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Mumbai vs Punjab - 50th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: 16 May 2018

Punjab 183/5 (20 Ovs) RR: 9.15 | Mumbai won by 3 runs

commentary

MUM have crept into the top four for the second time this season. It's the Mumbai way. There's still another game to win, but go ahead, bet against them if you're feeling courageous. So that's another thriller appended to the long list of them this year. Until the next one, this is Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Rishi Roy, Raju Peethala, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Nikhil Jadhav and our scorer Sulthan. Good night!

Bumrah, MoM: Clarity is very important when you bowl at the death. That's what I look for. When I'm clear, it's easier to execute. Plans don't change at the last moment (of where to bowl), when you run in. If you're changing at the last moment, that means you're not clear. On a bad day a batsman could hit you, but you have to execute your plans. He's (Rahul) batting really well since the start of the season. Difficult to bowl to someone like that. But I backed myself. Knew his wicket was very important. On this wicket, slower ball was not gripping that much from a good length due to the dew. So I was trying to bowl the dipper and I was able to execute so it was a good day.

Rohit, MUM captain: Holding up nicely. After a win, obviously you feel good. I thought we played a perfect game. Whatever we asked from the boys, they came and delivered in the middle. Never been easy for us since the past few years actually. Knew it was going to be a good pitch. Lost the plot in the middle, could have got 10-15 runs more. Those things happen. Been happening for us a number of times now. Nothing to take away from the bowlers. Always knew it was going to be tough for them to come out and defend against a solid batting line-up. Hats off them to deliver the goods. Pollard has always been a match-winner for us. Leaving him out was a tough decision. We thought now was the time to bring him back. Not to take away from Duminy who hasn't got opportunities. We thought if he's batting down the order, Pollard will be the better option for us. Come the big game, Pollard stands up for us. He was disappointed at being left out. What he did with the bat today, that's what he does. Bumrah has come a long way the past two years. He's worked really hard on his bowling. Not easy to come out and bowl the way he does. He's the one who's taken the responsibility. Always Malinga will be missed, but since he's gone, we've known Bumrah is the one to take the charge. He might not be up there in the wickets column, but what he does for us is very very important. Coming out and bowling at difficult times to a batsman who's set, that's what we require from him.

Kieron Pollard: First of all I would like to thank god. Has been disappointing for me. I have seen, I have heard, brought out something different. Thanks for the people who supported me. My wife came back as well and it brought out some difference in me. When you look at the opportunities, the doubt was never there. Most importantly we came out and put up a good fight. We live to fight another day and that's what matters. Never easy in T20 cricket as I said. Thanks to the victory though as we have 12 points and a better run rate. Our season was at stake and Mitch (McClenaghan) bowled really well in the last over and held it together. Congrats to him, he came out on top. We go to Delhi and see if we come out on top again.

Ashwin, PUN captain: (Hands over the Orange Cap to Rahul, who looks like he'd forego a hundred of those for a win) Pretty blank at this point of time. We were in the chase all along. Pretty professional batting effort compared to the last few games, but didn't work out for us today. It looked like it would be a clinical romp for us, but Bumrah bowled really well at the death, and proved himself once again at the death. I've been in a dugout that has been on the edge always (CHN), but today we had a terrible day, and it's quite sad the way things panned out today, so we need a bit of luck to get through now and depend on other results. We were very abject about it after last game, and we wanted to take the game deep and we wanted our best batsmen to be out there. Kudos to both KL and Aaron, but bad luck it for them it didn't happen today. KL has done exceptionally well throughout, he's the billion-dollar guy for us right now, and he has hardly missed a ball throughout the tournament. He's been in and out of the Indian side as well for the last few months, so he was quite eager to prove himself with this opportunity and he has done extremely well for us today.

