Karun Nair* 1(1); | Lokesh Rahul 13(12);
Krishnappa Gowtham* 1.4-0-7-2; | Jofra Archer 1-0-9-0
Mandeep Singh* 21(23); |
Siddarth Kaul* 4-0-25-1; | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-27-1
Nobody gets one over the Hyderabad bowling attack. Not Kohli, not de Villiers, and certainly not BLR. Williamson dropped Kohli, Kaul dropped Vohra, and the hosts still came up trumps. Really really good. Whatever your perception about how good they are, you're wrong, they're better. That's all from us. I've been Sagar Chawla, and on behalf of Srivathsa, Hariprasad, Nikhil Jadhav, Pradeep and our scorer Mukesh, it's good night and goodbye!
Williamson, HYD captain and MoM: We're playing on some tough surfaces. We were aiming for 150, and we weren't far away. Our fielding was probably a bit sloppy. Could have operated better. At the same time, good to come away with the win. Some experienced campaigners stepping up at the right time. That last over comes to mind. Bhuvi was world class. They've both done it (Bhuvi and Kaul) extremely well for a long time. It's best we can trying to adapt to the surfaces. We're seeing off-paced deliveries used and then yorkers to break things up. It's having to adapt and doing it as quickly as we can. It was definitely hard work out there. It was a tough surface to get momentum. We had a number of key partnerships to get us a competitive total. I suppose on these surfaces, that's what's important is to get a competitive total. That's what you need. At the moment it's tough going, but as a team, we're getting enough and our bowling unit has been outstanding. Obviously it wasn't our best fielding performance. Guys held their nerves at key moments which went a long way in us scraping across the line. Bat and ball, there are things we certainly want to touch on moving forward as a team.
Bhuvi: (On the tense last over) Wouldn't say I thought a lot about the pressure. Was really focusing on what to do each ball and it paid off. (On his yorker ability) With hard work, it's also smart work. I always focus on execution in the nets. What you practice in the nets well comes off on the park. (On HYD's winning streak) It's all about momentum, last game we won with our batting and most of our games we have won with our bowling. It's a great team effort and we hope it continues.
Virat Kohli - It was a (tough defeat) but that is how the game goes. We deserve to lose this game. We were not good enough on the day. 60-odd runs in the first six overs and than we ended up like that. I don't think we showed enough application. The kind of shots we played, they were not on at that stage. I think we threw it away. I think we let the opposition get back in the game. That has been the story of the season so far. The fielding was up to the mark but I think 10-15 runs less would have been ideal for us. This was a tough wicket (to bat). We should have done a better job with the ball but in the field we were up to the mark. If you have strong characters in the team you can always do well in such a tournament. Hyderabad have quite a few guys in the team - that has been the story of their season. They understand their team and that's why they have been so successful. They understand their strengths, know their limitations. That's been their story and this has been ours. As an all-round team Chennai and Punjab are good. As a bowling team, Hyderabad are the strongest team.
BLR, well, they're all but out of this competition. When Kohli started the way he did, this outcome would've been a distant thought, but once again the batting faltered during clutch times. Poor shot selection, some panic-stricken batsmanship, and some quality bowling choked them up through the middle. So another season, so much promise, and they fall short (from the looks of it). Let's hear more in the presentations.
11.40pm local: Just how good is this Hyderabad bowling attack? Phenomenal stuff there at the death. There can't be better execution of lengths under pressure. De Grandhomme's consecutive sixes off Rashid Khan made BLR favourites to clinch this, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul gave a masterclass of bowling yorkers, giving away just 19 runs off the final three overs. There was just one boundary scored off those 18 balls, and that too off the toe-edge. Top class.
Bhuvneshwar to de Grandhomme, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
BLR need 12 off the final over. They would be all but out if they don't get there. It's Bhuvi to bowl. If this isn't pressure, I don't know what is
Siddarth Kaul [3.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack
On the evidence of that over, it won't be easy against Bhuvi in the final one. This is the over. It's Siddarth Kaul. 19 from 12.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Rashid Khan [3.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
This is tight. Crowd on the edge
Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
The required rate touches 9. On comes Sandeep for his final over
Shakib Al Hasan [3.0-0-30-2] is back into the attack
Time-out! BLR's chase under massive pressure. This could be their season right here. Will there be a hero?
Sandeep Sharma [2.0-0-9-1] is back into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease
S Kaul to Moeen Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Siddarth Kaul [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
Slip and leg-slip for the new man
Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Moeen Ali, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Shakib to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Shakib Al Hasan [2.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack
Time-out! BLR have started off well in this run chase and they have had their share of luck as well. Kohli's dropped chance might be pivotal to the game's result I feel and I'm sure that the DRS review of AB might have tested the nerves in the dug out as well. Anyways, both are still there and it's upto them to take BLR home. HYD aren't out of this by any means though, they have the attack to turn things around in a flash and we've seen that too. Interesting passage of play ahead
Bizarre scenes. The umpire has signaled a wide but HYD have reviewed a caught behind. Saha seemed superexcited and KW was prompt to take it upstairs. Has AB got something on this pull? The Snicko will have to decide this, nothing on it!
AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Sandeep Sharma to Vohra, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Sandeep Sharma [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
BLR will be pleased with this Powerplay. They have made optimum use of it to knock off a fair chunk of the target but the crucial middle overs are ahead. Here comes the Afghan superstar
Siddarth Kaul, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shakib to Parthiv Patel, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
'It's not an easy surface, the ball isn't coming onto the bat, 146 is a good total', reckons Rashid Khan. 'Not much pressure on us, we just need to do the basics right, no dew either,' he adds.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Vohra and Parthiv Patel are at the crease. Vohra is on strike. Sandeep Sharma will open the attack