20:08 IST: 1.5: Al Hasan to V Kohli, 1 run.
20:07 IST: 1.4: Al Hasan to de Villiers, 1 run.
20:07 IST: 1.3: Al Hasan to de Villiers, No run.
20:06 IST: 1.2: Al Hasan to de Villiers, FOUR.
20:06 IST: 1.1: Al Hasan to de Villiers, FOUR.
20:05 IST: Shakib Al Hasan to share the new ball from the other end. Meanwhile, AB de Villiers, who is playing his 250th T20 game comes out to bat. Gets a grand reception as well.
Batsman Parthiv Patel1(4b 0*4 0*6)
Bowler Sandeep Sharma 1-0-6-1
20:04 IST: 0.6: S Sharma to P Patel, OUT! Sharma draws first blood! Parthiv was lucky first ball but he departs on the last one. Shortish ball on off, Patel swivels across and goes for the big pull but gets a top edge towards third man. Kaul runs to his right and takes a well-judged catch. End of an eventful over.
20:03 IST: 0.5: S Sharma to V Kohli, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. One run added to the total.
20:02 IST: 0.4: S Sharma to V Kohli, FOUR! The skipper is oozing with confidence! He is continuing his sublime form. Fuller in length around off, Kohli walks ahead and caresses it past mid off for a boundary.
20:02 IST: 0.3: S Sharma to P Patel, That is a rarity! Hyderbarad will be thanking the umpire as he has saved three. Straying on the pads, Parthiv whips it beautifully towards the square leg umpire who tries to get out of the way but is hit on the leg. Ouch! A run taken.
20:01 IST: 0.2: S Sharma to P Patel, Very full on middle and leg, clipped nicely to the man at mid-wicket.
20:01 IST: 0.1: S Sharma to P Patel, Dropped! Action straightaway! Poor from the fielder! Starts off with a length ball on middle and off, shaping away. Patel pushes it with minimal foot movement towards short cover. Deepak Hooda stationed there dives lazily to his right and makes a mess of a reasonable easy catch. Might prove to be costly.
19:57 IST: We are set to get rolling. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel to open the batting for Bangalore. The Chinnaswamy crowd is up and buzzing. Sandeep Sharma to begin the proceedings with the ball. A wide slip in place. Here we go…
19:43 IST: Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli, says that they would have bowled as well but it is not a bad thing to bat first. States that it will give them freedom to play in the first half and test the opposition batting later on. Feels that the key is to enjoy themselves. Expresses that it has been a great experience to play with his boys. Informs that they have won their last two games and are playing with the same eleven.
19:42 IST: Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson, says that they will bowl first. Mentions it is difficult to predict the track and they want to try and make use of it with the ball first. Announces there is one change – Basil Thampi comes in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ends by saying that there has been a lot of workload and they want to manage that.
19:41 IST: TOSS – Kane Williamson calls it tails and tails it is. Hyderabad opt to field first.
19:40 IST: Pitch Report – Michael Clarke says that the track looks very dry but it is hard as well. Adds that you can expect some spin with the brand new ball. Reckons that a score of around 180 will be a good one. Mentions that the ground is small and the outfield is fast and hence, the captain who wins the toss should opt to field first.
19:39 IST: On the other hand, Hyderabad, the defending champions, are dominating the proceedings. Their coach, Tom Moody, said that they don’t want to tinker with the settled combination. The only thing that the visitors need to be wary of is complacency. Kane Williamson has been sensational throughout and wouldn’t want a drop in intensity from his troops. They are a formidable unit and will be aiming to continue their form. Expect a cracker!
19:39 IST: Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of match 51 between Bangalore and Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The Indian T20 League is wide open and there is still a lot of suspense lingering around. Bangalore have gained some acceleration for the first time this season and they really needed it as the remaining two league games are do-or-die for them. Virat Kohli is looking ominous and that should lift the entire side. Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali have given them the desired balance as well.