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Hyderabad vs Kolkata - Qualifier 2

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: 25 May 2018

Kolkata 160/9 (20 Ovs) RR: 8.00 | Hyderabad won by 14 runs

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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, 2011
CHN v MUM, 2013
PUN v KOL, 2014
CHN v MUM, 2015
MUM v PUNE, 2017
CHN v HYD, 2018*

First time since 2013 KOL lost a game at Eden chasing to an opponent other than MUM.

19.6
0
Brathwaite to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, full ball, slapped down to long-off and the duo don't bother to run. HYD are through to the T20 League final, and they owe a great deal of thanks to their Afghanistani sensation Rashid Khan
19.5
0
Brathwaite to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, now skips across the stumps for the paddle, and misses. The ball goes behind his legs, while still being far enough of off
19.4
0
Brathwaite to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, they've gone up for a review, but whatever the result, it will be a dot ball. KOL are almost done. Brilliant yorker outside off, Kuldeep looks to slice it away, but can only bump it back off a thick inside edge. Definite bump-ball back to the bowler

Prasidh Krishna, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.3
0
Brathwaite to Shubman Gill, out Caught by Rashid Khan!! Rashid Khan has gobbled this up like a candy in the deep. What ridiculous ease. Full ball on leg stump from round the wicket, Brathwaite's round the wicket angle cramped Gill up meaning that there was no power behind the shot. He merely chipped it up. Rashid settles under it, around five yards in front of the boundary, and swallows it. Shubman Gill c Rashid Khan b Brathwaite 30(20) [4s-2 6s-1]

Brathwaite to Shubman Gill, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Kuldeep Yadav, left handed bat, comes to the crease

19.2
0
Brathwaite to Shivam Mavi, out Caught by Rashid Khan!! Slogs, connects hard and flat, but picks out deep mid-wicket, and who should it be there. Of course Rashid Khan. To Brathwaite's credit, he bowled this pretty full and prevented Mavi from getting much elevation. KOL will at least have Gill on strike. Shivam Mavi c Rashid Khan b Brathwaite 6(4) [4s-1]

Brathwaite to Shivam Mavi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.1
4
Brathwaite to Shivam Mavi, FOUR, how are the nerves now HYD? How are the nerves now Carlos? Full ball outside off, Mavi slices it away over backward point

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

18.6
6
S Kaul to Shubman Gill, SIX, and clears long-off! Gill has ensured that there will still be some pressure on the weaker bowling option - whoever that is, when the final over starts. Full ball outside off, Gill is deep in the crease to smash it back down the ground. Powers it into the crowd
18.5
2
S Kaul to Shubman Gill, 2 runs, full ball just outside off, slices it up off the outside half and it balloons over Williamson's head at extra cover
18.4
1
S Kaul to Shivam Mavi, 1 run, overpitched on off, and it's enough to prevent Mavi from getting under it. He backs to leg, and then smears it to deep point
18.3
1
S Kaul to Shubman Gill, 1 run, it was there to be hit this full toss, but Gill merely whips it to deep mid-wicket
18.2
1
S Kaul to Shivam Mavi, 1 run, this is unbelievable bowling under pressure. Yorker on off, Mavi jams it to short cover and then they run, because they have to, and not because it was on. Direct-hit would have ended Gill and with him, KOL's hopes

Shivam Mavi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.1
0
S Kaul to Chawla, out Bowled!! Off-stump ripped off! Kaul points to the heavens. Williamson claps. HYD leap closer. Full ball on middle, Chawla eyes an inside-out drive after clearing his front leg but only gets an outside edge to send the ball smashing into the off pole. Chawla b S Kaul 12(12) [6s-1]

