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Punjab vs Rajasthan - 38th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date: 06 May 2018

Punjab 155/4 (18.4 Ovs) RR: 8.30 | Punjab won by 6 wkts

commentary

Another T20 League weekend is done. The usual suspects Chennai and Mumbai along with Hyderabad registered wins, the defending champs now have won two in two and are threatening to pull off another Houdini act, like in 2015. Punjab's win today solidifies their campaign as well, while the likes of the Delhi and Bangalore find their chances hanging by a thread. Kolkata have slipped a bit and although they aren't in danger yet, they cannot afford any more slipups. The Rajasthan are struggling and time is running out for them. Let's see what the week ahead has in store. Hope you enjoyed our coverage for the night. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off on behalf of Raju Peethala, Nikhil Jadhav, Pratyush Sinha, Varun Dixit and our scorer Mukesh Gowda. Goodnight!

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Man of the Match for his fantastic figures of 4-0-27-3.

Ashwin: (On getting to third spot) We didn't play for some time and we hadn't got any points over the last two weeks. There was a bit of nervousness and it's glad to get two points. This win is good because we were tested in our batting. One of our batsmen batted deep and that's what we've been asking for. We didn't need a tight game to chase it down. That box has been ticked. (On the bowlers setting this win up) Most of our wins have been set up by the bowlers, 12 points have been set up by the bowlers. It's pleasing. Good to know that one department is firing on all cylinders. We have options. Many of the batters are inexperienced and as the tournament goes on, I expect them to do better. (On his captaincy mantra thus far) Didn't come with any expectations to be honest, didn't come here to outdo myself or do anything special, just came here to gauge the situation and use the team in the best way possible. The most important thing for a captain is to rotate the bowlers well and pick the best combination possible, and to get the batting order right. (Whether being a bowling captain helps the bowlers) I think bowlers will get hit in this format, the guys who let me down today will win me games tomorrow, that's the only perspective I came into the tournament with. Thankfully all of them are going well.

KL Rahul: "For me personally I think this is the first knock I am really satisfied with because I won the game for the team and stayed till the end. I have been hitting the ball really well so can't complain about that. I always try to back my cricketing shots and don't try to slog much. Playing in this way is what will make me consistent. I trust myself and trust my instincts to finish the game. I knew if I stay till the end I'll finish the game today. Karun played well and supported me. Stoinis played well and ran well too. I got lucky and that's what happens in this format."

Rahane: "Pretty disappointed. 170-175 on this pitch would have very good. We didn't bat very well, including me. Guys have to learn. Bowlers in T20 League are bowling well. We lost crucial wickets, didn't get partnerships. We cannot give excuses all the time. We are all professional cricketers. It's all about execution as I mentioned. As batsmen, we were in doubt about whether we should go for our shots or not. (Samson's one-handed effort against KL Rahul) was a clear catch but the umpires thought otherwise. We are still in the game. We can win five out of five now."

23:29 Local Time: Too easy for Punjab in the end. 153 was never a par score but Gayle's first failure of the tournament and the dodgy middle order meant that RAJ had their chances on a slightly two-paced surface. Of course, they could have done with another 10-15 more runs. But take no credit away from Rahul, he anchored the run chase with finesse and found able partners in Nair and Stoinis which ensured that the task was done effortlessly. Rajasthan's bowlers did utilize the surface well to set the game up nicely for a thrilling finish but Rahul and Stoinis switched gears to make a mockery of the pressure situation. How crucial was that referred catch by Samson of Rahul? No excuses for RAJ though, their batting yet again let them down and their season is now really in the doldrums. Punjab will be glad to break the brief winless drought. Stay tuned for the presentations.

Chasing sides have now won all the seven T20 League matches in Indore

18.4
4
Jofra Archer to Rahul, FOUR, fittingly a Rahul signature cover drive to finish the game. He's been fantastic tonight and has calmly ensured an easy win for PUN. Overcooked from Archer and it's been creamed away off the front foot. Long-off had no chance of cutting it off. PUN return to winning ways

Highest individual scores for KL Rahul in T20 League:
80* tonight
68* v MUM, Bengaluru, 2016
60 v KOL, Kolkata, 2018
51 v KOL, Bengaluru, 2016

