Indian Premier League, 58th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders at Bengaluru, May 14, 2011
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining) (D/L method)
14 May 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

Out come the players. Eoin Morgan and Jacques Kallis to open for Kolkata. Zaheer Khan has the new ball

Ray Jennings on Virat Kohli: "He is the future captain of India. He hasn't captained a lot so it was nice for people to see what he did during the previous game. He was precise with his decisions."

Aakarsh: "Nice to see two players playing for India captaining the sides today one being the Indian captain!" And the other being the future India captain?

Sumit: "Why tendoeschate can't find a place in the team is beyond me ! Why do you need boucher when u can take an indian keeper in place of unadkat and have lee,abdulla,balaji,kallis,bhatia,pathan and tendoeschate as 7 available bowling options !!!"

No Vettori today as well, he has gone back home to get some expert opinion on his knee problem.

Raghu: "4 fast bowlers on a slow Bangalore wicket is a felony.. What are the Challengers upto.??"

While we wait for the game to start, you can try out the online social cricket game, Howzat

3.30 pm Toss: Virat Kohli wins the toss and Bangalore will have a bowl

Kohli: "It rained last night so the wicket might have something in it for the first six overs. It is a gut feeling as well, we have been chasing well. We have two changes, Mithun in for Kazi, and Luke Pomersbach in for Dilshan." So Bangalore have four fast bowlers

Gambhir: "We are going in with the same team. We would have bowled as well." Kolkata are playing the one specialist spinner in Iqbal Abdulla, no Shakib Al Hasan again

Hello all, here we are with Game 58 of the IPL. Only a point separates Bangalore and Kolkata. The last time they played in Kolkata, Chris Gayle announced that he had arrived in the IPL with the first of his two centuries this season. Today, they meet again, in Bangalore, and the winning side will have one foot in the play-offs. More in Nitin Sundar's preview. The big question is, who will replace Tillakaratne Dilshan?

While you are pondering over that, also let us know the playing XIs for the game.


Khan to Kallis, no run, huge appeal first ball, pitches full around leg and comes back in to strike Kaiils on the pads, not given could have been sliding down leg


Khan to Kallis, no run, even better, the line moves towards from middle from Zaheer, he bolws it even fuller as well, almost in the blockhole, Kallis just about digs it to midwicket


Khan to Kallis, no run, length ball this time around off stump played out to covers


Khan to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis responds superbly, walks down the track gets to the pitch of this one going across and eases it through covers, beating the dive from point


Khan to Kallis, FOUR, even better, Kallis now gets front foot out and just pushes the length ball in the gap past mid off and extra cover, that will be four right away


Khan to Kallis, no run, length ball but cramps him for room around middle, played out to midwicket

Lovely contest between two men in absolute control of their craft

End of over 1 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • JH Kallis 8 (6b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 0 (0b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-8-0

Here is Langeveldt


Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, Eoin plays that bent knee, forcing slash-cut of his that sends the ball flying to third man


Langeveldt to Kallis, no run, super ball, pitches length outside off, Kallis looks to have a push from the crease, ball leaves him doing that as it moves away


Langeveldt to Kallis, no run, now he comes out and tries to crash it through covers but mistimes it to point


Langeveldt to Kallis, FOUR, this one will go, up and over extra cover, Kallis comes down the track, takes it on the half volley and lofts inside out over the infield


Langeveldt to Kallis, 1 run, crouches a bit and stretches to get to this length ball outside off and steers it to third man


Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, again Morgan plays that typical forcing slash-cut, this time to a ball on the stumps that bounces and he sends it fine to third man

End of over 2 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 15/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • EJG Morgan 2 (2b)
    • JH Kallis 13 (10b 3x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-7-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-8-0

Khan to Morgan, no run, plants front foot out but Zaheer makes him arrest that movement with a very full length on middle and Eoin has to adjust and pat it back to Zaheer


Khan to Morgan, no run, tries to play that slash-cut again from very close to the body, the length was a bit full too, and he chops it close to the wickets


Khan to Morgan, OUT, that'll do, too much innovation from Eoin, he pays the price, length delivery angled in, he shuffles across, walks down the pitch, gets outside the line to flick it over the leg side but only finds square leg, who does not have to move an inch as he accepts the offering

EJG Morgan c Pomersbach b Khan 2 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Here is Gautam at No 3


Khan to Gambhir, 1 run, hangs back in the crease, similar ball to the one that got Eoin, but Gautam does not commit forward, and tucks it past that man at square leg

sam: "I have 1 hour 30 min before Gayle bats for me to finish my revision. Why does the IPL have to be during exams"


