Indian Premier League - 37th match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab

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

Kallis to strike, Punjab have Chawla and Bhatt as specialist spinners, can they do the job?

Surprise: Kolkata have decided to give Morgan a go at the top of the order.

0.1

Kumar to Kallis, no run, starts with a length ball that jags in , Kallis moves across and defends to the leg side

Arun: "People should stop complaining about pitches like these. It gives a fair chance for the bowlers (for once!) and tests the batsman's skills. Why should it be all about the sound of the bat spanking the ball? The ball knocking the stumps off is as lovely to hear!"

0.2

Kumar to Kallis, no run, shorter this time, and curves a bit away, defended off the back foot

0.3

Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, ooh, that one came on sharply, whipped towards midwicket by Kallis, that one came in a long way

0.4

Kumar to Morgan, FOUR, what shot from Morgan, shortish outside off and caressed to the deep backward point off the back foot, supreme timing that

0.5

Kumar to Morgan, no run, Praveen always gets the ball to nip around early, this game is no different, moves away from Morgan and beats the outside edge

0.6

Kumar to Morgan, no run, skates down the track and slaps the ball towards point

Jiten: "Mark my words.. 120 is a good score on this pitch!!!" Three exclamations to make his point.

End of over 1 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 5/0 (115 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.05)
EJG Morgan    4* (3b 1x4)      P Kumar    1-0-5-0
JH Kallis    1* (3b)     

1.1

Bhatt to Kallis, OUT, Bharghav Bhatt has got big wicket, he makes the first one turn a long way, Kallis is surprised by that, and checks his shot, ball loops to cover for an overhead catch, Punjab fight

JH Kallis c Hussey b Bhatt 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Bhatt is coming off an extremely successful Ranji season, topping the charts there

1.2

Bhatt to Gambhir, no run, flighted and full on legstump, defended to the leg side

1.3

Bhatt to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted again, overpitched on legstump, tucked behind square leg

1.4

Bhatt to Morgan, 3 runs, full ball is driven towards deep midwicket, sharp running gets them three

1.5

Bhatt to Gambhir, 1 run, whipped uppishly off the pads, towards midwicket

1.6

Bhatt to Morgan, no run, confusion in the middle, Gambhir is sprinting for the single, Morgan doesn't want one after he plays the ball towards short fine, Gambhir makes a mad dash back

End of over 2 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 10/1 (110 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.11)
EJG Morgan    7* (5b 1x4)      BA Bhatt    1-0-5-1
G Gambhir    2* (3b)      P Kumar    1-0-5-0

2.1

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, batsman skips away past leg and looks to cut the ball, edges it towards third man

keeper standing up

2.2

Kumar to Morgan, no run, cut away towards point by Morgan

2.3

Kumar to Morgan, FOUR, the bottom hand comes off as Morgan slams that one over mid-on, inside half off the bat, lands a few yards inside the rope

2.4

Kumar to Morgan, FOUR, short and wide, Punjab can't afford these, Morgan thrashes it over cover for four

Round the wicket

2.5

Kumar to Morgan, no run, short of length and just outside off, dabbed towards point

2.6

Kumar to Morgan, no run, short of length and outside off, Morgan goes for the cut again, misses as the ball sneaks under the bat

End of over 3 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 19/1 (101 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 5.94)
EJG Morgan    15* (10b 3x4)      P Kumar    2-0-14-0
G Gambhir    3* (4b)      BA Bhatt    1-0-5-1

3.1

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, Hussey starts round the wicket, well outside off, dabbed towards backward point

3.2

Hussey to Morgan, FOUR, plenty of flight from Hussey and that nearly got the wicket, a top edge loops towards point, lands safely between two fielders and then speeds away to the boundary

3.3

Hussey to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan is in a hurry here, another boundary for him, scythed over cover off the front foot for four more

3.4

Hussey to Morgan, 1 run, a low full toss outside off, muscled towards extra cover, can't beat the fielder

3.5

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, providing plenty of width in this over, chopped towards point

3.6

Hussey to Morgan, FOUR, hammered by Morgan for another boundary, it was short and outside off, Morgan rocks back and clubs it over mid-on for four

End of over 4 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 34/1 (86 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 5.37)
EJG Morgan    28* (14b 6x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-15-0
G Gambhir    5* (6b)      P Kumar    2-0-14-0

4.1

Bhatt to Gambhir, 1 run, outside leg stump, tucked behind square leg

4.2

Bhatt to Morgan, OUT, superb catch from Ryan Harris ends Morgan's cameo, an effortless chip shot from Morgan towards deep midwicket, Harris charges in from the deep and takes the ball low as it was dipping on him, Punjab need more of these if they are to make a fight of it

