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Punjab vs Kolkata - 44th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date: 12 May 2018

Punjab 214/8 (20 Ovs) RR: 10.70 | Kolkata won by 31 runs

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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.

19.6
0
Prasidh to Mohit Sharma, no run, KOL win by 31 runs. Handshakes all round and the campaign is back on track for Karthik and his boys. Krishna dug in another bumper and Mohit attempted the ramp, climbed over the hanging willow
19.5
0
Prasidh to Mohit Sharma, no run, bouncer following the batsman and Mohit tried his best to connect with the ramp, but just couldn't. Too quick for him
19.4
4
Prasidh to Mohit Sharma, FOUR, fuller and outside off, a handsome square drive to get off the mark from Mohit, he presses forward and creams it with an open bat face square of the wicket, giving sweeper no chance

Mohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.3
0
Prasidh to Ashwin, out Lbw!! Ouch! Ashwin is limping off the field. DK helped his state mate compose himself. He was struck on the right knee. Length delivery right on the stumps, Ashwin with a cleared front leg missed the slog to the on-side, hit flush on the back knee in front of middle. The umpire took a while before raising his finger, but he made the right decision. Ashwin grunted in pain after the blow and was on his haunches for a bit. Ashwin lbw b Prasidh 45(22) [4s-4 6s-3]

Prasidh to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

19.2
1
Prasidh to Barinder, 1 run, round the wicket and banged in short, Sran pulls and the splice lobs over Ashwin, who is happy with the single

Barinder Sran, left handed bat, comes to the crease

19.1
0
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, out Caught by Karthik!! Excellent take! Sharp short delivery on middle and leg, Tye moved across, got inside the line and attempted the pull, the pace was just too quick for him, kissed the glove and flew to the left of DK, who flings full length to glove that. Andrew Tye c Karthik b Prasidh 14(10) [4s-1 6s-1]

Prasidh to Andrew Tye, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.1
1
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, wide, starts the final over with a wayward delivery outside off, signalled a wide
18.6
0
A Russell to Ashwin, no run, yorker to finish off, Ashwin ekes out an inside edge onto the pad. Dre Russ finishes with 4-0-41-3
18.5
4
A Russell to Ashwin, FOUR, PUN are in this mathematically. 38 off 7. Ashwin is playing a gem here. Short delivery and Ashwin cheekily periscopes his bat up and ramps it over DK. It almost went the distance
18.4
6
A Russell to Ashwin, SIX, Ashwin is helping his team's NRAJ with these strikes. Back of a length and at the stumps, Ashwin cleared his front leg and hammered it over cow corner. Got the elevation and the distance
18.3
1
A Russell to Andrew Tye, leg byes, 1 run, Russell is down. Every time that happens the whole KOL team runs up to check on him. Full and angled in, Tye misses the flick and is struck on the pad. Ashwin was looking to steal a leg bye and was more than halfway down, Russell has a shy and misses and the duo eventually get the run. Russell went down after throwing the ball. He takes a while to get on his feet and is helped by DK. Looks fine to complete the over
18.2
1
A Russell to Ashwin, 1 run, resorts to the yorker, Ashwin jams it into the off-side and switches ends
18.1
6
A Russell to Ashwin, SIX, wow! That is a massive hit from Ash. Picked the back of the hand slower ball, lined himself up for the big heave-ho and gave it the full monty, cleared long-on quite comfortably

Andre Russell [3.0-0-24-3] is back into the attack

17.6
4
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, FOUR, length delivery and Tye gives it his all, shuffled across to get inside the line and powered it away along the ground to deep mid-wicket, no chance for Gill to get around
17.5
0
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, no run, sent back by Ashwin. Yorker aimed for the base of off, Tye digs it to the left of Krishna and he wanted the run, but Ashwin sends him back after taking a few steps out
17.4
1
Prasidh to Ashwin, 1 run, slower delivery and Ashwin does not generate enough power to clear long-on, on the bounce
17.3
2
Prasidh to Ashwin, 2 runs, short of length at the body, a cramped Ashwin gets the pull away to deep mid-wicket, Tye pushes for the second and steals it comfortably in the end
17.3
1
Prasidh to Ashwin, wide, short and outside off, Ashwin lets go and pockets a wide
17.2
1
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, 1 run, very full and outside off, Tye jams out the drive to long-on
17.1
0
Prasidh to Andrew Tye, no run, full and fast outside off, Tye swings and misses. Touch too quick for him

