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Hyderabad vs Punjab - 25th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date: 26 April 2018

Punjab 119/10 (19.2 Ovs) RR: 6.16 | Hyderabad won by 13 runs


Irrespective of the toss, HYD should just start bowling as soon as the umpire calls 'play' At least that way we will see more early finishes and less panic. Not that anyone anticipates such moments, but blimey! HYD have a factory of bowlers. Fast, spin, medium pace doesn't matter. They just have the 'know-how' to pick wickets. And when you have bowlers like that, Williamson can snuggle his pillow and stop turning up for batting practice. Absolutely brimming with confidence, the HYD side. Righto! That's that for tonight. Tomorrow we have DEL taking on KOL. A must win for DEL. Do join us for that in few hours time. Until then, good night and goodbye from Raju Peethala, Sagar Chawla, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Srivathsa, Varun Dixit and our scorer Shashikant Singh. Cheers!!

All out totals after a 50+ opening stand
119 PUN v HYD, Hyderabad, 2018 (55)
154 PUN v GUJ, Rajkot, 2016 (65)
154 GUJ v HYD, Kanpur, 2017 (111)
161 GUJ v PUNE, Pune, 2017 (55)
165 HYD v BLR, Hyderabad, 2008 (101)
173 MUM v DEL, Mumbai WS, 2014 (87)

Best figures in losing causes in T20 League
6/19 A Zampa v HYD, 2016
5/14 A Rajpoot v HYD, 2018
5/16 J Faulkner v HYD, 2013
5/19 S Narine v PUN, 2012
5/21 M Patel v PUN, 2011

Ankit Rajpoot - the best bowling [5/14] figures by an uncapped player in T20 League - gets the Man of the Match award: It isn't an easy job. Everyone practice hard and we practice a lot before the games. The wicket was offering a bit of help early on and I made sure I used my variations and hit the right lengths. I had planned early on about which areas to bowl and it all worked out well. It was my day today and thankfully I got a fifer. (*Roughly translated from Hindi*)

Williamson, HYD skipper: We haven't really played on surfaces that are 180s and 190s. We wanted more from our batters, and today 150-160 would have been a competitive total. The Punjab bowled really, really well, but the boys fought really hard. It's nice to be able to defend these totals. We didn't bowl well in the powerplay, but we did well to squeeze it towards the end. We want to be a little bit smarter with the bat. It's about getting 145s and 155s on these kind of surfaces. Competitive totals on these kind of surfaces. The bowlers have been operating very well, they know their roles very well. We are fortunate with our bowling depth. Very lucky to have the local talent. Some good tough decisions to make going into the next few matches. You always want more, but the boys have been fantastic in the way they fought with the ball especially on this kind of a pitch. We want to maintain the same trend for the rest of the tournament. Yes! (it is a difficult surface to bat)

Rashid Khan: It was tough to come back after those two bad games (against CHN and PUN). It's a part of cricket, the team support was amazing, they just told me to go there and enjoy myself. I don't know (about the plan to bowl him after the powerplay), it's up to the skipper, whenever he wanted me to bowl, I was ready. Getting KL's wicket was great, he's a class player, one of my favourites, the plan was to bowl wicket-to-wicket, mix up my lengths. It gives a lot of confidence defending small totals, with our bowling - we can defend any total, the guys did a wonderful job in the last two games. The fielding was excellent, but we need more runs from the batsmen. The wickets in the last two games wasn't easy, in the next few games, I think they will get more runs.

Ashwin - From where we were we should have really put this game away. It is disappointing. It was not the greatest of wickets and we succumbed to it. These losses can happen in this format and these sort of games do happen in T20 League, we have to move on. We need to address our fielding. It is always difficult to catch under the lights but there are no excuses, we are professional cricketers and we have to put it behind and work harder. This 7 days gap is good for us, we will try to regroup and come back stronger. Rashid bowled really well, he is a world class bowler and we lost wickets against him in the middle overs.

