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KXIP v MI

22nd Match | 20th April 2017 | Indian Premier League 2017
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, India
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Mumbai Indians won by 8 wickets

Target: 199
Scorer: Shashwat Rao Commentator: Roshan Thyagarajan
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I'm going to grab some dinner to try and shake off this Amla fever. Catch you in a bit.
HASHIM AMLA: I wanted to get some runs under my belt. You have to take more risks in the version. Today was one of those days when it worked out. The first two wickets we played on weren’t as good as this one. It’s a smallish ground and I hope 200-ish is enough. This should be a good challenge for us.
Amla, Amla, Amla. You beauty. That's Amla's first T20 century, and what an innings this has been. We've been privileged to witness something of this caliber. He looked a bit circumspect at the start, but once Marsh settled the innings at the start, Amla took over and took apart Mumbai’s bowling unit like no one else has this season. He was on a different level today. It wasn’t the AB kinda of carnage but there is something about his controlled aggression that’s endearing to say the least.
Innings Break
KXIP - 198/4 (20.0 overs)
18 Runs
A Patel : 4(5) H Amla : 104(60)
L Malinga : 4-0-58-0 J Bumrah : 4-0-30-1
19.6 L Malinga to H Amla, 1 run, what a shot but just a run to midwicket. There was a two there but Amla turns it down very calmly. No one’s going to find fault there. In the blockhole and Amla drills this to midwicket.
19.5 L Malinga to A Patel, 1 run, another one in the blockhole. Axar expects it. He digs that with a bunt towards mid off. Malinga, an angry one at that, runs it down.
19.4 L Malinga to A Patel, 2 runs, that’s a yorker into Axar’s pads. He’s able to dab that towards midwicket to pick up a couple of runs.
19.3 L Malinga to H Amla, 1 run, in the blockhole and Amla digs that out towards deep midwicket. Just one though.
H Amla: 102* (58) [4s-8] [6s-6]
19.2 L Malinga to H Amla, SIX, what a player. This is how we imagined he’d get there. Short ball and Amla pulls that over the backward square fence. Just amazing. Take a bow sir. You're something else.
19.1 L Malinga to H Amla, SIX, Amla’s four runs away. This is not the way we’d like him to get there with but he won’t mind at all. Length ball at pace and Amla swings. Thick top edge to the keeper’s head.
19.1 L Malinga to H Amla, WIDE, Parthiv and Malinga went up in appeal but the umpire calls it a wide. It’s back of a length and down the leg side. That’s clearly a wide.
Lasith Malinga arrives at the crease.
KXIP - 180/4 (19.0 overs)
10 Runs
A Patel : 1(3) H Amla : 90(56)
J Bumrah : 4-0-30-1 M McClenaghan : 4-0-46-2
18.6 J Bumrah to A Patel, no run, very good over from Bumrah. It's a yorker, angling into the pads. Axar can only manage to dig that back to the bowler.
18.6 J Bumrah to A Patel, WIDE, Axar makes some room and then gets inside the line. Bumrah follows and it's a wide down the leg.
18.5 J Bumrah to H Amla, 1 run, he gets deep in his crease this time around and looks to hit that to extra cover but he can't middle it. The ball dribbles towards long off.
18.4 J Bumrah to H Amla, FOUR, what a shot. Amla walks across and flicks that from the middle stump to the fine leg fence. Pheww! Class.
18.3 J Bumrah to H Amla, no run, quick short ball on the middle and Amla has missed out.
18.3 J Bumrah to H Amla, no ball and 2 runs, that’s a cracking yorker from Bumrah but he has overstepped. It’s a no-ball and they scurry across for a couple.
18.2 J Bumrah to A Patel, 1 run, that’s another short ball from Bumrah and it’s dabbed towards cover for a quick run. That brings Amla on strike.
18.1 J Bumrah to A Patel, no run, that’s a cracker of a bouncer from Bumrah. It’s quick, a little too quick for Axar. He can’t do much about that. Parthiv gathers this at head height.
KXIP - 170/4 (18.0 overs)
5 Runs
H Amla : 83(52) A Patel : 0(0)
M McClenaghan : 4-0-46-2 J Bumrah : 3-0-20-1
17.6 M McClenaghan to H Amla, FOUR, that’s better. Amla’s back. Short and wide after Amla made some room. He carved that through the line and hit it to the backward point fence.
17.5 M McClenaghan to H Amla, no run, another good ball from McClenaghan. Identical length. Amla makes room to swing at this. There’s a thick bottom edge that dribbles to Parthiv.
17.4 M McClenaghan to H Amla, no run, Amla walks across and tries to paddle that over the bowler’s head but he can’t connect. McClenaghan is up in appeal but the umpire isn’t interested.
17.3 M McClenaghan to H Amla, no run, good ball from McClenaghan. He swings hard at it and misses. His feet don’t move again. This is a much better length from McClenaghan.
Axar Patel is the new batsman.
17.2 M McClenaghan to M Stoinis, OUT, that’s a real good call from Rohit. He brought McClenaghan back and he has been rewarded with a wicket. Stoinis got deep in his crease and looked to hit through the line to clear long on. The ball was a tad too short. He hits that one right up and down Pollard’s throat. Don’t expect a mistake from him. M Stoinis c K Pollard b M McClenaghan 1(3) [4s-0] [6s-0]
17.1 M McClenaghan to H Amla, 1 leg bye, Amla swings at that one and he misses. The ball comes off the pad and towards point. Stoinis sets off early and gets the run. Amla’s struggling but the throw is wide.
Mitchell McClenaghan arrives at the crease.
KXIP - 165/3 (17.0 overs)
4 Runs
M Stoinis : 1(2) H Amla : 79(47)
J Bumrah : 3-0-20-1 L Malinga : 3-0-40-0
16.6 J Bumrah to H Amla, 1 run, length ball on the middle. Amla guides that to short third man and Stoinis calls for the run.
16.5 J Bumrah to M Stoinis, 1 run, into the pads and Stoinis works that behind square to get off the mark.
16.4 J Bumrah to M Stoinis, no run, nicely played to start with. It’s a length ball on the off stump and it’s driven off the front foot to Rohit at cover.
Marcus Stoinis comes to the crease.
16.3 J Bumrah to G Maxwell, OUT, ooops! Call it the commentators curse. Maxwell has swung at a full, off-cutter and missed it. The shot was on. Maxwell is fuming. G Maxwell b J Bumrah 40(18) [4s-4] [6s-3]
16.2 J Bumrah to H Amla, 1 run, short, wide and Amla slaps that one hard but right to sweeper cover. You can sense some big hits coming over the next four balls.
16.1 J Bumrah to G Maxwell, 1 leg bye, Maxwell walks well across and tries to flick it. He’s rapped on the pads but the impact is well outside the line. Good call from Erasmus.
Jasprit Bumrah takes over the ball.
KXIP - 161/2 (16.0 overs)
22 Runs
H Amla : 77(45) G Maxwell : 40(16)
L Malinga : 3-0-40-0 M McClenaghan : 3-0-42-1
15.6 L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR, oh god! That’s short and on the pads. Amla just swivels with the angle and has that ball ping off the middle off the bat and to the fine leg fence. He has middled that one too. That’s how well he’s seeing it.
15.5 L Malinga to H Amla, no run, there you go. That’s better. It’s an amazing slower ball yorker. Amla has missed it entirely. The ball just misses the stumps. Malinga doesn’t smile after this, which is pretty unusual.
