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Kolkata vs Bangalore - 3rd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: 08 April 2018

Kolkata 177/6 (18.5 Ovs) RR: 9.40 | Kolkata won by 4 wkts

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Not quite the double-header you might have expected, but hey who's complaining? KL Rahul slammed the fastest ever T20 League fifty earlier in the day whilst Narine tonked it to all corners, to record his second fastest T20 fifty. And both grabbing the Man of the Match awards too. Tells you where the format is headed. 'Opening batsman' is the most fancy profession right now. So, get a willow and clatter the hell out of leather. We will see you next tomorrow for the clash between Hyderabad and Rajasthan. Until then, this is Raju Peethala bidding adios on behalf of Sagar Chawla, Ramakrishnan, Nikhil Jadhav, Rishi Roy and Sreenivas. Cheers!!

Most wins against BLR in T20 League:
13 by MUM (21 matches)
12 by PUN (20 matches)
12 by CHN (20 matches)
12 by KOL (21 matches)*

Most wins for KOL against an opponent in T20 League:
14 vs PUN (21 matches)
12 vs DEL (19 matches)
12 vs BLR (21 matches)*

Sunil Narine, Man of the Match: It's good to get the ball rolling in the first game. The support staff and everyone gave me a chance to open the batting again. I wouldn't see myself as an opening batsman, but whatever the team requires of me I'm happy to do, whether it's up the order or down the order. Whatever role the team wants me to play, I'm happy to do it. If I get out first ball, that's okay, that (the attacking style of play) puts a lot more pressure on the fielding team and less on me. It's (the pitch) not as it was before, but it's a good cricket wicket, whatever you do on the field, it's gonna benefit you.

DK: Feels very good. Good to get off to a good start, everybody needs it and I'm no different. I just felt at that point [during the powerplay] of time it was coming out too well for the fast bowlers, so I thought I will try wrist spin and bring little bit of risk so that it will take a little bit of time for them to play the shots. When AB and Virat were playing it was tough, they were too good and they are two great players. Just wished for their wickets after they got starts and we got lucky I guess. We just prayed to God that he [Narine] plays a few balls - I mean he has been doing that pretty well. It's very important that he gets us off to a good start. We all play for the crowd and they came in big numbers. We would love to play for a team like this and a crowd like this.

Virat Kohli: I think we were 15 short with the bat. I played too many dot balls and couldn't get any momentum going. Me and AB getting out in 2 balls to a part-timer was a game-changing event. Sunil took the game away from us with the way he batted. If you are giving 13 an over in the first overs on that sort of a wicket, it's very difficult to comeback. It's difficult for the spinners to bowl on this pitch, the fast bowlers get some purchase and you can score runs as well. It has become a really good cricket wicket over the last couple of years. We made a pretty good game out of it, to drag it till the 19th over and take those wickets was a big positive.

23:41 Local Time, 18:11 GMT, 23:41 IST: AB was spot on when he said (during the onfield interview) that BLR were good 20-30 runs short with the bat. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the game, right there! Imagine if KOL had 20 more to chase, and imagine if Umesh Yadav had one more over. Can assume all sorts of permutations and combinations, but it's always good to reflect on what went wrong in hindsight. Narine, with his lesser-known skill, provided the perfect platform [a 17-ball 50] in the powerplay overs and that allowed KOL and the rest of the batters to sit back and pick their moments/bowlers for the rest of the game. And when you have the luxury of Russell batting at 7, runs required would be a lesser parameter to worry about. DK anchored it neatly towards the end, offering Nitish Rana and Russell the much-needed freedom to go after their shots.

18.5
4
Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, clears his front leg and lays the finishing marker on the game. AB at mid-on slides to his left, but realizes that's too far to fetch. So, Dinesh Karthik and KOL start off their campaign in style, a morale-boosting 4-wicket win over BLR. A typical slog from Vinay Kumar, all he needed to do was clear mid-off and boy did he hit that hard! Comfortably past mid-on
18.4
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 1 run, short of length sliding down leg, helped away towards fine leg. Doing it in singles now are KOL
18.3
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, off-cutter on the pads, clipped away wide of square leg
18.3
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, wide, gets carried away with the short ball ploy and bowls it too high over the batsman, called
18.2
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 1 run, short and into the ribcage, pulled away down to long leg
18.1
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, dropped! Washington Sundar at deep cover. VK slapped this length ball over cover, Sundar came running in and seemed to have judged well to snaffle the ball under his throat, but just as he rolled over to avoid the tumble, the ball slipped out of his grasp. Unlucky!