Khan to Kallis, 2 runs, Kallis almost gets in to trouble here, goes deep in the crease to tonk him over midwicket, the leading edge flies over the off side infield just eluding extra cover, that leading edge, it is so thick one could have walked on that edge without toppling over


Khan to Kallis, 2 runs, this time he manages to flick it past midwcket for a couple of runs

End of over 3 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 20/1 (RR: 6.66)

    • JH Kallis 17 (12b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 1 (1b)
    • Z Khan 2-0-13-1
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-7-0

Langeveldt to Gambhir, no run, tries to play the forcing drive past the bowler, but bat turns in his hands and the ball goes to mid on


Langeveldt to Gambhir, no run, whoops, here comes Gautam in a rush down the track, looking to crash him over midwicket, ball bounces over his bat, and over the stumps


Langeveldt to Gambhir, 1 run, has to hurry, pushes a length ball to mid off and takes off for the single, had to really stretch in the end to get to the other end in time


Langeveldt to Kallis, no run, superb bouncer from Langeveldt, out of nowhere he bangs it and it gets big on Kallis who was surprised and just managed to duck underneath it


Langeveldt to Kallis, OUT, the bouncer has made Kallis try something extra, and has done him in, he backed away a touch outside leg, charged down the track ,eyeing the estra cover boundary, but it was too close to him and he only managed a thick edge to the keeper as he swung hard at it, top stuff from Langeveldt

JH Kallis c †Arun Karthik b Langeveldt 17 (14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 121.42

Anirudh: "Wonder who Kolkata fans are supporting here. If KKR wins here, Pune are out!" Arent they already?


Langeveldt to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, shuffles and walks a long way outside off stump, and gets hit on the pads and the ball goes behind point

End of over 4 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 22/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • MK Tiwary 0 (1b)
    • G Gambhir 2 (4b)
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-8-1
    • Z Khan 2-0-13-1

rishav: "I personally feel KKR should promote Yusuf up...maybe even an opener....then he ll be really dangerous for the opposition..RTD in place of Morgan would be ideal at no 5 or 6.."


Khan to Tiwary, no run, takes a step down the track but Zaheer is giving nothing away, on the stumps, on a length, he just dabs it back to the bowler


Khan to Tiwary, 1 run, again another batsman rushes down the track, can't time the ball as he gets too close to the pitch, and forces it away towards mid off, just manages to get teh single as the throw is a touch wide


Khan to Gambhir, no run, Zaheer gives the India captain the stare, Gautam cames walking across and down the track, Zaheer pinged in the bouncer and Gautam got out of the way fast, Zaheer likes it, lets Gautam know with the cold stare


Khan to Gambhir, 1 run, now has him fending down a short of a length ball that he gets away on the leg side for a run


Khan to Tiwary, 2 runs, shuffles across, all the batsmen have been doing that today, and this time he gets the flick backward of square leg for a couple


Khan to Tiwary, no run, tucks him up with the angled ball ending close to off stump, played out to point off the back foot

End of over 5 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 26/2 (RR: 5.20)

    • MK Tiwary 3 (5b)
    • G Gambhir 3 (6b)
    • Z Khan 3-0-17-1
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-8-1

Here is S Aravind, first change today, as he normally does for Karnataka


Aravind to Gambhir, no run, again the batsman leaves his crease for the big shot over midwicket but misses the line of the ball completely


Aravind to Gambhir, FOUR, gets this one away, no need to charge or waltz or walk or anything, just stays rooted to the crease and bashes it with the angle wide of deep midwicket


Aravind to Gambhir, OUT, huge blow, Aravind strikes right away, Gautam looks to force the cut wide of point, but that is where AB is lurking, and he goes screaming to his left to pouch the ball with both hands, that is why they dont have him with the keeping gloves on, what a stunner

G Gambhir c de Villiers b Aravind 7 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 77.77


Aravind to Pathan, 1 run, tucked away off the pads for a single to square leg


Aravind to Tiwary, no run, what is it with all these batsmen walking down the surface, Aravind makes him go ducking with a perfectly targetted bouncer


Aravind to Tiwary, 2 runs, this time he gets a couple with a steer wide of third man

End of over 6 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 33/3 (RR: 5.50)

    • MK Tiwary 5 (7b)
    • YK Pathan 1 (1b)
    • S Aravind 1-0-7-1
    • Z Khan 3-0-17-1

kaushik: "If the wicket turns out to be slow and turning then Aravind will bowl slow left armers as he has done on numerous occasions in Karnataka's Ranji Campaign... He even takes wickets when he bowls like that." Here is Mithun from round the wicket


