Manish Pandey* 57(42); | Shakib Al Hasan 24(12);
Mohit Sharma* 4-0-51-2; | Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-53-0
Who thought. Who thought an auction reject, picked up for crumbs later, will be the first one to hit a hundred this season. But that's how it is. And that's how Chris Gayle is, reemphasizing his greatness as his form and fitness flickers. HYD, who had a shock landing at Mohali, will need to find a way to gun down, and post, big totals on the plethora of flat beds that'll await them now. More T20 League coming your way tomorrow, but for now, this is Pratyush Sinha taking leave, loving this new trend of teams winning whilst defending. Ramakrishnan, Varun Dixit, Hari Sadanandan, Sriram and Sreenivas Varala say goodbye too. Sleep well, ta-ta!
Chris Gayle - Player of the Match: "I'm always determined. I always give it my all for whatever franchise I represent. I'm a 100 percent. Like I said, it's a new franchise. A lot of people might say that Chris has a lot to prove - he didn't get selected or wasn't picked early in the auction. I think Virender Sehwag has saved T20 League by picking me. This is a brilliant start. Viru said in an interview that if Chris Gayle can win us two games, we have got our money's worth. I'd like to have another word with Viru and see what happens from thereon. Overall, happy with the win and now (time to) move on to Kolkata. It all depends on the mood and conditions are also tricky as well. Playing so many years in India, I know what the conditions are like. I am glad to get a hundred today. This is the final home game in Mohali, and I'm going to miss this wicket. I'm not really here to prove it to anyone. I've done it all before. Been there, done that. Just here to put some respect on the name. Tomorrow's my daughter's birthday, so going to spend some time with her and enjoy this win. DON'T FORGET THE NAME."
Ashwin: "I think it was a complete performance. It was one of those times when we won the toss and batted first and tried and defended a score. Did that pretty well. Would have liked to have given away 10 runs lesser for the NRAJ. Giving them a reasonable score to defend was something we thought we could handle at the end. It (bowling all pace in powerplay) was a good wicket. Chris batted well and took it away from them. It was more about who we are bowling against and what works the best. It was about getting through the powerplay well. Mohit vs Dhawan was a match-up, so we had to go for that. It was pleasing to see the crowd today. We have never seen that in Mohali. There are players like these to entertain, that's why they're turning up. Chris batted beautifully. Chris just punches a back of a length delivery out of the ground -- that's the difference between him and other batsmen. It's hard to replicate, and when it comes off, it's brilliant."
Williamson: "Hats off to Chris (Gayle). He was at his best. It really wasn't a free-flowing wicket. Fantastic hundred, I think they deserved the win. Haven't spoken to Dhawan yet on the injury. They bowled very well and used the big boundaries. We have to learn and move on to the next game. We want to execute a pattern in play, we weren't up to the mark tonight."
11:33pm local - So that's how HYD lose their first game this season. Was quite gutsy from Ashwin to bat first and risk another successful chase from HYD, but he ruled out dew in favour of his opponent's potential vulnerability in chasing big scores, given their bowling hasn't allowed big scores. The plan was to put in a big total, and Chris Gayle's sixth hundred got them that. From there, it was Ashwin dazzling us with his captaincy yet again. Went in all pace in the powerplay -- for the first time in the tournament -- and at 40/2, with Dhawan retired hurt, the chase succumbed. Hyderabad, as a result, struggled chasing a big score on a big ground, with even Yusuf's promotion cutting no mustard.
STAT: 53 is the most conceded by Ashwin in an T20 League match. PRE: 46 vs BLR, Chennai, 2012
Ravichandran Ashwin [3.0-0-36-0] is back into the attack
33 needed off the last over.. Ashwin to bowl. That should be fun
Mohit Sharma [3.0-0-37-2] is back into the attack
47 needed off the last 2 overs
Barinder Sran [3.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Shakib Al Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Andrew Tye to Deepak Hooda, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [3.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Deepak Hooda, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Andrew Tye to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Andrew Tye [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
At this point. Ashwin's decision looks like a masterstroke, right?
Ravichandran Ashwin [2.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
Mohit Sharma [2.0-0-23-2] is back into the attack
Andrew Tye [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Time out - Both the pace bowlers (Sran and Mohit) of Punjab have been excellent today. They have not only put the lid on the scoring rate but also picked up wickets. Williamson is timing the ball well and he remains key to the HYD chances.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Ravichandran Ashwin, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Barinder Sran [2.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mohit Sharma to Y Pathan, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Mohit Sharma [1.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack
Andrew Tye, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Yusuf Pathan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mohit Sharma to Saha, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Mohit Sharma, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Saha and Dhawan are at the crease. Saha is on strike. Barinder will open the attack