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

17.6
4
Bhuvneshwar to Shubman Gill, FOUR, Bhuvneshwar dared to put his hands up, but he wasn't stopping this. A bit short of the blockhole this time, Gill accentuates the error by going deep in his crease and drills it hard and straight. Keeps KOL breathing
17.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Chawla, 1 run, Chawla does try something different, goes for the lap-scoop but fine leg is back at the boundary. Only a single
17.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Shubman Gill, 1 run, they have to try something here. Bhuvneshwar will keep hitting that mark otherwise. Near yorker on leg, cramps Gill up and restricts him to a timid flick through mid-wicket
17.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to Chawla, 1 run, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Yorker on leg-stump, Chawla - despite all the shuffling in the crease - can only manage a limp hit back towards Bhuvi who fumbles and allows the run
17.2
1
Bhuvneshwar to Shubman Gill, 1 run, 140kph, drilled into the blockhole. Silence deafening at Eden. Gill jams this off the toe-end towards long-on
17.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to Chawla, 1 run, and he starts brilliantly. Yorker on off, Chawla can only squeeze it to backward point

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

16.6
1
S Kaul to Chawla, 1 run, oh it was there to be biffed, Kaul has missed his length, but Chawla mistimes the full toss through mid-wicket
16.5
1
S Kaul to Shubman Gill, 1 run, his yorker-bowling at the death has been a revelation this season, and he plants another one in there. Jammed away wide of cover by Gill. Just three singles off the over so far. Pressure mounting
16.4
0
S Kaul to Shubman Gill, no run, nailed into the blockhole on off, Gill backs away and squeezes it to cover
16.3
1
S Kaul to Chawla, 1 run, length ball at the stumps, Chawla makes room to it and drives down the ground towards mid-off. Got it high on the bat there

Chorus of claps, spurred on by the announcer

16.2
0
S Kaul to Chawla, no run, short ball on off, wants to ramp it over the keeper's head but makes no contact
16.1
1
S Kaul to Shubman Gill, 1 run, pitched up at the stumps, whipped away to deep mid-wicket

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, 2008
Y Pathan (56 & 3/22) v CHN, Final, 2008
K Pollard (33 & 3/17) v BLR, SF, 2010
Rashid Khan (34* & 3/19) v KOL, Q2, 2018
P.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

15.6
6
K Khaleel Ahmed to Chawla, SIX, clears the front leg to this length ball and muscles it over mid-wicket. Length ball from Khaleel, right into Chawla's arc. 14 off the over to revive KOL's chase
15.6
1
K Khaleel Ahmed to Chawla, wide, awful delivery down leg, credit to Saha for stopping it
15.5
1
K Khaleel Ahmed to Shubman Gill, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off from round the wicket, punched through the covers
15.4
4
K Khaleel Ahmed to Shubman Gill, FOUR, stunning timing from Shubman Gill! Back of length outside off, Gill didn't even go through with this back foot punch. He checks the shot late, but it skims off the sweet spot to beat Williamson at extra cover
15.3
1
K Khaleel Ahmed to Chawla, 1 run, steered away down to third man
15.2
0
K Khaleel Ahmed to Chawla, no run, slanted in on leg, cramps Chawla up and takes his inside edge onto pad
15.1
1
K Khaleel Ahmed to Shubman Gill, 1 run, length ball outside off, flashes a drive and squirts it off a thick edge down to third man

K Khaleel Ahmed [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

14.6
0
Rashid Khan to Chawla, no run, flat leg-break on off, Chawla hangs back and blocks. KOL can breathe with whatever's left of them, Rashid is done. What a magical player
14.5
0
Rashid Khan to Chawla, no run, he's unplayable out there. Length ball on leg, turns back in and hits Chawla high on the pad

Piyush Chawla, left handed bat, comes to the crease

14.4
0
Rashid Khan to A Russell, out Caught by Dhawan!! What has Russell done here. What has he done? He can't believe it. Takes a moment to himself, before striding back into the pavilion. Flat googly turning in from outside off, Russell decides to go for a big cut, just unable to resist his attacking instincts. He's too cramped up to get it away, the ball fizzes off the edge, straight into the hands of Dhawan at slip. Rashid Khan, wow. A Russell c Dhawan b Rashid Khan 3(7)

Rashid Khan to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Short leg brought in, in addition to the slip which was already there

