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T10 League: Kerala Kings vs Pakhtoons Live Score, Match Updates & Commentary

Live commentary of the second game of the T10 league.
Updated: 22 November 2018 00:14 IST - Published: 21 November 2018 12:36 IST
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So folks, that's it from the live coverage of today's second game between the Kerala Kings and the Pakhtoons. The defending champions Kings were just too good for the Pakhtoons who need to have a re look at their bowling department if they are to qualify for the playoffs.

It is a triple header tomorrow with the Bengal Tigers beginning the proceedings against the Northern Warriors at 5 pm IST. Do join us for the coverage. Until then, see ya !
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With a flat pitch and small boundaries on offer, teams would do well to defend any thing in the range of 100-110. No total seems safe on this ground.

Sandeep Lamichhane is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell.
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In the first innings, some fine cameos from Andre Fletcher and Liam Dawson ensured that the Pakthtoons posted a competitive score of 109 runs on the board. Mohammad Naveed and Sandeep Lamichhane were the stars with the ball. Sandeep picked up 3 crucial wickets to derail Pakhtoons' innings.
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So thats it folks ! Kerala made a mockery of what seemed to be a tricky chase of 110 runs. Paul Stirling led the charge from the front with a blazing innings of 40 runs from just 14 balls. His 21 runs over at the start laid the foundation for the chase. He was ably supported from the other end by captain Eoin Morgan who was also in sensational form, smashing 46 runs from just 20 balls. 

For the Pakhtoons, no bowler could come up with the goods as Kerala's batsmen kept going after them from the start. The biggest disappointment was David Willey who was plundered for 24 runs from his solitary over. 
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Pollard does it in style as he launches a six over long on to hand Kerala the win !

Kerala 110/2 after 7.5 overs

Kerala Kings won by 8 wickets with 13 balls to spare
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Liam Dawson to continue from the other end.
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After four good balls from Irfan, Morgan unleashes a crisp off drive past mid-off for four. He takes a single of the last ball to keep the strike.

Kerala 101/2 after 7 overs

9 runs needed of 18 balls to win
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Mohammad Irfan comes on to bowl the seventh over.
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An excellent comeback from Dawson after being hit for a six of the very first ball. Just 4 runs came from the remaining 5 balls.

Kerala 94/2 after 6 overs

Just 16 runs needed from 24 balls.
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Wicket !

Finally some respite for the Pakhtoons as an outside edge from Stirling's bat is gobbled up by Walton behind the stumps. Stirling goes after playing a gem of a knock.

Paul Stirling 40(14) c Walton b Dawson

Kieron Pollard replaces Stirling at the crease.
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Just 26 needed from 5 overs now as Liam Dawson comes on to bowl the 6th over. He is deposited for a six over long on by Stirling. 
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Another full toss from Willey and another six for Morgan!
This chase seems to be a walk in the park for the defending champions.

Kerala 84/1 after 5 overs
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Willey is struggling with his length, bowls another full toss and is ramped over fine leg for a four by Stirling. 
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Morgan is in some hitting form. He launches another full toss from Willey into the stands, this time over long on. This seems to be Kerala's game to lose now.
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The Englishman David Willey to bowl the fifth over and is smashed for a six off his first ball by Morgan over covers.
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Morgan launches Afridi for a couple of sixes, one over long on and one over long off. 14 runs came from that over.

Kerala 60/1 after 4 overs

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Afridi comes on to bowl the fourth over.
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Sohail Khan mixes the pace in his first over but is drilled past mid-off for a four by Morgan.

Kerala 46/1 after 3 overs
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Wicket !

Would you believe it? Gayle deposits a full toss into the hands of Willey at long on.

Chris Gayle 13(7) c Willey b Sohail

Eoin Morgan is the new man at the crease.
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Sohail Khan replaces Irfan from the other end but is deposited for a six off his very first ball by Gayle over point region.

Kerala 40/0 after 2.1 overs
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Zadran makes a good comeback but is then lofted by Gayle over long off for a four. Gayle picks a single of the last ball to keep the strike.

Kerala 34/0 after 2 overs
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Stirling is in sensational hitting form as he launches the second ball from Zadran for a straight six !
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Shapoor Zadran to bowl from the other end.
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After a good couple of balls by Irfan to start the innings, Stirling unleashes a wristy cover drive to the boundary. That is followed by a huge six over square leg. The next ball is again hammered over cover point for a one bounce four. Striling follows that up with the best of the lot. Charges down the track and deposits a length ball over the square leg boundary.