Mithun to Pathan, no run, played out towards extra cover off the back foot


Mithun to Pathan, no run, short of a length and no room to work with he tries to plonk it down on the leg side and run, but Mithun gets to the ball quickly


Mithun to Pathan, no run, fires in the bouncer and the angle takes it outside off stump and YK cant do anything with it


Mithun to Pathan, FOUR, this time YK gets it away, stands in the crease, gets not quite on top of this back of a length ball, but with his power, the forcing cut flies over point, third man will fetch the ball

goes over the wicket now


Mithun to Pathan, 1 run, another short of a length ball, YK stands in the crease and pulls it hard wide of deep midwicket who comes to his right to cut it off


Mithun to Tiwary, 1 wide, Mithun overdoes the bouncer, bangs in with those strong shoulders and it goes high and wide outside off


Mithun to Tiwary, no run, much better, draws him forward with the length ball close to off and he pushes it to point

End of over 7 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 39/3 (RR: 5.57)

    • MK Tiwary 5 (8b)
    • YK Pathan 6 (6b 1x4)
    • A Mithun 1-0-6-0
    • S Aravind 1-0-7-1

anika: "They continue to play Boucher over Shakib? Surely Shakib adds greater value to the team as both batsmen and bowler."


Aravind to Pathan, no run, looks to chop this one away casually past point but cannot beat that man


Aravind to Pathan, no run, tight stuff from Aravind, this one is pushed out to covers off the front foot


Aravind to Pathan, 1 run, the brute force of YK comes in to play, smashes a length ball over extra cover but it is cut off by the man sweeping on the boundary


Aravind to Tiwary, 1 run, YK could be in trouble, he had rushed across half way for the single as Tiwary pushed another tight delivery to covers, he had to rush back as the throw hit, he is back just in time and they get a run off the ricochet


Aravind to Pathan, no run, Aravind continues to operate close to of stump on a length, played out towards covers

It has gone threateningly dark, time for the Bangalore afternoon shower?


Aravind to Pathan, no run, dropped by the bowler, it was a full ball hit hard back to him, came quickly, he got one hand to it, the left, but the ball burst through

End of over 8 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 41/3 (RR: 5.12)

    • YK Pathan 7 (11b 1x4)
    • MK Tiwary 6 (9b)
    • S Aravind 2-0-9-1
    • A Mithun 1-0-6-0

Mithun to Tiwary, no run, pushed away off the back foot to AB at point, thou shalt not even ponder the thought of a run when the ball has gone to absolutely brilliant


Mithun to Tiwary, no run, tries to give him the charge but mistimes the swing off the short ball to mid off


Mithun to Tiwary, no run, this is superb stuff from the Bangalore pace attack, another one rushes on from a length, pegging him on the crease and making him defend on the off side


Mithun to Tiwary, 1 wide, now he digs in the bouncer, but overcooks it as it bounces high and wide outside off, Tiwary thinks about the pull but weaves out of the line in the end


Mithun to Tiwary, no run, can't get this one away as well, they have gone in to a shell, this one is stabbed away to point


Mithun to Tiwary, 1 run, and this is what the stifling stuff is making them do, stands with feet apart outside leg stump looking for the big swing over midwicket, but he follows him with the angle and he manages only a single


Mithun to Pathan, SIX, YK gets one away, stands tall and goes hard at a length ball, when he middles them, they generally disappear in to the crowd, as did this one over wide long on

End of over 9 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 49/3 (RR: 5.44)

    • YK Pathan 13 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • MK Tiwary 7 (14b)
    • A Mithun 2-0-14-0
    • S Aravind 2-0-9-1

faizan: "YPathan should do what is good at, he said he will hit anything which lands in his range, bring the Rangemeter please..."


Aravind to Tiwary, 1 run, walks across and outside off, and flicks it from there to short fine leg


Aravind to Pathan, 1 run, goes hard at the pull, but mistimes it and the ball loops weakly to fall well short of deep midwicket


Aravind to Tiwary, 1 run, gets the flick away off the fuller one and deep midwicket is in business again


Aravind to Pathan, FOUR, this one will go, another short ball, YK gets in to position very quickly and pulls it powerfully in front of square leg


Aravind to Pathan, 1 run, Pomersbach the prancing panther, comes charging from deep midwicket and goes leaping in the air in the path of another murderous pull from YK, it was a chance if you want to call it that, but only because Pomersbach decided to put himself in the line of fire, got his hands to it but was struck hard on the wrist, saves the boundary in the end


