Indian Premier League, 65th match: Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai, May 19, 2011
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
19 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Right, game time. Pandey and Ryder walk out. Lee will open the attack. I am Nitin Sundar taking you through the action today. One slip in place, Ryder faces.

Abhijeet: "It's too late for Napier ... next auction will be after 2 years!" Abhijeet clearly underestimates the number of loopholes in the system.

Meanwhile, in county cricket, Graham Napier just made a strong case for an IPL contract. He hit 196 from 130 balls for Essex, and the last last 103 came off just 29 balls. Some hammering that.

Vrij sends in the first comment of the day: "Nitin, it's a good thing the match is not at the Eden Gardens, saving the public the embarrassment of cheering for the opposition. And yet at the DY, you will find a few doing just that!" Hah!

Yuvraj admits he would have liked to chase as well. He believes 150 will be a good score. Sachin Rana gets his first game for Pune, and Alfonso Thomas returns to the side.

Gambhir wins the toss and chooses to bowl. "The history of the ground suggests it's good to chase - 3 of 4 games here have been won by the side chasing." Boucher, Morgan and Unadkat are out. Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan and a third player - I think Shreevats Goswami - are in.

Yuvraj speaks ahead of the toss: "Pitch looks dry, it might spin. Hope to win this one for the fans." Gambhir as always deals in cliches: "Every game is important, we want confidence behind our back ... We are playing Pune Warriors, not against one individual."

Ganguly v Kolkata. Kolkata v Ganguly. Pinch. Ouch. Not a dream. Welcome to game 65 of IPL 2011, and what a pity it is not being played at Eden Gardens. Dada's been an inspiration for many years, and his latest comeback seems to have inspired Martin Crowe into a comeback. At 48. Ouch. Again, not a dream. Meanwhile, can Ganguly and co. throw a spanner into KKR's works today? Here's the preview to the game.

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Lee to Ryder, no run, fullish ball on middle to start off, seemed to move away a touch. Ryder defended into the off side from the crease.


Lee to Ryder, no run, aha, top-gun bouncer and lively work behind the stumps from Goswami. It took off from back of a length, Ryder weaved away, and it kept rising. The keeper jumped up full length and pouched it in one glove.


Lee to Ryder, no run, on a length this time, Ryder stays stuck on the back foot and pokes it out to the off side


Lee to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder's away, stays beside the line to a full delivery just outside off and steers backward of point for a single.

Mathew: "If Martin Crowe makes a comeback at 48... expect Sachin to make his 'final' comeback at 60!" Aha!


Lee to Pandey, FOUR, Pandey's away with a crisp little cover drive from the crease. He stays put, no feet movement and other such trifles, just charms it away through the line into the covers.


Lee to Pandey, FOUR, short of a length outside off, and Pandey is in a spot if bother. The ball takes off again, some bounce on this track, Pandey can't ride it and fends unconvincingly. It flies away just wide of slip who leaps at full-tilt to his right, and can't get hand to it.

End of over 1 (9 runs) Pune Warriors 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • MK Pandey 8 (2b 2x4)
    • JD Ryder 1 (4b)
    • B Lee 1-0-9-0

Yusuf Pathan takes the new ball.


Pathan to Ryder, no run, begins with a tight length ball, and Ryder defends. How long before he goes after him?


Pathan to Ryder, OUT, well, it took Ryder exactly one ball to go after Yusuf. And he's failed. Looks to shimmy a foot towards leg stump to create room, and tries to hoist him straight. He ends up scooping it straight up and it's a tame catch inside the circle for mid-off

JD Ryder c Tiwary b Pathan 1 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

No Dada. Ferguson at No. 3.


Pathan to Pandey, no run, flat and quick on middle and off, played back to the bowler.


Pathan to Pandey, no run, Yusuf's keeping it tight, again fullish length on the stumps and Pandey works it to the leg side.

Slip is out. Moves to backward square leg.


