Nokia Champions League T20, Group B: Kolkata Knight Riders v Somerset at Hyderabad (Deccan), Sep 25, 2011
Somerset won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
25 September 2011 - night match (20-over match)

7.55 pm Abhishek Purohit's interview with Ryan ten Doeschate is a good way to spend the time leading into the game.

Vibhor: "@Prateek: I suppose watching Malinga bat yesterday made you consider the Lee's and Abdullah as batsmen."

Bisla and Kallis are opening for Kolkata. Alfonso Thomas has the new ball.

Toss, 7.30 pm Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and Kolkata will bat, like Warriors did. Gambhir says he is over his concussion and can't wait to play again.

Somerset have Ireland's George Dockrell playing for them today, in place of Max Waller. Gambhir and Balaji are back in Kolkata's XI.

Prateek: "How often do you see so many all-rounders in a team?! KKR have 8 bowlers and 10 batsmen!"

Senthil: "Has any other team in the world has played 4 slow left-arm orthodox in their XI as Somerset doing it today?" Perhaps a Bangladesh XI?

7.20 pm Well I predicted a close contest between South Australia and Warriors and it turned out to be a no-contest. I'll stick my neck out again and predict a no-contest this time, between Kolkata and Somerset. The news, though, is that Brett Lee mentioned Gautam Gambhir would play today, having recovered from the concussion he suffered in England.

This game is a rematch of sorts. Kolkata lost to Somerset in the qualifying round but the margin of defeat was small enough for them to make it to the main draw.

0.1

Thomas to Bisla, FOUR, width offered outside off stump, Bisla frees arms and carves the ball over cover point, not a good start from the Fonz

0.2

Thomas to Bisla, FOUR, and again, width offered outside off and Bisla goes up and over, cutting the ball over point for a second boundary

0.3

Thomas to Bisla, no run, Alfonso responds with a short ball over the stumps, Bisla ducks

0.4

Thomas to Bisla, no run, another short ball and Bisla didn't read it, it was a slower short ball and Bisla played the pull too early and got smacked on the arm

0.5

Thomas to Bisla, no run, three short balls in a row, Bisla charges and swings wildly, doesn't make contact

Wombat: "So George it's going to be a no contest today. But er, you haven't said in who's favour ..." Wombat's sharp.

0.6

Thomas to Bisla, 1 leg bye, another slower short ball to end the over and Bisla doesn't make proper contact. Terrific comeback from the Fonz.

End of over 1 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • MS Bisla 8 (6b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 0 (0b)
    • AC Thomas 1-0-8-0

Miles: "Nobody really gave the English teams much chance, but yet here is Somerset long live the Cider Boys. Full of quality and smiles!"

Murali Kartik to open with left-arm spin from the other end.

1.1

Kartik to Bisla, 1 run, played towards mid-on for a single

1.2

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long-off

1.3

Kartik to Bisla, SIX, Bisla gets under a length ball and lofts it over the extra cover boundary, he made a bit of space by moving towards leg and connected cleanly

1.4

Kartik to Bisla, 1 run, Bisla hits the ball hard into the pitch and it bounces over Kartik's head, long-off has to run to his right and field

1.5

Kartik to Kallis, no run, played back to the bowler

1.6

Kartik to Kallis, no run, Kallis tries to play towards square but gets hit on the pad

End of over 2 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 18/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • JH Kallis 1 (3b)
    • MS Bisla 16 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 1-0-9-0
    • AC Thomas 1-0-8-0

Lewis Gregory, 19, from over the wicket, bowling medium-pace.

2.1

Gregory to Bisla, 1 run, Bisla makes room to hit a length ball through the off side but gets an edge towards third man

2.2

Gregory to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis is steady in his crease as he opens the face and steers towards third man

2.3

Gregory to Bisla, no run, huge appeal for lbw after Bisla moves towards the off and tries to whip through leg, that might have been too high

2.4

Gregory to Bisla, OUT, well Bisla's chancy knock has ended. He was ill at ease against the short ball and his attempt at pulling one that got to him too quickly has landed in square leg's hands

MS Bisla c Jones b Gregory 17 (11m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 141.66

2.5

Gregory to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis dabs one that jags into him towards third man

Gambhir's facing his first ball on return.