Prasidh Krishna [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

16.6
4
Narine to Ashwin, FOUR, now shows his power. Narine offers him the space to free his arms and Ashwin thumps it straight back over Tye, no chance for long-on to get across and stop that
16.5
4
Narine to Ashwin, FOUR, delicate. The quicker offie and Ashwin picked it alright, camped back in the crease and used the pace on the ball to direct it fine past short third man
16.4
0
Narine to Ashwin, no run, short and outside off, Ashwin cracks the punch to extra cover
16.3
1
Narine to Andrew Tye, 1 run, off-break and Tye is through the shot, thick inside edge to short fine leg
16.2
1
Narine to Ashwin, 1 run, carrom ball outside off, Ashwin chops the cut to deep extra cover
16.1
1
Narine to Andrew Tye, 1 run, another skier that drops safely. We have seen quite a few in this innings. The carrom ball and Tye just wants to slog, miscues it over Narine and the ball drops well in front of long-on and long-off

Sunil Narine [3.0-0-33-1] is back into the attack

15.6
6
Searles to Ashwin, SIX, third six of the over. This time off Ashwin's willow. Searles hurls it full and in the swinging arc, Ashwin presses forward and sends it sailing over long-off. Searles ends with 4-0-52-1 on T20 League debut
15.6
1
Searles to Ashwin, wide, goes wide of the crease and sprays it down leg, Ashwin misses the tickle
15.5
0
Searles to Ashwin, no run, fired into the dugout, jammed out to the left of Searles
15.4
1
Searles to Andrew Tye, 1 run, slower short of length delivery and Tye drags the pull to long-on
15.3
6
Searles to Andrew Tye, SIX, off the mark in style. Tye does not want to hang around. Back of a length and not much wrong with the delivery, Tye just goes through the line and smashes it over the leaping long-on fielder

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.

15.2
0
Searles to Finch, out Caught by Kuldeep Yadav!! And he's gone.. Finch is livid. Lets out a grunt before storming off. Searles went round the wicket and hurled it across the right-hander, Finch shuffled across and did well to get under the ball to play the scoop, couldn't find the elevation and Kuldeep takes a good catch at short fine. Either side and that would have been a boundary. FYI, maiden T20 League wicket for Searles. Finch c Kuldeep Yadav b Searles 34(20) [6s-3]

Searles to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

15.1
6
Searles to Finch, SIX, Finch is not given up yet. Length delivery right in the slot, Finch winds up with the front leg cleared and gives it his all, heaved away into the deep mid-wicket stand

