Indian Premier League - 45th match

Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kolkata Knight Riders

Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 17 runs

We are ready for the chase. A challenging task for the in-form Kolkata. The fielders are out, so are the umpires. Kallis and Morgan are making their way out. RP runs in, one slip in place

0.1

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitched up on the off stump, Kallis gets forward and drives it to extra cover

0.2

Singh to Kallis, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, worked away off the back foot behind square leg for a single

0.3

Singh to Morgan, no run, beaten, lovely delivery, landed around the off stump and nipped away just enough to evade the bat, Morgan was playing forward to it but was beaten in the end

0.4

Singh to Morgan, FOUR, straying on the pads and Morgan cashes in, shuffles just a hint and helps it on its way past the diving Parthiv

0.5

Singh to Morgan, no run, back of a length outside off, nips away and he lets it go

0.6

Singh to Morgan, FOUR, short and wide, Morgam makes room and smashes it over the covers for a boundary, a gift ball that after a good start to the over

End of over 1 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 9/0 (148 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 7.78)
EJG Morgan    8* (4b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-0-9-0
JH Kallis    1* (2b)     

Sreesanth runs in to big cheers

1.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, a hint of swing there, moved away, pitched on the off and Kallis tried to drive him hard through cover, got a thick inside edge

1.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, kept low after landing short on middle, pushed it towards midwicket, Morgan called for the single and Kallis sent him back

1.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, cannoned over the covers, good length on the off, Kallis made room and hammered that over the fielder, Klinger was the man there but couldn't reach it

1.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 wide, down the leg side this time and it's called a wide

1.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, a bit of extra bounce there, good length but rose up more than Kallis anticipated, played it well in the end, dropped his hands and got it wide of point for a single

1.5

Sreesanth to Morgan, no run, appeal for lbw, was it missing leg? Some swing there for Sreesanth, landed on middle and leg and moving in, Morgan tried to hit that across the line, got a thin inside edge onto the pads, that's what saved him

1.6

Sreesanth to Morgan, no run, full and wide and he shapes up to drive that through the covers but doesn't make contact

End of over 2 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 15/0 (142 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 7.88)
EJG Morgan    8* (6b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0
JH Kallis    6* (6b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-9-0

2.1

Singh to Kallis, no run, back of a length on middle, rocks back and taps it towards point

2.2

Singh to Kallis, FOUR, short and he is into position early, rocks back and pulls it away over square leg, positive start from Kolkata to the chase

2.3

Singh to Kallis, FOUR, poor stuff from RP, plenty of width and too short, Kallis can free his arms and flay it through point and cover for four more

2.4

Singh to Kallis, 1 run, swinging in, good length on middle and leg, turned past square leg for a single

2.5

Singh to Morgan, no run, accurate this time, targeting middle and off, there is a bit of movement around as well Morgan gets on the back foot and defends it into the leg side

2.6

Singh to Morgan, FOUR, uppish but in the gap again, short and he slashes at it really hard, beats the diving point and third man, fiercely struck

End of over 3 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 28/0 (129 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 9.33, RRR: 7.58)
EJG Morgan    12* (8b 3x4)      RP Singh    2-0-22-0
JH Kallis    15* (10b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, Kallis gets back and drops it in front of the bowler, thinks of a single but wisely decides against it

3.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, a touch fuller, Kallis gets to the pitch and pushes it firmly to cover

3.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, that didn't miss the stumps by much, short, he swivelled and tried to pull it square, it struck his thighs and dropped just wide of the stumps, only a leg-bye in the end but it could have cost him his wicket

3.4

Sreesanth to Morgan, 1 run, on a length on middle, turns it wide of mid-on for a quick single

3.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, 2 runs, Kallis moves across to fetch it from outside off to work it past short fine leg for a couple of runs

3.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, slower one bowled short on the off, punched towards mid-on for a quick single

Solid stand between these two, they've run well and ensured the bad balls haven't gone to waste

End of over 4 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 33/0 (124 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 7.75)
JH Kallis    19* (15b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0
EJG Morgan    13* (9b 3x4)      RP Singh    2-0-22-0