23:37 Local Time, 18:07 GMT, 23:37 IST: At 55/0, PUN were cruising, but then Rashid Khan found a way to sneak through Rahul's defences and that's it...Out of nowhere, the pitch started looking like a minefield, at least PUN batters definitely made it seem like one; They kept playing rash shots and gifted wickets in clusters, and the result? Lost 10 wickets for 64 runs and missed out on claiming the top spot in the table. Rashid Khan was too good. A lot of credit must go to Williamson, who despite defending a low total, held back Rashid for the latter stages. And that, I guess, made a massive difference. The rest of the bowlers garnished Rashid's efforts and vindicated the tag of the 'best bowling side' of this T20 League.

Basil Thampi to Rajpoot, out Bowled!! Stumps shattered, so is the PUN dug-out. HYD win, by 13 runs. What an outstanding bowling effort this. This (the final wicket) was coming; Basil Thampi gets his line right and attacks the stumps with a full one, it was pacy and too hot to handle for Ankit Rajpoot, he went across his stumps to try the funky scoop over short fine and missed. Nailed, done and dusted. Timbahhhh...Rajpoot b Basil Thampi 8(9) [4s-1]

Basil Thampi to Rajpoot, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Basil Thampi to Mujeeb, leg byes, 1 run, 140ks, right in the blockhole, Mujeeb stays side-on and fails to connect with his whippy bat swing, smacks the pads and rolls to backward point

15 needed of 6. KW turns to Thampi. Can he? Can he?

S Kaul to Rajpoot, no run, oh my! The way Rajpoot is swinging the bat. The ball might just land up in one of those streets in Ameerpet. Just that he isn't connecting which is the primary problem for PUN. It was a canny cutter, bowled slightly outside off to defeat the swishing bat swing
S Kaul to Rajpoot, FOUR, typical agricultural slog from Ankit Rajpoot, shaves the inside edge and runs past the keeper to his left. Thampi from short fine chases...chases...and chases...Never getting there. Ball wins the race
S Kaul to Mujeeb, 1 run, slower ball outside off stump, Mujeeb exposes his stumps and spanks the ball down to long-off

KW has a word with his bowler

S Kaul to Rajpoot, 1 run, sprays it wide of off-stump, lack of pace from Sid Kaul, Rajpoot stood back in his crease and thumped the lofted drive over a nonexistent extra cover. Will get a single
S Kaul to Mujeeb, 1 run, jumps wide of off and flicks the full ball through mid-wicket
S Kaul to Rajpoot, byes, 1 run, slower delivery wide of off, Rajpoot swings and misses. A fumble from Saha enables a bye
Rashid Khan to Mujeeb, FOUR, another reverse slap. Over short third man this time. Sweetly timed or not, it goes over the fielder and trickles into the fence
Rashid Khan to Mujeeb, FOUR, okay let's try something fancy decides Mujeeb and he goes for the reverse slap over point. Connects it well and gets it to defeat the dive from sweeper cover to his left
Rashid Khan to Rajpoot, 1 run, another hoick, loops up in the air and falls short of backward square
Rashid Khan to Rajpoot, no run, a swing and a miss outside off, Rashid Khan needs to attack the stumps

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Rashid Khan to Ashwin, out Caught by Williamson!! Running out of words to describe this shambolic batting from PUN. Ashwin goes for the hack and had to drag it off the toe-end, the ball was spinning away from him and that made it all the more difficult to execute the shot. Skies up off the toe-end and KW takes a sitter at cover. Ashwin c Williamson b Rashid Khan 4(6)

Rashid Khan to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Rashid Khan to Rajpoot, 1 run, heaved in the air and it falls well short of deep mid-wicket

Rashid Khan [3.0-0-9-2] is back into the attack

S Kaul to Rajpoot, 1 run, high in the air and dropped! Slog number 7868758....they are just not getting it right tonight. It hung in for eternity and that perhaps put Nabi off at long-on who shells a sitter in front of his throat
S Kaul to Barinder, out Barinder Run Out!! This is possibly the worst batting display from PUN this season. They are inviting panic ball after ball. Sran slogs once again, gets it off the toe-end and it dribbles to Saha to his left; he puts in the dive, collects cleanly and clatters the timber at the striker's end. Both the batsmen were stranded in the middle, Ashwin took a couple of strides and stood stoned midway waiting to see the procession. Barinder run out (Saha) 2(5)

