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Punjab vs Delhi - 2nd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date: 08 April 2018

Punjab 167/4 (18.5 Ovs) RR: 8.87 | Punjab won by 6 wkts

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So that concludes the first game of the double-header. Hop tabs to get all the action from the big game KOL v BLR. The pitch seems to be a very good one with even grass covering. Mitch Johnson v the likes of Kohli, AB, McCullum and QdK is going to be mouth-watering if Johnson gets it right. See ya there!

KL Rahul (Man of the Match): "I just went in there and I just took off. I didn't plan this innings. I was just watching the ball and getting into good positions. It's an opener's responsibility to get the team off to a good start. Really happy that it came off today. I was striking the ball really well, but it's important to forget this innings and move on to the coming games. I don't want to be overconfident. I have been branded as a Test cricketer for 4-5 years, so it's good for me to be up there creating history and breaking the record (for the fastest T20 League fifty)."

Ashwin: "There is lesser pressure now. I had a bit of nerves going in for the toss. Feeling a bit relieved now. I had some elaborate plans going in the practice games. KL Rahul and the other guys helped me execute them. It doesn't matter if it's a left-arm spinner to a left-hander or a right-arm spinner for a right hander. I think it's just the perception that one has and I would like to think my best bowlers are the best bowlers and if they get hit, so be it, we will try and chase it down. That's the thought process. I wanted a lot of guys to have a good hit and we batted well today."

Gautam Gambhir: "I thought that we got a decent total on the board but in the first 6 overs (of the chase), they put it beyond us. Credit to our bowlers, they fought back well to drag it into the 19th over. (Whether DEL were short of runs) No, I thought that 160-165 was a good total because the old ball wasn't easy to get away. Hence, the first 6 overs were key. (On DEL's fine support staff) Yes, we have a good start with Ricky and many others in the backroom staff. Hopefully we can get things right."

So a victorious start for captain Ashwin. The fans are elated. Clearly Delhi did not get enough on the board. Gambhir and Pant were the only ones to bat briskly before Morris did his bit. But how well did KL Rahul bat? Came out with a positive intent and took Boult for 16 runs in the very first over to set the tone. Shami too wasn't spared. Amit Mishra got no respect whatsoever. 4 6 6 4 4 was the sequence of the over and in the process he also recorded the fastest ever T20 League fifty off just 14 balls. Karun Nair chipped in with a fine fifty and then senisble batting ensured they were home with 7 balls to spare.

18.5
1
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run, that's it! PUN have won their first outing. Full delivery from Boult, Stoinis chips it over cover
18.4
4
Boult to Stoinis, FOUR, smashed and the scores are level. There is a man at long-off, but he is very wide, Stoinis picks the slower ball early, waits and then muscles it down the ground for a one-bounce four
18.3
1
Boult to Miller, 1 run, Boult goes for the wide yorker, Miller reaches out and drives it to deep cover
18.2
1
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run, slower ball from Boult, Stoinis drives it to long-on
18.1
1
Boult to Miller, 1 run, low full toss on the leg stump, Miller loses shape on the slog and hits it to deep mid-wicket
18.1
2
Boult to Stoinis, no ball, 1 run, very full and on the leg stump, driven to long-on. Extra fielder outside the circle, so it's been adjudged a no ball. Free-hit coming up and captain Gambhir is not happy, is shaking his head

Trent Boult [3.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack

17.6
2
Chris Morris to Miller, 2 runs, change of pace again from Chris Morris, Miller pulls it towards fine leg and comes back for the second
17.5
1
Chris Morris to Stoinis, 1 run, slower ball and Stoinis flicks to deep mid-wicket
17.4
1
Chris Morris to Miller, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, Miller flicks it into the on-side
17.3
1
Chris Morris to Stoinis, 1 run, slower delivery from Chris Morris, Stoinis mistimes the pull to long-on
17.2
0
Chris Morris to Stoinis, no run, hit on the leg. Oh dear! This one's missed the pad and hit him hard on the side of the knee. He's down on the floor in pain, gets up but he is limping. That is one bad area to get and it wasn't the slower ball from Morris. That will be really painful for Stoinis. Gets some attention and he's good to continue
17.1
0
Chris Morris to Stoinis, no run, oh that's almost knocked the off pole out of the ground, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Stoinis tries to pull and misses

