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Kolkata vs Delhi - 13th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: 16 April 2018

Delhi 129/10 (14.2 Ovs) RR: 9.00 | Kolkata won by 71 runs

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We have had three successive matches now, where the teams batting first have won. The trends have certainly changed. As DK said, the wrist-spinners continue to make merry in this tournament. A rare one-sided T20 League affair, today from the Eden Gardens. Tomorrow, it's the high-voltage clash between Mumbai and Bangalore at the Wankhede. Good luck, if you are a bowler. Virat Kohli versus Rohit Sharma. Do join us. Until then, it's goodbye from Abhinand Raghavendran, Pradeep, Srivathsa, Sagar Chawla, Nikhil Jadhav and our scorer Sreenivas.

- Sunil Narine is the third player to take 100 T20 League wickets; first foreign spinner to do so.

Nitish Rana, Man of the Match: It's a good feeling as this is my first season for KOL and I wanted to perform well. Unluckily I got out on the previous two occasions, hence this was an important knock for me. This was also an important game for us as we lost the previous two matches. I get to know about the type of ball just by looking at the field, I get a fair idea about it. The other team had planned not to bowl outside off but when they bowled at my body I went for the shots and it came off. When the ball is in my range, I go ahead with the shot and I managed to do it tonight.

Dinesh Karthik: (On Iyer's dismissal) We have done a bit of planning. It was a fantastic catch from Nitish Rana. Wins keep you happy and you are slowly there. Touchwood, this is the kind of the day, where you make a move and it works. Feel good as a captain. Wrist spinners in T20 League are picked for a certain purpose. We have three top quality spinners. They are standing up. It's good to see. (When asked to rate his captaincy) You should tell me that (chuckles). It's going well. You sleep with a lot of thoughts, you wake up with a lot of thoughts, something I'm getting used to. Need to balance those thoughts and try to separate batting from captaincy.

Sunil Narine (purple cap) - I am not still exactly 100% with the ball, but I am doing whatever the team wants me to do. Doing the basics and not allowing too many things to cloud my mind. It's coming well at the moment. That's cricket (team without Gambhir), but that's part and parcel of the game, we all put heart and soul into the game and he now belongs to another team. I think I am slightly different as a spinner, but I believe in accuracy and keeping the ball as straight as possible, that's working well for me.

Gautam Gambhir: "We have to give it to KOL, they played really well. One stage we thought they couldn't get 170-175 but then getting to 200 was a good effort by them. We knew it was going to be a stiff chase as they have three quality spinners. I thought we tried our level best but we couldn't execute the plans well. Someone like Russell when he starts to take on the bowlers it's difficult to contain him. We even tried bowling from round the wicket. We had different plans but it was difficult to execute the plans. Lot of balls we bowled into his radar. It's important for us to win the games at home, there are about 5 of them we're playing at home. The next game is important for us if we can take a win. If we get a win in Bangalore the confidence will be better. We still have 10 games left and a lot of hard work to do."

23:20 Local Time, 17:50 GMT, 23:20 IST: Well, that fell apart pretty quickly. Didn't it? Chasing a target of 201, Delhi lost three wickets in three overs, but that didn't derail their innings. Rishabh Pant, along with Maxwell, went after the KOL bowlers and they kept the required run rate under check. They were involved in a 62-run stand. But, both of them were removed by half-trackers from Kuldeep Yadav. The Delhi just collapsed from there. They lost their last 7 wickets for 43 runs in 35 balls. This was definitely not a track to get skittled out for 129. A poor performance from the Delhi batsmen. Earlier, it was Andre Russell and Nitish Rana who powered the hosts to an above-par score. Hang around for the presentations.

14.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Boult, out Caught&Bowled!! It's over. Flighted delivery attacking the stumps, Boult chips it straight back to the bowler. Kuldeep Yadav gobbles it just above his head. Kolkata win by 71 runs. Boult c and b Kuldeep Yadav 0(2)

Kuldeep Yadav to Boult, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

14.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nadeem, 1 run, the length is too full and that's been forced to deep extra cover
13.6
0
Narine to Boult, no run, Boult brings his bat down hurriedly to block the offie

Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease

13.5
0
Narine to Shami, out Caught by A Russell!! Shami departs. This was on the cards. He slogged from ball one and perishes. Chips down the track to smash the offie over deep mid-wicket. No timing whatsoever - courtesy the bat turned at the point of impact. Russell runs to his left from mid-wicket and pouches it with ease. Shami c A Russell b Narine 7(6) [4s-1]

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

13.4
1
Narine to Nadeem, 1 run, Nadeem plays in the direction of the spin to wrist this ball to deep mid-wicket
13.3
1
Narine to Shami, 1 run, the carrom ball, Shami jogged down and had to adjust as the length was shortened. Shami did well there to open his bat-face and guide it square of the wicket
13.2
1
Narine to Nadeem, 1 run, shorter in length, Nadeem stands tall and forces it to sweeper cover
13.1
0
Narine to Nadeem, no run, in-turner from a length, Nadeem is early to close his bat-face, gets hit on the body. Going down
12.6
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Shami, FOUR, more flight on this ball and Shami eyes the mid-wicket region. Swings hard and gets a fat outside edge that goes over the slip fielder. Runs away to the third man fence
12.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Shami, no run, pushed through wide of off, Shami clears his front leg and misses the cut
12.4
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nadeem, 1 run, shortish googly, mistimed slap to sweeper cover
12.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nadeem, no run, pushed to covers
12.2
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Shami, 1 run, there's the mighty swing of the bat from Shami and the ball balloons up off the edge. Went miles up, luckily for the batter, falls in the no-man's land - around mid-on
12.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nadeem, 1 run, juicy full toss, Nadeem mistimes the clip horribly wide of long-on. That was tossed above the batter's eye-line

A slip in place.

11.6
1
Narine to Nadeem, 1 run, very full outside off, squeezed to sweeper cover

Shahbaz Nadeem, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.5
0
Narine to Vijay Shankar, out Lbw!! Vijay Shankar is given out lbw and he reviews. Fair delivery. No bat involved. The impact was just above the kneeroll in front of off. What does the ball-tracker say? Three reds and Shankar goes off taking the only review with him. DEL are falling apart here, without a fight. Turns in from a short of length and beats Shankar's clip/flick. He wasn't forward as well. The umpire raised the finger quickly. Vijay Shankar lbw b Narine 2(4)

Narine to Vijay Shankar, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

11.4
1
Narine to Shami, 1 run, turns the off-break to backward square leg

Mohammed Shami, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.3
0
Narine to Chris Morris, out Bowled!! 100 T20 League wickets for Sunil Narine! No reaction from the Caribbean; as usual. The off-break from Narine doesn't spin much. Goes straight and crashes into the off-pole. And what was Morris doing? He backed away a long way to loft it over covers. Missed it by a mile. Beaten on the outside edge. Seven down. Chris Morris b Narine 2(3)

Narine to Chris Morris, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

11.2
1
Narine to Vijay Shankar, 1 run, shorter and flatter, punched down to long-on
11.1
1
Narine to Chris Morris, 1 run, off-break on middle and leg, worked to deep mid-wicket

Sunil Narine [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

10.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Chris Morris, 1 run, in-turner, push-driven to long-on

Chris Morris, right handed bat, comes to the crease

10.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, out Caught by Uthappa!! Tries to go for the third maximum on the trot and perishes. Hey bowlers, need a wicket? Bowl half-trackers. That's what Kuldeep did. He's bowled two and has two wickets. Was the short leg-break from the left-arm spinner, Maxwell spotted it and went deep in his crease. Pull too hard and loses his shape. Miscued and picked Uthappa at deep mid-wicket. A big wicket, this. Maxwell c Uthappa b Kuldeep Yadav 47(22) [4s-3 6s-4]

Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

10.4
6
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, SIX, back-to-back sixes. Quicker delivery, too straight as well, that's been bludgeoned over deep mid-wicket with a mighty swing of the bat
10.3
6
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, SIX, that's been palmed over the ropes! Mavi, the fielder. Was a slow, flighted delivery. Slightly too full, Maxwell goes hard on the lofted on-drive and doesn't time it too well. Mavi moved to his right and probably didn't time his jump well. Gets a hand, but that's been parried away. SIX
10.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, no run, tries the reverse-sweep and misses
10.1
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, 2 runs, drifting across, Maxwell stays back and heaves it away, muscled. Mavi, from long-on, sprints to his right and makes a diving stop

Halfway through the chase, Delhi have lost half their side. They've scored almost half the required score as well.

9.6
0
Tom Curran to Vijay Shankar, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Vijay Shankar plays with an open face and finds backward point. There's a fumble from Rana and the batsman wants a run, sensibly sent back by Maxwell
9.5
1
Tom Curran to Maxwell, 1 run, the slower ball from Curran, driven square on the off-side for a single
9.4
1
Tom Curran to Vijay Shankar, 1 run, short of a length and on Shankar's hips, nudged away behind square on the on-side for a single

Vijay Shankar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

9.3
0
Tom Curran to Rahul Tewatia, out Caught by A Russell!! That's a tame dismissal for Tewatia and the Delhi have lost half their side. This was full and this was wide of off, Tewatia saw the opportunity for a few runs, got his left leg out of the way and was looking to smash it over cover. He went so hard that he lost all the poise and flow, ended up slicing it straight to Russell at short extra-cover. As easy as it comes. Rahul Tewatia c A Russell b Tom Curran 1(2)

Tom Curran to Rahul Tewatia, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

9.2
1
Tom Curran to Maxwell, 1 run, short and well outside off, slapped away towards deep point for a single
9.1
6
Tom Curran to Maxwell, SIX, smashed, the back of the hand slower short ball from Curran, but it sat up to be smacked. Maxwell swivels across and pulls it high and way into the stands at long leg
8.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, 1 run, another wrong 'un from Kuldeep, Maxwell didn't pick it as he stayed back, gets a thick edge behind square on the off-side for a single
8.5
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, 2 runs, tad fuller and wider of off, Maxwell shuffled across and hacked it wide of long-on. Mavi does well to slide across and keep them down to a brace
8.4
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Rahul Tewatia, 1 run, the wrong 'un from Kuldeep, not sure he picked it, got his bat just in time and the inside edge rolls away wide of mid-wicket

Rahul Tewatia, left handed bat, comes to the crease

8.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Pant, out Caught by Chawla!! Oh dear! We saw this yesterday for BLR, now Pant falls to a long hop. Dropped short and on the stumps, begging to be smacked, Pant swivelled across and nailed the pull, hard and flat - straight into the hands of Chawla at deep mid-wicket. The Eden Gardens finds its voice once again, Pant falls after an impressive knock. Pant c Chawla b Kuldeep Yadav 43(26) [4s-7 6s-1]

Kuldeep Yadav to Pant, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

8.2
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, 1 run, the wrong 'un from Kuldeep, but it's too short and wide of off, chopped away towards deep cover for a single
8.1
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, FOUR, reverse sweep and four, flighted delivery outside off, Maxwell bends down half-way and then gets it past the keeper, no chance for short third man and the ball rolls away to the fence

Another bowling change and it's Kuldeep into the attack now

7.6
0
Tom Curran to Pant, no run, the slower bouncer from Curran, Pant ducks under it and lets it go, DK collects it on the bounce
7.5
1
Tom Curran to Maxwell, 1 run, on a good length and a hint of slant back into the right-hander, Maxwell prods across and works it towards long-on for a single
7.4
0
Tom Curran to Maxwell, no run, much better from Curran, tad fuller and just outside off, Maxwell wasn't forward as he pushed at that, can't get it past short extra-cover
7.3
6
Tom Curran to Maxwell, SIX, easy pickings for Maxwell, short and at his body, he gets inside the line, uses the pace on the ball and helps it way over the ropes at long leg
7.2
1
Tom Curran to Pant, 1 run, Curran shortens his length outside off, steered to the left of cover-point. Pant waits for the ball to pass the fielder and then jogs across for a single
7.1
4
Tom Curran to Pant, FOUR, cracking shot, full and well outside off, right in the slot for Pant as he drives it past cover, the fielder in the deep has no chance

Another one-over spell from Narine and it's Curran who has replaced him

Time for the strategic break. DEL lost three quick wickets but Pant has given them some hope with a knock filled with luck and pluck. Maxwell is taking his time to settle, one would feel these two need to bat at least another 8-9 overs to give their team a chance

6.6
1
Chawla to Pant, leg byes, 1 run, tossed up well outside leg, Pant was looking to sweep and missed, rolled away off the pads past the keeper and there's an optimistic appeal for LBW
6.5
1
Chawla to Maxwell, 1 run, the quicker ball from Chawla, pushed through flatter and quicker, sliced away behind square on the off-side where Lynn makes a tumbling one-handed stop, saved three runs for his team

Maxwell has got rid of his helmet

6.4
1
Chawla to Pant, 1 run, flatter and on the stumps, stayed a bit low as well, pulled away without any timing towards backward square leg
6.3
0
Chawla to Pant, no run, flighted quicker and angling across the left-hander, left alone
6.2
4
Chawla to Pant, FOUR, this is excellent batting from Pant, Chawla dropped this one short and just outside off, Pant makes room, lets the ball go past him and then cuts it square behind point for a boundary
6.1
6
Chawla to Pant, SIX, lovely, tossed up well outside off, Pant gets a good stride forward, picks the wrong 'un, opens the face of the bat at the last moment and sends it soaring over extra-cover for a maximum

Piyush Chawla [1.0-0-4-1] is back into the attack

5.6
1
Narine to Pant, 1 run, Pant shimmies down the track to a well flighted delivery and pushes it in front of mid-on, calls his partner across for a quick single
5.5
0
Narine to Pant, no run, tossed up on off, Pant gets half-forward and defends it towards the off-side
5.4
4
Narine to Pant, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries for Pant, gets down low to a well flighted delivery outside leg, rolls his wrists and sweeps it behind square on the on-side for a boundary
5.3
4
Narine to Pant, FOUR, much needed for DEL, very full and around off, Pant gets his left leg out of the way, brings his bottom-hand into play and drills it wide of mid-on, beats the fielder in the ring and rolls away to the fence
5.2
1
Narine to Maxwell, 1 run, slower and just outside off, Maxwell was back on the pull, gets an inside edge behind square on the on-side

Five men in the ring on the off-side

5.1
1
Narine to Pant, 1 run, tossed up on off, Pant bends down low, rolls his wrists over and sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single

Sunil Narine, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

4.6
0
Shivam Mavi to Maxwell, no run, the bouncer from Mavi, Maxwell was caught in two minds, makes a late call to abort the attempted ramp shot, the ball sailed through to the keeper
4.5
4
Shivam Mavi to Maxwell, FOUR, short, wide and four, no one moved after Maxwell flashed it behind square on the off-side, a poor ball and Maxwell took full toll of it
4.4
1
Shivam Mavi to Pant, 1 run, nice change of pace from Mavi, slips in the slower ball now, worked away in front of square on the on-side for a single
4.3
1
Shivam Mavi to Maxwell, leg byes, 1 run, short of a length and angling back into the right-hander, beat Maxwell for pace on the tuck and rolled behind square on the off-side, another leg-bye added to the total
4.2
1
Shivam Mavi to Pant, leg byes, 1 run, Mavi shortens his length on Pant's pads, he was looking to flick and missed, rolls away off his thigh-pad towards square leg
4.1
0
Shivam Mavi to Pant, no run, short of a length and angling across the left-hander at 142.4 kmph. Pant threw everything he had on the drive and missed by a distance
3.6
4
A Russell to Maxwell, FOUR, just over cover and the small Eden Gardens outfield means it's a boundary for Maxwell. He backed away to a short and wide ball, had to reach out for the slap, didn't get it off the middle, but has enough to clear the infield
3.5
0
A Russell to Maxwell, no run, short of a good length and just outside off, Maxwell was hanging back, that meant he wasn't fully forward on the drive, hits it straight to the fielder at mid-off
3.4
1
A Russell to Pant, 1 run, back of a length and just outside off, Pant drops it in front of point and calls his partner across for a quick single. There's a direct hit at his end, but he was home by then
3.3
4
A Russell to Pant, FOUR, Pant has been lucky in this innings so far, pitched up and well wide of off, he saw the width and threw his hands at that, slices it high and over cover, couple of bounces and over the ropes
3.3
1
A Russell to Pant, wide, loud shout for a caught behind, but the umpire isn't fooled as he signals a wide. Short and angling down the leg-side, Pant was late on the pull and missed
3.2
4
A Russell to Pant, FOUR, much better from Pant, full and just outside off, Pant brings his bat down and drills it back past the non-striker. Mid-off is very wide and has no chance
3.1
0
A Russell to Pant, no run, that's an ugly looking shot from Pant, reverses his stance and looks to play a reverse swat, the ball hit him high on the pad and rolls away towards slip

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.6
0
Shivam Mavi to Gambhir, out Bowled!! First T20 League wicket for Mavi and he's chuffed to bits. Short of a length and angling across the left-hander, Gambhir was cramped for room as he went for the cut, gets an inside edge and the ball clatters into the stumps. Mavi is pumped and so are KOL. DEL in dire straits now. Gambhir b Shivam Mavi 8(7) [4s-1]

Shivam Mavi to Gambhir, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

2.5
1
Shivam Mavi to Pant, 1 run, Pant is clearly uncomfortable against the short ball, once again he's hurried into the pull, manages to fend it away towards square leg

Two men behind square on the leg-side now..

2.4
4
Shivam Mavi to Pant, FOUR, change of pace from Mavi, but Pant spotted it well, waited on the short ball, rolled his wrists and helped it behind square on the on-side, beat short fine and raced away to the fence
2.3
2
Shivam Mavi to Pant, 2 runs, pace from Mavi and that hurried Pant into the pull, was in no control over the shot - but he got it in front of square on the on-side. Curran was the fielder at deep backward square leg and he keeps it down to a brace
2.3
1
Shivam Mavi to Pant, wide, pace from Mavi, that was bowled at 144.5 kmph, but it's short and well down the leg-side, called as a wide
2.2
0
Shivam Mavi to Pant, no run, short of a good length and just outside off, pushed towards cover
2.1
1
Shivam Mavi to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length and on Gambhir's pads, tucked away behind square on the on-side for a single

Mavi into the attack, just one over for Chawla then.. He has a slip in place as well. Third man is inside the ring

1.6
0
A Russell to Pant, no run, full and just outside off, Pant brings his strong bottom-hand into play as he drives it straight to mid-on
1.6
1
A Russell to Pant, wide, the bouncer from Russell, but it's well down the leg-side and it's called as a wide once again
1.6
1
A Russell to Pant, wide, full and sliding down the leg-side, Pant lets the ball go through and it's called as a wide

A short mid-wicket in place for Pant

Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease

1.5
0
A Russell to Shreyas Iyer, out Caught by Nitish Rana!! The Delhi have been rocked early, excellent ball from Russell, hit the deck hard and got the ball to deviate away from outside off, drew Shreyas Iyer into a limp poke, the edge was found and it was travelling quickly. Rana dived across to his left at first slip, went with both hands and holds on. Shreyas Iyer c Nitish Rana b A Russell 4(3) [4s-1]

A Russell to Shreyas Iyer, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.4
4
A Russell to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, short, wide and four, Shreyas Iyer's eyes lit up as he saw the width, got on top of the bounce and cracked it square past point, no need to run for those
1.3
1
A Russell to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length and on Gambhir's hips, helped away behind square on the on-side. Mavi nearly made a mess of the simple stop, but he gets his body behind the ball and stops it
1.2
4
A Russell to Gambhir, FOUR, cracking shot, overpitched and well outside off, Gambhir leans forward and places it into the gap past cover-point, beat the man in the ring and rolled away to the fence
1.1
0
A Russell to Gambhir, no run, on a good length and on middle, Gambhir gets half-forward on the on-drive, gets a soft leading edge towards mid-off

Pace from the other end, it's Russell. One slip in place. He has a false start as the batsman backed away..

0.6
0
Chawla to Shreyas Iyer, no run, the drifter from Chawla, kept coming back at the right-hander, clipped straight to the fielder at short mid-wicket

Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.6
1
Chawla to Roy, wide, out Stumped!! Smart stumping from Karthik and the last match hero falls cheaply. Nicely bowled by Chawla as well, he pre-empted that Roy was coming down the track and slid this one down the leg-side, Roy stepped forward, the momentum took him further ahead, he turned around in panic, but Karthik had by then removed one of the stumps. A cheap dismissal for Roy and Delhi have lost an early wicket. Roy st Karthik b Chawla 1(3)

Chawla to Roy, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

0.5
0
Chawla to Roy, no run, pushed through flatter and quicker of off, Roy backs away and mistimes the cut towards the off-side
0.4
1
Chawla to Gambhir, 1 run, Chawla tosses one on the stumps, driven to the left of mid-on where Russell makes a tumbling stop, just a single
0.3
1
Chawla to Roy, 1 run, Chawla drifts this one onto Roy's pads, clipped away in front of square on the on-side for a single
0.2
0
Chawla to Roy, no run, very full and just outside off, Roy was looking to flick it against the angle, gets an inside edge onto the boot
0.1
1
Chawla to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Gambhir gets forward and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single

Gambhir and Roy are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Chawla will open the attack