Kerala 21/0 after 1 over
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Here begins the chase.

Chris Gayle and Ireland's Paul Stirling will open the batting for Kerala.

Mohammad Irfan to open the bowling for Pakhtoons.
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Now its up to the Universe boss- Chris Gayle to show what can he do with the bat. Gayle may have lost some of his hitting ability but is still a force to reckon with in this form of the game. 
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So, that the end of Pakhtoons' innings who post a challenging target of 110 runs for the defending champions to chase. Pakhtoons began well with Fletcher going berserk at the start but an excellent comeback courtesy some good overs from the local lad Naveed and Nepalese leg spinner Sandeep Lamichanne in the middle ensured that the Pakhtoons did not run away with the game. 
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A sensational last over from Tanveer who gives away just 7 runs from the last over.

Pakhtoons finish with 109 runs on the board.
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Boom Boom Afridi is at the crease !
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Sohail Tanveer to bowl the last over of the innings.
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Wayne Parnell comes on to bowl the 9th over.

Liam Dawson is providing the much needed finish to the Pakhtoons innings by smashing a couple of fours and a six from Parnells's over. However, in trying to steal a couple, he is found short of the crease.

Liam Dawson 25(11) run out (Parnell)

Pakhtoons 102/5 after 9 overs

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A fine comeback from Curran after being smashed for 21 runs in his first over as he gives away 9 runs from his second over.

Pakhtoons 85/4 after 8 overs.
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Tom Curran replaces Naveed from the other end.
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Another fine over from Sandeep who gave away just 7 runs from the over and picked up a wicket as well.

Pakhtoons 76/4 after 7 overs
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Another wicket for Lamichhane !

Muhammad Kaleem tries to up the ante but deposits the simplest of catches in the hands of Kieron Pollard at long on.

Muhammad Kaleem  0(3) c Pollard b Lamichhane

Liam Dawson
is the new man at the crease.
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After four good balls, Delport picks up the off-cutter from Naveed and launches him over long on for a six. 11 runs came from the over.

Pakhtoons 69/3 after 6 overs
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Mohammad Naveed to continue from the other end as Muhammad Kaleem joins Cameron Delport at the crease.
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Another wicket !

New man Colin Ingram is done in by a clever piece of stumping from Tharanga. Two wickets in the first over for Lamichhane.

Colin Ingram 1(2) st Tharanga b Lamichhane

Pakhtoons 58/3 after 5 overs
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The teen sensation from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane comes on to bowl the fifth over and strikes with his first ball ! Danger man Fletcher holes out to Eoin Morgan.

Andre Fletcher 32(14) c Morgan b Lamichhane, Paktoons 48/2 after 4.1 overs
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WICKET ! The local lad from UAE brings Kerala back into the game with an excellent over that goes for just 4 runs and culminates with the wicket of Chadwick Walton, who is run out by the bowler while trying to steal the single.

Chadwick Walton run out  by Naveed 12(11)

Pakhtoons 48/1 after 4 overs
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Mohammad Naveed from the UAE comes on to bowl the fourth over.
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Walton shows his class by lofting the first ball from Parnell over the long off boundary. That six is followed by a single and a dot ball but the fourth ball again disappears for a six over third man. Two singles to end the over.

Pakhtoons 44/0 after 3 overs


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Wayne Parnell replaces Sohail Tanveer from the other end.
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After a single from Chadwick on the first ball, Fletcher says enough is enough as he smashes the next five balls for 20 runs with 3 fours and a six from the over.

Pakhtoons 29/0 after 2 overs.
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England seamer Tom Curran to open the attack from the other end.
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An excellent start from Tanveer, who cramped the batsmen for room and gave away just 8 runs in the first over. Good start from Kerala.

Pakhtoons 8/0 after 1 over.

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Chadwick Walton and Andre Fletcher would open the innings for Pakhtoons.
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Go game about to start now. Sohail Tanveer will open the bowling for Kerala.
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Pakhtoons have some big hitters in their line up in the form of Shahid Afridi, Andre Fletcher and Colin Ingram and would be hoping to post a total in excess of 100.
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Interestingly, veteran Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga would be keeping the wickets for Kerala.