Chris Morris [2.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack

16.6
3
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, 3 runs, chopped past short third man, flatter delivery outside off stump, Stoinis tries to guide it to third man, ends up get an under edge. 11 off that over, very hard for PUN
16.5
4
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, FOUR, no one at deep cover and Stoinis picks the gap. Went back to give himself a bit of room, the bowler dropped it short and Stoinis lofts the ball over the infield for four
16.4
0
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, no run, the reverse sweep attempted and it's down the leg-side, Stoinis makes no contact
16.3
1
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off stump, Miller guides it to short third man
16.2
1
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, 1 run, good from the bowler, he dropped it short on seeing Stoinis advance, the batsman makes the adjustment late and flicks through mid-wicket
16.1
2
Rahul Tewatia to Stoinis, 2 runs, Stoinis was down on one knee and ready for the paddle even before Rahul Tewatia jumped in his delivery stride, helped away to fine leg

Rahul Tewatia [3.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack

15.6
1
Christian to Stoinis, 1 run, this is flicked away to long-on, almost a yorker, but Stoinis manged to hit it well
15.5
2
Christian to Stoinis, 2 runs, oh what a shot to begin with. Full and on the stumps, a solid straight drive from the middle of the bat, just misses the stumps and long-off cuts it off, Miller calls Stoinis through for the second

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Time-out. 29 off 26 balls. The game is in PUN's pocket, but you never know. Should be done with one over to spare at least. Let's see...

15.4
0
Christian to Nair, out Caught by Boult!! In the airrr and he's picked out Boult this time. He is very disappointed that he's gifted the wicket away. "These are not baby boundaries," says Pommie Mbangwa on air. Oh Nair, this is not the Chinnaswamy that you are so used to. Anyway, full credit to him for an excellent effort. Another shortish ball from Christian, Nair pulls again, hits it flatter this time and Boult moves to his right before completing the catch and tumbling. Nair c Boult b Christian 50(33) [4s-5 6s-2]

Christian to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

15.3
0
Christian to Nair, no run, good yorker outside off stump, Nair digs it out

Fifties in debut innings for PUN:
95 G Maxwell, 2014
84*S Marsh, 2008
71 J Hopes, 2008
54 K Sangakkara, 2008
51*R McLaren, 2011
51 KL RAHUL
50* KARUN NAIR

15.2
6
Christian to Nair, SIX, that's a nice way to raise the fifty. Harmless short of length delivery from Christian, Nair waits and pulls powerfully over mid-wicket. 9th T20 League fifty for him and he takes the helmet off and points to the PUN badge on the helmet. His team-mates are elated
15.1
0
Christian to Nair, no run, short of length delivery down the leg-side, Nair gets inside the line and wants to help it away past the man at 45 but wears it on the thigh pad and can't get a run