15.4 L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR, scratch that. This is more classical cricket. It’s very full and Amla’s inches from the stumps when he jabs that past Malinga and to the fence. They have Pollard manning that station but he has no chance.
KXIP 153/2 (15.3 ovs)
15.3 L Malinga to H Amla, SIX, that’s just gorgeous. That’s not T20 kind of bludgeoning. That’s proper cricket. It’s very full and fast. Amla makes some room and carves that with quick wrists over the backward point fence. What timing, what grace.
15.3 L Malinga to H Amla, WIDE, that’s smart from Malinga. Bowling it away from Amla but he has bowled it wide of the line. He won’t be happy at all.
15.2 L Malinga to H Amla, SIX, wait just a second. Amla can hit it that big? Whoaaaaa! Slower ball is full and on the off stump. Amla just swings through the line and he has hit it to the roof. Would you believe it. Amla has hit it that big. Amla was beaming after that shot.
15.1 L Malinga to G Maxwell, 1 run, that’s better. In the blockhole and even Maxwell in this mood can only do so much as hit that along the ground to midwicket.
Lasith Malinga comes into the attack.
Time-out
KXIP - 139/2 (15.0 overs)
28 Runs
H Amla : 57(40) G Maxwell : 39(15)
M McClenaghan : 3-0-42-1 J Bumrah : 2-0-17-0
14.6 M McClenaghan to H Amla, no run, ahhh, this is only the second most expensive over this season. McClenaghan was going for Dinda’s record 30. He missed because Amla tried to be cheeky. He walked well across and tried to steer that to third man, instead of looking to hit in front of the wicket.
14.5 M McClenaghan to G Maxwell, 1 run, another belter from Maxwell but he has hit that one on the bounce to Hardik at deep midwicket. It’s a short ball and it has been smashed.
14.4 M McClenaghan to G Maxwell, SIX, come onnnn! That’s just ridiculously easy. Very low full toss at the pads. Maxwell stays deep and low and flicks that over the deep square fence. What power, gosh.
3rd Wicket: 52 runs in 22 balls (Hashim Amla 17*, Glenn Maxwell 33*)
14.4 M McClenaghan to G Maxwell, no ball, FOUR, the idea was right but the execution was horrendous. Oh, no. It’s a no-ball too. The idea was to bowl full and wide of Maxwell, who has been clearing the stumps. Maxwell swings and edges that wide of backward point to get another boundary.
14.3 M McClenaghan to G Maxwell, FOUR, so McClenaghan goes for the short one. Maxwell makes plenty of room and pulls from well outside the off stump to the midwicket fence.
14.2 M McClenaghan to G Maxwell, SIX, oh my my, once again. He didn’t have as much balance this time but whop cares. It’s a six over the bowler’s head. Maxwell’s waiting to hit through the line and McClenaghan bowls it in the arc. Thank you, says Maxwell. This is beginning to seem like that strange Watson over.
14.1 M McClenaghan to G Maxwell, SIX, ohhhhhhhhhh! What a shot. Amla was the man doing the short-arm jabs and now Maxwell has joined that party. It’s very full and Maxwell waits deep in his crease to cream that well over the long on fence. He has hit that as clean as he can.
Mitchell McClenaghan has been introduced into the attack.
KXIP - 111/2 (14.0 overs)
11 Runs
H Amla : 57(39) G Maxwell : 12(9)
J Bumrah : 2-0-17-0 K Pandya : 4-0-29-1
13.6 J Bumrah to G Maxwell, 1 run, once again he makes room. He can’t hit it as well as the previous one. He mistimes it to long on. Bumrah is keeping it short to Maxwell. The yorkers are bound to come.
13.5 J Bumrah to G Maxwell, FOUR, and this is what Maxwell was trying to do for a while. He made some room and slapped that back of length ball to the point fence in no time. Right off the middle.
13.4 J Bumrah to G Maxwell, FOUR, that’s a awful shot from Maxwell, but he and Punjab won’t mind at all. It’s short and climbing very quick outside the offstump. Maxwell went for the pull and there’s a thick top edge over the keeper.
13.3 J Bumrah to H Amla, 1 run, Amla, on the other hand, is all calm. Waits on the ball and whips that behind square.
13.2 J Bumrah to G Maxwell, 1 run, another awkward shot from Maxwell. The ball lands on middle and jags in once again. He’s on the front and has to adjust. The ball is played uppishly towards short midwicket.
13.1 J Bumrah to G Maxwell, no run, ooohhhhh! That’s epic from Bumrah. Maxwell made a lot of room to slap the ball over midwicket. Bumrah followed him. The ball jagged in and it slammed Maxwell’s handle. It’s a surprise that the ball missed his helmet. Nice from Harbhajan to check on him.
Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack.
KXIP - 100/2 (13.0 overs)
9 Runs
H Amla : 56(38) G Maxwell : 2(4)
K Pandya : 4-0-29-1 L Malinga : 2-0-18-0
KXIP 100/2 (12.6 ovs)
12.6 K Pandya to G Maxwell, 1 run, Maxwell steps down the track but the ball is dragged short. Maxwell drives that with a straight bat to long off.
12.5 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, a little short and Amla drives that off the back foot to long on.
12.4 K Pandya to G Maxwell, 1 leg bye, into the pads and Maxwell gets inside the line. The ball comes off the pad and past the keeper.
12.3 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, on a length and it’s driven with some heat to deep extra cover.
12.2 K Pandya to H Amla, no run, drifting into the pads once again. Amla waits on the ball and works that to straight to square leg.
12.2 K Pandya to H Amla, WIDE, Krunal breaks and bowls it well down the leg side. Amla doesn't even try paddling that.
12.1 K Pandya to H Amla, FOUR, Amla has found the gap once again. No fuss cricket this from maestro. It’s a little short and Amla just wrists that through the point region.
KXIP - 91/2 (12.0 overs)
11 Runs
G Maxwell : 1(2) H Amla : 50(34)
L Malinga : 2-0-18-0 K Pandya : 3-0-21-1
11.6 L Malinga to G Maxwell, no run, that’s very well played by Maxwell. He picked the slower yorker well after initially looking for the big hit. He walked across and then offered the full bat face to push it back to Malinga.
H Amla: 50* (34) [4s-3] [6s-2]
11.5 L Malinga to H Amla, 1 run, that was probably a wide but Amla reached out and got a single towards extra cover to reach his 50. What an innings this has been.
11.4 L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR, he checked the shot and it’s a one bounce four over the bowler’s head. He tends to defy your understanding of a quality shot. He has not used his feet at all. He gets deep in his crease and just middles it over.
11.3 L Malinga to G Maxwell, 1 run, neatly off the mark. Another yorker attempt. It’s full and into the pads. Maxwell watchfully drives that to long on.
11.2 L Malinga to H Amla, 1 run, there’s more power involved there but serious timing too. Unfortunately that drive isn’t going to beat Pollard at long on. Malinga still hasn’t got that yorker going. He's trying though.
11.1 L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR, how in the world?! Amla hasn’t reached the line of the ball at all but he reached out and then opened the bat face to clear the infield and to the backward point fence. He has middled that perfectly.
Lasith Malinga comes to bowl the next over.
KXIP - 80/2 (11.0 overs)
11 Runs
G Maxwell : 0(0) H Amla : 40(30)
K Pandya : 3-0-21-1 J Bumrah : 1-0-6-0
Glenn Maxwell walks in.
10.6 K Pandya to W Saha, OUT, that’s the end of that. Saha couldn’t handle the pressure of using the long handle. He stepped out and swung at it. Krunal dropped it short and had the ball skid through. Clean bowled. W Saha b K Pandya 11(15) [4s-0] [6s-0]