S Kaul to Barinder, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

S Kaul to Barinder, no run, slower and angling across Sran, he goes for a wild swipe and gets beaten
S Kaul to Ashwin, 1 run, that shot deserved a four, at least two. But Ashwin's lackadaisical running between the wickets denies him the second. Short and wide of off-stump, Ashwin slashed it behind point where sweeper cover tidies up with a dive to his left
S Kaul to Barinder, 1 run, sits back and makes use of Kaul's width to flash it down to long-off. Every run counts. Down to 35 now...
S Kaul to Barinder, no run, back of a length outside off, smashes the splice as Sran looked to punch, it rolls straight to mid-off. Sran was looking for a single, his partner was never interested. There was never a one there

Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

36 required from 24. At the moment, HYD bowlers are making that 36 look like 63. The crowd have found their voice

Sandeep Sharma to Barinder, 1 run, fuller from round the wicket, Sran opens the bat face and dabs in front of cover-point

Barinder Sran, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Sandeep Sharma to Andrew Tye, out Lbw!! They are crumbling like nine pins. One after the other. There's no room to breathe. Knuckle ball from Sandeep Sharma, Tye played across the line and got hit in line with middle and leg. Loud appeal and given out straightaway. Tye went for the review after a brief consultation with his skipper, thankfully they didn't lose the review. Andrew Tye lbw b Sandeep Sharma 4(2) [4s-1]

Sandeep Sharma to Andrew Tye, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Andrew Tye has been given out lbw. He reviews straightaway. Legal delivery. No inside edge. Umpire's call on hitting. Just shaving the top of leg peg. OUT.

Sandeep Sharma to Andrew Tye, FOUR, dropped? Just fingertips I guess. Will go down as a missed opportunity. Andrew Tye walks out of his crease and clubs it straight down the ground, it kept teasing long-on and long-off, in the end Shakib from long-on decided to go for it, but didn't judge it well and it looped over his left shoulder

Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Time-out! From 55/0 to 92/6, the story of PUN. They now need 41 off 27 with no recognised batsman left in the tank

Sandeep Sharma to Manoj Tiwary, out Caught by Williamson!! Give Williamson 10 bowlers and he'll win matches. Gee, how good is this HYD bowling? PUN 6 down. Sheer panic. Manoj Tiwary got across to this off-cutter and couldn't control his flick shot on the move, foxed by the lack of pace I reckon. It smacks the toe-end and loops up to KW at mid-wicket who gobbles up with supreme ease. Manoj Tiwary c Williamson b Sandeep Sharma 1(5)

Sandeep Sharma to Manoj Tiwary, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Sandeep Sharma to Manoj Tiwary, no run, denies pace outside off, Tiwary squirts off the outside half towards point

Replays in: Karun Nair got an inside edge on that. It was caught at first slip neatly and that's why he didn't review. The umpire though adjudged it lbw

Sandeep Sharma to Ashwin, 1 run, stays outside off-stump and works the length ball down to long-on

Sandeep Sharma [3.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

42 needed from the last 5 overs

Shakib to Ashwin, 1 run, gets across a tad and flicks it from middle and leg, squeezes a single behind square
Shakib to Ashwin, no run, shuffles forward and across and misses the flick, the ball rolls to cover as they search for a non-existent single. Sent back! Had to, good call from Manoj Tiwary
Shakib to Manoj Tiwary, 1 run, driven down to long-off
Shakib to Ashwin, 1 run, floater on off, Ashwin opens the bat face and taps in front of point

Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Shakib to Finch, out Caught by Manish Pandey!! Gone this time. Headless batting from Finch? Rush of blood? Preempts the lofted swing and smashes it as hard as he can, puts all his body power behind it after clearing the front leg. Manish Pandey sets himself up at long-on and judges it to perfection. Taken inches inside the rope. Finch c Manish Pandey b Shakib 8(4) [6s-1]

Shakib to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Shakib to Finch, SIX, in the slot and goodnight! Fuller in length and Finchy likes it, tonks it many-a-mile over long-on
Rashid Khan to Manoj Tiwary, no run, appeal for lbw, appeal for catch. Not out says the umpire. Another brilliant decision from the umpire. Manoj Tiwary got down to sweep and made no contact off the bat, brushed the shoulder and lobbed to first slip. Impact well outside off
Rashid Khan to Manoj Tiwary, no run, appeal for lbw, oh it's all happening here in Hyderabad. They don't review and rightly so. Tiwary was lunging forward to block, perhaps expecting the ball to spin back in. Wasn't to be. It was a legbreak and spun away past the prodding blade of Manoj Tiwary. Struck quite high and would have missed the stumps