Kulwant Khejroliya [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

17.6
0
Woakes to Karthik, no run, back of a length wide of off-stump, a swing and a miss from DK
17.5
4
Woakes to Karthik, FOUR, errs in line this time, short and angling into the body, DK rolls his wrists and nails the pull through mid-wicket

Vinay Kumar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.4
0
Woakes to A Russell, out Caught by de Villiers!! Terrific catch from AB running back. Avoided a massive collison with B-Mac there. It was bowled full and wide, asking Russell to fetch from that far, he goes after it and clubs it high into the night sky. AB from extra cover runs back, keeps his eyes on the ball and completes a splendid catch running back. B-Mac was charging from long-on, but he did well to stay low and dive to avoid bombarding into AB. A Russell c de Villiers b Woakes 15(11) [4s-2 6s-1]

Woakes to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.3
0
Woakes to A Russell, no run, exposed his cards way too early there? Russell was aiming to go over mid-wicket, Woakes on noticing his moves bowls it short and wide, dragged off the toe-end back towards the bowler
17.3
1
Woakes to A Russell, wide, bowls the bumper, but gets too much height on that, called wide for the same reason. Russell watches it sail over him
17.2
0
Woakes to A Russell, no run, short and far from Russell's off-stump, he was standing way outside leg and couldn't reach out for the flashy cut
17.1
1
Woakes to Karthik, 1 run, slower and grips off the pitch, DK tucks round the corner and gets across for a quick single
16.6
6
U Yadav to A Russell, SIX, conceded 12 runs in his first 3 overs and now 15. T20 things! A candyfloss on middle and leg-stump, Russell muscles it many-a-mile over wide long-on for a maximum
16.5
4
U Yadav to A Russell, FOUR, goes full and goes for a journey! There's no-one at deep extra cover, so what does Russell do? Manufactures ample room and lifts Umesh Yadav over extra cover, the timing on the shot takes care of the rest
16.4
0
U Yadav to A Russell, no run, menacing stuff this from Umesh Yadav, ups his speedgun and unleashes a lethal bouncer, Russell getting into a tangle to evade that. All unorthodoxy...
16.3
0
U Yadav to A Russell, no run, pacy short ball, Russell shuffled too far across and just about managed to stay out of the firing line. Would have crashed him bang on the helmet grille had he lost sight (even for a moment)
16.3
1
U Yadav to A Russell, wide, short and speared down leg, wided
16.2
0
U Yadav to A Russell, no run, short and just outside off, Russell seeks to cut it over third man, fails to lay bat on ball
16.1
4
U Yadav to A Russell, FOUR, length ball in the slot, goodbye! Russell clears his front leg and swats him over mid-wicket, one bounce and over the ropes

Time-out! 30 needed from 24, this is KOL's game to lose from hereon. Fasten your seatbelts folks, brace yourself for a possible 19th over finish, but for that to happen KOL has to remain unscathed in this over as Umesh Yadav - the best bowler on show tonight - gets ready to bowl his final over

Eleven years, and veteran Shirshendu Roy, is still entranced by the charm of the T20 League: "Not long back, Karthik from behind the stumps, had been hand holding Sundar, in the Nidahas Trophy. Some nuggets in Tamil were in full flow. And now, Karthik and Sundar are going at each other. The magic of T20 League!"