12.10am local: A few press-ups from McClenaghan in celebration, Lewis joins him, while Rohit looks to the heavens a relieved man. They stared elimination right in the face with that Rahul-Finch partnership going strong, but as Mumbai do, they held on. Their champion bowler in Jasprit Bumrah was absolutely priceless in turning the game around with a double strike in the 17th over. Before the start of that over, PUN would have fancied getting 42 runs in the final four with nine wickets in the bag. But Bumrah had other ideas. He didn't finish there either. He came back in the penultimate over and won the one-on-one contest with an unstoppable-looking KL Rahul. That was the blow which effectively sealed it for the hosts, with Punjab's hollow middle-order offering next to nothing.

19.6
4
McClenaghan to Manoj Tiwary, FOUR, short of length delivery at the body, swivelled away past short fine leg. But it doesn't matter. MUM clinch this by three runs to stay alive in the tournament
19.5
1
McClenaghan to Axar, byes, 1 run, that's it. McClenaghan seals it. A brave, brave delivery, banging it in short in the knowledge that even top-edges can sail away. But he's banking on the surprise factor, and sure enough, Axar is late on the pull as the ball whistles past him
19.4
6
McClenaghan to Axar, SIX, it's not over yet. Axar has pumped this full toss over the ropes. McClenaghan misses the blockhole, and disappears over mid-wicket

Manoj Tiwary, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.3
0
McClenaghan to Yuvraj, out Caught by Lewis!! Full ball outside off, Yuvraj slices it straight to Lewis at sweeper cover. He was right back in the crease expecting the fuller length, and was probably aiming to go inside out over extra cover. But the bat twisted in his hands. A fist-pump from McClenaghan. Yuvraj c Lewis b McClenaghan 1(3)

McClenaghan to Yuvraj, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.3
1
McClenaghan to Yuvraj, wide, very wide outside off, smartly left alone by Yuvraj. Collects a wide
19.2
0
McClenaghan to Yuvraj, no run, ah, this was in the slot to be swung away, but Yuvraj's so miserably out of touch, he doesn't even get a touch on this as he swings and misses
19.1
1
McClenaghan to Axar, byes, 1 run, oh close. Close call for the umpire. Very wide yorker from McClenaghan which dips under Axar's slog-sweep, but because he had moved across the stumps a touch, the umpire decides to let it go

Mitchell McClenaghan [3.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack

So it's 17 needed off the final over. Not out of question, certainly not at the Wankhede. But Punjab don't have any form batsmen at the crease. Can Yuvraj produce the magic we know he's capable of? Just one more time? It's Axar on strike though. McClenaghan will bowl from round the wicket

18.6
1
Bumrah to Axar, 1 run, brilliant finish from Bumrah, gets it pretty close to the yorker length and denies Axar the space to lift the ball. His drive goes all along the ground for a single to long-off. What an over. What a spell. He's made all the difference
18.5
1
Bumrah to Yuvraj, 1 run, skiddy back of length delivery, cramps Yuvraj up and he's pretty late on the shot too. Clearly not in any rhythm. Skews it off an inside edge into the on-side
18.4
1
Bumrah to Axar, 1 run, low full toss, driven hard to the left of long-off where the fielder (Pollard) has cut the angle nicely to prevent the second run

Yuvraj Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

18.3
0
Bumrah to Rahul, out Caught by Cutting!! Bumrah wins the battle with Rahul. He has sent Wankhede rocking. Slower ball, it deceives Rahul as he lofts it right off the toe-end into the grateful hands of Cutting at long-off. So then, is that it for Punjab? Rahul c Cutting b Bumrah 94(60) [4s-10 6s-3]

Bumrah to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

18.2
1
Bumrah to Axar, 1 run, nails the blockhole once more, another single down the ground
18.1
1
Bumrah to Rahul, 1 run, spot on this time. It was the slower ball from Bumrah which dipped into the blockhole outside off. Rahul jams it down to long-off
18.1
1
Bumrah to Rahul, wide, he sees Rahul backing away and goes for a wide yorker, but misses his line by quite a bit. Called wide by the umpire

This game will come down to Rahul vs Bumrah, it's as simple as that. 23 from 12. Will Mumbai sink or swim?

