Indian Premier League, 17th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals at Kolkata, Apr 17, 2011
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)
17 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Shane Watson is back where he belongs, at the top of the order. And he will face Brett Lee.

Don: "Message to all IPL teams: Best stratergy to win matches in IPL. If you bat first, make sure not to score more than 175. You will win 99%."

Sridatta: "I wonder about the lives of Cricinfo commentators. How do you guys cope up with working on weekends? I wish david fincher made a movie on you guys instead of some obscure billionaires." Hear, hear

Tony: "I dont understand why Ryan Ten Doeschate gets overlooked. Sure, he got a game but the team dint do well and it was his first IPL Outing. He has the best avg in world 20twenty cricket. He deserves a place in the XI. I feel for the chap."

Abhishek: "No Dravid... I hope he is fit for the Bangalore game on Tuesday. I bought the tickets for that game just to watch him bat."

Sumit: "Why warne is not playing deepak chahar..the explosive bowler who took 8 wickets in his debut match against hyderabad in ranji and kept them at meager score of 21-all out." Let's hope he gets a game soon. Exciting talent.

Kishore: "How about Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians playing each other twice on the same day! Both have home grounds in Mumbai!" You are getting me thinking now

Ghanshyam: "Had they taken the Road instead of aeroplane... they couldn't have made it in 2 days. No storms in India to cancel flights, luckily."

Gareth: "Don't tell me i've become predictable!?! Hahaha, my adoration for Brett Lee is a little transparent." Only a little, only a little

Mahanth: "Shane watson Vs Shakib Al Hasan would be intresting..." Oh yes, never a dull moment between those two

Vinci: "Why is Royals persisting with Amit Paunikar, when they could easily have field Asnodkar in his place. At least, the latter would score the same number of runs in lesser number of balls." I don't think if Swapnil can keep though.

Gareth: "Hey, they'd also have to contain the batting of Brett Lee! Let's not forget his demolition of T&T in the 09 Champions League." Yeah Gareth, I knew you would mention that, so I didn't.

abhishek: "how come these two teams face off each other in a space of two days???" Good question, I don't have the answer though

Kolkata's batting line-up is really daunting. If teams manage to get past Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir, they have to contend with Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan. Sid Ravi has more in his preview.

7.30 pm: Gautam Gambhir wins the toss and will have a bowl

Warne: "We would have bowled first as well with the dew coming in later. But I don't mind batting on this wicket." Rahul Dravid and Johan Botha are injured, Nayan Doshi is out, Shaun Tait, Faiz Fazal and Ajinkya Rahane come in.

Gambhir: "Looks like a good wicket. We want to contain them to a decent total hopefully and chase it down." Kolkata are going in with the same team.

Hello all, welcome to our coverage of the IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens. Didn't they play only two days ago? But that was in Jaipur and from the western part of the country, they have crossed over to the east, to Kolkata, to Eden Gardens.


Lee to Watson, no run, 136.8 kph from Lee on a length that moves away, Watson comes forward and casually slaps it to extra cover


Lee to Watson, 1 run, drops this one close to the wickets and Paunikar calls him for the single, Watson hesitated, but went for it in the end


Lee to Paunikar, no run, gets a fuller one and comes forward confidently to push it back to the bowler


Lee to Paunikar, 1 run, good work at backward point, it was lovely slower one from Lee, he waited on it and guided it to the left of the man there, who pounced on it and made Watson hurry


Lee to Watson, 1 run, short one that gets big on to him, Watson adjusts to pull it in the air past midwicket


Lee to Paunikar, 1 run, 142 kph rushes on to the batsman from short of a good length, he goes for the pull but it is too quick for him, gets it in front of square and Lee charges after the ball

End of over 1 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • AG Paunikar 2 (3b)
    • SR Watson 2 (3b)
    • B Lee 1-0-4-0

Shakib on from the other end, hmm


Shakib Al Hasan to Paunikar, FOUR, lovely shot, waited on this tossed up ball outside off, and eased it in to the gap past extra cover to the boundary


Shakib Al Hasan to Paunikar, 1 run, goes flat and quick, I feel I am watching Bangladesh play, he goes back and works it on the leg side, Shakib charges after the ball


Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, FOUR, bosh! Swatto-ed away, gets a flighted ball outside off, and dismisses it in the gap between extra cover and mid off


Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, goes flat and straight close to off, Watson rocks back and cuts but cannot beat short third man


Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, this one is a lot slower outside off, but short still, he guides it to backward point


Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, gets away with a tossed up one that is wide outside off, Watson creams it to extra cover

End of over 2 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • SR Watson 6 (7b 1x4)
    • AG Paunikar 7 (5b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-9-0
    • B Lee 1-0-4-0

Lee to Paunikar, 1 run, looks to whip a shortish one away, but mistimes it in front of square leg, there is no one there, Lee again rushes after it


Lee to Watson, no run, pacy delivery short of a length that makes Watson go deep in the crease and stab it away towards midwicket


Lee to Watson, 1 run, slower bouncer, does not get up much, and Watson pulls it awkwardly from way outside off to deep square leg


Lee to Paunikar, 1 no ball, 140.7 kph bouncer that Paunikar ducks underneath right away, Lee oversteps, free hit coming up


Lee to Paunikar, no run, cannot get it away, gets hold of a short one around off but pulls it straight to the man at midwicket on the edge of the circle


Lee to Paunikar, no run, good ball, moves away from a length outside off, he goes for a cut from close to the body, but misses


Lee to Paunikar, FOUR, dismisses, Lee has been on the shorter side, but he also goes wide outside off now, and Paunikar cracks it in the air to the point boundary

End of over 3 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/0 (RR: 6.66)

    • AG Paunikar 12 (10b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 7 (9b 1x4)
    • B Lee 2-0-11-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-9-0

L Balaji comes on


Balaji to Watson, no run, angled in from a length on middle stump, Watson pushes it away on the leg side

Shohit: "Can you please tell us Rahul Dravid's injury?" A quad muscle pull, Warne said at the toss


Balaji to Watson, no run, slower one way outside off, Watson goes down on the knee for the big drive, but misses


Balaji to Watson, FOUR, clattered! short and slow, sitting up for Watson, "hit me", says Raghav, and Watson obliges, pulling it neatly over midwicket


Balaji to Watson, OUT, he stopped doing that after Pakistan 2004, ripper from Balaji, pitches on a length on middle and zips away to hit off stump, the perfect delivery, no one can do anything about that, not even Shan Watson who is the form of his life, he has to go

SR Watson b Balaji 11 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Fazal comes in


Balaji to Fazal, 1 run, short and wide, deserved to be put away, but Fazal went for a weak dab and almost hit in straight to third man, goes to him on the bounce


Balaji to Paunikar, 1 run, angles in on a length around off stump, pushed away towards covers

End of over 4 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 26/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • AG Paunikar 13 (11b 2x4)
    • FY Fazal 1 (1b)
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-1
    • B Lee 2-0-11-0

J Parthiban: "Magic Delivery !!!!! Chennai Misses U Bala !!!!" Iqbal comes on


Iqbal Abdulla to Paunikar, 2 runs, good diving effort on the wide long off boundary, it is Bhatia, saves the boundary after Paunikar drove a flat one outside off hard

Lot more noise in the ground today compared to previous games


Iqbal Abdulla to Paunikar, no run, pushed away off the front foot


Iqbal Abdulla to Paunikar, no run, fired in flat and full, pushed back to the bowler


Iqbal Abdulla to Paunikar, OUT, after Balaji, it is Iqbal, the classic left-arm spinner's trick, draws the batsman out with some flight, beats the batsman, gets it to turn past him, and the keeper does the rest

AG Paunikar st †Bisla b Iqbal Abdulla 15 (15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

slip in place now


Iqbal Abdulla to Raut, no run, flatter one turning away outside off, almost pushed straight to cover, bounces short of him


Iqbal Abdulla to Raut, no run, some flight from Iqbal, gets him forward and he pushes away towards point

End of over 5 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 28/2 (RR: 5.60)

    • AS Raut 0 (2b)
    • FY Fazal 1 (1b)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-2-1
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-1

Balaji to Fazal, no run, angled wide across the left-hander, slapped away to covers off the front foot

Gareth: "This is a turn around. The perennial disappointments, KKR, who after that tremendous win in the first ever IPL match, have failed to live up to their hype. coming 6th, 8th and 6th, now with a win today could move into outright first. I know it's early days, but the IPL Auction shake up has been a blessing for Shahrukh Khan's boys!"


