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Punjab vs Bangalore - 48th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date: 14 May 2018

Bangalore 92/0 (8.1 Ovs) RR: 11.27 | Bangalore won by 10 wkts


That's a wrap to tonight's coverage. It escalated pretty quickly, didn't it? Nobody expected it to finish so early, not us here in the comm box at least. Not that we are complaining. Anyways, the table is wide open now and it's congested out there now. Each game will have its own importance from now on. Tomorrow will be probably the most important of them all as the Kolkata host the Rajasthan at the Eden Gardens. Hopefully, that will be a humdinger unlike tonight. On that note, this is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off on behalf of a pumped up Akshay Maanay, Kumar Abhisekh Das, Raju Peethala, Nikhil Jadhav and our scorer Sultan. Goodnight!

Umesh Yadav, Man of the Match: (On his spell and form this season) I am bowling whatever I was thinking and it has been going well till now. Hoping to carry this form forward. (On relying on his pace) I was backing myself to bowl whatever I have, pace with good line and length to cramp the batsman. I feel that if I don't do that, I'm lacking in confidence. (On his partnership with Southee) We just keep discussing how to use the new ball well because if we can take early wickets, it will ease the pressure off the other bowlers. We also chat a lot about the death overs.

(2/2) As I said, it was a perfect day right from the toss. We fancy chasing down big totals and we like to intimidate the opposition like that. One big partnership usually does the trick in T20s and the way me and AB bat, the opposition know what can happen. We want to take responsibility as batsmen, the toss may not go well every time. One is at home and we have the right momentum. (On the road ahead) We are in the nothing-to-lose zone and it will work well for us. Other teams will be wary of a team with such mindset. We aren't going to get too ahead of ourselves. The last game will be interesting if we can get the next one. We still got three days till the next game, we just want to enjoy the break till then.

Virat Kohli: (1/2) (On BLR staying alive) The last one week has been really crazy for us. At one stage, we thought we were down and out. But the way other games went, the points table opened up suddenly. Now we just got to win our two games left, run rate is quite good. Couldn't have asked for a more clinical performance. No negatives to point out today. Perfect game for us. (On BLR's new ball spell) Punjab thought that we would be intimidated by their openers on this small field but the way our bowlers started and took the batsmen out, they knew that they couldn't make any mistakes. Umesh was brilliant, taking those two big wickets in the same over. We kept picking wickets throughout and that was crucial. (On the toss factor) Very important because that's been the trend at this ground and we knew that they will try extra with their mystery spinner not playing. We knew we could bank on that factor. They were trying to get 30 extra due to that. The big shot kept coming and we kept taking wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Really disappointing. Wasn't a professional effort from us. That has been the story for us. It's been the bowlers who have done it right and got the points for us. The batsmen have struggled more often than not. Anyways we need to chin up and move forward. Need to try and make sure to lift ourselves. It was very simple. We have never got to 20 overs with 3 down or 4 down so far in the tournament. That's what we wanted to achieve but the wheels came off. We lost by a big margin and our net run rate has come down. Need to check on that. We need to go to Mumbai and try to put them to bed, then we go to Pune to play Chennai. Most of these guys have played for a long time now, need their experience to count. We have a reasonable bowling attack that has fired for us. Time for the experienced internationals who didn't show up with the bat to do it too.

Parthiv: We had to. Our bowlers did a brilliant job to restrict them to under 100. We knew there was a chance to get the NRAJ up and went with a positive intent. That was in the mind (to finish it quickly), but we wanted start well and took a couple of overs. I thought we bowled brilliantly on this wicket. There was some swing early on and they bowled in the right areas. It is a small ground and great wicket to bat on. We are in a situation where we have nothing to lose, just go out there and enjoy each game.

Ten wicket wins for BLR in T20 League:
99/0 vs RAJ, Bengaluru, 2010
93/0 vs DEL, Delhi, 2015
92/0 vs PUN, Indore, 2018

Winning with most balls to spare:
87 MUM v KOL, Mumbai WS, 2008
76 KOC v RAJ, Indore, 2011
73 PUN v DEL, Mohali, 2017
71 BLR v PUN, Indore, 2018

- The first time BLR have managed to win back to back games since winning five in a trot leading to the 2016 final.

22:27 Local Time: A total mismatch in the end. It was touted to be a thrilling game, a run fest, but in the end, a damp squib. BLR have given PUN a severe thrashing in this low-scoring affair. The game virtually ended at the halfway mark when PUN got shot out for 88. Once that happened, it was only a matter of how quickly BLR could finish this, with an eye on the net run rate. Kohli sensed that, promoted himself to open the innings and along with Parthiv, ensured that they made quick work of the paltry target. A massive jump in the net run rate for BLR but they still need to win both their remaining games. Nevertheless, this will ease their tensions regarding the NRAJ. On the other hand, Punjab have been caught in quicksand here. A loss was bound to shake them but the magnitude of it has definitely sent shockwaves across the team. The points table is wide open now.