Javon Searles [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack

14.6
1
Chawla to Finch, 1 run, closes the bat face and the leading edge rolls away towards extra cover
14.5
1
Chawla to Ashwin, 1 run, dabbed to short third man
14.4
2
Chawla to Ashwin, 2 runs, mistimed loft and it lands safely. Ashwin goes for the loft over long-off and instead sliced it over extra cover, Kuldeep tracks back but the ball drops well in front of him. Searles tidies up from long-off
14.3
4
Chawla to Ashwin, FOUR, similar to the previous delivery and this time Ashwin uses the pace on the ball smartly, waits and back cuts it behind point, bisected the two fielders there to perfection
14.2
0
Chawla to Ashwin, no run, faster and outside off, Ashwin cuts and misses. Beaten by the pace on the delivery
14.1
1
Chawla to Finch, 1 run, what happened there? A skier and it lands right between the two West Indians. DK is not a happy man. Has his hands up as to asking what's going on. Finch miscued the loft and it stayed up for a long time, neither Searles nor Russell called for the catch and it landed it right in front of the duo. Poor!
13.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, 1 run, quicker one at 106ks and Finch chops it to cover-point, retains strike
13.5
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Ashwin, 1 run, very full and Ashwin squirts an inside edge backward of square leg
13.4
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Ashwin, no run, tossed up on off, Ashwin defends it back to Kuldeep
13.3
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, 1 run, flatter and quicker, Finch knocks it to long-off
13.2
6
Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, SIX, consecutive sixes for Finch. He needs to kick-on, at least to get his form back. Wrong 'un and Finch had to fetch it from outside off, cue-ends the slog sweep just over a leaping Searles at long-on
13.1
6
Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, SIX, half tracker and Finch dismisses it from his presence. Real poor bowling from Kuldeep. Gave Finch all the time to pick his spot and muscle the pull over the cow corner fence
12.6
1
Chawla to Finch, 1 run, shortens the length on the googly and Finch chops the cut to sweeper cover
12.5
1
Chawla to Ashwin, 1 run, bit more air and Ashwin eases the push past Chawla and down to long-off
12.4
1
Chawla to Finch, 1 run, backs away and plays the punch off the stumps, single to deep extra cover
12.3
1
Chawla to Ashwin, 1 run, the wrong 'un and is milked away with the spin to deep mid-wicket
12.2
1
Chawla to Finch, 1 run, quicker and on the stumps, Finch works it to deep mid-wicket
12.1
2
Chawla to Finch, 2 runs, starts with a googly and Finch nudges it with the spin into the on-side, in the gap and the pair scamper back

Piyush Chawla, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.6
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Axar, out Caught by Searles!! Wicket for Kuldeep. That should get back his confidence, especially after what Ishan Kishan did in the previous game. Switched to round the wicket and fired the full delivery outside off, Axar moved a bit and lofted it to long-off. The length was tad too full and hence Axar could not get underneath it. A well-judged catch by Searles, who timed his jump to perfection. Axar c Searles b Kuldeep Yadav 19(11) [4s-2 6s-1]

Kuldeep Yadav to Axar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

11.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Axar, wide, saw the batsman move around and fired it outside off, well wide of the tramline
11.5
6
Kuldeep Yadav to Axar, SIX, now sends it over Russell. Not connected properly, but the small boundaries aid him in. Shuffled across to the conventional chinaman and heaved it with a bent back knee over long-on, just over
11.4
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Axar, FOUR, good use of the feet. Axar puts on the dancing shoes and gets close to the flighted delivery, then muscles the drive straight of long-on, where Russell's dive is an after thought
11.3
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, 1 run, once again Kuldeep is short in his length, pulled along the ground to deep mid-wicket
11.2
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Axar, 1 run, fraction short and the ball keeps low, Axar adjusts and pulls to deep mid-wicket
11.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Finch, 1 run, floated up very full and Finch squeezes the drive to long-off

Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

10.6
1
Narine to Finch, 1 run, once more reads it off the surface, Finch makes room and chops it into the off-side
10.5
1
Narine to Axar, 1 run, this time manages to beat the chinaman to his right and pick up a single to deep cover
10.4
0
Narine to Axar, no run, turning away and Axar punches it straight to Kuldeep at cover
10.3
1
Narine to Finch, 1 run, dragged back length and Finch has the space to carve it to sweeper cover
10.2
0
Narine to Finch, no run, off-break and Finch has no clue. Hangs back in hope to read it off the surface, is late and is struck on the pad after being beaten on the inside edge. The ball was turning down leg and hence a stifled appeal from DK
10.1
1
Narine to Axar, 1 run, fraction short and Axar pulls it to deep mid-wicket
9.6
1
Searles to Axar, 1 run, slower delivery outside off, punched away to sweeper cover
9.5
4
Searles to Axar, FOUR, crunched! 100 comes up within 10 overs and PUN still need to strike over 14 per over. On a length and outside off, Axar stands and thumps it on the up past Russell at extra cover. Raced away!
9.4
1
Searles to Finch, 1 run, off-cutter on the pads, clipped away backward of square leg
9.3
1
Searles to Axar, 1 run, slanted across the left-hander, Axar punches it to sweeper cover
9.2
0
Searles to Axar, no run, back of a length and Axar pushes it back to Searles
9.1
1
Searles to Finch, 1 run, wide of the crease and angled in, nurdled with a closed bat face to deep backward square

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..

