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)

Goswami and Gambhir to open. Kallis injured his finger earlier. That might be the reason. First time Gauti is opening in IPl 2011. Better late than never. Thomas has the ball.


Thomas to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length to start off, Gambhir nudges through square leg for one.

Now we know that Mitch Marsh is ill, and is hence not playing. Makes sense.


Thomas to Goswami, 2 runs, again on the pads, fuller too, and Goswami whips to deep backward square leg for a couple.

Fine leg is now inside the circle.


Thomas to Goswami, FOUR, Oh well. Thomas sends down another one well outside off, and Goswami helps it along, over the man who just came into the circle.

One slip in place.


Thomas to Goswami, OUT, Thomas finally lands one on an acceptable line and immediately strikes. Good ball, Thomas has this ability to get it to kick up from short of a length. It got big as it angled across Goswami who went for an airy feel without quite riding the bounce. Guided straight into the keeper's gloves.

SP Goswami c †Uthappa b Thomas 6 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Tiwary is in at 3. Two slips in place.


Thomas to Tiwary, no run, cracking legcutter from Alfonso. Angles in, lands outside off and darts away. Tiwary gropes inside the line.


Thomas to Tiwary, no run, full and angling into the pads, Tiwary misses the on-drive and is struck on the pads. Stifled appeal - that was going down the leg side.

End of over 1 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 7/1 (112 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.89)

    • MK Tiwary 0 (2b)
    • G Gambhir 1 (1b)
    • AC Thomas 1-0-7-1

Parnell comes on now. Left arm over.


Parnell to Gambhir, no run, angles into the pads, Gambhir falls over as he looks to flick, and misses. Taken on the pad.


Parnell to Gambhir, no run, nervy start this for KKR. Gambhir gets one that goes away from back of a length, and looks to waft loosely. Miss.


Parnell to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, on the pads again, Gambhir looks to flick and gets something on it, away to square leg for one.


Parnell to Tiwary, no run, jaffa. Tiwary's got two of them, and survived both. This one angled across him as Parnell rolled his fingers over it, but it landed on the seam and bounced extra, tennis-ball like. Tiwary did well to drop the wrists.


Parnell to Tiwary, FOUR, ugly but effective. Tiwary backs away, gets a length ball on leg and goes for an agricultural hoick to the leg side. Inside edge, runs away to square leg for four. Parnell just looks bemused.


Parnell to Tiwary, 5 runs, comedy of errors and a lovely little moment! Parnell gives Tiwary the bouncer, catches him lazy on the front foot and nearly hits the helmet as he swerves away late. The ball dribbles to the off side as Tiwary scoots down the pitch. Ferguson collects and hurls it at the stumps, and misses. Four overthrows. Parnell runs across to Ferg and makes as though he is strangling him. All in jest! And then, pats him on the back for the effort.

End of over 2 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 17/1 (102 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 5.66)

    • MK Tiwary 9 (5b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 1 (4b)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-9-0
    • AC Thomas 1-0-7-1

Thomas to Tiwary, 5 runs, action replay! Replace Parnell with Thomas. Replace the missed throw with a direct hit that deflected off the stumps at the bowler's end. Replace Ferguson's small, disappointed face, with a smaller and more glum-looking face at the end of it all. Tiwary has 10 runs off 2 balls after nearly being taken out by a bouncer, and dabbing backward of point. Easy does it.


Thomas to Gambhir, no run, good ball, Gambhir plays inside the line to a fullish delivery outside off.


Thomas to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length outside off, dropped to the covers for a single.


Thomas to Tiwary, 1 run, a saner sequence of events this time with Tiwary on strike, he just guides to mid-off for one.


Thomas to Gambhir, 1 wide


Thomas to Gambhir, 1 run, you won't believe this. Ferguson throws again as Gambhir drops to the off side and runs. He hits the stumps and doesn't appeal. Gambhir's made his ground. Ferguson looks sheepish. Yuvraj just looks on hoping it doesn't run to the boundary. Ryder is guffawing away without control. Parnell breaks into a laugh as well. This is hilarious! For the record, no overthrows this time!


Thomas to Tiwary, SIX, a violent end to a comic over. Tiwary gets a length ball coming into him, and swings it cleanly over deep midwicket. See you later.

End of over 3 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 32/1 (87 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.66, RRR: 5.11)

    • MK Tiwary 21 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 3 (7b)
    • AC Thomas 2-0-22-1
    • WD Parnell 1-0-9-0

Rahul Sharma comes on. Pune's one success this season.


Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, not much turn as he lands the first one short of a length on the stumps. Gambhir plays it away to the leg side for one.

Slip in place.


Sharma to Tiwary, no run, short of a length and angling in, worked away to backward square leg. No run this time.


Sharma to Tiwary, no run, short again, but tight lines just outside off. He goes for a cut, and finds point.


Sharma to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary sets himself up for a mock charge, Rahul sees him and fires it full and fast at 98 kph. Tiwary defends.


