The Kolkata had to respond after the thumping Mumbai gave them and they have done it in style. They are back in the top four with this win and with two games in hand have the momentum to reach the playoffs. That's it from here. Switch tabs to catch the young Delhi batsmen in action. Cya!
Sunil Narine, MoM - (When the bowlers bowl short) I just try to stay as still as possible and make contact. Get as close to the ball as I can, and go after it, because the ground was small to hit a six have to be still. It was a flat wicket. When the spinners were bowling, I just tried to back myself. Tried to keep it as simple as possible and hope for the best. If I bowl bad, it gives a chance to do well with the bat and vice versa. It helps as I can contribute somewhere in every game.
Dinesh Karthik: We batted really well. This is a small ground, mishits go for sixes and it is hard on the bowlers, especially the spinners. Our seamers are coming up, Prasidh is coming up really well, Searles has a lot of variety and Russell is really special. For the last five games he's been doing the job for us, keeps asking me for the ball and I have to calm him down (smiles). What I like the most about Narine is that he thinks of himself as a batsman now and no longer only as a pinch hitter. One more game against Rajasthan and putting up a good performance against them would be great.
Ashwin: 245 was a little too many. We didn't execute our plans really well. The bowlers were just caught under the fire. They were all over the place up front and in the middle overs as well and it cost us the game at the latter end. The yorkers weren't falling in the right place. When Dre Russ came in to bat it was quite evident that we needed to bowl wider and then change up with the yorkers. It wasn't going to plan, it wasn't our day to be honest. Mujeeb got injured very early and a couple of inside edges went at the start of the game. If we had batted a touch better it would have been a closer game than what it was. It is a small ground, but we don't want to give that as an excuse. I would say we have got ourselves into an interesting situation. We still have got enough games to try and get through to the play-offs. One positive is we have never lost a game that's been hands down. The middle-order has been a concern for us and that's why we brought in Finchy. He hit the ball well. He is a world-class player and I am sure he will come good.
The margin might not give the clear picture, but this game was won in the first half itself and when Rahul got out in the 9th over, it was sealed. With a fragile middle order and a mountain to climb, the onus was on Gayle and Rahul to provide the start and the duo did courtsey the latter, but two wickets in two balls from Russell put the brakes on the scoring rate. Narine, who was smashed around by Rahul, got the better of him and that pretty much won the game for KOL. Ashwin just delayed the inevitable with a 22-ball 45 and also ensured that their NRAJ didn't take a beating.
Mohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Prasidh to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Barinder Sran, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Andre Russell [3.0-0-24-3] is back into the attack
Prasidh Krishna [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Sunil Narine [3.0-0-33-1] is back into the attack
Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Timeout! Just formalities remain in this game. Four wickets left and PUN need 90 more. The former looks more doable.
Searles to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Javon Searles [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack
Piyush Chawla, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Kuldeep Yadav to Axar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Javon Searles [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
Axar Patel, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Timeout! First break and PUN are already playing catch up. Their top four are back in the hut and with only all rounders to follow, they would do well not to lose by a big margin. KOL just need to do what they are doing - chipping away at the wickets..
Narine to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Players scoring 50+ in three successive innings in T20 League 2018:C GayleK WilliamsonShreyas IyerJ Buttler (4)KL RAHUL
Sunil Narine [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease
A Russell to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Back over the wicket
Round the wicket
Javon Searles [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease
A Russell to Mayank Agarwal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
A Russell to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Prasidh Krishna [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
Here's PK from the other end. Change of ends for him, with a slip still in place
DK chats with AR. Wonder what the plan here will be to Gayle. Runs from over the wicket
Andre Russell, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Krishna, after that stunnin' over, gets taken off. Here's AR
36 runs in 3 overs is not a bad start. But they can't continue forever, can Rahul and Gayle. We'll see how a Finch-powered middle-order fares today.
Mayank with the helmet on in the dugout
Javon Searles, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Punjab need 223 more runs *faints*
Oh my, there's a certain spike in decibels when Gayle is on strike. Karthik gets extra men in the cover region. There's a slip too, as Prasidh is from over the wicket
Prasidh Krishna, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
A wide slip for Krishna, who's bowling from over the wicket
The question is: how can KOL lose this?
Narine runs in and doesn't deliver. Lost his rhythm perhaps
Strong field near square on the off-side for Gayle, as Narine bowls from over the wicket
Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Narine will open the attack