Indian T20 Commentary

Kolkata VS Delhi Cricket Commentary

Match 4128-Sep-2021

127/920.0 oversRun rate: 6.35
VS
130/718.2 oversRun rate: 7.09
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders First innings
Nitish Rana36 | 27)*
Anrich Nortje2.2|0|15|1
418.218.2: Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, FOUR! Bang! Kolkata win by 3 wickets! Superb shot. Back of a length, around off, Nitish Rana goes deep inside the crease and whacks it over backward point. Kagiso Rabada, in the deep, dives across to his left but it beats his attempt and finds the fence.  
018.118.1: Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, Mix-up but no harm done! A bit short and on middle, Nitish works it gently to the leg side and initially looks for a run. Lockie Ferguson responds but is sent back after that. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
18 Overs | Runs : 126/7 | Run rate : 7
017.617.6: Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, OUT! Bowled! Avesh Khan has another. His season is getting better and better. A bit short in length around off, Southee stays back to heave it over the leg side but gets a thick inside edge onto the stumps. 50 wickets in T20s for Avesh Khan and he has a smile on his face. Kolkata need 2 runs to win.
117.517.5: Avesh Khan to Nitish Rana, Pitches it up and around off, Rana pushes it gently to the right of mid off for one. 
117.417.4: Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, Direct hit would have been close. Fuller and on off, Southee drills it to mid off and rushes for a single. Rabada misses his shy at the bowler's end. 3 needed more.
217.317.3: Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, In the air... Safe! Short in length, around off, Southee top-edges his attempted pull to deep square leg. It falls safely, away from the diving attempt of the fielder in the deep and they take two.
017.217.2: Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, Slower one, on a length around off, Tim drags it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
017.117.1: Avesh Khan to Tim Southee, Around off, on a length, Southee closes the face of his bat and pushes it to mid-wicket.
17 Overs | Runs : 122/6 | Run rate : 7.18
016.716.6: Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, Sharp delivery, outside off, Rana pushes and misses. Fine over from Anrich Nortje. 3 from it. 6 needed more for a win. 
016.616.5: Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, OUT! Narine is gone! A needless shot but this is how he bats! Back of a length, outside off, Sunil Narine camps back to smack it through the line but it takes the top edge and flies to extra cover. Axar Patel is underneath it. End of a match-winning knock, possibly.
016.516.4: Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, PANT IN PAIN! Sharp delivery, that's quick. Nortje bowls it with a cross-seam and lands it on a length close to off, Rana tries to cut but misses. It goes to Pant and moves towards his right. He tries to collect it but misses. That brushes his fingertips and deflects away. They cross for a bye. Physio comes out.
016.416.4: Anrich Nortje to Nitish Rana, Wide! An attempted slower one by Anrich. It goes wrong though. Too wide outside off and Rana makes a leave.
116.316.3: Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, Full toss on middle, Narine goes back and hits it to the left of the mid-wicket fielder. They cross for a run.
016.216.2: Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, Another miss! Slower one, on a length and outside off, Narine is very early with the swing of his bat and misses.
016.116.1: Anrich Nortje to Sunil Narine, Swing and a miss! Anrich Nortje fires across a yorker-length delivery outside off, Narine tries to make contact but misses.
16 Overs | Runs : 119/5 | Run rate : 7.44
115.715.6: Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, Slower one probably, shortish and outside off, Narine hits it firmly to covers where the fielder makes a half-stop only. A single to end the over, 21 from it and only 9 needed more.
615.615.5: Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, SIX! Sunil Narine has muscled this one as well. Again the length is on the shorter side, Narine loves it there and spanks it over mid-wicket. One no ball has put off Rabada here.
415.515.4: Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, FOUR! Narine is driving Kolkata home here with his bat. This one is right from the meat of the bat. Slightly short and on middle, Narine clears his front leg and clobbers it over square leg for a boundary.
615.415.3: Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, SIX! Not from the middle of the bat but it has gone the distance. Short and on middle, Narine hangs back to pull but it takes the top edge and flies over fine leg. Lands flush on the rope it seems.
215.315.2: Kagiso Rabada to Sunil Narine, Hammered down the ground! Full toss on middle, Narine smashes it over the bowler's head and collects two.
115.215.2: Kagiso Rabada to Nitish Rana, A low full toss outside off, Rana pushes it through covers for a single. Rabada has overstepped. It's a no ball. Free Hit to follow...
015.115.1: Kagiso Rabada to Nitish Rana, Sharp delivery at 135 clicks, a bit short and around leg, Rana defends it back towards the bowler.
15 Overs | Runs : 98/5 | Run rate : 6.53
114.614.6: Avesh Khan to Nitish Rana, Fuller and outside off, slower in pace, Rana drives it through cover-point for a run. 2 runs and a wicket from the over, 30 needed off 30 balls, exciting stuff!
114.514.5: Avesh Khan to Sunil Narine, Shortish around middle, Narine stays back and guides it to third man for a single.
014.414.4: Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, OUT! SOUND OF TIMBER! Dinesh Karthik runs out of luck. A sequence of dot balls and there is a wicket for Avesh Khan. The slower one does the trick. It's a bit on the shorter side, around off at 126 kph, Karthik stays back inside the crease and tries to run it down to third man. The ball though arrives late, takes the inner portion of his bat and disturbs the stumps behind. This game takes another twist. 32 needed off 32 balls, 5 wickets in the bank for Kolkata.
014.314.3: Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, Khan darts it in, on a fuller length around middle, Karthik shows the full face of the bat and digs it out back to the bowler.