2.6

Gregory to Gambhir, OUT, oops, Gambhir's return is terrible. He closes the face too early to a full ball, trying to play it on the leg side. The leading edge loops towards mid-off, where Thomas takes a simple catch. Terrific first over from Lewis Gregory.

G Gambhir c Thomas b Gregory 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 3 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 21/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • JH Kallis 3 (5b)
    • L Gregory 1-0-3-2
    • M Kartik 1-0-9-0

Manoj Tiwary is the new batsman. Peter Trego into the attack ...

3.1

Trego to Kallis, no run, length ball outside off, played on the off side

3.2

Trego to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis uses the bowler's pace and steers the ball towards third man

3.3

Trego to Tiwary, 1 run, full ball around off, Tiwary pushes the ball towards mid-off and runs, he was gone had there been a direct hit because the bat was in the air as he dived

3.4

Trego to Kallis, 1 leg bye, strays down leg side, brushes the pad after the batsman misses the glance

3.5

Trego to Tiwary, FOUR, Tiwary doesn't miss out, he glances the ball off his pads past the fielder at short fine leg

3.6

Trego to Tiwary, no run, played off the front foot towards point

End of over 4 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 28/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • MK Tiwary 5 (3b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 4 (8b)
    • PD Trego 1-0-6-0
    • L Gregory 1-0-3-2
4.1

Gregory to Kallis, 1 run, the batsmen chance a quick single towards mid-on and Kallis would have been out had there been a direct hit at the bowler's end

4.2

Gregory to Tiwary, 1 run, pushed into the covers for another single

4.3

Gregory to Kallis, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off, Kallis opens the face and steers it firmly towards third man

4.4

Gregory to Tiwary, no run, pushed towards the off side, Kallis was backing up too far and the fielder at extra cover threw at the stumps

4.5

Gregory to Tiwary, 2 runs, Tiwary opens the face and guides the ball towards third man

4.6

Gregory to Tiwary, 1 run, the slower ball outside off, played with soft hands on the off side

End of over 5 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 34/2 (RR: 6.80)

    • MK Tiwary 9 (7b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 6 (10b)
    • L Gregory 2-0-9-2
    • PD Trego 1-0-6-0

Roelof van der Merwe has the ball ...

5.1

van der Merwe to Tiwary, no run, bowled into the right-hander from round the wicket, played towards square leg

5.2

van der Merwe to Tiwary, no run, the ball drifts into the right-hander, pitches around middle and spins away to hit the thigh

5.3

van der Merwe to Tiwary, 1 run, played towards square leg for a single

5.4

van der Merwe to Kallis, no run, Kallis tries to drive a flighted delivery outside off and gets beaten

5.5

van der Merwe to Kallis, 1 run, a touch too short and Kallis cuts the ball hard off the back foot, the fielder at point knocks it down for cover point to collect

5.6

van der Merwe to Tiwary, no run, played on the off side, towards point

End of over 6 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 36/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • MK Tiwary 10 (11b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 7 (12b)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-2-0
    • L Gregory 2-0-9-2

Kartik's back, the fielding restrictions are over. From round the wicket

6.1

Kartik to Kallis, no run, Kallis tries to drive but gets an edge behind point

6.2

Kartik to Kallis, no run, Kallis' push ends up as an inside edge on to the pad on the off side

6.3

Kartik to Kallis, FOUR, width given outside off and Kallis lays into it with a powerful square drive that's placed into the gap on the point boundary

6.4

Kartik to Kallis, 1 leg bye, Kallis tries to sweep but doesn't make proper contact

6.5

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, played toward square leg for one more

6.6

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, pushed from the crease towards point

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 43/2 (RR: 6.14)

    • JH Kallis 12 (17b 1x4)
    • MK Tiwary 11 (12b 1x4)
    • M Kartik 2-0-15-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-2-0
7.1

van der Merwe to Kallis, no run, the ball is slower and it keeps lower outside off, the batsman fails while trying to drive through cover