10.6 K Pandya to W Saha, WIDE, that has drifted down the leg side. Saha goes for the paddle but he can’t connect and it’s called a wide.
10.5 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, into the pads and Amla drives that easy to deep midwicket. He's keeping very calm here.
10.4 K Pandya to W Saha, 1 run, Saha tries to hit that out the park but he can’t middle it. It lobs towards cover but there is no cover fielder there, strangely.
10.3 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, on the pads, coming in with the angle and Amla works that to midwicket.
10.2 K Pandya to H Amla, SIX, quality from Amla. He stepped out and went through with the shot thought the ball was dropped short. He cleared the long on fence without once looking like he was hitting it hard.
10.1 K Pandya to W Saha, 1 run, really quick and wide. Saha’s deep in his crease and he swings at it. It sounds good but it has come off the bottom of the bat and to sweeper cover.
KXIP - 69/1 (10.0 overs)
6 Runs
H Amla : 32(27) W Saha : 9(12)
J Bumrah : 1-0-6-0 K Pandya : 2-0-10-0
9.6 J Bumrah to W Saha, 1 run, Saha swings hard at the ball and gets some wood on it. Unfortunately he strikes down the stumps at the other end. The ricochet rolls towards mid on and they pick up a run.
9.5 J Bumrah to W Saha, no run, that’s quick and off a length, outside the off stump. Saha walked across the line and looked to bunt it but he misses out. Nearly edges that to Parthiv.
9.4 J Bumrah to W Saha, 2 runs, that’s played over short midwicket with no control. Saha’s hands came off the ball. The ball slowed down on him. He still manages to get it to deep midwicket for a couple.
9.3 J Bumrah to W Saha, no run, that’s a good call from Amla. Saha tapped that just short of mid off and looked for a single. Amla called if off after taking a few steps forward. Bumrah was onto that ball in a flash.
9.2 J Bumrah to H Amla, 1 run, another fine flick from Amla. He works that from the off stump towards short midwicket.
9.1 J Bumrah to H Amla, 2 runs, short and side and it’s slashed to third man. Amla played that real late but the real hero here’s McClenaghan who dives to save a boundary.
Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack.
KXIP - 63/1 (9.0 overs)
5 Runs
W Saha : 6(8) H Amla : 29(25)
K Pandya : 2-0-10-0 H Singh : 2-0-12-0
8.6 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, very full and it's driven with authority to the long off fielder.
8.5 K Pandya to W Saha, 1 run, Saha isn’t to the pitch of the ball but he plays through the line and hits it well past Amla. Rana misfields but no run stolen.
8.4 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, short once again and Amla slaps that to deep point. Gets in position so early does Amla.
8.3 K Pandya to W Saha, 1 run, a little short and Saha’s on the back foot in quick time to cut that behind point.
8.2 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 leg bye, flatter and faster in the air but it’s going down leg. Amla can’t middle the flick. He can only get some pad on it but they sneak a run.
8.1 K Pandya to H Amla, no run,
KXIP - 58/1 (8.0 overs)
6 Runs
W Saha : 4(6) H Amla : 27(21)
H Singh : 2-0-12-0 K Pandya : 1-0-6-0
Time-out.
7.6 H Singh to H Amla, 1 run, and again. An absolutely risk-free shot. He waited on the length ball and flicked with the turn towards backward point.
7.5 H Singh to H Amla, 2 runs, Amla drives that firmly past Harbhajan to pick up a couple of runs. These two aren't taking any risks against Harbhajan.
7.4 H Singh to W Saha, 1 run, Saha gives Harbhajan the little shimmy before working that from the off stump towards long on.
7.3 H Singh to H Amla, 1 run, into the pads once again. Amla works that with a neat flick toward midwicket.
7.2 H Singh to W Saha, 1 run, a little short and Saha works that towards point for a quick run.
7.1 H Singh to W Saha, no run, tossed up on the off. Saha drives to the on side with absolutely no gap between bat and pad. He finds the short mid on fielder.
Harbhajan Singh takes over the ball.
KXIP - 52/1 (7.0 overs)
6 Runs
H Amla : 23(18) W Saha : 2(3)
K Pandya : 1-0-6-0 M McClenaghan : 2-0-14-1
6.6 K Pandya to W Saha, 1 run, Saha plays that flick from middle towards fine leg to keep strike.
KXIP 51/1 (6.5 ovs)
6.5 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, Amla works that from outside the off stump towards long on. The ball is short enough for him to play that risk free.
6.4 K Pandya to W Saha, 1 run, outside the off stump with some turn. Saha works that in front of point for a quick run.
6.3 K Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, tossed up into the leg stump and Amla drives that with ease to long on. He’s meeting the ball right off the middle of the bat.
6.2 K Pandya to H Amla, 2 runs, great running from Amla. He bunted that towards deep midwicket and called the two right away. Saha responded well.
6.1 K Pandya to H Amla, no run, brilliant from Rohit at cover. Tossed up on off and Amla responds with a whiplash drive. Rohit dives to his right and stops it in its tracks.
Krunal Pandya into the attack.
KXIP - 46/1 (6.0 overs)
7 Runs
W Saha : 0(1) H Amla : 19(14)
M McClenaghan : 2-0-14-1 L Malinga : 1-0-7-0
5.6 M McClenaghan to W Saha, no run, outside the off stump off a length from over the wicket. Saha guides that to the short third man fielder. You’ll see a lot more of this from the diminutive keeper.
Wriddhiman Saha arrives at the crease.
5.5 M McClenaghan to S Marsh, OUT, remember that one fielder I was taking about at short midwicket? Yeah, that’s the one Marsh picked to offer a simple catch to. Also, it’s Pollard so there was no way he was going to miss that. Very full and into the leg stump. Marsh, carried away, whipped that in hope of beating that fielder. He looked to be torn between going over or by that fielder. A blinder comes to an end. S Marsh c K Pollard b M McClenaghan 26(21) [4s-5] [6s-0]
5.4 M McClenaghan to S Marsh, FOUR, ouch! That’s a slap alright. He butchered that one. It’s short and Marsh pulls that to the midwicket fence. The ball got there in a fraction of a second.
5.3 M McClenaghan to S Marsh, no run, that was too good a shot for no run. Marsh picks the full ball drifting into the leg stump and drives that with serious heat to the one fielder at short midwicket.
5.2 M McClenaghan to H Amla, 1 run, very full and Amla’s very deep in the crease to dab that towards point for a single. He played that well away from his body.
5.1 M McClenaghan to H Amla, 2 runs, typical Amla. Nothing flashy, just style. He got on top of the bounce to the length ball and drove with a quick flash of the wrists. Krunal does well in the deep but he may have just nicked the rope before letting go of the ball. No four says the third umpire.
Mitchell McClenaghan comes to bowl the next over.
KXIP - 39/0 (5.0 overs)
7 Runs
S Marsh : 22(18) H Amla : 16(12)
L Malinga : 1-0-7-0 H Singh : 1-0-6-0
4.6 L Malinga to S Marsh, no run, that’s the first time Marsh has missed out on the cut. That’s probably because it wasn’t really that wide. He made some room and tried to pierce the point region but couldn't, sadly.
4.5 L Malinga to S Marsh, no run, another drive off a similar line and length but he doesn’t middle that as well as the previous shot. He doesn’t get his feet as far forward.