014.214.2: Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, Play and a miss! Short in length, around off, DK stands back and tries to help his pull shot on the leg side but misses.
014.114.1: Avesh Khan to Dinesh Karthik, Karthik almost drags it on! The luck is surely with him at the moment. Avesh bowls it on a length around off, Karthik tries to defend but it takes the bottom edge and goes very closely past the sticks.
14 Overs | Runs : 96/4 | Run rate : 6.86
113.613.6: Lalit Yadav to Dinesh Karthik, Shorter one, around off, DK pulls it in front of square leg for a run. 20 from the over and in the context of this game, it's fatal for Delhi. 32 needed off 36 balls.
413.513.5: Lalit Yadav to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! DK, the master of edges! Gets another boundary for Kolkata. This over has released all the pressure. Quicker one, fired wide outside off, Karthik got back to cut but it took the outside edge and ran away to the third man fence.
113.413.4: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Flatter and on middle, short in length, Nitish goes back and helps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
613.313.3: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, SIX! Rana is targeting Yadav here. Quicker, flatter and fuller on off, Nitish Rana sits down on one knee and smokes it over wide long on for another maximum. 38 needed off 39 balls now.
613.213.2: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, SIX! This will help in bringing down the asking rate that has climbed up in the last few overs. Rana uses his feet to a full ball outside off and launches it behind the bowler's head for a maximum.
213.113.1: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Flatter one, short and around off, Rana goes deep inside the crease and cuts it past backward point for two.
13 Overs | Runs : 76/4 | Run rate : 5.85
012.612.6: Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, Back of a length, on off at 135.7 kph, Karthik is on his toes as he punches it to covers. Two dots to end the over, 52 needed off 42 balls.
012.512.5: Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, Again it's short and sharp around off, at 141 clicks, Karthik pushes inside the line and misses.
412.412.4: Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! Lucky boundary, that helps in calming down the nerves. Short in length and outside off, Karthik flashes his blade at it and edges it down to third man for a boundary.
212.312.3: Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, Good placement from DK!  Pitches it up and around off, Karthik drives it past the left side of mid off and collects a couple of runs.
012.212.2: Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, Fuller and around off, angling in, DK gets forward and defends it back to the bowler.
112.112.1: Kagiso Rabada to Nitish Rana, Back of a length, around leg, Rana tucks it behind square leg for a single.
12 Overs | Runs : 69/4 | Run rate : 5.75
011.611.6: Ravichandran Ashwin to Dinesh Karthik, Another excellent over for Delhi! Loopy ball, around off. Dinesh Karthik blocks it off the front foot. End of Ashwin's fantastic spell, 1/24 in his 4 overs. 59 runs needed from 48 balls.
011.511.5: Ravichandran Ashwin to Dinesh Karthik, Tossed up, around middle and leg. Dinesh Karthik flicks it but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
111.411.4: Ravichandran Ashwin to Nitish Rana, Flatter and quicker, outside off. Nitish Rana eases it down the ground for a single.
111.311.3: Ravichandran Ashwin to Dinesh Karthik, Floated, outside off. Dinesh Karthik presses forward and pushes it to cover-point for a run. He gets off the mark straightaway!
011.211.2: Ravichandran Ashwin to Eoin Morgan, OUT! CAUGHT! Eoin Morgan's poor run of form continues and Ravichandran Ashwin is ecstatic! What a bowler! This one is bowled a shade flatter and shorter around off, the ball lands and straightens as Morgan rocks back to punch it through the line. It takes the outside edge and Lalit Yadav makes no mistake at first slip. Ashwin is running in celebration!
011.111.1: Ravichandran Ashwin to Eoin Morgan, Tossed up, around off. Eoin Morgan stays back to cut but he gets a bottom edge and the ball goes to point.
11 Overs | Runs : 67/3 | Run rate : 6.09
010.610.6: Kagiso Rabada to Shubman Gill, OUT! CAUGHT! A wicket maiden! Rabada has brought Delhi back into this game! What a fine, fine over from him! He serves a slower ball, into the pitch. Gill looks to heave it away but it goes off the top edge and the ball loops up in the air towards long on. Shreyas Iyer settles under it there and gulps it down.
010.510.5: Kagiso Rabada to Shubman Gill, Five dots in a row! Good-length ball, on off. Shubman Gill taps it to backward point and looks for a run but is sent back by Rana.
010.410.4: Kagiso Rabada to Shubman Gill, Excellent bowling! A yorker, around off. Gill digs it out back to the bowler.
010.310.3: Kagiso Rabada to Shubman Gill, Good-length ball, angling in from middle. Gill tucks it to mid-wicket.
010.210.2: Kagiso Rabada to Shubman Gill, Slower and fuller, outside off. Shubman Gill looks to drive but he gets deceived and works it to mid off in the end.
010.110.1: Kagiso Rabada to Shubman Gill, Back of a length, around off. Shubman Gill taps it to backward point.
10 Overs | Runs : 67/2 | Run rate : 6.7
09.69.6: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, A dot to end! Outside off, this is played to point off the outside portion of the bat. 61 needed more at the halfway mark.
29.59.5: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Two more! Slightly shorter in length again and outside off, this is cut through point. Another couple.
09.49.4: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Slower through the air and on off, blocked to the off side.
09.39.3: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Under-edge saves Rana! Quicker through the air, Rana tries to play the reverse sweep but gets an under-edge onto the pads. An appeal but turned down.