EJG Morgan c Harris b Bhatt 28 (15b 6x4 0x6) SR: 186.66

4.3

Bhatt to Gambhir, no run, eased back to the bowler

4.4

Bhatt to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir comes down the track to clip the ball to midwicket, can't connect struck on the pads

4.5

Bhatt to Gambhir, FOUR, poor ball from Bhargav, pitches outside leg and turn further away, Gambhir just had to lap it past short fine leg to pick up a boundary, quite easily done

4.6

Bhatt to Gambhir, 1 run, nudged to midwicket for a single

End of over 5 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 40/2 (80 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.33)
G Gambhir    11* (11b 1x4)      BA Bhatt    2-0-11-2
MK Tiwary    0* (0b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-15-0

Harris comes on to bowl

5.1

Harris to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, short of length on legstump, off the thigh pad towards square leg

5.2

Harris to Tiwary, no run, tapped towards cover off the front foot

5.3

Harris to Tiwary, FOUR, lovely hit from Tiwary, length ball outside off, confidently strides out and drives that through point for four

5.4

Harris to Tiwary, no run, shorter this time, outside off, tapped towards backward point

5.5

Harris to Tiwary, no run, extra bounce for Harris, Tiwary wanted to guide that to third man but can't connect

5.6

Harris to Tiwary, no run, keeps it short of length and outside off, guided to backward point by Tiwary

vivek: "Am watching Arnie's Predator. Making up for the lack of excitement in this match."

End of over 6 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 45/2 (75 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 5.35)
MK Tiwary    4* (5b 1x4)      RJ Harris    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    11* (12b 1x4)      BA Bhatt    2-0-11-2

Chawla is in, big moment in the match

6.1

Chawla to Gambhir, 3 wides, spins the first one down the leg side

6.1

Chawla to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up and fullish one, driven towards mid-on

6.2

Chawla to Tiwary, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, swept firmly towards deep backward square leg

6.3

Chawla to Gambhir, no run, length ball, the googly makes its appearance, Gambhir jabs it off the back foot

6.4

Chawla to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir is a great player of spin, he shows it here, charging out and getting to the pitch and then whipping it to wide long-on for four

6.5

Chawla to Gambhir, no run, fired in quicker, defended to square leg

6.6

Chawla to Gambhir, no run, this time the googly spins too much for Gambhir, he's beaten outside off as he looks to drive

End of over 7 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 54/2 (66 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.71, RRR: 5.07)
G Gambhir    16* (17b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-9-0
MK Tiwary    5* (6b 1x4)      RJ Harris    1-0-4-0

7.1

Hussey to Tiwary, 1 run, defends the length ball towards cover

7.2

Hussey to Gambhir, no run, not much flight from Hussey, jabbed towards point

7.3

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, carved towards sweeper cover for a single

7.4

Hussey to Tiwary, no run, this time he tosses it up, driven towards mid-off

7.5

Hussey to Tiwary, 1 run, on the pads, tucked behind square leg

7.6

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish and outside off, Gambhir slaps it towards cover

End of over 8 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 58/2 (62 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 5.16)
G Gambhir    18* (20b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-19-0
MK Tiwary    7* (9b 1x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-9-0

8.1

Chawla to Gambhir, 1 run, runs it towards short third man

8.2

Chawla to Tiwary, no run, tried to paddle that one from outside off, gets it on the toe end of the bat, just wide of the keeper to the leg side

8.3

Chawla to Tiwary, 1 run, eased towards extra cover for a single

8.4

Chawla to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball on the pads, Gambhir charges out but can only punch it back to the bowler

8.5

Chawla to Gambhir, 1 run, spots the googly early, backs away and carves the ball to sweeper cover

8.6

Chawla to Tiwary, 1 run, flighted and and outside off, driven square for a single

Time-out called for.

Pankaj: "Sipping coffee on a bright, but lazy morning in the Silicon Valley. Brother-in-law's family taking in the game at Eden Garden in hospitality section. Emails me pic. Says SRK in a different box. Ah, well."

Bakshi: "@everyone not happy with bowlers dominating - Give them a break, already the 1 bouncer and free hit rule! what next? free hit if you dont bowl a knee high full toss atleast once in an over?"

End of over 9 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 62/2 (58 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.88, RRR: 5.27)
MK Tiwary    9* (12b 1x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    20* (23b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-19-0

9.1

Bhatt to Tiwary, no run, short of length and outside off, dabbed behind point

9.2

Bhatt to Tiwary, FOUR, too full from the bowler, driven crisply past extra cover, poor fielding in the deep, Chawla should have stopped that but his dive is ineffective

9.3

Bhatt to Tiwary, 1 run, stabs it towards point

9.4

Bhatt to Gambhir, 2 runs, innovative from Gambhir, stretches forwards and plays the ball fine past the keeper down the leg side

9.5

Bhatt to Gambhir, 1 run, drilled down to long-off for a single

9.6

Bhatt to Tiwary, 1 run, guided towards point for a sharp single

End of over 10 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 71/2 (49 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.10, RRR: 4.90)
MK Tiwary    15* (16b 2x4)      BA Bhatt    3-0-20-2
G Gambhir    23* (25b 2x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-0

10.1

Harris to Tiwary, no run, Harris returns, starts with a length ball heading for middle, Tiwary plays it to mid-on, Gambhir wants a single, Tiwary doesn't, Gambhir races back, would have been tight if there was a direct hit

Raghu: "A slow / low pitch is a boring pitch. There is nothing in it for the bowlers, nor the batsman. Flat trackers are horrible, but why cant we have pacy bouncy pitches with a bit for both bowler and batsman"

10.2

Harris to Tiwary, 1 run, on the pads, whipped towards midwicket

10.3

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish ball on the pads, Gambhir jumps and guides the ball towards short fine leg

10.4

Harris to Tiwary, 1 run, short of a length and outside off, tips it to the off side and scoots through for a single

10.5

Harris to Gambhir, 5 wides, shortish ball pitching on leg and jagging down, Gilchrist dives but he can't get to it as the late movement beats him

10.5

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, on legstump once more, off the gloves of Gambhir towards short fine

10.6

Harris to Tiwary, no run, shortish ball just outside off, defended to the leg side

End of over 11 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 80/2 (40 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.27, RRR: 4.44)
MK Tiwary    17* (20b 2x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    25* (27b 2x4)      BA Bhatt    3-0-20-2

11.1

Bipul Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, spin it into the pads, tucked to square leg

11.2

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, no run, loopy delivery, pitches outside off and turns further away, beats Tiwary

11.3

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, takes an age to arrive to the batsman, short ball that turns away, Tiwary plays it off the back foot, against the turn towards wide mid-on

11.4

Bipul Sharma to Gambhir, 1 wide, spins it down the leg side

11.4

Bipul Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, pitching outside off and turning in, played form the crease towards cover

"Dada, dada" the chant goes up as the cameras pan to Sourav Ganguly in the crowd

11.5

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, no run, dabbed to point, Tiwary wanted one, Gambhir didn't

11.6

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, eased to long-on for a single to end the over, this has been a cruise for Kolkata

End of over 12 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 85/2 (35 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.08, RRR: 4.37)
MK Tiwary    19* (24b 2x4)      Bipul Sharma    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    27* (29b 2x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-13-0

Valthaty into the attack, can he work some magic?

12.1

Valthaty to Tiwary, 1 run, slow delivery outside off, defended towards point off the front foot

12.2

Valthaty to Gambhir, 1 run, short ball, slower one from Valthaty, that kept low, on legstump, worked in front of square leg

12.3

Valthaty to Tiwary, FOUR, lovely work from Tiwary, he's in superb form, another attempted slower ball, Tiwary opens the face and guides it fine past the keeper for four

12.4

Valthaty to Tiwary, no run, driven to cover off the front foot

12.5

Valthaty to Tiwary, no run, bowling at a Rajat Bhatia pace, guided towards backward point

12.6

Valthaty to Tiwary, no run, batsman gets forward and punches the ball towards cover

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 91/2 (29 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 4.14)
MK Tiwary    24* (29b 3x4)      PC Valthaty    1-0-6-0
G Gambhir    28* (30b 2x4)      Bipul Sharma    1-0-5-0

13.1

Bipul Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, dabbed to point

13.2

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, 1 wide, wide outside off

13.2

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, no run, defended off the front foot towards point

13.3

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, no run, loopy ball pitching well outside off, looks to sweep that one, doesn't get bat on it

13.4

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, guided off the back foot towards point

13.5

Bipul Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, turns in sharply, Gambhir adjust well, he was initially looking for an expansive shot, check it to carve the ball to cover

13.6

Bipul Sharma to Tiwary, no run, the final delivery is defended off the back foot to the bowler

Time-out. Any thoughts on what Punjab will be discussing?