Pathan to Pandey, 1 run, tossed up for a change, Pandey has a big heave at it but can't connect with the shot too well. Single taken.


Pathan to Ferguson, no run, short of a length outside off, poor calling. If there was any calling, that is. Steered towards point, Ferg runs, Pandey doesn't. Ferg stops, Pandey starts running. The charade stops just before it ends in shambles.

End of over 2 (1 run) Pune Warriors 10/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • CJ Ferguson 0 (1b)
    • MK Pandey 9 (5b 2x4)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-1-1
    • B Lee 1-0-9-0

Lee to Pandey, no run, Lee lands it on a length, Pandey stays in the crease and plays it down the track.


Lee to Pandey, FOUR, ah, how early was he on the pull? It was short from Lee, but not as pacy as usual. Pandey was in position early, swivelled onto the back foot, rolled the wrists and played the pull emphatically through midwicket.


Lee to Pandey, 2 runs, not so much finesse in this one, he just plonks the front foot forward and heaves on the up. He gets the short of length ball wide of mid-on, Gambhir tags it and keeps it down to two.


Lee to Pandey, 1 run, close! Direct hit might have made this very close. Interesting ball from Lee, a full swinging slower ball at 108 kph, Pandey spots it and bunts straight to mid-on and takes off for a single. Gambhir missed, he may have just made his ground though.


Lee to Ferguson, no run, short to Ferguson, and he whacks the cut straight to point.


Lee to Ferguson, no run, finishes off with another one of those very full balls on middle and off, Ferguson dead bats.

Sudhir: '@mathew: sachin comeback at 60? will he retire before that?"

Girish: "With the way sachin's playing Don't be surprised if he keeps playing till 60 and retires as if it is a Government job"

End of over 3 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • CJ Ferguson 0 (3b)
    • MK Pandey 16 (9b 3x4)
    • B Lee 2-0-16-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-1-1

Abdulla comes on now. One slip in place.


Iqbal Abdulla to Pandey, no run, as he's done many times this season, Abdulla produces a ripper than curls in, lands, and turns away like a fiend. How does he do it? Pandey feels for it and misses.


Iqbal Abdulla to Pandey, no run, tossed up, Pandey gets to the flight and plays it with the spin towards mid-off.


Iqbal Abdulla to Pandey, OUT, what joy to watch the classic left-arm deception work in the hit and giggle format! Abdulla has laid a trap with the first two balls, and Pandey walks into it. The first ball turned away a mile, the second one was tossed up and got Pandey reaching across to smother it. This time, Abdulla shortens the length and slips in the armer. Pandey had no clue, got half across and groped outside the line. The ball shot through and hit him in front of middle and leg. Plumb.

MK Pandey lbw b Iqbal Abdulla 16 (12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Out walks Dada.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, 1 run, turner first up, Ganguly quietly works it with the spin towards square leg.

Slip and silly point!


Iqbal Abdulla to Ferguson, no run, back of a length on middle and breaking away, Ferguson gets away and works against the spin to the leg side.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ferguson, no run, top over. Finishes with a length ball speared onto the stumps, and Ferguson plays it back down the track.

End of over 4 (1 run) Pune Warriors 18/2 (RR: 4.50)

    • CJ Ferguson 0 (5b)
    • SC Ganguly 1 (1b)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-1-1
    • B Lee 2-0-16-0

Fourth bowler used in the 5th over. Here comes Kallis.


Kallis to Ganguly, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg. Ganguly plays defensively to the leg side for another single.


Kallis to Ferguson, no run, swish and a miss. Ferguson backs away to a short ball and looks to carve over the off side. Doesn't make contact.


Kallis to Ferguson, 1 run, Ferg's played a lot of shots without connecting with too many. Short ball at 130 kph, he gets across and looks to pull hard. Gets only a single as he mistimes through square leg.


Kallis to Ganguly, 1 run, a touch of trademark Ganguly, mark 2003-4. He backs away to a short ball, trying to make room for the booming hit, but since there is no width in the end he just dabs through backward point.


