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Delhi vs Chennai - 52nd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date: 18 May 2018

Chennai 128/6 (20 Ovs) RR: 6.40 | Delhi won by 34 runs

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All a little too late for the Delhi, though, with one game to go against the Mumbai, which the Hitman-led Blues need to win desperately. CHN, on the other hand, have been shaken awake by the inevitable wooden-spoon holders and must address the problems highlighted in this match. On that note, this is Rishi Roy bidding adieu on behalf of Hari, Sagar, Raju, Abhinand and Naga. So long folks. *Curtains down.*

00:07 Local Time: Okay, so we are into Day 2 of this T20 League game. 7 minutes past midnight after one of the more insipid games of the league stages. A useful consolation win for the Delhi though, and a great exhibition of the talent that the T20 League spews out.

Harshal Patel, Man of the Match: (36* off 16, 4-0-23-1) "I think bowling was the more difficult skill on this pitch, considering how the ground and pitch are, and especially with the dew coming into play in the latter part of the innings. We stuck to our plans and executed really well. It's all about consistency (4-over spells), so they are more important than batting cameos. You can bowl one really good over, and one over can lose you a game. I was watching Bravo's hand really well, and I know he is good at bowling slower balls, so I just backed myself to not get deceived, and that was my only plan: to watch the ball well and react to whatever he was bowling. It's about consistency: how often I can produce performances like this and win games for my team. That's important for me. I have been studying my own game really well. It was about not trying to do anything out of my capabilities and stick to what I have. I have enough skill to perform at this level. It was just about being confident and executing my skills well."

Shreyas Iyer: "We were craving for this victory, and coming against one of the best teams is satisfying. All departments did well and lived up to the expectations. It wasn't easy to bat on this wicket, and Harshal coming at number 7 in that last over was amazing. That performance was not expected and that just goes to show what he is here for. That last over played a major role in getting us to 162. We were never lacking in preparation from the beginning of the tournament, it's just that we were not able to execute what we had planned in the nets and all the three departments weren't clicking together, which happened today and in all the games that we won."

Sandeep Lamichhane: It was slightly skiddy wicket and I have to thank each and every supporter who came and supported us. The way every player contributed in this game, I think that helped me a lot. The way Harshal and Vijay finished towards the end, it was something like that which helped me to bowl in the right areas. I think they were well set at that moment (Raina and Dhoni in the middle) and I was trying to bowl my best ball and suddenly we got the wicket we wanted and the game changed from there. It happens sometimes (Pant's drop catch). You hold onto great catches and you drop some and I think everyone contributed well. Enjoying myself. I want to thank everyone especially everyone back in Nepal. I want to thank T20 League for giving me a chance and also want to thank DEL.

Dhoni [2/2]: Overall, yes, slightly disappointed with the loss but I don't think we could have done much. (Whether complacency came) What I told them is not to look at the points table, take it one game at a time. Keep strengthening what your strengths are, at the same time also strengthen your weaknesses. We also want to improve in certain areas. Apart from the openers, we need to get partnerships in the middle order. We've not used too many batsmen in this tournament so far but anybody can get opportunities from hereon. They need to be mentally ready for this than physically. I think apart from that, we are doing well. If we get our death bowling sorted out, it will be very good. Still have one more game and then into the eliminators (playoffs), so let's see. (On death bowling worries) We'll try to manage it, that's what the reality is. At the end of the day, you can give 100 different plans to the bowlers, depends on his strength and the conditions. Lot of times, you'll have to shuffle the bowlers according to how the wicket is doing, that's what we'll have to do in the playoffs. Those are the games when you need to be at your best. It includes everybody, anyone can have an off day but if someone can chip in with one or two overs, we can cover it up. That's the real time when everyone has to play as a team.

Dhoni [1/2]: I think the wicket slightly got more difficult in the second half. I think it was evident, nobody was middling it well in our innings. Wicket kept getting slower and slower. Their bowlers also bowled really well. Difficult to predict how the wicket behaves, sometimes it behaves well and sometimes it turns like this. I think if we batted better, we needed someone to score those extra 15-20 runs. (On the loss) Specially looking at the wicket, not that fussed. Have to be practical looking at the wicket as long as we know where we went wrong. Something going wrong is a part and parcel but if you know the reason why it went wrong, it becomes easier to come back from that. We know the reasons and what we could have done slightly different.