18.3
2
Jofra Archer to Rahul, 2 runs, backed away early and Archer followed him with a slower ball. Worked softly through square leg and Rahul wanted two straightaway. Gets it comfortably
18.2
6
Jofra Archer to Rahul, SIX, stand and deliver stuff! Poetry in motion, this shot. Length ball alright but look at the way it's been put away by Rahul. Holds his shape and lifts it straight over Archer's head. Straight as an arrow and clears the ropes with ease. Just a hit away now, PUN
18.1
2
Jofra Archer to Rahul, 2 runs, extra cover did well to get a hand on this with the dive but can only parry it towards long-off. A brace to start the over. Fuller ball that Rahul creamed off the front foot
17.6
0
Unadkat to Stoinis, no run, another slower ball around middle, nudged with soft hands onto the pitch. Another expensive over for RAJ. The game is all but done now
17.5
1
Unadkat to Rahul, 1 run, fast off cutter and induces a soft leading edge that dribbles away through cover
17.4
4
Unadkat to Rahul, FOUR, more runs! Unadkat is being taken to the cleaners here. Came round the wicket and actually got his line right but Rahul is in such a mood that he will put even the good ones away. Makes room by backing away and steers it to find the gap. Bisects short third man and backward point with ease
17.3
6
Unadkat to Rahul, SIX, he is in a hurry to finish this off now, is Rahul. Probably not interested in taking this deep. Gets a freebie, slower short ball around leg, doesn't came easier than these with short fine leg in place. He swivels to get inside the line and helps it away down the leg-side with a well-timed pull
17.2
2
Unadkat to Rahul, 2 runs, another easy brace. These two are doing it comfortably now. Fuller ball that's driven to the right of sweeper cover this time. The throw was good at the bowler's end, Unadkat whipped off the bails quickly too but Stoinis was equally quick. Always looked not out and replays confirm it

Run out appeal referred upstairs but Stoinis is well in. Not sure why it's being checked. NOT OUT!

17.1
2
Unadkat to Rahul, 2 runs, slower ball on a good length, Rahul waits for it and slaps it to the left of Samson at sweeper cover. Another brace

Jaydev Unadkat [3.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

16.6
2
Jofra Archer to Stoinis, 2 runs, very full and attacking the stumps, whipped away into the gap at deep mid-wicket. They hare back for the second, 16 off the over! PUN have wrested some sort of control back now in this run chase
16.5
1
Jofra Archer to Rahul, 1 run, quite full and outside off, jammed out towards the cover region for a single
16.4
6
Jofra Archer to Rahul, SIX, that's gone all the way! What a shot! That too under pressure! Mind you this shortish length ball clocked 145kph but that's also what aided Rahul here. He stays back and upper cuts it over short third man. Deep into the crowd. Just the over PUN wanted to ease a few nerves in the dug out. What a way to get to fifty! Top knock but he knows that the job isn't done yet
16.3
1
Jofra Archer to Stoinis, 1 run, almost a yorker this time, doesn't get Stoinis get under it properly and it's drilled to long-off
16.2
4
Jofra Archer to Stoinis, FOUR, slammed away! Archer just misses his yorker and ends up dishing out a low full toss. Width on offer too and this is crashed past a diving extra cover. Sweeper cover ain't stopping this
16.1
2
Jofra Archer to Stoinis, 2 runs, on a good length around middle and leg, wristed away off the back foot to the right of deep square leg. They get an easy two

Jofra Archer [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack

15.6
1
Stokes to Stoinis, 1 run, deceives Stoinis with a slower one, he wanted to slog this over mid-wicket but ekes out an inside edge to short fine leg
15.5
1
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, slips this down leg, flicked away down the leg-side for a single
15.4
2
Stokes to Rahul, 2 runs, 'two' was the call from Rahul as soon as he hit this and gets it with ease. Fullish ball around middle and leg, wristed away wide of Archer at long-on
15.3
2
Stokes to Rahul, 2 runs, fullish this time and outside off, Rahul opens the face on the drive to get it through backward point. Tripathi from sweeper cover gets around to mop up
15.2
1
Stokes to Stoinis, 1 run, back of a length around middle and leg, pulled away through backward square leg
15.1
1
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, slower on a shortish length, Rahul pulls hard but straight to the man at deep square leg

Ben Stokes [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

Time-out! This game is setting up for a cracking finish I feel. As long as PUN have wickets in hand, they should be able to chase this down but the sluggish nature of this pitch means that a wicket or two could turn the match on its head