Kallis to Ferguson, no run, aha, nearly a drop. Ferguson again looks to stay put on leg stump and crack a short ball away. He yorks the fielder at point, who does well to get something behind it.


Kallis to Ferguson, FOUR, shot of the innings so far. Ferguson doesn't back away this time, and waits for a length ball to angle into the zone before swiping it with the angle over deep square leg. First six of the innings.

End of over 5 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 25/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • CJ Ferguson 5 (9b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 3 (3b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-1-1

Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, 1 wide, wide down the leg side this time. Ganguly stays inside the line.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, no run, this one slides across Ganguly and holds its line, he reaches half out and defends.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly looks to paddle a straight ball, and got a bit of bat on it for a single behind square. Half an appeal, but it was bat first.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ferguson, 1 run, short of a length on the stumps, Ferguson works it away to midwicket for one more.

Karn: "I'm mighty impressed by Iqbal's adaptability. Ask him to bowl anytime, with new ball, old ball, on a turning track, fast tracks, etc., he'll come out and give his best. I'm better off trying to explain Zeno's Paradox to a donkey than explain why Pune didn't play Ferguson in the earlier stages of the t'ment."


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, no run, how close was that? Huge lbw appeal, not given. Another sweep attempted by Ganguly, this time he misses and it thuds into the pad in front of middle. Seemed to have landed close to leg or just outside.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, no run, big turn! Short ball, lands outside off and boomerangs in to Ganguly who fends it away in a hurry.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, this one is on the pads and turning down, Ganguly gets pad on it for a single to short fine leg.

End of over 6 (4 runs) Pune Warriors 29/2 (RR: 4.83)

    • SC Ganguly 4 (8b)
    • CJ Ferguson 6 (10b 1x4)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-4-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0

Bowling changes galore. Shakib comes on. Over the wicket.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, length ball on off, Ganguly defends gingerly.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, 1 run, a typical Dada kind of moment. He pounces out to Shakib, who smartly shortens the length, Ganguly is in no-man's land and goes for a half-hearted pull and the ball pops up behind him. Did he edge it? he might have. Did Goswami know he edged it? Probably not. Instead of taking the rebound, he waited for it to see if it landed on the stumps. It did not. And the ball then ran away behind, with the keeper in front of the stumps. Ganguly then ran for the single!


Shakib Al Hasan to Ferguson, no run, top-quality armer from round the wicket. Beats Ferg all ends up, and somehow misses the stumps.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ferguson, 1 run, short and breaking away, Ferguson forces it to the leg side for one.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly goes for the big loft over long-on, and doesn't time it. On the bounce to the man in the deep., Hmmm.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ferguson, no run, Ferguson keeps out a fullish ball. Phew! Eventful over.

End of over 7 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 32/2 (RR: 4.57)

    • CJ Ferguson 7 (13b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 6 (11b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-3-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-4-1

Pathan to Ganguly, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, Ganguly nudges to the leg side for one.


Pathan to Ferguson, 2 runs, full ball on the stumps and a solid little sweep to the deep for a couple.

Pune are dawdling, their two best batsmen are waiting for a bat. When have we seen this before?


Pathan to Ferguson, FOUR, aha, the first blemish from KKR. To be fair to Lee it was never going to be easy to field a spinning sweep shot going away from him at short fine leg. He ran in and put in the dive, but only managed to parry it along to the boundary.


Pathan to Ferguson, 1 run, another sweep, this time Ferguson gets it square and picks up a single.


Pathan to Ganguly, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, Ganguly gets forward and drives solidly wide of mid on


Pathan to Ferguson, 1 run, another single into the straight field to end the over. Pune need some release here.