Daniel Christian [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack

35 needed off 30 balls

14.6
2
Mishra to Miller, 2 runs, in the gap at mid-wicket again and Miller jogs back for the second. This is sensible and good batting from Miller
14.5
2
Mishra to Miller, 2 runs, flicked along the ground to mid-wicket and it's an easy two this time
14.4
1
Mishra to Nair, 1 run, tossed up and on the leg stump, Nair flicks to deep mid-wicket, where Boult runs to his left to tidy up
14.3
0
Mishra to Nair, no run, fast and full, Nair under-edges the sweep to short fine leg
14.2
1
Mishra to Miller, 1 run, down the leg-side, flicked through backward square leg
14.1
0
Mishra to Miller, no run, oh the leading edge is found, but it doesn't carry to cover. Miller wanted to flick this googly on the on-side, got away with the edge
13.6
1
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, short and outside off stump, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover
13.5
1
Rahul Tewatia to Nair, 1 run, another ill-timed chip from Nair, he wanted to flick to mid-wicket off the back foot, ends up hitting the ball through the vacant mid-on region
13.4
1
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, nice looking shot from Miller, had to go back to adjust for the spin and the length, did well to cut it to sweeper cover
13.3
1
Rahul Tewatia to Nair, 1 run, a stride forward and then a whip of the wrists on the on-drive to long-on
13.2
0
Rahul Tewatia to Nair, no run, pushed through quicker and forces Nair to play off the back foot, punched to cover
13.1
1
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, spinning back in, Miller goes back and punches it down through mid-on
12.6
1
Mishra to Miller, 1 run, comes forward and then gently flicks along the ground to deep mid-wicket
12.5
1
Mishra to Nair, 1 run, wristed to mid-wicket
12.4
2
Mishra to Nair, 2 runs, in the airrr but safe! Flighted delivery outside off stump, Nair doesn't control the cover drive, lucky that he got it wide of the fielder
12.3
0
Mishra to Nair, no run, half shout for LBW, Mishy isn't very keen, knows the googly was probably missing leg stump, Nair played outside the line of the ball as he didn't read the variation. In fact, may have been an inside edge and looked like it was just the normal leggie from Mishy
12.2
1
Mishra to Miller, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, Miller drives it to long-on
12.1
1
Mishra to Nair, 1 run, chipped in the air but mid-off is vacant, Nair wanted to on-drive this flighted delivery, but the ball spun and took the outer half of the bat
11.6
1
Rahul Tewatia to Nair, 1 run, gets the outside edge as Nair tries to defend this away-spinning ball, the ball is cut off very well with a dive by the man at short third man
11.5
1
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, quicker leggie, Miller doesn't come forward despite the length not being short, flicks to long-on
11.4
0
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, no run, Miller lets it pass thinking the ump would call that a wide but the ball went just inside the line there
11.3
0
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, no run, oh this keeps very low and almost runs through Miller's defences, Miller hurriedly got the bat down and then nudged into the on-side
11.2
0
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, no run, flatter delivery just outside off stump, punched into the off-side
11.1
4
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, FOUR, oh please! Test the batsman! Short and wide, asking for trouble, Miller stands tall and slaps the ball hard past cover, the fielder in the deep can't cut it off

Just 58 needed off 54. PUN would want to get a little closer and then think about the advantage of NRAJ with a quick finish

10.6
1
Mishra to Miller, 1 run, googly on the leg stump, easy flick to deep square leg for Miller and he'll keep strike
10.5
1
Mishra to Nair, 1 run, on the pads, rotated to mid-wicket
10.4
2
Mishra to Nair, 2 runs, short enough for Nair to go back and nudge in the gap at mid-wicket, Miller charges across the pitch for the second run and the fielder fired a poor throw
10.3
1
Mishra to Miller, 1 run, drops it very short, should have been smashed, but Miller mistimes the back foot pull and it rolls to deep mid-wicket
10.2
1
Mishra to Nair, 1 run, flighted delivery around the off stump, Nair drives it to long-off
10.1
4
Mishra to Nair, FOUR, oh no! It's getting worse for Mishy! 24 in the first over and now bowls a filthy delivery down the leg-side, Nair helps it away fine past the man at short fine leg. He gets into the 30s now

Amit Mishra [1.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

9.6
1
Rahul Tewatia to Nair, 1 run, gives more air, overpitches it too. Nair with a front foot push to long-off
9.5
0
Rahul Tewatia to Nair, no run, flattish, zips through the deck and pins Nair low on the pad as he misses his flick
9.4
1
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, 1 run, oh, a better throw to the keeper could've had Nair in trouble. Miller punched it towards cover and set off for a quick single. Nair responded and makes it in
9.3
0
Rahul Tewatia to Miller, no run, tossed on middle and leg, Miller crouches low and turns it to mid-wicket