Manoj Tiwary, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Rashid Khan to Nair, out Lbw!! Nair doesn't review. Plumb in front. Googly from Rashid Khan, Nair got forward to block ala classic Test match style, but he didn't read it too well. Was totally befuddled after he got pinged below the kneeroll. Nair walks off instantly. Nair lbw b Rashid Khan 13(17)

Rashid Khan to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Rashid Khan to Finch, 1 run, gets down on one knee and paddles the sweep off the inside half, Saha got excited as it thudded the pad, but guess he didn't spot the inside edge
Rashid Khan to Nair, 1 run, tosses it on middle, pushed down to long-on

Foreign spinners with most T20 League wkts:
103 S Narine
63 M Muralitharan
57 S Warne
53 I Tahir
50 Shakib

Rashid Khan to Nair, no run, spins away with a bit of zip and bounce, Nair lunges forward and lets it go
Shakib to Nair, 1 run, inside edge? Yes, indeed. Had there been no bat involved, Karun Nair would have been a candidate for lbw. Just that tiny bit of bat on the swipe saved him there
Shakib to Nair, no run, stays leg-side of the delivery and drives firmly to cover
Shakib to Finch, 1 run, straighter one on middle, eased down to long-on
Shakib to Nair, 1 run, sweeps and sweeps hard, drags it off the inside half past square leg
Shakib to Nair, no run, floated up on middle, blocked into the leg-side off the front foot

Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Shakib to Mayank Agarwal, out Caught by Manish Pandey!! Down the pitch and gone! Wasn't anywhere near the pitch of the ball, but refuses to arrest his momentum; goes through with the shot and skies it off the cue end for long-on who takes the simplest of catches. Manish Pandey it is with bucket hands. Mayank's intent was to clear long-on with the loft, but Shakib did well to drag it back. Mayank Agarwal c Manish Pandey b Shakib 12(15)

Shakib to Mayank Agarwal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Shakib Al Hasan [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack

Rashid Khan to Nair, no run, darts it quicker on the pads, diffuses it with soft hands does Karun Nair
Rashid Khan to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, another googly, this one turns appreciably, so much so that Mayank gets inside the line to help it down to fine leg
Rashid Khan to Mayank Agarwal, no run, googly, spun ever so slightly, Mayank gave himself room outside off and slashed hard, misses completely. Past the edge
Rashid Khan to Nair, 1 run, legbreak once again, shorter in length, Nair belts the pull through mid-wicket, there's protection in the deep though
Rashid Khan to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, drops it short and gets the ball to turn away slightly, Mayank goes for the flat bat pull and mistimes to long-on
Rashid Khan to Nair, 1 run, quicker one, skids on around off, Nair chops the cut in front of cover

And here he comes with a slip in place

Rashid Khan [1.0-0-3-1] is back into the attack

S Kaul to Nair, 1 run, slower ball on the pads, clipped away backwards of square leg. All easy peasy at the moment. Holding back Rashid Khan? Don't think that's a great idea
S Kaul to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, in the air and drops in no-man's land. Short ball, gets big on Mayank who top-edges the pull straight down the ground, well in front of long-on
S Kaul to Nair, 1 run, whipped in the air and over a nonexistent square leg, those lines aren't going to trouble Karun Nair
S Kaul to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, tries the cross-seamer but ends up spraying it wide of Mayank's off-stump, he hops back and guides neatly with an open bat face to third man
S Kaul to Mayank Agarwal, no run, 134ks, cramps Mayank for room, blunted down the pitch with soft hands
S Kaul to Mayank Agarwal, 2 runs, back of a length on middle and leg, tucked away to the right of deep square and some excellent running follows...