8.6
0
Narine to Rahul, out Bowled!! Narine has his man. Big moment in the game. That might be the match. Even Narine enjoyed out. He lets out a roar. Never seen him express his delight after picking a wicket. The round the wicket ploy has worked, carrom ball on the stumps, Rahul kneels to play the slog sweep, gets an inside edge onto the front thigh, the backspin on the ball takes it onto the stumps. Unfortunate way to get out. Rahul b Narine 66(29) [4s-2 6s-7]

Narine to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

8.5
1
Narine to Finch, 1 run, off-break and Finch decides to sweep him first ball, gloves it to short fine leg

Slip in

8.4
1
Narine to Rahul, 1 run, pushed it well outside off and would have been a wide had Rahul let go, instead he chases and chops to the left of Narine, just a single
8.3
6
Narine to Rahul, SIX, Narine being taken to the cleaners. That is the fourth six Rahul has struck off Narine. Half tracker on leg-stump, Rahul transfers his weight back and deposits the pull over deep backward square leg
8.2
0
Narine to Rahul, no run, round the wicket and fired in, Rahul sweeps it straight to short fine

Players scoring 50+ in three successive innings in T20 League 2018:
C Gayle
K Williamson
Shreyas Iyer
J Buttler (4)
KL RAHUL

8.1
6
Narine to Rahul, SIX, that's outta here. Third time the ball has been smashed out of the stadium today. Rahul once again picks what Narine is bowling, runs down the wicket and gets close to the ball, lofts it handsomely over long-on and out of the ground

Sunil Narine [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.6
0
A Russell to Nair, out Caught by Prasidh!! Dre Russ doing all the damage for KOL. Third wicket for him. The off-cutter on a length, Nair spots it early and goes through with the lofted on-drive, seemed to have struck it enough before Krishna came into the frame, ran to his left from long-on, went with two hands over his head, but the ball got stuck in his left hand. Lucky! But that will do. Nair c Prasidh b A Russell 3(6)

A Russell to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.5
0
A Russell to Nair, no run, bumper on the stumps, Nair keeps arching back and going down, then periscopes his bat up to play the ramp, nowhere near the ball and the umpire calls it one for the over
7.4
1
A Russell to Rahul, 1 run, change of pace from Russell, slapped to sweeper cover
7.3
2
A Russell to Rahul, 2 runs, bit sloppy from KOL. Russell spears in a yorker at the stumps, Rahul squeezes it off the outer half of the bat to backward point, Rana has a shy at the bowler's end and Russell intervenes, he doesn't collect in the first attempt and Nair calls his partner back for the second
7.2
6
A Russell to Rahul, SIX, fifty for Rahul. A thumbs up to his partner followed by a bat wave to the crowd. Third on the trot for him. He's to continue if PUN have to win this. Shuffled a bit in his crease before making room to this short delivery, upper cuts it into the second tier over third man. Also gets the orange cap back
7.1
1
A Russell to Nair, 1 run, back of a length outside off, tapped in front of point and off go the duo
6.6
1
Searles to Nair, 1 run, on the bounce to Uthappa. DK wanted him to sprint in and take that, but the Karnataka lad gestures it was well in front of him. Slower short of length delivery and Nair flat-bats the pull to long-on. Had he connected, it might have ended in Uthappa's grasp
6.5
1
Searles to Rahul, 1 run, off-pace with some width, Rahul chops the cut towards extra cover
6.4
6
Searles to Rahul, SIX, stand and deliver. Pings the sightscreen. Searles errs by going full and it is right in Rahul's arc, he latches onto it and dismisses it straight back over Searles

Back over the wicket

6.4
1
Searles to Rahul, wide, hurls in a full toss down leg, Rahul can't meet with the heave, signalled a wide