Aravind to Tiwary, 1 run, steers this one outside off neatly to third man

End of over 10 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 58/3 (RR: 5.80)

    • MK Tiwary 10 (17b)
    • YK Pathan 19 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Aravind 3-0-18-1
    • A Mithun 2-0-14-0

Here is Gayle


Gayle to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up full outside off, he tries to hit it down the ground but gets inside edge on to pad

Gayle to Yusuf. Hm


Gayle to Pathan, 1 run, full toss and he goes hard at it getting it down towards long on


Gayle to Tiwary, 1 run, cracked off the front foot from wide outside off, and sweeper cover fields


Gayle to Pathan, 2 runs, driven wide of long on for a couple of runs


Gayle to Pathan, SIX, that'll do for YK, tossed up, coming down in the slot around off, and YK clobbers it over wide long on


Gayle to Pathan, no run, yorker fired in from Gayle, jabbed back to the bowler, good delivery to end the over

It has started to rain

End of over 11 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 69/3 (RR: 6.27)

    • YK Pathan 28 (19b 2x4 2x6)
    • MK Tiwary 12 (19b)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-11-0
    • S Aravind 3-0-18-1

Virat to bowl

7.00 pm Gayle is checking out the pitch, the covers are off. We have 13 overs a side now. Yusuf is doing some shadow hitting. Fielding restrictions for first four overs. Three bowlers, maximum of three overs each. Two bowlers maximum of two overs each. Right, here we go again

I was wondering what Gareth was up to all this while. Here he is. Gareth: "Only on Cricinfo can you experience cricket coverage, initials discussions, and engineering suggestions in a rain delay. Oh the wealth of knowledge."

6.50 pm Covers are still on. Umpires are taking a look at the outfield. Yusuf, Iqbal Abdulla and Sreevats Goswami walking around with a large towel covering their heads.

Kunal: "Bangalore is a place where you can experience summer around noon, rains in the evening and winter at night. Every type of weather condition in a single day."

Syed: "@Nick. Any fragile wire-grid based roof is a hazard for the adjoining areas of the stadium when there is a heavy storm/winds, it could get blown away and land over traffic homes or buildings. I will support retractable beams and a little heavier metal retractable sheets to be arranged like cards. Retracted when the weather is nice and spread-out strictly when its about to rain during a match."

ashish: "i just looked at duleep trophy final. yusuf got the accolades he deserved but poor dinesh karthik. he played so well too there! and we have saha as a backup keeper in the squad now."

Vijay: "Guys, covering the ground is not as easy as you imagine. If you consider the wind, then it is a huge challenge to design a cover of this size. Any flimsy stuff will just be blown off in minutes. Do not underestimate the power of wind ! Even sky scrapers are designed with wind pressure in mind."

Pravin: "@nick : great idea , but there is just one flaw..with gayle in the playing 11...and the power he generates..he is likely to pierce your false roof !!"

Pranav: "How about Colin Cowdrey's MCC?" Gets better and better

Nick: "Its about time we figureout a way to cheaply roof the ground, maybe we can have metal wire grid at top of the ground and have transparent covers going over it. Both technology and product are there we just need to execute the idea. "

Mustafa: "Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi." Hmm, that one too

Deepak: "Thanks for the information Jeff... Earlier I believed SCG belonged to Dada only.."

6.10 pm The Bangalore weather strikes again. It has started to rain a bit. The pitch has been covered again. Now the rain picks up, and the groundstaff bring on the larger covers.

6.00 pm Match referee Pycroft: "We have lost an over per side. We will start at a quarter past six. There was a lot of water around but great stuff from the groundstaff and curator. Mostly the outfield is dry but there are some wet areas."

Jeff: "SCG MacGill takes the cake." You bet!

Vaibhav and many others: "Best initials? You seem to be forgetting WPUJC Vaas"

Matt: "No doubt about it. The best initials in world cricket is LRPL Taylor!"

5.55 pm Rain has stopped. Covers are coming off. Umpires are taking a walk around the field. There is some water around, and the Super Sopper will have to do its thing. Meanwhile, Yusuf blows kisses from the dressing room, ala Shah Rukh Khan, who smiles broadly

Farrukh: "YK is Younis Khan! Please!" Younis is Younis, all class and always smiling.

Umar: "Why do you always refer to Yusuf Pathan as "YK?" Coz he is YK Pathan, Yusuf Khan Pathan, YK sounds better than YP, doesn't it?

One of the things to do, especially during rain breaks, is to follow us on Twitter, @ESPNcricinfo.