7.2

van der Merwe to Kallis, no run, cut off the back foot towards backward point

7.3

van der Merwe to Kallis, FOUR, superb shot! Kallis moves towards leg to make room and launches a flighted ball flat over cover, he finds the gap on the boundary too

7.4

van der Merwe to Kallis, 1 run, nudged towards backward point

7.5

van der Merwe to Tiwary, 1 run, worked off the front foot through square leg

7.6

van der Merwe to Kallis, no run, van der Merwe appeals for lbw after the batsman misses the flick

End of over 8 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 49/2 (RR: 6.12)

    • JH Kallis 17 (22b 2x4)
    • MK Tiwary 12 (13b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-8-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-15-0
8.1

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, defended from the crease towards the off side

8.2

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis cuts the ball from in front of the stumps towards short third man, who dives to his right to field

8.3

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

8.4

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, driven on the front foot towards cover

8.5

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary moves forward and pushes the ball towards midwicket

8.6

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, nudged off the front foot through midwicket

End of over 9 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 55/2 (RR: 6.11)

    • JH Kallis 20 (25b 2x4)
    • MK Tiwary 15 (16b 1x4)
    • M Kartik 3-0-21-0
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-8-0

Hasnath: "Kallis batting too slowly & creating the pressure to other batsman. He should play some stokes now." George Dockrell to bowl left-arm spin from round the wicket.

9.1

Dockrell to Kallis, 2 runs, punched off the back foot through cover point

9.2

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, driven from the crease towards cover

9.3

Dockrell to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis stays steady in his crease, makes a bit of room, and lofts the ball hard to the cover boundary

9.4

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, worked off the pads through midwicket

9.5

Dockrell to Tiwary, no run, Dockrell aims the ball at Tiwary's pads and hits them after he misses the flick

9.6

Dockrell to Tiwary, no run, beaten outside the off stump

End of over 10 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 62/2 (RR: 6.20)

    • MK Tiwary 15 (18b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 27 (29b 3x4)
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-7-0
    • M Kartik 3-0-21-0

"Crucial period this! KKR must pace their innings well from here. They should try reaching a competitive total," says the wonderfully named Shavi Rastri.

10.1

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis doesn't have the space to blast over cover, so he drives through point

A good crowd in the stadium now, making plenty of noise while doing the mexican wave.

10.2

Kartik to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary charges and gets an edge towards short third man while trying to hit down the ground

10.3

Kartik to Tiwary, no run

10.4

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, plays the slog sweep towards square leg

10.5

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, nudged off the front foot in front of square

10.6

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, pushed towards point for a quick single, Kartik's spell is over

End of over 11 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 66/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • MK Tiwary 17 (22b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 29 (31b 3x4)
    • M Kartik 4-0-25-0
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-7-0

Garreth: "I disagree with Hasnath. I think Tiwary should be teeing off. Kallis has to carry the innings. Sure his strike rate could be higher but they need someone to carry the innings the way the Warriors have had in Prince and Smuts"

11.1

Dockrell to Tiwary, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

11.2

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long-off

11.3

Dockrell to Tiwary, 1 run, punched off the back foot through cover point

11.4

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis goes back and cuts hard off the back foot, but the fielder at backward point makes the save

11.5

Dockrell to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary plays towards deep midwicket off the back foot to bring up the 50 partnership

11.6

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, defended on the leg side

End of over 12 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 71/2 (RR: 5.91)

    • JH Kallis 31 (34b 3x4)
    • MK Tiwary 20 (25b 1x4)
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-12-0
    • M Kartik 4-0-25-0

Sudipto: "KKR need a move on here! I hope Yusuf Pathan is next in!" Alfonso Thomas is back for his second over.

12.1

Thomas to Tiwary, OUT, caught at short fine leg! The short ball works for Thomas, Tiwary is late on the pull and top edges it to Dockrell, simple catch

MK Tiwary c Dockrell b Thomas 20 (31m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

Sudipto's wish has been granted. Here's Yusuf.

