|Nicholas Pooran||not out||32||28||2||0|
|Ravi Bishnoi||not out||0||0||0||0|
Right then! This has been a very good victory by Punjab and they are right in the race for the fourth position. They are on 10 points now and they move into the fifth position on the table. Hyderabad, on the other hand, will be disappointed that they lost this game from a position of winning it. They will be looking to bounce back in their next encounter. The action continues as it is Super Sunday on the 25th of October, 2020. In the 1st game, Chennai take on Bangalore in Dubai and later Mumbai go up against Rajasthan in Abu Dhabi. All the action starts at 1400 Local (1000 GMT). We hope to have your company for both the games. Until then, take care.
Chris Jordan is the Man of the Match. He says he feels great, they had a pretty tough start to the tournament but the entire management kept a lot of belief. States they have a big squad and the management is trying to find the correct combination, it is a team game and it does not matter how many games he plays as long as the team wins. Mentions Arshdeep is a very good bowler, he has got in a lot of free mind and he just backs his skillls and it comes off. Ends by saying he just tried to be calm and not put a lot of pressure on himself, he wanted to give Arshdeep as much as possible to defend.
The winning captain of Punjab, KL Rahul, says they are making winning a habit now, they could not find that habit in the first half but he is speechless right now and all he can do is applaud the effort by the team and it was a complete team effort. Mentions the work done is always behind the scenes, the support staff has been brilliant, a lot can't be changed with a player in two months but you can get them mentally prepared and the coaches have done really well to do so. Admits they were giving their all but the results did not go their way, they though are happy now as they have started winning the games. Mentions they knew it was not a high scoring wicket and so did Hyderabad as they tried to maximize the Powerplay. He was hoping they did not give more than 40 in the first 6 as they knew they could pull it back on a wicket where it was turning. Ends by saying the players have put in a lot of hard work, they have gone out of their comfort zone and worked really hard and it is showing.
Arshdeep Singh is in for a chat! He starts off by saying that in the start, the score was not big and that they saw an opportunity for a win and in the end, it worked out for them. Says that the wicket was stopping a bit and they wanted to make them hit to the longer side and he was looking to bowl slower balls. Says that he has been backed well by the team and the management and he is enjoying this moment. On the wicket of Vijay Shankar, he tells that he wanted to keep it simple and hit the hard lengths.
The skipper of Hyderabad, David Warner, starts off by saying that this one hurts and that he is disappointed with the result. Feels that the bowlers did a good job to restrict Punjab. Feels that after their start, they took their foot of the pedal. Adds that him and Bairstow were trying to play well in the Powerplay and that spin would be harder to play against on this wicket and that they wanted to apply pressure upfront. Tells that the bowlers bowled well with the ball and the plans that the bowlers had worked out well. Feels that they just have to forget this game and move on and they have to start again in the next game.
The Punjab bowling was pretty poor to begin with as their bowlers were taken apart in the first 6. However, the spinners then got them back into the game by taking the openers out. Then there was a period where they failed to take a wicket but they did not let Hyderabad score freely. Also, the bowling side always believed that they are in the game. They never let their body language down and kept going for it. They reaped the rewards courtesy Jordan who finally showed why he is one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. Also, credit to Arshdeep Singh who was exceptional, a youngster with so much pressure on him, he has rose to the occasion. Outstanding. This is one win which will lift the spirits of Punjab! If it was already not lifted as they had won three games in a row before this. Now they have won 4 and are serious contendors to finish in the 4th spot.
What a game! What a defense! Punjab one has to say, have done the unbelievable. Who would have thought they would win this game after the start Warner and Bairstow got Hyderabad off too. Yes, they did manage to get three quickly but Pandey and Shankar got the chase back on track, not only back on track but in their favor but some margin when they needed 30 in 30 but that is where everything changed. Pandey fell, dots started to mount, Shankar got a blow on his head which rattled him and also saw his dismissal. After that, Hyderabad just kept losing wicket after wicket. Not the first time did they implode, this did happen to them against Bangalore too but this will probably hurt them a lot more.