14.3
0
Rashid Khan to A Russell, no run, prepared to play Rashid out here which is the smart thing to do. Fizzing on from a back of length, Russell is well back in the crease and brings out the straight BLOCK
14.2
0
Rashid Khan to A Russell, no run, hangs back and pats the leg-break to backward point
14.1
1
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, 1 run, beautifully uses his reach and flat-bats the drive to sweeper cover
13.6
0
Shakib to A Russell, no run, is that a drop? Arm-ball, slides back in and probably takes an inside-edge onto pad before popping towards Saha who never gets his gloves in the right place. Shakib with a priceless reaction, collapsing at the bowler's end
13.5
1
Shakib to Shubman Gill, 1 run, there was hesitation there, but Dhawan fumbles at short mid-wicket and the opportunity never materializes for HYD. Punched to the right of the fielder by Gill, and both of them stuttered for a bit
13.4
2
Shakib to Shubman Gill, 2 runs, waits for the length ball to come to him, and then back-cuts through backward point. Confident shot to play in the circumstances
13.3
0
Shakib to Shubman Gill, no run, nudged into the on-side
13.2
1
Shakib to A Russell, 1 run, Russell has casually bunted this back over Shakib's head, getting his teammates to skip a beat. Shakib leapt high, but it was just out of his reach
13.1
1
Shakib to Shubman Gill, 1 run, trifle short outside off, chopped to sweeper cover

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.

12.6
1
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, 1 run, works the googly away through mid-wicket
12.5
1
Rashid Khan to A Russell, 1 run, opens the bat-face to steer the leg-break through point
12.4
1
Rashid Khan to Shubman Gill, 1 run, flat leg-break turning away from a back of length on off, Gill punches down to long-on
12.3
1
Rashid Khan to A Russell, 1 run, stays back to this googly, gives himself enough time to pick it off the wicket and works it through the on-side

Andre Russell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.2
0
Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, out Lbw!! Lynn falls sweeping. That was his ploy against spin. He was aware of the dangers associated with it, and was willing to take them anyway. Rashid's googly skids back in sharply and hits him on the knee-roll in front of off and middle. Plumb. What a turnaround this. Chris Lynn lbw b Rashid Khan 48(31) [4s-6 6s-2]

Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

12.1
0
Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, no run, sweeps this length ball to square leg

Shubman Gill, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.6
0
Shakib to Karthik, out Bowled!! What a massive wicket! Hyderabad are absolutely pumped, with Shakib furiously swinging his hand in celebration. Oh, this form. Such a tricky thing. Karthik gets carried away a touch, tries cutting a ball from off-stump and chops it back onto leg. The length wasn't short either, and his balance just wasn't there as he was leaning backward in trying to manufacture the room which wasn't there. This match is well and truly alive. Karthik b Shakib 8(6) [4s-1]

Shakib to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

11.5
1
Shakib to Chris Lynn, 1 run, length ball sliding in on off, punched down to long-off
11.4
0
Shakib to Chris Lynn, no run, length ball outside off, Lynn wafts at it and almost chips it to short cover. It stopped on him slightly
11.3
1
Shakib to Karthik, 1 run, works it through the on-side with the angle
11.2
1
Shakib to Chris Lynn, 1 run, advances looking for a loft down the ground, but Shakib's delivery keeps drifting in from round the wicket to cramp him up. Eventually, Lynn is too close to the pitch and is cramped up, drags it away wide of long-on
11.1
1
Shakib to Karthik, 1 run, flat round-arm delivery outside off, Karthik cuts it to deep point

Shakib Al Hasan [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

10.6
1
Rashid Khan to Karthik, 1 run, swatted away through mid-wicket for one
10.5
4
Rashid Khan to Karthik, FOUR, beautiful footwork from Karthik, so nimble. He's been in such sublime form. The length is short, which he picks in a flash, and pummels the pull through mid-wicket
10.4
1
Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, 1 run, length ball, the googly turns in towards the stumps. Lynn drags the sweep away behind square
10.3
4
Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, FOUR, Lynn has made his mind up. He isn't deviating from it. This is what he'll do, live or die. Length ball at the stumps, and he sweeps it away through square leg. It was uppish, and there was a fielder in the ring, but he got it to his left
10.2
1
Rashid Khan to Karthik, 1 run, 91kph, pushed through on middle. Probably the googly which snakes in and takes a thick inside edge in Karthik's defence

