So that is all from this game. A much-needed win for the hosts of tonight, Punjab means there are three teams now on 10 points each and the race for the playoffs is heating up! The Indian T20 League action goes from North to South on Wednesday as Hyderabad host high-flying Chennai in what is a crucial game for the team from Telengana so that they can keep up the pace with the top 4! Join in for the coverage of the same. That one will begin at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Till then, take care and cheers!
Punjab skipper and Man of the Match, Ravichandran Ashwin says it's important to get the momentum as it's the right time in the tournament. Feels that it's incredibly tough to chase on this wicket and goes on to state that they did well in the first innings with the bat. Credits his bowlers for delivering at different moments in their defense. On Arshdeep Singh, he mentions that he gets lateral swing and he has high hopes from him going forward. Continues saying that he works on his variations and keeps trying new things in the nets. Stresses that most of the changes in the side have been forced due to injuries, but emphasizes that they have options going forward in the next game. On Moises Henriques and Mujeeb Ur Rahman's injuries, Ashwin feels positive and thinks they'll make a quick recovery.
Murugan Ashwin comes in for a talk. He says that they just wanted to bowl well and they executed their plans. Mentions that he and the other Punjab bowlers wanted to make use of the long boundaries and they were just trying to make them hit in those areas. Credits his captain, Ravichandran Ashwin, for helping him out and says he has played a lot of cricket with his namesake which helps him. Murugan feels that the ball was coming nicely on to the bat but they bowled well and ended up on the right side.
Rajasthan skipper, Ajinkya Rahane says that 182 on this wicket was chaseable and it was just a matter of a couple of sixes in the end. Credits his bowlers for the way they bowled and thinks it was a good game overall and there cannot be too many complaints. Reckons that they lost wickets in clusters in the middle which cost them. Says that Tripathi was struggling in the middle order so they decided to send him up the order and he decided to come in the middle.
Earlier in the evening, Rajasthan ended up conceding plenty of runs in the last over and it was the Punjab skipper Ashwin, who scored those runs. He made 17 off 4 balls and then turned up with the ball to turn the screws along with his namesake. Surely a captain's performance to ensure his team is back on track as far as the tournament goes. Also takes his team into double figures as far as the points tally is concerned.
When the chase began, Rajasthan got off to a steady start due to their two openers Buttler and Tripathi. Buttler though in an attempt to remain on top, lost his wicket. His team really needed him to make a big one tonight as he has been one of the main cogs in this batting line-up. Samson, who came in next at number 3, and the skipper who demoted himself to number 4, failed to score much. The debutant Turner fell for a first-ball duck and in the end, it proved too much for Binny despite him scoring at a strike rate of more than 275.
A comfortable victory in the end for Punjab. 12 runs maybe the margin but the writing was almost on the wall for the last 3 or 4 overs, despite a few lusty blows from Binny in the end. Mohammed Shami had an over left in the bank and 23 runs proved too much to get in the final over. The victory for Ashwin and co. comes as a much-needed tonic for the hosts who were losing their way over the last few games.
M Shami to S Binny, FOUR! It does not matter though! PUNJAB WIN BY 12 RUNS! A length ball on off and Binny gets under the ball and gets it over cover. Agarwal runs from long off to try and stop the ball but fails to keep it in. No harm done. Punjab win and the crowd here is going bonkers. A win after two losses. Very important one!
M Shami to S Binny, Full on off, Binny strokes it wide of cover and gets a couple.
M Shami to S Binny, Yorker on middle and leg, Binny moves back and hits it towards long on. Mayank Agarwal gets to the ball and throws it at the keeper's end. Pooran demolishes the stumps but Binny is quick and gets the second easily.
M Shami to S Binny, Bit of a fumble but does not cost much. Full and straight on middle, Binny hoists it hard towards long off. Mayank Agarwal there misfields it but then saves it with a dive. Two taken.
M Shami to S Binny, DOT BALL! Gayle with some antics as well. A yorker on the leg stump line, Binny tries to get under it but fails to time the ball. All he can do is dig it out towards point and the ball goes just as far as Gayle there who acts coyly trying to let the ball through allowing Binny to go for a single which he surely is not going to take.
The new man in is Jaydev Unadkat.
M Shami to S Gopal, OUT! Agarwal does not have to move and the crowd in Mohali has found its voice again! A length ball on middle and leg, Gopal wanted the big one and goes through with a slog. Can't free his arms and the ball goes high towards long off where Mayank is stationed and takes the catch comfortably. 23 needed in 5 balls now, Binny back on strike.
END OF OVER: 19 | 14 Runs 2 Wkt | RR: 160/6
Mohammed Shami to bowl the final over. 22 to defend!
A Singh to S Binny, SIX! Just the way Rajasthan wanted the over to finish. 23 needed off the last over now. Binny has given them slight hope here. Full ball on middle and leg, Binny smokes it straight into the sightscreen.
A Singh to S Binny, Fuller outside off, Binny swings his bat but misses.
A Singh to S Binny, SIX! This is out of here. Why didn't Rahane give Binny the strike early? Can he pull a rabbit out of his hat here? Back of a length ball on off, Binny lofts it high and over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
A Singh to A Rahane, OUT! Arshdeep Singh is showing his class and composure in his very first game. Rahane cannot do much and has to walk back. Length ball around off, Rahane gets on one knee and looks to sweep it. He just manages to get a top edge and the ball goes behind. Mohammed Shami from short third man runs to his left and takes a very good catch. 35 needed off 9 balls. And Shreyas Gopal is the next batsman in.
A Singh to A Rahane, Good length ball on off, Rahane flat bats it over cover and wide of the fielder in the deep. Gets a couple.
A Singh to A Rahane, Fuller outside off, Rahane moves to his off stump and looks to play it to the off side. The ball goes straight back to the bowler off the bottom edge.
END OF OVER: 18 | 13 Runs 0 Wkt | RR: 146/5
Arshdeep to bowl the penultimate over of the game.
M Shami to A Rahane, Oh, Rahane misses it and he is upset with himself. Full toss at a very good height, Rahane hits it straight to cover but gets a single. 13 off the over. 37 needed off 12 now.