Balaji to Fazal, 1 run, shuffles across, and overbalances but manages to flick it away to fine leg


Balaji to Raut, no run, another beauty from Balaji, gets it to pitch around off and move away, he feels for it and misses


Balaji to Raut, 2 runs, charges down the track, Balaji fires in the short one in to him, and he gets the pull over square leg

Bharath: "wow..whole crowd is behind bala..kolkatans rock.."


Balaji to Raut, FOUR, charges out again, this time Balaji goes fuller and angles it in to him, but he swipes and gets an inside edge that runs for four to the left of fine leg


Balaji to Raut, 1 run, has another huge swipe as he rushes outside his crease, but gets only a single to mid on

End of over 6 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 36/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • AS Raut 7 (6b 1x4)
    • FY Fazal 2 (3b)
    • L Balaji 2-0-14-1
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-2-1

Iqbal Abdulla to Raut, no run, tossed up but he goes back, it hurries on but he manages to stab it back to the bowler


Iqbal Abdulla to Raut, 1 run, sharp turn from middle stump, he closes the face early and gets a leading edge towards point

Ankit: "@Gareth:Totally we can see KKR actually implement their promotional song..."Korbo Lodbo JEETBO"!!!"


Iqbal Abdulla to Fazal, 1 run, shuffles across and whips a shortish one to deep midwicket


Iqbal Abdulla to Raut, no run, more turn for Iqbal, and some bounce on this one too, takes off from a length on middle, batsman is surprised and jabs it away


Iqbal Abdulla to Raut, OUT, super stuff from Iqbal, brilliant presence of mind, it was pushed in the air way to his right, he charged after the ball to stop the single, picked it up with a dive, and then looked to throw it to the keeper, but stopped for an instant, saw the non-striker had backed up too far, and hit his stumps with a direct throw

FY Fazal run out 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00


Iqbal Abdulla to Raut, 1 run, a touch short and turning away, cut away to sweeper cover

End of over 7 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 39/3 (RR: 5.57)

    • AS Raut 9 (11b 1x4)
    • AL Menaria 0 (0b)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-5-1
    • L Balaji 2-0-14-1

Bhatia comes on


Bhatia to Raut, no run, moves away from wide outside off, he cannot get it away, steering it to backward point


Bhatia to Raut, 1 run, dabbed it wide of Lee at short third man who runs to his left and cuts it off

girish: "Where in the world is ross taylor ??? Why is Warne holding him back, isn't he your match winner...."


Bhatia to Menaria, 1 run, cutting in from outside leg, he hangs back and works it away to deep midwicket


Bhatia to Raut, 1 run, pushed away in front of covers from a length on off stump


Bhatia to Menaria, 1 run, this one angles away from a length outside off stump, steered away to short third man


Bhatia to Raut, OUT, yet another run-out, flicked away to midwicket, striker takes off, Menaria is unmoved, Raut is almost mid-pitch before he turns back, throw comes in right on top of the stumps, and he had no chance of making it back

AS Raut run out 11 (15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

End of over 8 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/4 (RR: 5.37)

    • AL Menaria 2 (2b)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-4-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-5-1

Ross Taylor comes in now


Iqbal Abdulla to Menaria, FOUR, almost another one, this one does not get up much, whipped away off the pads, inches away from a diving square leg

Yaseen: "I think Warne is overdoing his 'planning' this year.. Holding Taylor to finish off a chase is understandable though not agreeable... but making him come late time and again under whatever pretext is nothing but under-utilizing him!! You want your best batsman to face maximum overs..."