Rajpoot to Kohli, FOUR, BLR have demolished PUN! Not the fairytale big hit to finish but a boundary nevertheless. Short ball and Kohli only manages a top edge on the pull. Gets it comfortably over a leaping Rahul and that's the end of that
Rajpoot to Kohli, no ball, dropped at long-off but wouldn't have mattered because it was a waist-high full toss. Kohli mistimed the loft and found the fielder who spilled it. Strange that they didn't take the run, because that would have ended the game

Ankit Rajpoot [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Andrew Tye to Kohli, 1 run, ahh, an anti-climax for the crowd who were waiting for the big shot. So was I. Very full and on middle and off, Kohli checks his punchy drive down to long-on
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, slower and shortish on middle and leg, pulled away behind square leg. Brings Kohli back on strike. Can he finish it with a big hit?
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, back to normal pace and Tye suffers. Shortish length and Parthiv waits to ramp it just wide of Rahul. Got it very fine and third man had no chance. Just a hit away now
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, no run, three slower ones in a row. Parthiv was making room to heave it away. Lost his shape in the end and was nowhere near

Scoring 500+ runs in a season most times:
5 V Kohli *
4 D Warner
3 S Raina/ C Gayle/ G Gambhir

Andrew Tye to Kohli, 1 run, another off-pace delivery, Kohli charged down the track for the big shot. Mistimes it down to long-off
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, slower good length ball well outside off, Parthiv glides it towards third man for a single

With the game all but done, they have taken a time-out! Not sure what they are going to discuss over here. Dinner plans maybe?

Stoinis to Kohli, FOUR, fantastic placement. A trifle too short from Stoinis and Kohli clobbers the pull by standing up tall. Splits deep mid-wicket and long-on with precision
Stoinis to Parthiv Patel, leg byes, 1 run, optimistic LBW appeal, pitched outside leg though. Fuller around leg, Parthiv looks to force it away on the leg-side but wears it on the pads
Stoinis to Parthiv Patel, 2 runs, in the air....just short! Mayank at deep mid-wicket charged forward but in the end, probably didn't time the run well. Eventually, the dive wasn't enough as it sneaked past him. Short of a length ball and Parthiv mistimed the pull completely

This is BLR's best Powerplay of the season

Stoinis to Kohli, 1 run, angling in from a shortish length, whipped away down towards long-on
Stoinis to Kohli, FOUR, sublime, really sublime. Oh, he is making this look like an exhibition match. Short of a length, a touch wide and he stands tall to punch it beautifully through backward point. Timed it so sweetly
Stoinis to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, banged in short outside off, flat batted away down the ground towards long-on

Marcus Stoinis, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Andrew Tye to Kohli, SIX, that's dumped over long-off. BLR cantering away to victory. Just a few blows away if they go at this rate. Too full from Andrew and it's criminal with mid-off up. Kohli launches it over the infield and it goes away for a flat maximum
Andrew Tye to Kohli, FOUR, deft touch from Kohli. Pacy back of a length delivery, he just waits on it and dabs it late. Only had to beat the short third man fielder and he did it with ease
Andrew Tye to Kohli, no run, the effort ball from Tye, dug in short and Kohli sways away from it
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, stifled LBW shout but that pitched outside leg and there was a faint inside edge as well. Fuller ball around leg, Parthiv wanted to whip it away. Trickles through square leg
Andrew Tye to Kohli, 1 run, full and angling into Kohli who dishes out a punchy drive down to long-on
Andrew Tye to Kohli, no run, walks down the track for the booming drive but has to check his stroke a bit. Finds cover
Mohit Sharma to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, this has been pummelled away. Banged in short by Mohit and this is the normal pace delivery, sits up nicely for Parthiv who swats the pull through backward square leg. The man from deep square did try hard to get to it but was never going to reach it in time
Mohit Sharma to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, good adjustment from Parthiv. Seemed like he was early on this slower bouncer but then decided to just control it. Got it wide of short fine leg and that was enough. Brings up the 50 as well
Mohit Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, full and angling in on middle and leg, whipped away past mid-wicket
Mohit Sharma to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, banged in short and Parthiv was late on the pull. Gets it off the glove and it rolls in front of short fine leg
Mohit Sharma to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, crunched away! Full and quite wide outside off, right up Parthiv's street and he feasts on it. Unfurls a lovely square drive through cover-point. Blazed away in a flash
Mohit Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, starts with a back of a length cutter, Kohli forces it away by standing tall. Towards deep mid-wicket

Mohit Sharma, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, no run, off the inside edge and it trickles towards short fine leg. Not that wide but Parthiv chose to slash hard. Lucky not to chop on
Andrew Tye to Kohli, leg byes, 1 run, Kohli survives easily in the end. Looked closer to the naked eye but when PUN reviewed it, Hawk Eye showed it to be missing leg stump comfortably. Fuller ball that angled into Kohli, he was on the shuffle and missed the flick. Looked really close initially, not to be

PUN review for LBW against Kohli. Looked quite close to the naked eye. Let's have a look. Seems umpire's call to me, no bat involved that's for sure. Over to HawkEye. Oh, it's missing!