It was the Delhi' bowling, however, which really caught the eye. They stuck to their lengths, used their variations judiciously, and were smart enough to outfox one of the greatest finishers in the modern game. The experienced Amit Mishra and the rookie Nepali wrist-spinner were magnificent, as was Boult. Impossible to pick out one performance - this was the definition of a team effort. Other than Avesh and Maxwell, the other four bowlers conceded at less than 6 an over and managed to be miserly against a legendary batting unit. After Rayudu departed, the sigh of relief on Maxwell's face (after he took the catch) said it all, and the Delhi dominated the rest of the game.

23:40 Local Time: So there we have it. An already sleep-inducing dead-rubber made even more boring by CHN's feeble response on a wicket that got slower over the course of the game. Kudos to youngster Harshal Patel for that pivotal last over in which he absolutely caned Bravo for 26 runs. Add to that his spell of 4-0-23-1, and we have a MoM performance. Good innings by Vijay Shankar and Pant as well to lift them to a competitive total on this ground.

19.6
1
Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball outside off, Jadeja slugs it away to wide long-on for a single. And that's an underwhelming loss for CHN, and a dominant consolation win for the Delhi.
19.5
1
Boult to Chahar, 1 run, length ball on middle, Chahar gets an edge onto his pads, towards short fine for a single. Stifled appeal from the keeper, but there was bat on that
19.4
0
Boult to Chahar, no run, not given a wide! Length ball from round the wicket, Chahar waiting after shuffling outside off and tries to swing it away over fine leg, misses, as the ball goes down leg
19.3
1
Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, a tad short outside off, wide-ish, Jadeja tries to chop it away, ends up getting an under-edge towards fine leg for a single

Deepak Chahar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.2
0
Boult to Dwayne Bravo, out Caught by Vijay Shankar! Half-volley on off, Dwayne Bravo swings through the line, once again gets far too much height and hardly any distance, holes out to Vijay Shankar running in from long-off. That ball must have little drops of heaven on it by now, the number of times it has crosses the earth's atmosphere tonight. Dwayne Bravo c Vijay Shankar b Boult 1(2)

Boult to Dwayne Bravo, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.1
1
Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, swung away all along the ground to backward square leg for a single
18.6
1
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, leg byes, 1 run, yet another slower one on a back of a length angling in from round the wicket towards the groin, Jadeja misses the tuck into the on-side and it trundles away towards short third man for a leg-bye. Harshal ends with figures of 4-0-23-1, to add to his 36*(16). MoM performance if there ever was one.
18.5
0
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, no run, short and wide outside off, marginally inside the tramline as Jadeja tries to pull and misses. On the bounce to the keeper
18.4
1
Harshal Patel to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, short and slow outside off, Dwayne Bravo gets across and drags a poorly timed pull towards mid-wicket for a single
18.3
1
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, fractionally short, very little width, Jadeja jabs that cut, caresses it square of the wicket towards deep point for a single
18.2
2
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 2 runs, shortish slower one on middle and leg, Jadeja mistimes a guided pull towards fine leg for a brace
18.1
6
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, SIX, first of all, kudos to the cameraman for following that one. Half-volley on middle, in the slot, Jadeja lofts it with every ounce of his power straight down the ground for six. That went through to the stratosphere and back into the sightscreen

Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.6
0
Boult to Dhoni, out Caught by Shreyas Iyer!! And the mentalist fails to pull off the unfathomable tonight! Low full toss, Dhoni finally nails the timing on this with a bottom-hand whip, flat and fittingly straight the his opposite number at long-on. A sigh of relief for DEL. Dhoni c Shreyas Iyer b Boult 17(23) [4s-1]