End of over 8 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 42/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • CJ Ferguson 15 (17b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 8 (13b)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-11-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-3-0

Shakib Al Hasan to Ferguson, 1 run, if there is a sweepstakes competition in Navi Mumbai, Ferguson will win. Tossed up on middle, another full-blooded sweep, but there is protection in the deep square leg area.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly is dealing in single, he pushes a length ball wide of mid-on for one more.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ferguson, OUT, the ball of the century did not turn as much as this one did. This is some pitch! Three wickets to spin, and Pune continue to wobble. Shakib delivers it round-arm from wide of the crease, gets it to lands short of a length outside off as Ferguson advances. He's already fooled by the length, and he's about to be flabbergasted by the turn. The ball went away as if it doesn't agree with physics. Goswami does the rest. Ferguson won't ever comprehend what the ball did there.

CJ Ferguson st †Goswami b Shakib Al Hasan 16 (19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 84.21

Uthappa is in. Slip and silly point in place. He won't like that.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, no run, another one that turns big from outside off. Robin wisely leaves.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, 1 run, this one straightens into him, and Uthappa works it away to the leg side for one.

Ganguly and Uthappa at the crease. Anyone remember Ganguly's famous quote when he was axed some years back? "Some of these young players change hairstyles more than I score runs." Or something like that?


Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly pushes another single down the ground. KKR calling the shots at the first pointless time-out of the day.

DeeDee: "Love Ganguly - but his stint this time has showed why KKR was smart to not pay for him. He looks more like the guy whom Kaneria and Afridi made a hopping mess in 2005 series than the one who destroyed spinners ..."

End of over 9 (4 runs) Pune Warriors 46/3 (RR: 5.11)

    • SC Ganguly 10 (15b)
    • RV Uthappa 1 (2b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-7-1
    • YK Pathan 2-0-11-1

Abdulla trots in to Ganguly.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, no run, hmm, tight stuff on off stump, Ganguly dabs towards point and tires to pinch a single, but the keeper is alert.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, no run, and here's one that turns in so much from well wide of the crease, that it finishes closer to the stumps and is not called a wide.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, 1 run, he prances out this time, gets to the pitch of a flighted ball and looks to loft over the leg side. But he isn't the batsman he once was. Bounces well inside, single taken.


Iqbal Abdulla to Uthappa, 1 run, Uthappa drives with the turn, solid through mid-off for a single.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, no run, armer skids across Ganguly, who taps it behind point for one.


Iqbal Abdulla to Ganguly, SIX, he's still got it. Ganguly has smashed a majestic straight six. This used to be his hobby against left-arm spin. It don't matter where it is landed, it don't matter how much it is turning in. The more the better. Dada's quick feet get across to the pitch, and his quicker hands do the rest. Big six straight down the ground.

End of over 10 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 54/3 (RR: 5.40)

    • SC Ganguly 17 (20b 1x6)
    • RV Uthappa 2 (3b)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-12-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-7-1

Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, no run, turns away from outside off, Uthappa angles it away backward of point.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, FOUR, here comes the reverse sweep from Uthappa, he plays this shot almost compulsively these days. Short of a length, breaking away, he reverse slaps it fine enough to beat short third man.

Silly point still in place.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, no run, back of a length outside off, Uthappa stays in the crease and defends.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, no run, Uthappa goes for a sweep from as wide outside off as you'd believe is feasible. And still misses. It turns even more than he accounts for.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, no run, lovely little armer from Shakib, but unlike Manish Pandey, Uthappa is well forward and pushing outside the line when it hits the pads. Big appeal in vain.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, 1 run, straighter this time and again holds its line, Uthappa sweeps for a single.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 59/3 (RR: 5.36)

    • RV Uthappa 7 (9b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 17 (20b 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-12-1
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-12-1

Bhatia is on now for a friendly trundle...


Bhatia to Uthappa, no run, length ball, stops on Uthappa who defends down the track a tad uppishly


Bhatia to Uthappa, 2 runs, Uthappa attempts suicide and jumps over the cliff, but somehow lands on a very comfortable haystack. Short of a length on middle and off, he goes for an awry pull shot and cross-bats it into orbit. Balaji at midwicket never looked like he was going to catch it, and ended up missing it by a metre or so.