Round the wicket

6.3
1
Searles to Nair, 1 run, shortens the length and Nair wrists it away to long-on
6.2
0
Searles to Nair, no run, on the half volley. Excellent field placement from DK. Lynn at gully for Nair and he opens the bat face for a steer, lobbed it towards Lynn, who dived to his left and took it on the bounce. So close!
6.1
1
Searles to Rahul, 1 run, back of a length at 112kph, Rahul hacks it to deep mid-wicket

Javon Searles [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

5.6
1
A Russell to Rahul, 1 run, hat-trick ball is a fiery low full toss. Good ball to bowl but unfortunately it's KL Rahul on strike, and he keeps it out to extra cover. 58/2 in the powerplay but they've lost a wicket too many

Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease

5.5
0
A Russell to Mayank Agarwal, out Caught by Searles!! Mayank falls for a first-ball duck, and gets Russell on a hat-trick. Another short ball does the trick. He's pulling a short ball that's climbing at him off the front foot. Gee, that deserves to be punished with a wicket. They're checking Russell's front foot, but he's landed well behind the line. You'll have to question the on-field umpiring here. Oh wait, I'm told that they also checked for the second bouncer for the over, and Russell was okay there too. Mayank Agarwal c Searles b A Russell 0(1)

A Russell to Mayank Agarwal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

5.4
0
A Russell to Gayle, out Caught by Karthik!! He had to fall to a short ball, didn't he? Fast bowling mostly wins. Got his front leg outta way to similarly hack the ball open-stanced over square leg -- like he had done first ball of this over -- but he's in a horrible shape, is Gayle. Gets a top-edge that carries nicely to Karthik behind the stumps. Gayle c Karthik b A Russell 21(17) [4s-2 6s-1]

A Russell to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

5.3
0
A Russell to Gayle, no run, low full toss outside off, and Gayle's missed that. More like beaten by the pace, and worsened by the fact that he was giving himself some room
5.2
0
A Russell to Gayle, no run, 147ks full ball that Gayle can only jam out back to Russell
5.1
6
A Russell to Gayle, SIX, that isn't for aspiring fast bowlers. Look away! Gayle backs way and pummels this pull off the front foot. Over deep mid-wicket without any fuss
4.6
1
Prasidh to Gayle, 1 run, angled in again -- that's a strategy -- and Gayle has wristed it behind square on the leg-side
4.5
0
Prasidh to Gayle, no run, Karthik refers it. Prasidh went wide of the crease from round the wicket to angle this full ball into Gayle. A bit down leg, Gayle looked to glance it away and there's some noise as he does that, which is what triggered DK into an appeal. Remember that it was given as a wide intially, so that'll need to be changed first thing. Slowmos indicate that it hit the pad, missing the bat totally. Gayle lives on! And that's an appeal and a review wasted
4.4
1
Prasidh to Rahul, 1 run, 50 up. Length ball at 143ks, worked effortlessly through mid-wicket
4.3
0
Prasidh to Rahul, no run, 137ks and ballooning off a back of a length. Cuts Rahul into half. Comes off nippily and goes through Rahul's leg-side-intended ambitious swing
4.2
0
Prasidh to Rahul, no run, 143ks again, and this time managed to hurry Rahul, who went back and offered a dead bat to this back of a length delivery
4.1
6
Prasidh to Rahul, SIX, 143ks and that's why it's rushed away to the third man fence. Full and wide, Rahul made some room and carved it away with disdain

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

3.6
0
A Russell to Gayle, no run, slower delivery on the off-stump, Gayle made room and then had to make do with a slice to point. Squeezed it out in some panic but he's safe. 43/0 after 4 overs and the RAJR is 12.69. Ridiculous!
3.5
0
A Russell to Gayle, no run, almost nails the yorker length delivery on off-stump. All Gayle could do was block it out to mid-off
3.4
1
A Russell to Rahul, 1 run, cracked through covers for a single
3.3
1
A Russell to Gayle, 1 run, dropped by Karthik. A leading edge kinda top-edge there as Gayle looked to run it into the leg-side. Looped behind, DK leaped but deflected it off the tip of his gloves. A bit high that but it'll be recorded as a drop
3.2
4
A Russell to Gayle, FOUR, action-reaction law? Gayle rubbished it. Hits it harder than it arrives. Full, he's drilled it off the toe-end and you had to look at Russell and the umpire ducking to save their lives