David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease

9.2
0
Rahul Tewatia to Yuvraj, out Caught by Vijay Shankar!! Yuvraj's struggle is over. Never looked comfortable right from the start. The time-out snaps his concentration further and he departs. Cleverly done by Tewatia, saw Yuvraj advance and dropped it short. Yuvraj smacked, it lacked timing and hits it straight to Vijay Shankar at deep mid-wicket. Much-needed breakthrough for Delhi. Yuvraj c Vijay Shankar b Rahul Tewatia 12(22) [4s-2]

Rahul Tewatia to Yuvraj, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

9.1
0
Rahul Tewatia to Yuvraj, no run, quick leg-break, skids on. A fidgety Yuvi pokes and misses

Rahul Tewatia, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

And the umpire calls for a time-out. Blockbuster start from Punjab, thanks to a blistering fifty from KL Rahul. Just 70 required off 66 balls and only wickets can bring Delhi back into this game.

8.6
0
Shami to Nair, no run, Shami is lucky to get away with this. Angles in a low full toss, Nair flicks it straight to mid-wicket
8.5
4
Shami to Nair, FOUR, hat-trick of fours. Educated edge, so deft from Nair. Off-pace delivery from Shami, too full. Nair opened his bat face, soft hands and gets an outside edge that beats the keeper to his right
8.4
4
Shami to Nair, FOUR, Nair called "Two, two" as soon as he pulled. But the timing and quick outfield meant that long-on had no chance. A cross-batted smash and Nair placed it nicely in the gap
8.3
4
Shami to Nair, FOUR, half-volley and asking for trouble. Nair leans across and slaps it over extra cover
8.2
1
Shami to Yuvraj, 1 run, straighter lines from Shami, on off and middle. Yuvraj breaks the monotony of dots and clips it through square leg
8.1
1
Shami to Nair, 1 run, cross-seam back of a length delivery just outside off, Nair chops it to the right of the keeper and hands the strike back to Yuvraj

Mohammed Shami [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

7.6
0
Christian to Yuvraj, no run, Christian finishes with a dot. Fuller and curled on off, Yuvraj pushes it to extra cover. More off the outer half
7.5
0
Christian to Yuvraj, no run, goes a little wide of the crease and unleashes the cutter at the stumps. Yuvraj gets into the defence mode
7.4
0
Christian to Yuvraj, no run, pitched up and arrowing on middle, Yuvraj presents his full face of the bat and defends it back to Christian
7.3
1
Christian to Nair, 1 run, short on off, Nair pulls it along the ground to deep mid-wicket
7.2
1
Christian to Yuvraj, 1 run, from round the wicket, slants it in. Yuvraj with a feeble push and feet cemented to the crease - directs it to long-on
7.1
1
Christian to Nair, 1 run, begins with a cutter outside off, Nair fetches the pull from outside off and sends it down to long-on

Daniel Christian, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Gambhir ringing in the bowling changes. Here's Dan Christian.

6.6
0
Boult to Yuvraj, no run, full and nipping in, Yuvraj pokes it off the inner half back to the bowler
6.5
0
Boult to Yuvraj, no run, again, Boult peppers it short. Yuvraj tries to pull and this time gets it off the bottom of the bat. Rolls towards the keeper
6.4
0
Boult to Yuvraj, no run, short but not too short for Yuvraj to connect with his pull. Was a bit early in the shot there
6.3
1
Boult to Nair, 1 run, now stays back, opens his bat face and dinks it to third man
6.2
6
Boult to Nair, SIX, wow. Such a sweet sound as soon as Nair connected. Nothing wrong with the delivery at all, goodish length on off and middle. Nair manufactured room and freed his arms with a lofted swing over mid-off. Just about clears the fence and KL Rahul in the dug-out applauds it too
6.1
0
Boult to Nair, no run, shortish outside off, Nair gets right behind the line and offers a neat block

