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Delhi vs Punjab - 22nd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date: 23 April 2018

Delhi 139/8 (20 Ovs) RR: 6.95 | Punjab won by 4 runs

commentary

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, 2008
143 v MUM, Mumbai WS, 2017
144 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.

19.6
0
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, out Caught by Finch!! In the air, hasn't hit this well and Finch runs around to his left from long-off to take the catch. What a squeeze this is from PUN. Shreyas Iyer is distraught and he looks towards the sky. The flatter delivery outside off stump, Shreyas slices the loft high in the air as the ball spun away from him. He wanted to go over long-off. Shreyas Iyer c Finch b Mujeeb 57(45) [4s-5 6s-1]

Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.5
4
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, inside edgeeee and it's past the dive at short fine leg. Lucky boundary and it's down to 5 runs off the last ball. Shreyas races down the pitch and slogs, gets a thick edge
19.4
2
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, not good contact again, shortish delivery on the stumps, Shreyas pulls to deep mid-wicket, in the gap, should have two and it's a fumble
19.3
0
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, no run, mistimed to long-off and he denies the single
19.2
6
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, SIX, smashed, short and outside off stump, Shreyas flat-bats the loft over long-off. Fifty up for Shreyas Iyer, good knock but he needs to connect them well from here on
19.1
0
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, no run, precious dot ball. Flatter and down the leg-side, Shreyas tries to pull and misses, gets hit on the pad

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

18.6
0
Barinder to Mishra, no run, oh he's missed the ball completely. The best ball for a batsman to smash one in the stands in the entire over. Mishra jumped out and gave his all, but only connected with thin air

This ball has to go to the fence. Great over thus far, Ashwin has a long discussion with his bowler. Round the wicket now

18.5
1
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, swings hard but doesn't connect well, slower ball outside off stump, Shreyas is unable to find the middle of the bat again

18 off 8

18.4
1
Barinder to Mishra, 1 run, Mishra moves across and tries to ramp it past short fine leg, but only hits it to the keeper. Could so easily have been bowled as well

Third man back, fine leg in

18.3
1
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, slower ball, swung away in the air and falls short of Finch at long-on. Good thinking from Barinder to bang the slower ones into the pitch and force the batsman to manufacture pace

Amit Mishra, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Batsmen have crossed over, so Shreyas will be back on strike

18.2
0
Barinder to Plunkett, out Caught by Nair!! And what does he do first ball? Advances and connects well, but finds the fielder at deep backward square leg. It was a short slower ball, Plunkett wanted to flick that in the gap wide of deep mid-wicket, but hit it too square and too well. Plunkett c Nair b Barinder 0(1)

Barinder to Plunkett, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Watchout for those slower ball, Plunkett!

18.1
1
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, slower ball on the short of length zone, Shreyas pulls and gets an under edge that rolls to mid-wicket

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?

17.6
0
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, out Caught by Rahul!! Got to be a slower into the pitch and it's done the trick. Maybe Andrew Tye won't mind about bowling the extra ball now with the wide call earlier. This was cleverly angled across the left-hander on a good length, Tewatia goes for a big slog and gets an edge that goes slowly to Rahul. Rahul Tewatia c Rahul b Andrew Tye 24(21) [4s-1 6s-1]

Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.5
1
Andrew Tye to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, low full toss, Shreyas drills it to cover
17.4
2
Andrew Tye to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, talk about pendulum swing, this is exactly it. Shreyas guides this full ball straight to Yuvraj at backward point and sets off, Yuvi has a shy at the bowler's end and there's no one backing up, the man at deep mid-wicket now has a shy again and the ball goes to Yuvi again
17.3
1
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the leg stump, Tewatia flicks it to deep mid-wicket
17.3
1
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, wide, Andrew Tye is not happy with this call from the umpire, has a chat with him, but that's just missed the mark with the line outside off stump and it's a fair call
17.2
1
Andrew Tye to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, in the airrrrr and just short of the incoming Finch. Full delivery on the stumps, Shreyas swings for a loft over the long-off fence, mistimes it, lucky that he didn't hit this well enough to carry to hand
17.1
1
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, short ball, sliced in the air, doesn't carry to third man, Mujeeb keeps it down to a run