14.6
1
Unadkat to Rahul, 1 run, full and outside off, driven off the front foot towards deep cover
14.5
0
Unadkat to Rahul, no run, nearly another blinder from Samson at point but he couldn't quite take it cleanly in the end. Slower ball wider outside off, Rahul sliced this hard towards the off-side and couldn't keep it down. Samson did brilliantly to dive forward and take it one-handed but replays showed that it just about bounced in front of him. Not exactly conclusive when referred upstairs but the soft signal was NOT OUT and there wasn't anything clear to overturn that one either

Has Samson taken that cleanly? If he has, then it's an absolute ripper of a catch. The umpires are having a chat about it and are referring it. Soft signal is not out which is surprising. Let's have a look. Seems like the umpires were right. This is too close to call and maybe, touched the ground. Nothing conclusive though and that could possibly mean that the on-field call will stay. The third umpire is taking more and more views of the replay and that should further favor the batsman. After taking forever, NOT OUT it is!

14.4
1
Unadkat to Stoinis, 1 run, direct hit would have got Stoinis! Rahane was the man at extra cover and his reaction says how much RAJ wanted this. Slower ball that was tapped gently into the off-side, was always a risky run and Stoinis escapes
14.3
0
Unadkat to Stoinis, no run, around the wicket now and angles this into Stoinis, blocked back down the pitch
14.2
4
Unadkat to Stoinis, FOUR, just past a flying Buttler to his right! Excellent bowling from Unadkat, totally bamboozled Stoinis with this off cutter and induced a thick edge on the drive. Buttler did all he could with a dive to his right but couldn't reach it. Raced away fine to the third man fence
14.1
0
Unadkat to Stoinis, no run, fast off cutter on a good length, fizzes away off the pitch and Stoinis dabs it towards point
14.1
1
Unadkat to Stoinis, wide, sprays this down the leg-side, a bit short as well and Stoinis tried to get a tickle on it. Doesn't succeed

Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack

13.6
1
Shreyas Gopal to Stoinis, 1 run, the expected flat trajectory and a bit short around middle, worked gently towards mid-wicket
13.5
6
Shreyas Gopal to Stoinis, SIX, connects well this time! Stoinis was getting foxed a bit and decides to transfer the pressure right back on the bowler. Tossed up once more but this was in his arc, he lofted straight through the line over the bowler's head. Into the sightscreen. Relieves the pressure a touch for PUN
13.4
0
Shreyas Gopal to Stoinis, no run, beaten again! Stoinis is all at sea to the leggie here. Another slowish leg break and this time tries to flash the cut, doesn't connect
13.3
0
Shreyas Gopal to Stoinis, no run, beautifully bowled! Slows the leg break down considerably and Stoinis errs by playing this off the back foot. Should have been forward. Gets squared up eventually
13.2
1
Shreyas Gopal to Rahul, 1 run, smart from Gopal, not getting it anywhere near Rahul's arc. Drifts this well wide outside off once more, squeezed towards point
13.1
0
Shreyas Gopal to Rahul, no run, floats this leg break wider outside off, Rahul reaches it and checks the drive to extra cover

Shreyas Gopal [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

A lot now hinges on Rahul. Not an easy surface to start hitting straightaway and he being the set batsman needs to bat through. Stoinis' power game will also be under the scanner tonight

12.6
0
Gowtham to Stoinis, no run, floated up outside off, a trifle short and Stoinis defends well off the back foot

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.5
0
Gowtham to Axar, out Caught by D Arcy Short!! Excellent catch! We've seen a few crackers already in this match and here is another one. The pressure was telling on the aggressive Axar and with a spinner on, he decides to take a chance. Slogs this over mid-wicket but only gets height on it and not the distance. Well, actually almost cleared Short who took the catch calmly and ensured that his foot didn't touch the ropes. Smart work. RAJ are clawing their way back here. Axar c D Arcy Short b Gowtham 4(5)

Gowtham to Axar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

12.4
1
Gowtham to Rahul, 1 run, drifting in around middle and leg, worked away down the ground towards long-on
12.3
0
Gowtham to Rahul, no run, full and outside off, reaches out and drives it towards the covers
12.2
2
Gowtham to Rahul, 2 runs, good work by Anureet, covered a lot of ground from deep backward square leg and managed to pull it back just in the nick of time. Unadkat from short fine leg was also chasing it and he recovered it. Fuller ball down leg and it was glanced nicely down the leg-side by Rahul
12.1
1
Gowtham to Axar, 1 run, fired full around middle and leg, drilled down the ground to long-on