OUT! RUN OUT! WOW! Punjab have wrapped this game up in some style! What was Khaleel thinking? He did not seem bothered to even get over the crease! On a good length around off, Ahmed taps it towards point and he jogs through for the single. The fielder there, Bishnoi does well to grab the ball and have a shy at the bowler's end and he does not miss. The third umpire is called into play and replays show that Ahmed is well short of his crease. PUNJAB WIN THIS GAME BY 12 RUNS!
On a good length on off, Ahmed pushes this to the point region. 13 required off 2 balls now. Highly unlikely for Hyderabad now.
OUT! CAUGHT! Punjab are in charge now! What a wonderful catch this is by Jordan and the bowling by Arshdeep is brilliant as well! Hard to see Hyderabad coming back into this game now! A slower back of a length ball around off, Garg lofts this one towards the long on region but he does not time this well. Jordan does well to run in, dive and take a spectacular catch. 13 runs needed in the last 3 balls.
OUT! CAUGHT! Hyderabad are falling all over the place at the moment and Sandeep Sharma was not able to deal with this and he walks back now. A slower short length ball on middle, Sandeep looks to pull but he mistimes this one and it goes towards mid-wicket and Ashwin does well to backtrack and scalp this one. Hyderabad now need 13 runs off the last 4 balls.
IN THE AIR...SAFE! Short ball on middle, Garg looks to pull this one but it comes off his top edge and goes towards the square leg region. Only a single. 13 runs required off 5 now.
Arshdeep to bowl the last! A youngster against another youngster. 14 needed in 6. Who will keep his nerve?
Back of a length ball on off, Sandeep works it back to the bowler. It is all on Garg now. 14 runs required off the last over. 113/7
No hat-trick for Jordan as this is a single worked by Garg to the cover region.
Sandeep Sharma is in now!
OUT! CAUGHT! BACK-TO-BACK WICKETS! Jordan is on a hat-trick as well! Rashid Khan was looking to go big but he finds the fielder! They needed him out there right now but he is walking back. Good length ball outside off, Rashid slashes this towards deep cover but his shot does not have enough juice in it for it to cross the ropes. He holes out to the Pooran out there and Hyderabad are in big trouble. 15 required off 8 now.
Rashid Khan walks out to bat!
OUT! CAUGHT! Another one falls! It is Holder this time and Hyderabad are in a bit of a pickle now! They have made things difficult for themselves now. On a good length outside off, Holder plays this slightly uppishly towards the cover region. He was looking to clear that man but he is not able to as the fielder there gobbles it up. Punjab believe now. 15 required off 9 balls.
On a good length around off, Garg looked to work this to the off side but it comes off his inside edge and goes off his pads and rolls to the point region and the batters pinch a single.
Yorker on off, Holder works this one down to the long on region for a single.
A dot to end the over as Garg works this one to the point fielder. Hyderabad still need 17 runs off 12 balls. 110/5
Priyam Garg walks out to bat!
OUT! EDGED AND CAUGHT! It is Shankar who walks back now! Punjab needed this and they have got another important wicket! A good delivery too as Arshdeep removes the pace of the ball. On a good length around off, Shankar stays on his back foot and looks to work this to the third man region but it kisses his outside edge and KL Rahul behind is safe as house. Is there a twist in the tale? Hyderabad require 17 runs off 13 balls.
This is nasty! The throw has directly hit Shankar on the helmet! He is down in pain and the physio rushes out. The good news is, he is back on his feet.
Another single as Holder taps this towards point. There is a throw at the keeper's end and it is missed but it goes onto hit Shankar's helmet. That was nasty. Would have hurt a lot.
Short of a good length delivery around off, Shankar tucks this to the square leg region and will settle for the single.
Short of a good length ball around off, Holder nudges this to the mid-wicket region to pinch a single.
Back of a length ball around middle, Holder looks to pull this one but misses it. It hits him on the box. That would have hurt.
FOUR! Shankar does not let this remain a good over as he smacks a boundary on the last ball of the over! On a good length around off, Shankar lofts this one over the mid off fielder and it crosses the ropes on a bounce. 20 required in the last 3 overs. 107/4
Another single as Holder works this one to the deep point region. A good over so far for Punjab.
On a good length outside off, Shankar works this one to the point region for one.
Outside off, Holder works this one to the deep cover region for a single.