14-ball fifty by Rahul is the joint third fastest ever after:
12 balls by Yuvraj v Eng, 2007
12 balls by Gayle v Adelaide, 2016
13 balls by Trescothick v Hampshire, 2010

5.6
0
Chris Morris to Yuvraj, no run, another slower delivery from Morris, scoots low and sneaks under Yuvraj's horizontal slash
5.5
0
Chris Morris to Yuvraj, no run, full outside off, Yuvraj meets the drive off the meat, straight to extra cover, who fires a throw at the non-striker's end but misses the stumps. Nair was in anyway I guess
5.4
4
Chris Morris to Yuvraj, FOUR, the edges are flying as well. Attempted slower ball from Morris, wafts it well outside off. Yuvraj goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge. Runs away to the third man fence
5.3
1
Chris Morris to Nair, 1 run, fuller outside off, Nair sans any feet goes hard on the drive. Inside-edges it behind square
5.2
0
Chris Morris to Nair, no run, Morris shortens his length, Nair stands tall in his crease and defends
5.1
4
Chris Morris to Nair, FOUR, lovely from Nair. He is away with a boundary. Full and tailing on middle, Nair moves across and flicks it through mid-wicket. Beautifully placed in the gap
4.6
0
Boult to Yuvraj, no run, a swinging in, yorker at the stumps. Yuvraj clears his front leg and jams it to the left of Boult

Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.5
0
Boult to Rahul, out Caught by Shami!! End of Rahul's blitz. Two wickets in two overs for Delhi and Gambhir is all pumped. Roaring reception from the home crowd for Rahul, a sensational innings comes to an end. Low full toss on off, Rahul stayed low to scoop it over short fine leg. But gets a leading edge and balloons it up in the air towards short third man. Shami judges it well and pouches it safely. Rahul c Shami b Boult 51(16) [4s-6 6s-4]

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

4.4
1
Boult to Yuvraj, 1 run, full on the stumps, Yuvraj drives it with a full face of the bat to long-on
4.3
0
Boult to Yuvraj, no run, shortish on off, Yuvraj pulls and mistimes. Drags it to mid-on
4.2
0
Boult to Yuvraj, no run, oh, dear. This almost carried to mid-off. A fullish delivery outside off, Yuvraj prods forward and drives airly, just short of mid-off
4.1
0
Boult to Yuvraj, no run, uncertainty from Yuvraj. Was caught in two minds, changes his shot at the last instant and quells it under his nose

Trent Boult [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

3.6
1
Chris Morris to Yuvraj, 1 run, Morris goes short just outside off, Yuvraj goes deep and guides it with an open bat to third man
3.5
0
Chris Morris to Yuvraj, no run, pitched up on middle, Yuvraj presents a straight bat push down the ground. Mid-on cuts it off
3.4
4
Chris Morris to Yuvraj, FOUR, and now he gets off the mark with a boundary. Full on leg, Yuvraj moves across and pulls it away through mid-wicket. Don't bother running for those

Fastest 50s in T20 League:
14 KL RAHUL v DEL, Mohali, 2018*
15 Y Pathan v HYD, Kolkata, 2014
15 S Narine v BLR, Bengaluru, 2017
16 S Raina v PUN, Mumbai WS, 2014

3.3
0
Chris Morris to Yuvraj, no run, oh, a bumper to greet Yuvi. Banged in short, Yuvraj ducks in time to evade it

Yuvraj Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.2
0
Chris Morris to Mayank Agarwal, out Caught by Shami!! Gone. This will ease some nerves in the Delhi camp. An extention of the forward defence, just checked his shot and the timing is so brilliant that it went straight to mid-on. Easy grab for Shami. Subdued celebration. Morris gets a wicket off his second ball. Mayank Agarwal c Shami b Chris Morris 7(5) [6s-1]