It's down to 28 off 18

16.6
1
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, very full, Tewatia tries to back away and swing, gets an inside edge that rolls to point
16.5
2
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, 2 runs, slaps hard, hit pretty well, wide of long-off, oh no, Barinder fumbles the throw and Shreyas was well short of the crease. The bowler didn't realise he had to come close to the sticks, rushed very late and wasn't in a great position to collect the throw

Third man, fine leg in

16.4
4
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR, what a timely hit! He's moved across the stumps, got down on his knees and paddled the fast bowler around the corner through backward square leg. Brave hit! Barinder missed the yorker again and offered a full ball on the stumps
16.3
1
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, slower delivery just outside off stump, Shreyas goes back and flicks wide of long-on
16.2
1
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, full toss and Tewatia is kind enough to mistime the slog to deep mid-wicket
16.1
6
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, SIX, that's a brilliant hit under pressure. Barinder, why did you run in and bowl a full ball in the slot? He followed Rahul Tewatia who was backing away, but landed perfectly for Tewatia to tee off over long-off

Barinder Sran [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

15.6
1
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, again cuts decently well, hits the gap this time but finds sweeper cover. Just five off that over
15.5
0
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, no run, slower delivery, hit well after delaying the cut shot, but straight to backward point
15.4
1
Andrew Tye to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, flicked to deep backward square leg
15.3
1
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, leg byes, 1 run, that should have been put away, down the leg-side freebie, Tewatia misses the glance, the ball rolls to short fine leg off the thigh pad
15.2
1
Andrew Tye to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, rises tall and nudges this slower delivery behind square on the on-side
15.1
1
Andrew Tye to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, he's got down to a pacer and literally slog-swept him, that's because this slower but from Andrew Tye was way too short, hit powerfully but on the bounce to deep mid-wicket

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!

14.6
2
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, cut well, test for the fielder at deep backward point and he does well with a sliding save. That was nicely crunched
14.5
4
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, overpitched and Shreyas drills it straight down the ground between the sticks and the non-striker, long-on and long-off had no chance
14.4
1
Mujeeb to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, nudged off the inside half of the bat to square leg
14.3
0
Mujeeb to Rahul Tewatia, no run, the googly and Rahul Tewatia has no clue. Fullish and outside off stump, spinning away outside off stump, Tewatia leans forward and tries to push, makes no contact
14.2
0
Mujeeb to Rahul Tewatia, no run, oh almost rolls back and hits the stumps. The one that comes back in, Tewatia was rushed in his defence, the ball this the pad and rolls towards the keeper
14.1
1
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, very full, spinning away, flicked nicely and wide of long-on, just a single though

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [2.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack

Ashwin ends 4-0-19-0. 56 needed from 36 now

13.6
1
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, carrom ball to finish the over, Shreyas punches to long-off
13.5
0
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, no run, it's only leggies or carrom balls to Shreyas Iyer at the moment, flicked to short mid-wicket, Rahul Tewatia takes off blindly, rightly sent back and he had to dive back in before Ashwin lit the stumps up at the bowler's end
13.4
1
Ashwin to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, the slider, punched down to long-off
13.3
0
Ashwin to Rahul Tewatia, no run, leans forward and defends, offies for the leftie by the way
13.2
1
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, shortish and on the stumps, punched down to long-on
13.1
1
Ashwin to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, nudged to mid-wicket
12.6
0
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, no run, the appeal was so loud and confident that the umpire was under a lot of pressure, fair on PUN's part because they thought it was a genuine edge, but the fact that Shreyas Iyer immediately smiled and reviewed clearly suggested he didn't hit this. Maybe the ump should have originally given the benefit of doubt to the batsman, because the bat also hit the ground. Wide yorker, Shreyas Iyer tried to squeeze, missed it completely and there's no spike on UltraEdge. Review saves Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer given OUT caught behind, but he reviews straightaway. No edge I guess! Yes, no wave on the UltraEdge

