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Okay. The penultimate double-header is out of the way. Saturday will be remembered more for VIRAT KOHLI BECOMING THE FOURTH CAPTAIN TO WIN 50 INDIAN T20 LEAGUE GAMES but just to remind you, earlier in the evening, Delhi beat Rajasthan to knock them out of the competition. Super Sunday sees the final two league games of the competition - Punjab hosting Chennai, followed by the Mumbai-Kolkata clash. Join us from 4 pm local (1030 GMT) for all the action from games 55 and 56. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli, says that the last 6 games which they played was exactly what they aimed for in the initial phase. But admits that this is the way things go and praises his team for turning things around in the next half and showing their skills. Adds that given the way the second half of the season panned out, it does not feel like a bad season, with 5 wins and a washout in the last 6 games. On this particular match, Kohli says that perhaps Hyderabad also thought with himself and de Villiers gone, the match is dusted but Hetmyer and Gurkeerat stepped up and he wants the latter to play more of such stuff next year. Thanks the crowd for genuinely turning out in large numbers and says that he understands their pain of not winning, as he too, is emotionally attached to the team and franchise. Promises for a better and stronger show in 2020.
SHIMRON HETMYER HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Sums up this Indian T20 League experience as getting used to the environment and having fun while playing. Says that it always helped to play with a clear mind. Credits Bangalore and calls it a fantastic franchise and wants to take whatever he has learnt from this tournament into the future.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann is up for a chat with Murali Kartik. Says that he just went into bat at a good position and he was just taking singles and trying to build a partnership. He tells that when there is a player like Hetmyer you don't have to do anything silly. He says he is happy and thanks the crowd for the support they have given them and he hopes to give them memories to cherish. On how he is feeling after tonight's performance, he says he has not been on the field for the past 2 years and just wanted to make himself feel present and important. He though admits the job is not done and there is still work to do.
Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson, says that they had an element of control and at the halfway mark, he thought they had set the platform. Tells they started off well with the ball picking up three wickets but credits the way Bangalore played. On the dropped chances, Kane says it is a game of cricket and such things happen. Admits that they should have got 10-15 runs more but lost way in the middle but got to a reasonable total in the end. On the season, he says there are number of fine lines and feels the last two games could have gone either way and thinks that is the nature of this game.
Here is the scenario for Hyderabad then. Hope Chennai beat Punjab and Mumbai defeat Kolkata on Sunday. Or, if Punjab do win, then win with a smaller margin so that Hyderabad's net run rate is unaffected. By this Bangalore victory, Ashwin will be heaving a sigh of relief.
If Hyderabad lose out on the playoffs, they have only themselves to blame. They were in a position to win here but probably took the foot off the pedal after de Villiers fell. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Basil Thampi were excellent but the others sprayed the ball around the park, including the reliable Rashid and got tonked.
The run chase was structured just around 2 people - Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann. Neither had anything to lose and with the score reading 20/3, Hetmyer played the way most West Indians play - bash the ball. His counter-attack took Hyderabad by surprise and the dew did not help them either. The 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket pretty much sealed the deal though wickets at the end almost got a twist in the tale.
Virat Kohli is pumped up. For the time being, Bangalore avoid the wooden spoon. If Punjab lose to Chennai on Sunday, then Ashwin's men will take that. It might be seen as Bangalore made heavy weather of the chase from a comfortable position but as far as the situation is concerned, it is fine. They are already knocked out and a win is a win. But for Hyderabad, they are now in troubled waters and will have to depend on other teams to take them through.
19.2MNabi to UYadav
FOUR! That is it. He might have been villian in the eyes of many for the last over but he has taken his side home with the bat. Again full and flighted outside off, Umesh slashes it through cover and finishes the game. BANGALORE WIN BY 4 WICKETS.
19.1MNabi to UYadav
FOUR! That should be it. Flighted outside off Umesh smacks it through point for a boundary. Only 2 needed now.
6 needed off 6. Who will bowl the last over? Mohammad Nabi it is.
18.8KAhmed to UYadav
A single taken on the last ball. Hmmm... Full on middle, Yadav punches this down to long on for a run to get off the mark.
18.7KAhmed to UYadav
Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
18.6KAhmed to deGrandhomme
Excellent stop from Bhuvi. Outside off, de Grandhomme guides it towards short third man and it almost sneaks through but Kumar dives full length to his right and makes a half-stop. Just a single.
Umesh Yadav comes in at number 8, replacing Sundar.
18.5KAhmed to WSundar
OUT! Slower delivery does the trick. Khaleel gets his second of the over. It is full on off, Sundar looks to go over mid on but does not time it. The ball goes high in the air and Manish Pandey moves backward from mid off and takes a good catch. 8 needed off 9. Surely Bangalore cannot lose it from here. Right?