Chris Morris to Mayank Agarwal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.1
6
Chris Morris to Mayank Agarwal, SIX, and Agarwal is into the act. Short of a length ball outside off, Agarwal creates room, opens himself up and stroked it nonchalantly over cover for a six. Gee, the Punjab fans are going berserk

Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

2.6
0
Mishra to Rahul, no run, a dot to finish the over. Some respite for Mishra. A leg-break tossed just outside off, turns a wee bit and beats Rahul's attempted swish
2.5
4
Mishra to Rahul, FOUR, fastest T20 League FIFTY. Take a bow, Rahul. This is incredible batting from the Karnataka lad. Floated up, Rahul uses his powerful wrists and bludgeons it past mid-on
2.4
4
Mishra to Rahul, FOUR, raining boundaries. Dragged short and Rahul rocks back to smoke it in front of square on the leg-side. Picked the length early and dismissed it from his presence
2.3
6
Mishra to Rahul, SIX, oops. He's on the floor but guess what? Still manages to time it to place it in the gap over short fine leg. Insane stuff from Rahul, tossed up on leg. Rahul gets low and in the process, loses his balance. Somehow connects with the sweep and gets it behind square
2.2
6
Mishra to Rahul, SIX, 10 off first two. Rahul masterclass. Just sit back and enjoy, folks. Flighted on the stumps, Rahul makes room and gets under it to launch it over mid-on. All the way!
2.1
4
Mishra to Rahul, FOUR, change of bowler but Rahul is leaving no stone unturned in putting away these filths to the fence. Mishra bowls a half-volley, Rahul just extends his arms and blasts it through extra cover

Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

1.6
0
Shami to Mayank Agarwal, no run, a loud "Noooo" from Agarwal and Rahul is sent back. A direct-hit could've been interesting here. Knocked with a straight bat to mid-on, KLR wanted a single and was wisely sent back. No run there, where was he heading?
1.5
1
Shami to Rahul, 1 run, jettisons violence and treks back in his crease to glide this short of length delivery to third man
1.4
4
Shami to Rahul, FOUR, Rahul is already looking in fab touch. Boundaries flowing off his willow. Full and at the stumps, Rahul goes hard and mistimes. Drags it through square leg off the inner half but still earns himself a boundary
1.3
6
Shami to Rahul, SIX, "Don't bowl there," quips Danny Morrison. Guess what? Rahul has pulled it effortlessly over fine leg for a maximum. Short, nothing much to trouble Rahul, who's too good with the short balls. Nailed it after a clockwise spindle and muscled it
1.2
1
Shami to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, Shami sticks to middle and leg stump line, Agarwal gets the scorecard ticking by tucking it wide of mid-wicket
1.1
0
Shami to Mayank Agarwal, no run, angling on leg, Agarwal hops inside the line and turns it to mid-wicket

Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
4
Boult to Rahul, FOUR, this has been quite a smacking for Boult. 16 runs to finish the over. A wide half-volley and Rahul accepts it with glee. Bends low and creams it through cover, pristine stuff
0.5
4
Boult to Rahul, FOUR, this was sheer class. No half measures whatsoever. Gives the charge, meets the pitch in a hurry and slams it powerfully over covers!
0.4
6
Boult to Rahul, SIX, there's the first maximum of the innings. Fortuitous though. A leg-stump length delivery, Rahul made a slight adjustment and looks to helped it over short fine leg. Ends up getting a fat top-edge and with modern bats these days, it flies over the fence for a maximum
0.3
0
Boult to Rahul, no run, crisp as a cracker! But straight to mid-off. Another tempting half-volley just outside off, Rahul drives sweetly. Finds mid-off
0.2
2
Boult to Rahul, 2 runs, runs and Rahul is off the mark. A gentle tuck off the hips to this back of a length delivery towards mid-wicket and easy two nabbed
0.1
0
Boult to Rahul, no run, teaser first up from Boult, luring Rahul into the drive. He shows intent and goes hard but without any feet movement, hence drags it off the inner half straight down the pitch. Mayank is keen for the single but Rahul sends him back

Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Boult will open the attack