12.6
1
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, wide, sprays it down the leg side this time, third wide of the bowler
12.5
0
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, Shreyas defends it to the right of the bowler
12.4
2
Barinder to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs, that's nicely steered down to third man past backward point by opening the bat face at the last moment
12.3
1
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, tries the normal pace bumper, but mistimes the pull to long-on
12.3
1
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, wide, that was a very late call for a wide. The slower ball bumper, yes, that's over the head, fair call
12.2
0
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, no run, slower delivery outside off stump, Tewatia defends to the right of the bowler
12.2
1
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, wide, that's well past the line outside off stump, easy call for the umpire
12.1
2
Barinder to Rahul Tewatia, 2 runs, top-edged pull shot, the short slower ball from Barinder, Tewatia fails to read the change of pace, gets away with it as there was no one at backward square leg

Barinder Sran [1.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

Rahul Tewatia, left handed bat, comes to the crease

11.6
1
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, out Christian Run Out!! 1 run completed. Ashwin was confident after whipping the bails off and he was spot on. Shortish from Ashwin, Shreyas flicks it wide of long-on, Mayank rushed to the ball and fired in a perfect through on the bounce and adjacent to the sticks. Ashwin shatters the stumps. The second run was on and Christian should have been a touch more quicker. TV umpire has a look and catches Christian a few inches short. Christian run out (Mayank Agarwal/Ashwin) 6(11)

Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

11.5
0
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, no run, a hat-trick of carrom balls, Shreyas punches it ito the off-side
11.4
1
Ashwin to Christian, 1 run, carrom ball again, Christian didn't pick that, wanted to drive through the off-side, the ball rolls towards mid-wicket
11.3
1
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, the carrom ball now, spinning away, Shreyas punches it to cover-point
11.2
4
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, off-spin was working alright against Shreyas Iyer in the previous over for Ashwin and he gets whacked trying to bowl leg-spin. Short and wide, Shreyas absolutely nails it off the back foot wide of cover
11.1
1
Ashwin to Christian, 1 run, and the leggie to the right-hander from Ashwin. Spins away, Christian goes back and drives through point
10.6
1
Mujeeb to Christian, 1 run, driven off the front foot to extra-cover, Ashwin fumbles and allows the run
10.5
1
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, very full and outside off stump, Shreyas digs it out to cover
10.4
0
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, no run, shortish and angled in, defended
10.3
0
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, no run, flatter delivery on the stumps, Shreyas defends
10.2
1
Mujeeb to Christian, 1 run, run-out check sent upstairs, the drive from Christian brushed Mujeeb's fingers and hit the stumps at the bowler's end, but Shreyas was always in, NOT OUT is the call
10.1
0
Mujeeb to Christian, no run, goes back and tries to flick, gets an inside edge onto pad
9.6
0
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, no run, and again. He's not treading him much, so is coming in front and blocking to leg-stump
9.5
0
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, no run, shuffles across his stumps and gets behind this one
9.4
0
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, no run, Ashwin implores the umpire for an lbw. But the umpire's unmoved. Spun a long way from outside off and rapped Shreyas Iyer bang in front of off-stump. And the umpire's right. Ball-tracking shows that it's spinning down leg. Ashwin, then, is short of a review to waste. Not such a bad thing
9.3
1
Ashwin to Christian, 1 run, flights this a touch full and Christian lays into it with a drive to long-off
9.2
0
Ashwin to Christian, no run, blocked to cover. Was the carrom ball from Ashwin
9.1
1
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, top-spinner on middle and off, Shreyas Iyer shuffles across a touch and clips it through mid-wicket
8.6
1
Mujeeb to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, carrom ball, Shreyas Iyer opens the face of the bat and picks a single to point. End of a stunning over that gave away two runs and sent back Pant first-ball
8.5
1
Mujeeb to Christian, 1 run, wrong 'un but the starting line is wrong. Starts on leg-stump and is an easy work-away to fine leg
8.4
0
Mujeeb to Christian, no run, carrom ball with a bit of bounce, and all Christian could do was go back and punch it back to Mujeeb
8.3
0
Mujeeb to Christian, no run, another one similar, Christian does the same. Blocks to mid-wicket and then shakes his head in frustration
8.2
0
Mujeeb to Christian, no run, googly that spins into the right-hander. Christian gets behind