Bhatia to Uthappa, no run, better from Uthappa, stays behind the line and defends down the track.


Bhatia to Uthappa, 5 wides, horror ball, lands a mile outside leg and no one had a chance to stop that. Runs away for five wides.


Bhatia to Uthappa, 1 run, straight ball, sanity resumes, Uthappa drives to long on for a single.


Bhatia to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly reaches out to the fullish delivery and tries to steer through point. Finds the gap and gets a single.


Bhatia to Uthappa, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Uthappa cuts hard but finds backward point.

End of over 12 (9 runs) Pune Warriors 68/3 (RR: 5.66)

    • RV Uthappa 10 (14b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 18 (21b 1x6)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-9-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-12-1

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, 2 wides, again Ganguly escapes a potential stumping, and ends up at the other end. Shakib sees him running down the track and lands this short and wide of leg stump. It turns way down the leg side, Goswami tumbles away and collects, and shies as he falls. And misses. Ganguly then trots across.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, 1 run, Uthappa works him with the spin through short third man for one.


Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, OUT, Shakib deserved Ganguly's scalp and there is some justice in the world. The Bangla tiger has nailed the Bengal tiger. Tame, tame dismissal. Loopy ball on off and breaking in, Ganguly looks to reach across and lap it around to the leg side, but slaps it straight to Yusuf at backward square leg. He did well to time his jump and haul it in.

SC Ganguly c Pathan b Shakib Al Hasan 18 (22b 0x4 1x6) SR: 81.81

12.3 overs gone. Yuvraj finally gets a hit.


Shakib Al Hasan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up, worked with the spin to the leg side


Shakib Al Hasan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, attempts the reverse sweep and misses as Shakib sends down another deceptive armer.


Shakib Al Hasan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, another armer, Yuvraj plays for the spin and gets a leading edge through cover point.


Shakib Al Hasan to Uthappa, no run, Every now and then, Uthappa will pre-meditate a reverse sweep, it doesn't matter where the bowler lands it. This one was speared in, full on middle, and he still went for it. The ball popped away through the vacant slip area.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pune Warriors 72/4 (RR: 5.53)

    • RV Uthappa 11 (16b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (3b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-16-2
    • R Bhatia 1-0-9-0

Pathan to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Abdulla can create spin, but not handle it too well! Yuvraj leans across and blasts the sweep shot out towards deep square leg, to the right of Abdulla in the deep. He runs across and thinks he has it covered, when it pitches and wrong foots him with the spin.


Pathan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yusuf tals into the covers for a single.


Pathan to Uthappa, no run, another ill-advised reverse sweep, another miss. Uthappa is lucky he wasn't given lbw, that was close.


Pathan to Uthappa, 1 run, he goes big over the leg side this time, but they aren't timing too many today, are Pune. Balloons up towards midwicket, and they get a single.


Pathan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj stays back and works a length ball down the track for another single.


Pathan to Uthappa, OUT, another wicket, another one falls to spin. Uthappa gets a short ball turning down the leg side and unleashes the strong slog whack through the leg side, but he decides to go flat. Would have still cleared the rope if Lee wasn't prowling in the deep. He was, though.

RV Uthappa c Lee b Pathan 12 (19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.15

End of over 14 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 79/5 (RR: 5.64)

    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (6b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 3-0-18-2
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-16-2

Sachin Rana on IPL debut walks out to face.


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, Yuvraj plays it down to mid-on


Bhatia to Rana, no run, another cutter from Bhatia, gets it to stop on the batsman. Rana dabs with soft hands to point.


Bhatia to Rana, no run, short of a length this time, he stays in the crease and defends.


Bhatia to Rana, 1 run, aha, drives uppishly and nearly finds Tiwary at cover. Solidly struck, but on the up and into the deep extra cover region for a single.


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj misses the hoick over the leg side. The ball hit the edge and ran towards short third man. That's how much he missed it by.