Anush: "@Maja: I think the match you are referring to is a Duleep Trophy final a few seasons ago. Yusuf scored a match turning double ton to take take his team to a record breaking win." Here is the scorecard, West Zone chased 536 to win, Yusuf made a century in the first innings and an unbeaten double in the second

Apart from the rain, Bangalore's strategy of playing four fast bowlers seems to have paid off today. They have given hardly anything and have picked up three wickets.

Maja: "Anyone remembers the ranji trophy match the 1 with 5 dropped catches of Yusuf "You give him lives or bowl spinners he will hurt you."

Edgar: "@Amer: Keep being the optimist my friend. Cause unless Gayle is bowling to Gayle, that will never happen."

Nean: "I really like the way Gayle conducts himself on the field. He is always laughing and interacting with opposition players - with Parthiv in the previous match and with Yusuf today !!!"

Dave: "Why does everyone keep saying Gayle scored 37 runs in that over?? he scored 36 and one was a no-ball..the over went for 37 runs.."

5.15 pm More covers coming on to try and cover as much of the outfield as possible

Raunak: "@Balaji: Results are the only thing that matter to the public. If results don't go their way, they look for ways to put the blame on something or the other. But as long as the team's doing well, everyone's content. They forget the past. That is the nature of Indian cricket."

Amer: "some1 from KKR make Gayle feel how it feels like giving away 37 off 1 over...... some1 hit him 37 in one over pls..........." Kochi fan, are you?

5.10 pm The rain is not heavy at the ground. Hope it stops soon

Balaji: "I have noticed something during the course of IPL. Initially all the RCB supporters were against Mallya for not taking local players. Since Gayle has arrived and the team started winning, RCB supporters are back and how! Public memory is definitely short."

Vishal: "Re: Gayle to Pathan, SIX - I bet a little accountant in Gayle's head is writing down the numbers so that he can repay Yusuf back in the next innings, WITH INTEREST!"

Kalyan: "The opposition teams while playing against RCB are looking to get those 20-25 runs extra because of a certain Gayle factor. Due to that they are not even reaching their tournament average score! They should listen to Dhoni/SRT."

Kavi: "Gayle must be worried. If KKR doesn't make a competitive score, he won't get the chance to score many runs."

Nick: "Well set Pathan with 4 overs of part time bowling. Stars are aligned for big innings."

4.55 pm Here come the covers. No one comes in the way of Bangalore's afternoon rain. Not even Gayle. Not even Yusuf


Kohli to Tiwary, 1 run, goes hard at a low and wide full toss and slaps it straight to extra cover


Kohli to Pathan, SIX, there goes YK, gentle short of a length ball, YK sets himself up and sends it rocketing over deep midwicket


Kohli to Pathan, 1 run, fuller delivery slogged down to the man at long on


Kohli to Tiwary, FOUR, another one, it is Tiwary now, back of a length from Virat at the most gentle pace, and it is swatted in front of deep square leg


Kohli to Tiwary, 1 run, digs out a fuller one back to the bowler who lets it slip through and concedes the single


Kohli to Pathan, 1 run, cannot get this one away, full delivery and he bashes it away to long on along the ground

End of over 12 (14 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 83/3 (RR: 6.91)

    • YK Pathan 36 (22b 2x4 3x6)
    • MK Tiwary 18 (22b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 1-0-14-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-11-0

Langeveldt to Pathan, no run, digs it in short right away, he wasn't expecting it and cannot do anything as it sails over him


Langeveldt to Pathan, OUT, gone! high full toss wide outside off, YK tries to launch it over the man at extra cover but he is on the edge of the circle and the flat hit goes straight to him

YK Pathan c Mithun b Langeveldt 36 (24b 2x4 3x6) SR: 150.00


Langeveldt to Boucher, 1 run, goes for the pull of a short of a length ball and sends it to deep midwicket along the ground


Langeveldt to Tiwary, no run, well bowled, keeps it on a tight length and he backs away, looking to cut it over point but is beaten by the bounce


Langeveldt to Tiwary, 1 run, superb stuff from Langeveldt, full and wide outside off stump, he tries to reach out for it, but just manages to dig it away close on the off side


Langeveldt to Boucher, 4 byes, Boucher misses the high full toss outside off, but the keeper misses it too, and Kolkata will get four off the last ball

Kolkata done in by the rain. Lets see how much Bangalore will have to get, 102 it will be, the revised target. Join us for the chase in a bit.

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 89/4

    • MV Boucher 1 (2b)
    • MK Tiwary 19 (24b 1x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 3-0-10-2
    • V Kohli 1-0-14-0





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