15.6
1
Woakes to A Russell, 1 run, half-volley outside off stump, blazed away by Russell but there's a fielder protecting the extra cover fence, so he has to be content with a single
15.5
0
Woakes to A Russell, no run, cutter, just outside off, Russell pushes meekly in front of covers

Andre Russell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

15.4
0
Woakes to Rinku Singh, out Caught by de Kock!! BLR review: Rinku Singh pulled and seemed to have missed it IMO, but the opinion that matters is that of the TV umpire. So, let's wait and go through the process. Legal delivery. QDK wasn't excited after grabbing the ball. Virat Kohli and a couple of ring fielders got excited and the BLR skipper wasted no time in posing a T-sign to the onfield umpire, and he is absolutely right in doing so. A spike on the UltraEdge and Rinku Singh is gone. A very faint one that and hard to spot amidst the fuzzy environment. The decision has been reversed. OUT. This is a classic case of both batsman and bowler refusing to alter their plans. Woakes dished out a short ball and made life difficult for Rinku Singh by cutting it across him, the angle was always going against him. He ran down the pitch and fed a faint nick on the pull. Rinku Singh c de Kock b Woakes 6(6) [4s-1]

Woakes to Rinku Singh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

15.3
0
Woakes to Rinku Singh, no run, Woakes is second guessing Rinku Singh here. Knows he's gonna come down the pitch and delivers a pacy short ball to defeat him on the pull
15.3
1
Woakes to Rinku Singh, wide, shorter again, but to far outside off stump, signalled a wide
15.2
0
Woakes to Rinku Singh, no run, slips in a short ball with lack of pace, Rinku Singh aborts his instincts at the last moment, plays the half-pull and gets beaten
15.1
4
Woakes to Rinku Singh, FOUR, pressure? What's the spelling of that word? This guy seems to have exactly that sort of attitude. Gallops down the pitch, doesn't matter who's bowling, stamps his authority with a rollicking thump over mid-on. Came off the cue end, but he's got it under control with strong bottom hand power

Chris Woakes [2.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack

14.6
1
Washington Sundar to Rinku Singh, 1 run, full on the pads, glanced to fine leg
14.5
1
Washington Sundar to Karthik, 1 run, slower and wider of off, DK opens the bat face to dab it down to third man
14.4
1
Washington Sundar to Rinku Singh, 1 run, straighter delivery on middle, Rinku Singh gets an inside edge on the push which rolls down behind square on the leg-side

Rinku Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

14.3
0
Washington Sundar to Nitish Rana, out Lbw!! Nitish Rana has been given out lbw. He reviews after a brief contemplation with his skipper. Legal delivery. Nothing on the UltraEdge which means no bat involved. Waiting for ball-tracking... Nitish Rana though isn't waiting for anyone. He keeps walking back to the pavilion and rightly so. Umpire's call on hitting clubbed with a couple of reds. KOL won't lose the review, but they lose Nitish Rana. Cleverly bowled by Sundar there. Went wide of the crease and bowled the slider on a goodish length, beat Rana on the sweep and pinged him in line with middle stump. Looked rather close to the naked eye, but technology always finds ways to surprise us. Just brushing the top of leg peg according to HawkEye. Nitish Rana lbw b Washington Sundar 34(25) [4s-2 6s-2]

Washington Sundar to Nitish Rana, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

14.2
6
Washington Sundar to Nitish Rana, SIX, Nitish Rana, gee he is some talent! Shimmies down, gets to the pitch of the ball and sends the cherry soaring straight over the sightscreen. Thwackkk
14.1
1
Washington Sundar to Karthik, 1 run, gets down on one knee, controls the sweep to backward square. A diving stop by the fielder there