Good length outside off, Holder looks to work this to the off side but it takes the inside edge onto the pads and rolls to the off side.
Jason Holder walks out to bat!
OUT! CAUGHT! Punjab needed a breakthrough and that is exactly what Jordan has provided here! What a catch too in the deep! It was a moment of inspiration! On a good length around off, Pandey slams this one uppishly down the ground looking for the big one. He does not time it as well as he would have liked as the fielder runs in and times his jump to perfection and takes a wonderful catch. It seems that there is some life left in this game after all.
WIDE! Slips a full toss down the leg side, Pandey looks to flick but misses. Wided.
DRINKS! It should be Hyderabad's game from here! They have two set batters out there and the run rate needed is 7. Punjab, on the other hand, will need 4 extremely good overs if they are to win this. First though, they will have to break this stand or these two will probably win it with an over to spare. Are we in for a surprise? Stay tuned.
Short ball outside off, Shankar taps this one to the point region. Hyderabad require 28 runs in the last 4 overs. 99/3
SWING AND A MISS! Floated ball around off, Shankar looks for the slog sweep but he misses this one completely.
Short ball on off, Shankar plays it back to the bowler.
Flighted ball around off, Pandey slaps this one down the ground towards long off for one.
Flatter outside off, Pandey works this one to the point region.
Floated on off, Shankar taps this to point for a quick single.
On a good length on off, Shankar works this to the deep cover region for a single. 30 needed in 30. 97/3
FOUR! Shankar is playing some fine strokes! On a good length around off, he opens up the face of his bat and works this one in the gap between the point fielder and the short third man fielder and it runs away to the ropes.
Good length on off, Pandey heaves this one towards the mid-wicket region. They think about the second run but settle for the single.
Back of a length ball around off, Pandey pushes this one to the cover region and denies taking the single on this occasion.
On a fuller length around off, Shankar pushes this one wide of long off for another single.
On a good length around off, Pandey works this one towards the long off region for a single.
FOUR! Starts the over with a boundary and ends the over with a boundary! Shankar is looking good! Loopy around off, Shankar hammers this past the bowler and the timing on this is sublime and it will cross the ropes down the ground. 38 needed in 36. 89/3
Floated on off, Pandey plays this one down the ground towards the long off region for one.
Tossed up ball on off, Pandey taps this one to the off side.
Short ball outside off, Shankar slaps this through the cover region to collect a single.
Floated on off, Shankar defends this one out.
FOUR! Shankar starts off with a boundary! Loopy around middle, Shankar works this one towards the long on region and the ball races away past the ropes. Much needed boundary for Hyderabad.
Murgan Ashwin is back!
A dot to end as Pandey blocks this back to the bowler. A good over by Jordan. Just the 2 runs. 48 runs required in 42 balls. 79/3
On a good length on middle, Shankar works this to the deep square leg region for a single.
Outside off, Shankar works this one to the cover region.
NOT OUT! On a fullish length around off, Pandey works this one towards the mid off region and the batters scamper through for the single. Maxwell grabs the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end and hits the stumps. The third umpire is called into play. Replays roll in and Pandey's bat is well inside the crease.
A direct hit but Pandey seems in! They have referred it upstairs.
Short of a good length ball on off, Pandey defends it back to the bowler.
SWING AND A MISS! Back of a length ball outside off, Pandey swings his bat but does not connect bat with ball.
Loopy ball around off, Shankar defends this one out. Hyderabad require 50 runs in 48 balls. 77/3
Flatter ball around off, Pandey taps it to the point region and the batters collect a single.
Short ball outside off, Shankar pushes this one to the cover region for a single.
Flighted outside off, Pandey slaps this one down the ground towards long off for a single.
Flatter outside off, Pandey plays this to the mid-wicket region.
Floated on middle, defended out.
Fuller and on middle, this is worked down to long on for one. Another tidy over. 74/3
Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
WIDE! Slips this one down the leg side, Shankar looks to flick but misses.
On off, it is pushed to mid off.
Back of a length and on middle, defended.
Uppish but safe! Shorter and around off, this sticks in the surface. Shankar is early into the push. It goes uppishly towards mid off but lands well short.
