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4.6 overs (0 Run)
OUT! CAUGHT! That was not an easy catch but Rashid Khan does so well to get under this one and he has taken a brilliant catch.
4.5 overs (0 Run)
On off, Mandeep pushes this to the point region.
4.4 overs (4 Runs)
FOUR! Misfield and this will fetch a boundary to Punjab! On a good length around off, Mandeep hammers this one towards the deep mid-wicket fence. The fielder runs to his right but fumbles and this will be a boundary.
4.3 overs (2 Runs)
On a good length around off, Mandeep chips this one over the mid off fielder and it lands safe. The batters collect a couple.
4.2 overs (1 Run)
On a good length on middle, Rahul eases this one to the long on region for a single.
4.1 overs (6 Runs)
SIX! WOW! What a beauty of a shot! The sound of bat leaving the ball was poetry! Short of a good length ball around off, Rahul pulls this one hard towards the deep square leg fence for a biggie.
3.6 overs (2 Runs)
IN THE AIR…SAFE! That hung in the air for so long but luckily for Mandeep, it could not be caught. On a fullish length around middle, Mandeep looks to go big and lofts this one down the ground but he does not time it well and it balloons over the long off region. Warner backtracks and tries to scalp this one but he is not able to. Two runs taken.
3.5 overs (1 Run)
Good length around the off pole, Rahul works this to the deep point region for a single.
3.4 overs (4 Runs)
FOUR! Slashed! What a shot by the skipper! Short of a good length ball around middle, Rahul pulls this one fine towards the mid-wicket fence and it will run away to the ropes.
3.3 overs (1 Run)
On a good length around off, Mandeep plays this to the deep point region for one.
3.2 overs (2 Runs)
Back of a length delivery around middle and off, Mandeep pulls this one over the mid-wicket fence but the timing was not the best as the fielder cuts it off. A couple taken.
3.1 overs (1 Run)
Short of a good length ball around off, Rahul works this to the deep point region for a single.
2.6 overs (1 Run)
A single to end the over as Rahul works this to the cover region. The fielder does well to half stop this and Warner cleans up the rest. Another good over for Hyderabad. 4 runs only.
2.5 overs (0 Run)
On off, Rahul cuts this one but finds the man at point.
2.4 overs (3 Runs)
Back of a length ball outside off, Mandeep slashes this one over the cover-point region and the fielder does well to run and drag it behind before it touches the ropes. Three runs collected by the batters.
2.3 overs (0 Run)
Third dot of the over as Singh works this towards the cover fielder.
2.2 overs (0 Run)
Short of a good length outside off, Mandeep works this to the point region and looks for the single but Rahul is quick to send him back to his crease.
2.1 overs (0 Run)
Back of a length delivery outside off, tailing into Mandeep slightly, he pushes it to the cover region.
1.6 overs (0 Run)
A dot to end the over as Rahul drives this one to Rashid at covers. Another good over for Hyderabad. Just 4 runs.
1.5 overs (0 Run)
On off, worked to the off side.
1.4 overs (4 Runs)
EDGY FOUR! First boundary of the innings and it is off the edge but Punjab won’t care! On a good length outside off, Rahul looks to drive but it comes off his outside edge and goes past the ropes at third man for a boundary.
1.3 overs (0 Run)
NOT OUT! KL Rahul survives! What a close call this was! Back of a length ball around off, Rahul taps this towards point and looks for the single. Mandeep sends him back and Rahul runs back into his crease as the throw comes in and the wickets are hit. Replays roll in and KL Rahul’s bat was in. Close call, this.
The third umpire is called into play. A direct hit and was Rahul lazy to get back? Is he short? His body language does not seem the best.
1.2 overs (0 Run)
On a fullish length around off, Rahul plays this towards the cover-point region and Rashid Khan does well to stop this one.
1.1 overs (0 Run)
Back of a length ball around off, Rahul pushes this one towards cover.
Who will bowl from the other end for Hyderabad? Khaleel Ahmed, it is.
0.6 over (1 Run)
Short of a good length around off, moving into the batter, Rahul pushes this towards mid on for a single. A good start by Hyderabad. Just the five runs off this one.
0.5 over (1 Run)
On a good length around off, Singh guides this one to the third man region for a single.
0.4 over (0 Run)
Back of a length ball around off, Mandeep taps it towards point and looks for the single but Rahul sends him back.
0.3 over (2 Runs)
A misfield and the batters will collect a couple! On a good length on middle, Mandeep strides forward and works it towards mid on. Samad misfields there and the batters come back for the second run.
0.2 over (1 Run)
Rahul and Punjab are underway! On a full length around middle, Rahul tucks this towards mid-wicket for a single.
0.1 over (0 Run)
Sandeep starts off with a good length ball around off, nipping into the right-hander, Rahul does well to block this one out.
Right! We are done with all the pre-match formalities as the action is about to begin. The umpires walk out into the middle. The players of Hyderabad walk out to take their respective positions out on the field. The openers of Punjab, KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh make their way out into the middle. A shuffle in the openers for Punjab as Mayank Agarwal misses out. Sandeep Sharma will begin with the ball for Hyderabad. Off we go..
Glenn Maxwell is in for a chat! Starts off by saying that it has been going good for them and that the hard work in the nets is paying off. Adds that things started going their way and T20 cricket can be fickle sometimes and they have started getting those little parts of their game to go their way. Tells that it has been a tough couple of games at the start of the tournament but the way the boys have bounced back have given Punjab a good chance of making the top four. Praises the support staff for keeping the guys calm throughout the tournament.
Punjab (Playing XI) – KL Rahul (C/WK), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh (IN PLACE OF MAYANK AGARWAL), Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Chris Jordan (IN PLACE OF JIMMY NEESHAM), Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.
Hyderabad (Playing XI) – David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed (IN PLACE OF SHAHBAZ NADEEM), Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.
KL Rahul, the captain of Punjab, starts off by saying that he would have bowled first, with the only reason being that they have won batting second in their previous winning games. Adds that the wicket looks good and should not change much. Adds that winning gives the group confidence, especially when they come against the top sides. Says that it is good that different guys have raised their hands and have done well. Tells that they want to focus on this game and play some good cricket. Feels that adding Chris Gayle has come good and that he adds calmness and that winning spirit. Tells that the bowling has come good as well as the middle order have started contributing as well. States that there are two changes as Mayank Agarwal and Jimmy Neesham miss out and Mandeep Singh and Chris Jordan come in.
The skipper of Hyderabad, David Warner, starts off by saying that the last game a little bit of dew came into the end and it got better towards the end. Says that each game presents a new challenge and winning in the previous game gives them some momentum. Hopes that they have found their winning formula and praises his middle order as they played well in the previous game and that they played without risk. States that there is one change as Khaleel Ahmed comes in place of Shahbaz Nadeem.
TOSS – We are all in readiness for the toss. KL Rahul and David Warner are out in the middle for the toss. Up goes the coin and it lands in the favor of Hyderabad. HYDERABAD WILL BOWL FIRST!
Hello and Welcome to the coverage of the second game of this Super Saturday! This game sees Punjab locking horns against Hyderabad. Both these teams are on 8 points and they are both eyeing that fourth position which is up for grabs. This is an important fixture in regard to the fourth place and both these teams will be roaring to go. Punjab are on the back of three great victories against the top 3 sides of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Hyderabad, too are on the back of a victory as Manish Pandey inspired them to a great victory over Rajasthan. A victory here would really help these two teams as they are both in contention for that fourth spot. Who comes out on top? Rahul’s Punjab or Warner’s Hyderabad? Stay tuned for the toss and all the relevant updates.
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