Boult to Dhoni, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.5
1
Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, full delivery on middle and leg, swung away on the bounce in front of deep square leg for a single
17.4
3
Boult to Dhoni, 3 runs, absolutely ridiculous. Pandemonium out there. Dhoni pulls this short one, gets a feeble top-edge towards mid-on which is unmanned, and the fielder fires in a throw at the striker's end as they ran across for two. The keeper doesn't manage to back up and the ball goes through towards third man as they scamper through for a third. If that had gone through short third man, that was effectively a six
17.3
0
Boult to Dhoni, no run, full and wide, aimed at the tramline, Dhoni tries to reach it and squeeze it out, misses
17.2
0
Boult to Dhoni, no run, slower bouncer @117.5km/h, wide outside off, Dhoni tries to drag the pull from far outside off, gets a thick under-edge to the keeper
17.1
1
Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, shortish and into the body, Jadeja nails the pull towards deep mid-wicket for a single

Trent Boult [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

16.6
1
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, length delivery outside off, Jadeja has an almighty heave at it, trying to clear the area code, ends up slicing it aerially. High in the air, and lands in front of Avesh Khan at square third man who just doesn't go for the catch. Might not have reached but it was worth a try. Not enough horizontal momentum to reach the fence anyway
16.5
1
Harshal Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, short and wide, slow as well, no pace to work with for Dhoni, who tries another wristy cut, but only manages to chop it towards point for a scrambled single
16.4
0
Harshal Patel to Dhoni, no run, slower bouncer from deep in the palm, pitching outside off and slanting in towards the stumps, Dhoni pulls it straight to square leg
16.3
0
Harshal Patel to Dhoni, no run, short, slow and wide outside off, Dhoni hops to get on top of it to guide it away towards third man, but only thing is, he misses. Through to the keeper
16.2
1
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, length delivery on middle, skidding on, whipped away from the crease in front of square leg for a single
16.1
0
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, no run, back of a length delivery from round the wicket, not quite there for the cut, not enough width, Jadeja tries a late-cut towards backward point, misses it completely

Harshal Patel [2.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

15.6
0
Lamichhane to Dhoni, no run, leg-break pitching on middle and off, Dhoni gets on the back foot and pokes it with an open face towards cover point. Good over comes to an end (other than that six of course)
15.5
1
Lamichhane to Jadeja, 1 run, dragged short, slipped out of his hand, happens when you're nervous and your palms are sweaty (knees weak, arms are heavy), pulled away off the under-edge towards mid-wicket for a single
15.4
1
Lamichhane to Dhoni, 1 run, leg-break on a length, flat in trajectory, Dhoni gets back and checks a semi-copter all along the ground to long-on for a single. Past a diving Lamichhane
15.3
1
Lamichhane to Jadeja, 1 run, full and flat on the pads, whipped away firmly towards mid-wicket for a single
15.2
2
Lamichhane to Jadeja, 2 runs, dragged short and wide, Jadeja backs away and slaps it away to sweeper cover as they scamper through for a couple
15.1
6
Lamichhane to Jadeja, SIX, googly on middle, Jadeja gets down the wicket and tonks it straight down the ground over the sightscreen! Full swing of the blade, >360 degrees, and it sails away for an 89 meter six
14.6
0
Mishra to Dhoni, no run, oh, good ol' Mishraji. Flat one fired in at leg, no scope for Dhoni, who tries a paddle-swat-sweep towards long-stop from way back in his dread-lock days, misses it completely and almost falls over
14.5
0
Mishra to Dhoni, no run, perfect length, flat just outside off, Dhoni reaches out and can only push it back to Mishraji
14.4
1
Mishra to Jadeja, 1 run, fired in on off and middle was that leg-break, clipped away neatly towards mid-on for a single

Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease

14.3
0
Mishra to Billings, out Caught by Abhishek Sharma! Mishraji wins the mind-game. Leg-break just a tad wide outside off, Billings goes for an ill-advised sweep trying to drag it into the on-side, gets a feeble top-edge that lobs into the hands of short fine leg. Mishy is pumped. Billings c Abhishek Sharma b Mishra 1(5)

Mishra to Billings, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Mishra doesn't release it! A laugh from Pant behind the stumps...

