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Done and dusted with this match. On Tuesday, Delhi will be hosting Chennai at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The action will begin at 2000 IST (1430 GMT). Do join us for the coverage. Cheers!
Man of the Match, Chris Gayle smiles and says that it's a big ground and to get some runs in the first game is really important. He is pleased to start the season well and just wants to keep getting better and better. States that he is still enjoying his cricket. Lauds the batting of Sarfaraz Khan. Feels that Rajasthan got the better part of the pitch to bat but praises his bowlers for doing the job for them. Laughs and says that the youngsters in the team have a lot to offer and they want to win this edition for the Universe Boss.
Victorious Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin says that they knew the pitch will slow down after the first six overs. Adds that he has been working on a lot of variations and is pleased with the way it came out. On the Mankading dismissal, Ashwin replies that it's pretty instinctive and Buttler left the crease very early. States that his stand is very clear and it's his half of the pitch. Feels that it was the game-changer and he is happy to end on the winning side. Mentions that Sam Curran had an off day but the way he bounced back was brilliant.
Sarfaraz Khan gives a little interview. Says that he was working hard on his game and is pleased to play a good knock. Mentions that he never got too much time higher up in the batting order in the League and hopes to get more such opportunities. On playing the paddle scoop with so much ease, Sarfaraz replies that he has been practicing that shot from a very young age.
Rajasthan's skipper, Ajinkya Rahane says that Jos Buttler batted really well but they lost the plot completely and credits Punjab for bowling well in the last three overs. On the controversial dismissal of Buttler, Rahane chooses not to comment and states that they will take that decision sportingly and it's up to the match referee to decide. Adds that they have a lot to learn from this game. Praises Buttler and Archer for their performance and says that he is taking positives from this match.
Now, let's talk about the controversial moment which completely turned this game on its head. Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler and that was the moment when 77 was needed off 43 balls. Sanju Samson and Steven Smith formed a partnership to propel the hosts but then came the over number 17. In an act of redemption, Sam Curran bowled an extraordinary over where he removed both Smith and Samson, and brought his team back into the contest. The following over by Mujeeb further dented Rajasthan as the Afghan also picked up two crucial wickets. From there on, Punjab just capitalized and earned a win out of nowhere.
What a turnaround from Punjab! And it won't be wrong to say that Rajasthan have been 'Mankaded' here. Also, their first loss against Punjab at this venue. The chase was going very well for the home team as Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane provided an excellent start in the Powerplay. The Rajasthan skipper fell but the Englishman continued and was very severe on all the bowlers, especially his countryman, Sam Curran.
19.6ARajpoot to DKulkarni
A single from the last ball and that is it, PUNJAB WIN BY 14 RUNS. Length and on middle, this is eased down to long on for a run.
19.5ARajpoot to DKulkarni
FOUR! A boundary but it won't be making a difference. Full and around off, this is stroked through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
19.4ARajpoot to DKulkarni
Another yorker outside off, too good for Kulkarni as he fails to put bat on ball.
19.3ARajpoot to SGopal
No hat-trick. A full toss on the leg pole, Gopal hits it down to long on and takes a single.
Dhawal Kulkarni is the last man out for Rajasthan.
19.2ARajpoot to KGowtham
OUT! There goes Rajasthan's last hope! Another top delivery, a yorker, Gowtham looks to get under it but fails to do so. It goes off the bottom half of his bat towards mid off where the fielder, Shami, runs in and takes it in the second attempt. Two-in-two for Rajpoot. He is on a hat-trick.
Shreyas Gopal walks out to the middle.
19.1ARajpoot to JUnadkat
OUT! A collision but the catch has been taken! Pooran though has hurt himself as he is down on the ground. A bumper, too quick for Unadkat. He looks to pull but gets a top edge onto his helmet. The ball lobs beside the pitch. Both, the keeper and the bowler go for it. No one calls for it. In the end, it is Rajpoot who takes it but then dashes into the keeper. The good thing for Rajasthan is that Gowtham has crossed over.
Ankit Rajpoot to bowl the last one.
18.6MShami to JUnadkat
Just a single! More importantly it won't be Gowtham who will face the start of the last over. Just the six from the penultimate over. Full and on middle, this is hit down to long on for a run. 21 needed in 6 balls.
Jaydev Unadkat is the new man in.
18.5MShami to JofraArcher
OUT! RUN OUT! Archer is out of here! Another top nut, a yorker and Archer fails to jam it out properly. He though is off for a single but Gowtham is not interested. The keeper has a shy at his end but misses. Shami though collects and since both the batters are stranded in the middle of the wicket, Shami has ample time to jog towards the stumps at the keeper's end and whip the bails off. JA is the one who has to walk back though as the batters never crossed. Into the tail now are Punjab.