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, no run, finishes the over with a smart, fullish ball outside out that Yuvraj strikes right back to the bowler.

I wonder if Balaji is playing as a specialist No. 10 batsman today!

End of over 15 (2 runs) Pune Warriors 81/5 (RR: 5.40)

    • Yuvraj Singh 8 (9b 1x4)
    • S Rana 1 (3b)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-11-0
    • YK Pathan 3-0-18-2

Pathan to Rana, 1 run, Rana does the wise thing, works a length ball turning in, through square leg for one.


Pathan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, speared on the leg stump, Yuvraj can't time the fine sweep too well and Gambhir at short fine cleans up.


Pathan to Rana, no run, poor ball, wasted by Rana. Full on leg stump, and whipped straight to backward square leg.


Pathan to Rana, 1 run, back of a length outside off, he cuts it but can't beat backward point. Single taken, all the same.


Pathan to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, short ball on middle, Yuvraj punches wide of mid-on for an easy couple.


Pathan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, Yuvraj goes for a sweep, gets pad on it for a leg-bye to short fine leg. Time for another stretch-my-legs time-out.

Abhro: "with so much options at hand gambhir is probably forgetting whom he's bowled and whom not.." Indeed. Kallis, RTD, Balaji have bowled one over between them!

LOL (yes, that's his/her name): "Pune up to their usual tricks with the bat. Why did they drop Marsh when he top scored for them last match?" Only Papa Marsh has the answer to that one.

End of over 16 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 87/5 (RR: 5.43)

    • Yuvraj Singh 11 (12b 1x4)
    • S Rana 3 (6b)
    • YK Pathan 4-0-23-2
    • R Bhatia 2-0-11-0

Lee comes back on. One of the few seamers that has got a bit of a bowl today. Round the wicket to Yuvraj. This mini-battle was astounding to watch in the World Cup QF.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and wide of off stump, Yuvraj looks to steer but is late on the shot and it runs under the blade.

Five men on the off side. The plan is for more full and wide balls outside off. Apparently Yuvraj was questioning Taufel whether five fielders on off side is within the rules. One of these days, these players must read up on cricket's rules.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, and here's another one. Yuvraj again goes for a steer and misses.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Superb shot. Yuvraj knows Lee is going to do this again, full and outside off. He just waits, fractionally opens up the off side, opens up the face and guides him with the pace of the ball to third man. That flew.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, straighter this time, Yuvraj works it towards midwicket for another single.


Lee to Rana, 1 run, short ball, Rana hops back and guides the pull to deep square leg for a single.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, hmm, again Lee lands it full and wide. Yuvraj leaves and looks beseechingly at the umpire. Not called.

End of over 17 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 93/5 (RR: 5.47)

    • Yuvraj Singh 16 (17b 2x4)
    • S Rana 4 (7b)
    • B Lee 3-0-22-0
    • YK Pathan 4-0-23-2

Kallis gets another over. Yay for the seaming fraternity!


Kallis to Rana, FOUR, and that's why seamers haven't bowled much today. Kallis lands this short and wide outside off, Rana gives it everything and carves it powerfully over point. Well played.


Kallis to Rana, FOUR, even better from Rana. He gets another short ball, this one angling in, but there are two men prowling in the deep. Rana knows it, and ensures he places it between them, in front of square, and picks up four.


Kallis to Rana, 1 run, back of a length outside off, this time he just drops it towards point for a quick single.


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, no run, aha, that was in Yuvraj's hitting length, but not in the hitting line. Full and well wide of off stump, Yuvraj sets up a slid base and swings hard, but he gets it right back to Kallis.


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, another heave missed by Yuvraj. Full and straight from Kallis, Yuvraj inside-edges the swing to the leg side for one.

The run-rate has never reached 6 today.


Kallis to Rana, 1 run, full and on off stump to end the over, this Rana can pack some power into these shots. This time, he finds sweeper cover though with an inside out carve.