14.2
1
Mishra to Dhoni, 1 run, the world's strongest bottom hand lays his hands on a low full-toss on middle, swats it flat down to long-on for a single as the ball bounces off the fielder's hands. Such unfathomable power
14.1
0
Mishra to Dhoni, no run, leg-break drifting in towards off, and turning sharply away, Dhoni tries to cut it away off a low stance, gets beaten on the outside edge
13.6
0
Lamichhane to Billings, no run, leg-break tossed up on middle, Billings comes down the track and tries to whip it through mid-wicket against the turn, gets a leading edge towards cover and falls just short of the man diving to his right
13.5
0
Lamichhane to Billings, no run, fractionally short, googly again, outside off, Billings cuts it towards cover point
13.4
0
Lamichhane to Billings, no run, googly angling towards middle, Billings tries to reverse-sweep, wrongly so, gets an under-edge that goes past the leg-stump and then towards the keeper on the bounce
13.3
1
Lamichhane to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up, Dhoni down the wicket, flat-bats it off the toe-end to the man at long-on on the bounce for a single
13.2
1
Lamichhane to Billings, 1 run, full one on middle and leg, Billings clips it firmly down to long-on for a single

Sam Billings, right handed bat, comes to the crease

13.1
0
Lamichhane to Raina, out Caught by Vijay Shankar!! Loopy googly on leg-stump, Raina predictably goes for his almighty heave over mid-wicket which has brought him much success over the years. Not tonight though as he flat-bats it straight down the throat of Vijay Shankar at cow corner. That's the end of a the most un-Raina innings of all time. An innings of more than ten balls, with a strike-rate below hundred. *Shaking my head* Raina c Vijay Shankar b Lamichhane 15(18) [4s-1]

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

Sandeep Lamichhane [2.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

Time for some Nepali chicanery. No-helmet for Raina and Dhoni.

Time for a time-out. Chennai have gone about this slowly, and the required rate is soaring above 10. But that's the thing about having Dhoni out there. This looks like a cakewalk if he manages to stay out there till the end. Delhi have bowled exceedingly well, though, and Rayudu's wicket certainly gave them a boost. Anybody's game with 7 overs to go...

12.6
0
Mishra to Dhoni, no run, fuller one on off-stump, Dhoni pushes it back to Mishy from the crease
12.5
1
Mishra to Raina, 1 run, leading edge, a googly on middle, Raina gets forward and tries to flick through the on-side. He gets a leading edge that is in the air for a while and goes through the gap in the cover region for a single
12.4
1
Mishra to Dhoni, 1 run, leg-break on off, tossed up, Dhoni leans forward and pokes that to point, takes off for a quick single. Overthrow, but they decide not to go for the second
12.3
0
Mishra to Dhoni, no run, another zippy leg-break outside off, Dhoni whip-drives that politely towards cover
12.2
1
Mishra to Raina, 1 run, a drag-down, leg-break, slips out of the hand, Raina has all the time in the world but doesn't find the gap and pulls it straight to the man stationed at cow corner
12.1
1
Mishra to Dhoni, 1 run, skiddy slider, the double bluff, Dhoni doesn't read it, but adjusts well enough to drag the pull from outside off-stump to deep mid-wicket for a single

Amit Mishra [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

11.6
0
Maxwell to Raina, no run, fractionally short, skidding on outside off, Raina crouches low in his stance and chops it straight to point
11.5
0
Maxwell to Raina, no run, perfect length, flat trajectory, Raina gets forward and pushes to extra cover
11.4
1
Maxwell to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery, a bit of flight, on the pads, and a soft whip away to deep mid-wicket for a single
11.3
4
Maxwell to Dhoni, FOUR, what amazing placement! Flat one just outside off, not short at all, Dhoni whips a cut between gully and backward point for four. Surgically bisected the field
11.2
1
Maxwell to Raina, 1 run, flatter, shorter, outside off, punched off the back foot towards long-off for a single
11.1
4
Maxwell to Raina, FOUR, vintage Raina! Tossed up outside off, Raina reaches out, gets to the pitch of it, and lofts that inside-out over extra cover for four

Glenn Maxwell [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack

There's Dhoni, an expert on the numbers game, planning his chase. 3 off 3. When are the big guns coming out? Raina-Dhoni out there now, one of the most feared pairs in the history of the T20 League. This is the partnership to break.

