HYD have broken their four-match losing streak, giving themselves another crack at the men in yellow. They might be 0-3 against them this season, but this is the one which matters, as the 2017 season showed. Back to the Wankhede it is then. Until then, it's Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Akshay Maanay, Rishi Roy, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Nikhil Jadhav and our scorer Naga. Cheers!
Rashid, MoM: "It was much needed for me, just tried my best to give 100% in bowling, batting and fielding. Full focus was to believe in my skills. Much happy with the batting today which was needed at the end. Started my career as a batsman, and I have the belief. Just try my best to look into the length and play according to the length. Focus was to play straight, that's what the coaches said. So where the slower ball or anything, played straight and got runs. Can't have excuses in fielding department. Just try to give my best. Working hard on that and it's good so far. Want to dedicate my award to those people who lost their lives in a blast back home."
Williamson, HYD captain: It was a great fighting effort from the lads, game ebbed and flowed. Kolkata are an outstanding side. Game could have gone either way. Credit to the way the boys finished off the first innings to get a competitive total. Game was slipping away a bit at the start, but we knew if we held firm, we could squeeze back in the middle. He (Rashid) was brilliant but he's got another game, so we're going to keep him wrapped up. He's had a great season for us. Important we move on and focus on the final. As a team we fight to the very last ball and we showed that again today. Someone like Rashid is the perfect example. Outstanding talent, but he has a great attitude. Real team effort. That's the attitude we want to see from the Hyderabad outfit. He was certainly the MoM and he was brilliant, but a number of guys chipped in. The thing we didn't change was our balance. We had injuries obviously, Saha was injured. He came back in, was nice to have his experience. Goswami contributed well, but that was the big thing for us to have that experience in the final. There were a couple of other changes, and that's the way it goes. Everyone of those guys have played a big part, whether contributing on the field or off the field. It's been a huge collective effort, but we still have another game of cricket left. They've been playing good cricket (CHN), and they certainly deserve to be in the final. It's a great occasion, something that the guys will be looking forward to. It is about focussing on the next match now, one which the guys are excited for.
Shakib Al Hasan: "Feels great. Third T20 League final for me. The franchise gave me the opportunity to play all games and treated me so well. There were some games we didn't do well, but all in all a great tournament for HYD. We always knew these things happen in T20 and momentum can change in 2-3 balls. We had to hold our nerves, and we got the experience from the other day (1st Qualifier vs. CHN), and held our nerves today. Carlos will be happy because he might have thought he was responsible for the loss against CHN, even though he really wasn't, and might have taken it personally and the way he came back today was terrific. CHN are a great side and hopefully it will be a fantastic final on Sunday. In the middle overs, when Rashid and I were bowling, that was the turning point for us when we piled on the wickets and hardly gave any runs."
Dinesh Karthik, KOL captain: "It's hard to digest. We played a good tournament, but to finish on the losing side doesn't feel good. We had the game during the chase, but a couple of bad shots and one run-out changed the course of the game. Me, Nitish and Robin should have finished it off, but me not carrying it through is a mistake on my part. Plenty of positives, youngsters have grabbed their opportunities and done quite well so that's great for the franchise."
22:58 Local Time, 17:28 GMT, 22:58 IST: How can anyone be this good? Rashid Khan is ridiculously good, probably the most valuable player of the T20 League. He has almost single-handedly driven HYD into the final, and that's not to take anything away from how good their pacers were at the death. And it's not just with the ball that Rashid made a difference. Hyderabad were gone with the bat, before he arrived and blitzed away to a sensational 10-ball 34. What came with the ball was only secondary, that's just second nature to him. He spins matches on their heads all the time. KOL weren't very smart in how they played him either. They had the rate under control, but rather than playing him out, they played reverse-sweeps, sweeps, and got out. Watch out CHN, HYD are coming again.
Before this T20 League season, HYD had lost all their five previous games at the Eden Gardens. This year, they beat KOL in both their games at Eden.Teams finishing top two in the T20 League Finals:BLR v CHN, 2011CHN v MUM, 2013PUN v KOL, 2014CHN v MUM, 2015MUM v PUNE, 2017CHN v HYD, 2018*First time since 2013 KOL lost a game at Eden chasing to an opponent other than MUM.
Prasidh Krishna, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Brathwaite to Shubman Gill, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kuldeep Yadav, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Brathwaite to Shivam Mavi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Carlos Brathwaite [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Many, many players around Brathwaite. All sorts of advice. You know how much Windies needed to win the T20 WC off the final over. 19. Brathwaite scored it, and now he has to defend it
Shivam Mavi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
S Kaul to Chawla, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Despite the boundary, only 9 off that over. Well below the rate. Getting difficult now, 30 off 12
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [3.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack
Brilliant over from Kaul. And this time, Williamson doesn't go to Brathwaite for the 18th over. It's Bhuvi to make the equation even tougher
Chorus of claps, spurred on by the announcer
Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
Big match players: 30+ runs & 3+ wkts in a Playoff game:S Watson (53 & 3/10) v DEL, SF, 2008Y Pathan (56 & 3/22) v CHN, Final, 2008K Pollard (33 & 3/17) v BLR, SF, 2010Rashid Khan (34* & 3/19) v KOL, Q2, 2018P.S.: The first three resulted in wins...
Timeout! 43 off 24, with 18-year old Shubman Gill having Piyush Chawla for company. What a pair they make. This is going to be a great finish
K Khaleel Ahmed [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
Piyush Chawla, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Short leg brought in, in addition to the slip which was already there
Wow what a game we have on our hands here. The Eden Gardens crowd, which was almost in a festive mood a while back, is now tense. 63 off 42.
Andre Russell, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Shubman Gill, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shakib to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Shakib Al Hasan [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Rashid Khan [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
Whaaaat! I was right! Bhuvi is back for an over...
Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shakib to Nitish Rana, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
"HYD had the best bowling line-up throughout the T20 League, and now they have Carlos Brathwaite bowling for them." - Sagar Chawla, co-commentator
Carlos Brathwaite, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
#CarlosBrathwaiteRememberTheName into the attack
Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
That's the end of the powerplay and they are well on their way, are the hosts. The run-rate is just over 11, miles ahead of the RAJR. Nevertheless, picture abhi baaki hai mere dost. Game's not over. HYD need Bhuvi back in business with some quick wickets. He was tonked off his length by Narine, but now that he's gone, perhaps he can come back and take a few wickets? Okay Rashid Khan, already a hero with the bat this evening, comes in to bowl.
Most runs in PP vs HYD this season:67 by KOL, Kolkata *66 by KOL, Hybd60 by DEL, Hybd55 by BLR, Hybd54 by MUM, Hybd53 by CHN, Pune
K Khaleel Ahmed [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
Phew, a bit of rest for my fingers as I soak them in some ice-cold water. A treat to the eyes, a curse for the fingers - Sunil Narine, the opener.
Nitish Rana, left handed bat, comes to the crease
S Kaul to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Siddarth Kaul, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Phew, what an over! One of the better quick bowlers of the modern era has been shown no respect by a former Number 11!
K Khaleel Ahmed, comes into the attack
Wide slip in
Chris Lynn and Narine are at the crease. Chris Lynn is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack