Shahbaz Nadeem 6(8); |
Kuldeep Yadav* 3.2-0-32-3; | Sunil Narine 3-0-18-3
Mohammed Siraj* 8(3); | Virat Kohli 92(62);
Mustafizur Rahman* 4-0-55-0; | Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-28-2
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.
Kuldeep Yadav to Boult, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Narine to Shami, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
A slip in place.
Shahbaz Nadeem, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Narine to Vijay Shankar, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Mohammed Shami, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Narine to Chris Morris, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Sunil Narine [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Chris Morris, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Halfway through the chase, Delhi have lost half their side. They've scored almost half the required score as well.
Vijay Shankar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Tom Curran to Rahul Tewatia, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rahul Tewatia, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Pant, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Another bowling change and it's Kuldeep into the attack now
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
Maxwell has got rid of his helmet
Piyush Chawla [1.0-0-4-1] is back into the attack
Five men in the ring on the off-side
Sunil Narine, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shivam Mavi to Gambhir, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Two men behind square on the leg-side now..
Mavi into the attack, just one over for Chawla then.. He has a slip in place as well. Third man is inside the ring
A short mid-wicket in place for Pant
Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease
A Russell to Shreyas Iyer, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Pace from the other end, it's Russell. One slip in place. He has a false start as the batsman backed away..
Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chawla to Roy, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Gambhir and Roy are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Chawla will open the attack