Washington Sundar [3.0-0-38-0] is back into the attack

False start from Sundar? Oh no, it's DK who pulled off at the last minute

13.6
1
Chahal to Karthik, 1 run, sticks to the fuller length, enables a forward chip and drive down the pitch towards long-off. DK is pacing his innings nicely
13.5
0
Chahal to Karthik, no run, tosses it up on off and middle, DK stays leg-side and sends the drive rolling towards cover
13.4
2
Chahal to Karthik, 2 runs, spins back in, might have been the slider? Karthik tucks through mid-wicket, gets two with ease
13.3
4
Chahal to Karthik, FOUR, overcorrects and floats one up under DK's eyes, he thumps the drive through extra cover, wowza! What bat speed..
13.2
4
Chahal to Karthik, FOUR, 'please hit-me,' will you? Short and wide delivery, DK rocks back and murders the cut in the gap between backward point and cover-point. See ya later...
13.1
1
Chahal to Nitish Rana, 1 run, 102ks, yes it is Yuzvendra Chahal bowling! Nitish Rana reaches out for the width and miscues the flat-bat drive to long-off
12.6
0
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, no run, unveils the bouncer, angles it away from the right-hander smartly, DK attempts to swivel-pull, but gets nothing
12.5
2
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 2 runs, 141ks, nips back in from short of length, DK was cramped for room, but he does well to tuck it away off the splice behind square. Umesh Yadav steams in from long leg and fires a throw at the striker's end, had that hit DK was a goner
12.5
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, wide, CTRL C + CTRL V of the previous delivery. Ah, that makes my life easy
12.5
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, wide, lifter, gets the line wrong though, slips it down leg. Needs a reload
12.4
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, leg byes, 1 run, hits the deck and extracts decent bounce, catches Nitish Rana on the hip and strikes him high on the pads. Mild appeal for leg before, but the umpire ain't interested
12.3
0
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, no run, bowls a loopy slower ball which dips right under the nose of Nitish Rana, he was late to spot and thus, restrains his natural instincts to dab it gently back down the pitch
12.2
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 1 run, short and grips off the pitch before slanting in, DK swivels in his pull and slots a single through mid-wicket
12.1
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, 1 run, full and homing in towards middle and leg, clipped away through square leg

Kulwant Khejroliya [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

11.6
0
Chahal to Karthik, no run, faster and flatter outside off, DK throws his hand on the cut and misses
11.5
0
Chahal to Karthik, no run, fizzes in a googly at a quick pace to catch Karthik on the shuffle, DK was jumping back to nail the cut, dragged it off the inside edge onto his pad. Read that very late, but did well to get some wood on that
11.4
0
Chahal to Karthik, no run, 'How is that not a wide?' **Reading DK's expression** Gets a floater outside off and he lets it go, seemed to be a touch outside the tramline, but umpire reckons it's fine
11.3
1
Chahal to Nitish Rana, 1 run, flatter and wider of Nitish Rana's off-stump, he cracks it through cover for a single
11.2
2
Chahal to Nitish Rana, 2 runs, so, it's either short or googly? Chahal bowls the former and gets pulled away through the leg-side for a duo of runs. Nice work by Woakes at the circumference, saving two precious runs
11.2
1
Chahal to Nitish Rana, wide, throws a googly to the left-hander, it lands well outside off and spins away further, wided
11.1
1
Chahal to Karthik, 1 run, short and doesn't spin much, fizzes just outside off, DK leans on the back foot and pulls wide of long-on

Deepu's stats corner: "Out of the 30 overs Sundar bowled in T20 League 2017, only 4 came in the second half of the innings." -- AHA!

Yuzvendra Chahal [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

Right then, Kohli's trump-card is back....

10.6
1
Washington Sundar to Karthik, 1 run, slows his pace and bowls the conventional offbreak, DK might have played him some million times (both of them play for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket), nicely works a single into the leg-side
10.5
4
Washington Sundar to Karthik, FOUR, you don't bowl full tosses to DK. Not when he's in such form. DK leans forward a touch and belts the leather through covers, blazed away...
10.4
1
Washington Sundar to Nitish Rana, 1 run, lets the ball drift in and taps gently to nab a single wide of backward point
10.3
0
Washington Sundar to Nitish Rana, no run, preempts the sweep and misses, was too early on the shot and got struck low on the pad. Impact outside off
10.2
2
Washington Sundar to Nitish Rana, 2 runs, lovely batting from Nitish Rana! Allows this floater to dip and lifts it inside out over extra cover, easy two
10.1
1
Washington Sundar to Karthik, 1 run, spins in from a shorter length, gives DK enough time to read it off the pitch and nudge round the corner

Washington Sundar [2.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack

9.6
0
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, no run, another shortish delivery angled away from the batsman, Rana pokes at it only to get beaten. Fine comeback after conceding a boundary on the first ball
9.5
0
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, no run, Umesh is putting in a lot of effort here, never seen him bowl so many short ones. This one was aimed at the helmet as Rana ducked under that
9.4
0
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, no run, short ball angled away from the batsman, Rana drops his hands and sways away
9.3
1
U Yadav to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length outside off, DK runs it down to third man for a single
9.2
1
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, 1 run, short of a length around off, steered down to third man
9.1
4
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, FOUR, that was timed to perfection. Short of a length around off, Rana stands tall and chips this over mid-on. High elbows and poses for the camera. Not to forget the effort by AB though, sprinted back, kept his eyes on the ball and almost pulled it off

Deepu is still in awe of Narine: "He's scored 139 runs off 54 balls @257.40 in his four outings against BLR, with 16 fours and 10 sixes." *Gaping* :O.