Siddarth Kaul [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

66 from 60

Shakib to Nair, 2 runs, angling in once again, Nair tucks it in the gap at square leg and calls for two, his partner responds in kind
Shakib to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, camps back in his crease and works this quicker delivery through mid-wicket
Shakib to Mayank Agarwal, no run, airs it up outside off and on seeing that, Mayank throws everything, loses his shape in the process and miscues into the off-side
Shakib to Nair, 1 run, slides with the arm, Nair's front foot gets stuck, but he does well to use his wrists to manufacture a single round the corner
Shakib to Nair, no run, tosses it up around off, Nair gets forward to defend
Shakib to Nair, 2 runs, is this the right time to try Shakib? Only time will tell. He bowls a full toss first up which has been slapped through the covers for a couple of runs

Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Basil Thampi to Nair, 1 run, 135ks, back of a length around sixth stump, Nair rides the bounce and taps a single towards third man
Basil Thampi to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, width on offer, Mayank opens the bat face and dabs it down to third man
Basil Thampi to Mayank Agarwal, no run, sits back and cuts late, can't get it past backward point
Basil Thampi to Mayank Agarwal, 2 runs, collision in the deep. Sid Kaul and Rashid Khan, the men involved. The latter seems to have done some damage to his shoulder. He is revolving his arm vigorously to check if he's alright. Looks fine though. All of that after Mayank thumped one off his pads into the deep backward square area. Rashid was sliding from deep square whereas Sid Kaul was steaming in from fine leg

Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Basil Thampi to Gayle, out Caught&Bowled!! Guess what, the young man from Kerala has beaten Chris Gayle for pace. The advantage of that busting action and jump. Gets the short ball to climb awkwardly onto Gayle who miscues the ambitious pull round the corner, just a few yards to the left of nonexistent square leg. Basil Thampi says mine, runs around and controls his momentum to take a clean catch. Boy, is he pumped or what... Gayle c and b Basil Thampi 23(22) [4s-1 6s-2]

Basil Thampi to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

Basil Thampi to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, you get raw pace from Basil Thampi, but if you offer width you gonna get sorted, Mayank hangs back and is content to steer this wider one down to third man. Easy single
Rashid Khan to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, floats it fuller and wider of off, Mayank slams the drive square on the off-side and is off the mark with a single

One slip for Mayank

Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Rashid Khan to Rahul, out Bowled!! Rahul has this weakness against legspin. He does have a history of getting out to googlies in the past. Perhaps that could be playing on his mind while playing the wily Rashid Khan. Got forward defensively expecting a wrong 'un, but the ball held its line enough before straightening past his outside edge to hammer the off pole. Excellent set up from Rashid. A much-needed wicket for HYD and with that, they take the time-out! Rahul b Rashid Khan 32(26) [4s-4 6s-1]

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

Rashid Khan to Gayle, 1 run, goes hard once again, drags it off the inside edge behind square on the leg-side
Rashid Khan to Gayle, no run, appeal for lbw, but too high reckons Rashid and they don't review. Pitched outside leg too. It drifts in from a length and knocks Gayle high on the pad after he missed the cross bat whack

Gayle - Rahul opening stands so far
96 v CHN
53 v HYD
116 v KOL
54* v HYD

Rashid Khan to Rahul, 1 run, this one slides back in from a length, enabling Rahul to punch it down to long-on
Rashid Khan to Rahul, no run, here comes the magician, bowls a quicker one and rips it slightly away from Rahul who gets beaten on the outside edge

Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Basil Thampi to Gayle, no run, slower full ball at the stumps, nudged to mid-wicket
Basil Thampi to Rahul, 1 run, clipped away through backward square
Basil Thampi to Gayle, 1 run, thick top-edge, balloons up and lands between point and third man. Thampi hammers the back of length and it climbs on Gayle's cross-batted swipe. Lucky
Basil Thampi to Gayle, SIX, you brutal brutal beast. Clears his front leg and destroys this back of length delivery. It's gone soaring over long-on. Phew, enough to knock the wind out of a bowler
Basil Thampi to Gayle, no run, back of a length delivery on off, blocked to point

Round the wicket to Gayle

Basil Thampi to Rahul, 1 run, good length ball on middle, flicked to deep mid-wicket