4.4 L Malinga to S Marsh, no run, phewww! What a shot! Very full and wide. Marsh leans into that drive and creams it but right to cover.
4.3 L Malinga to H Amla, 1 run, typical Malinga response. Very full and into the pads. Amla just pushes that to mid on and sets off for a quick run.
4.2 L Malinga to H Amla, SIX, remember that Kohli stroke? That short-arm jab. This is a bit like that. He waits on the ball and jabs at that short of length ball to send it carting over the wide long on fence.
4.1 L Malinga to H Amla, no run, that kicked up awkwardly. Amla was on the back foot and had to lean forward to drive at that length ball but it has kicked up and taken the top of his bat towards cover.
Lasith Malinga has been introduced into the attack.
KXIP - 32/0 (4.0 overs)
6 Runs
S Marsh : 22(15) H Amla : 9(9)
H Singh : 1-0-6-0 H Pandya : 2-0-18-0
3.6 H Singh to S Marsh, no run, length ball and Marsh punishes the ball but it’s right to the cover fielder. He really is middling the ball well today.
3.5 H Singh to H Amla, 1 run, he has class written all over that shot. Just so much wrist. He plays the flick from the off stump just wide of the mid on fielder.
3.4 H Singh to S Marsh, 1 run, into the pads and it’s flicked to short fine leg. Marsh’s a bit gingerly when the ball is on middle.
3.3 H Singh to S Marsh, FOUR, no hesitation when it’s short and wide. He really went for it and killed the ball through backward point.
3.2 H Singh to S Marsh, no run, there’s some turn there and it takes the outside edge from Marsh, but he’s safe as the ball dribble towards gully.
3.1 H Singh to S Marsh, no run, beautiful start. Tossed up on the off stump. Marsh drives and drives well to cover, but there’s a gap between bat and pad.
Harbhajan Singh comes to bowl the next over.
KXIP - 26/0 (3.0 overs)
11 Runs
H Amla : 8(8) S Marsh : 17(10)
H Pandya : 2-0-18-0 M McClenaghan : 1-0-7-0
2.6 H Pandya to H Amla, no run, short and very wide and Amla misses out. The ball stays a bit low and he just about reaches it. The ball takes the bottom edge of the horizontal blade and dribbles towards Harbhajan at first slip. He does well to stop it.
2.5 H Pandya to S Marsh, 1 run, much better from Hardik. Length ball on the off stump. Marsh doesn’t have room. He dabs towards cover and picks up a run.
2.4 H Pandya to S Marsh, FOUR, once again, Marsh latches on to the short and wide ball. He slaps it through backward point and keeps it down too. Brilliant stuff that.
2.3 H Pandya to S Marsh, FOUR, that’s a great shot from Marsh. He didn’t want to keep at down. He knew exactly where the point fielder was and he upper cut that short and wide ball right over. Marsh’s middling this brilliantly.
2.2 H Pandya to H Amla, 1 leg bye, that’s a very good effort from Parthiv. Another ball from Pandya drifts down the leg side. Amla misses the flick again. The ball comes off his thigh guard and it’s well wide of Parthiv. He dives and stops a certain four, but not the single.
2.1 H Pandya to S Marsh, 1 run, that’s a better shot from Marsh. He understood the ploy and went for the pull instead of trying to straight-bat it. Taps that behind square.
KXIP - 15/0 (2.0 overs)
7 Runs
H Amla : 8(6) S Marsh : 7(6)
M McClenaghan : 1-0-7-0 H Pandya : 1-0-8-0
1.6 M McClenaghan to S Marsh, 1 run, when it’s on the stumps, Marsh has little to offer. He tamely defends this towards mid on and picks up a run.
1.5 M McClenaghan to H Amla, 1 run, he doesn’t time this well. He drives on the rise to mid off and picks up a run. Some hesitation in the running once again.
1.4 M McClenaghan to H Amla, FOUR, that’s a missed chance. Nitish Rana, who’s normally safe, misses this chance. He times the jump all wrong. Amla drives on the rise with an open bat face. He’s living dangerously.
1.3 M McClenaghan to H Amla, no run, McClenaghan may have been caught napping there. Amal drives it at McClenaghan’s boot. He ricochets towards short midwicket. McClenaghan runs it down but he’s late to throw. Amla is half way down the track and he has given up but McClenaghan’s throw is well off.
1.2 M McClenaghan to H Amla, no run, that was an attempt at throwing the umpire off, and it works as the umpire doesn’t call it a wide. It’s well down the leg side and there’s a sound but it’s bat against some part of his clothing, not bat on ball.
1.1 M McClenaghan to S Marsh, 1 run, the Pandya brothers are having a ball out here. Very full from McClenaghan and it’s driven neatly just wide of mid on. Hardik dives to his right and keeps it down to one.
Mitchell McClenaghan takes over the ball.
KXIP - 8/0 (1.0 overs)
8 Runs
H Amla : 3(2) S Marsh : 5(4)
H Pandya : 1-0-8-0
0.6 H Pandya to H Amla, 2 runs, like I said, Amla will do that all day. Hardik brings it into Amla. He stands tall and whips it through deep midwicket. Krunal’s on the run to keep it down to two.
0.5 H Pandya to S Marsh, 1 run, that’s a confident drive from Marsh but Krunal, at point, plugs the gap with a dive. He stopped the second run. Hardik bowls it full and wide.
0.4 H Pandya to S Marsh, no run, that’s better. It’s coming in after landing on the off stump. Marsh is cramped in his defence.
0.3 H Pandya to S Marsh, FOUR, yeah, but when there’s width on offer, he absolutely kills it no matter how long he has been out there. Pandya looked to take the ball away but he has dropped is short. Slapped through backward point.
0.2 H Pandya to S Marsh, no run, that ball jagged in a decent bit and cramped Marsh up. You can see that whenever the ball comes into Marsh. He’s unable to put that away.
0.1 H Pandya to H Amla, 1 run, Length ball on the pads and Amla is off the mark with a gentle dab towards wide mid on. He’ll do that all day if he has to.
Hashim Amla and Shaun Marsh come to the middle, Hardik Pandya with the ball.
The players are out in the middle. Let the good times roll.
Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Swapnil Singh are the ones included in the XI. Manan Vohra, David Miller, Eoin Morgan and KC Cariappa are out.
Punjab have made a few changes. We'll update you with those in just a bit, but the big news is that Manan Vohra, their star in the previous game, isn't keeping well and he's out.
ROHIT SHARMA: We have been chasing well. The batting second trend works. We have to restrict this heavy batting line up. We’re playing the same XI. Getting some runs is nice. Finishing is also very good. Both worked in the previous game. We’ve got to go back to the basics and do it right. Winning is very important. We have to give the guys enough opportunity to express themselves. Everything is falling in place. GLENN MAXWELL: Good wicket, We would’ve bowled first too. Not too disappointed though. There will be some dew later on but I don’t think it’ll change much.
Mumbai Indians Won the Toss & Elected to Field
Wish we could be as chill, but no time for that now. It’s ten minutes to toss.
I can’t help but digress. Look at that kid on the chair.
Now, where were we? Right, so Indore. This is how it looks right now.
Ah, that was refreshing.
Now, since I’ve provided you with enough material to keep you occupied till toss time, I’m think I’m going to take a walk in the rain and get some tea.
Well, they aren’t going to be talking Chris Gayle down for a while though.