10.6
1
Lamichhane to Raina, 1 run, straying on the pads from over the wicket, Raina gets forward and turns it politely away to backward square leg for a single
10.5
1
Lamichhane to Dhoni, 1 run, loopy delivery on off, Dhoni shimmies down and wristily drives that to long-off for a single
10.4
1
Lamichhane to Raina, 1 run, leg-break on off, punched from the crease to short cover for a single
10.3
1
Lamichhane to Dhoni, 1 run, loopy delivery on middle, leg-break, Dhoni is quickly down the wicket and not quite to the pitch, in the air for a while and past the non-striker towards mid-on
10.2
1
Lamichhane to Raina, 1 run, googly pitched a little short across the left-hander, spinning away outside off, tucked away towards mid-on for a comfortable single
10.1
1
Lamichhane to Dhoni, 1 run, full and flighted outside off, swat-driven away to sweeper cover for a single

Sandeep Lamichhane [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Oh the chants can be heard from Bangalore: Dhoni!

9.6
0
Harshal Patel to Rayudu, out Caught by Maxwell!! Oh, may I just say that could've hit a plane. A length ball on middle, Rayudu comes down the track and isn't quite to the pitch of it, gets it off the meat but gets the timing just wrong on the lofted whip which makes it gain more height than distance as Maxwell does phenomenally well to sight the ball and settles under it at deep mid-wicket. Lies out on the grass under the heavens, a relieved man. Made it look much easier than it actually was. That went a kilometer up in the air. Rayudu c Maxwell b Harshal Patel 50(29) [4s-4 6s-4]

Harshal Patel to Rayudu, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

9.5
1
Harshal Patel to Raina, 1 run, slower bouncer, Achilles heel for Raina, who gets on the back foot and robotically guides a pull to fine leg for a single
9.4
1
Harshal Patel to Rayudu, 1 run, another full one on off-and-middle, and a punch from the crease to long-on for a single, to bring up yet another 50 for Rayudu in this T20 League. He's knocked the door down to get into the Indian side, and his batting epiphany continues
9.3
1
Harshal Patel to Raina, 1 run, slower one @123.5kmph, length ball on the thighs, Raina waits for it to reach him, tucks it off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a single
9.2
1
Harshal Patel to Rayudu, 1 run, another full one on middle, Rayudu uses the depth of the crease and turns that into a half-volley, VVSes the whip towards deep square leg for a single
9.1
4
Harshal Patel to Rayudu, FOUR, very quick, almost yorker length on leg, misses by half an inch perhaps, and Rayudu shuffles across to tickle it away to fine leg for four

Harshal Patel [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack

8.6
1
Mishra to Rayudu, 1 run, full and flighted outside off, Rayudu gets forward and pushes to mid-off, takes off for a risky run, and Maxi is quick to fire in the throw to the non-striker's end. Rayudu was gone if that had hit. Not even in the frame! Where was Mishra?
8.5
6
Mishra to Rayudu, SIX, straight down the ground! The pressure builds, Mishra bowls a full-toss on middle and off, Rayudu nimble down the track and clubs that straight down the ground into the sightscreen
8.4
4
Mishra to Rayudu, FOUR, full, gives it a bit of air outside off, in the slot for Rayudu, who shimmies down, makes a bit of room, and punches that through deep extra cover for four
8.3
0
Mishra to Rayudu, no run, another flattish one on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler
8.2
0
Mishra to Rayudu, no run, another flat slider going on straight towards leg stump with the angle, Rayudu gets down the wicket and tries to flick it away, struck on the pad
8.1
1
Mishra to Raina, 1 run, the flat seam-up by Mishy on middle, Raina gets forward and tries a drive straight down the wicket, gets a thick inside edge towards short mid-wicket for a single
7.6
1
Maxwell to Raina, 1 run, fuller, in the slot for Raina, who reaches forward and check-drives that to long-on for a comfortable single
7.5
0
Maxwell to Raina, no run, not very full, Raina makes room, not quite to the pitch, tries the ugly swat-drive through cover, miscues it back to the bowler
7.4
1
Maxwell to Rayudu, 1 run, full, still flat, on middle, whipped away to wide long-on for a single
7.3
1
Maxwell to Raina, 1 run, dropped fractionally short, angling into the middle and leg stumps, clipped from the crease to long-on for a single
7.2
0
Maxwell to Raina, no run, flat one from round the wicket, no turn to speak of, Raina gets forward and defends off the inside half
7.1
1
Maxwell to Rayudu, 1 run, Maxi bowls a flat one just outside off, Rayudu uses the depth of the crease and whips it to long-on for a single

Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

6.6
0
Mishra to Raina, no run, dropped! Oh, Pant! He would be gutted not to have held onto this one. What a moment it would have been for DEL! The slider which goes across Raina with the angle, he pushed with hard hands and got a tiny feather, it went rapidly to the left of Pant and smacked him on the leg. Tough one, but goes down as a chance

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

6.5
0
Mishra to Watson, out Caught by Boult!! The old warhorse has broken through for DEL. Must say that this was on the cards with Watson really struggling to get going. Needed a move on and perishes in the process. The leg break from Mishra and invites the Australian to slog against the turn. Risky shot when there is some spin and it skews high off the outer half towards long-off. Boult ain't dropping those. Watson c Boult b Mishra 14(23) [6s-1]

Mishra to Watson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.4
1
Mishra to Rayudu, 1 run, pushed through quicker from a shorter length, punched off the back foot towards long-off

Short mid-wicket moves to short fine leg

6.3
0
Mishra to Rayudu, no run, drifting in from a fuller length, Rayudu clears his front leg and drives it back to Mishra
6.2
1
Mishra to Watson, 1 run, slower and fuller outside off, Watson gets forward and drives it down the ground to long-off
6.1
0
Mishra to Watson, no run, leading edge but just short of cover. Tossed up generously, Watson wanted to slog this leg break and closed the bat face early

Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Time-out! Despite that Avesh over, DEL have managed to rein CHN in, during the Powerplay. However, the visitors haven't lost any wickets and with the form the two openers are in, the run rate isn't going to threaten. Especially with the middle order also in form. DEL need to start picking wickets

5.6
6
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, SIX, third maximum of the over! Rayudu has gone bonkers. Walks down the track and makes room as well, Avesh continues to err on the shorter side and this disappears as well. Way into the crowd at cow corner
5.5
6
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, SIX, it's gone all the way! Rayudu is taking a liking to Avesh. Charges down the track and knows that the length will be shortened. Adjusts to pull it over deep mid-wicket. Easily over the ropes
5.4
0
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, no run, makes room a bit does Rayudu to slam this square through the off-side, finds backward point
5.3
4
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, FOUR, blasted away. Avesh needs to be careful with his lengths here. Errs on the shorter side once more and Rayudu gets across to blast it over mid-wicket. Just on the bounce before crashing into the ad hoardings
5.2
0
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, no run, mistimed stroke! Almost 143kph and Rayudu is late on the pull. Skews it off outer half and goes up for a while before falling well short of mid-off
5.1
6
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, SIX, clears the fence! Rayudu has looked really fidgety, trying to hit too hard and connects here. On a shortish length and he was across the stumps in a flash. Pumps it over deep square leg with a meaty strike
4.6
0
Harshal Patel to Watson, no run, optimistic shout from Harshal but doesn't find support. Probably sliding down leg. This was angling into Watson who backed away a touch for the slog, missed and got rapped on the back pad
4.5
1
Harshal Patel to Rayudu, 1 run, slower bouncer this time, Rayudu swivels to control the pull through square leg
4.4
0
Harshal Patel to Rayudu, no run, weird start from Rayudu. For a man in such form, he looks really edgy. Back of a length and he just wants to hoick this across the line. Loses his shape in the process, fails to connect too
4.3
1
Harshal Patel to Watson, 1 run, mistimes this horribly but luckily for him, it goes through the vacant square leg region. Slower ball and Watson was early into the slog. Fortunate in the end
4.2
0
Harshal Patel to Watson, no run, fullish and angling in on middle and leg, Watson looks to whip it away with his strong bottom hand. Mistimed to mid-on
4.1
0
Harshal Patel to Watson, no run, another hesitation but Rayudu gets back in time. Back of a length angled into Watson who dabs it towards point. Don't think there was a run there