17.6
1
Cutting to Rahul, 1 run, nice and full from Cutting this time, smeared away through to sweeper cover
17.5
4
Cutting to Rahul, FOUR, he's done it again. He has done it again. Quite brilliant. Slower ball wide of off, and Rahul puts it over short third man's head. He's whisked into the 90s. Some player this lad
17.4
4
Cutting to Rahul, FOUR, oh my, this is extraordinary. The expression on Rohit's face, rather the blankness of it tells the story. Wide leg-cutter from Cutting, Rahul switches his stance and reverse-scoops it over short third man
17.3
4
Cutting to Rahul, FOUR, Rahul gets this away! This is the man standing between MUM and victory. Short of length at the body, Rahul nails the pull backward of square
17.2
1
Cutting to Axar, 1 run, short ball on middle, Axar spoons it off the top-edge as he tries pulling off the front foot. No one inside the ring at mid-wicket though, safe
17.1
1
Cutting to Rahul, 1 run, moved too far away from the line of the ball in an effort to make some room. Has to reach out for it in the end and toe-ends it down to long-off

Ben Cutting, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Mumbai favourites now, with the crowd behind them and Bumrah still having one more over left

16.6
0
Bumrah to Axar, no run, length ball slanted across off, Axar drives on the up but straight to cover

Axar Patel, left handed bat, comes to the crease

16.5
0
Bumrah to Stoinis, out Caught by Ishan Kishan!! Hoho, Stoinis doesn't have a clue of what's happened. He's too slow. This bumper from Bumrah hurries on from the middle of the pitch, and even as Stoinis tries sitting down to it, he leaves his gloves up there. The ball kisses them enroute to Ishan Kishan. A gamechanger this Bumrah over. Stoinis c Ishan Kishan b Bumrah 1(2)

Bumrah to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

16.4
1
Bumrah to Rahul, 1 run, short of length around off, awkwardly jabbed through mid-wicket
16.3
2
Bumrah to Rahul, 2 runs, low full toss around off, creamed through extra cover by Rahul but he's denied the boundary by a desperate Krunal Pandya. This is excellent commitment to the cause. It galvanizes the crowd into "Mumbai Mumbai" chants
16.2
1
Bumrah to Stoinis, 1 run, full ball, Stoinis absolutely smokes this drive back at Bumrah who has nowhere to go. The ball deflects off him towards long-on

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.1
0
Bumrah to Finch, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! Outstanding pressure catch from Hardik Pandya in the deep. Finch had skied this up a mile off a top-edge, he had Evin Lewis in the corner of his eye - converging towards him, but Pandya calls for it and takes it much to the delight of the roaring fans at the Wankhede. Length ball, Finch saw the opportunity and cleared his front leg to make the most of it. But his heave came right off the toe-end. Finch c Hardik Pandya b Bumrah 46(35) [4s-3 6s-1]

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

Jasprit Bumrah [2.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack

15.6
6
Markande to Rahul, SIX, and again. Much cleaner, much bigger. The Punjab dugout is on its feet as Rahul finishes the over off with back-to-back sixes. Puts his dancing shoes on again and swings through the line of the delivery
15.5
6
Markande to Rahul, SIX, this is the ball he wanted. A bit of flight from Markande, Rahul gallops down to the pitch of it and lofts it cleanly over long-on
15.4
2
Markande to Rahul, 2 runs, the reverse-scoop from Rahul, gets it over the man at short third man. Krunal Pandya runs back and cuts it off. Testament to how well Markande is bowling that Rahul is forced to resort to this
15.3
1
Markande to Finch, 1 run, backs away and swings off his feet, but he's nowhere near the pitch. The ball balloons off a thick leading edge and lands between short fine leg and short third man
15.2
2
Markande to Finch, 2 runs, bravely flighted up, and smartly drifted in on leg. Finch drags it away wide of deep mid-wicket and is a bit lazy on the second run, plonking his bat into the crease. He barely got it down in time
15.1
1
Markande to Rahul, 1 run, superbly bowled, probably off the front of the hand. Rahul backed away early, and Markande followed him with a flat delivery which skidded off the surface. Only a single down to long-on