Stats Gayle the T20 phenomenon hits 10K

Most sixes in an innings most runs through boundaries and a love affair with the Chinnaswamy

How much do you think will come off their blades today? Anyway, while these young bucks are setting the IPL on fire. Some of the seniors aren’t, but that’s no reason for disrespect, fumes Saurabh Somani.

How about a little Dhoni respect Mr Goenka

Kicking anyone when he is down is tasteless to do so to one of the legends of the game also reveals a total lack of class

And the last time Mumbai were on the field, Nitish Rana sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.

Rana steers clinical Mumbai to the top

Rohit rediscovers touch and Pollard weighs in with 39 as hosts outclass Gujarat by six wickets register fourth straight victory

By the way, the last time Punjab played, Manan Vohra went ballistic, and how!

Bhuvneshwar tops Vohra in tense finish

Hyderabad win by five runs to move up to No 3 after medium pacer bags five for to negate Punjab openers heroic 50 ball 95

Obviously, we have a more detailed look at the game in hand, courtesy our in-house preview. Who do you reckon wrote this one?

IPL 10 Match 22 Punjab v Mumbai

Maxwells Punjab target greater batting consistency while Mumbai will be keen to build on recent gains

Oh, you know there’ll be some heavy hitting tonight. It’s the Holkar stadium in Indore, under lights at that, so the ball is going to come on better in the second half and the teams will look to chase. But this is among the few grounds this season which hasn’t changed as much, relatively speaking of course, between innings. That should come as some relief for the team batting first.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the 22nd match of IPL 10, and it’s the Mumbai Indians-Kings XI Punjab clash.
Instead of boring you with more from Twitter, here's our final report. Himanish Bhattacharjee had that out in good time. So while you try and digest all that has happened, I'll sign off and get some sleep. As you can imagine, my fingers are sore. Good night. See you soon.

Mumbai muscle puts Amla ton in the shade

Rohits men return to the top with resounding eight wicket win as Punjabs 198 for 4 proves way inadequate