Harshal Patel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

3.6
0
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, no run, shorter length this time and Rayudu tries to slash it hard, misses
3.5
4
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, FOUR, crashed away! He had been trying to blast it for a while and finally, connects. Wide half-volley and Rayudu's quick hands on display as he thumps this with all his power. Well wide of mid-off who was a mere spectator

False start from Avesh

3.4
1
Avesh Khan to Watson, 1 run, slight mix up but they get the single easily in the end. Good length ball that Watson stabbed near the leg stump. Wasn't sure about the run but Rayudu egged him across
3.3
1
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, another big shot attempted from Rayudu but doesn't middle it at all. Sees it full and looks to slog, drags it towards short fine leg

Boult had got his first official warning last over for running on the pitch

3.2
0
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, no run, off the toe-end this time. Very full and attacking the stumps, Rayudu goes for the on-drive but drags it towards mid-wicket
3.1
0
Avesh Khan to Rayudu, no run, pumped straight back at Avesh who stops it in his followthrough. Fuller ball and Rayudu had timed the drive really well. Got it too straight in the end

Avesh Khan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

2.6
1
Boult to Rayudu, 1 run, shortish and down leg, Rayudu walks across a touch and works it through backward square leg to keep strike
2.5
1
Boult to Watson, leg byes, 1 run, leg stumpish length ball and Watson is unable to connect the flick. Rolls off the pads towards backward square leg
2.4
0
Boult to Watson, no run, good comeback from Boult, finds the yorker right and Watson had to be alert. He was and brings his bat down in the nick of time. Jammed towards mid-wicket
2.3
6
Boult to Watson, SIX, cannot bowl there to Watson, he'll feast on it. Banged short by Boult but it's not that high. Sits up nicely for the Australian who powers the pull over deep mid-wicket. One of Watto's favorite hitting zones
2.2
1
Boult to Rayudu, 1 run, back of a length and climbs a touch onto Rayudu who controls the bounce with a steer down to third man
2.1
0
Boult to Rayudu, no run, beaten! Good ball from Boult, pacy good length ball that angles across Rayudu who pokes at it without any footwork. Whizzes past the edge
1.6
0
Lamichhane to Watson, no run, excellent start from Lamichhane, just two off it. The googly on a fuller length, Watson prods across to defend it down the pitch
1.5
0
Lamichhane to Watson, no run, leading edge but well short of mid-off. Watson sees the flight and opts to wrist it against the spin. ALways dicey and nearly got into trouble
1.4
0
Lamichhane to Watson, no run, keeps it fuller and Watson is happy defending off the front foot. Probably is wary of the mystery spinner's skills, wants to be careful
1.3
0
Lamichhane to Watson, no run, slightly short and Watson shapes for the cut, chops it towards backward point
1.2
2
Lamichhane to Watson, 2 runs, good shot, Watson relies on timing here instead of hitting it hard and finds the gap at cover. Floated fuller by Lamichhane and it was eased away. Iyer chased it down with a good sliding effort
1.1
0
Lamichhane to Watson, no run, starts with a slider on off stump, defended off the back foot with a straight bat

Sandeep Lamichhane, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Good move from Iyer. Brings on the mystery man from Nepal to share the new ball. Could be possibly for Watson

0.6
1
Boult to Watson, 1 run, a bit of extra bounce on this good length delivery, Watson hangs back and guides it towards third man
0.5
2
Boult to Watson, 2 runs, fractionally short and Watson likes it there. Throws everything behind this pull shot but doesn't quite middle it. Through mid-wicket
0.4
0
Boult to Watson, no run, good work by Iyer at short mid-wicket. Got a hand on it and although it wasn't a clean stop, ensured that it was a dot ball. Fullish inswinger on middle and leg, Watson whipped it hard but the DEL skipper reacted sharply. Mid-on got forward to tidy up
0.3
0
Boult to Watson, no run, a hint of inswing, fuller and around off stump. Watson checks his drive towards mid-off
0.2
0
Boult to Watson, no run, stump to stump this time and Watson gets across to defend it well
0.1
0
Boult to Watson, no run, short of a length ball to start things, Watson stands tall and punches firmly to backward point

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