Kuldeep Yadav* 7(6); | Mitchell Johnson 12(6);
Glenn Maxwell* 2-0-22-2; | Trent Boult 4-0-44-2
So, DEL back on track. Four points in their kitty now. The Double Dynamites - Shaw and Iyer exploded at the top and that propelled DEL to a winning score on a wicket that was slightly sluggish. KOL never really were in the chase and it all ended in a 55-run loss for them. The dropped catches in the first innings from KOL also would also be a concern for them. Lots of ponder over for KOL but Delhi after a lot of thinking have finally got it right. This is Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off on behalf of Raju Peethala, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Hariprasad Sadanandan, Varun Dikshit and Vinod. You peeps put on your thinking cap as CHN take on MUM tomorrow.
STAT: Biggest wins for DEL in T20 League (by runs):97 v RPs, Pune, 201767 v RAJ, Delhi, 201055 v KOL, Delhi, 201851 v PUN, Delhi, 2017
Shreyas Iyer, Man of the Match and winning skipper: Obviously a great feeling getting on the winning side. It is an amazing feeling winning my first game as a skipper. All of us contributed for this win. We wanted to bowl first. So, a nice toss to lose. It gave the batsman the freedom to express themselves. He (Prithvi) has been really batting well since the start of the season. Even in the practice games before the T20 League. It is always important how he is starting off. Colin Munro at the top with him added 50 runs and that benefitted for the team. Liam Plunkett is our goto guy. He came up to me and told me he wants to bowl the 16th or 17th over, whichever over he bowled. And I really like it when my bowlers come up to me and talk. It is really good.
Trent Boult (purple cap) - Runs on the board, credit to the new captain who added many partnerships and got a big score. We bowled according to the plan and it was job well done. The wicket was a lot quicker today, we didn't plan to bowl those many short balls. We were not too predictable to a guy like Russell. He (Iyer) batted tremendously well, some good communication with the experienced guys and he will be very stoked with what happened in the middle.
Dinesh Karthik - "220 is a big task, if the dew had come in, it would have made it easy for us but today was that sort of a day where there was no dew. I thought they really batted much better than us. If Russell starts hitting, he gives us hope but he is also a human being. We need to put our hands up and say we didn't play good cricket. Three spinners doesn't generally go for a lot of runs. I am comfortable in bowling them in the powerplay. I think we really need to wake up in the fielding department. We need to improve our fielding standard and that should turn around the things for us".
And when KOL came out to bat, Maxwell picked up Lynn in the second over of the innings. That was followed by a plan to bowl short. The speedsters - Boult, Avesh Khan and Plunkett put the plan into place and picked up wickets in the middle overs. Kolkata were always behind the 8-ball and it was only Russell's little cameo which ignited a few hopes but they were quashed out soon. In the end, a huge win for Delhi by 55 runs. Stay tuned for the presentations.
The Delhi camp is up and happy. Little smiles come up on the faces of Delhi players as well. They know the importance of this win. A loss here and it would have been a dead end in the journey of T20 League 2018 but DEL are still alive. They scored 219 batting first and that I guess set the game for them. First Prithvi Shaw, then Shreyas Iyer ensured that DEL put it across the KOL side. 29 runs of the last over by Iyer off Mavi was the telling blow. It just put it beyond KOL it seemed.
Trent Boult [3.0-0-33-2] is back into the attack
Andre Russell:First eight balls - seven runsNext nine balls - 36 runs (3 X 4s, 4 X 6s)Last 13 balls - one run
Kuldeep Yadav, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Maxwell to Chawla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Glenn Maxwell [1.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack
The giant screen reads - DELHI DARES. And yes they have. They dropped GG, took a bold decision and that has come off.
Mitchell Johnson, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Avesh Khan to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Russell has scored only 1 run off his last 9 balls.
Avesh Khan [3.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack
Liam Plunkett [3.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
Piyush Chawla, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mishra to Shivam Mavi, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Shivam Mavi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Time-out! The KOL unit need a miracle. They can spell it as R.U.S.S.E.L.L as well if they want to but they know this is going to be tough. DEL on the other hand are indifferent to the fat lady singing from a distance. They know the West Indian can turn it around even if 79 off 27 balls looks almost improbable.
Mishra to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Appeal for a stumping. The leggie turned away past a defending blade. The keeper gathered it and whipped the bails off. The back foot though was in the crease. A Russell dragged it back. He should be safe. Though one of the angles did give the impression it might have been in the air. But NOT OUT!!!
Five overs to go. Another over from a spinner.
Rahul Tewatia, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Still, 91 off 6 overs. Can KOL do the unthinkable?
Amit Mishra [2.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack
Trent Boult [2.0-0-19-2] is back into the attack
Avesh Khan [2.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack
The equation: 131 off 54 balls.
Here is Plunkett. Expect more heavy balls at the batsman. He has to abort his run-up.
Andre Russell, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mishra to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Vijay Shankar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Time-out! These two will hold the key for KOL now. If they can take it till 14th over with a decent run rate, Dre Russ will fancy his chances as dew starts to take its effect
Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Shubman Gill, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Avesh Khan to Nitish Rana, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Avesh Khan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Nitish Rana, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Maxwell to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Chris Lynn and Narine are at the crease. Chris Lynn is on strike. Boult will open the attack