Indian Premier League - 37th match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)

8.00pm Former Kings XI man Brett Lee has the ball, Gilchrist to face.

This is Siddarth Ravindran on comms, Binoy will provide the scores.

7.55pm V. Jain: "Gambhir should open...since Goswami/Bisla have wasted deliveries at the top...and Morgan, Doeschate and Bhatia are being wasted at 6, 7 and 8 positions. Even number Abdulla has a domestic century.....I actually am looking forward to seeing abdulla bat..he is an aggressive batsmen!"

Arpit Gupta is among the many asking for Shakib: "I am very surprised that KKR haven't picked Shakib ahead of Doeschate or morgan. Pitch looks like it will assist spinners and Shakib has done well at eden gardens for them."

For those of you who missed the news, Brad Haddin is out of the IPL with a finger injury. Mark Boucher has replaced him, but Bouch will not be playing today.

7.45pm Any of you think Gambhir should open the innings? Or remain at No. 3?

Vipin: "I believe KKR needs wholehearted change to their batting line up, Gambhir should open with Kallis followed by Morgan, Pathan, Tiwary and RTD."

Wasim : "For Gambhir to Open, he has to keep wickets as per KKR Wicket-keeping law." Ha!

Raj: "Not sure why they keep persisting with Bhatia? Unadkat economy rate near 7.00 overall."

Karthik: "It would be better if Morgan opens with Kallis, he is not being used effectively."

Toss Gilchrist shouts 'Heads', it is tails. Kolkata will bowl. "when you start winning games, there is a lot of good vibes in the team. We have one change, Rajat Bhatia comes in for Jaidev Unadkat."

Gilchrist admits he would have like to bowl first as well as the pitch is very, very dry, and that there might be a bit of dew later on. "Couple of changes, I won't try to reel them all off, Bhargav Bhatt comes in for Shalabh Srivastava."

The full XIs will be displayed above in a few minutes.

7.30pm It was raining yesterday in Kolkata, but the good news is it isn't today which means Kolkata Knight Riders could finish the day on top of the table.

Gilly: "We've had a full week off which is a rarity in any form of cricket." A Sidhuism to start things off. "There are you things you can't control. The weather and your wife, don't worry about them," says the inimitable one.

0.1

Lee to Gilchrist, no run, Lee starts with a length ball on off, pushed towards extra cover

0.2

Lee to Gilchrist, no run, a 139.4kmh ball follows, again tight around off, eased towards mid-off this time

0.3

Lee to Gilchrist, no run, 142.6 this time, slightly shorter, slapped towards covers, 'No, no' calls Gilchrist after playing that

Absolutely no grass on the track

0.4

Lee to Gilchrist, 1 run, First run for Punjab and Gilchrist, tapped off the backfoot towards mid-off and races through for the single

0.5

Lee to Valthaty, 1 run, Valthaty starts nervously, an inside-edge as he looks push the ball to the off side, jags back in a touch, the ball dribbles towards backward square leg, keeper runs across to field, Gilchrist was three-fourths through the run before Valthaty responds, Valthaty gets in the way of the throw and the stumps and makes his ground

0.6

Lee to Gilchrist, 1 run, on legstump to end the over, guided towards backward square leg by Gilchrist, good start from Lee

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
AC Gilchrist    2* (5b)      B Lee    1-0-3-0
PC Valthaty    1* (1b)     

Balaji to bowl

1.1

Balaji to Gilchrist, FOUR, his first ball is a bit wide, that's enough for Gilchrist, who has been great on the cut through his career, slashes this one past point for four

1.2

Balaji to Gilchrist, no run, superb slower on from Balaji, 112kmh, Gilchrist was shaping for the pull seeing the ball pitched short, took an eternity to reach the batsman, who opts against the stroke

1.3

Balaji to Gilchrist, no run, closer to off than the first ball of the over, Gilchrist looked to scythe that through point again, he misses

1.4

Balaji to Gilchrist, no run, length ball, swings in towards middle and leg, squeezed towards extra cover

1.5

Balaji to Gilchrist, 1 run, well outside off from Balaji, Gilchrist doesn't try to power this one, just glides it towards fine leg

"KKR, KKR" chants the crowd

1.6

Balaji to Valthaty, 2 runs, slides it on to leg, whipped towards midwicket by Valthaty

End of over 2 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
PC Valthaty    3* (2b)      L Balaji    1-0-7-0
AC Gilchrist    7* (10b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-3-0

2.1

Lee to Gilchrist, SIX, a classic Gilchrist shot to bring up the first six of the match, a length ball just outside off, slammed over long-on by Gilchrist

2.2

Lee to Gilchrist, no run, cranking up the pace now Lee, 147kmh, pitches it up, Gilchrist plays that from the crease, screams 'NO' after pushing it towards extra cover

2.3

Lee to Gilchrist, FOUR, pitching on middle and slanting towards leg, a hit-me ball, whacked by Gilchrist to the midwicket boundary

2.4

Lee to Gilchrist, 1 wide, bangs in the bouncer, but is down the leg side

2.4

Lee to Gilchrist, 1 run, short once more, sits up for Gilchrist, who is content to help it along to deep backward square leg

2.5

Lee to Valthaty, no run, short of length ball on middle and off, defended watchfully from the crease

2.6

Lee to Valthaty, no run, length ball outside off, Valthaty wants to power the ball through the off, inside-edged towards short fine leg

End of over 3 (12 runs) Kings XI Punjab 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
PC Valthaty    3* (4b)      B Lee    2-0-15-0
AC Gilchrist    18* (14b 2x4 1x6)      L Balaji    1-0-7-0

A change in bowling already. Abdulla, the left-arm spinner, is on

3.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, no run, fullish and outside off, defended to the leg side off the back foot

Nick: "Nice to see some vintage Gilchrist. Punjab team will be mentally fresh after week of rest."

3.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, no run, on the pads this time, Gilchrist taps this one towards square leg

3.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, FOUR, shortish from Abdulla, on middle and leg, Gilchrist moves across and swipes that over short fine for four, superb shot from Gilly

3.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, 1 run, length ball outside off, off the bat and on to the pads as Gilchrist defends

3.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Valthaty, no run, lovely ball from Abdulla, tosses up his first ball to Valthaty, pitching on off and turns past the outside edge

3.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Valthaty, no run, jabs this one towards cover

End of over 4 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 27/0 (RR: 6.75)
PC Valthaty    3* (6b)      Iqbal Abdulla    1-0-5-0
AC Gilchrist    23* (18b 3x4 1x6)      B Lee    2-0-15-0

Yusuf Pathan takes over from Lee

4.1

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, shortish ball outside off, pulled towards deep midwicket by Gilchrist

4.2

Pathan to Valthaty, FOUR, 'Catch it,' Yusuf screams as Valthaty plays a lofted inside-out shot which just clears cover, Yusuf has his hands on his head

4.3

Pathan to Valthaty, OUT, Valthaty is gone, he hasn't had much strike so far, he spies a slightly short one, Valthaty takes on the fielder at long-on, the flat-batted hit doesn't have enough power behind it, it sails only as far as Manoj Tiwary

PC Valthaty c Tiwary b Pathan 7 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Marsh is in

4.4

Pathan to Marsh, 1 run, on the pads, tucked towards short fine by Marsh

Anand: "It's amazing that Lee can still hit top speeds after all these years. A true superstar." And he has remained fit over the past few months when Australian speedsters are regularly picking up injuries.

4.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, 2 wides, down the leg side, keeper can't collect

4.5

Pathan to Marsh, no run, spins past the outside edge, starts outside off and turns away

4.6

Pathan to Marsh, no run, chopped towards point to end the over

End of over 5 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 35/1 (RR: 7.00)
SE Marsh    1* (3b)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-1
AC Gilchrist    24* (19b 3x4 1x6)      Iqbal Abdulla    1-0-5-0

5.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, no run, Abdulla appeals for a lbw after the ball pitches on middle and off and turns sharply in, that hit high on the pad and was going down

5.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, 1 run, finding it tough to play the spinners, Gilchrist hits this uppishly to the left of the bowler

5.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Marsh, no run, overpitched outside off, defended off the front foot towards the off side

5.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Marsh, FOUR, punched past a diving Abdulla to the long-off boundary, Marsh gets a big stride in as he drives that one

5.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Marsh, no run, just outside off, blocked from the crease to the off side

5.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Marsh, OUT, disaster for Punjab, Marsh is gone, that wasn't great running from them, Abdulla fired the ball in from round the wicket, struck the pads, prompting a big appeal, Marsh was seeing the ball as it bobbled square on the off side, Gilchrist was already halfway down when Marsh looks up to see him charging, he puts his hand out to ask Gilchrist to stop but it is too late, Marsj has no chance at all to make it to the non-striker's end

SE Marsh run out 5 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

End of over 6 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 40/2 (RR: 6.66)
     Iqbal Abdulla    2-0-10-0
AC Gilchrist    25* (21b 3x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-1

6.1

Pathan to Karthik, no run, on the pads, defended to the leg side, this time Karthik sets out of the crease, Gilchrist stays firmly put

6.2

Pathan to Karthik, no run, flatter delivery outside off, Karthik blocks it

6.3

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, tucked towards square leg for an ambled single

6.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, length ball outside off, punched towards ten Doeschate at point, smartly fielded

6.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, oh dear, plenty more mails will come in for Shakib's inclusion after this ball, flighted and slants in as Yusuf bowls from round the wicket, takes off from a length and turns sharply away as well, Gilchrist can't get bat on that

6.6

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, outside off and gilchrist lets it go, hits the keeper's pads, but Kolkata still appeal for an lbw

End of over 7 (1 run) Kings XI Punjab 41/2 (RR: 5.85)
AC Gilchrist    25* (24b 3x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-9-1
KD Karthik    1* (3b)      Iqbal Abdulla    2-0-10-0

7.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 1 run, gets well forward and sweeps it for a single

7.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, no run, overpitched and outside off , blocked by Gilchrist from the crease

7.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, 1 run, this time Gilchrist goes for it, doesn't quite time it, it reaches long-on on the bounce

7.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 1 run, another sweep from Karthik, from outside off, a bit of a top-edge as it lobs to short fine leg

7.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Gilchrist, OUT, bowled him, Abdulla is elated and sets off a celebratory run, not exactly his greatest delivery but he doesn't care, it was a slightly short ball, Gilchrist shaped to mow that to the leg side, but it skids on and he misses the ball and is nutmegged, through his leg and on to the stumps, Dav Whatmore pumps his fists in the dug out

AC Gilchrist b Iqbal Abdulla 26 (27b 3x4 1x6) SR: 96.29

7.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Nayar, no run, a massive appeal for a catch at leg slip, umpire is unmoved as that came off the pad as the batsman looked to defend

End of over 8 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 44/3 (RR: 5.50)
AM Nayar    0* (1b)      Iqbal Abdulla    3-0-13-1
KD Karthik    3* (5b)      YK Pathan    2-0-9-1

8.1

Pathan to Karthik, FOUR, nicely done by Karthik, he has decided the way to deal with the spinners it to sweep, gets well forward and powerfully sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary

8.2

Pathan to Karthik, no run, attempts the reverse-sweep this time, the ball lobs up to the keeper, a loud appeal but the umpire correctly rules that it came off the forearm guard

8.3

Pathan to Karthik, no run, cautiously defended by Karthik off the front foot

8.4

Pathan to Karthik, FOUR, turns in and past the pads, nudged deftly and fine for four to fine leg, that shot brings up the Punjab fifty

Emrul: "Its crazy not picking Shakib... He is undoubtedly the best player in the team... He played 4 match and took 7 wickets and if he played last two he could have been the highest wicket taker. All matches he played he had the first breakthrough... Please dont tell me Pathan and Abdullah are better spinner"

8.5

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, worked to backward square leg for a single

8.6

Pathan to Nayar, no run, ooh, Pathan bowls that from round the wicket, gets the leading edge and the ball nearly pops back to the bowler

Time-out time.

Nishath Podakkudiyar (a tough name to type) says: "Adulla getting gilly through his legs reminded me of Sachin getting Moin bowled off the last ball of the day. "

Sharthak from Bangladesh: "@KKR: If you can drop Shakib and take RN on sighting a grassy pitch, you could have done the vice versa at your homeground at well where you know its slow, low and will turn!!"

Swarooph is very impressed with Abdulla's bowling: "Abdulla shows what rhythm can do to a bowler. He is so confident of the ball release and there is a strut in his run up. His run up is so smooth, he will not worry about front foot no balls at all! Amazing what confidence does to such a simple bowler!"

End of over 9 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 53/3 (RR: 5.88)
AM Nayar    0* (2b)      YK Pathan    3-0-18-1
KD Karthik    12* (10b 2x4)      Iqbal Abdulla    3-0-13-1

9.1

Bhatia to Karthik, no run, Bhatia begins with a length ball on off, defended off the front foot by Karthik

Shankar: "I think Gilly is to be blamed for Punjab's situation now. He dint give enough strike to Valthaty (he played just 8 deliveries off 27 available), ran out Shaun Marsh and now played a gaffe... But there are 3 things you can't control... Wife, weather and your comment getting published in cricinfo."

9.2

Bhatia to Karthik, OUT, another run-out, terrible cricket this from Punjab, a defensive push from Karthik towards point, Morgan swoops on to that and the throw is a tough high for the keeper, who takes off the bails even as Nayar puts in a dive, thats not enough for Nayar, and things getting bad to worse for Punjab, the Edeh Gardens crowd are enjoyed the Saturday night

AM Nayar run out 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

David Hussey comes in, he needs to play a big role if this match is to be a contest

9.3

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, pushed towards long-on to get off the mark

9.4

Bhatia to Karthik, no run

9.5

Bhatia to Karthik, 1 run, just outside off, Karthik opens the face and dabs the ball towards backward point for a single, that was a legcutter from Bhatia

9.6

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, length ball to end a tight over, Hussey gets forward and eases the ball to short cover

Prasun Saha backs Shakib's exclusion: "The reason Shakib wasnt picked becasue he is not batting well at all. In fact he was bought as an all rounder but he is only bowling superbly. Batting no response. SO thats why Tendo better option always. Morgan will fire soon hopefully."

End of over 10 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 55/4 (RR: 5.50)
DJ Hussey    1* (2b)      R Bhatia    1-0-2-0
KD Karthik    13* (14b 2x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-18-1

Manoj Tiwary is on now

10.1

Tiwary to Karthik, FOUR, a low full toss, smartly put away, driven inside-out past extra cover for four

10.2

Tiwary to Karthik, no run, even Tiwary is getting the ball to turn here, edged towards the leg side

10.3

Tiwary to Karthik, no run, Karthik gets a big stride in as he defends to the off side

10.4

Tiwary to Karthik, 1 run, driven along the ground towards long-off by Karthik for a single

10.5

Tiwary to Hussey, 1 wide, keeper appeals loudly though that was way down the leg side and nowhere near the bat

10.5

Tiwary to Hussey, 2 runs, a typical wristy hit from Hussey sends that fullish ball scurrying in front of square leg

10.6

Tiwary to Hussey, 1 run, played with the turn again, nudged toward short fine

End of over 11 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 64/4 (RR: 5.81)
DJ Hussey    4* (4b)      MK Tiwary    1-0-9-0
KD Karthik    18* (18b 3x4)      R Bhatia    1-0-2-0

11.1

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, sharp fielding from Morgan, just outside off, chopped towards backward point

11.2

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, oh my, what is with Punjab's running today? Hussey pushes the ball towards extra cover, shouts 'Wait, wait', Karthik was dashing off, had to scramble back and he would have been safe even if there was a direct hit

11.3

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, why was that not out? pitching on leg, jags back and hits the back pad in front of middle and leg, he was a goner, umpire perhaps thought that pitched outside leg, lucky Hussey

11.4

Bhatia to Hussey, no run

11.5

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 wide, more luck for Hussey, ball hits his pads outside leg and goes to the keeper and that is called wide

11.5

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, slapped off the back foot to cover, too firmly hit for a single

Superb bowling from Bhatia so far, no pace at all, bowling plenty of slower legcutters around 105kmh

11.6

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 bye, this one keeps low, outside off and it slips under the bat, takes the keeper by surprise as well, dribbles after hitting the keeper's glove

End of over 12 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 66/4 (RR: 5.50)
DJ Hussey    4* (10b)      R Bhatia    2-0-3-0
KD Karthik    18* (18b 3x4)      MK Tiwary    1-0-9-0

12.1

Pathan to Hussey, 2 runs, another call of 'Catch' as the ball is whipped just wide of the midwicket fielder

12.2

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, on middle and leg stump, tucked towards square leg, Kolkata's slow bowlers doing a fantastic job here

12.3

Pathan to Karthik, no run, blocked towards the leg side from the crease

12.4

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, gets on one knee and sweeps hard towards deep square leg

12.5

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, fullish from Pathan outside off, whipped towards wide mid-on

Only three boundaries since the sixth over, not exactly vintage Twenty20 batting this

12.6

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, fullish ball on middle, more cautiously nudging of the ball

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 72/4 (RR: 5.53)
KD Karthik    20* (21b 3x4)      YK Pathan    4-0-24-1
DJ Hussey    8* (13b)      R Bhatia    2-0-3-0

13.1

Bhatia to Karthik, 5 runs, oh dear, Bhatia fumes as there are four overthrows, it was a full toss on middle stump, reverse-swept towards point where Morgan is quickly on to the ball, he fires it in at the non-striker's end, hits Karthik's bat and goes away for overthrows, Karthik sportingly decided against running the overthrows but the ball races over the ropes, which means Punjab get the runs

13.2

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run

13.3

Bhatia to Karthik, no run, punched off the front foot towards extra cover

13.4

Bhatia to Karthik, 1 run, full ball around off, Karthik squeezes it towards backward point

13.5

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, a near yorker on middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler

13.6

Bhatia to Karthik, no run, blocked to the off side to end the over

Adnan Habib: "in reply to Prasun Saha's comment: Shakib got the chance to bat only once in the tournament and in a situation where it was required to hit right from the beginning. Even Yusuf Pathan failed to do that that day. If you can hope for Morgan firing soon why can't u hope for Shakib?"

End of over 14 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 80/4 (RR: 5.71)
KD Karthik    26* (25b 3x4)      R Bhatia    3-0-11-0
DJ Hussey    10* (15b)      YK Pathan    4-0-24-1

14.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Hussey, no run, more forward defence from Hussey

Jonesy: "My god there are some crazy emails being published. Someone saying Shakib Al Hasan is the best player on Kolkata, another one saying that Gilchrist, the greatest keeper/bestman of all time, wasn't giving enough strike to his partner. Insanity. In case you were wondering, I think morgan or ten doeschate should make way for pattinson to have an extra bowler."