Krishnappa Gowtham [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

The RAJ bowlers are making a match out of this. Asking rate is nudging towards 9 rpo and while that's not threatening, it could soon be if Punjab don't arrrest the momentum

11.6
0
Unadkat to Rahul, no run, good ball to end a top over. Off cutter that grips off the surface a bit, Rahul tries to work across the line and gets a soft leading edge onto the pitch
11.5
1
Unadkat to Axar, 1 run, banged in short and tucks up Axar on the pull. Drags it to deep square leg
11.4
1
Unadkat to Rahul, 1 run, slow cutter on a good length outside off, punched off the back foot towards long-on
11.3
0
Unadkat to Rahul, no run, edged and it doesn't carry to the keeper. Slower delivery at 119ks, Rahul looked to play it straight and got a thin outside edge
11.2
0
Unadkat to Rahul, no run, angles this across, Rahul opens side-on but finds backward point with the slice
11.1
1
Unadkat to Axar, 1 run, full on off-stump, pushed to mid-on for a sharp single

Jaydev Unadkat [1.0-0-1-0] is back into the attack

10.6
1
Anureet Singh to Axar, 1 run, gets some seam into Axar from over the wicket. Worked to backward square leg

Axar Patel, left handed bat, comes to the crease

One slip for Axar, who's come up the order

10.5
0
Anureet Singh to Nair, out Bowled!! Looked like the knuckle ball. Banged in on a back of a length outside off, Nair looked to pull and chops an inside edge onto his stumps. Another pretty Karun Nair innings that cries for more deliveries at the crease. Nair b Anureet Singh 31(23) [4s-2 6s-2]

Anureet Singh to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

10.4
2
Anureet Singh to Nair, 2 runs, nurdles the ball round the corner and hurries back for second run. Stokes with the running one-handed throw but Nair makes it back in
10.3
6
Anureet Singh to Nair, SIX, drifts it on leg-stump and that's been handsomely picked up over long leg. Cross-seamed and skidding on, so Nair had the pace to work with
10.2
2
Anureet Singh to Nair, 2 runs, even slower on a lenght, chipped uppishly to long-off
10.1
1
Anureet Singh to Rahul, 1 run, slower delivery on off-stump, worked through mid-wicket
9.6
0
Shreyas Gopal to Nair, no run, flatter delivery at the stumps, Nair goes on the back foot and blocks it to the off-side
9.5
6
Shreyas Gopal to Nair, SIX, Nair doesn't reach the pitch of the ball but he still goes through with the shot and connects well. It was a flighted delivery at the stumps, Nair comes down the track and lofts it over cover with the turn for a six. He hit it inside-out, one of the hardest shots to execute. Ball hit the ropes on the full and umpires are confirming it
9.4
1
Shreyas Gopal to Rahul, 1 run, nudges it to the leg-side gently and takes a single
9.3
1
Shreyas Gopal to Nair, 1 run, goes on the back foot and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single
9.2
1
Shreyas Gopal to Rahul, 1 run, wanted to create room but Shreyas Gopal bowls straight and Rahul was cramped for room, he ends pushing it to the off-side
9.1
1
Shreyas Gopal to Nair, 1 run, turns it to mid-wicket for a single
8.6
4
Anureet Singh to Rahul, FOUR, that shot had class written all over it. He waited and waited for the ball to come and just opens the bat face at the last moment, timing was perfect and so was placement. Ball beats the short third man fielder for a four
8.5
2
Anureet Singh to Rahul, 2 runs, slower delivery at the stumps, Rahul picks it up early, gets in a good position and pulls it to deep square leg where Rahul Tripathi fumbles but he dives and makes up for it and stops the four
8.4
0
Anureet Singh to Rahul, no run, backfoot punch straight to cover
8.3
1
Anureet Singh to Nair, 1 run, pushes it to the off-side for a single
8.2
1
Anureet Singh to Rahul, 1 run, taps it to cover gently and takes a quick run. Rahul had to dive in the end to reach his crease
8.1
0
Anureet Singh to Rahul, no run, goes on the back foot and cuts it to cover

Anureet Singh, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Time out: This has been a brilliant passage of play, we have seen some hostile fast bowling from Archer. There was a brilliant contest between him and Gayle and he finally dismissed him. Both the teams would believe that they have a good chance of winning this match.