Iqbal Abdulla to Menaria, 1 wide, keeps low again, and turns down the leg side


Iqbal Abdulla to Menaria, 1 run, stays on the back foot and works it away in front of midwicket


Iqbal Abdulla to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up but on leg stump, flicks it wide of midwicket


Iqbal Abdulla to Menaria, no run, that looked close, strikes him low in front of middle as he goes back and misses the waft, umpire Dar thinks it pitched outside leg, Iqbal was already celebrating, Dar is spot-on


Iqbal Abdulla to Menaria, no run, pushed away close to the non-striker off the front foot


Iqbal Abdulla to Menaria, SIX, Menaria takes off over deep midwicket, fuller and he bends the knee and smokes it in to the crowd with a big backlift, his style resembles the man who captains Pune Warriors

End of over 9 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 56/4 (RR: 6.22)

    • AL Menaria 13 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 1 (1b)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-18-1
    • R Bhatia 1-0-4-0

Shakib is back


Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, sharp turn for Shakib now, goes across the batsman from middle, he almost pushes it straight to the bowler, Shakib with a neat stop to his left


Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, looks to work this one on leg stump away but cannot time it


Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 2 runs, stays low outside off stump, he waits for it and cuts it past the man at point, cut off by sweeper cover


Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, comes forward and guides a fuller one behind point

goes over the wicket to Ashok


Shakib Al Hasan to Menaria, 1 run, turning in from outside off stump, worked away in front of square leg


Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, shuffles across and works this one past the non-striker

End of over 10 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 61/4 (RR: 6.10)

    • LRPL Taylor 5 (6b)
    • AL Menaria 14 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-14-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-18-1

deepak: "Gambhir is turning out to be a brilliant captain! He is using his resources intelligently and is not putting pressure on Kallis to bowl as well!" Yusuf comes on


Pathan to Taylor, 1 wide, turns slowly down the leg side from middle stump


Pathan to Taylor, 1 leg bye, turned off the pads behind square leg for a single


Pathan to Menaria, 1 run, short and turning away from Menaria, who rocks back and cuts it to sweeper cover


Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, fuller around off stump, he comes forward and pushes for a single in front of covers


Pathan to Menaria, 1 wide, goes reaching out for a short and wide one outside off, but misses as he looks to dab it past slip


Pathan to Menaria, 1 run, comes slowly off the pitch outside off and he hits it past the bowler to long off


Pathan to Taylor, OUT, more trouble for Rajasthan, this time it is Taylor, overbalances and walks outside the crease looking to work a flatter one turning down leg side, misses the ball and Bisla pulls off a smart stumping, whipping off the bails with one hand to catch Ross just short

LRPL Taylor st †Bisla b Pathan 6 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Pathan to Rahane, no run, the ball is keeping very low off the spinners, this one is worked away from middle to the right of YK who dives and stops the single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/5 (RR: 6.09)

    • AM Rahane 0 (1b)
    • AL Menaria 16 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-5-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-14-0

Shakib Al Hasan to Menaria, 1 run, worked away through square leg for a single


Shakib Al Hasan to Rahane, 1 run, works a tossed up ball against the turn from outside off through midwicket


Shakib Al Hasan to Menaria, 1 run, worked away off the pads but straight to short fine leg, this one keeps low as well


Shakib Al Hasan to Rahane, 1 run, eases a very full ball to sweeper cover along the ground

sriram: "Well, now Rajasthan Royals can be sure of not scoring above 175."


Shakib Al Hasan to Menaria, 1 run, works this one turning in from outside off in front of square leg


Shakib Al Hasan to Rahane, 1 run, tucked away off the pads to fine leg

End of over 12 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 73/5 (RR: 6.08)

    • AM Rahane 3 (4b)
    • AL Menaria 19 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-20-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-5-1

arun: "Royals are certainly missing the stability given by Dravid during the early overs."


Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, goes back and pushes with the turn to long on


Pathan to Menaria, 1 run, rocks back and cuts hard from just outside off stump, sweeper cover fields


Pathan to Rahane, no run, shortish and turning in, but he cannot get the punch past YK


Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, a touch fuller, he makes room and tries to play a strange-looking dab through point, gets the single


Pathan to Menaria, 1 run, Rahane implores Menaria for two, but he is satisfied with one as sweeper cover gets to the ball that is cut to him, could have been two there


Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, eep, could have been another one, comes down the track, is not close to the pitch of the ball, and ungainly chips it in the air but it falls well short of long on

End of over 13 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 78/5 (RR: 6.00)

    • AM Rahane 6 (8b)
    • AL Menaria 21 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-10-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-20-0

Pogaru: "Rajasthan Royals, here is the solution to all your problems: Send Ross Taylor no. 3 next match. I promise you, with Watson, Dravid and Taylor at the top, you will not ever collapse." Balaji is back

DP: "I feel its still early to make any assumptions on this match...mind you there is an excellent leader in Warne for RR, who could get his team to pull it off, given any sort of far, seems like RR has not done well, but lets wait and see."


