|Vijay Shankar||not out||7||4||0||0|
|Abhishek Sharma||not out||5||3||1||0|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||4||0||66||0|
So that is it from game 48 of the Indian T20 League folks. All teams have played 12 each and there are still two spots up for grabs. Hyderabad have inched one step closer to picking up one of those two spots while Punjab feel a lot of pressure now going into their final two games. They have time to sort that out though. For Match number 49, we head to Bengaluru where Bangalore host Rajasthan in what is a must-win clash for them to keep their hopes alive. A royal clash in store, that will begin at 2000 local (1430 GMT) on Tuesday evening. See you for the same! Till then, it is goodbye from us. Take care!
David Warner is the Man of the Match for his belligerent 81 in the first innings which was also his last one this year. Warner says that it is great to get out there and do his job properly. Thanks the curator for preparing a lovely wicket on which batting has been easy and excellent for them to put runs on the board. When asked how he has kept his batting in flow depsite being outside the game for a year, he replies that maybe the break indeed helped him where he took a break and was a good husband as well as worked on the game to become better. Believes it is skill which matters in the end. He states that there are quality batsmen in the squad who will ensure that he is not missed too much at the top. Informs that this tournament has given him good confidence going into the World Cup, wants to do the best for the team there too with the bat. Reckons that event will be played in different conditions in England where the home team will be a top force to deal with. Signs off by thanking the crowd for coming out and supporting him every time he has played in Hyderabad.
Victorious Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson says throughout the season teams are looking for points and now is the crunch stage and he is happy to take the points in this game. Feels that Warner has been world class throughout the tournament and reckons there is a bit of work for the rest to do as he departs now. Further adds that they have 2 games left which are really important and they want to win it. Tells us that there are some guys who have not yet played but are rearing to go. Signs off by saying that he is not looking too far in front and is taking one game at a time.
Rashid Khan is here for a small interview, he thanks God firstly for his performance where he picked 3 wickets. He mentions that it was a team effort and specially praises the batsmen to get them over 200 on a 180-run wicket. He then thinks that the bowlers bowled to plan as well in the second innings. About his own performance, he says that he tried to mix his lengths up and he was successful. Signs off by stating that David Warner has been exceptional for them and this win is a good send off for him. Mentions that they will miss him, wishes him luck for the World Cup and hopes that the other batsmen in the squad will make up for the void at the top of the order.
Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin says it is not right to think what happened in the past and reckons there is no deja vu when asked if this situation was just like last year. Admits that they were outplayed in this game and it was one of the only games this year that the opposition outplayed them in all departments. Ashwin feels that they have struggled to chase totals around 190 and he feels it's an issue of balance. He says that they conceded too much with the ball in the Powerplay but pulled it back later on. Ashwin statess that they need to keep their chins up and move on to the next game as he feels there is good energy and ability in the squad, they have to just try and keep winning all the games at this stage of the League.
As for the bowling of the hosts, Rashid Khan was brilliant picking 3 wickets conceding just 21 runs while Khaleel too picked up 3. The others didn't fare too badly either and thus, the away side never got near the mammoth total that was put on the board by the hosts mainly on the back of a brilliant 81 by David Warner, who was playing his last game of the League this year. Hyderabad thus got to 12 points and put a breathing space between them and the 5th placed side, Kolkata as all sides have played 12 games each. The thoughts of the losing captain, an interview and the presentation to follow...
Coming to bat staring at a daunting target of 213, Punjab did not get to the best of starts as Chris Gayle departed early. The big man needed to give a good start at least but was dismissed early. Wickets kept falling at the other end even as KL Rahul was standing strong. That though meant that Rahul could never exactly completely go after the bowling as he held up one end together. The required run rate eventually escalated to heights that could not be scaled down and in the end, Hyderabad coasted home.
Hyderabad have won their final home game and in some style. They have absolutely outplayed Punjab tonight and massively boosted their chances of finishing in the Top 4 this season. 212 was always a huge score to defend on this ground and their bowlers rose to the occasion in exceptional fashion, ensuring a massive win which boosts their already amazing net run rate which could come to play at the end of the League phase.
On the pads, Murugan flicks it to the on side for a single. HYDERABAD WIN BY 45 RUNS.
Knuckle ball on middle and leg, Sandeep plays it to mid-wicket and gets off the mark.
Mohammed Shami is in next.
OUT! You miss, I hit stuff from Sandeep. Slower ball on middle and leg, Mujeeb looks to play it across the line but he misses and the ball goes on to hit the timber. Second wicket of the over for Sandeep.
Another slower one outside off, Mujeeb once again misses his big swing with the bat.