Andrew Tye to Kohli, no run, dug in short this time and Kohli just sways away from it
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, fractionally short in length and Parthiv wanted to flat-bat the pull. Mistimed towards mid-on
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, no run, another slower ball and Parthiv fails to connect. Backed away a touch to slash it away hard but couldn't get bat on it
Andrew Tye to Kohli, 1 run, the canny slower ball from Tye and Kohli is forced to check his shot. He was on the charge to play the big shot and eventually just pushed it softly towards extra cover
Rajpoot to Parthiv Patel, no run, beaten! Good ball from Rajpoot. This was angling across the left-hander from a good length, climbed a bit off the deck to whiz past the outside edge
Rajpoot to Kohli, 1 run, dropped! Finch the culprit at mid-off, was late to trek backward and in the end, he did get a hand on it but spilled it. Low full toss from Rajpoot that Kohli mistimed. The loft came off the toe end and eventually, he got lucky. Second life for the skipper
Rajpoot to Kohli, FOUR, he is on the charge, is Kohli. He doesn't want to let this opportunity of a crushing win slip. Charges down the track and makes some room for this good length delivery. Slaps it away over point comfortably
Rajpoot to Kohli, wide, strays well down the leg-side with this one, Kohli tried to glance it away but missed. Good diving one-handed take by Rahul
Rajpoot to Kohli, no run, angling into Kohli who was backing away just a bit. Adjusts to tap it towards mid-wicket. The BLR skipper wants to finish this as quickly as possible
Rajpoot to Kohli, FOUR, hammered away. Cannot bowl that length at this pace to Kohli. He'll punish you all night. Back of a length from Rajpoot and it's pulled away wide of mid-on. All too easy
Rajpoot to Kohli, SIX, look at the swagger on this shot! With due respect to Rajpoot, the man facing him is just too good. Full and in the slot, it's in the arc for Kohli who nonchalantly clubs this into the stands at cow corner. Cold welcome for the young man

Ankit Rajpoot, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, 2 runs, poor from PUN. Should have been just a single but an overthrow allows the second as well. Short of a length delivery that Parthiv guided towards backward point. There was a slight fumble that allowed the single and Mayank's throw at the keeper's end was wayward. Allowed the second with ease
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, that's a signature Parthiv Patel stroke. Not all that full but there was width and that's what the southpaw loves. Uses his quick hands to power it on the up through the gap at cover
Andrew Tye to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, gift for Parthiv and he accepts it with glee. Tye strays on the pads with a half-volley, easily glanced away down to the fine leg fence
Andrew Tye to Kohli, 1 run, direct hit would have been close! Ashwin was the fielder at mid-on but couldn't hit the target. Yes, Kohli was a goner if it had hit. Fuller ball that was wristed past the bowler. VK had timed it too well and took the PUN captain for granted the single. Nearly cost him
Andrew Tye to Kohli, no run, short of a length and Kohli times the back foot punch nicely. Finds backward point
Andrew Tye to Kohli, no run, soft leading edge towards cover-point. Fullish and on off, Kohli was a tad early into the flick

Andrew Tye, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Lowest totals for PUN in T20 League:
73 vs PUNE, Pune, 2017
88 vs BLR, Indore, 2018 *
88 vs BLR, Bengaluru, 2015
92 vs CHN, Durban, 2009

Ashwin to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, Parthiv decides to get a move on. On the shorter side from Ashwin and it's leg stumpish as well. Pulled away through the gap between mid-wicket and mid-on. Races away
Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, floats it up around middle and leg, nudged gently in front of square through the leg-side
Ashwin to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, a fraction short and Parthiv sits back to crunch it to the left of extra cover
Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, slower this time and outside off, Kohli reaches out and works it away down the ground to long-on
Ashwin to Parthiv Patel, 1 run, the slider that skids off the track, in line of the stumps and it's bunted down to long-off
Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, starts with a drifter onto the pads, fullish and Kohli works it through mid-wicket to get the chase underway

Kohli and Parthiv Patel are at the crease. Kohli is on strike. Ashwin will open the attack