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4.6 overs (0 Run) Length ball, around off. Punched to covers by Markram. A top over from Holder, 1 run and two big wickets for him!
4.5 overs (0 Run) OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust and it is now clear, that this pitch is not the easiest to bat on! Length ball, outside off. Mayank Agarwal goes for the booming drive over mid off. But the ball comes off slowly after landing and he gets it as far as mid off. Kane Williamson takes a low catch there and Punjab are in some trouble!
The Protea, Aiden Markram, walks out at Number 4. He will need to drop in a good display for Punjab!
4.4 overs (0 Run) Length ball, on off. Mayank Agarwal blocks it.
4.3 overs (1 Run) Gayle is off the mark! Length ball, on leg. He flicks it past square leg for one.
4.2 overs (0 Run) Full ball, on off. Gayle pushes it to mid off.
4.1 overs (0 Run) OUT! TAKEN! There comes the first wicket and Holder gets rid of the big fish, Rahul! Holder bowls a length ball, on middle. Rahul looks to flick but gets it from the inside half of the bat. The ball goes straight to short mid-wicket and Jagadeesha Suchith (sub) takes an easy catch. Punjab's openers have usually provided them with good starts, but, it was not meant to be on this occasion.
The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle is the new man in!
3.6 overs (1 Run) Back of a length, on off. Rahul heaves it towards deep square leg for one. He does not connect it well and gets it from the inner half of the bat, so, only one is possible. 7 from Sandeep's second over!
Will Sandeep Sharma bowl his third on the trot? Nopes. Jason Holder is into the attack!
3.5 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Hello there! Where did that come from? Full ball, on off. Rahul shuffles across the stumps and then paddles it to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
3.4 overs (2 Runs) Short of a length, outside off. Rahul slices it over cover for a couple.
3.3 overs (0 Run) Length ball, just outside off. Rahul looks to punch it away but gets beaten.
3.2 overs (0 Run) A touch fuller, around leg. Rahul works it towards mid-wicket.
3.1 overs (0 Run) Length ball, outside off. Rahul taps it towards cover with soft hands.
2.6 overs (1 Run) Length ball, on the pads. Rahul flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one.
2.5 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Another edge goes to the boundary! Length ball, outside off. Rahul goes for the drive but gets the outside edge. The ball goes past short third man and runs to the fence.
2.4 overs (0 Run) Play and a miss! Short of a length, outside off. Rahul looks to cut it hard but misses.
2.3 overs (0 Run) Length ball, on off. Rahul punches it but the man at cover dives to stop the ball.
2.2 overs (0 Run) On a length, around off. Rahul blocks it out.
2.1 overs (1 Run) On a length, outside off. Mayank Agarwal pulls it towards long on for a single.
1.6 overs (3 Runs) Great fielding! Length ball, outside off. Mayank Agarwal punches it past point sweetly. Samad chases the ball and puts in a slide to keep the ball in. He saves a run for his side.
1.5 overs (1 Run) Fuller ball, on off. Flicked past square leg for one.
1.4 overs (2 Runs) Length ball, around off. Pushed past point. The man from third man gets across and dives to keep it to a couple.
1.3 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Over the slip fielder! Length ball, outside off. Rahul steps out for the booming drive but gets the outside edge. The ball goes over first slip and runs to the fence.
1.2 overs (0 Run) Back of a length, on off. Rahul stays back and pushes it back to the bowler.
1.1 overs (0 Run) Length ball, lands outside off and shapes away. Rahul goes for the drive but gets beaten!
0.6 over (0 Run) Back of a length, around off. Mayank Agarwal blocks it. Just 3 from the first over.
0.5 over (1 Run) Length ball, outside off. Rahul pushes it past covers for one.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to operate from the other end.
0.4 over (1 Run) Quick run. Length ball, on off. Agarwal pushes it to mid on for a quick single. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
0.3 over (1 Run) Tap and run. Punjab are underway. Length ball, around off. Rahul taps it to cover for a quick single.
0.2 over (0 Run) Short of a length, outside off. Rahul rocks back and punches it to mid off.
0.1 over (0 Run) Sharma lands it on a length, around off and gets it to nip back. Rahul blocks it out with ease.
Let's get going, then. Both umpires make their way out first. The Hyderabad players stride out into the middle now, followed by the openers of Punjab, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Both of them have provided solid starts for Punjab in the past and will be looking to do the same here. Sandeep Sharma to begin proceedings with the new ball. He started in the middle overs in the previous game and will be happy to start things off here. Here he comes...
Punjab (Playing XI) - KL Rahul (C/WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle (In for Fabian Allen), Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi (In for Ishan Porel), Mohammed Shami, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis (In for Adil Rashid).
Hyderabad (Unchanged XI) - David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
KL Rahul, the Punjab skipper, says that he was unsure and was looking to bowl first as well and now, they will look to put up a good target. Tells that there is not much to lose for them and they are keen to get out there and turn it around. Informs that there are 3 changes to their side as Fabian Allen, Ishan Porel, and Adil Rashid miss out and Chris Gayle, Nathan Ellis, and Ravi Bishnoi make their way back into the team. On Gayle being back, Rahul says that they are still trying to find their winning eleven and sometimes it has worked, sometimes it has not, but having someone like Gayle is good for them and he has won a couple of games for them.
Kane Williamson, the skipper of Hyderabad, says they will bowl first as it is a small ground and there is also a chance of dew later on. Says that they are hoping to start well with the ball and get some early wickets. Adds that there are few areas that they want to improve on and it is important to keep coming hard in every match. Signs off by saying that they are unchanged going into this game.
TOSS - We are all in readiness for the flip of the coin. Both the skippers, KL Rahul and Kane Williamson are out in the middle. KL Rahul calls it as tails and it lands heads. HYDERABAD HAVE ELECTED TO BOWL FIRST!
Punjab, on the other hand, have had a similar sort of story and have not flexed their muscles so far in this tournament. They sit in seventh place and have not really put their best foot forward. In the last game too, against Rajasthan, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Only 4 needed off the final over and they just imploded, losing by 2 runs. Rahul's face in the post-match interview told the whole story, really, because this is not the first time that Punjab have failed to win from a position of victory. After that disheartening loss, the boys in Red would be looking to bounce back and add some valuable points to their tally. Let's see if they can step up to the challenge.
Hyderabad have just been a shadow of themselves in this tournament as they are languishing at the bottom of the table and are yet to really display their skills for everyone to see. The door to the playoffs has almost been shut as they will need a monumental effort to make it into the top 4, but, with nothing to lose for the Orange Army, they could really give it their all in the last 6 games and make one final charge.
Hello, folks! A very warm welcome to game number two on this Super Saturday! Hyderabad will be locking horns against Punjab in this clash. Both teams have had a poor tournament so far and if they have real ambitions of making the playoffs, then they will need to string together a bunch of victories starting now. It is said that desperation brings out the best of the best of people and teams at times and right now, these two are in desperate need of a win. Who comes out on top? Time will tell us.