Vinay Kumar into the attack now

4.1

Vinay Kumar to Kallis, 2 runs, starts with a meaty delivery on middle and leg, Kallis flicks it past midwicket into the vast open space in the deep, two more

4.2

Vinay Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, short and wide, slashes hard, flies off the outside edge and lands on the bounce to third man

4.3

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, 1 leg bye, short of a good length on middle, nipping in, Morgan tries to whip it square, struck high on the pads, they manage to sneak a run

4.4

Vinay Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, slightly short on middle, gets across to turn it behind square for a single

4.5

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, 1 run, shortish on the off, runs it down to third man for a single

4.6

Vinay Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, angling it on middle, gets across and drives it wide of mid-on for a single to keep strike

End of over 5 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 40/0 (117 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.80)
JH Kallis    24* (19b 3x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-6-0
EJG Morgan    14* (11b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0

Nikhil: "just spotted a fan, wearing KKR's jersey, n waving kochi tusker's flag........ probably just a neutral fan of Cricket.."

Prasanth Parameswaran comes on, Man of the Match in his team's previous game

5.1

Parameswaran to Kallis, 1 run, lands on middle and leg, clipped past square leg for a single

5.2

Parameswaran to Morgan, no run, just short of a good length, Morgan gets forward and pushes it towards extra cover

5.3

Parameswaran to Morgan, no run, swinging away and aiming full, Morgan came forward to turn that past midwicket but converted it into a yorker, got a thick edge, along the ground, to slip

5.4

Parameswaran to Morgan, no run, slightly short on middle and off, gets forward and drops it in front of cover, big cheers from the home crowd

5.5

Parameswaran to Morgan, 1 run, moving away from a short of a good length, eased it wide of cover for a single

5.6

Parameswaran to Kallis, 1 run, tries to force that hard through extra cover even though the shot wasn't quite on, got a thick inside edge past midwicket for a single, a tidy start from Parameswaran

Kolkata have begun soundly in their chase, this is a good platform

End of over 6 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 43/0 (114 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.16, RRR: 8.14)
JH Kallis    26* (21b 3x4)      P Parameswaran    1-0-3-0
EJG Morgan    15* (15b 3x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-6-0

6.1

Vinay Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, short of a good length, gets forward and plays it behind point for a single

6.2

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, no run, back of a length on middle, Morgan moves back and drops it in front of point

6.3

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, no run, keeps a little low, good couple of overs now, Morgan gets his bat down in time to defend it to point

6.4

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan clips that elegantly towards fine leg on the bounce, was on the pads, would have liked to get it finer

6.5

Vinay Kumar to Kallis, FOUR, did not go where he intended it to go, short on middle and leg, tried to hook it past square leg, got a top edge and towards the fine-leg boundary, he'll take it, a bit of a relief from the spate of dot balls in the last couple of overs

6.6

Vinay Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, punched down the ground towards long-on to raise the 50-stand, Kolkata are on track here

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 50/0 (107 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 8.23)
JH Kallis    32* (24b 4x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-13-0
EJG Morgan    16* (18b 3x4)      P Parameswaran    1-0-3-0

7.1

Parameswaran to Kallis, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended back to the bowler has plenty of encouragement from the crowd

7.2

Parameswaran to Kallis, no run, appeal for caught-behind, pushed it fuller outside off, Kallis walked across to drive it through the leg side, there was a deflection and it and the keeper clasped it, replays show it went off the back leg, but we need to have another look. We haven't seen a replay yet but indications were that it went off the back leg and there wasn't any contact with the bat

7.3

Parameswaran to Kallis, no run, driven back to the bowler and Prasanth fields it diving to his right, he's done well so far

7.4

Parameswaran to Kallis, 2 runs, excellent fielding in the deep to a gorgeous shot, landed on a length and he lofted it Tendulkar style, but wide of long-off, Gomez ran yards to his left, dived and hauled it back in to keep them to just two though one would think the shot deserved more

7.5

Parameswaran to Kallis, 2 runs, on the pads from Prasanth this time, flicked past square leg for a couple more

7.6

Parameswaran to Kallis, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turned in the direction of square leg for a single to keep strike