14.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Hussey, FOUR, a rare misfield from Kolkata, Gambhir is not happy at that, gives the fielder the teapot, pushed towards backward point, the ball spins behind Bhatia as he looks to field and it goes away for four

Priyanka Chopra at hand today to cheer on Kolkata

14.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Hussey, 1 run, tucked to midwicket for a single

14.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 1 run, reverse-sweep from Karthik, gets it towards backward point

since many people are asking this. Charul: "Is the comments published through "Send Commentary Feedback" link at the bottom?" Yes it is

14.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Hussey, no run, an lbw appeal from Kolkata is turned down, pitching on middle and turning sharply, hits him on the thigh on the back leg, that was going to miss off

14.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Hussey, OUT, another big lbw appeal, this time the umpire is convinced, the big wicket of Hussey for Abdulla, he's having a great season, this was fired in quick, Hussey looking for the spin but there isn't no extravagant turn, slips past the bat and on to the pad, was that doing enough to take legstump? I'm not sure it was, the umpire does though

DJ Hussey lbw b Iqbal Abdulla 15 (20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

It's the time-out.

John from the Netherlands: "I don't get why Ten Deschate isn't being used as a bowler. He's better than being in the team just as a no. 7 or 8 batsman."

End of over 15 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 86/5 (RR: 5.73)
     Iqbal Abdulla    4-0-19-2
KD Karthik    27* (26b 3x4)      R Bhatia    3-0-11-0

Bhatia to bowl his final over

15.1

Bhatia to Karthik, no run, defends the first ball

Replays show that the Abdulla delivery would have hit leg. Good call from the ump

15.2

Bhatia to Karthik, no run, another dot ball, blocked to the leg side this time

15.3

Bhatia to Karthik, 1 run, fullish ball on middle, glanced towards fine leg for a single

15.4

Bhatia to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, absolutely no pace from Bhatia, he's been bowling at a spinner's pace this over, 96 kmh this time, full and guided to fine leg

15.5

Bhatia to Karthik, 1 run, keeps it full, on legstump, Karthik wanted to whip that to the leg side, edges it towards Morgan at backward point

Yogi: "God save the KINGS!!!"

15.6

Bhatia to Bipul Sharma, FOUR, Bipul plays the sweep, just about gets bat on it and gets it very fine past the keeper, who is standing up, the umpire initially signalled wides then changed the decision to runs

End of over 16 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 93/5 (RR: 5.81)
Bipul Sharma    5* (2b 1x4)      R Bhatia    4-0-18-0
KD Karthik    29* (30b 3x4)      Iqbal Abdulla    4-0-19-2

The quicks are back

16.1

Balaji to Karthik, 1 run, Balaji starts with a shortish ball on legstump, pulled to deep backward square leg

Karn Mamgain: "I really don't like these kinds of tracks - such as the ones in Jaipur, Kolkata and Kochi (today). I don't even bother watching games played on these places. Not that I like those 200+ benign pitches. Sudhir Naik makes the best pitches, in my opinion. Bounce, turn, runs. He makes the kind of tracks where you can score 180 but also defend 150."

16.2

Balaji to Bipul Sharma, 2 runs, a very slow delivery from Balaji, 102kmh, Bipul waits for it and guides it behind backward point, appeal for a run out but Bipul is safe

16.3

Balaji to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, slapped off the back foot towards point for a single

16.4

Balaji to Karthik, 1 run, a slow bouncer from Balaji, Karthik wants to pull that hard, but gets it on the glove towards square leg

16.5

Balaji to Bipul Sharma, no run, full and wide, stabbed to backward point, can't beat the fielder, no footwork at all from the batsman

16.6

Balaji to Bipul Sharma, 2 runs, superbly fielded by Pathan at long-on, a short of length ball is powerfully flat-batted down the ground, looked like heading for a four before Pathan stuck his hand out after zipping across from long-on

End of over 17 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 100/5 (RR: 5.88)
Bipul Sharma    10* (6b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-14-0
KD Karthik    31* (32b 3x4)      R Bhatia    4-0-18-0

17.1

Lee to Karthik, no run, wants to wallop the first ball of Lee's spell, mistimed towards mid-on