Mayank Markande [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Required rate has gone to 12. It's the leg-spinner now. Something will give

14.6
1
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, finishes the over off well does Hardik. Rahul advanced down to this delivery, but got too close to the ball to find any elevation. Drills it to long-off
14.5
1
Hardik Pandya to Finch, 1 run, plants his back knee down and slaps this full ball towards sweeper cover. They're getting a bit twitchy with no boundary coming off the over yet
14.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Finch, no run, good height on the bumper from Hardik, it gets too big on Finch as he tries to take it on. Comfortably zooms over the top-edge
14.3
1
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, slower back of length delivery wide of off, Rahul chops it through point
14.2
0
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, no run, oh gee, massive wind-up by Rahul who wanted to smoke this off-cutter into the sea. Perhaps he expected the ball to grip, which it didn't, and so it beat the outside edge
14.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, wide, and again. Pressure on Hardik here. He falters with the execution of the wide slower ball once more. Well wide outside off
14.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, wide, wide slower ball from Hardik, but it's way too wide. Rahul lets it go
14.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Finch, 1 run, misses out on the full toss. He had made room for himself and was probably trying to carve it through cover. But mistimes it to long-off instead

Hardik Pandya [3.0-0-36-0] is back into the attack

Time-out! These two seem to have things in control. But they'll have to be careful about staying ahead in the chase at all times. Don't want to let the rate drift over 12s and 13s

13.6
1
Krunal Pandya to Finch, 1 run, well bowled. Saw him coming and pulled the length back. Finch adjusts nicely though and taps it down to long-on
13.5
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, leg byes, 1 run, sliding in on leg from a back of length, Rahul tries to paddle it away but it skids on and deflects off his pad
13.4
1
Krunal Pandya to Finch, 1 run, ties him up on leg-stump, Finch is content with a single to long-on
13.3
4
Krunal Pandya to Finch, FOUR, he's hit that with a battering ram! Makes some room, Krunal darts it into the slot for Finch who tonks the leather off it by muscling it back over the bowler's head. Krunal tried going for the catch, but by then the ball was whistling into the fence
13.2
2
Krunal Pandya to Finch, 2 runs, mows this back of length delivery very hard. Deep mid-wicket barely had to move 10 yards to his right but he's forced to put in the dive, such was the ferocity of the strike. He does well to stop it
13.1
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, uses his feet and works it with the angle through mid-wicket. Krunal is not looking to turn the ball here, which Rahul is aware of and so he doesn't have to worry about going against the spin

Krunal Pandya [3.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack

12.6
1
McClenaghan to Rahul, 1 run, width on offer for Rahul who throws his hands at it and slaps it to deep point
12.5
1
McClenaghan to Finch, 1 run, clipped off the hips behind square
12.4
4
McClenaghan to Finch, FOUR, mid-off is up so Finch clears his front leg in order to go over the infield. It's a short of length delivery from McClenaghan, not the ideal ball to hit straight down the ground, but Finch had his mind made up. He flat-bats it hard enough, and although it came off the toe-end, it's enough to go over the fielder. Cutting gives good chase and tries hauling it back in with a slide, but his foot was in contact with the ropes
12.3
1
McClenaghan to Rahul, 1 run, slightly behind a good length just outside off, Rahul punches in front of cover for one
12.2
4
McClenaghan to Rahul, FOUR, short fine leg is motionless as Rahul helps this pull shot past him. Poor ball really. Angled into the body from round the wicket, all Rahul has to do is to miss the lone fielder after swivelling across and that's what he does as he leaves Surya a mere statue
12.1
1
McClenaghan to Finch, 1 run, clipped off the pads in front of square leg, they look for the second run but Lewis is quickly onto the ball from deep backward square