29.29.2: Lalit Yadav to Nitish Rana, Two! Shorter and outside off, this one grips off the surface. Spins away. Rana slashes and does so really hard. It goes off the top edge but since he slashed hard, it goes over point for two.
19.19.1: Lalit Yadav to Shubman Gill, Tossed up outside off, this is hit through covers for one.
9 Overs | Runs : 62/2 | Run rate : 6.89
48.68.6: Ravichandran Ashwin to Nitish Rana, FOUR! That releases the pressure if there was any! On the pads, Rana goes down on one knee and sweeps it behind square on the leg side. Boundary. The last ball spoils the over. 66 needed in 66.
18.58.5: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
18.48.4: Ravichandran Ashwin to Nitish Rana, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
18.38.3: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Gill comes down the track and pushes it down to long off for one. He came down to hit the big shot but did not get to the pitch of it.
18.28.2: Ravichandran Ashwin to Nitish Rana, Now plays the paddle sweep, it is more like a paddle scoop towards fine leg for one.
08.18.1: Ravichandran Ashwin to Nitish Rana, Rana looks to play the reverse sweep. This is bowled very slow and down the leg side. Rana misses.
8 Overs | Runs : 54/2 | Run rate : 6.75
07.67.6: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Tries to play the reverse sweep, hits it to the man at point. Just 2 from the over, Delhi need many more of these quiet overs to build the scoreboard pressure.
07.57.5: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Again! Gives it air and lands it on off, it is kept out.
07.47.4: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Angles it into the off pole line, defended.
17.37.3: Axar Patel to Nitish Rana, On middle, this is worked towards square leg for one.
07.27.2: Axar Patel to Nitish Rana, Floats it up on off, Rana blocks.
17.17.1: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, This one stays low! Shorter and outside off, it does not bounce a lot. Gill guides it towards point for one.
7 Overs | Runs : 52/2 | Run rate : 7.43
16.66.6: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Loopy ball, on leg. Shubman Gill flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 8 from the over, 76 needed off 78 balls.
06.56.5: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Floated, around off. Shubman Gill pushes it back to the bowler.
66.46.4: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, SIX! Just over the long on fielder! Tossed up, on off. Shubman Gill looks to slog-sweep but it goes off the toe end of the bat and in the air towards long on. Steven Smith there jumps to take the catch but the ball probably brushes his fingers and goes over the rope.
06.36.3: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, A tad short, outside off. Shubman Gill cuts hard but finds the point fielder. 
06.26.2: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Flatter ball, on off. Shubman Gill pushes it back to the bowler.
16.16.1: Ravichandran Ashwin to Nitish Rana, Tossed up, on middle. Nitish Rana works it to long on for a run.
6 Overs | Runs : 44/2 | Run rate : 7.33
05.65.6: Avesh Khan to Nitish Rana, Sliding down the leg side, Rana tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to short fine leg and they pinch a leg bye. Kolkata are 44/2 at the end of the Powerplay, 84 needed off 84 balls!
05.55.5: Avesh Khan to Rahul Tripathi, OUT! CAUGHT! Avesh Khan is ecstatic. This is another big wicket for Delhi as Rahul Tripathi is an attacking batsman. Clever bowling by Khan. He lets out a slower one on a length outside off, at 123.7 kph. Rahul fails to read the variation and is early into his shot. He chips it tamely to the left of mid off and Steven Smith moves across swiftly to complete the catch. Delhi need to keep taking wickets to stay in the hunt.
15.45.4: Avesh Khan to Shubman Gill, Short and around off, again Shubman Gill walks down the track and pulls it powerfully over mid-wicket. Only a run this time.
15.35.3: Avesh Khan to Rahul Tripathi, Back of a length, around off, Rahul Tripathi punches it on the up to deep cover for one. His intent has been very positive!
15.25.2: Avesh Khan to Shubman Gill, A low full toss outside off, Gill pushes it in the gap at covers for a single.
45.15.1: Avesh Khan to Shubman Gill, FOUR! What a shot! Fancy footwork from Shubman Gill. He runs down the track, the length is short and around off, Gill powers it over mid-wicket for a fantastic boundary. 
5 Overs | Runs : 36/1 | Run rate : 7.2
24.64.6: Lalit Yadav to Rahul Tripathi, On middle and leg, Rahul Tripathi tucks it through square leg and returns for the second run. Good calling by Gill.
04.54.5: Lalit Yadav to Rahul Tripathi, Flatter and shorter outside off, Rahul plays it late but finds point.
64.44.4: Lalit Yadav to Rahul Tripathi, SIX! Wow, that's some way to open your account. Lalit Yadav is on the shorter side around off, Rahul Tripathi goes on the back foot and hammers his pull shot over mid-wicket. He knocked the stitches out of this one!
04.34.3: Lalit Yadav to Venkatesh Iyer, OUT! BOWLED! Lalit Yadav strikes. He fires it in from wide of the crease, a touch short and on middle at 97 clicks, Venkatesh Iyer hangs back inside the crease and tries to whip it across the line. He misses and possibly the ball deflects off his pads to the stumps. A big wicket for Delhi as Iyer has been in scintillating form of late. 100 needed off 93 balls.
14.24.2: Lalit Yadav to Shubman Gill, Flatter and quicker on off, Shubman Gill hits it firmly down to long on for a run.
14.14.1: Lalit Yadav to Venkatesh Iyer, Nearly drags it on! Lalit Yadav digs it in short around off, Venkatesh Iyer tries to pull but it takes the inner edge and goes through his legs. It's wide of short fine leg and they cross.
