Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    8.2 Smith swings hard and hopes for the best again. This time he has connected well, though, and finds long-on to perfection with a flat hit 52/1
    8.5 Tendulkar is bowled again. Happening too often of late. Short of a length, middle and off, holds its line, beats the open face. Yet another innings at a strike rate of under 100 53/2
    13.1 Pat Cummins is one of the best fielders off his own bowling going around today. Rohit Sharma is cursing out loud, but Cummins has done really well here. Sharma wants a single with the ball on the pitch, and these calls always comes down to if the bowler can cross the batsman first. Cummins does, and because of that Karthik sends Sharma back. What's more? Cummins hits the stumps too. Anyone remember his kick to run an Indian out in the World T20? 75/3
    16.2 Karthik has done a Tendulkar. Think SCG, February 26. Charges down, hits the slower ball to mid-off, Henriques is waiting for the throw at the non-striker's end, thus standing in karthik's way, who tries to run around him. And in these cases, anything that can go wrong does. McCullum's throw hits the stumps direct, and he is not in the crease. Mind you. Henriques's back is to the batsman, and he has no clue where Karthik is running 93/5
    15.5 Pollard is gone. Afraid to say, expectedly so. Nothing pitched up in his half, and sooner than later the edge was going to come. Who would have thought you ever hear that said for a West Indian? Short, well outside off, chest high, he tries to slog it over cow corner, toe-ends it to Haddin 89/4
    17.6 Rayudu goes too. Tries to slog, mis-hits it over mid-off. Smith runs back, takes it over his shoulder. He never looks like dropping that one 102/7
    17.4 short of a length, smashed right down mid-off's throat. Defending champions going out without a win 101/6
    not out
    18.6 what a take from Haddin. That's reminiscent of the man whose keeping stance he copies. Ian Healy won't mind taking such a catch himself. Sharp bouncer, following Malinga all the way, kisses the glove, headed towards fine leg, until Haddin dives full length to catch this behind his body. One handed, and that too with his left 104/8
    not out
    7 (lb 3, w 4)
    124/8 (20 Overs, RR: 6.20)
    Did not bat: MM Patel
    Fall of wickets: 1-52 (DR Smith, 8.2 ov), 2-53 (SR Tendulkar, 8.5 ov), 3-75 (RG Sharma, 13.1 ov), 4-89 (KA Pollard, 15.5 ov), 5-93 (KD Karthik, 16.2 ov), 6-101 (NLTC Perera, 17.4 ov), 7-102 (AT Rayudu, 17.6 ov), 8-104 (SL Malinga, 18.6 ov)
    JR Hazlewood4.002005.00163020
    MA Starc4.003228.00135100
    PJ Cummins4.001624.00142000
    MC Henriques4.002927.2592110
    SNJ O'Keefe3.011605.33101100
    NL McCullum1.00808.0040110

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