8.6
2
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 2 runs, short delivery aimed at the hips. Karthik nudges it towards long leg and manages to come back for the second. Good running between the wickets there, sprinted across for the first run and came back for the second comfortably
8.6
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, wide, effort ball, short but too high over the batsman. de Kock leaps high up in the air to gather it. Too much pace, too much bounce
8.5
0
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, no run, shortish again and angled away from the batsman, Karthik sways away from that
8.4
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, 1 run, a very high full toss on off, Rana dabs it in front of point and runs
8.3
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, leg byes, 1 run, short and quick around off, hurries the batsman and Karthik gets hit on the thigh pad as he goes for a pull. The ball rolled down to third man as the batsmen changed strike
8.2
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, 1 run, shortish in length again, Rana pulls that off his toe end, on a few bounces to long-on
8.1
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Karthik, 1 run, drags his pull to a wide and short delivery to mid-on. Sarfaraz does well to save it by throwing himself to his right, can't stop the single though
7.6
1
U Yadav to Karthik, 1 run, gets on his toe and tucks the length delivery to deep mid-wicket to get off the mark with a single
7.5
0
U Yadav to Karthik, no run, another short and quick delivery outside off, left alone by DK
7.4
1
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, 1 run, short of a length around off, Rana half-pulls it to deep square leg

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.3
0
U Yadav to Uthappa, out Caught by Brendon McCullum!! Umesh is making a huge impact on this game. Has got two big wickets so far and is looking good to get a few more, believe me. Bowls a short and quick delivery around off, Uthappa who was committed into the shot goes ahead with it. Slaps it horizontally and gets a top-edge. McCullum at point has all the time in the world to settle under the skier and take it. Uthappa c Brendon McCullum b U Yadav 13(12) [6s-1]

U Yadav to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.2
1
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, 1 run, steers the length ball down to third man and gets to the other end
7.1
1
U Yadav to Uthappa, 1 run, short of a length on middle, Uthappa has dragged this one past the fielder at short mid-wicket, a single taken

A fascinating little anecdote from Shirsh at the Eden: "Last year, Shah Rukh Khan, wasn't able to attend too many games at the Eden Gardens owing to his primary commitments. But with him turning up for the season opener at his adopted home ground, the DJ is milking this opportunity to the hilt. Only SRK songs, on the loop. Speakers blaring out and the crowd in the B block, just below the one where the superstar is, not wasting a moment to turn around with a hope to see a dance move." - Chal Chhaiyaan Chhaiyaan is bound to be on the playlist :D.

6.6
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Uthappa, 1 run, Robbie retains strike with a gentle single down to long-on. 13 runs off that over, another expensive one
6.5
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, 1 run, poor fielding there. Too casual. Rana punches the shortish delivery towards cover where a misfield helps him fetch a single
6.4
4
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Rana plays this one with only one hand, it came off as he threw his hand at it, ends up slicing it past third man to find the fence
6.3
6
Kulwant Khejroliya to Nitish Rana, SIX, crack made the sound, there! Shortish in length, Rana has had enough of those. Rocks back and pulls this nicely into the night sky, high and handsome, over mid-wicket for a biggie
6.2
1
Kulwant Khejroliya to Uthappa, 1 run, shortish in length around off, Uthappa has all the time in order to swivel his pull to deep square leg
6.1
0
Kulwant Khejroliya to Uthappa, no run, a good start by the Delhite. Bowls a back of a length delivery around off and that's too quick for Uthappa. He tries to tuck it away to the leg side but gets hit on the pads. Appeal for an lbw, turned down. Probably pitched outside leg

Kulwant Khejroliya, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Time-out! What an eventful powerplay that was. Boundaries, sixes, a fiery fifty by Narine, it had all in it. But that over by Umesh Yadav is a gentle reminder that this game is far away from getting over. Would be interesting to see if he gets a wicket or more after the time-out.