Mitchell McClenaghan [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

11.6
1
Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, short of length, Finch safely plays off the over by patting it down the ground to the right of Bumrah. Only four singles off the over, but they haven't given Bumrah the wicket
11.5
1
Bumrah to Rahul, 1 run, short of length just outside off, runs it off an open face down to third man
11.4
0
Bumrah to Rahul, no run, cramped up by this short of length delivery, inside-edges it onto the body
11.3
1
Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, back of a length, Finch is hopping back in the crease as he defends it to the left of short mid-wicket, so he really has to put the skates on as he bolts towards the non-striker's end. McClenaghan throws himself forward as he releases the ball in one motion along with the dive, but Finch gets there
11.2
0
Bumrah to Finch, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Finch groans in frustration as he steers it crisply but straight to backward point
11.1
1
Bumrah to Rahul, 1 run, speared in full on middle, Rahul rushes his bat down to push it towards long-on

Jasprit Bumrah [1.0-0-1-0] is back into the attack

Rohit goes to Bumrah. MUM need something. Change of bats for Rahul meanwhile

10.6
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, 102kph, Rahul knocks it down to long-on to bring up yet another fifty this season. What a time he's having
10.5
1
Krunal Pandya to Finch, 1 run, punches it off the back foot down to long-on
10.4
4
Krunal Pandya to Finch, FOUR, that's well done. Finch walked across, expecting Krunal to keep it straight and quick. He got inside the line of the ball and then swept it powerfully past short fine leg
10.3
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, full and fast, 101.8kph, pushed down the ground to long-off

Mindgames here. First Krunal pulls out, and then Rahul repays

10.2
1
Krunal Pandya to Finch, 1 run, darted in on leg, cutting down the room for Finch who nudges it round the corner
10.1
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, length ball on middle from round the wicket, 85.6kph, Rahul works it through mid-wicket

Krunal Pandya [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

9.6
1
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, fullish delivery on the 4th stump line, Rahul gets half-forward and check-drives that to long-off for a single...
9.5
2
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, 2 runs, back of a length delivery around off, Rahul gets on the back foot and punches that to deep backward point for a brace. 50 partnership up!
9.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, no run, skiddy delivery on a back of a length, just outside off, Rahul makes room and scythes that straight to point
9.3
1
Hardik Pandya to Finch, 1 run, short and aimed at the ribcage, a grunt by Hardik, and a Lara-esque (but not as elegant) swivel-pull to backward square leg for a single

Hardik pulls out of his run-up. Trickery and deceit all round...

9.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, half-volley in the channel outside off, Rahul gets half-forward and opens the face of the bat to wristily punch that away with his forearms to deep cover point for a single
9.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Finch, 1 run, shortish and wide outside off, looked like it held up in the wicket, Finch waits for it and chops it away in front of point for a quick single

Hardik Pandya [2.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack

8.6
1
Markande to Finch, 1 run, loopy leg-break, but a half-volley length wide outside off, Finch gets forward and on his knees to reach out and cut off the angle, whacks that away to long-off for a single
8.5
1
Markande to Rahul, 1 run, marginally short and skiddy on middle and leg, Rahul gets deep in his crease and pulls it away to long-on off a low-stance
8.4
1
Markande to Finch, 1 run, another flat leg-break that doesn't turn (seriously), on the pads, and whipped away wristily to fine leg for a single
8.3
1
Markande to Rahul, 1 run, straying on the pads again, nurdledaway to deep mid-wicket off the back foot and they take off for the single
8.3
1
Markande to Rahul, wide, massive off-side wide, slips out of his hand
8.2
1
Markande to Finch, 1 run, gives it a little more air, deceives Finch in the flight, who goes for the full-blooded sweep, gets it off the inside half to backward square leg for a single
8.1
1
Markande to Rahul, 1 run, flat in trajectory and on middle and leg, Rahul cuts off the angle by coming down the track and whips it to long-on for a single
7.6
0
Krunal Pandya to Finch, no run, flat and skiddy on middle and off, Finch stays back and bottom-hand bunts that to point
7.5
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, flat length ball on leg and middle, Rahul gets down the wicket and whips it to long-on for a single
7.4
1
Krunal Pandya to Finch, 1 run, on the pads again, ticked away to short fine leg for a single
7.3
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, full and flat on the pads, an exaggerated whip to deep mid-wicket for a single
7.2
0
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, no run, good length ball on the stumps, punched away to mid-off
7.1
4
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Rahul carves it away to deep backward point for four. A hit-me delivery and gets the treatment.
6.6
1
Markande to Rahul, 1 run, fullish delivery, the leg-break, Rahul gets as low as possible and reaches out to slice that square of the wicket for a single
6.5
1
Markande to Finch, 1 run, oooh, zippy length ball again, hurrying the batsman, who sits on his crease and whips it to mid-wicket for a single
6.4
1
Markande to Rahul, 1 run, another skidder on the stumps, the flipper I think, whipped to deep mid-wicket for a single
6.3
1
Markande to Finch, 1 run, another flat delivery, not much turn, skiddy, Finch pushes it to mid-on for a single
6.2
1
Markande to Rahul, 1 run, flat delivery pitching on the length and on middle and leg, Rahul comes down the track and whips it away to long-on for a single
6.1
4
Markande to Rahul, FOUR, flat leg-break just around off-stump, Rahul crouches low and cuts that when it was inches from the stumps past backward point for four