Knuckle ball outside off, Mujeeb swings his bat at it but misses.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman walks in at number 9.
OUT! Umpire's call it is and the batsman will have to depart. The impact was umpire's call and the ball too was just about clipping the stumps. Yorker on leg, Simran looks to clear his front leg and go for the heave. He misses and the ball hits him the pads. Sandeep goes up in appeal. The umpire raises his finger. Singh takes it upstairs and replays show that it was good enough to stay with the on field umpire's decision.
Review time! Simran has been adjudged LBW here as he has missed the ball looking for a slog. It looked to the naked eye that it could be missing leg and hence, Simran has taken it upstairs. Let's see what the replays have to say...
Sandeep Sharma to bowl the final over of the innings.
Quick single taken! Yorker on off, jammed towards cover. Simran sets off for a run. Williamson throws the ball at the stumps but misses. The run is completed and Singh will keep strike for the next over. 165/6
FOUR! Simran lifts this length ball outside off over short third man. The ball reaches the boundary. A decent shot that!
A length ball on off, pushed towards cover by Simran.
From around the wicket now, bowls a full toss wide outside off. The batsman reaches out to play the ball but misses it. Dot ball.
The new batsman in is Murugan Ashwin.
OUT! That is an excellent catch! These high ones are not easy but then the fielder was Kane Williamson. An off cutter on length from Khaleel, Rahul backs away and looks to hit it over cover but the ball goes really high towards mid off. Kane from cover runs a long way, keeps his eye on the ball and takes the ball with a dive even as it got a little away from him. Brilliant catching! Punjab's best batsman tonight departs. Khaleel gets his 3rd wicket of the evening.
Bouncer! The batsman evades it as the ball was too high. The Umpire signals a wide.
The ball has stopped there! A length ball on off, Rahul pull-slogs this one away to the leg side in the mid-wicket region. The ball went high and not long. It bounces a couple of times before Shankar tries to pat it inside. He does not do so cleanly but luckily for him, the ball just stops inside the rope. Nabi picks it up and throws it back. 2 runs taken only.
Khaleel Ahmed to bowl the 19th over. 56 off 12 is the equation.
SIX! Full on off, Singh picks the length early and smokes it over long off. David Warner at long off cannot do much but just watch it sail over his head. Bhuvneshwar finishes with the figures of 4-0-34-0. 157/5
Smart bowling. Slightly slower outside off. Bhuvi shows his class and experience there. Singh stretches out to play the shot but misses.
Back of a length ball outside off, Singh cuts it towards backward point, Sandeep Sharma sprints in from third and and saves two runs for his side with a diving stop.
Wide! Bouncer gone wrong. It is over Singh's head, he tries to upper cut it but misses.
Yorker on middle. Excellent execution from Bhuvi at this stage. Rahul manages to get his bat down in time and scamper through for a single.
Full on leg, Rahul looks to play the reverse sweep but the ball goes between his bat and pad.
Terrific fielding. Full length ball on middle, Rahul hits it hard over Bhuvneshwar Kumar who ducks under it. It looks like it will go to the boundary. But Warner sprints to his right from long off and saves the ball from going to the fence. Saves two runs for his side.
Another single to end the over. A fuller ball outside off, Rahul drives it to deep cover for a run. He retains strike for the next over. Punjab need more than 22 runs per over now. 145/5
Simran cannot get under this one as he punches it away to deep cover for a single.
Driven hard down the ground but only a single. The fielder at long off does really well to send back the ball really quickly. A second run would have been suicidal there.
SIX! Low full toss and it has been dispatched for a maximum! Rahul is the only hope here and he will need these sixes coming in more regularly.
Slower ball, Simran pulls it hard but the ball goes high in the air. He clears the inner circle and the ball lands in an area where no man is present. A single is taken.
Good start from Sandeep. A yorker outside off, Simran can only jam it to cover. He is finding it hard to get a single here to get Rahul back on strike.
Sandeep Sharma back into the attack.
Lots of excitement in the crowd but that is a bump ball! A yorker outside off, Rahul looks to guide it in the gap between backward point and third man but the ball goes on the bounce to the backward point fielder who raises his hand. The umpire has spotted the bump though. 135/5
FOUR! Smashed! A length ball on top of middle, Rahul makes room and smokes this one over cover. The fielders in the deep have no chance to stop that ball.
Full toss but Rahul misses out. On off and KL looks to get it over cover but the bat turns in his hand as he plays the shot. The ball goes on a bounce to cover who is deep in the circle.
Dot ball! Rahul stands in the crease and drives this ball on the back foot with good timing but finds the cover fielder.
Rahul has played it to the point region. They manage to come back for the second. Good running, 8 runs off the first two balls here.