Aakarsh: "Wonder if Sachin Rana was named after SRT.....Would have been awesome had he played in the matches between MI nd PWI"

End of over 18 (11 runs) Pune Warriors 104/5 (RR: 5.77)

    • S Rana 14 (11b 2x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 17 (19b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-18-0
    • B Lee 3-0-22-0

Kallis is off with a finger niggle. Boucher is on the field.,


Lee to Rana, 1 leg bye, lovely little slow offcutter, Rana was initially fooled before nudging it away fine, and Goswami does really well to stop it as he dives away to his left.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj looks completely confused, and so are we. Another one full and wide outside off, this was surely well outside the tram line. Yuvraj gestures in anger, and rightly so.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, this one angles into him, and Yuvraj muscles it away to the square leg area without timing for a couple.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, cat and mouse stuff this! Concerned by the umpire's not so stringent standards, Yuvraj reaches well out to another potential wide and squeezes it away towards extra cover. Rana hares back to give him the strike.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, this time Yuvraj moves inside the line as Lee spears it in, and ends up whipping it to deep midwicket off the back foot. Two more. No wait, they only get a single since Rana hasn't completed the first one cleanly.


Lee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he's doing all he can to get under Lee, and he's not being allowed to. Another signature full ball outside off, Yuvraj tries to go up and over, but gets only as far as long off. He keeps strike though.

Karthik: "@Aakarsh: I dont think Sachin Rana was named after SRT, after all SRT was just 13 when Rana was born" I wonder how many people know that SRT is named after Sachin Dev Burman.

End of over 19 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 111/5 (RR: 5.84)

    • Yuvraj Singh 23 (24b 2x4)
    • S Rana 14 (12b 2x4)
    • B Lee 4-0-28-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-18-0

The last-over specialist Balaji comes on! He's not a specialist No. 10 after all.


Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full length from over the wicket, wide of the crease, and Yuvraj angles it towards the covers for one.

There was a short-run off 18.5.


Balaji to Rana, 1 run, another ball full and straight on off, nothing Rana can do with it and forces it away to mid off for one.


Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Last-over Lakshmipathy has a wicket! Sends down a surprise short ball angling across Yuvraj, who is late on the dragged pull. Top edge, spirals up, and Goswami settles under it. They check if it was a no-ball, but that's clean. Bala had some part of the foot behind the line.

Yuvraj Singh c †Goswami b Balaji 24 (26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Parnell is the new man in.


Balaji to Rana, (no ball) 2 runs, filth from Bala, sends down a high full toss, called a no-ball and earns him a warning. Rana pulls it behind square leg for a couple.


Balaji to Rana, 1 run, slow offcutter, this time it lands and breaks in. Another pull, it goes squarer this time, for one more.


Balaji to Parnell, 1 run, length ball on the pads, Parnell flicks to deep midwicket. Only a single. Can they get 120?


Balaji to Rana, OUT, Balaji, zara dheere chalo! The smiling assassin has bowled a memorable final over and finished off with a lovely little yorker. If you can keep it that full, you don't need pace. That landed at Rana's toes even as he searched in vain for any little room. There was none, he misses the heave, and leg stump fell back.

S Rana b Balaji 18 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

What an utter shambles of an innings from Pune. The pitch has turn, yes, but it was surely a 140+ pitch. KKR will want to win and take their NRR up as well, just in case.

Sam Roy: "Speaking of the great SD Burman, how many people know he is of royal blood? My late maternal grand father was a friend of his when they used to perform together in Comilla, Sylhet in the 1930's before coming to Mumbai. Well in those days there weren't that many people in Agartala, so almost everybody knew everyone." Interesting.

Nick: "Being a Pune fan must be like an Arsenal fan. Lots of potential, but they keep making simple and stupid mistakes, and also repeating them match after match."

End of over 20 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 118/7

    • WD Parnell 1 (1b)
    • L Balaji 1-0-7-2
    • B Lee 4-0-28-0





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