Mayank Markande, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

An early time-out... Good powerplay for PUN, at a run-rate of 9.5. 130 required off 14 overs, so they're alright with the run-rate. The only problem: Gayle is out. Rahul needs to stay out there if PUN are to get through this run-chase. He's the man in form. And that's the end of the time-out. 3...2...1... Here we go.

5.6
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, fired in on off, Rahul gets forward and pushes it on the run to extra cover as they scamper through for a single
5.5
4
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, FOUR, fired in on the stumps again, lap-swept expertly to fine leg for four. Knew where the short fine fielder was and got it well past him
5.4
1
Krunal Pandya to Finch, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, whipped away to mid-wicket for a quick single
5.3
0
Krunal Pandya to Finch, no run, length ball just outside off, steers to point
5.2
1
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, slightly short, Rahul is early into it as it stuck in the pitch a little, carved to cover where Cutting makes an excellent effort but drops it!
5.1
4
Krunal Pandya to Rahul, FOUR, a hint of flight, pretty good length, on off stump, Rahul gets down the wicket and lofts it nonchalantly towards long-on for four

Krunal Pandya, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

4.6
6
Hardik Pandya to Finch, SIX, gigantic, massive, monstrous! Length ball outside off, a huge no-no in T20, Finch gets room to swing his arms, and goes through the line, golf-swings that over wide long-on for six. Monumental hit...
4.5
2
Hardik Pandya to Finch, 2 runs, just a tad short, a hint of width, Finch gets low and carves it away to deep backward point where Krunal Pandya does well to slide and stop it
4.4
2
Hardik Pandya to Finch, 2 runs, another shortish delivery just outside off, skidding on, Finch hurriedly opens the face and steers it to square third man for a brace as MitchMac cuts it off
4.3
1
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, 1 run, short of length delivery in the channel outside off, Rahul taps it off the back foot towards point and they comfortable amble across for a single
4.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Finch, leg byes, 1 run, shortish and skidding and straying on the thighs, Finch misses the glance and it thuds off his thighs towards backward square leg as they sneak a quick leg-bye
4.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Finch, no run, back of a length delivery on off, skidding on towards the batsman, Finch jabs his bat down and defends it from the crease to cover point
3.6
0
McClenaghan to Rahul, no run, fullish delivery slating away from off, Rahul gets forward and punches it crisply to the man stationed at extra cover

Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.5
0
McClenaghan to Gayle, out Caught by Cutting!! A short one, outside off, Gayle tries to fetch it and attempts a pull, gets a top-edge. The ball crosses the stratosphere, makes a trip to heaven and lands up in the lap of Ben Cutting coming in from deep mid-wicket. Made it look rather easy. Universe Boss departs. Gayle c Cutting b McClenaghan 18(11) [4s-2 6s-1]