SIX! That is what they need. An amazing start for Punjab, Rahul lofts this half-volley way over long on for a maximum. He will need many more like these though.
Strategic break! Hyderabad are cruising towards a win and have already sent half the side back in the hut. On the other hand, Punjab have a huge task in hand and KL Rahul is still out there. The visitors need 90 runs in 30 balls to win the match. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back into the attack.
A dot to end! The googly again outside off, Singh looks to cut but ends up chopping it on the off side. End of another brilliant night for Rashid. He finishes with figures of 4-0-21-3. 123/5
On the off pole, Rahul looks to work it on the leg side but gets a leading edge towards the off side, a run taken. The last probably is a free hit for Singh.
The leg spinner and on off, Rahul goes back and keeps it out.
The googly and it is tossed up outside off, Singh looks to go over covers but it goes off the inner half and down to long on for a run.
Another dot by Simran! He looks to guide it down to third man but ends up chopping it towards the keeper.
No hat-trick! The googly, Rahul is in no mood to go after Rashid. He tries to defend but the ball goes off the inner half towards square leg for a run.
Hat-trick ball coming up...
Flatter and outside off, Singh looks to guide it down to third man but misses. Three dots to end. Good comeback in the end by Nabi. 93 needed in the last 6 overs. 120/5
On the stumps, Singh defends it out.
Floats it up on middle, the bowler strokes it back to the bowler.
Now sensibly works this through mid-wicket and takes one.
SIX! AGAIN! This is a gift! A high full toss and Rahul pulls it with ease over the square leg fence. 12 from the first two balls. He also brings his 50 up in style. He holds the key for the visitors here.
SIX! Rahul has to do it all on his own I believe! He begins well though. This is floated outside off, Rahul lofts it over the cover fence for a biggie.
Simran Singh, the debutant walks out now at number 7!
OUT! Ashwin comes and Ashwin goes. Two-in-two for Rashid Khan. He tosses his one outside off, it is the googly. Ashwin picks it and goes with the turn. He tries to hit it over the man at long on but ends up hitting it straight to him. Pandey there accepts an easy catch. Him promoting himself up the order does not work. 6 runs and 2 wickets off this over for Rashid, has turned the game massively towards his team. 107/5
Ravichandran Ashwin, the Punjab skipper walks out to bat next.
OUT! STRAIGHT TO THE MAN! Killer Miller is out of here and the hole for Punjab keeps getting deeper. This is short and on middle, Miller goes back and nails the pull but he hits it flat and straight towards Shankar at deep mid-wicket who accepts a dolly. Not a lot of batting left now for the visitors. Rahul has to do it all alone.
The googly on off, Miller does not pick it. He ends up chopping it towards point.
This time connects with the sweep shot and hits it in the gap in the mid-wicket region. The fielder there does really well to run to his left and saves two with a dive.
Brings out the sweep shot but the ball is a little too full. Miller misses and is hit on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his leg as the ball is pitching outside the leg pole.
FOUR! Poor ball and put away! A boundary to begin the over, excellent for Punjab. Short and Miller picks the length early. He rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket. It is in the gap and a boundary.
Rashid Khan is back into the attack.
Another low full toss, the batter fails to take toll of it as he hits it down to long off. A single taken. Just 5 from this over. Just the kind of over Hyderabad wanted after going for 15 in the last. 101/3
A full toss and on middle, Rahul whips it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Miller makes room and slaps this one to sweeper cover for a single. Singles are something Hyderabad won't mind.
Very full on the stump, Miller jams it out towards the bowler.
Slower through the air on middle, Miller keeps it out.
Good running! This is fired on the pads, Miller works it towards deep mid-wicket and takes two.
A single to end as Miller guides it down to third man. 15 from the over but an important wicket. 117 more needed in 54. 96/3
David Miller walks out at number 5.
OUT! It is clean! What a catch that by Kumar to dismiss the dangerous looking Pooran. The short ball this time does the trick for Khaleel. It is short and on the body. Pooran looks to pull but only manages a top edge towards fine leg. The ball is dying on Kumar who comes running in. He takes it with a dive ahead. Pooran though wants it to be checked and the umpire takes it upstairs. The SOFT SIGNAL IS OUT! Replays confirm it is as clean as a whistle. Once again a budding stand comes to an end.
Has that one been taken? Bhuvneshwar Kumar certainly thinks so! It will be a brilliant catch if it is clean. The batsman waits, the umpires take it upstairs while the soft signal is OUT! Let's see what the replays have to say...