Balaji to Rahane, OUT, Rahane comes down the track, and gets in to a very awkward position, Balaji angles it in on a length, it even cuts back in, and Rahane ends up having a weak stab outside the line, and the ball uproots middle stump, it's been a long struggle for Rajasthan, this innings

AM Rahane b Balaji 6 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Balaji to Warne, no run, bowled fuller around middle, he shuffles and plays it to mid on


Balaji to Warne, no run, this is super stuff from Balaji, has Warne uncertainly pushing at one that angles in from a fuller length, and stays low


Balaji to Warne, 1 run, slower one cutting in from short of a length outside off, Warne stays beside the line and guides it past point


Balaji to Menaria, no run, bouncer going across the left-hander, digs it in hard, he looks to upper-cut it but is beaten by the extra bounce


Balaji to Menaria, OUT, Menaria succeeds in what he was trying to do, waits for the short one close to off, and connects with the upper cut, but the ball flies at a nice height to third man who runs some steps to his right and happily takes it, nothing going right for Rajasthan, Balaji all over them

AL Menaria c Bhatia b Balaji 21 (17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 123.52

End of over 14 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 79/7 (RR: 5.64)

    • SK Warne 1 (3b)
    • L Balaji 3-0-15-3
    • YK Pathan 2-0-10-1

Manish: "This is probably the best Balaji has bowled since 2005 at Mohali against Pakistan. The best thing about IPL is that, we have seen Ishant Sharma and now Balaji in good rhythm. Is a banana in-swinger from Irfan asking for too much?"


Shakib Al Hasan to Warne, no run, turns away from middle stump, calmly defended down the track


Shakib Al Hasan to Warne, 1 run, a touch short outside off, allows him to cut it away to sweeper cover

Nahim: "You guys are all wrong, it's Botha's solidity Rajasthan's missing today. Never imagined I'd be saying that!" Shakib furiously wiping the dew off the ball, Gautam comes in at silly mid off


Shakib Al Hasan to Singh, no run, pushed away from the crease towards covers


Shakib Al Hasan to Singh, OUT, that man at silly mid off was playing on his mind, he was pegged on the back foot, Shakib did him in with the arm ball, did not turn, skidded straight on, kept low, and clatter! go the stumps

A Singh b Shakib Al Hasan 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Shakib Al Hasan to Tait, OUT, Shakib Al Hasan on a hat trick, tossed up this time, draws him forward, pushing outside the line for the turn, there isn't any, goes straight on and strikes timber, Shakib is pumped up, intelligent bowling from the Bangladesh captain

SW Tait b Shakib Al Hasan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Numerous men crowding the batsman. Some sight in a Twenty20


Shakib Al Hasan to Trivedi, no run, for the second time today, the hat trick ball does not earn the bowler a wicket, defended off the front foot

End of over 15 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 80/9 (RR: 5.33)

    • SK Trivedi 0 (1b)
    • SK Warne 2 (5b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-21-2
    • L Balaji 3-0-15-3

Brett Lee to Shane Warne


Lee to Warne, 1 run, hangs on the back foot, and guides this shortish one past point


Lee to Trivedi, OUT, Brett Lee goes full and fast, too much for Trivedi, bat comes down late, and Brett uproots middle stump, punches the air, Kolkata have run away with this one

SK Trivedi b Lee 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kolkata all over Rajasthan at the moment. Turn for the spinners, some low bounce, brilliant Balaji, and some superb fielding. Too much for Rajasthan.

Balaji: "I bowled stump to stump, that paid off for us. This is one of my best spells. Lee has been one of my idols, I used to follow his action early. Great to share the ball with him. To be honest, I don't smile in pressure situations, don't know why everyone thinks like that."

Shakib Al Hasan: "There is not much dew, but it is very hot and I was sweating a lot, and was not able to grip the ball properly."

Harshad: "Rajasthan could bring in Pinal Shah in place of Paunikar. He is a better keeper batsman with T20 average 21 and highest 71. Paunikar is just struggling out there."






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