12.2

Thomas to Kallis, 1 run, played towards long-on for one more

12.3

Thomas to Pathan, no run, Pathan strides forward and tries to push through cover point, he gets beaten by a length ball outside off

12.4

Thomas to Pathan, 1 run, a short, slow ball, Yusuf waits on the back foot and cuts to third man

12.5

Thomas to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis steps out of a short of a length ball and drives through cover

12.6

Thomas to Pathan, no run, a loopy short ball, not much pace, Yusuf ducks under it

End of over 13 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 74/3 (RR: 5.69)

    • YK Pathan 1 (3b)
    • JH Kallis 33 (36b 3x4)
    • AC Thomas 2-0-11-1
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-12-0
13.1

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, played towards cover point off the back foot

Wasim Akram, KKR's bowling consultant, tells Star Cricket, "The wicket has slow bounce and it has spin as well. We have plenty of bowling options for such a wicket."

13.2

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, driven towards long on

13.3

Dockrell to Pathan, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards cover

Akram reckons 135-140 will be tough to chase.

13.4

Dockrell to Kallis, SIX, Kallis tees off and is caught on the deep midwicket boundary! But the fielder's boot has touched the boundary line so it's a six. Gregory judged the catch superbly but stepped on the rope as he caught it over his right shoulder

13.5

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run

13.6

Dockrell to Pathan, no run, beaten outside the off stump

End of over 14 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 83/3 (RR: 5.92)

    • YK Pathan 2 (5b)
    • JH Kallis 41 (40b 3x4 1x6)
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-21-0
    • AC Thomas 2-0-11-1
14.1

Suppiah to Kallis, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards long-on

14.2

Suppiah to Pathan, SIX, Yusuf plants a foot forward and slams the ball flat over the long-on boundary. Raw power.

14.3

Suppiah to Pathan, SIX, and again, this time over deep midwicket. Front foot down the pitch and a mighty heave that clears the leaping fielder on the boundary's edge

14.4

Suppiah to Pathan, SIX, three in a row, Yusuf lines up Suppiah and hammers the ball over the wide long-on boundary, that was the biggest of the three

14.5

Suppiah to Pathan, SIX, the massacre continues, Yusuf helping himself to more than his share of pies, he slogs this one far, far over the deep midwicket boundary

14.6

Suppiah to Pathan, 5 wides, nightmare over for Somerset, Suppiah bowls a quick one down leg side, too quick for the keeper to collect

14.6

Suppiah to Pathan, no run, such an anti-climax, Yusuf dabs the last ball towards point. Dabs. I doubt Suppiah will bowl another one.

End of over 15 (30 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 113/3 (RR: 7.53)

    • YK Pathan 26 (10b 4x6)
    • JH Kallis 42 (41b 3x4 1x6)
    • AV Suppiah 1-0-30-0
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-21-0
15.1

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, played towards square leg

15.2

Dockrell to Pathan, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover point

15.3

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis uses the width outside off and drives the ball through cover

15.4

Dockrell to Pathan, 1 run, opens the face and steers the ball towards short third man

15.5

Dockrell to Kallis, SIX, that is a monstrous hit, from Kallis! He gets under a full ball and blazes it into orbit, bringing up his 50 by sending fans rushing for the catch in the long-off crowd

15.6

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, played through midwicket for a single

End of over 16 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 124/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • JH Kallis 51 (45b 3x4 2x6)
    • YK Pathan 28 (12b 4x6)
    • GH Dockrell 4-0-32-0
    • AV Suppiah 1-0-30-0
16.1

Thomas to Kallis, 1 run, pushed through midwicket for one more

Wombat: "Er, remind me again, why was Pathan not playing in England?" He had a poor World Cup and a poor tour of West Indies. But he could have been one of India's gazillion replacements for sure.

16.2

Thomas to Pathan, 1 run, short ball and Yusuf pulls flat and hard towards deep midwicket

16.3

Thomas to Kallis, 1 run, driven firmly towards long-off

16.4

Thomas to Pathan, 1 run, full ball delivered from wide of the crease angling into Yusuf, he hits through square leg

16.5

Thomas to Kallis, SIX, length delivery on middle stump and Kallis blasts it over the long-on boundary with a fierce swing of the bat, he follows through with a flourish

16.6

Thomas to Kallis, 1 run, played through midwicket for a single

End of over 17 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 135/3 (RR: 7.94)

    • JH Kallis 60 (49b 3x4 3x6)
    • YK Pathan 30 (14b 4x6)
    • AC Thomas 3-0-22-1
    • GH Dockrell 4-0-32-0

Danny: "I'm not seeing any feedback from people bemoaning Kallis's strike rate anymore...strange that! This has been a classic Kallis innings thus far: start slowly whilst others throw it away, then gradually assert yourself. The game would be so much worse without him!"