Basil Thampi, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

S Kaul to Gayle, no run, slower length ball, Gayle swings hard but skews it off a thick inside edge into the on-side
S Kaul to Gayle, FOUR, yorker outside off, and it's sliced away through the gap. Gayle stretches out to reach it and opens the bat-face to get it between short third man and backward point
S Kaul to Rahul, 1 run, drives the slower ball down to long-on
S Kaul to Rahul, no run, well bowled. Followed Rahul as he was backing away, denying him the room required for the cut. Rahul tries improvising with an uppish glide, and almost gets caught. Drops short of short third man
S Kaul to Rahul, FOUR, he's not got it off the middle, but the fact he's got it over mid-on is incredible. He wasn't to the pitch of the ball after charging out, but goes through with a very stylish straight-batted punch. His strokes make for such good viewing
S Kaul to Rahul, no run, length ball on middle, plays across the line of it as he works it to short mid-wicket

Siddarth Kaul, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, slower length ball on off, blocked to point
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, 1 run, steps down the track but Sandeep pulls his length back, clipped away square
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, no run, defended into the on-side
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, FOUR, Rahul silences the crowd with a glorious cover drive. Wow. Not even all that full, but he leans into it languidly and creams it through extra cover

Cacophony of whistles in the crowd

Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, no run, slower back of length delivery, turned to short mid-wicket
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, no run, hint of outswing on this knuckle ball, deceives Rahul for lack of pace and takes a soft leading edge to point
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, darted in on a back of length, nudged away off the back foot
Nabi to Rahul, FOUR, now anticipates a slightly fuller length, walks across the stumps and sweeps over short fine leg. Class batting from Rahul. He's out-thinking Nabi at every turn
Nabi to Rahul, FOUR, superb batting. This isn't all that short. But Rahul's footwork is excellent, enabling him to spear this cut shot through point
Nabi to Rahul, SIX, deep into the mid-wicket stands. He pounces on this short ball. Picks length up strikingly early, hops back and nails the pull away
Nabi to Gayle, 1 run, darts it on a back of length, sliding into middle and leg, softly knocked into the mid-wicket region
Nabi to Gayle, no run, back of a length, Gayle defends
Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, works this good length delivery to the left of Williamson at mid-on and hares across the pitch for one

Slightly subdued approach from these two

Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, 1 run, slower ball on leg-stump, flicked away to the deep
Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, length ball on leg, clipped to deep mid-wicket
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, 1 run, punches to mid-off and sets off immediately. Good run
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, no run, back of a length delivery at the stumps, holds its line and squares Rahul up who checks his shot back down the pitch
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, no run, little shimmy down as he cracks this drive to cover. Lovely timing, but straight to the fielder
Nabi to Gayle, no run, they've gone up to check for a stumping, but Gayle should be fine. Yeah, just about. But geez he had to really stretch out his back foot there. Shimmies down initally, and then doesn't even attempt a shot as Nabi foxes him with a wide line. Because it was so wide, it took Saha a little extra time to gather and then get to the stumps, which was enough for Gayle
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, slightly uppish from Rahul as he lazily punches it back down the pitch, falls short of Nabi who can't gather cleanly
Nabi to Gayle, 1 run, length ball, skidding in towards off. Gayle lofts it on the bounce to long-off. He got it pretty high on the bat, which robbed him of the timing
Nabi to Gayle, no run, fired in on leg, glanced to short fine leg
Nabi to Gayle, SIX, down the track he comes and clobbers it! Just a casual swing of the arms to send it rocketing back over the bowler's head
Nabi to Gayle, no run, slides it in at the stumps from round the wicket, Gayle defends back

Deep mid-wicket and long-off are the ones back for Nabi. Slip in place too

Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, fair bit of respect shown to Sandeep by both these players. Gayle opens the bat-face to this outswinger and pats it behind point for a relatively quick single
Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, good length ball curving away from off, tentative prod to point
Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, swings away sharply outside off, Gayle deliberately gets his bat well inside the line to let it go. There are two slips waiting in case he decides to poke

Gayle vs Sandeep, who's had a fair bit of success against the Jamaican

Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, 1 run, ducking in on middle and leg, back of length, clipped away neatly to deep square leg
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, no run, inswinger on a good length, bends into middle. Rahul is back in the crease this time, works it to short mid-wicket
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul, no run, Rahul straightaway walks down the pitch, trying to counter the swing. Good length ball, defended back

Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Sandeep Sharma will open the attack