End of over 8 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 55/0 (102 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.87, RRR: 8.50)
JH Kallis    37* (30b 4x4)      P Parameswaran    2-0-8-0
EJG Morgan    16* (18b 3x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-13-0

Gomez is the new man

8.1

Gomez to Kallis, 1 run, length delivery on middle, driven hard back down the pitch, just the single as Gomez fails to stop it on his follow through

8.2

Gomez to Morgan, FOUR, streaky, Morgan tried to cream that through the covers, appeared as though he got an inside edge that scraped Parthiv's gloves on its way to the fine-leg boundary, can't quite call it a drop

8.3

Gomez to Morgan, 1 run, chipped towards long-off, safe shot as the field is spread out, just the single

8.4

Gomez to Kallis, no run, good length on middle and off, defended towards cover

8.5

Gomez to Kallis, no run, slower one bowled slightly short, dabs it in front of cover, thinks of a single but it just isn't there

8.6

Gomez to Kallis, 1 run, the slower one on middle and leg, turned past short fine for a single

Time for the Time Out

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 62/0 (95 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.88, RRR: 8.63)
JH Kallis    39* (34b 4x4)      RV Gomez    1-0-7-0
EJG Morgan    21* (20b 4x4)      P Parameswaran    2-0-8-0

Meanwhile, Jadeja to bowl now

9.1

Jadeja to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis threads that between deep cover and long-off, was tossed up, pitched up and he drove that on bent knee powerfully through the off side, Kochi need a wicket quickly

9.2

Jadeja to Kallis, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-off for a single

9.3

Jadeja to Morgan, 1 run, turned into the leg side for one more

9.4

Jadeja to Kallis, no run, fullish outside off with a hint of turn away, sliced towards point

9.5

Jadeja to Kallis, no run, went on with the arm, punched into the leg side ;past the bowler but Jadeja covers good ground to prevent the single

9.6

Jadeja to Kallis, 1 run, cracked along the ground towards deep cover for one more

End of over 10 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 69/0 (88 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.90, RRR: 8.80)
JH Kallis    45* (39b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0
EJG Morgan    22* (21b 4x4)      RV Gomez    1-0-7-0

10.1

Gomez to Kallis, no run, short of a good length on middle, dropped into the leg side in front of the bowler

10.2

Gomez to Kallis, OUT, bowled'im! Was the slower legcutter, Kallis drove at that inside the line, tried to play it past extra cover, it cut away to beat the bat and peg back the off stump, a timely breakthrough for Kochi

JH Kallis b Gomez 45 (41b 5x4 0x6) SR: 109.75

Kallis departs after building a strong foundation with Morgan, Gambhir walks in

10.3

Gomez to Gambhir, OUT, gone first ball! The tide is turning, good length and Gambhir stepped away to play his favourite shot first ball, made room to clear extra cover but couldn't get the elevation he needed, played it straight into the hands of Mahela, Gomez is on a hat-trick

G Gambhir c Jayawardene b Gomez 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Manoj Tiwary walks in, under some pressure

10.4

Gomez to Tiwary, no run, nope, a simple short of a good length delivery outside off, defended comfortably towards point

10.5

Gomez to Tiwary, no run, the legcutter again, not unlike what Rajat Bhatia bowled in the first innings, pushed towards cover

10.6

Gomez to Tiwary, no run, slower one bowled short on middle and leg, dropped into the leg side

A potentially decisive over that. A double-wicket maiden from Gomez just when his side needed a wicket urgently

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) Kolkata Knight Riders 69/2 (88 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 9.77)
MK Tiwary    0* (3b)      RV Gomez    2-1-7-2
EJG Morgan    22* (21b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0

RP returns

11.1

Singh to Morgan, 1 wide, starts with a really wide ball down the leg side

11.1

Singh to Morgan, FOUR, a pressure-relieving boundary that, short and Morgan shapes to pull it hard over square leg, fine leg had no chance

11.2

Singh to Morgan, no run, deflects off the pads to the wicketkeeper who fumbles, down the leg side and he couldn't take advantage of it

11.3

Singh to Morgan, SIX, slashes hard, short and wide, RP is erring in length here, a poor start to the second spell, Morgan bends and whacks that over the third-man boundary, Vinay dived valiantly to his left but had no chance