FOUR! Excellent shot. Pooran has come out all guns blazing here. He picks the slower one and flicks it through square leg. It is in the gap and a boundary results. 14 from the over so far. 2 balls to go.
A dot! This is short and outside off, Pooran looks to cut but misses. He will feel he missed out there.
FOUR! 10 from the first two balls! This is a brilliant shot. It is the slower one and it is fuller in length on middle, Pooran lofts it over the bowler's head and a boundary results. Need to make this a big over.
CAUGHT! No THAT IS A SIX! Kumar has stepped behind the ropes. Short and on the body, Pooran pulls it. For a second he might have had his heart in his mouth as the ball was going towards fine leg. Kumar there jumps and takes it but his backfoot crosses the ropes. Ideal start to the over, they need to keep going though.
Khaleel Ahmed is back into the attack.
Right in the block-hole. Pooran jams it out towards the sweeper cover fielder for a run. 10 from the over, Punjab need another 132 in the last 10. 81/2
SIX! Pooran goes and goes big! Nabi gives this one air and Pooran's eyes lit up. He smokes it over the long on fence for a biggie. They need to keep going.
On the stumps, Pooran defends it towards the off side.
Very full and on off, Rahul jams it down to long on for a single.
Just the couple! Rahul wasn't running there. He brings out the reverse sweep and he feels it is a boundary so does not run. He then realizes this is going to be stopped so takes two. Could have been three there.
Shuffles right across and works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
Mohammad Nabi is on now!
The googly on middle, Pooran tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. So despite the biggie, only 8 runs and a wicket from the over. 71/2
The slider, Pooran looks to pull at first but the ball skids through. He keeps it out.
Nicholas Pooran walks out to bat next.
OUT! Agarwal holes out! Rashid has the last laugh. Big square boundaries and Agarwal fails to clear it. It is on the stumps and a little too full. Agarwal looks to sweep but ends up hitting it flat towards the man at deep mid-wicket. Shankar there takes it. The promising stand comes to an end. Hyderabad continue to be on top. 142 more needed in 68 balls.
SIX! That has gone a long way! Brilliant shot! It is Agarwal maybe who is going to go here. Slightly full and on middle, Agarwal lofts it over the long off fence.
Rahul goes right back and works this through mid-wicket for a single.
Waits for the delivery and guides it towards short third man for a single. The fielder there does not stop it cleanly but concedes a run.
Strategic break has been signaled! 150 is what Punjab need in the 12 overs remaining. They have lost just the one wicket and both, Rahul and Agarwal are set. Time for the two to go after the bowlers now. Hyderabad on the other hand, will look to take a wicket or two and if they do so, they will be in a very strong position. Also, Rashid Khan is back into the attack.
On a length on middle, Agarwal nudges it towards square leg for a run. 63/1
Length delivery outside off, Rahul plays it towards point for a single.
BEATEN! Excellent delivery from Sandeep. Bowls it on a good length and outside off, Rahul looks to defend but misses it due to the inswing on this one.
FOUR! Flicked and flicked nicely! Need more of those does Punjab. Down the leg side, Rahul helps it on its way to the left of fine leg who fails to stop it. Also, the 50-run stand is up! Need to continue and they need to up the ante now.
On a good length on off, Rahul taps it to point.
On a length and outside off, Agarwal helps it towards third man for a run.
WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Agarwal leaves it alone.
Sandeep Sharma is back into the attack.
A single to end! 11 from the over but still short of the runs needed per over. This is flatter and on off, it is worked through mid-wicket for a single. 55/1
FOUR! What happened there? Agarwal makes room and lofts this one over covers. The fielder there first runs in for the catch but then bails out. He tries to collect it on the first bounce but the ball bounces over him. He then signals towards the lights. Much-needed boundary for Punjab.
Short and outside off, Rahul makes room and cuts it towards point for a single.
The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total.
Shortish and into the body of the batsman, Rahul pulls it towards long on for a single.
Just a single from the Free Hit! This is tossed up outside off, Aagrwal tries to go inside out but does not get it off the middle. Warner from long on runs to his left and takes it but since, it is a Free Hit. It is not out. A single taken.
He starts off with a no ball! He has overstepped and by a long way. Not acceptable. A Free hit though for the visitors. This is flatter and on middle, it is pushed down to long on for a single.
Abhishek Sharma is on now!
Flighted delivery on middle, Rahul nudges it towards square leg for a run. Just 4 runs have come from the over. Hyderabad are 44/1 after 6 overs. 44/1
NOT OUT! Bowls a leg spinner on off, Rahul comes forward to defend but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Hyderabad take a while to think and decide against the review. Probably it was pitching outside off. It was a great decision from them to not go for the review.