Meanwhile, R Ashwin's life is a "void".
That's not entirely fair. The bowlers have been getting quite a bit of assitance elsewhere. Batsmen have a go at one ground and the protests are back? Tsk, tsk.
Neither can we.
Well, he is right.
JOS BUTTLER: I found really good touch in the tournament. Nice to put in a contribution. Striking the ball is fun. It’s a small ground. Luckily we won the toss. We got off to a good start and we carried momentum through. Today, chasing this total was fun because I had all the luxury to just go after them and not worry too much. I tried too hard before. Today I could relax and play my shots.
ROHIT SHARMA: Firstly, this was an incredible game to be a part of. Something that reminded me of 2014 where we chased 195 (190) against (Rajasthan) Royals. We gave ourselves a chance to play our shots. Hashim Amla played one of the finest innings ever played. When we came back we knew the ground is small and that we have the batters to do it. We got 82 in the first six. The way Jos (Buttler) and Parthiv (Patel) batted was brilliant. That’s the kind of fire power we have. Parthiv’s cameo was brilliant. (On Parthiv): He’s coming off a great domestic season and he has taking that confidence through to IPL. That’s the job we need done from our openers. (On bowling): It’s not a worry. It’s something which we need to look into. We should give them some time. It’s only about getting those wickets. It’s a lot of pressure on them but we’re backing them. They will come good. (On winning run): It’s just the first half of the tournament. The second half is crucial. You have to stay on the money and you can’t lose momentum. Good thing we have done is focus on one opposition at a time. We’ll focus on the next game in Mumbai. Been a good run. Hope we continue.
Player of the match - Jos Buttler
Mumbai Indians won by 8 wickets
Hashim Amla must be wondering what more he can do to have Punjab win. He scored a century and guided them to a big total. Buttler and Parthiv started with some heavy hitting at the top. They didn't wait for the late charge. They went right at them and it worked off. They scored 82 in the power play. Once that was out of the way, Rana came in and continued to belt them around, scoring his fourth half-century in four innings. For his part, Hardik Pandya came up the order and finished the game in quick time. Mumbai are handsomly on top of the table with five wins from six games. They're making all this seem pretty elementary. Anyway, it's time for the presentation now.
GLENN MAXWELL: They were pretty favourable for batting. I thought 198 was a good score. We just let our chances slip. Hashim Amla is a positive. The way Marsh hit it too was great. Plenty of positives on the batting side. Rough night for the bowlers. We just have to make sure we take every catch. They’re costing us at the moment. Buttler was outstanding.
Mumbai have won by eight wickets with 27 balls to spare in pursuit of 199. That's a shellacking.
15.3 M Sharma to N Rana, SIX, and that is that! Slower short ball from Mohit and Rana latches onto that pull. He pulls it over the fine leg fence. 277 runs combined in boundaries. There were so many boundaries, it became boring after a point.
15.2 M Sharma to N Rana, 2 runs, slower ball on the off stump. Rana waits on it and hits through the line to extra cover.
15.1 M Sharma to N Rana, no run, Amla misses an easy chance there. Rana bunts that to point and Hardik’s in a hurry. He’s half-way down the track and Amla has all the time to take down the stumps but he misses.
MI - 191/2 (15.0 overs)
21 Runs
H Pandya : 15(5) N Rana : 54(31)
I Sharma : 4-0-58-0 M Sharma : 2.1-0-21-1
14.6 I Sharma to H Pandya, FOUR, low full tosses are racing to the fence these days. This is an absolute rollicking. He stood deep in his crease and just drove through the line to beat the long on fielder. Like a time-out is needed at this point, but well.
14.5 I Sharma to H Pandya, FOUR, this is a full toss on the off stump and it has been belted over cover and to the fence. He didn’t quite middle but a little too late in the game to worry about that.
14.4 I Sharma to H Pandya, SIX, that’s just demeaning. Hardik picks the slower ball and slaps it deep into the long on stand. 87 metres apparently. That looked like it went further.
14.3 I Sharma to N Rana, 1 run, another one in the blockhole. Rana digs that out towards cover and sets off for a single.
14.2 I Sharma to N Rana, no run, in the blockhole and it’s dug out to mid off. He turns down the single.
14.1 I Sharma to N Rana, SIX, how in the world? Oh well. Rana goes for the heave and he has topped edged that to the third man fence. That’s another half-century for this youngster.
Ishant Sharma comes into the attack.
MI - 170/2 (14.0 overs)
4 Runs
H Pandya : 1(2) N Rana : 47(28)
M Sharma : 2.1-0-21-1 S Sharma : 3-0-39-0
13.6 M Sharma to H Pandya, no run,
13.5 M Sharma to N Rana, 1 run, drives a length ball on off to long off
13.4 M Sharma to H Pandya, 1 run, back of length, steered down to third man
13.3 M Sharma to N Rana, 1 run, slower ball outside off, driven to deep backward point
13.2 M Sharma to N Rana, no run, length on off, pushed to point
13.2 M Sharma to N Rana, WIDE, short, pitched outside leg, wide called by the umpire
13.1 M Sharma to N Rana, no run, clips the thigh on the way to the keeper
Mohit Sharma has been introduced into the attack.
MI - 166/1 (13.0 overs)
16 Runs
N Rana : 45(24) J Buttler : 77(36)
S Sharma : 3-0-39-0 S Singh : 2-0-22-0
12.6 S Sharma to N Rana, no run, Rana’s looking for room and there is none. His feet don’t move too well. He just pushes that back to the bowler.
12.5 S Sharma to J Buttler, 1 run, very full and Buttler digs that one out to long off.
12.4 S Sharma to J Buttler, SIX, short ball and it didn’t look like Buttler middled that one at all. It’s a slower short ball and Buttler swivels that one over the backward square fence.
12.3 S Sharma to J Buttler, SIX, eeeyowser! Full and very wide. Buttler knew that was coming. He reached out with the right leg walking across. He has hit that as flatly as that previous flat six to long off.
12.2 S Sharma to N Rana, 1 run, good line and length from Sandeep. Rana dabs that just wide of Sandeep’s followthrough and runs it easily.
12.1 S Sharma to J Buttler, 1 run, that’s good. He has bowled it real wide and Buttler has had to reach to get some bat on it. It comes off the toe end towards extra cover.
12.1 S Sharma to J Buttler, WIDE, the strategy is to keep it as far from Buttler as possible. Sandeep bowls that wide of the line though.
Sandeep Sharma takes over the ball.
MI - 150/1 (12.0 overs)
16 Runs
N Rana : 44(22) J Buttler : 63(32)
S Singh : 2-0-22-0 I Sharma : 3-0-37-0
MI 150/1 (11.6 ovs)
11.6 S Singh to N Rana, 2 runs, that’s very neatly played by Rana. He lets that ball come on before guiding it to the right of the short third man fielder. Sandeep dives to stop the certain four.
11.5 S Singh to N Rana, no run, some width on offer and Rana swings at it but he misses this one. The ball comes off the inside edge to the bowler.
11.4 S Singh to J Buttler, 1 run, quicker once again from Swapnil. Buttler stays firmly in his crease and pushes it to long on.
