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1.6 overs (1 run)
A single to finish.
1.5 overs (4 runs)
FOUR! Easy picking for Finch. Full on out, he hovers this above the bowler’s head for a boundary.
1.4 overs (0 Run)
Bouncing on top of the stumps, Finch dives and lets it through.
1.3 overs (0 Run)
In the middle, Finch flicks but finds Pooran short mid-wicket. A small fumble by the fielder there prompts Finch for a single. But the fielder recovers and throws the ball back to the striker’s end. Finch decided against the single and came back.
1.2 overs (4 runs)
FOUR STEPS! Bites back a bit, puts Finch and Rahul in. Back of a piece around it, pitches and nips back. Finch is on the court and appears to be playing it, but misses. Rahul, the keeper too. It continues to the fine paw fence for a separation of extras.
1.1 overs (1 run)
Back of a length on off, cut to mid-wicket for a single.
Who will cast on the other side? Mohammed Shami it is.
0.6 over (6 runs)
SIX! Runs maximum! Floating on the pads, Finch goes down and sweeps this up the square leg to the maximum. It was flat.
0.5 more than (0 run)
On the short side on the pads, Finch chips down the track and appears to be working on the leg side. Mist, is hit on the pads. It moves to the side and he says no to Padikkal to run.
0.4 over (1 run)
Padikkal is gone while clamping the flatter ball to the square leg and grabbing one.
0.3 over (0 Run)
All around, fuller, driven to the fixed point.
0.2 more than (0 Run)
Padikkal floats around, gets on the front foot and defends it.
0.1 over (1 run)
Finch is right next to it and so is Bangalore. Right in the middle, he rocks back and taps towards mid-wicket for a single.
All set to start the action! The referees are making their way to the center, but the Punjab players are already on the field taking their respective positions. Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal are the openers for Bangalore. Glenn Maxwell to start the ball for Punjab from around the wicket. Here comes the first pitch …
Punjab (plays XI) – Chris Gayle (INSTEAD OF MUJEEB UR RAHMAN), KL Rahul (WK / C), Mayank Agarwal, Deepak Hooda (INSTEAD OF MANDEEP SINGH), Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin (INSTEAD OF PRABHSIMRAN SINGH).
Bangalore (unchanged play XI) – Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Punjab skipper, KL Rahul admits they were looking for a bat too. Tells the wicket will remain the same and hopes picking up early wickets can put pressure on them. They say they played good cricket but were unable to win and try to do their best. Tells everyone that it is a game for them to win and sees the positive because now they have no choice but to do their best. Informs there are three changes as Mujeeb, Prabhsimran Singh and Mandeep miss the game as the latter was injured yesterday. Adds the Universe Boss coming in along with Murugan Ashwin and Deepak Hooda.
Virat Kohli, the Bangalore skipper, says there was no dew in the last game in the second innings. States that playing 200 games for the same franchise is incredible and is grateful to the franchise. Adds that there is a lot of emotion for the franchise. Says when the team wins it looks good to the captain but credit several individuals for this. Kohli says the bowlers should focus on their skills and not worry too much about size. Declares that that’s the mindset that Bangalore carries. Informs that they enter unaltered.
Toss – Bangalore chooses BAT!
Pitch Report – Murali Kartik is in the middle, along with Kevin Pietersen for the Pitch Report. KP says this is a really good wicket. Will be faster than last night. States generally delayed wickets, but it can still be fast. Pietersen says the batsmen have understood how bowlers will bowl and will refine their plans accordingly. Pietersen remains the first to strike for the captain who wins the toss.
Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, is up for a chat. He says he is looking forward to playing today. Today is the day, let’s see what is happening, he says. Adds that it is disappointing to just sit down and not play. However, the Universe Boss states that everyone wants to see where they are. Says there is no pressure on him and adds fans will be happy to see him. Just another day for Chris Gayle to go out and enjoy, he concludes.
Hello everyone for our coverage of match 31 of the 2020 Indian T20 League. Plenty of entertainment in store. Not just because it’s Sharjah, but because we also have dynamite teams, Punjab and Bangalore, competing there. Yes, the first round goes to Punjab and that was an overwhelming victory. But given the shape Kohli’s men are in, we could expect a reversal of that this time. Shall we do that? Stay tuned to find out …
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