Short on middle, Agarwal pulls it over mid-wicket. It fell short of the fielder. The batsmen take a run.
Tossed up on middle, Agarwal makes room and plays it towards point.
Flighted delivery on middle, Rahul flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
Tossed up on middle, Agarwal drives it through mid on for a run.
Rashid Khan is into the attack.
Length delivery outside off, Agarwal guides it towards third man for a single. 40/1
Full on off, Rahul drives it towards covers for a run.
On a length on middle, Rahul flicks it to mid-wicket.
Full and outside off, Rahul drives it hardly to covers.
In the air... but safe! Rashid just did not judge it but that was very, very tough. Had he taken it, it would have been the catch of the season. The kunckle ball on off, Rahul looks to go downtown but only manages to get height on it. Rashid from mid on runs after it but fails to get a hand to it. The batsmen take two.
Mistimed but gets enough to clear the in-field. Kumar follows him as Rahul makes room. KL looks to go inside out over covers but does not get it off the middle. It clears the fielder there and the batsmen take two.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back into the attack.
Bowls a length delivery on the pads, Rahul flicks it towards square leg for a single. 13 runs have come from the over. A much-needed over for Punjab. 34/1
WIDE! Bowls it way down the leg side, Rahul leaves it alone.
FOUR! Excellent improvisation! Rahul expects a slower one and gets it. Is into position early as he shuffles across and sweeps it over the fine leg fielder. The umpire initially signals a biggie but has to change his decision as replays shows it has just bounced before the ropes.
Short delivery on middle, Agarwal pulls it towards mid-wicket for a run.
FOUR! Nice and fine! On the pads, a poor ball but it still has to be put away. Agarwal flicks it past short fine leg and the ball races away to the fence.
On a good length on leg, Rahul makes room and plays it towards covers for a run.
Sandeep starts with a good length on off, Agarwal looks to push but gets an outside edge. There is no slip in place. It goes towards third man for a run.
Sandeep Sharma is into the attack.
On a length on middle, Agarwal flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run. 10 runs and a wicket have come from the over. 21/1
On a length on off, Rahul guides it towards third man for a single. This is good batting from Lokesh Rahul.
Full on off, Agarwal looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards point for a run.
On a good length on off, Rahul guides it towards third man for a single. Sensible batting from him.
SIX! What a shot that is! A wicket has just fallen by Rahul does not care. This is slightly on his pads. He stands tall and just whips it. It goes high up in the air but also has the distance. Clears the mid-wicket fence with ease.
Mayank Agarwal is the new batsman in.
OUT! The crowd here erupts! Gayle departs. A body blow for Punjab. Khaleel strikes but credit to Manish Pandey. This is an excellent catch. It is a length ball around off, Gayle looks to go big but only manages a top edge. It goes high up in the air, so high that it has snow on it while coming down. Manish Pandey at point settles under it, he gets two hands to it but the ball almost pops out as he goes down on the ground but he hangs onto it.
Make that 5 dots in a row. Bowls it on a good length on off, Rahul plays it towards the off side. Excellent comeback from Kumar after going for a boundary in the first ball. 11/0
Four dots in a row from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Again bowls it on a good length on middle, Rahul keeps it out.
Bhuvneshwar bowls it on a good length on off, Rahul blocks it off his back foot.
On a length on off, Rahul taps it towards point where the fielder does well to stop it.
On a good length on off, Rahul defends it off the front foot.
FOUR! EDGY! Just over the first slip fielder. Slightly full and width on offer outside off, Rahul throws his bat at it. It flies off the outside edge and over the outstretched hand of Guptill for a boundary.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl from the other end.
BEATEN! Bowls it on a good length and outside off, Gayle looks to go big but misses it due to the away movement on this one. 7 runs off the first over! 7/0
FOUR! Off the toe-end but a boundary. Full and wide outside off, Gayle throws his bat at it but the ball flies off the top edge and beats the third man fielder to his left for a boundary. Off the mark in style is Gayle.
On a length on middle, Rahul flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, Rahul lets it go.
On a good length on middle, Rahul blocks it off his back foot.
NOT OUT! Khaleel bowls it on a good length on leg, Rahul looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Hyderabad don't go for the review and we also see that players suggesting Kane Williamson that it was too high. Hawk Eye also shows that it is pitching outside leg.
Bowls on a good length ball on leg, Rahul defends it off the back foot.
Some swing first up for Khaleel. The ball though is down the leg side. Rahul looks to flick but misses. Wided. Punjab are underway!
We are back for the chase. The Hyderabad players are out in the middle. Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul will open the batting for Punjab. Khaleel Ahmed will start the proceedings for Hyderabad.