culprit on this occasion. Squared him up completely with the length delivery and induced an outside edge too. However, Finch at second slip makes a mess of it! This was a straight-forward catch for Gayle. Double wicket-maiden for Rajpoot. Absolute gold!
4.5
0
Rajpoot to Harbhajan, no run, comes down the track and fends the shortish delivery to the right of the bowler

Harbhajan Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.4
0
Rajpoot to Billings, out Bowled!! Jaffa. Peach. Ripper. Call it whatever. This was unplayable, indeed. Pitched on off and snakes away a tad to beat Billings defence. Hits the top of off and Billings is a dead duck. Rajpoot is on a hat-trick and he can might well get it. It's Harbhajan Singh who walks out to bat ahead of Dhoni, Bravo and Jadeja. Billings b Rajpoot 0(1)

Rajpoot to Billings, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Sam Billings, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.3
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, out Caught by Gayle!! That's gone! Have to give full marks to Gayle for this effort. Both openers are back in the pavilion without doing much. Was short of a length and outside off, du Plessis went hard at it and got an outside edge. Gayle at first slip was quick to get down and reverse cup it just before the ball was about to hit ground. Had his fingers beneath and the replays confirm it. du Plessis c Gayle b Rajpoot 14(15) [4s-3]

Rajpoot to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Gayle has taken this at first slip, but he's not sure if it's a clean catch. The soft signal is out, but we have to wait for the replays. Front foot is fine and by the looks of it, he has taken it. Yes!! Wicket no. 2 down.

4.2
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, goes fishing against an away swinging delivery and almost nicks it behind. So close to that outside edge again
4.1
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, full length ball outside off, moving away from the batsman as du Plessis creams his drive to the man at cover
3.6
0
Andrew Tye to Raina, no run, Tiwary saves a certain boundary with this effort. Raina had timed his cover-drive to perfection but Tiwary put in the dive and stopped it with his right hand
3.5
0
Andrew Tye to Raina, no run, better by Tye. Pitches this one up and makes it to swing away from the batsman, left alone
3.5
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, wide, quite similar to the previous delivery. Short and down the leg side again, Raina goes for the flick and fails to connect
3.5
1
Andrew Tye to Raina, wide, short one but down the leg side, Raina tries to put it away but misses
3.4
4
Andrew Tye to Raina, FOUR, what a fine shot! This is what he's known for. Charges down the wicket and drills this one past the bowler. Tye had no chance to stop it, nor did any of the fielders out there
3.3
4
Andrew Tye to Raina, FOUR, width on offer and Raina pounces on it. Was short and wide outside off, Raina reached for it and carved it over point. Third man is too fine to cut this down
3.2
0
Andrew Tye to Raina, no run, length delivery around off, Raina bunts it towards short mid-wicket
3.1
0
Andrew Tye to Raina, no run, short and wide outside off, Raina cuts it hard but finds the man at point

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

2.6
4
Rajpoot to du Plessis, FOUR, first convincing shot of the day by du Plessis. Thinks he's had enough of Rajpoot! Dances down the wicket and chips the back of a length ball over cover. That'll make him feel much better
2.5
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, he's teasing the batsman. Bowls it outside the off stump again and du Plessis thinks it's better to shoulder arms. The skipper likes it and applauds
2.4
4
Rajpoot to du Plessis, FOUR, du Plessis is riding his luck! This was a length delivery snaking away, he tried to punch it on the up and got a thick outside edge. Past the man at second slip and into the third man fence. As a result of this, Ashwin has decided to bring in the third slip too
2.3
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, almost squares him up. Pitched up on middle and leg, du Plessis tries to flick it away, ends up getting a leading edge to mid-off
2.2
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, jagging away from the batsman outside off, du Plessis throws his hands at it but gets beaten
2.1
1
Rajpoot to Raina, 1 run, on the pads as Raina flicks it away to fine leg
1.6
4
Mohit Sharma to du Plessis, FOUR, in the air... but safe! Length ball around off, du Plessis checks his drive and manages to elude the bowler. Any other day and this would have been a catch
1.5
0
Mohit Sharma to du Plessis, no run, 'wait on' is the cry from du Plessis as he defends the length ball to mid-off
1.4
1
Mohit Sharma to Raina, 1 run, gets on his toe and tucks that off his hips, Raina's off the mark
1.3
0
Mohit Sharma to Raina, no run, back of a length delivery angled away from the batsman, Raina stays in his crease and taps it to wide mid-off

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

1.2
0
Mohit Sharma to Rayudu, out Caught by Rahul!! Edged and taken! Mohit gets the man in form. Swing does the trick once again. Short of a length around off, with a bit of away swing written on it. Rayudu tries to fend it down but gets an outside edge and Rahul doesn't make any mistake. Can Mohit get one more? Rayudu c Rahul b Mohit Sharma 1(3)

Mohit Sharma to Rayudu, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.1
0
Mohit Sharma to Rayudu, no run, a skiddy length delivery that keeps low, Rayudu just in time brings his bat down and dabs it to point

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

0.6
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, only 3 runs off the first over! Ideal start for Punjab. Ends the over with a length delivery outside off that moves away to beat du Plessis' tentative poke yet again
0.5
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, another ripper by Rajpoot. Pitches on a length around off and du Plessis looks to fend it but can't connect it once again
0.4
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, snaking away from the batsman but well outside off, the batsman lifts his bat and lets it through
0.3
2
Rajpoot to du Plessis, 2 runs, hops a bit in the crease and tucks the shortish delivery to deep square leg for two
0.2
0
Rajpoot to du Plessis, no run, that's a jaffa! On a length in that corridor of uncertainty, du Plessis offers a feeble poke only to get beaten. Could have easily nicked that
0.1
1
Rajpoot to Rayudu, 1 run, swing on offer straightaway. Full in length around off, swings away a tad but Rayudu gets his bat down in time and steers it down to third man

Rayudu and du Plessis are at the crease. Rayudu is on strike. Rajpoot will open the attack