4 Overs | Runs : 26/0 | Run rate : 6.5
13.63.6: Axar Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, Iyer uses his feet. Comes down the track to a full ball and strokes it towards long off for one. 4 from the over!
13.53.5: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Full and around off, Gill eases it down to long off to rotate the strike.
03.43.4: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Full and on off, defended back to the bowler off the front foot.
13.33.3: Axar Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, Flatter and a touch shorter on off, Venkatesh Iyer hangs back and heaves it down to deep mid-wicket for one.
03.23.2: Axar Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, A big shot attempted by Iyer but he has not connected. Fuller and quicker outside off, Venkatesh Iyer tries to play the slog-sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. The impact was outside off.
13.13.1: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Flighted one, full and around off, Shubman walks down the track and drives it through mid off for a single.
3 Overs | Runs : 22/0 | Run rate : 7.33
02.72.6: Ravichandran Ashwin to Venkatesh Iyer, Fullish and just outside off, Venkatesh Iyer again attempts for the reverse sweep but misses. He is hit on the pads, a stifled appeal from Pant but nothing doing.
22.62.5: Ravichandran Ashwin to Venkatesh Iyer, Loopy and around off, Iyer skips down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
02.52.5: Ravichandran Ashwin to Venkatesh Iyer, Wide! Skidding down the leg side, Iyer tries to work it around but misses.
02.42.4: Ravichandran Ashwin to Venkatesh Iyer, Swing and a miss! Tossed up, around off and spinning away, Venkatesh Iyer tries to play the reverse-batted shot over point but fails to connect.
12.32.3: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Walks down the track and eases it to the left side of the mid off fielder for a single.
12.22.2: Ravichandran Ashwin to Venkatesh Iyer, Uppish but safe! Floated and full around middle and off, Venkatesh Iyer probably looked to go over covers but checks his shot at the last moment. He chips it down towards long off for a single.
12.12.1: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Fuller and on off, Shubman Gill closes the face of the bat and works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
2 Overs | Runs : 16/0 | Run rate : 8
01.61.6: Axar Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, Quicker one, full and on off, Iyer drives it to mid off. 16 without loss at the end of the second over.
11.51.5: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Arm ball, around middle, Shubman Gill nudges it off his pads to mid-wicket for a single.
01.41.4: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Flat and full again, once more Gill strokes it to covers.
01.31.3: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Quicker and fuller on off, pushed to covers.
61.21.2: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, SIX! Boom! Shubman Gill has shown great intent in the second half of the season. Fuller one, on middle and off, Shubman Gill advances down the track and towers it behind the bowler's head for a biggie.
01.11.1: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Fires it full and on off, Gill drives it back to the bowler.
1 Overs | Runs : 9/0 | Run rate : 9
00.60.6: Anrich Nortje to Venkatesh Iyer, Swing and a miss! Nortje bowls the slower one, on a length around middle at 127 clicks, Venkatesh Iyer dances down the track to heave it over the leg side but misses. It flies over the stumps to the keeper.
40.50.5: Anrich Nortje to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! Venkatesh Iyer is fighting fire with fire. Anrich Nortje goes shortish, around middle at 141 kph, Iyer goes back and pulls it in front of square leg for a boundary.
40.40.4: Anrich Nortje to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! Venkatesh Iyer pierces the gap on this occasion. Anrich Nortje pitches it up and around off, at 147.6 kph, Iyer stands tall inside the crease and drills his drive through covers.
00.30.3: Anrich Nortje to Venkatesh Iyer, Two dots! On a length, around off, punched from the crease to covers.
00.20.2: Anrich Nortje to Venkatesh Iyer, Angling away from the batsman, on a length and outside off at 139 kph, Venkatesh Iyer drives but finds the fielder at extra cover.
10.10.1: Anrich Nortje to Shubman Gill, Slightly short, around off at 143 kph, Shubman Gill stands back and plays it down with soft hands towards mid on. He steals a run to open his account.
Delhi Capitals First innings
Kagiso Rabada0 | 1)*
Avesh Khan(5 | 3)
Tim Southee4|0|29|1
019.719.6: Tim Southee to Kagiso Rabada, OUT! RUN OUT! And Delhi finish without hitting a single six in their innings! Slower ball, outside off. Kagiso Rabada looks to slog but he misses. The batters look to sneak in a bye but Dinesh Karthik is alert behind the sticks as he has a shy at his end. Avesh Khan is short of his crease and he sacrifices his wicket on the last ball of the innings. Delhi end with 127/9.
119.619.5: Tim Southee to Avesh Khan, Slower ball, on a length, around middle. Avesh Khan hits it in front of square on the leg side for a run.
419.519.4: Tim Southee to Avesh Khan, FOUR! DROPPED! Shubman Gill has dropped a sitter at deep mid-wicket. Length ball, around off. Avesh Khan heaves it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket. Shubman Gill there, settles under it but he makes a mess of it and the ball goes into the fence.
019.419.3: Tim Southee to Avesh Khan, Play and a miss! Length ball, outside off. Avesh Khan swings hard but he misses.
119.319.2: Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, OUT! RUN OUT! Oh, no! Delhi's skipper has to walk back now! Full ball, around off. Rishabh Pant drags it to deep mid-wicket. He charges for the second run. Karun Nair (sub) is there in the deep who runs across and throws it back to Dinesh Karthik who whips the bails off in a flash. Rishabh Pant is well short of his crease in the replays and he departs.
019.219.2: Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, Wide! Southee spills this one down leg. Pant shuffles across late to whip it but he leaves it in the end. Wide called by the umpire.