Shorter and outside off, it is slapped through covers for one.
Chris Jordan will bowl now for Punjab.
Another single as this is worked through mid-wicket. 70/3
Slightly shorter and on middle, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.
On middle, Shankar pushes it to covers.
The googly outside off, Shankar looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
Shorter and on middle, Pandey pushes it slightly uppishly towards long on for one.
On middle, it is defended at the very end.
Ravi Bishnoi will bowl now. 1-0-5-1 for him so far.
On off, defended. 67/3
Vijay Shankar is the new man in.
DRINKS! Hyderabad started off with a bang as Warner and Bairstow were batting aggressively and it seemed that they would chase this total down without breaking much of a sweat. But ever since spin has been introduced into the attack, Hyderabad have started struggling. They lost Warner and Bairstow and Abdul Samad has also followed them back to the hut. They still have Manish Pandey out in the middle. Punjab will need to pick up some more wickets and apply some more pressure if they are to grab the two points tonight. Hyderabad require 60 runs from 67 balls. An exciting segment of play is lined up.
OUT! TAKEN! Three wickets in quick succession and the move to get Shami back into the attack has worked! Samad's stay out there is a short one. A very good catch by Jordan. It is full and on off, Samad hits it hard towards mid off. Jordan leaps high, times it to perfection and takes it brilliantly. Is there a sense of panic in the Hyderabad camp? Well, if there was no panic yet, there could well be now as three quick wickets have fallen. Another 60 needed in 67.
Length and on middle, it is pushed down to long on for one.
A yorker on off, it is jammed out towards cover.
Length and on off, it is pushed through covers for one.
FOUR! Poor ball and put away! It is full and on the pads, Samad works it fine and bags a boundary on the leg side.
On middle, it is the leg spinner. Pandey stays back and defends it. 61/2
Fuller and outside off, it is creamed through covers for one.
Full and wide outside off, it is driven through covers for one.
On off, this is hit down to long on for one.
Abdul Samad will come out now for Hyderabad.
OUT! TIMBER! Rahul is elated. Murugan has cleaned up Bairstow around his legs. JB never looked comfortable. Jonny walks right across and looks to sweep but Ashwin bowls it full and on middle. Bairstow misses and the stumps are shattered. Punjab need a few more quickly.
Shorter and outside off, it is pushed through covers for one.
NOT OUT! This looked to be close but luckily for Bairstow and Hyderabad, this is not out. Rahul goes for the review this time around as well. This is another googly around off, Bairstow lunges forward and looks to defend this one but he misses and gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but no says the umpire. Rahul goes for the review and it is seen that the ball was missing the wickets. Bairstow survives, just. 57/1
Loopy on middle, Pandey looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge towards point. The batters pick up a single.
Another review! This time though a shout for an LBW has been turned down. Looks close but it might be a little high.
Flatter on middle, Pandey pushes this one to the leg side.
Floated around middle, Pandey looks to play at this but misses it and it hits him on the pads and rolls to the off side.
Manish Pandey walks out to bat!
OUT! CAUGHT! Warner is a goner and this is just the breakthrough that Punjab needed! Bishnoi provides the wicket for Rahul! Warner was looking very dangerous and he walks back to the hut now! Loopy ball around off, Warner looks to reverse sweep this one but he misses it and Rahul scalps this one behind and he is very excited about this. The umpire says no and Rahul goes for the review straightaway. Replays roll in and there is a spike as the ball goes past the bat. It seems like Warner has gloved this. He walks back.
An appeal for a caught behind has been turned down. Rahul reviews as he is very confident.
FOUR! Warner welcomes Bishnoi with a boundary! Warner gets the reverse sweep out now! Floated around off, Warner reverse sweeps this one past the short third man fielder and it runs away to the ropes.
Ravi Bishnoi is on now!
A dot to end the over as Bairstow plays this back to the bowler. Hyderabad are at 52/0 at the end of the Powerplay. 75 required in 84 balls. 52/0
Floated around off, spinning into the right-hander, he misses it again and it hits him on the body and rolls to the off side. Too high and was going down leg.
On off, pushed towards covers.