5.6
1
U Yadav to Uthappa, 1 run, angles the short of a length delivery past backward point and retains strike
5.5
0
U Yadav to Uthappa, no run, excellent bowling by Umesh. Shortish in length and zipping away from the batsman there, Uthappa pokes at it, only to get beaten
5.4
1
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, leg byes, 1 run, that's nasty! He's steaming in here, is Umesh. Bowls another snorter, quick and short in pace around middle, Rana is a tad slow as he attempts a pull. The ball strikes his helmet and rolls down to third man where the fielder does well to save a boundary
5.4
1
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, wide, another short delivery attempted by Umesh but this is wayward and way over the batsman's head, good take by the keeper there
5.3
0
U Yadav to Nitish Rana, no run, welcomes Rana with a terrific short delivery, Rana does well to sway away from the firing line

Nitish Rana, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Fastest 50s in T20 League:
14 KL RAHUL v DEL, 2018
15 Y Pathan v HYD, 2014; S Narine v BLR, 2017
16 S Raina v PUN, 2014
17 Gilchrist v DEL, 2009;Gayle v PUNE, 2013; Morris v GUJ, 2017; Pollard v KOL, 2016; Narine v BLR, today

5.2
0
U Yadav to Narine, out Bowled!! Umesh Yadav strikes. It's the ex-Knight Rider who gets his former team mate. Bowls a low full toss outside off and that's enough for Umesh to get him a wicket. Narine goes ahead with his drive and ends up getting an inside edge on to the sticks. Entertaining knock, neverthess. Some breather for the Challengers! Narine b U Yadav 50(19) [4s-4 6s-5]

U Yadav to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

5.1
0
U Yadav to Narine, no run, full length delivery fired outside off, Narine moves away to drive, gets beaten though

Umesh Yadav, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

4.6
1
Washington Sundar to Narine, 1 run, 50 off 17 balls! Can you believe it? He has done it again. He's making a habit of it. Charges down the wicket and whips the floated delivery to deep mid-wicket. Reaches the milestone and raises the bat, acknowledges the crowd!
4.5
6
Washington Sundar to Narine, SIX, that's caught, but the fielder has touched the fence in the momentum. Narine whipped this gift to mid-wicket where Mandeep caught it but at the same time was in contact with the cushions. Needs only one more to complete a fifty
4.4
6
Washington Sundar to Narine, SIX, toying with the bowler, toying with his lines, toying with his lengths. This is a full toss and Narine simply dances down the wicket and wallops it over long-off. Six more! Can't hear anything, the crowd is loving it and so is Narine
4.4
1
Washington Sundar to Narine, wide, pressure for you, Sundar slips this one down the leg side, Narine doesn't bother
4.3
4
Washington Sundar to Narine, FOUR, he's taking down BLR single handedly, is he? Remember he scored the fastest T20 League fifty against the same opposition last year (a record that was broken by a manic Rahul earlier today). Comes down the wicket and slaughters this one past mid-off
4.2
0
Washington Sundar to Narine, no run, moves away and drives that powerfully, can't beat mid-off though
4.1
1
Washington Sundar to Uthappa, 1 run, flighted delivery around off, driven along the ground to wide mid-off

Narine's love-affair with BLR before this game:
1(1)*, 34(17), 54(17)
89 runs off 35 balls, 12 fours, 5 sixes