019.119.1: Tim Southee to Ravichandran Ashwin, OUT! TAKEN! Ravichandran Ashwin departs! A slower ball, on a length, outside off. Ravichandran Ashwin looks to pull but he miscues it in the air towards deep square leg. Nitish Rana runs forward and takes an easy catch. A heated conversation between Southee and Ashwin. Verbal volleys thrown. Dinesh Karthik intervenes and calms down Ashwin. Maybe, the talk was regarding that extra run which Delhi took on the last ball after it deflected off Pant's body.
19 Overs | Runs : 120/7 | Run rate : 6.32
218.618.6: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, A yorker, around off. Rishabh Pant digs it out to point. The batsmen cross as the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end. It deflects off Pant's body and they collect another run.
218.518.5: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Full ball, on off. Rishabh Pant drills it to long on and Ravichandran Ashwin looks to take another run. The throw comes in to Venkatesh Iyer but he fails to collect it cleanly and Ashwin survives.
118.418.4: Venkatesh Iyer to Ravichandran Ashwin, Length ball, on off, Ravichandran Ashwin lofts it to long on, on the bounce. Ben Cutting (sub) comes running in and keeps it to one.
118.318.3: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Full-length ball, on leg. Rishabh Pant drags it to deep mid-wicket for a run. Rishabh Pant has now surpassed Virender Sehwag to become the leading run-scorer for Delhi in the Indian T20 League.
018.218.2: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, A yorker, around off. Rishabh Pant digs it out back to the bowler.
418.118.1: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! A juicy full toss, on off, Rishabh Pant drills it to the right of long off. Ben Cutting (sub for Lockie Ferguson) fumbles and concedes a boundary.
18 Overs | Runs : 110/6 | Run rate : 6.11
117.617.6: Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, Full-length ball, on middle. Rishabh Pant drags his heave wide of long on for a single.
417.517.5: Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Finally, he gets hold of this one! Full ball, outside off. Rishabh Pant clears his front leg and carves it over extra cover for a boundary.
117.417.4: Tim Southee to Ravichandran Ashwin, Slower ball, on a length, outside off. Ravichandran Ashwin punches it to deep cover for a run.
117.317.3: Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, A yorker-length ball, on off. Rishabh Pant digs it out to the right of Tim Southee who runs and keeps it to one.
017.217.2: Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, Full ball, outside off. Pant gets low and looks to reverse-paddle Southee over short third man but he fails to get any bat on it.
117.117.1: Tim Southee to Ravichandran Ashwin, Good-length ball, on leg. Ravichandran Ashwin turns it to deep square leg for one.
17 Overs | Runs : 102/6 | Run rate : 6
016.616.6: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, NOT OUT! Flatter and quicker, outside off. Pant stays back to cut but he misses. Varun Chakravarthy and Dinesh Karthik think that Pant has nicked it and they ask Morgan to take the review! The UltraEdge shows that there was no bat involved and Rishabh Pant is safe. Kolkata lose their review.
116.516.5: Varun Chakravarthy to Ravichandran Ashwin, Flatter ball, on off. Ravichandran Ashwin stays back and works it to long on for a run.
116.416.4: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, Tossed up, on off. Rishabh Pant plays the reverse sweep but he finds the deep point fielder. A single taken.
016.316.3: Varun Chakravarthy to Ravichandran Ashwin, Leg bye! Delhi bring up their 100! Flatter ball, on leg. Ashwin misses his nudge and the ball rolls away. They sneak in a leg bye! 
116.216.2: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, Off the edge but only a run! Pant comes down the track but Varun shortens the length. Pant still swings but the ball spins away a touch. It goes off the outside edge towards short third man for one.
016.116.1: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, What happened there? Looked funny but that could have been dangerous. Tossed up, outside off. Rishabh Pant looks to smash it across the line but only manages to get it away off the toe end of the bat. It drops near the popping crease and rolls behind. Dinesh Karthik walks forward a bit as Pant swings his bat behind to stop the ball from going to the stumps. DK has a narrow escape as Pant's bat missed the grill of Karthik's helmet by a whisker. Both the players see the funny side of that. All good!
16 Overs | Runs : 98/6 | Run rate : 6.13
415.815.6: Venkatesh Iyer to Ravichandran Ashwin, FOUR! A welcome boundary for Delhi, courtesy of some clever batting from Ashwin. Back of a length, around off. Ashwin stays back and just runs it down late. Tim Southee at short third man dives to his left but the ball goes past him and into the fence.
115.715.5: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Full ball, outside off. Rishabh Pant drags it to long on for a single. 
115.615.4: Venkatesh Iyer to Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashwin is off the mark! Good-length ball, on off. Ashwin taps it to sweeper cover for a run.
015.515.3: Venkatesh Iyer to Axar Patel, OUT! CAUGHT! Another one bites the dust! Delhi are in deep trouble now! Full ball, around middle and leg. Axar Patel looks to whip it on the leg side but he hits it straight to Lockie Ferguson at mid-wicket who takes a good catch, diving across to his left. Venkatesh Iyer has two wickets now, impressing with the ball as well.
015.415.3: Venkatesh Iyer to Axar Patel, Wide! Too wide and full, outside off. Axar leaves it alone. Wided!
015.315.2: Venkatesh Iyer to Axar Patel, Well bowled! A yorker-length ball, on off. Axar Patel digs it out back to the bowler.
015.215.2: Venkatesh Iyer to Axar Patel, Wide! Venkatesh Iyer sprays it down leg. Axar Patel lets it be. Wide called by the umpire.