18.4MShami to JArcher
Another yorker, not a lot you can do with that. Archer works it through mid-wicket for a couple. 22 needed in 8. Need to end the over well here, Rajasthan.
18.3MShami to KGowtham
A yorker now on middle, Gowtham jams it out towards point and a run is taken. Singles won't harm Punjab here.
18.2MShami to KGowtham
A dot! Gold at this stage! Short and on middle, Gowtham may not have been expecting it. He goes for the pull but misses as he is late on the shot.
18.1MShami to KGowtham
Close! Gowtham powers it down towards long on and the batsmen take one. They go for the second. Archer is struggling but to his luck, Shami fails to collect the throw from Mayank.
Jofra Archer is the new man in. Also, it is Mohammed Shami who is back into the attack.
17.7UrRahman to RTripathi
OUT! Rajasthan have lost the plot completely! A full toss from Mujeeb, on middle, Tripathi this time tries to attempt what Stokes failed to do - clear long on. Fails miserably and is caught by Rahul in the deep. 12 runs and four wickets in the last two overs have made Punjab the favourites now.
17.6UrRahman to RTripathi
Fullish and on middle, Tripathi fails to connect with his attempted slog sweep.
17.5UrRahman to RTripathi
Wide! Another quicker one, fired wide outside off, Rahul flashed and missed.
17.4UrRahman to RTripathi
Quicker one on middle, skidding down, Tripathi is down on one knee trying to sweep but misses.
Krishnappa Gowtham walks out to bat.
17.3UrRahman to BenStokes
OUT! Mujeeb gets the revenge! The wheels are coming off for Rajasthan. The Afghan keeps his composure and delivers it in the line of the stumps. Ben Stokes hops back to make space and tries to clear long on this time. He gets more height than distance behind his shot and Nair (sub) takes the skier safely. 28 needed off 15 balls. We're heading to a thrilling finish!
17.2UrRahman to BenStokes
SIX! This one goes rocketing over the cow corner. Flatter and fuller on off, Stokes kneels and launches it over the fence for a biggie.
17.1UrRahman to RTripathi
Loopy and full on middle, Rahul dances down the track and drills it to long on for a run.
Rahul Tripathi is the new batsman. 35 needed off 18 balls. Mujeeb is back on as well.
16.6SamCurran to SSamson
OUT! Another one bites the dust! Two in the over and now Rajasthan have two new batsmen at the crease. Just what the visitors wanted and not what the hosts would have wanted. Another slower ball which is outside off. Samson looks to loft it over covers but the timing is not there. Like Smith he too gets a lot of height on it. Ashwin at covers backtracks and takes a very good catch. The game has once again turned. What an over by Curran to finish his spell, 4 runs and two wickets from it. He ends with figures of 4-0-52-2.
16.5SamCurran to SSamson
A couple! Boundaries are what Punjab will mind. Samson hits it down towards long on and takes two.
Ben Stokes walks in next.
16.4SamCurran to SSmith
OUT! In the air... taken! What a catch that is. They say catches win you matches and will this win it for Punjab? Smith who was really hitting the ball well is walking back. Curran who has not been at his best today is bowling a game-changing over here. The slower ball does the trick for him. It is full and wide outside off. Smith reaches out for it and lofts it over extra cover. He gets a lot of height on this one. However, it is tailing away from Rahul. He makes a lot of ground to his left and with a dive takes it. The Punjab players are pumped up.
16.3SamCurran to SanjuSamson
Just a single again as this is stroked down to long on. This has been an excellent over so far.
16.2SamCurran to StevenSmith
NOT OUT! Neither, there is a bottom edge there. Punjab lose their only review. A yorker on the leg stump as Smith has shuffled across. He looks to flick but not sure if he has got an inside edge there. The ball then hits his pads and rolls towards fine leg. There is an appeal but the umpire shakes his head. In the meantime, the batters run a single. Ashwin now takes the review. Replays show that there is an inside edge.
Shout for an lbw this time! Not given and Ravichandran Ashwin has taken the referral after listening to his bowler. Pitched outside leg or did it hit him flush on the boot?
16.1SamCurran to SSmith
Howzzat? The answer to that question is not out! What was the sound though? Full and outside off, Smith looks to carve it through the off side but misses. There is a noise as the ball passes the bat and hence an appeal. The umpire shakes his head. There is a discussion but they opt not to review. Replay shows that the sound was of the bat hitting the ground.
15.6MShami to SSmith
Another good yorker and Smith hits it down to long on for another single. So a maximum and 5 singles from the over. Run rate needed below 10 now.
15.5MShami to SSamson
Another slower one on middle, Samson stylishly flicks it through mid-wicket and takes a run.
15.4MShami to SSmith
Another yorker, Smith jams it down towards long on. They run the first one hard but have to settle for a single.
15.3MShami to SSamson
Goes back once again and then flicks it through square leg for an easy run.