5th match (N), Bengaluru, Apr 8 2017, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 158)142/9
RCB won by 15 runs
Player Of The Match
69 (37)
end of over 203 runs • 2 wickets
DC: 142/9CRR: 7.10 
Amit Mishra8 (14)
Zaheer Khan1 (1)
Pawan Negi 1-0-3-2
Shane Watson 4-0-21-1

11.45pm This is the first team since 2015 that a team has defended less than 200 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Daredevils have collapsed around Pant's fifty. Amit Mishra gobbled up 14 balls for his eight runs. All the other batsmen needed to do was to give Pant the strike. However, it was not to be.

Watson was brilliant in the slog overs - conceding only seven from his last two overs. Negi, bowling his first over of the season, then shut out his former franchise.

Zaheer: Eight out of ten times we would have got this total. We could not get the partnerships going. The wicket was very good for batting. It is just the beginning of the tournament. We just did not have partnerships. We were going at a good rate, Pant played well, and just needed support at the other end. Pant showed a lot of courage, he has undergone personal trauma, we are all with him. The wicket is a bit on the drier side, and that is one of the reasons 157 was gettable. We have a good balance of fast bowlers and spinners. We also have Jayant sitting on the sidelines.

Watson: It was a great win, to get that score Kedhar did really well. We stepped it up from the first game with the ball and in the field. Kedhar got the momentum going. My gut feeling went with Negi. Pant had not seen him all night. Negi did it against his old team. Chahal has done it for RCB for a long time, he has done it for India as well.

Jadhav, Man of the Match: At the age of 15, I was improvising. Once I got power, I started hitting big shots. I keep all the options open and just react to the ball. I look short but I work hard on my fitness in the gym. When two of your top players [Kohli and de Villiers] are not playing, you need to take responsibility. That is what I wanted to do today. Not just today, I want to do it for the rest of the season.

That is all we have for you from this match. Goodbye and good night. Ciao tomorrow

Negi to Mishra, 1 run

Mishra steps out, this is short on middle, hit to long-on

Negi to Khan, 1 run

99ks length ball, swung away to wide long-on

Mishra-Pant partnership: Mishra - 6 runs, 12 balls (7 dots), Pant - 8 runs, 5 balls

Negi to Mishra, 1 run

short of a length on middle, slugged away to deep midwicket

Negi to Nadeem, OUT

This is a skier and Negi bolts back and takes it himself. Tossed up on middle, Nadeem looks to loft it away but only skews it in the air. Nagi runs back and settles under it near the mid-on region

Shahbaz Nadeem c & b Negi 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Negi to Nadeem, no run

an appeal for a stumping, the TV umpire has been called in. He grounds his back leg. Vinod swipes the bails off but Nadeem is safe. Back of a length and outside off, Nadeem swings and does not connect

Dhaval : "Spare a moment for Pant who has put behind a life crisis and has given his best performance in an effort to win the game for his team. Tells a lot about the character of the young man. Remember Kohli and Sachin had done that in their early days. #Respect"

Negi to Pant, OUT

first-ball wicket. Negi hits the leg stump and the Chinnaswamy raises itself to a huuuuge roar. This is a seam-up fast ball, Pant shuffles across off and goes low for the sweep. Does not get bat onto it. Negi floors the leg stump with this quick fizzer, striking with his first ball of the season against his former team. Credit to Pant too for showing steel and resolve after a personal tragedy

Rishabh Pant b Negi 57 (70m 36b 3x4 4x6) SR: 158.33

Who will bowl the last over. Binny? Abdulla? Negi? DD need 19. Negi to bowl it. This is his first over of the match, against his former franchise

end of over 192 runs
DC: 139/7CRR: 7.31 RRR: 19.00
Amit Mishra6 (12)
Rishabh Pant57 (35)
Shane Watson 4-0-21-1
Tymal Mills 4-0-33-1
Watson to Mishra, no run

what is Mishra trying to do. He shuffles across off and does not connect with a scoop. Watson has conceded just seven from his last two overs

Pant now has a chat with Mishra

Watson to Mishra, no run

back of a length and outside off, Mishra swings wildly, he still can't connect

Watson to Mishra, no run

good length. Shortish and outside off, Mishra cuts and misses

Watson to Pant, 1 run

full and outside off, smacked down to long-on. Binny makes a superb diving save under pressure

Watson to Mishra, 1 run

Mishra gestures he had hit this with the bat. But no inside edge involved. Given as runs. Back of a length and angled in to hit the pad. The tracker shows it would hit middle. Not given

Watson to Mishra, no run

bounces over the stumps. Watson has his hands on his head. Back of a length, swishes and misses


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