The first match of the T10 cricket league kicks off with the glittering opening ceremony. Captain of the Kerala Kings Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first against Sarfraz’s Bengal Tigers.
Kerala Kings won by eight wickets in hand.
(7.5) FOUR, short of length outside off, opens the face of the bat and gets it over shortthird mann for a boundary
Kerala Kings – 77/2 after 7 overs (K Pollard 6*, PR Stirling 58*)
(6.6) SIX! short outside off, moves away and flashes hard at it and gets it over point for a flat six
(6.5) SIX! Another one! low full toss and moves across and slaps it over long-off for another six
(6.4) SIX, short of a length on the pads, clips it over square leg for a six
Kerala Kings – 56/2 after 6 overs (K Pollard 4*, PR Stirling 39*)
(5.2) FOUR! full toss, comes down the track and slogs it hard and straight for a boundary
Pollard the next man in. Zahir to bowl the fifth over. Stirling hits the first ball to wide mid on. A horrendous mix-up at the fence. Bengal concedes a boundary. Sarfraz is livid. Stirling comes down the track and goes over cover. One bounce four. Hit with tremendous power. Pollard hits one in the gap and scampers for a brace. Beaten off the last ball that is angling away. Pollard pokes at it, lucky to not have edged it to the ‘keeper. Kerala have made steady progress. With th, t the teams disperse for a strategic timeout.
Kerala Kings – 48/2 after 5 overs (K Pollard 2*, PR Stirling 33*)
(4.3) FOUR! dances down the track, lofts it over covers, one bounce and into the fence
(4.1) FOUR! short ball, drags it to cow corner, slight confusion amongst the fielders
Kerala Kings – 37/2 after 4 overs (K Pollard 0*, PR Stirling 24*)
(3.6) OUT! carrom ball, pitching in line, Morgan tries to sweep it, misses it, right in front, loud shout, Yes says the ump
(3.4) FOUR! Mujeeb to Stirling, full and wide, right in the slot, drives it through wide mid off
Kerala Kings – 30/1 after 3 overs (EJG Morgan 30*, PR Stirling 10*)
(2.2) FOUR! short of the length, angling in, gets a thick inside edge behind square, good dive by Miller but couldn’t stop the boundary
Kerala Kings – 19/1 after 2 overs (EJG Morgan 4*, PR Stirling 0*)
Kerala Kings – 4/1 after 1 over (EJG Morgan 4*, PR Stirling 0*)
(0.3) OUT! Aamer Yamin to Walton, good length ball, seaming in, get an inside edge to Sarfaraz, regulation catch.
The second innings. Chadwick Walton and Paul Stirling in for Kerala Kings. Aamer Yamin to open the bowling for Bengal.
Almost a nasty collision between Fletcher and Tanvir in the middle of the pitch. Tanvir bowls a massive wide. Miller chases, but can’t reach it.
End of the first inning, Kerala Kings needs 87 runs to win.
Bengal Tigers – 86/1 after 10 overs (Andre Fletcher 32*, DA Miller 17*)
(9.3) FOUR, yorker on leg, moves back and somehow pushes it to mid-wicket between long-on and mid-wicket for a boundary.
(9.2) SIX! full toss and slogs it straight for a huge six by Miller.
Bengal Tigers – 71/1 after 9 overs (Andre Fletcher 30*, DA Miller 6*)
(8.3) SIX! full ball clips it over mid-wicket for a six by Fletcher.
Bengal Tigers – 61/1 after 8 overs (Andre Fletcher 21*, DA Miller 5*)
(7.3) FOUR! Wahab Riaz to Miller, short outside off, comes down the pitch for a slog intended towards mid-wicket but gets an inside edge down to fine leg for a boundary
DA Miller is the new batsman
(7.1) OUT! good length outside off looks to guide it towards short third man but edges it to the keeper, a soft dismissal
Bengal Tigers – 56/0 after 7 overs (Andre Fletcher 21, Johnson Charles 33)
(6.2) FOUR! Plunkett to Fletcher, FOUR, full into the pads, goes for a big shot but get edge down to fine leg for a boundary
Bengal Tigers – 47/0 after 6 overs (Andre Fletcher 15, Johnson Charles 30)
Bengal Tigers – 42/0 after 5 overs (Andre Fletcher 15, Johnson Charles 25)
Pollard into the attack. Brilliant fielding at backward square leg by Shakib Al Hasan saves a certain boundary. Pollard getting his radar wrong. Two wides back-to-back. Not getting his slower ball right. Charles tries a big heave off the fourth ball. Doesn’t get the placement. Then Fletcher shimmies in his crease and dispatches a shortish ball from Pollard to the boundary. Doesn’t get the timing off the last ball. That is the strategic timeout.
(4.5) FOUR! Amazing shot by Andre Fletcher, gone for four
Over 3 – 30/0 (Andre Fletcher 9*, JS Charles 22*)
Andre Fletcher and JS Charles are in the middle to open the inning.
Team Bengal is led by Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. He has a balanced side to with batsmen like DM Bravo (West Indies), C Delport (South Africa) and JS Charles (West Indies), and bowlers like Mustafizur Rehman (Bangladesh), Sunil Narine (West Indies) and Muhammad Nawaz (Pakistan).
On the other hand, Kerela Kings’ skipper is England’s ODI skipper Eoin Morgan. His side consists of world-class bowlers like Badree (West Indies), Plunkett (England) and Wahab Riaz (Pakistan). Then they have the firepower of Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Karen Pollard (West Indies) and Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan.)