11.4

Singh to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan's doing well here, low full toss on leg stump, clipped wide of fine leg to run back for the second

11.5

Singh to Morgan, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, flicked away wide of deep square leg, Gomez picks it up and returns a not-so-strong throw on the bounce to Parthiv, Morgan made it back in time

11.6

Singh to Morgan, no run, gets it on a good length this time, pushed back firmly past the bowler but mid-off is up

Expensive return, Kolkata will be relieved to get their innings on track again

End of over 12 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 84/2 (73 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 9.12)
EJG Morgan    36* (27b 5x4 1x6)      RP Singh    3-0-37-0
MK Tiwary    0* (3b)      RV Gomez    2-1-7-2

12.1

Gomez to Tiwary, no run, pitched on a good length, punched on the bounce to extra cover

12.2

Gomez to Tiwary, no run, pretends to make room but shuffles back in again, it's a straight delivery that is worked to midwicket

12.3

Gomez to Tiwary, 1 run, goodish length outside off, drops it between cover and point for a single

12.4

Gomez to Morgan, no run, a slower one bowled full on leg stump, defended back to the bowler

12.5

Gomez to Morgan, 2 runs, low full toss and Morgan chips that wide of long-off for a couple of runs

It seems Gomez has been warned by the umpire for running on the wicket

12.6

Gomez to Morgan, 1 run, clipped past midwicket for a single to keep strike, we are in for a close one here

End of over 13 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 88/2 (69 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 9.85)
EJG Morgan    39* (30b 5x4 1x6)      RV Gomez    3-1-11-2
MK Tiwary    1* (6b)      RP Singh    3-0-37-0

Rak: "This is the Morgan we all know. Hustle bustle player, capable of finishing the innings in style."

Vinay Kumar runs in

13.1

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, FOUR, short and wide, they've bowled too many of those this innings, slashed away hard over point and in the gap for four more, a freebie as far as Morgan is concerned

13.2

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, no run, short but not as wide as the previous one, a touch too close to cut, slashes again but misses

13.3

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, no run, charges down the track to hammer that one over point again, the width was there this time and he'll consider that a wasted opportunity

13.4

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, FOUR, gets it right this time, delicately done, it was the slower one from Vinay, waited for it to cut in, late-cut it just wide of a diving Parthiv to the third-man boundary

13.5

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, 1 run, the slower one banged in short, bunts it into the leg side past midwicket for a single, a swat actually but not a very forceful one

13.6

Vinay Kumar to Tiwary, OUT, Tiwary has succumed, short ball on the off and he went for the pull, came off the bottom of the bat and McCullum at midwicket took it easily

MK Tiwary c McCullum b Vinay Kumar 1 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

A wicket but not of Morgan. Kochi will think they have edged ahead here, but Yusuf Pathan may well change all that. We'll see

End of over 14 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 97/3 (60 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.92, RRR: 10.00)
     R Vinay Kumar    3-0-22-1
EJG Morgan    48* (35b 7x4 1x6)      RV Gomez    3-1-11-2

Ahdil: "The Morgan we don't know is the one who struggles against short bowling and is unsure around his off stump."

14.1

Gomez to Pathan, 1 run, A slower one bowled full on the off, drilled down the ground to long-off for a single

14.2

Gomez to Morgan, no run, slower one bowled full on middle, pushed back to the bowler

14.3

Gomez to Morgan, 1 run, chips that one wide of long-on to give Yusuf the strike

14.4

Gomez to Pathan, no run, short ball outside leg stump, tries to pull it hard behind square, not called a wide, Parthiv fumbles, the pressure builds

14.5

Gomez to Pathan, 1 run, slower one, driven down towards long-off for a single, Gomez is doing well

14.6

Gomez to Morgan, no run, the end of an excellent spell, pitched up and Morgan can only manage to squeeze it back to the bowler

Gomez's spell could make a difference in the outcome, he broke that threatening opening stand and dismissed the dangerous Gambhir first ball

End of over 15 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 100/3 (57 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 11.40)
EJG Morgan    49* (38b 7x4 1x6)      RV Gomez    4-1-14-2
YK Pathan    2* (3b)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-22-1

Prasanth is back into the attack

15.1

Parameswaran to Pathan, 2 runs, short of a good length outside off, slices it over point for a couple of runs

15.2

Parameswaran to Pathan, 1 run, on the bounce, powerfully struck, it landed on a length and in the slot for Yusuf who'll regret not getting it wide of the fielder

15.3

Parameswaran to Morgan, 1 run, full toss on the off, smacked straight to mid-off, just the single in the end and it's a half-century, a well-played one at that

15.4

Parameswaran to Pathan, no run, full and wide and Yusuf is made to reach for it, tries to squeeze it past point, can't get his bat to it, Kolkata are under pressure

15.5

Parameswaran to Pathan, 1 run, pitched up outside off, driven wristily towards deep cover for just the single

15.6

Parameswaran to Morgan, 1 run, full toss and he almost drags it on, tries to smash it past midwicket, gets an inside edge onto his pads, just the single

The two Kerala boys have done a fantastic job here. Time out time now. That spell from Gomez, that last-over burst from Hodge, Kochi will feel they peaked at the right time in this game

End of over 16 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 106/3 (51 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.62, RRR: 12.75)
EJG Morgan    51* (40b 7x4 1x6)      P Parameswaran    3-0-14-0
YK Pathan    6* (7b)      RV Gomez    4-1-14-2

Sreesanth back into the attack

16.1

Sreesanth to Morgan, no run, Morgan's feeling the heat, that was a length ball he would have fancied dispatching but he couldn't connect

16.2

Sreesanth to Morgan, SIX, he connects this time, that's what he was aiming at and Sreesanth's mother is clearly worried in the stands. Pitched up and it was launched miles into the stands over long-on

16.3

Sreesanth to Morgan, FOUR, full toss, poor delivery from the local boy, swung away into that gap behind midwicket for a one-bounce four

16.4

Sreesanth to Morgan, 1 run, another full toss but a low one this time, played hard towards long-off for a single

16.5

Sreesanth to Pathan, 1 run, aiming for the yorker, almost gets it right, Yusuf stretches and runs it down to third man for a single

16.6

Sreesanth to Morgan, 1 run, just the single, a length delivery and he drags it wide of long-on into the deep but just the single as the fielder returns a good throw, an expensive over but still plenty of ground to cover for Kolkata

End of over 17 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 119/3 (38 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 12.66)
EJG Morgan    63* (45b 8x4 2x6)      S Sreesanth    3-0-24-0
YK Pathan    7* (8b)      P Parameswaran    3-0-14-0

Prasanth runs in for his last over

17.1

Parameswaran to Morgan, 1 run, some reverse on that one, played down the ground to long-on for a single

17.2

Parameswaran to Pathan, 1 run, long-off is wider than usual and Yusuf finds him but on the bounce, length ball and he struck it hard, but just the single in the end

17.3

Parameswaran to Morgan, no run, doesn't work for Morgan, had shaped up for the paddle, Prasanth bowled a full toss outside off and the batsman couldn't quite execute what he had planned, a valuable dot ball for the hosts

17.4

Parameswaran to Morgan, no run, another one, slower delivery this time and he swings at that one a little too early, misses

17.5

Parameswaran to Morgan, 1 run, full toss again but it's a safe one, punched towards deep cover for just a single, what a lovely little over this from the home boy

17.6

Parameswaran to Pathan, FOUR, beautifully placed from Yusuf, wide and full and he just sliced it past point to beat third man and deep point, executed perfectly

That doesn't take away from a good performance from Prasanth, he's played a significant role in piling the pressure on the visitors.