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

10.1
0
Rashid Khan to Uthappa, out Bowled!! That's not very smart from Uthappa, his flattened leg-stump tells him the same. The very first ball he faces from Rashid, he tries to reverse-sweep him premeditatedly. It was too full to be doing that. The ball slid on under his bat and crashed his wicket away. Off you go, says Rashid with a twirl of his wrist. Uthappa b Rashid Khan 2(8)

Rashid Khan to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Rashid Khan [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack

9.6
4
Bhuvneshwar to Chris Lynn, FOUR, no frickin' way! Lady luck can't possibly be so mean! Back of a length outside off, jumps up and catches Chris Lynn by surprise, who gets a leading edge which, believe me, goes through the gap at deep backward point for four
9.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Uthappa, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Uthappa steers it down to third man with an open bat-face for a quick single
9.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Uthappa, no run, perfect Test match length ball, outside off, Uthappa gets forward, waits and taps it on the head into the off-side
9.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Uthappa, no run, back of a length delivery in the channel outside off, Uthappa has already shuffled across and tries to steer it through the cordon, forgets that there is a slip in place. Oops.
9.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Uthappa, no run, good length delivery just outside off, steered with an angled bat towards backward point
9.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Uthappa, no run, back of a length delivery on middle, Uthappa gets back in the crease and wristily whips it towards mid-on

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

Whaaaat! I was right! Bhuvi is back for an over...

8.6
0
Shakib to Chris Lynn, no run, fuller one tossed up towards off, rather brave of Shaks, Lynn push-drives it towards mid-off
8.5
1
Shakib to Uthappa, 1 run, a tad short, flat trajectory, sits up, Uthappa gets deep in the crease and whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single
8.4
0
Shakib to Uthappa, no run, tossed up, on middle and leg, Uthappa drops it off the front foot towards the on-side

Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease

8.3
1
Shakib to Nitish Rana, out Nitish Rana Run Out!! 1 run completed. You've gotta be kidding me! Full ball nurdled away towards deep mid-wicket, Rashid (who can't be kept out of the game) fires in the throw at the keeper's end. Rana, who slipped at the non-striker's end, ran to the danger end (the striker's end) for the fatal second run and was caught just marginally short. Throws his bat in disgust as he walks back, embarrassed. Nitish Rana run out (Rashid Khan/Saha) 22(16) [4s-1 6s-2]

Shakib to Nitish Rana, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

8.2
4
Shakib to Nitish Rana, FOUR, flat and angling towards middle, Nitish Rana switches his stance into a right-hander's, reverse-sweeps to third man for four
8.1
1
Shakib to Chris Lynn, 1 run, flat and full outside off, pucnhed to long-off for a single

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

7.6
1
Brathwaite to Chris Lynn, 1 run, just a fraction short outside off, Chris Lynn is into position for the pull and adjusts for the line with his wrists, maneuvres it towards deep square leg for a single
7.5
4
Brathwaite to Chris Lynn, FOUR, wide half-volley outside off, Chris Lynn has his feet glued to the turf and lofts it towards sweeper cover for four. Lands about a centimeter short of the rope
7.4
0
Brathwaite to Chris Lynn, no run, good length and wide outside off, Chris Lynn tries to reach out and smash it away, but perhaps his bad back is preventing him from leaning into it. Doesn't reach it. NO contact
7.3
4
Brathwaite to Chris Lynn, FOUR, short and wide, Chris Lynn slashes at it, gets it over the infield towards third man for four
7.2
1
Brathwaite to Nitish Rana, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the hips, dropped off the back foot to square leg where Williamson picks up and throws at the non-striker's end. He wasn't even in the frame when the ball crossed the stumps. Terrible running from Rana
7.1
1
Brathwaite to Chris Lynn, 1 run, length delivery just outside off, tapped to cover for a sneaky single