115.115.1: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Full ball, around off. Pant gets low and whips it to deep square leg for just a single.
15 Overs | Runs : 89/5 | Run rate : 5.93
014.614.6: Sunil Narine to Axar Patel, Make that 5 dots! Just a run and a wicket from Narine's last! End of a brilliant spell from him. 4-0-18-2 are his figures. On off, quicker, this is pushed to covers.
014.514.5: Sunil Narine to Axar Patel, Make that 4 dots in a row! Outside off, Patel guides it to point.
014.414.4: Sunil Narine to Axar Patel, On the pads, Patel works it towards mid-wicket for no runs.
014.314.3: Sunil Narine to Lalit Yadav, OUT! LBW! That was as plumb as it gets! Lalit Yadav was in fact walking off even before the finger was raised. Brilliant from Narine. The last one spun away, this time he lands it on off and gets it to skid on straight from there. Yadav looks to work it on the leg side but misses and then gets hit on the pads. An appeal and the finger is raised. Half the side back in the hut for Delhi even before the 15th over is completed.
014.214.2: Sunil Narine to Lalit Yadav, That is a beauty! Yadav had no idea where this one was spinning! It lands on off and then spins away. Yadav looks to defend but is beaten.
114.114.1: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Tossed up outside off, it is dragged through mid-wicket for one.
14 Overs | Runs : 88/4 | Run rate : 6.29
013.613.6: Venkatesh Iyer to Lalit Yadav, Good length and on off, Yadav solidly defends it. So that is a tremendous comeback after going for a boundary earlier on in the over.
013.513.5: Venkatesh Iyer to Shimron Hetmyer, OUT! TAKEN! The dangerous Hetmyer walks back without hurting Kolkata! So what seemed like a risky move on the very first ball of this over has turned out to be a masterstroke. We all saw in Delhi's last game how Hetmyer can hit it long but he does not last for long in the middle this time. This was there to be hit though. On a length and outside off, at 127.4 kph, Hetmyer slaps it down the ground but does not get the desired elevation and holes out to Southee there.
113.413.4: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Just the one again! A low full toss on the pads, Pant swings, he gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball rolls on the leg side. A single taken.
113.313.3: Venkatesh Iyer to Shimron Hetmyer, Just the one! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
113.213.2: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Pant wants two but it is only one. Fuller and on middle, Pant swings, it goes more off the inner half towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder runs in quickly and keeps it down to one.
413.113.1: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Just over! Welcome boundary! Not sure if this is the right move. He did bowl a good first over but a second over was always going to be a risk and it has not started well. Full and outside off, Pant looks to go over covers and bags a boundary. Can this break the shackles for Delhi?
13 Overs | Runs : 81/3 | Run rate : 6.23
112.612.6: Lockie Ferguson to Rishabh Pant, Bowls the wide yorker, Pant jams it through covers for one. Back-to-back excellent overs for Kolkata.
112.512.5: Lockie Ferguson to Shimron Hetmyer, Just the one this time! Outside off, this is guided through backward point for one.
012.412.4: Lockie Ferguson to Shimron Hetmyer, Goes fuller and on off, Hetmyer drives it nicely but to covers.
212.312.3: Lockie Ferguson to Shimron Hetmyer, Two more and Hetmyer is off the mark! Outside off, he guides it through point for a couple of runs.
012.212.2: Lockie Ferguson to Steven Smith, OUT! TIMBER! The well-set Steven Smith is now a goner! The seam-up ball does the trick for Ferguson. Brilliant. The last one was really slow and this one is nice and fast. It is on a length and angling into the batsman. Smith swings across the line but gets an inside edge onto the leg pole. Timely wicket as Delhi would have wanted to up the ante now. Ferguson gets his second. He has been really good so far.
012.112.1: Lockie Ferguson to Steven Smith, Smith is down! That might have hurt! Smith looks to play the paddle scoop by shuffling right outside off. Ferguson bowls a clever slower dipping full toss. It goes off the under-edge and then hits Smith near the box. He takes a moment for himself and rightly so. Seems fine now.
12 Overs | Runs : 77/2 | Run rate : 6.42
111.611.6: Venkatesh Iyer to Steven Smith, He does, just the 4 runs from the over. A low full toss on middle, this is whipped through mid-wicket for one. Morgan will be delighted with that effort.
011.511.5: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, 3 from 5 now! Seam-up delivery angled into the pads, Pant swings but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side for one. Leg bye. Can Venkatesh Iyer end it well?
111.411.4: Venkatesh Iyer to Steven Smith, Just the two from the first 4 balls! Another slower one outside off, Smith gently strokes it through covers for one.
011.311.3: Venkatesh Iyer to Steven Smith, Really good from Iyer! This is a yorker-length ball outside off, it is guided to point. Another dot.
111.211.2: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Goes fuller again and just outside off, this is guided to point for only one.
011.111.1: Venkatesh Iyer to Rishabh Pant, Big confusion but safe! A good slower one to begin with. Pant does not pick it, he is way too early into the swing of his bat, it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg. Narine makes a tumbling stop. Smith is halfway down the track but is sent back. Narine realized late where he needed to throw it and hence, Smith makes it back in.
11 Overs | Runs : 73/2 | Run rate : 6.64
110.610.6: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, That is really good from Narine! On middle, Pant works it towards mid-wicket. The batters run the first one quickly. Narine too rushes towards the ball and keeps it to one. 21 runs after the break, Delhi showing better intent.
