Vinay Kumar* 6(3); | Dinesh Karthik 35(3);
Kulwant Khejroliya* 3.5-0-34-0; | Chris Woakes 4-0-36-3
David Miller* 24(23); | Marcus Stoinis 22(23);
Trent Boult* 3.5-0-34-1; | Chris Morris 3-0-25-1
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.
Trent Boult [3.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack
Chris Morris [2.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack
Rahul Tewatia [3.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
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...
Christian to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Fifties in debut innings for PUN:95 G Maxwell, 201484*S Marsh, 200871 J Hopes, 200854 K Sangakkara, 200851*R McLaren, 201151 KL RAHUL50* KARUN NAIR
Daniel Christian [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack
35 needed off 30 balls
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
Amit Mishra [1.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Rahul Tewatia to Yuvraj, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
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.
Mohammed Shami [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
Daniel Christian, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Gambhir ringing in the bowling changes. Here's Dan Christian.
14-ball fifty by Rahul is the joint third fastest ever after:12 balls by Yuvraj v Eng, 200712 balls by Gayle v Adelaide, 201613 balls by Trescothick v Hampshire, 2010
Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Trent Boult [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Fastest 50s in T20 League:14 KL RAHUL v DEL, Mohali, 2018*15 Y Pathan v HYD, Kolkata, 201415 S Narine v BLR, Bengaluru, 201716 S Raina v PUN, Mumbai WS, 2014
Yuvraj Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chris Morris to Mayank Agarwal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Amit Mishra, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Boult will open the attack