McClenaghan to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.4
0
McClenaghan to Gayle, no run, Gayle tries to make room, McClenaghan bowls the short one coming into the batsman, Gayle moves away and lets it go. Looks a little ungainly...
3.3
1
McClenaghan to Rahul, 1 run, good length delivery honing in on off, Rahul gets forward, and opens the bat-face at the point of contact, slices it away to sweeper cover for a single
3.2
1
McClenaghan to Gayle, 1 run, short one, a little skiddy outside off, Gayle clears his front leg again, pulls it away to long-on for a single. Almost lost his balance, did the big man. Didn't fall over though and recovered quickly enough to take the single.
3.1
4
McClenaghan to Gayle, FOUR, geee, that was hit hard. Fuller ball just outside off, Gayle clears his front leg and slugs that over mid-on to the long-on fence for four. Lands just short of the rope. Odd how the top-edge carried and this didn't :O

Mitchell McClenaghan [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

2.6
4
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, FOUR, yet another slower one, errs in length this time, half-cook, and Rahul transfers his bodyweight into an elegant extra cover drive for four. Balances himself and poses for the cameras after the shot. Yep, that was right out the meat!
2.5
4
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, FOUR, edged, and gone for four! Fortuitous boundary to third man. Knuckle ball pitching on a length, seaming away, Rahul gets a controlled outside edge with soft hands and it rolls away to the third man fence
2.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Rahul, no run, slower one, just a fraction short, in the channel outside off, a hint of away seam movement, Rahul opens the face of the bat and steers it to backward point
2.3
1
Hardik Pandya to Gayle, 1 run, a tad fuller, still fractionally short, Gayle tucks it away off his pelvis to backward square leg for a single
2.2
4
Hardik Pandya to Gayle, FOUR, another short one, this time across the left-hander, Gayle tries to cut it away, gets a top-edge over the fly slip and towards fine third man for four
2.1
6
Hardik Pandya to Gayle, SIX, abysmal start for Hardik (sans highlights), a lousy half-tracker, Gayle just swivels into an effortless six in front of deep square leg

Hardik Pandya, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

1.6
0
Bumrah to Rahul, no run, short of length delivery jagging in off the seam towards the off-stump line, Rahul stands tall, opens the face of the bat, lets it come to him, and steers it to gully
1.5
0
Bumrah to Rahul, no run, short, fractionally wide, slower one in fact, 123.7kmph, Rahul makes room and tries a savage cut, misses it altogether
1.4
0
Bumrah to Rahul, no run, half-volley on off, Rahul check-drives that from the crease with supreme timing but fails to find the gap. Straight to mid-off
1.3
1
Bumrah to Gayle, 1 run, slower one pitching on a length and on the middle stump, nudged away from under his eyes and towards short mid-wicket for a single
1.2
0
Bumrah to Gayle, no run, good length delivery, Test match length, pitching in on middle, angling towards off, Gayle uncertainly defends late from the crease and back to the bowler
1.1
0
Bumrah to Gayle, no run, short one by Bumrah, intimidating the Universe Boss, across the left-hander, Gayle sways out of the way

Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
McClenaghan to Rahul, no run, short and angling towards middle and off, Rahul stays back and opens the face of the bat to steer it to backward point. Good start by Big Mac. 8 off the first over.
0.5
0
McClenaghan to Rahul, no run, just a fraction short angling away from off, Rahul crouches low in his stance and carves that into the off-side, and Lewis cuts that off at point
0.4
0
McClenaghan to Rahul, no run, short of length delivery across the right-hander, Rahul pokes at it and tries to steer it away and is beaten on the outside edge
0.3
6
McClenaghan to Rahul, SIX, long stop! Leave the bat regulations alone, they've gotta have some boundary regulations! A 64-meter six! A shortish ball on the hips, Rahul shuffles across and swat-pulls it half-heartedly, gets a top-edge over the long stop fence for six
0.2
1
McClenaghan to Gayle, 1 run, full and directed at the pads, tucked away from the crease in front of square leg for a single. Gayle off the blob too.
0.1
1
McClenaghan to Rahul, 1 run, back of a length delivery skidding on towards off, Rahul opens up his stance and chops it to cover for a quick single. Punjab off the mark...

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