Chris Gayle* 62(38); | Mayank Agarwal 2(2);
Tom Curran* 0.1-0-6-0; | Shivam Mavi 3-0-29-0
It's been a mixed bag for KOL. They have won three and lost three. DK and Co. need to do some serious thinking. Lynn getting back among the runs was a positive and the bowling figures of Mavi don't suggest how well he bowled. KOL would hope Russell's injury isn't big. So that's that from the Eden Gardens run fest. It's not quite a run feast in Bengaluru. Hop tabs for the action between DEL and BLR. See you there!
Rahul (Man of the Match): "I don't want to stop whatever I am doing. I am in a good space and want to win games. The approach is going to be aggressive and to take the bowlers down within my limitations with whatever I am gifted with. It's working for me. The simpler you keep it, the more clearer you will be as a batsman. I don't want to complicate my batting, just see the ball and hit the ball. I bank a lot on cricketing shots. My feet are moving and I am hitting the ball well. I got to make sure that I should make it big and stay there till the end. Me and Chris want to back our games. If Chris is going it doesn't mean I slow down. If he fancies a bowler, then I let him strike. But it hasn't been that way. We've spoken something else outside, but once we are out there, we just continue what we are doing and not thinking too much."
Ashwin: "Lot happier than the previous one (win). I thought we were under the pump with the ball. During the second time-out I pulled the boys and told them if we can keep them to 190, it will be a great favour to the batsmen. Very pleased with the way we batted. KL looked like a millon dollars and you never ask with Chris, he's gone fifty after fifty. Our bowlers got hit, so we wanted to have shorter targets for them to try and make sure they achieved that. You don't really plan with someone like Chris. We are a team that wants to embrace winning the powerplay with the ball and the bat - that's half the job completed. If we can get some points in the next week, even if we get four out 2 games - being a bit greedy, then we go into a small break. So it will be helpful for us."
Chris Gayle, Orange cap holder: I am accustomed to it (about getting the Orange cap). To be honest, I am not worried about the Orange cap. I think Rahul deserves it, he's been batting really well. I have been striking well and when you are in the zone, you try to keep the momentum going. I have been doing lot of stretches (about his fitness) and I am enjoying it. It's really good to contribute to the team. Hope to continue this form.
Dinesh Karthik, KOL captain: I think they took us on in the Powerplay and played really good shots. There seems to be a trend where we tend to miss out on the last couple of overs with the bat. It's important that we finish the innings well. We didn't execute plans and a player like Gayle will always hit you if you miss your lengths. The crowds have been great, proud to be playing in front of them and they are big fans of KOL.
Look at that confident walk back to the dressing from Gayle. He's in a good space folks and is looking hungry. 192 was a good target set by KOL, but Rahul and Gayle just smashed the bowlers to all corners to make a mockery of the total. The rain came down heavy, but the PUN openers ensured that the side was well and truly in front. The revised target of 125 in 13 overs was swallowed easily. Gayle made 62 at a strike-rate of 163 dots, but to me Rahul's 27-ball 60 was special primarily because of the ease with which he hit the bowlers. Hardly played a rash shot. Making a serious case for an opening slot for India in T20s. Rohit plays No. 4 maybe!
Tom Curran, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Five needed off 12
Shivam Mavi [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Just 8 runs needed. Can they finish it off this over?
Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Narine to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
20:14 Local Time, 14:44 GMT, 20:14 IST: Out come the players. Rahul and Gayle move towards the pitch. Should swallow this easily!
20:06 Local Time, 14:36 GMT, 20:06 IST: 20:15 start for a 13-over game. 125 is the target for PUN. So that means they only need 29 runs from 28 balls. Easy peasy!
All covers off. KOL players already in a meeting. Umpires in the far corner are having a chat with a few groundsmen now.
19:33 Local Time, 14:03 GMT, 19:33 IST: More from the ground - Final sheet on the main pitch goes off now. Huge cheers from the crowd, they have done well to stay back because the way it came down for that 30 odd minutes, phew, one needed some good shelter really.
19:21 Local Time, 13:51 GMT, 19:21 IST: Hurray!! There is some good news from Shirshendu, "It has stopped raining. Groundsmen working away in full force." We might get to see some action after all. Hang in there folks.. We will have more updates soon.
19:14 Local Time, 13:44 GMT, 19:14 IST: Some more insight as to what is happening at Eden: Groundsmen are at it, using those mops to wipe off water from the covers on the square, such huge splashing there. There's a lot of water on the surface. Supersoppers doing their job on the outside.
19:09 Local Time, 13:39 GMT, 19:09 IST: Latest from ground zero: Scheduled close of play is 19:10 and as per the local scorers, play can be extended up to 20:10 IST. Haven't heard anything official yet though. In the meantime, the rain gods are doing tricks - the intensity of the rain has reduced surely but still heavy. Off goes a supersopper, second one is almost ready to take off too.
18:57 Local Time, 13:27 GMT, 18:57 IST: The latest update is not a promising one. "This is all we might have seen today at the Eden. Absolutely bucketing down here. Puddles already on the covers," pings our man. And this one from KOL's twitter handle, "PUN were 31 runs ahead of the DLS par score (65/0) when rain stopped play after 8.2 overs. The drizzle has turned to heavy showers right now. Cut off time for play to resume is 8:10 PM IST."
18:42 Local Time, 13:12 GMT, 18:42 IST: On come the covers and off go the players. The rain has picked up pace and that has forced the umpires to stop play. Gayle and Rahul are still in the dugout as the rest of the team head indoors. The entire ground is being covered. PUN well ahead on the DLS par score, which is 65 at this stage Hopefully it is a passing shower and we resume the action soon. "Thunder, lightning, rain. Not looking good at all," adds Shirshendu.
Piyush Chawla [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Kolkata met expert: "Umpires having a word right now, groundsmen have taken their positions already."
Starting to drizzle..
Sunil Narine [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
All of a sudden there's a stiff breeze blowing across the Eden. Slight pause in play. Apparently it's raining some 10KM away from the ground. At the moment we are good to carry on though
Gayle vs Kuldeep now
Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Here he comes!
The runs are bleeding. 73/0 in 6 - third highest powerplay score at Eden in T20 League. KOL in big trouble. Got to get these two quickly and get into that middle order. Kuldeep is key for them. By the way, it's a time-out at the Eden.
Piyush Chawla, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Gayle vs Narine in T20 League: 45 balls, 40 runs, 2 dismissals
Sunil Narine, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Rinku Singh is the sub for Russell
Nitish Rana, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Andre Russell throws the ball away in frustration as he stops last minute before jumping into his delivery stride. He's feeling the pain and is going off the attack. This is not good news for KOL!
Andre Russell, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Fine start from Mavi. Apart from the one boundary middled by Rahul, he's been pretty good with pace, movement and lines.
Extra slip added now
Young Shivam Mavi vs Chris Gayle. Good luck with those away-swingers big man! What a moment for Mavi
Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Shivam Mavi will open the attack