18.4KAhmed to WSundar
WIDE! Full and wide outside off, Sundar looks to play it but misses. It is outside the tramline. Wide signalled.
Washington Sundar walks in at number 7, replacing Gurkeerat.
18.3KAhmed to SinghMann
OUT! Can this turn the tide of this game? Slower bouncer outside off, Gurkeerat Singh Mann looks to go over point but does not get the elevation. The ball goes straight to Yusuf Pathan who takes an easy catch. End of an excellent innings from Gurkeerat Singh Mann. But unfortunately he too cannot see his side home.
18.2KAhmed to SinghMann
WIDE! Khaleel misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Singh Mann looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
18.1KAhmed to deGrandhomme
Full on off, CdG strokes it to long off for a single.
Khaleel Ahmed is back into the attack.
17.6RKhan to deGrandhomme
The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single. A wicket at last for Rashid but a sorry end to the League stage for him - 4-0-44-1.
17.5RKhan to deGrandhomme
Full and outside off, de Grandhomme looks to drive but misses.
Colin de Grandhomme comes in for the finishing duties.
17.4RKhan to SHetmyer
OUT! Caught! Hetmyer cannot quite finish it off. Outside off, short and turning away, it is the googly which spins away. The West Indian backs away and punches this powerfully over extra cover. But Vijay Shankar is stationed perfectly at the ropes and he takes it easily, but just inside the ropes. The Chinnaswamy gives a standing ovation to Hetmyer. What a knock. 75 from 47 balls. Took the wind out of Hyderabad's sails. Just 12 needed now, from 14 balls.
17.3RKhan to SHetmyer
SIX! This is ending pretty quickly! A short ball, around middle and leg, Hetmyer rocks back and pulls it over long on!
17.2RKhan to SinghMann
Short again on middle, GSM plays it to long on and gets a single.
17.1RKhan to SinghMann
SIX! A flat one now. The crowd is absolutely loving it. Shorter on middle on, Gurkeerat gets on his back foot and flat bats it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
16.6BKumar to SinghMann
Very full outside off, Singh Mann pushes wide of mid off and takes a quick single to keep the strike. Bhuvneshwar Kumar finishes with the figures of 4-0-24-2.
16.5BKumar to SinghMann
Bouncer. It is on middle and leg, Gurkeerat comes in the line and looks to pull it but misses. Saha asks the question but the umpire is unmoved.
16.4BKumar to SHetmyer
Full on off, Hetmyer gets on one knee and smacks it to mid-wicket for a single.
16.3BKumar to SinghMann
Full on middle and leg, Gurkeerat milks it to long and rotates the strike.
16.2BKumar to SHetmyer
Length ball outside off, SH slaps it to long on and gets a single.
16.1BKumar to SinghMann
Good length ball on the pads, Gurkeerat looks to flick it but it goes off his thigh pad to the on side and they get a leg bye.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on. 3-0-20-2 so far.
STRATEGIC BREAK. How many would have imagined that Bangalore would be cruising to victory at 20/3? Certainly not me. But this unbeaten 4th wicket 126-run stand has taken Hyderabad to the cleaners. This is the highest stand for Bangalore this season but sadly, it has come at the very end. The dew is making life difficult for the visitors and with just 30 needed from 24 balls, it is highly likely that the hosts will romp home in the 19th over...
15.7VShankar to SinghMann
Good length ball outside off. GSM plays to point. The fielder there misfields allowing them to get another single. Hyderabad have to improve the fielding here. They have been sloppy to say the least.
STAT ALERT - This century stand between Hetmyer and Gurkeerat is the 200TH HUNDRED STAND in the Indian T20 League! Bangalore have got the most of those - 32. This is also the first century stand for them without either of Kohli or de Villiers since 2013!
15.6VShankar to SinghMann
FOUR! Shorter in length, Singh Mann gets on top of the bounce and pulls it over mid-wicket. The ball bounces higher than the fielder in the deep predicted and it goes for a boundary.
15.5VShankar to SinghMann
FOUR! Fifty for Gurkeerat Singh Mann. What a knock this has been from him. He has been absolutely brilliant. Full ball outside off, Singh Mann squeezes it past point and gets a boundary to reach his second fifty in the League.
15.4VShankar to SHetmyer
In the air but safe. Full outside off, Hetmyer looks to heave it over long off but does not time it well and gets a single.
15.3VShankar to SHetmyer
WIDE! Shankar tries to bowl it full and wide outside off. It is on the wrong side of the tramline. Wide signalled. Shankar is not too pleased.
15.2VShankar to SinghMann
Good length ball on off, Gurkeerat strokes it to long off for a single.