11.3 S Singh to N Rana, 1 run, when the ball is right, Rana gets forward and pushes that towards backward point for a single.
11.2 S Singh to N Rana, SIX, that’s the tenth six of the innings. He tries to bowl the leg-break and drags it short. Rana picks it too early and whacks that over long on.
11.1 S Singh to N Rana, SIX, that pick up sweep is just amazing from Rana. Quicker from Swapnil and it’s swept with some authority to the midwicket fence. Rana really hits it the distance.
MI - 134/1 (11.0 overs)
11 Runs
J Buttler : 62(31) N Rana : 29(17)
I Sharma : 3-0-37-0 S Singh : 1-0-6-0
10.6 I Sharma to N Rana, 1 run, short ball and Rana goes for the pull. He has nearly pulled that from the bottom of his bat and into Sandeep Sharma’s hands at fine leg. The ball dips on Sandeep and he’s quick to assess it. He hangs back and fields the ball on the bounce.
10.5 I Sharma to J Buttler, 1 run, short of length and Buttler heaves at it. He doesn't middle it but gets a single anyway in the direction of long on.
10.4 I Sharma to N Rana, 1 run, short of length and Rana dabs that, a bit uppishly but it’s safe, just wide of Ishant in his followthrough and picks up a quick run.
10.3 I Sharma to J Buttler, 1 run, Buttler makes room and digs that out towards sweeper cover.
10.2 I Sharma to N Rana, 1 run, typically Rana. He hits a big six and then follows it up with a steer to third man. He amazingly composed.
10.1 I Sharma to N Rana, SIX, Oh my, my, my! Rana’s something else. He leans on a full ball from Ishant and he went with the flow to clear the long on fence. That’s a great catch in the dugout.
Ishant Sharma arrives at the crease.
MI - 123/1 (10.0 overs)
6 Runs
J Buttler : 60(29) N Rana : 20(13)
S Singh : 1-0-6-0 A Patel : 2-0-20-0
9.6 S Singh to N Rana, 1 run, Rana picks that from the off and works it behind square.
9.5 S Singh to J Buttler, 1 run, fired into the pads and Buttler responds with a tentative push towards long on. He knows all the hitting work is done. Now they have to cruise and cruise well.
9.4 S Singh to N Rana, 1 run, that's a little short and Rana pushes that off the front foot towards extra cover.
9.3 S Singh to J Buttler, 1 run, Buttler makes some room but the ball is fired it well outside the off stump. Buttler some how reaches that and hits it on the bounce to sweeper cover.
9.2 S Singh to N Rana, 1 run, Rana goes for the sweep but the ball is a little too full so he isn't able to get under it. Hits it well to midwicket though.
9.1 S Singh to J Buttler, 1 run, floater on the off stump and it’s pushed along the ground to long on.
Swapnil Singh comes into the attack.
MI - 117/1 (9.0 overs)
16 Runs
N Rana : 17(10) J Buttler : 57(26)
A Patel : 2-0-20-0 M Stoinis : 2-0-28-1
8.6 A Patel to J Buttler, 1 run, Buttler stays in his crease this time and pushes that towards wide mid on to keep strike.
8.5 A Patel to J Buttler, SIX, yeah, this is just brilliant from Buttler. Axar tries the arm ball and drags it down. Buttler’s quickly onto the back foot to hit that one to the giant screen 90 metres away. He’s making this look too easy. They need just 83 from 67. Mind you, they’re chasing199.
8.4 A Patel to N Rana, 1 run, short mid-wicket,
8.4 A Patel to N Rana, WIDE, Axar looked to keep the width down and he dragged it down the leg side.
8.3 A Patel to N Rana, SIX, holy!!! Rana has latched on to that one. He got on one knee and swept that from outside the off stump and over the midwicket fence.
8.2 A Patel to N Rana, no run, that comes in with the arm and it’s off the pads to the keeper.
J Buttler: 50* (24) [4s-7] [6s-2]
8.1 A Patel to J Buttler, 1 run, a little short and Buttler’s punched that to wide long on. That’s also Buttler’s 50. What an innings.
MI - 101/1 (8.0 overs)
14 Runs
N Rana : 10(7) J Buttler : 49(23)
M Stoinis : 2-0-28-1 A Patel : 1-0-4-0
7.6 M Stoinis to J Buttler, 1 run, Buttler’s riding his luck. He makes room and tries to hit through the cover region. He has inside-edged this to fine leg.
MI 100/1 (7.5 ovs)
7.5 M Stoinis to J Buttler, FOUR, slower ball and it looks like Buttler hasn’t gotten to it but he reaches out and swings through the line to slice the ball to the extra cover fence. That also brings up Mumbai’s 100. What’s going on people?
7.4 M Stoinis to N Rana, 1 run, what a fielder! Sandeep Sharma has dived full length to his right to stop the ball from going across the rope. Rana plays that late cut very well. He waited on the width and guided that. Punjab have been excellent on the field.
7.3 M Stoinis to J Buttler, 1 run, thick outside edge but the ball rolls towards third man. Seemed very much in control of that shot did Rana.
7.2 M Stoinis to N Rana, 1 run, thick outside edge but the ball rolls towards third man. Seemed very much in control of that shot did Rana.
7.1 M Stoinis to N Rana, SIX, whoa! Didn’t he just walk in? Stoinis cranked up the pace and bounced Rana. He went for the pull and hit it well over the fine leg fence. He didn’t try to keep it down at all.
MI - 87/1 (7.0 overs)
5 Runs
J Buttler : 43(20) N Rana : 2(4)
A Patel : 1-0-4-0 M Stoinis : 1-0-14-1
6.6 A Patel to J Buttler, no run, he steps down the track once again but the ball doesn’t grip. It slams into his pads and Buttler turns back quick.
6.5 A Patel to J Buttler, 2 runs, that’s as clean a drive as you’ll see. Buttler takes a half-step forward and drives this clean to long on, who has to dive and make the stop.
6.4 A Patel to N Rana, 1 leg bye, there’s a half-appeal there. No chance. It’s going down leg. Ball dribbles towards short fine leg.
6.3 A Patel to N Rana, no run, there’s some width but the ball is sliding through instead of kicking up. Rana tries to cut but he misses.
6.2 A Patel to J Buttler, 1 run, shortish and Buttler works that to deep square. There’s no two there.
6.1 A Patel to N Rana, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump. Rana flicks that to wide long on. Very classy looking stroke that.
Axar Patel arrives at the crease.
Time-out
MI - 82/1 (6.0 overs)
14 Runs
J Buttler : 40(17) N Rana : 1(1)
M Stoinis : 1-0-14-1 M Sharma : 1-0-17-0
5.6 M Stoinis to N Rana, 1 run, quick to the new batsman and into the pads. Rana pushes that towards midwicket and gets his innings rolling.
Nitish Rana is the new batsman.
5.5 M Stoinis to P Patel, OUT, yip! That works. Slower ball again and there’s tonnes of width. Parthiv went after it with a heavy swing. The ball doesn’t quite come off the middle. It’s right into Maxwell’s palms. He didn’t have to move a muscle at mid on. P Patel c G Maxwell b M Stoinis 37(18) [4s-4] [6s-2]
5.4 M Stoinis to J Buttler, 1 run, slower, short ball and Buttler can only swivel-pull that to deep square. Starting to look like a good over from Stoinis.
5.3 M Stoinis to P Patel, 1 run, another slower ball and it has nearly given Stoinis a wicket. Parthiv swings at that full delivery and he fall just short of the extra cover fielder.
5.3 M Stoinis to P Patel, WIDE, pressure gets the better of Stoinis. It’s very wide of the wide line outside the off stump. Slower ball attempt that.
5.2 M Stoinis to P Patel, FOUR, that’s the fourth boundary in succession. Short ball with some width and Parthiv makes more to slap that through the cover point region. This chase is beginning to look a little too easy.