Carlos Brathwaite, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

#CarlosBrathwaiteRememberTheName into the attack

6.6
2
Rashid Khan to Nitish Rana, 2 runs, full delivery on off, Nitish Rana is on his knee and slugs it straight down the ground where Kane dives and saves two valuable runs for HYD
6.5
0
Rashid Khan to Nitish Rana, no run, skiddy flipper outside off, Nitish Rana gets low and cuts, nearly chops it onto his stumps, gets it to backward point
6.4
0
Rashid Khan to Nitish Rana, no run, leg-break from over the wicket, Nitish Rana plays down the wrong line and it spins past his inside edge onto the pad. Crashing into leg, or missing it? Either way, no review
6.3
0
Rashid Khan to Nitish Rana, no run, googly turning away outside off, beaten on the outside edge
6.2
1
Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, 1 run, fired in towards leg, Chris Lynn goes for the sweep again (to the disgust of my co-commentator) towards fine leg for a single
6.1
0
Rashid Khan to Chris Lynn, no run, interesting stuff. HYD have gone for the review for LBW. Leg-break straightening and the sweep takes the glove on it's way! The appeal was for an LBW, but there was glove on it. It actually came off the glove, but the keeper has dropped it.

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, Hybd
60 by DEL, Hybd
55 by BLR, Hybd
54 by MUM, Hybd
53 by CHN, Pune

5.6
1
S Kaul to Chris Lynn, 1 run, abominable full-toss on off, Chris Lynn moves towards leg and punches it towards cover as they scamper through for a single.
5.5
0
S Kaul to Chris Lynn, no run, length delivery heading for middle, Chris Lynn moves away from leg-stump and cross-bats it towards Bhuvi at mid-on. Not short enough for the pull, and he gets it off the under-edge of the bat
5.4
1
S Kaul to Nitish Rana, 1 run, length delivery on leg and middle, tucked away to mid-on for a quick single
5.3
0
S Kaul to Nitish Rana, no run, fuller length delivery on the stumps, Nitish Rana punches it back to the bowler who slyly flicks it back towards the stumps at his end, misses. Trickery and deceit :O!
5.2
1
S Kaul to Chris Lynn, 1 run, knuckle ball I think, taking the pace off, fuller delivery outside off, Chris Lynn sets himself up for another hoick down the ground, gets a thick inside edge to mid-wicket for a single. It was there to be hit, but he doesn't quite get a hold of it
5.1
6
S Kaul to Chris Lynn, SIX, length ball outside off, Chris Lynn gets out of the way, gives himself room, and launches this over long-off for an 85-meter six
4.6
0
K Khaleel Ahmed to Nitish Rana, no run, short, too short, Nitish Rana ducks under it. Not given a wide
4.5
6
K Khaleel Ahmed to Nitish Rana, SIX, into the stratosphere and back! Oh these massive top-edges! Bat regulations who? Shortish and angling into the body, Nitish Rana turns on his heels into a Ganguly-pull towards fine leg as the spectators' have a deja-vu. High into the sky and lands just over fine leg
4.4
0
K Khaleel Ahmed to Nitish Rana, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, defended off the back foot
4.3
6
K Khaleel Ahmed to Nitish Rana, SIX, fractionally short, skidding outside off, Nitish Rana could've done that without an ounce of muscle in his forearms, cheekily steers that upper cut over the jumping giant (Brathwaite) at third man for six
4.2
0
K Khaleel Ahmed to Nitish Rana, no run, a bit further towards leg, enough for the batsman to get inside the line and close the face of the bat to push it towards mid-on - and that's exactly what he does
4.1
0
K Khaleel Ahmed to Nitish Rana, no run, good length delivery pitching in the channel outside off and angling in, Nitish Rana is watchful in his front foot defence

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.

