Manish Pandey* 0(0); | Kane Williamson 17(11);
Mohammed Siraj* 0.5-0-2-1; | Tim Southee 2-0-17-1
Lokesh Rahul* 84(54); | Marcus Stoinis 23(16);
Jofra Archer* 3.4-0-43-1; | Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-26-0
Dinesh Karthik 36(26); | Piyush Chawla 0(0);
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-34-1; | Krunal Pandya 3-0-29-1
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
Highest individual scores for KL Rahul in T20 League:80* tonight68* v MUM, Bengaluru, 201660 v KOL, Kolkata, 201851 v KOL, Bengaluru, 2016
Run out appeal referred upstairs but Stoinis is well in. Not sure why it's being checked. NOT OUT!
Jaydev Unadkat [3.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Jofra Archer [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
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
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!
Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack
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
Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gowtham to Axar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
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
Jaydev Unadkat [1.0-0-1-0] is back into the attack
Axar Patel, left handed bat, comes to the crease
One slip for Axar, who's come up the order
Anureet Singh to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
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.
Shreyas Gopal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
That last wicket was the first for Stokes in six games
Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Two slips waiting now!
Stokes to Mayank Agarwal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
That is the first wicket for Jofra outside the death overs in this T20 League
Jofra Archer to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jofra Archer, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Gayle - Rahul opening stands this T20 League:96 (48) v CHN53 (47) v HYD116 (58) v KOL55 (47) v HYD54 (40) v MUM
A slip and a short leg for Gowtham, as he slides it into Gayle from round the wicket
Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Gowtham will open the attack