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!

8.1
0
Mujeeb to Pant, out Bowled!! Through 'im! Carrom ball from round the wicket this, and it spins in to cleave Pant into two. He's trying to clip it through mid-wicket, doesn't have his head around this variation (or Mujeeb's stock ball?) and succumbs. Pant b Mujeeb 4(7)

Mujeeb to Pant, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

7.6
1
Ashwin to Pant, 1 run, slow and very full outside off. There's turn here again. Pant opens the face of the bat and picks a single to point
7.5
1
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, bowling slow here again. Skids on and is clipped around into the leg-side
7.4
1
Ashwin to Pant, 1 run, skiddy ball that's been romped into the pads. Easy peasy. Turned round the corner
7.3
0
Ashwin to Pant, no run, gets some turn here. Flighted on off-stump, hits the deck and spins away. But not enough. Pant could open the bat face and control the spin
7.2
1
Ashwin to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run, skids on on off-stump and stays a bit low, Shreyas Iyer plays it off the back foot and runs it round the corner
7.1
1
Ashwin to Pant, 1 run, starts with a slip. Slow and skidding on, Pant tucks that through mid-wicket

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

6.6
4
Rajpoot to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, beautifully sliced wide of backward point's leap and that's been let through by Mujeeb, who's running across from third man. Covers the ground, slides but can't stop the ball. Was almost in control but then wasn't

Gambhir in T20 League 2018:
Vs Pace: Four dismissals, Avg 12.25, SR 84.48, Balls/Dis 14.50
Vs Spin: Yet to be dismissed, SR 148.29

6.5
4
Rajpoot to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, short ball sitting up, and Shreyas Iyer pulls it with authority through deep mid-wicket
6.4
0
Rajpoot to Shreyas Iyer, no run, stays back and defends this back of a length delivery to mid-wicket
6.3
0
Rajpoot to Shreyas Iyer, no run, stretched on his front foot and defends to mid-off
6.2
0
Rajpoot to Shreyas Iyer, no run, again. The ball's at him before he reacts. they appeal but there's no review. Who knows. High, the ball-tracking says
6.1
0
Rajpoot to Shreyas Iyer, no run, a controlled outside edge off the back foot as Rajpoot is pace again. Beaten for pace more than anything
5.6
5
Andrew Tye to Shreyas Iyer, 5 runs, oh dear, that's runs on a platter. Shreyas Iyer waits for the leg cutter and nudges that away to mid-wicket, where Miller is in some hurry. He does well to run in all the way from the deep but gets rid of the ball in haste to try and stop the second. Aaaaand his aim's horrendous here. Spews it along the ground and in front of the wicket at the non-striker's, and that runs away. Past the bowler's hands but wait.. there's Finch backing up right next to the bowler. He'll field it, right? Nah. He lets it away too. Gee. The ball hits the boot and deflects away into oblivion
5.5
1
Andrew Tye to Pant, 1 run, cramps him for room with a shortish delivery and Pant arches back beautifully to tap that with a 135-degree bat to third man
5.4
0
Andrew Tye to Pant, no run, all cutters. Decking away, Pant reaches across and bunts it away

Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease

5.3
0
Andrew Tye to Gambhir, out Caught by Finch!! They all want to go home. Gambhir is a bit early into tucking this seam-up delivery on a back of a length, and pops a leading edge to mid-off. Sticky Kotla? Certainly for Delhi, now. Gambhir c Finch b Andrew Tye 4(13)