7.6
1
Shreyas Gopal to Rahul, 1 run, it wasn't a short delivery but Rahul belives in old school of playing everything on the back foot. He goes deep in the crease and punches it to long-off for a single
7.5
1
Shreyas Gopal to Nair, 1 run, comes on the front foot and drives it to long-off for a single
7.4
0
Shreyas Gopal to Nair, no run, much fuller and on the stumps, Nair drives it to cover
7.3
1
Shreyas Gopal to Rahul, 1 run, again goes back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single
7.2
4
Shreyas Gopal to Rahul, FOUR, touch short and Rahul makes full use of it. He goes deep in the crease and pulls it to the deep mid-wicket fence for a four
7.1
1
Shreyas Gopal to Nair, 1 run, flighted delivery, Nair charges down but fails to reach the pitch of the ball. Ends up lofting it in the air off the outside half, he is safe and the ball rolls to wide long-off for a single

Shreyas Gopal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Stokes to Nair, 1 run, again straight bat from Nair as he drives it to long-on for a single. Both the batsmen are showing that the fashion of playing with a straight bat is still not extinct
6.5
1
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off, steered to the third man for a single
6.4
1
Stokes to Nair, 1 run, banged in short outside off, Nair wanted to ramp it, but the ball doesn't rise as much and he ends up guiding it to third man for a single
6.3
0
Stokes to Nair, no run, slower ball outside off, Nair drives it to cover
6.2
4
Stokes to Nair, FOUR, terrific shot, Nair portrays his class. It was a fuller length ball at the stumps, Nair brings his bat down gun-barrel straight and drives it straight down the ground for a four
6.1
1
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, good length delivery outside off, Rahul opens the face of the bat and guides it to sweeper cover for a single

That last wicket was the first for Stokes in six games

5.6
0
Unadkat to Nair, no run, goes on the back foot and punches it to cover
5.5
0
Unadkat to Nair, no run, Nair misses it completely. He wanted to play across the line, closed the bat face early and ball hit him on the pads. Height was an issue, so there was no major appeal from the bowler
5.4
0
Unadkat to Nair, no run, placement was the issue again. It was again a short of length ball and Nair pulls it straight to short fine leg
5.3
0
Unadkat to Nair, no run, Nair brings his bat down vertically and defends it to point. Two defensive shots in a row are a rarity in T20 League
5.2
0
Unadkat to Nair, no run, back of a length delivery shaping into Nair who stays in the crease and blocks it to point
5.1
1
Unadkat to Rahul, 1 run, nudges it to mid-on and takes a single

Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

4.6
4
Stokes to Nair, FOUR, throws his bat at a wide one and sends a thick edge wide of Rahane at second slip. Good effort from Shreyas Gopal at third man to cover a lot of ground to his left, but he fumbled a touch while on the dive and it runs away for a boundary
4.5
0
Stokes to Nair, no run, outside edge but just short of the fielder at second slip. It was a brilliant delivery, pitched outside off and deviated in the air a bit, Nair wanted to drive but almost ends up edging it to slip

Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Two slips waiting now!

4.4
0
Stokes to Mayank Agarwal, out Caught by R Tripathi!! Dismal T20 League for Mayank Agarwal continues. He will consider himself massively unlucky, a meter to the fielder's right or left and that was a four. It was a short of length ball, Mayank Agarwal gets in a good position, connects well, he does everything well but finds the fielder at deep square leg. This just get to show how imperative placement is in cricket. Mayank Agarwal c R Tripathi b Stokes 2(3)

Stokes to Mayank Agarwal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

4.3
1
Stokes to Rahul, 1 run, drags the pull off the inside half of the willow and manages a single wide of mid-on
4.2
0
Stokes to Rahul, no run, Rahul had ample time on that pull shot, he was in a great position but just ends up hitting it straight to the fielder
4.1
1
Stokes to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, Mayank Agarwal stays in the crease and pulls it to mid-on for a single. He doesn't time it as well as he would have liked

Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

3.6
0
Jofra Archer to Rahul, no run, fuller length delivery aimed at the stumps, Rahul clips it to square leg using his wrists
3.5
0
Jofra Archer to Rahul, no run, much fuller in length, Rahul comes on the front foot and drives it to mid-on
3.4
2
Jofra Archer to Rahul, 2 runs, another ball that is banged in short, Rahul gets in a good position and tucks it to the leg-side for a brace. Good running in the end to complete the run
3.4
1
Jofra Archer to Rahul, wide, sharp bouncer down the leg-side, wide signalled
3.3
1
Jofra Archer to Mayank Agarwal, 1 run, goes on the back foot and tucks it to fine leg for a single

Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

That is the first wicket for Jofra outside the death overs in this T20 League

3.2
0
Jofra Archer to Gayle, out Caught by Samson!! Jofra Archer has the last laugh in this mini battle. It was another short of length ball, Gayle stays put and smashes the cut shot straight to Samson at point. Ball came at a lighting speed and Samson does really well to hold on it. Universe boss will have to depart without contributing much. Gayle c Samson b Jofra Archer 8(11) [4s-2]

Jofra Archer to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.1
4
Jofra Archer to Gayle, FOUR, brute power! Fuller in length from Jofra Archer this time, Gayle clears his front leg and absolutely smashes it wide of the mid-off fielder for a four
2.6
0
Gowtham to Rahul, no run, good length delivery turning in to stumps, Rahul goes on the back foot and blocks it to the off-side
2.5
0
Gowtham to Rahul, no run, Rahul drives it to cover point, straight to the fielder
2.4
4
Gowtham to Rahul, FOUR, He is timing the ball really well. Rahul goes inside the line of the ball and slog sweeps it over short fine leg for a boundary
2.3
4
Gowtham to Rahul, FOUR, cheeky from Rahul. He brings out the reverse sweep and plays it fine of the short third man for a four
2.3
1
Gowtham to Rahul, wide, down the leg-side and umpire signals it wide
2.2
0
Gowtham to Rahul, no run, bottom edge and ball just misses the stumps, Rahul should consider himself lucky here. Backed away and got one that spun into him. Totally cramped for room
2.1
4
Gowtham to Rahul, FOUR, Rahul backs away and cuts it to the right of cover for a four. Excellent timing and placement!
1.6
0
Jofra Archer to Gayle, no run, another sharp delivery. This is a good contest. Finally, bowler is also having his say in this format dominated by the batsmen. Gayle takes one hand off the handle as he fends it into the leg-side
1.5
4
Jofra Archer to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle wants to show who is the boss here. He backs away, goes on the top of the bounce and punches it though cover for a four
1.4
0
Jofra Archer to Gayle, no run, 147.8 kmph delivery, this was sharp and short, and there was some extra bounce too. Gayle misses it. Didn't even have the time to alter his bat position. Beaten by sheer pace outside off
1.3
0
Jofra Archer to Gayle, no run, an absolute peach at 147.2 kmph! Test match stuff from Jofra Archer, this was in the corridor of uncertainty and Gayle plays inside the line of the ball, past his outside edge
1.2
1
Jofra Archer to Rahul, 1 run, another good short of length ball, Rahul was hurried by the pace, no time to play the pull shot and he ends up tucking it to the leg-side for a single
1.1
0
Jofra Archer to Rahul, no run, short of length delivery on off, ball hits the bat hard as Rahul blocks it down

Jofra Archer, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Gayle - Rahul opening stands this T20 League:
96 (48) v CHN
53 (47) v HYD
116 (58) v KOL
55 (47) v HYD
54 (40) v MUM

0.6
0
Gowtham to Gayle, no run, Gayle stays on the back foot and punches it to cover. Good first over from Gowtham
0.5
0
Gowtham to Gayle, no run, blocks it to FSL, this is bizarre how often do you see FSL in T20 cricket. Big man, the Universe boss forces the captain to do such things
0.4
0
Gowtham to Gayle, no run, huge shout from Gowtham but it is an optimistic one, as ball skids on and was easily missing the leg-stump
0.3
0
Gowtham to Gayle, no run, blocks it to the off-side
0.2
0
Gowtham to Gayle, no run, fuller delivery at the pads, no room for Gayle to free his arms and he drives it back to the bowler

A slip and a short leg for Gowtham, as he slides it into Gayle from round the wicket

0.1
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Gowtham to Rahul, 1 run, quicker delivery on off, Rahul comes on the front foot and pushes it to long-on for a single

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