17.1

van der Merwe to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis makes room and drills the ball hard towards long-off

17.2

van der Merwe to Pathan, 2 runs, Yusuf makes room by moving towards leg and cuts towards point for a single, and then a poor throw to the bowler concedes an overthrow

17.3

van der Merwe to Pathan, 1 run, dropped in the outfield! Yusuf lofted the ball high towards deep midwicket where Gergory ran to his left, reached the ball and then muffed it

17.4

van der Merwe to Kallis, no run, full ball driven towards cover

17.5

van der Merwe to Kallis, 1 run, pulled towards deep midwicket

17.6

van der Merwe to Pathan, 1 run, played through midwicket, two over remain

End of over 18 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 141/3 (RR: 7.83)

    • YK Pathan 34 (17b 4x6)
    • JH Kallis 62 (52b 3x4 3x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-14-0
    • AC Thomas 3-0-22-1
18.1

Thomas to Pathan, 1 run, full and straight, driven from the crease towards long-on

18.2

Thomas to Kallis, 1 run, full on middle and leg once again, hit hard towards deep midwicket

18.3

Thomas to Pathan, 1 run, Yusuf stands in his crease and just slogs the ball towards cow corner

Yusuf wasn't running too comfortably and got some treatment between overs.

18.4

Thomas to Kallis, 1 wide, why is that a wide I don't know. Probably for height. Kallis moved towards the off to scoop the ball, he got down on his knees and tried to reach it, the short ball passed over his head

18.4

Thomas to Kallis, (no ball) SIX, a high full toss and Kallis pulls it into the screaming fans beyond the deep square boundary

18.4

Thomas to Kallis, no run, full ball outside off stump, Kallis gets beaten as he tries to hit through the off

18.5

Thomas to Kallis, no run, the slower bouncer and Kallis can't connect with the pull

18.6

Thomas to Kallis, 1 run, another slower ball, an offcutter this time, Kallis hits towards deep cover

End of over 19 (12 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 153/3 (RR: 8.05)

    • JH Kallis 70 (57b 3x4 4x6)
    • YK Pathan 36 (19b 4x6)
    • AC Thomas 4-0-34-1
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-14-0

Sudipto: "van der Merwe for the last over then? Gregory would have reasons to feel unhappy though! Just 2 overs and he took 2 wickets! Just 9 runs conceded too!"

19.1

van der Merwe to Kallis, no run, Kallis backs away and tries to heave it, but misses

19.2

van der Merwe to Kallis, FOUR, a full toss and Kallis carves it over cover towards the fielder running to his right along the boundary, the fielder slid and tried to catch it but the ball passed him and went for four

19.3

van der Merwe to Kallis, no run, played back to the bowler

19.4

van der Merwe to Kallis, 1 leg bye, Kallis misses the pull and gets hit on the pad, Yusuf races through for one, he wants to have a go

19.5

van der Merwe to Pathan, 2 runs, Yusuf tries to clear long-on but can't hit it cleanly, the ball falls short of the fielder

19.6

van der Merwe to Pathan, 1 run, van der Merwe ends the innings with a yorker that Yusuf digs out towards point

9.20 pm: Somerset are up against it now. Chasing 162 on this pitch will not be easy. They'll need someone to do a Kallis. Start steadying, continue steadily and accelerate at the death. We'll be back in fifteen minutes for the chase.

Some people are never happy. Rohith: "Take out that 4 balls and yusuf pathan scored 15 from 17 balls."

End of over 20 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 161/3

    • YK Pathan 39 (21b 4x6)
    • JH Kallis 74 (61b 4x4 4x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-21-0
    • AC Thomas 4-0-34-1
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