Andrew Tye to Gambhir, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

5.2
0
Andrew Tye to Gambhir, no run, knuckle ball perhaps that's been strewn across Gambhir. Patted awkwardly to cover
5.1
0
Andrew Tye to Gambhir, no run, fast leg break with extra bounce, and all Gambhir could do was be chained in his crease and tap it into the ground
4.6
1
Rajpoot to Gambhir, 1 run, pulls it round the corner and keeps strike to deep square leg

Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.5
0
Rajpoot to Maxwell, out Caught by Andrew Tye!! They're checking Rajpoot's front foot but he's fine. A bit of a sudden rush of blood from Maxwell, but he bats like that, doesn't he? Didn't read the cutter that was pitched on a back of a length, went for the mightly hack across the line and sliced it off the toe-end to deep mid-wicket. There were two other fielders running back from inside the ring but that was Tye's catch all the way. Maxwell c Andrew Tye b Rajpoot 12(10) [4s-1 6s-1]

Rajpoot to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

4.4
0
Rajpoot to Maxwell, no run, a bit taken aback by the pace there. Extra bounce on this cross-seam delivery, and Maxwell gets it off the inside half as he looks to work it around
4.3
1
Rajpoot to Gambhir, 1 run, 139ks on a back of a length, Gambhir tucks it to backward square leg
4.3
1
Rajpoot to Gambhir, wide, now goes full throttle with pace and overdoes the short length. Flies across Gambhir, who was first interested in dragging the pull from outside off but then lugged out of it. Imagine if the length was alright and not too ambitious..
4.2
0
Rajpoot to Gambhir, no run, cuts his fingers across the seam, so this fullish delivery is staying low. Gambhir keeps it out, closing the bat face to square leg
4.1
0
Rajpoot to Gambhir, no run, full ball, Gambhir checks the drive back at the bowler
3.6
0
Andrew Tye to Maxwell, no run, another ramp and another fail. He's lost his balance this time as he goes for another pacy delivery that's been banged in. Misses it by a mile. No sound
3.5
0
Andrew Tye to Maxwell, no run, where did the sound come from? But no appeal from KL Rahul. A pacy delivery from Andrew Tye that Maxwell wanted to ramp over the keeper. Probably got a toe-end on it but nobody heard. Ashwin was in two minds but he had to trust KL there. Pull those cotton plugs out from his ears, Ash!
3.4
0
Andrew Tye to Maxwell, no run, he's been outsmarted by Andrew Tye here. Maxwell makes room and takes a step down the wicket, only to be utterly embarrassed by the slower delivery
3.3
6
Andrew Tye to Maxwell, SIX, that's flown away like it belongs to the stands. Full pace at 136ks and steaming into the pads, and Maxwell's just flunked it over backward square leg with a bat swing. Sounds easy, right?
3.2
1
Andrew Tye to Gambhir, leg byes, 1 run, knuckle ball that invites an lbw shout. but this pitches outside leg and then there could have been an inside edge, as Gambhir looked to work it leg-side
3.2
1
Andrew Tye to Gambhir, wide, even slower. Down leg and Gambhir has no chance at tha. Keeps that low outside leg-stump
3.1
1
Andrew Tye to Maxwell, 1 run, and now takes a single to get off-strike. Footwork in a bit of a mishmash, so he's stayed back in the crease and sliced a length ball to mid-off. Perhaps checked his shot to made do with Tye's cutters

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

2.6
1
Rajpoot to Maxwell, 1 run, keeps strike to mid-on here
2.5
0
Rajpoot to Maxwell, no run, a vintage Yuvraj dive at cover-point saves a boundary here. Was hit pretty well by Maxwell but Yuvi flings sideways and puts a plug on even the single
2.4
4
Rajpoot to Maxwell, FOUR, timing isn't something Maxwell has made a name out of, but if these continue, we'll need a rethink. Archaism, I tell you. Gets a delivery on the pads and times the hell out of it through mid-wicket