3.6
0
S Kaul to Chris Lynn, no run, length delivery heading for the top of off (a coach's delight), Chris Lynn gets his angled willow in the way and pushes that off the back foot towards cover
3.5
1
S Kaul to Nitish Rana, 1 run, another one on the hips from over the wicket, Nitish Rana hops and whips that away at the last moment towards deep fine leg for a single
3.4
1
S Kaul to Chris Lynn, 1 run, another one down leg, erring in line again, turned away to short fine leg for a quick single
3.3
4
S Kaul to Chris Lynn, FOUR, full toss down leg, tickled away to fine leg for four

Nitish Rana, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.2
0
S Kaul to Narine, out Caught by Brathwaite!! Knuckle ball by Kaul does the trick! Full delivery on middle and leg, Narine was always trying to get under it and loft it away over long-on, but gets a mile of height on it, but not distance. Brathwaite settles under it and lets out a roar, and somewhere hidden underneath it, a sigh of relief. Narine c Brathwaite b S Kaul 26(13) [4s-4 6s-1]

S Kaul to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.1
2
S Kaul to Narine, 2 runs, low full-toss, actually that's not fair, almost a yorker actually, Narine leans forward and scoops that through the gap towards sweeper cover for a brace. Only just evades the fielder of cover inside the circle

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!

2.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Chris Lynn, no run, anticlimactic finish to the over. A front-foot defence by Lynn. Back of a length delivery on off and middle, angling in, Chris Lynn is circumspect in his forward defensive off a half-cocked stance
2.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Narine, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads again, he's thrown Bhuvi off his game, tucked away off the back foot towards square leg for a quick single
2.4
4
Bhuvneshwar to Narine, FOUR, another back of a length ball, and just cross-batted disdainfully over the bowler's head for four. No respect!
2.3
4
Bhuvneshwar to Narine, FOUR, wow, Bhuvi under pressure straight away! Is Narine the new Jayasuriya? A back of a length delivery drifting into the pads, a slog across the line, and a thick inside edge to backward square leg for four
2.2
6
Bhuvneshwar to Narine, SIX, length ball outside off, Narine effortlessly tonks it over long-off for six! Just over the rope...
2.1
4
Bhuvneshwar to Narine, FOUR, 3rd full-toss from Bhuvi! Low full-toss around off, Narine punches that to sweeper cover for four. Pure timing!
1.6
6
K Khaleel Ahmed to Chris Lynn, SIX, slower one at 127km/h, length ball outside off, child's play for Lynn, who smokes this flat over deep extra cover for six
1.5
1
K Khaleel Ahmed to Narine, leg byes, 1 run, short of a length and angling into the left-handers leg stump, Narine tries a Lara-esque twist-pull, hit on the pad and it trickles into the on-side as they scamper a leg-bye
1.4
0
K Khaleel Ahmed to Narine, no run, bumper by Khaleel, fractionally outside off, Narine doesn't want to get in the way of that, sways out of line
1.3
1
K Khaleel Ahmed to Chris Lynn, 1 run, pumping up the pace, @144.6km/h, full delivery outside off, Chris Lynn bottom-hands it wristily to mid-off for a single
1.2
1
K Khaleel Ahmed to Narine, 1 run, another one drifting into the pads, and a nonchalant whip away to mid-wicket for a single
1.1
4
K Khaleel Ahmed to Narine, FOUR, full delivery sliding towards the on-side, a tickle away to fine leg for four. @143.6km/h, good pace

K Khaleel Ahmed, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Bhuvneshwar to Narine, leg byes, 1 run, wow, shaping into the southpaw from round the wicket after pitching on a back of a length, Narine swings cluelessly across the line, trying to heave it towards mid-wicket but it thuds into the pads and trundles into the off-side as they steal a leg-bye
0.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Narine, no run, low full toss angled outside off, Narine opens the face and steers it to backward point
0.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Chris Lynn, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off and jagging sharply in off the seam, Chris Lynn waits on the back foot and tentatively checks his punch to mid-on for a single
0.3
4
Bhuvneshwar to Chris Lynn, FOUR, length ball wide outside off, a horizontal-batted crash to deep point for four. They're away
0.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Chris Lynn, no run, back of a length but too wide outside off, seaming sharply in and skidding in, not even close to the stumps as it swings into the keeper's gloves under a cross-batted swipe by Lynn

Wide slip in

0.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Chris Lynn, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

Chris Lynn and Narine are at the crease. Chris Lynn is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack