that's it! Praveen bowls another slower one, he gently steers it in front of cover and takes the single
Well this just shows you the immense depth in talent in Australia. Heck, Marsh and Pomersbach still can't make the national team! It's a real treat having them here to show off their talents and credit to Marsh especially for playing another superb innings. Thanks to him, Punjab have notched up their sixth victory.
One suspects the knives will be out in the Bangalore camp. They really don't look like budging from their 8th spot. Even if they win the next five, they will only end up with 14 points, which is what Rajasthan have right now. Stay with us for the post-match presentation.
Here's Dravid: "They played great cricket, restricting us to 140 was a great effort. We kept getting the momentum and losing wickets. We needed 175-180 but we were well short of that. We have to keep raising our game."
Yuvraj: "Big relief after the last game. Great stuff by Marsh and Pomersbach. I thought I hit the ball harder. These shots were something else. This win gives us a lot of confidence."
Shaun Marsh is the Man of the Match: "It's good that me and Luke finished it off. We just got out there and watch the ball. As long as the team wins, it's all that matters. My dad (Geoff) says he has played shots like this but I reckon he didn't!"
Thanks for your company, and the mails! We got plenty bashing the Bangalore camp. Do join us for tomorrow's game between Delhi and Kolkata. Till then, on behalf of Binoy and Raymond, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!
that's a dot ball, a rarity here, Praveen bowls the slow yorker and he can't dig it out
slides on the pads again and he whips it through the line to deep midwicket
full on the pads, he pushes this to long-on
he bludgeons a low full toss and nearly cleans up Zaheer in the process, he just manages to evade it
tries to nudge it down to fine leg, the ball clips his pads and they pick up a legbye
bangs it in short and he plays a short arm pull, he bludgeons it past square leg, he wants to finish this NOW
Marsh now edges this one down towards third man, the fielder at third man slides and initially cuts it off, the ball deflects off his palm and he gathers himself and attempts to pull it back again, he does and throws it back, replays showed the ball just touching the rope on the second attempt
stand and deliver! Zaheer pitches it up outside off and Marsh plays the most elegant of straight drives, the ball hits the meat of the bat and beats mid-off
Zaheer returns for a new spell, he takes a few paces down the track, fails to cover the length of the ball and hence mistimes it to the on side
Srikanth: "Mallaya's investment in this team is running out like beer in hot summer..."
Raghavendra: "We should cut Dravid some slack. Mallya and his CEO have conveniently washed their hands off the matter, and put the blame square on Dravid. Why wasn't Mallya more responsible back then instead of whining now?"
bowls the conventional legbreak, he slides on the pads and he tucks it to mid-on
Kumble bowls a seam-up delivery, the ball comes on straight and Marsh plays the most delicate of late cuts as he glides it to third man
tries to glance it late but he ends up chopping it down to the offside
makes room and slashes it wide of point
shot! He bowls the googly but he takes a few paces down the track, smothers the turn and carts it high over deep square leg
hits a fullish length outside off, he makes room and places it wide of point
sprays that a little too wide outside off, he decides not to chase it
fullish on the pads, he tucks it off his pads and places it wide of square leg
goes for an across the line swipe but he mistimes it to square leg
fullish outside off, he makes room and pushes it to long-off
Over 16 • KXIP 144/1Kings XI won by 9 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)