5.1 M Stoinis to P Patel, SIX, Stoinis is welcomed with as clean a hit from Parthiv as any from Buttler. Short and Parthiv’s on to that one in a flash. He has bludgeoned that over the midwicket fence.
Marcus Stoinis has been introduced into the attack.
MI - 68/0 (5.0 overs)
17 Runs
J Buttler : 39(16) P Patel : 26(14)
M Sharma : 1-0-17-0 I Sharma : 2-0-26-0
4.6 M Sharma to J Buttler, FOUR, back of the hand slower ball. Good choice really. But with Buttler in this mood it doesn't make a difference. He gets deep in his crease and slaps it through that cover region.
4.5 M Sharma to J Buttler, FOUR, he has been hitting the good balls to the fence. Obviously, he isn’t going to miss out when it’s on the pads. Freebie and Buttler flicks that to the fine leg fence.
4.4 M Sharma to J Buttler, no run, he gets his left leg out of the way and drives through the line. Plenty of wood on that one too but the ball is fielded by cover on the bounce.
4.3 M Sharma to J Buttler, FOUR, eeesh! He has waited on that and smacked it through cover. He came ahead early but waited, and waited, and waited, before bringing his bat down at the right time.
4.2 M Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, that’s a good shot in terms of how well he middled that but the usual Parthiv flair was missing. There was plenty of gap between bat and pad. Belted to mid off and the fielder does well.
4.1 M Sharma to P Patel, FOUR, oh you magician you. Short ball and Parthiv looked like he had let go of it but at the last moment he brought the bat up and ramped that over the bowler’s head.
Mohit Sharma comes to bowl the next over.
MI - 51/0 (4.0 overs)
17 Runs
J Buttler : 27(12) P Patel : 21(12)
I Sharma : 2-0-26-0 S Sharma : 2-0-23-0
3.6 I Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, that’s close to the stumps. Length ball on middle. Parthiv looks to nudge that to the on-side after walking across. Mistimes the ball and nearly onto the stumps.
1st Wicket: 50 runs in 23 balls (Parthiv Patel 20*, Jos Buttler 27*)
MI 50/0 (3.5 ovs)
3.5 I Sharma to P Patel, FOUR, what a shot from Parthiv. He’s nowhere near as powerful as Buttler but he has those deft touches which are just as effective. Slower ball from Ishant on the middle. Parthiv flicks that to the fine leg fence.
3.4 I Sharma to J Buttler, 1 run, length, slower ball on the middle. Buttler drives that off the front foot towards mid off.
3.3 I Sharma to J Buttler, FOUR, Miller has hurt himself. The ball was hit so hard that it went through Miller’s hands and off his head to race to the extra cover fence. You can hardly call that a drop. He should be off the field. They should check him for a concussion. Right now. But no signs of any medical assistance.
3.2 I Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, on the off stump from Ishant. Parthiv walks across and flicks that with some ease to deep square.
3.1 I Sharma to P Patel, SIX, whoa! Parthiv in on the action now. Into the pads, again, and Parthiv doesn’t try to chip it. He just pulls through the line and the ball is in the third tier behind square leg.
MI - 34/0 (3.0 overs)
13 Runs
J Buttler : 22(10) P Patel : 9(8)
S Sharma : 2-0-23-0 I Sharma : 1-0-9-0
2.6 S Sharma to J Buttler, SIX, okay, that’s a joke! No, seriously. That’s probably the flattest six this season. Low full toss and Buttler has creamed that to the long off fence.
2.5 S Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, that’s an uppish push towards short midwicket. Parthiv’s lucky to get away with that. He chipped this length ball on the leg stump.
2.4 S Sharma to P Patel, no run, oh, god that Saha is an amazing keeper. It’s down the leg and Parthiv goes for the flick. The ball comes off the pad and it’s well down the leg side. Saha dives real wide and gathers that on the bounce.
2.3 S Sharma to J Buttler, 1 run, once again he attempts the same. Sandeep bowls it closer to him. Buttler swings and there’s a thick inside edge that rolls to midwicket.
2.2 S Sharma to J Buttler, FOUR, how’s that for power?! It’s in the blockhole with the keeper at the stumps. Buttler makes plenty of room and slaps that ball past mid off.
2.1 S Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, Parthiv’s doing an Amla here. Patiently ticking the board while Buttler tries to hit at it. Length ball on the off stump. Dabbed to third man.
MI - 21/0 (2.0 overs)
11 Runs
J Buttler : 11(7) P Patel : 7(5)
I Sharma : 1-0-9-0 S Sharma : 1-0-10-0
1.6 I Sharma to J Buttler, no run, Buttler has absolutely missed this one. It’s a slower ball that’s short of length and just inside the wide line. God knows what Buttler was swinging at. The ball was at least a foot from the bottom of the horizontal bat.
1.5 I Sharma to P Patel, 1 leg bye, Ishant looks to keep it straighter but the ball is on the leg stump. Parthiv tries to flick the ball. The ball comes off the pad and rolls to fine leg.
1.4 I Sharma to P Patel, FOUR, oooowwwweee! I like that. Length ball and Parthiv reaches out with that classy reach and drives on the rise to the extra cover fence. Typical Parthiv shot.
1.3 I Sharma to J Buttler, 1 leg bye, Ishant sticks to his plan and Buttler misses out after attempting a ramp shot. It’s too early in the innings for that don’t you think?! The ball raps him on his pads well outside the off stump. The ricochet dribbles to fine leg.
1.2 I Sharma to J Buttler, FOUR, proper cricket shot that. He seems to have picked up a thing or two from Amla. He waited deep in his crease and just let his hand guide the ball past point. He doesn’t use his feet at all.
1.1 I Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, length ball that jags away sharp. Parthiv gets low on the ball and plays it with the outside of his bat towards third man.
Ishant Sharma comes into the attack.
MI - 10/0 (1.0 overs)
10 Runs
J Buttler : 7(4) P Patel : 2(2)
S Sharma : 1-0-10-0
0.6 S Sharma to J Buttler, SIX, and that’s what confidence does for you. Buttler walks across and flicks this length ball from the off stump over the square leg fence. Just so easy.
0.5 S Sharma to J Buttler, no run, length ball and Buttler times that very well. He doesn’t try to hit that too hard. He has driven it right to cover but that’ll give him some confidence.
0.4 S Sharma to J Buttler, no run, great work from Stoinis at mid on. Buttler tries to this one on the rise and mistimes it. It’s to the left of Stoinis but he dives at the ball. Buttler’s forced to rush back.
0.3 S Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, that’s a fine shot from Parthiv. Well in control. Sandeep expects the ball to move from over the wicket and across Parthiv. It doesn’t and it’s an easy flick to deep midwicket.
0.3 S Sharma to P Patel, WIDE, Sandeep loses the plot there. It’s way down the leg side.
0.2 S Sharma to J Buttler, 1 run, length ball with some width. Buttler tries to hit that too hard and ends up mistiming it toward point for a run.
0.1 S Sharma to P Patel, 1 run, plenty of swing for Sandeep to start with. The ball starts on the middle and shapes towards the off. Parthiv stays on the back foot and works that to square.
Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler come to the middle, Sandeep Sharma with the ball.