17.2

Lee to Karthik, no run, Lee is convinced he has Karthik caught behind, umpire isn't, a short ball that Karthik moved across and wanted to help along to fine leg, Lee was certain he has the batsman dismissed before he turns to see that the umpire is unmoved, replays show it flew off the glove to the keeper

17.3

Lee to Karthik, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket for a single

17.4

Lee to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, short of length ball outside leg, batsman skips away from leg and pokes the ball towards point

17.5

Lee to Karthik, 1 run, fuller ball, flicked to fine leg by Karthik

17.6

Lee to Bipul Sharma, no run, a 145kmh ball to end the over, shortish and over middle stump, Bipul wanted to chop that through cover, ball sails over his bat

End of over 18 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 103/5 (RR: 5.72)
Bipul Sharma    11* (8b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0
KD Karthik    33* (36b 3x4)      L Balaji    2-0-14-0

18.1

Balaji to Karthik, 1 run, shortish on legstump, whipped down to fine leg

18.2

Balaji to Bipul Sharma, 2 runs, flatbatted down the ground, not too well timed, and Punjab just can't find the boundaries, they take on Morgan and manage to sneak the second

18.3

Balaji to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, full and outside off, just a single, towards extra cover

18.4

Balaji to Karthik, 1 run, a 124.5 kmh yorker from Balaji, spot on from the bowler, Karthik digs it out, on to the pads and stop dead, batsmen zip through for a single

18.5

Balaji to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, skips away from leg, another yorker, this time outside off, chopped towards cover

18.6

Balaji to Karthik, 1 run, Balaji keeps it full, Karthik looks to muscle the ball down the ground, doesn't get the power on it., ball rolls to long-on

aaram: "@Yogi : Not good times for monarchy nowadays, so the Knights as well take over. Just a change in management perhaps?"

End of over 19 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 110/5 (RR: 5.78)
KD Karthik    36* (39b 3x4)      L Balaji    3-0-21-0
Bipul Sharma    15* (11b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0

19.1

Lee to Karthik, 1 run, looks to whack the ball towards midwicket, full ball, weak hit towards midwicket

19.2

Lee to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, slow bouncer from Lee, 114kmh, pulled towards deep midwicket, one-bounce to the fielder

Can Punjab get at least one boundary in the final five overs?

19.3

Lee to Karthik, FOUR, they can, it was a length ball on offstump, Karthik moved across to whip the ball behind square leg, past the fielder for four

19.4

Lee to Karthik, 1 run, OUT, one more run out? moves towards leg and carves the ball towards cover, throw fired in to the keeper, who is a yard away from the stumps, he throws the ball onto the stumps and Karthik is gone, perhaps he might have made his ground if he dived, smartly done by Shreevats

KD Karthik run out 42 (42b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19.5

Lee to Kumar, 2 runs, hit to long-off, they take the single after Praveen muscled the ball past the bowler, there is an extra run after that with an overthrow

19.6

Lee to Kumar, no run, full ball outside off to end the innings, 148kmh, batsman was backing away, he can't reach the ball and Punjab end on 119

L Balaji: "We have played five matches here, so we knew the wicket would be slow and grippy, it will be a good game, if the batsman apply themselves, we should chase it easily. I think we adapted quickly to the wicket, Gautam did a good job as well of using the bowlers."

Some divided opinion. Sai Keerthi says: "Who said that T20s are batsmen game? seeing the matches from last one week iam getting bored. its a bowlers game all the way. most boring IPL of all time."

On the other hand, Prema Chand says: "I m one of those hardcore fans of cricket. Following cricinfo and iplt20/pulse on my laptop. Watching live on LCD in high definition, though my kid and wife trying to grab one of TV/Laptop. My neck is aching with so many turns."

End of over 20 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 119/6
P Kumar    2* (2b)      B Lee    4-0-27-0
Bipul Sharma    16* (12b 1x4)      L Balaji    3-0-21-0
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Apr 30, 2011

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