110.510.5: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, Yet another single! On middle, this is worked to square leg. A run is taken. Smith thought of a second but it was not on.
110.410.4: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Angled into the middle pole, Pant works it through mid-wicket and takes one.
110.310.3: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, Now takes one as he works it through mid-wicket for one. Good batting.
410.210.2: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, FOUR! Finds the gap! Smith is getting a move on now. Slightly fuller this time and on middle, Smith plays the sweep, he hits it hard and wide of deep mid-wicket for another boundary. His third in the last 8 balls of the inninngs.
110.110.1: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Flatter and on off, Pant pushes it down with the angle to long on for one.
10 Overs | Runs : 64/2 | Run rate : 6.4
09.69.6: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Nicely tossed up, outside off. Steven Smith reaches out and taps it to backward point. A dot ball to finish a 12-run over.
19.59.5: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, A tad short, outside off. Rishabh Pant hangs back and cuts it to sweeper cover for a run.
29.49.4: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, Good running again, from these two! Floated, around leg. Rishabh Pant turns it wide of the deep mid-wicket fielder for a couple of runs.
19.39.3: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Tossed up, on middle, Steven Smith whips it off his pads to deep mid-wicket for a single.
49.29.2: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Flatter ball, outside off. Steven Smith rocks back and cuts it past point for a boundary. It seems that the message is clear to Smith, Delhi want him to score quickly.
49.19.1: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, FOUR! Nicely done! Varun strays on the pads. Smith tickles it towards fine leg for a boundary. The fielder at short fine dives to stop the ball but it beats him.
9 Overs | Runs : 52/2 | Run rate : 5.78
08.68.6: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Play and a miss! Narine serves a quicker ball, on a length, outside off. Rishabh Pant rocks back to cut but he misses.
18.58.5: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, Floated, around middle and leg. Steven Smith works it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Pant runs to take one more but is sent back by Smith.
08.48.4: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, Narine sees Smith advancing down the track, he drags his length back and serves a flatter ball, outside off. Smith tries to block it out but misses. He is struck on the pads, his second line of defense.
18.38.3: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Tossed up, around off, Rishabh Pant looks to sweep but he miscues it behind square for a single.
18.28.2: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, 50 up for Delhi! Flatter and around middle, Smith eases this one to long on for a run.
28.18.1: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, Excellent running! Tossed up, around middle. Steven Smith stays back and turns it wide of long on for a couple of runs.
8 Overs | Runs : 47/2 | Run rate : 5.88
17.67.6: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Flatter and quicker, around middle, Steven Smith slogs it over mid-wicket. It goes on one bounce to the fielder again. 5 runs off the over!
17.57.5: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, Nicely tossed up, outside off. Rishabh Pant gets down on one knee but mistimes his heave to long on, on the bounce. A single taken.
17.47.4: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Flighted ball, down leg. Smith works it behind square to rotate the strike.
17.37.3: Varun Chakravarthy to Rishabh Pant, Varun errs in length and serves a full toss, on middle. Rishabh Pant works it to long on for one.
17.27.2: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Flatter ball, on middle. Smith flicks it to deep square leg for an easy single.
07.17.1: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Tossed up, around off. Steven Smith presses forward and defends it to covers.
7 Overs | Runs : 42/2 | Run rate : 6
06.66.6: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Quicker ball, on off. Pant defends it out watchfully off the back foot. Excellent over from Sunil Narine!
06.56.5: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Flatter and quicker, around off. Rishabh Pant stays back and blocks it out back to the bowler.
16.46.4: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, Loopy ball, on a length, around middle. Steven Smith whips it to the leg side to collect a run.
16.36.3: Sunil Narine to Rishabh Pant, Flatter ball, on off. Rishabh Pant pushes it to covers for a single. He gets off the mark!
06.26.2: Sunil Narine to Shreyas Iyer, OUT! BOWLED! Drift and turn, what a special delivery! The mystery spinner strikes straightaway! Huge wicket this for Kolkata as they get to see the back of Iyer early. Floated, outside off, turning in sharply. Iyer gets deceived by the turn and plays a nothing shot in the end. The ball sneaks through and crashes onto the stumps. Shreyas has a confused look on his face, he got comprehensively beaten there, was neither fully forward nor back enough to deal with that gem of a delivery.
16.16.1: Sunil Narine to Steven Smith, Narine starts with a flatter ball, on off. Steven Smith hangs back and works it to long on for a run.
6 Overs | Runs : 39/1 | Run rate : 6.5
05.75.6: Varun Chakravarthy to Shreyas Iyer, Flighted and outside off, Shreyas hits it firmly through the line but finds the point fielder. At the end of the Powerplay, Delhi are 39/1.
15.65.5: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Quicker this time, a bit short and around leg at 100.4 kph, Smith pushes it to long on for a run.
15.55.4: Varun Chakravarthy to Shreyas Iyer, The line drifts to outside off, Shreyas gets forward with an angled bat and pushes it towards cover-point for a run.
05.45.3: Varun Chakravarthy to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy and on off, fuller in length again, Shreyas defends it to the off side.
05.35.2: Varun Chakravarthy to Shreyas Iyer, Full and floated on off, Shreyas presses forward and pushes it to covers.
05.25.2: Varun Chakravarthy to Shreyas Iyer, Wide! Wrong line from Varun Chakravarthy. A touch short but down the leg side, Iyer tries to pull but misses. 
15.15.1: Varun Chakravarthy to Steven Smith, Tossed up, around off, Smith knocks it down to long on and takes a single.
5 Overs | Runs : 35/1 | Run rate : 7
04.64.6: Lockie Ferguson to Shikhar Dhawan, OUT! Caught at point! Lockie Ferguson takes down the big fish. The Kiwi dishes out another short delivery, it's outside off at 141.9 kph, Dhawan throws his bat at it as he attempts to cut it through the line. He does that well but fails to keep it down. Venkatesh Iyer stretches his hands out to his left and takes an easy catch. A big blow to Delhi as their in-form batsman departs.
04.54.5: Lockie Ferguson to Shikhar Dhawan, Play and a miss! Pacy delivery. A touch short and outside off at 144 kph, Dhawan stands back to hammer it through the line but misses.
04.44.4: Lockie Ferguson to Shikhar Dhawan, Lockie switches 'round the wicket for the left-hander. Delivers it short and outside off, Dhawan cuts but finds the point fielder.
14.34.3: Lockie Ferguson to Steven Smith, On a length, around off, Smith walks across and works it behind square leg for a single.
44.24.2: Lockie Ferguson to Steven Smith, FOUR! Stylish! Ferguson angles in a length ball around off, Smith leans across a bit and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
14.14.1: Lockie Ferguson to Shikhar Dhawan, Fuller in length and outside off, Dhawan goes hard at it and inside-edges it towards mid-wicket. They cross for a quick run.
4 Overs | Runs : 29/0 | Run rate : 7.25
13.63.6: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, Short in length, wide outside off, Dhawan flat-bats it through backward point for a single.
03.53.5: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, NOT OUT! Southee angles it in, on a length around middle, Dhawan stays back to work it across the line but misses. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal but the finger stays down. Morgan has a word with his players before taking the review. UltraEdge takes some time to load. It comes on eventually. No bat involved. Ball Tracker shows that it's clipping the top of the leg stump. Umpire's call.
43.43.4: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Dhawan is looking in fine touch! He advances down the track to a length ball around off and spanks it past the cover fielder for a boundary. That went to the fence in a flash.
13.33.3: Tim Southee to Steven Smith, Fuller in length, around off, Smith flicks it firmly to deep square leg for a single.
13.23.2: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, Identical to the last delivery, short and a tad wide outside off, Dhawan cuts it to deep point for a single.
03.13.1: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, Play and a miss! Slightly short and outside off, Dhawan stays back to cut but fails to connect.
3 Overs | Runs : 22/0 | Run rate : 7.33
02.62.6: Sandeep Warrier to Steven Smith, Beaten on the drive! Excellent delivery from Sandeep. Lands it full and outside off, enticing the drive from Smith but it straightens to beat the outside edge. 10 from the over!
02.52.5: Sandeep Warrier to Steven Smith, Swing and a miss! There is no need for Smith to do this. On a length and outside off, Smith attempts for a cross-batted heave but fails to connect.
12.42.4: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, Smart batting. Two boundaries and now a single for Dhawan. Shortish and outside off, Dhawan plays it down towards point for a single.
42.32.3: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! More runs, this one is a bit whippy from Dhawan. It's overpitched and around middle, Dhawan latches onto it and smacks it to the deep square leg fence.
42.22.2: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Easy pickings! Operating from 'round the wicket angle, Warrier cannot afford to get too straight with his line. It's full and on middle, Dhawan uses the angle to his advantage and flicks it easily through mid-wicket.
12.12.1: Sandeep Warrier to Steven Smith, On a good length, around off, Smith tucks it through square leg and picks up a single.
2 Overs | Runs : 12/0 | Run rate : 6
01.61.6: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, Southee switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on off, Dhawan defends it from the crease. 
01.51.5: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, Good stop! On a length around off, Dhawan shimmies down the track and smashes it down to mid off. The fielder there is alert and makes a fine stop.
41.41.4: Tim Southee to Shikhar Dhawan, EDGY FOUR! Southee angles across a delivery around off, on a fuller length, Dhawan tries to force it through the line but it takes the outer edge and runs wide of short third man for a boundary.
11.31.3: Tim Southee to Steven Smith, Tap and run. Around off, on a length, Smith drops it down with soft hands to cover-point and pinches a single.
01.21.2: Tim Southee to Steven Smith, Another delivery, full, around middle, Smith helps it off his pads but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
21.11.1: Tim Southee to Steven Smith, Southee starts by angling in a full ball around off, Smith walks across and nudges it to the right of mid on for a couple of runs.
1 Overs | Runs : 5/0 | Run rate : 5
00.60.6: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, Fuller and around leg, Dhawan bunts it down towards mid on. Smith looks for a run but it's a big no from Dhawan. 5 coming from the opening over!
40.50.5: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Dhawan is off the mark. Sandeep Warrier serves a friendly full toss on middle, Dhawan is not going to miss out on that. He picks it up, uses his wrists well and places his shot behind square leg for a boundary, first of the match.
00.40.4: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, Sandeep Warrier goes fuller this time, it's on middle and Dhawan drives it back to the bowler.
00.30.3: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, Short again, this time outside off, Dhawan rocks back to cut but fails to middle his shot. It takes the bottom half of the blade and rolls behind point. The slip fielder rushes ahead to pick up the ball.
00.20.2: Sandeep Warrier to Shikhar Dhawan, Back of a length, around leg, Dhawan tries to work it around but misses. It takes his thigh pad and falls near the pitch. Smith eyes a leg bye but is sent back.
10.10.1: Sandeep Warrier to Steven Smith, Trademark shuffle across the stumps from Steven Smith. He works a fuller delivery behind square leg and opens his account with a single.
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