For those of you asking, here are the links for most runs and most wickets this season.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 95/2 (25 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.78, RRR: 4.16)
MK Tiwary    25* (33b 3x4)      Bipul Sharma    2-0-9-0
G Gambhir    30* (32b 2x4)      PC Valthaty    1-0-6-0

14.1

Valthaty to Gambhir, FOUR, shortish ball outside off, Gambhir slashes it behind point for a boundary, beating the diving fielder in the deep

14.2

Valthaty to Gambhir, 1 run, a single to cover brings up the century, 20 to go

14.3

Valthaty to Tiwary, 1 run, turns into Tiwary, who tucks the ball to midwicket

14.4

Valthaty to Gambhir, no run, nearly sneaks past the bat that one, Gambhir was looking to defend off the front foot, gets an inside-edge on to the pad

14.5

Valthaty to Gambhir, 1 run, guided down towards fine leg for a single

14.6

Valthaty to Tiwary, no run, looks to muscle the ball out of the ground, mistimes it and the ball reaches mid-on on the bounce

End of over 15 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 102/2 (18 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.80, RRR: 3.60)
MK Tiwary    26* (35b 3x4)      PC Valthaty    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    36* (36b 3x4)      Bipul Sharma    2-0-9-0

15.1

Chawla to Gambhir, 2 runs, full and into the pads, worked to fine leg, Gambhir sprints through for the second

15.2

Chawla to Gambhir, no run, googly hits the footmarks and bounces and turns, Gambhir is beaten

15.3

Chawla to Gambhir, 1 run, another googly, this time it gets the leading edge, which lands safely short of cover

15.4

Chawla to Tiwary, SIX, Tiwary muscles this one over long-off for a big six, and the crowd loves it, that was a big hit, Tiwary comes out of the crease to reach the pitch of the ball

15.5

Chawla to Tiwary, no run, charges out once more, but can't get under this one, slammed towards cover

15.6

Chawla to Tiwary, 1 wide, turns past the leg stump, Punjab have given away nearly 10% of the target in wides

15.6

Chawla to Tiwary, 1 run, full and outside off, swept along the ground behind square leg

End of over 16 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 113/2 (7 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.06, RRR: 1.75)
MK Tiwary    33* (38b 3x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    3-0-24-0
G Gambhir    39* (39b 3x4)      PC Valthaty    2-0-13-0

16.1

Bhatt to Tiwary, 1 run, another sweep from Tiwary, to square leg to move Kolkata within six of the target

16.2

Bhatt to Gambhir, no run, full ball on off, can't beat the man at midwicket

16.3

Bhatt to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir waltzes out of the crease and whips the ball,can't beat Hussey at midwicket again

16.4

Bhatt to Gambhir, 1 run, swiped towards deep midwicket this time for a single

16.5

Bhatt to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary wanted to slam that against the spin and into the crowd, can't connect

16.6

Bhatt to Tiwary, no run, jabbed to backward point, another dot ball to end

End of over 17 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 115/2 (5 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 1.66)
MK Tiwary    34* (41b 3x4 1x6)      BA Bhatt    4-0-22-2
G Gambhir    40* (42b 3x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-24-0

17.1

Chawla to Gambhir, FOUR, scores are level, Gambhir heaves the length ball over wide long-on for four

17.2

Chawla to Gambhir, 1 run, Korbo, lorbo, jetbo and all that, all too easy for Kolkata, on the pads, tucked behind square for the winning run, Kolkata go top of the table! superb stand between Gambhir and Tiwary flattens them after the spinners did the job early on,

Here's the points table.

Manoj Tiwary: "Very happy to contribute to the win, happy that I remained not out, that means I was there till the end, very good performance from Gambhir who is a great player of spin. I was desperate to do well in this format."

Praveen mails this in: "Hope Rajasthan Royals have an eye on this match to learn how KKR are chasing such low totals to get a win with some decent +NRR"

Amlan asks: "KKR on top of the points table? Am I hallucinating?"

Sunny says:"Lets have Priyanka Chopra for every match, SRK.."

Presentation ceremony:
Adam Gilchrist: "We needed at least 20 more, it was a spinning wicket, and a bit difficult against the quicks as well. Well bowled to their spinners, and we gifted away a couple of wickets as well. Once they knew the target, they could afford to take a few early risks. We have to dust ourselves and get up for the next game."

Gautam Gambhir: "All the credit goes to the way our bowlers bowled, they have plenty of depth in the batting so to keep them to such a small total was great. Morgan batted brilliantly in the first 4-5 overs, taking a lot of pressure off. We have a long way to go, we just want to continue to play good cricket. As long as we put in 100%, results don't matter."

Man of the Match is Iqbal Abdulla. Gambhir translates for Abdulla: "I feel really good, I was ready for it, I have bowled in the first six overs before. Felt good to get wickets of Adam Gilchrist and David Hussey. Thsi s my first Man of the Match. I'm really happy. "

As Bon Jovi said, "we're halfway there", Kolkata celebrate but there's still a month to go in the IPL. Join us tomorrow for the next batch of matches. Seeya!

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Apr 30, 2011

Gautam Gambhir plays a slog-sweep, Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Kolkata, April 30, 2011

Gautam Gambhir plays a slog-sweep

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Apr 30, 2011

Ryan Harris is congratulated on catching Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Kolkata, April 30, 2011

Ryan Harris is congratulated on catching Eoin Morgan

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