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 126/3 (31 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 15.50)
YK Pathan    12* (10b 1x4)      P Parameswaran    4-0-21-0
EJG Morgan    65* (49b 8x4 2x6)      S Sreesanth    3-0-24-0

31 needed off 12. Is that asking too much from Kolkata? Time's running out. Vinay runs in

18.1

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, 1 run, pitched up outside off, reaches for it and plays it down to long-on, just the single

18.2

Vinay Kumar to Pathan, FOUR, Yusuf keeps the Kolkata hopes alive, full outside off and it's drilled hard past extra cover to the boundary

18.3

Vinay Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, appeal for a catch, slower one bowled full, reached for it and it appeared it was a bump ball, actually it was one. Landed just short of Jadeja at point. Just the single, was almost in the blockhole

18.4

Vinay Kumar to Morgan, OUT, run-out, another good delivery from Vinay, low full toss that Morgan couldn't do much against, gets to the keeper as he misses it on the swing and Yusuf has already run down the pitch to take strike next ball, by the time Morgan realises that it's too late and he sacrifices his wicket as Parthiv returns the ball to the bowler

EJG Morgan run out 66 (51b 8x4 2x6) SR: 129.41

A half-century that lost a bit of steam in the last couple of overs

18.5

Vinay Kumar to Pathan, OUT, Yusuf goes and it lookes beyond them now, full outside off and it's smashed hard but straight to Mahela who is positioned perfectly at extra cover, just inside the circle

YK Pathan c Jayawardene b Vinay Kumar 17 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 130.76

Lee comes in, can he make amends for that last over?

18.6

Vinay Kumar to Lee, no run, dot ball, yorker length outside off and he can't squeeze it out, misses and Vinay completes an excellent over

End of over 19 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 132/5 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.94, RRR: 25.00)
B Lee    0* (1b)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-28-2
MV Boucher    0* (0b)      P Parameswaran    4-0-21-0

Boucher's on strike for the last over. 25 needed and RP runs in

19.1

Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, length ball outside off, dragged wide of midwicket, just the couple

19.2

Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, shot but only a couple as Hodge dives to his left to save two runs, pulled hard but he covered good ground in the deep

19.3

Singh to Boucher, 1 run, full and it's sliced wide of cover for just a single, the crowd can't stop cheering now since the result is more or less known

19.4

Singh to Lee, 1 run, OUT, pitched up to Lee, he drives it wide of long-off for a couple of runs, there's an appeal for a run-out but the throw was a wide one. Parthiv dived to take off the bails and it was enough to find Lee short, if only marginally. It is a run-out.

B Lee run out 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Rajat Bhatia comes in

19.5

Singh to Bhatia, 1 run, pitched up on middle, played down to long-on for a single

19.6

Singh to Boucher, OUT, bowled'im, Kochi finish on a high as RP sends back Boucher who swings wildly but finds his off stump pegged back

MV Boucher b Singh 5 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Kochi have spiced up the race for the play-offs with a big enough win against one of the tournament favourites. A couple of events made the difference: That surge from Hodge in the last over, and Gomez's double-strike to remove Kallis and Gambhir after an excellent start to the chase by the visitors. This is the last game to be played in Kochi this IPL and the home fans will head back satsfied. Join us in a bit for the presentation.

Gomez: "It's my best spell in this level. I stuck to my basics on a slow wicket. I wanted to keep my role going."

The presentation's in a bit from now. In the meantime, you could take a look at the points table on this page.

Gambhir: "156 is always a good total. We should have batted well in the middle overs, that's where we lost momentum. Till the time we reach the semis, you're always knocking at the door. Morgan is a quality player and he can win us one or two games before he leaves. That last over where Hodge hit those 22 runs made the difference."

Mahela: "It was a tough game, an important one as well. We needed to win it here as well, our last game in Kochi. We've encouraged the local boys to go out there and enjoy themselves. Hodge should bat up the order, those couple of overs made the difference."

Hodge is Man of the Match for his exploits that last over: "It's a different role for me, and it seems to be working. It's a big ground and a good total to defend is 156. I've been working at the gym a lot and doing my weights and so it paid off in that last over."

That's all folks, you can turn your attention now to the Deccan-Delhi game in Hyderabad. Until the next time, it's goodbye.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 139/7 (18 runs required)
     RP Singh    4-0-44-1
R Bhatia    1* (1b)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-28-2
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Photos

May 5, 2011

Yusuf Pathan and Eoin Morgan are stranded at the same end, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2011, Kochi, May 5, 2011

Yusuf Pathan and Eoin Morgan are stranded at the same end

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May 5, 2011

Yusuf Pathan goes big over the off side, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2011, Kochi, May 5, 2011

Yusuf Pathan goes big over the off side

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