3.6
6
Woakes to Narine, SIX, 20 runs off the over! This is boom boom Sunil Narine. Gets hold of the slower delivery yet again, it's slower in pace too. Plenty of time for the entertainer to camp back and clobber it over mid-wicket. The crowd has gone berserk
3.5
0
Woakes to Narine, no run, short of a length on leg, too close to be cut but looking at the mood Narine is in, he goes for it. Too quick and too close that was, gets beaten
3.4
4
Woakes to Narine, FOUR, beats the chasing BLR skipper this time around. It's a lightning quick outfield, just look at it. Even the fast moving feet of Kohli can't stop this. Fullish in length around off and Narine creams it through covers. The ball's lost, somewhere under the covers.
3.3
4
Woakes to Narine, FOUR, no stopping him, it seems. Short of a length and outside off, Narine slaps hard and evades the fielder at cover-point. He's in the zone folks!
3.2
6
Woakes to Narine, SIX, raining sixes already, we are already in the fourth over. This is the third six of the innings. It's a slower delivery by Woakes, Narine waits for it calmly and bludgeons it right over long-on. Off to a flier is Sunil
3.1
0
Woakes to Narine, no run, short and wide outside off, Narine goes for a wild slap at it, but the extra bounce beats his outside edge
2.6
6
Washington Sundar to Uthappa, SIX, excellent shot to end the over. He can do this, doesn't matter if Lynn is back to the pavilion. Gets sight of the loopy delivery, sets under it and smokes it right over the bowler's head. In fact a tad to his left, but it's a clean strike. Long-on is a mere spectator
2.5
1
Washington Sundar to Narine, 1 run, tentatively drives the low full toss to wide mid-off and gets off the strike in a jiffy
2.4
1
Washington Sundar to Uthappa, 1 run, quicker delivery around off, Uthappa whips it nicely, only to get a single at long-on though
2.3
1
Washington Sundar to Narine, 1 run, straighter delivery on midddle, Narine plays that with hard hands, throws his bat and gets an inside edge towards short mid-wicket
2.2
1
Washington Sundar to Uthappa, 1 run, slows it down a tad and bowls a floater on middle and leg, Uthappa has whipped that down to long-on
2.1
0
Washington Sundar to Uthappa, no run, low full toss drifting into the batsman, Uthappa drives it along the ground to wide mid-off

Most catches as fielder in T20 League:
86 S Raina
73 AB de Villiers
72 Rohit Sharma
70 K Pollard
60 D Bravo/ V Kohli

Washington Sundar, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

1.6
0
Woakes to Narine, no run, low full toss with a tad of inswing on that, driven down to mid-on by Narine. With Lynn back in the hut, will Narine change his tactic? Looks unlikely

Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease

1.5
0
Woakes to Chris Lynn, out Caught by de Villiers!! This was always coming. Lynn never looked in tonight. Struggled a tad initially and throws his wicket away eventually. It's a slower delivery, shortish in length too. The big man goes after it with a single handed shot and gets no sort of connection. Miscues it over mid-off where de Villiers sprints to his left and gulps it down. Chris Lynn c de Villiers b Woakes 5(8) [4s-1]

Woakes to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.4
4
Woakes to Chris Lynn, FOUR, first boundary for Lynn. Lucky to be still out there though. This was a full length delivery around off, Lynn swings hard at it and gets an inside edge, past the stumps and beats the fielder at short fine leg
1.3
0
Woakes to Chris Lynn, no run, gets deceived by the slower one this time around. Short and slow outside off, Lynn throws his bat at it only to get beaten. Three dots in a row now
1.2
0
Woakes to Chris Lynn, no run, short of a length and moving away a tad, outside off and it's a wild swing and a miss. Struggling a bit to get the timing right tonight
1.1
0
Woakes to Chris Lynn, no run, was that a chance? Difficult one, if at all. Full length delivery around off, Lynn drives it straight past the bowler who gets down in his followthrough as the ball evades him

Chris Woakes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Chahal to Chris Lynn, 1 run, darts it down the leg side but lucky to not concede a boundary. Lynn flicks it towards short fine leg and scampers across to the other end. Just getting a hang of things it seems, is Chris Lynn
0.5
0
Chahal to Chris Lynn, no run, drags the length back and Lynn is on hi back foot as he knocks it back to the bowler
0.4
0
Chahal to Chris Lynn, no run, 'no' is the call by Lynn as he eases the tossed up delivery down to mid-off

A well-timed stat from Deepu: Narine has a SR of 221.21 against spin compared to 131.25 vs pace. He hits a six every 5.50 balls vs spin in comparison to 24 balls vs pace.

0.3
1
Chahal to Narine, 1 run, shortish outside off, Narine punches it through the gap at cover and takes a single
0.2
6
Chahal to Narine, SIX, a maximum! Even better than the first one. Loopy delivery around off, Narine goes down and slogs it over mid-wicket. Half a dozen more as it just clears the fence. Was a flat one!
0.1
4
Chahal to Narine, FOUR, here he is! Not wasting any time. He's at it. It's a tossed up delivery around off, Narine grounds his knee and pummels it dead straight over the bowler's head. Four runs!

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