Loopy around off, Bairstow looks for the reverse sweep but misses and the ball hits his pads and rolls to the leg side. The players appeal but the umpire is not interested.
FOUR! It is the sweep which comes out this time but the result is the same! Loopy around middle, Bairstow sweeps this one towards the deep square leg region for another boundary. 50 runs up for Hyderabad.
FOUR! The reverse sweep is out and it will fetch him a boundary! Loopy around middle, Bairstow reverse sweeps it towards the deep point region for a boundary.
FOUR! Thrashed away! Warner is really picking the length early here. It is short again and on middle, Warner clears his front leg again and pulls it through mid-wicket. No chance of stopping that. 44/0
Good length and on middle, Warner defends it onto the ground.
FOUR! Smashed! Warner backs away and Shami bowls it short and on middle, Warner plays a tennis-bat shot over the bowler's head and finds the fence.
On middle again, this is worked through mid-wicket for one. They once again run the first one hard but have to settle for it.
Length and on middle, Bairstow looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
Length and on off, Warner guides it towards point for one.
Dot to end a good over from Ashwin. Floated around off, Bairstow works this one to the point region. 34/0
On off, Bairstow blocks this one out.
EDGY FOUR! Lucky for Bairstow! Googly around off, spinning into the right-hander, he looks to work this to the off side but it takes the outside edge and goes between keeper and slip and into the third man region for a boundary.
PLAY AND A MISS! Floated around off, Bairstow looks for the drive but it spins away and whizzes past his outside edge into Rahul's gloves.
A googly on middle, Bairstow tucks this one to the leg side.
Flatter around leg, Warner works this to the deep square leg region for a single.
FOUR! Shami ends the over with a poor delivery and he is punished! A low full toss around leg, Bairstow works his wrists and flicks this one to the deep square leg fence for a boundary. Hyderabad are cruising along. 29/0
Another full length delivery around off, Bairstow works this one to the mid off fielder.
On a full length on middle, Bairstow pushes this to the mid on region.
Short of a length ball around off, Warner guides this to the third man region for a single.
IN THE AIR..SAFE! Warner looks for the big one again but he does not connect it well. Luckily for him, it is safe. Back of a length ball around off, Warner lofts this one over the mid off fielder and it lands safe. They collect two runs.
Good length delivery around off, Warner smacks this one towards the mid off region.
A single to end as Warner tucks this to the short fine leg fielder. Another good over for Hyderabad. They collect 11 runs off this one as well. 22/0
Back of a length on middle, Warner looks for the flick but misses and it comes off his body and rolls to the off side.
SIX! Warner is looking very good so far! That's his second six of the innings. On a good length around off, Warner pulls this one over the deep square leg region for a maximum. It goes into the middle tier of the stands.
On a good length on off, Bairstow looks to work this to the off side but it takes an inside edge, sends the ball towards the fine leg region. The batters collect a single.
WIDE! Arshdeep bowls this down the leg side, Bairstow misses his flick. The umpire signals this as a wide.
On a good length around middle, Warner tucks this to the leg side for a single.
Back of a length ball around off, Bairstow looks to cut this one but it comes off his inside edge and rolls to the off side. The batters scamper through for the single.
Arshdeep Singh will bowl from the other end!
Back of a length ball around leg, Warner tucks this to the deep square leg region for a couple. The running has been brilliant so far by these two. A good start by Hyderabad. They collect 11 runs off the first over. 11/0
Back of a length ball on middle, Warner pulls this to the deep square leg region.
SIX! First biggie of the innings and it is off the bat of Warner! On a good length outside off, Warner lofts this one over the deep cover region for a biggie.
A loud appeal but nothing from the umpire! On a good length around middle and leg, Warner looked to flick this one but misses and it hits his pads. The players of Punjab appeal but the umpire does not move.
WIDE! Shami bowls this down the leg side, Warner looks to flick but misses. Wided by the umpire.
On a good length outside off, Warner thinks about going after this but thinks better and leaves it alone.
Warner and Hyderabad are off the mark straightaway! Shami starts off with a back of a length ball around off, Warner guides this to the deep point region and will collect two runs.
We are back for the chase. The Punjab players are out in the middle. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will open the innings for Hyderabad. Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for Punjab.