DK chats with AR. Wonder what the plan here will be to Gayle. Runs from over the wicket

3.1
1
A Russell to Rahul, 1 run, 141ks back of a length delivery hacked one-legged to short fine leg

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.

2.6
1
Searles to Rahul, 1 run, pacy on off-stump, and all KL does is push it away for a single to extra cover
2.5
1
Searles to Gayle, 1 run, was beaten in pace there but he's got suich a big bat that the ball finds some pace. Twirled away with a delay to long-on, who's run across a touch to field that
2.4
4
Searles to Gayle, FOUR, switches to round the wicket to Gayle, who's laid into this room offered outside off. Cracks it with a slash over third man
2.3
1
Searles to Rahul, 1 run, full and angling in, Rahul is on the charge as he tries to work this around. Hit on the front thigh but that's been given as runs. Maybe a nick
2.2
4
Searles to Rahul, FOUR, this is why the first ball to Rahul was into the batsman. A bit of width and Rahul's found the room to slash it disembowelingly wide of backward point
2.2
1
Searles to Rahul, wide, some noise as this leg-side delivery whirls past Rahul's attempted glance. Given as a wide though. Searles trying to cramp Rahul for room there. And you can understand why

Mayank with the helmet on in the dugout

2.1
1
Searles to Gayle, 1 run, 130ks from over the wicket. Hits the back of a length but doesn't get much bounce. Gayle hacks him with an open-stanced swat to long-on

Javon Searles, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Punjab need 223 more runs *faints*

1.6
1
Prasidh to Gayle, 1 run, 135ks on the hips and Gayle has tucked him away for a single round the corner
1.5
1
Prasidh to Rahul, 1 run, 145ks this time. He's bowling good heat here. Fullish outside off, Rahul softs the push to a squarish mid-wicket
1.4
1
Prasidh to Gayle, 1 run, 144ks this time but since the line's down leg -- like to a right-hander -- Gayle backs away and hacks that to deep mid-wicket

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

1.3
1
Prasidh to Rahul, 1 run, angled in this time, at 145ks, and Rahul's calmly twirled it round the corner for a single
1.2
0
Prasidh to Rahul, no run, Rahul in better shape to play this. Similar length, at 143ks, and he's punched it to the fielder at cover. Doesn't go much back in the crease even to a ball at this pace. He's seeing them like magnified lemons
1.1
4
Prasidh to Rahul, FOUR, 137ks and on a back of a length, Rahul looked a little cramped for the glide to third man and squeezed it out off the splice. Wide of the lone slipper

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?

0.6
0
Narine to Gayle, no run, Gayle's played this full off-break by going back in the crease. He lives life in his own way. Blocked off the toe-end. 15 runs off the opening over!
0.5
1
Narine to Rahul, 1 run, fired at the stumps, front-footed Rahul gets a thick inside edge to backward square leg
0.4
6
Narine to Rahul, SIX, again shimmying down and going inside-out with this loft over cover. Got right to the pitch and under it. KL Rahul's good. Real good
0.3
6
Narine to Rahul, SIX, that's meditative. Pure timing. Uses his feet and times this carom ball over long-off

Narine runs in and doesn't deliver. Lost his rhythm perhaps

0.2
1
Narine to Gayle, 1 run, extra bounce, and it allows Gayle to swivel and work it around to mid-wicket. Both batsmen off the mark off their first deliveries

Strong field near square on the off-side for Gayle, as Narine bowls from over the wicket

0.1
1
Narine to Rahul, 1 run, starts with a fired-up off break on leg-stump, that Rahul's worked to long-on

Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Narine will open the attack