The next stop for us is the battle for supremacy - Chennai vs Hyderabad. What a blockbuster game first up on Sunday. With this being an evening game, will it be a bit of advantage to HYD? Pitches tend to play a little slower in the first half and Williamson and Co. are masters at bowling on sluggish surfaces. It all depends on the amount of grass cover on the 22 yards though. We'll be up nice and early for the build up, do join us. For the moment, goodnight!
So that's curtains then on DEL's progress in the tournament. You got to feel for them. They were very exciting to watch post the change in captaincy, but a lot of damage was already done at the start. Meanwhile BLR have got a good game under the belt, barring the bowling at the death. Kohli and AB have come good in the same game and we heard Kohli say they love chasing. The test for them though would be to chase challenging scores on pitches that are slightly tougher for batting. They next play Punjab at Indore and the batsmen will be waiting to jump onto the plane to Indore, because that is one lovely road out there at the Holkar stadium. The bowlers will have to limit the damage though. We'll talk more about this on Monday.
AB de Villiers (Man of the Match): "To be honest with you it felt a bit weird tonight. Luckily Mishy bowled me one full ball out there and luckily I got it away and that kick started my innings. I started off slowly, luckily Virat was going well at the other end. Started feeling much better after 10-15 balls. It's admirable to see youngsters come here and perform well (talking about Lamichhane), very happy to be a part of a tournament like this. We play for a proud franchise, the management and my team-mates and that is what motivates me."
Virat Kohli: "The table is wide open. It is the right time to get a win for us. It was a great feeling playing in front of a big crowd. Surprising to see so much support for us in Delhi. Again not a clinical show with the ball. We should have restricted them to maximum 160, but they played really well. At this stage of the tournament, maybe we will prefer bowling first because the batsmen can take more responsibility and chase down every total. We understand teams don't want to let us win now. Ask the opposition team to get the runs and tell them we are coming after it. That's what works for our team and it really motivates us. I wasn't happy with the way we finished with the ball, but AB told me in the innings break that we can do this and that is what helped me get into the zone and then I let my instincts take over. It's an honour for me to bat with AB. We were looking to finish it with a few more overs to spare to help the net run rate, but the two points are very important."
Mandeep: I guess we required that victory and very happy that we won the game. We haven't been able to finish some close games, and had we won those it would have been a different scenario. They (VK & AB) made it look so easy. When I went in, the wicket was a bit slow and low, but they really made it look easy with the way they played their shots. Virat's shot (six) over covers was the best shot IMO. Feeling really good. We are really excited about the next few games. If we win keep winning then we are definitely in for the playoffs.
Shreyas Iyer: With the kind of start we got, getting to 180 I thought was more than enough. Unfortunately we weren't able to defend this as well; we aren't executing the plans we form in the dressing room. I don't feel the pressure of captaincy at all. Today was one of those bad days when I couldn't time the ball well at all. The only thing you can do to handle pressure is by scoring regularly. I have a few coaches and mentors whose inputs I take regularly. I wouldn't like to take their names, just in case I forget someone. We are already making 3-4 changes in every game and we are hoping to set up our team for the next season.
Look at the disappointment on Shreyas Iyer's face. Contrasting emotions in the other camp. They have ticked a big box this match - of Kohli and AB (two of their best batsmen) being involved in a big stand. It was always a case of one of them clicking this season, but tonight it all went to plan. Kohli took a lot of pressure off the rest of the batsmen by playing freely. BLR had lost a couple of wickets and the onus was on the famed duo. The captain counter-attacked and allowed AB to play himself in. Smashing 16 runs off Dala the next over after Parthiv's wicket was a momentum changer. After Kohli was dismissed, AB took the baton and took the side home. The dew didn't affect the outfield much. Delhi couldn't quite land the ball in the right areas to prise out wickets. Lamichhane was good to watch on his debut.
Sixth successive win for BLR against DEL at Kotla; 13th in last 14 completed games against DEL in T20 League
Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Harshal Patel to Sarfaraz Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
LBW review taken. Easily missing leg I guess. Impact may even be missing, umpire's call is maximum. Surely will miss the sticks. Waiting for HawkEye, DEL players have gone back to their places, so that tells you the story. MUMSSING, review lost.
Harshal Patel [3.0-0-37-0] is back into the attack
AB's wicket will spice this game up. BLR still well in front with people who can swing the willow around.
Sarfaraz Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Comeback game, the chase under control and all he needs to do is play sensibly and support AB
Boult to Mandeep, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Trent Boult [2.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack
Junior Dala [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Timeout. 43 needed off 36. BLR should swallow this with an over to spare, especially with AB de Villiers around. Mishra is getting the ball to turn and interestingly DEL haven't used Abhishek Sharma's left-arm spin
Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mishra to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Amit Mishra [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
Most 100+ stands in T20 League:9 Gayle - Kohli8 Kohli - AB de Villiers *6 Warner - Dhawan5 Gambhir - Uthappa
So 4-0-25-1 for Lamichhane on debut. Pretty good outing that and he was bowling to Kohli and AB.
Sandeep Lamichhane [3.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack
Ah! Harshal Patel bowling to his former captain
Harshal Patel [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
Time-out. Perfect base for BLR. More importantly they have got Kohli-De Villiers in a solid partnership. The duo haven't clicked together for a big stand this season. This is the ideal time for them to click with the team needing to win all their remaining games. Delhi would hope the dew stays away, because that will make bowling tougher and batting easier. DEL badly need to break this stand
Kohli's fifty off 26 balls was his joint fastest in T20 League. Scored one off 26 balls vs RAJ in Bengaluru earlier in the season
Junior Dala [1.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
733 runs now for Kohli vs DEL -- the most for him against an opponent, going past 732 vs CHN
Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Kohli at Kotla in T20 League: 1(1)*, 13(11), 56(38), 73(53)*, 99(58), 35(23)*, 58(45), 42(21)* today
58 was the second-highest PP score for BLR this T20 League, after 64 vs RAJ in Bengaluru
Sandeep Lamichhane [2.0-0-7-1] is back into the attack
Trent Boult [1.0-0-7-1] is back into the attack
700+ runs against an opponent in T20 League:797 Gayle vs PUN787 Raina vs MUM757 Rohit vs KOL746 Raina vs KOL732 Kohli vs CHN730 Gambhir vs PUN709 Dhoni vs BLR708 Kohli vs DEL *
Some sort of a field intrusion. Smartly the host broadcasters have cut it off. Damn.
Harshal Patel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Junior Dala, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
One debutant makes way for another. One wide slip.
AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lamichhane to Parthiv Patel, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to Moeen Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Trent Boult, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali are at the crease. Parthiv Patel is on strike. Lamichhane will open the attack