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.3
0
Rajpoot to Prithvi Shaw, out Bowled!! That's not a bad debut at all. Dropped a catch in the first innings but walked in to bat in all his elements. Was a bit overamibtious here, you could say, and Rajpoot has beaten him with a 134ks delivery. Shaw tried a hack across the line, missed the seam-up delivery and lost the top of his off-stump. Prithvi Shaw b Rajpoot 22(10) [4s-4]

Rajpoot to Prithvi Shaw, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

2.2
1
Rajpoot to Gambhir, 1 run, oh dear. Typical Gambhir running. Taps it to point and runs a risky single. The intent is right -- to get Prithvi Shaw on strike -- but the non-striker rushes back in as the fielder misses his throw. A direct-hit could have been fun, I'm telling you
2.1
0
Rajpoot to Gambhir, no run, around off-stump and Gambhir nudges it to square leg. Wanted the single that wasn't there. Hurries back into the crease
1.6
2
Barinder to Prithvi Shaw, 2 runs, uppish, ambitious and smells like teenage. Swivels on his toes and pulls this short ball uppishly over mid-wicket. Lands safe and is pulled back in the deep (if there's something like that at Kotla!)
1.5
4
Barinder to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR, that's a bit ambitious.. and he's gotten some lucky runs here. Stays back and wants a stylish and uppish back foot punch through covers. Not in control of the bounce and the outside edge flies over the lone slipper in place
1.4
1
Barinder to Gambhir, 1 run, GG nicely tucks one off his pads and hands the strike back to Shaw. He's got such a mature head on his shoulders
1.3
3
Barinder to Prithvi Shaw, 3 runs, back of a length and Prithvi Shaw would have liked to do more with it. Dragged wide of mid-on, but he had his weight wrong there. Not quite back, so not in control of this pull shot
1.2
4
Barinder to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR, wow, get the thesaurus out. That's been cracked away with utter disdain. Short and wide yeah, but look at the sound the bat makes. Pinches the slightest gap at point and lasers it away
1.1
4
Barinder to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR, throws his hands at this wide ball that's been angled across by Barinder from over the wicket. And gets away. Backspins and beats the keeper to his left

Barinder Sran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Rajpoot to Gambhir, no run, Ashwin reviews. Makes sure first with the keeper that it was straight enough and then goes for it. Last ball from Rajpoot was the one that shaped away and beat Gambhir, and this straightened and slithered on to rap Gambhir's front pad's flap. But tell you what, this is just a bit naff, this review. Pitches almost a foot outside leg-stump, and it's not out -- just as the on-field umpire thought
0.5
0
Rajpoot to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir's in that phase of his career. But if you talk about it, he's made a career out of it. Fiddling outside off to a ball skidding across him. Too wide. Shouldn't have tried to defend it. He does and is beaten
0.5
1
Rajpoot to Gambhir, wide, it's an inswinger from over the wicket to the left-hander but it's been sprayed down leg. Just the wrong starting line. Keeper does well with a leap to his right
0.4
1
Rajpoot to Prithvi Shaw, 1 run, goes full and is flicked wide of mid-on
0.3
4
Rajpoot to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR, pumped over mid-off for first T20 League runs. It wasn't as close as you want to hear it was. Chipped the loft over Ashwin, who's tall enough. Good use of the length ball and the slight width that Prithvi Shaw used to use his arms into effect
0.2
0
Rajpoot to Prithvi Shaw, no run, fuller at 135ks with a bit of shape. Swings away and Prithvi Shaw closes the bat face towards mid-on
0.1
0
Rajpoot to Prithvi Shaw, no run, starts with a back of a length delivery that does a bit off the pitch. Skids on and decks away, and a back-footed Prithvi Shaw taps it back with a flat bat

Prithvi Shaw and Gambhir are at the crease. Prithvi Shaw is on strike. Rajpoot will open the attack