Kane Williamson* 29(20); | Yusuf Pathan 1(5);
Hardik Pandya* 2-0-12-1; | Mustafizur Rahman 1-0-7-0
Amit Mishra* 1(2); |
Barinder Sran* 4-0-45-1; | Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-25-2
Right then. That's another tight finish of the season. After the previous game, Ashwin said he'd be greedy in telling he wanted 4 points from 2 away games before another home game and he's got two now. On the other hand, Gambhir is very disappointed and the team needs a dramatic turnaround to finish in the top four. Meanwhile, another team that is looking for a turnaround is Mumbai and they host the Hyderabad from Hyderabad at the Wankhede on Tuesday. That's going to be a cracking game. Interesting to see how HYD's superb bowling line up turns up on a true pitch. We'll catch you in a few hours time. Goodnight!
Ankit Rajpoot is the Man of the Match: "I am very happy because this is my second match for PUN. It's my responsibility towards the team. I thought if the captain gives me responsibility then I had to do well and pick wickets, because I wanted the side to win in a low-scoring game. My target was to bowl wicket-to-wicket. I wanted to work on the length ball and not try too much variation. I tried to get Shreyas out with the final two balls of my spell because we could have then bowled them out earlier." (Parts of it are translated from Hindi)
Ashwin (PUN captain): "We were discussing about what to be bowling in the 19th rather than whom to bowl because I had made up my mind to bowl Mujeeb for the final over. Because in the previous over, Sran tried the yorkers and got hit. So we were discussing about that, the length, slower balls and stuff like that. AJ (Tye) was my best bowler of the day, so bowled him early because if he got Shreyas Iyer, then that's the game and that's why I bowled him out early. I did believe that with the lower-order and the foreign batsmen coming in, Mujeeb would be tougher to hit. Coach literally says nothing (smiles). If we are a team that is serious about doing well in the championship and going any distance, this is the game we needed to get past. Once you defend a low score, then you can bank on anybody and everybody to go the distance. That was a clear message I gave to the boys and they responded well. They wanted to attack upfront in the first six and it actually fell into our hands because it wasn't such a wicket where you can come and take off and lay your hands on it. I am taking it one over at a time and if you are thinking too far, your hair will go grey very soon (smiles)."
Andrew Tye, Purple Cap holder - "The pitch was slow, we summed it up early. They bowled a lot of off-cutters and it was hard to score so we followed the same plan. We bowled according to the field as batsmen these days manipulate the field pretty well. Every game in this T20 League is close and today was another close match."
Gambhir, losing captain: "(Where DEL lost it) I thought in the first six overs when you lose three wickets, you let the opposition back in the game. We did score runs but also lost too many wickets. Our bowlers did really well to restrict them but we lost too many wickets in the first six and it's always difficult when that happens. (On the positives, especially Iyer) Yes, he was brilliant and also Avesh did really well. Shaw is someone who is also for the future. (Whether DEL can turn the season around) Still 8 more games to go and we can catch up. We got to win seven out of eight and need to play some really good cricket. Good part is that our bowling was really good today but our batsmen couldn't complete the job."
Talk about captaincy from Ashwin. He bowled out Ankit Rajpoot when he was bowling well and constantly rotated the bowlers. The steal for me was to trust Barinder for the penultimate over despite being expensive. The 19th only cost 4 runs and swung the game PUN's way. Overall, the bowlers used the slowness on the pitch to great effect by banging the ball in and asking batsmen to force pace. So then, it's four successive wins for Ashwin and Co. and they are sitting pretty at the top of the table with 10 points.
Lowest targets failed to chase down by DEL (T20 League):134 v KOL, Kolkata, 2008143 v MUM, Mumbai WS, 2017144 v PUN, Delhi, 2018 *146 v HYD, Delhi, 2010
The disappointment on Gambhir's face tells it all. This was a great chance for DEL to arrest their poor form and they have made a mess of it. Agonisingly lost by 4 runs. Ricky Ponting wears a sad look as well. The mood in the other camp is all elation. Rahul hugs Mujeeb for doing a fine job with the ball. Not easy for a spinner to bowl the final over when defending a total. 144 wasn't a big total, but three wickets inside the powerplay is not going to help in a chase. Shreyas Iyer anchored the chase and tried extremely hard but he didn't get enough support.
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [3.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
17 off 6. Mujeeb with the responsibility. PUN have the upper hand, but a couple of good hits in the first three balls could change things
This ball has to go to the fence. Great over thus far, Ashwin has a long discussion with his bowler. Round the wicket now
18 off 8
Third man back, fine leg in
Amit Mishra, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Batsmen have crossed over, so Shreyas will be back on strike
Barinder to Plunkett, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Watchout for those slower ball, Plunkett!
Liam Plunkett, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Andrew Tye finishes 4-0-25-2. 21 needed off 12 balls. Oh ho! It's Barinder again. Was expensive last over. Mujeeb has one over. Shouldn't he be bowling the penultimate over?
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
It's down to 28 off 18
Third man, fine leg in
Barinder Sran [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Andrew Tye [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack
Time-out. Shreyas is key to DEL's success. Plunkett can bat as well. 48 off 30 balls is very doable, but the pitch is slow and the cutters are sticking. Interesting finish!
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [2.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack
Ashwin ends 4-0-19-0. 56 needed from 36 now
Shreyas Iyer given OUT caught behind, but he reviews straightaway. No edge I guess! Yes, no wave on the UltraEdge
Barinder Sran [1.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
Rahul Tewatia, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Daniel Christian, right handed bat, comes to the crease
A slip for Mujeeb
Time-out: Delhi doing their best to make it interesting here. But to be fair, this is a pitch that's been carved out of glue. Everything's sticking, so batting is difficult. And under Ashwin, Punjab have this knack of switching from a pace-bowling makeshift machinery to a spin-bowling monster. And they look like one of them tonight. Interesting game on the cards!
Mujeeb to Pant, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Ravichandran Ashwin, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Gambhir in T20 League 2018:Vs Pace: Four dismissals, Avg 12.25, SR 84.48, Balls/Dis 14.50Vs Spin: Yet to be dismissed, SR 148.29
Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Andrew Tye to Gambhir, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rajpoot to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Andrew Tye, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rajpoot to Prithvi Shaw, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Barinder Sran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Prithvi Shaw and Gambhir are at the crease. Prithvi Shaw is on strike. Rajpoot will open the attack