Sharma to Tiwary, no run, nice little battle this. Tiwary thinks of backing away and opening up the off side, Rahul sees him and lands it on a length on leg stump. Tiwary's forced to defend.


Sharma to Tiwary, no run, and again, full and lively on middle and leg. Slog this at your own peril. Tiwary doesn't.

Chak: "Todays article on Rahul Sharma in Cricinfo has won him a million fans. I am supporting him to the core. Hats off to Gilly too." Cheers to Abhishek Purohit for doing that piece - here's the link to it.

End of over 4 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 33/1 (86 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 5.37)

    • MK Tiwary 21 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 4 (8b)
    • R Sharma 1-0-1-0
    • AC Thomas 2-0-22-1

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, angling across outside off, Gambhir steers quietly backward of point for a single.


Parnell to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary backs away to a back of length ball and cuts through backward point for a single.


Parnell to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir plays the shot of the day, looks almost out of place in the IPL. Back of a length ball outside off, no fuss from Gambhir, just stays where he is and meets it on the top of the bounce through the covers. Idyllic.


Parnell to Gambhir, FOUR, well, he hit a decent ball last time, this one was in the slot as well. Parnell over-pitches, Gambhir leans half forward and caresses it through the covers.


Parnell to Gambhir, no run, Parnell responds with a good ball, but Pune can't afford 2 fours before every good ball. Short ball, lands on the seam and shapes away, even as Gambhir pokes loosely from the crease.


Parnell to Gambhir, no run, and again, nearly a replay of the previous ball. Parnell appeals for a catch behind this time, Taufel says no. Gambhir against flirted with it as it moved away from short of a length.

End of over 5 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 43/1 (76 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.60, RRR: 5.06)

    • G Gambhir 13 (13b 2x4)
    • MK Tiwary 22 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-19-0
    • R Sharma 1-0-1-0

Kumar comes on. Right arm over.


Kumar to Tiwary, no run, short of a length outside off, Tiwary lets it go through to Robin.


Kumar to Tiwary, no run, big change of pace on that slower one, lands a second time before it gets to the keeper. Tiwary was fooled by it, tried to push at it and missed.


Kumar to Tiwary, no run, another one comes across at 115 kph, this time Tiwary gets bat on it, but finds point with the steer.


Kumar to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary walks across and looks to slap a full and fast ball outside off, through to square leg. Swipes and misses.


Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, again Tiwary goes across to off stump. This time he looks to cut and under-edges it to third man.


Kumar to Gambhir, no run, two tight overs and Pune are back in it. Length ball on off stump to end the over, Gambhir guides straight to cover-point.

End of over 6 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 44/1 (75 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 5.35)

    • G Gambhir 13 (14b 2x4)
    • MK Tiwary 23 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 1-0-1-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-19-0

Yuvraj is on with a widish slip. Aha, Ryder has a huge go at Tiwary, and Yuvraj pulls the youngster away, not his own team-mate!


Yuvraj Singh to Tiwary, no run, tossed up on the stumps and played into the off side


Yuvraj Singh to Tiwary, no run, back of a length, Tiwary covers the line and defends.


Yuvraj Singh to Tiwary, no run, another one on the money, Tiwary plays it right back to the bowler


Yuvraj Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, Yuvraj lets this slip, slow and loopy, rank full toss outside off. Tiwary thumps it but finds deep cover.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, FOUR, that kind of day for Pune. Yuvraj foxes Gambhir with a classy arm ball as the batsman advanced. He was not to the pitch, and did not read the turn. Ended up getting an outside edge that ran away through the vacant slip region.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, 1 run, again Gambhir looks to advance, this one is fuller and on middle and leg, and he whips through the leg side for a single.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 50/1 (69 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 5.30)

    • G Gambhir 18 (16b 3x4)
    • MK Tiwary 24 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-6-0
    • B Kumar 1-0-1-0

Kumar to Gambhir, 2 runs, length ball from Kumar on the pads, whipped to Parnell at deep square leg where a mini-fumble allows the batsmen to get two.


Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Gambhir cuts it backward of point for a single.


Kumar to Tiwary, OUT, Tiwary's innings has been full of adventure. And it has ended in unusual style too. Loopy short ball well outside off, tempts him into the pull but it was really too short and too wide, and he ended up chopping it onto the stumps. Ryder hurries across from point, and has another friendly word with Tiwary.

MK Tiwary b Kumar 24 (24b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Taufel has a word with Ryder. Fair to say Pune aren't going to win too many fairplay points today.

Yusuf is in at 4. Still no Kallis.


Kumar to Pathan, 1 no ball, sback of a length outside off, Yusuf doesn't make contact with it.


Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, Yusuf is away, steering a length ball outside off towards third man.


Kumar to Gambhir, FOUR, over-pitched and too far down the leg side. Gambhir is in too good form to let it go unpunished, and glances it past Rahul's dive at deep fine leg.


Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, some more of the deftness from Gambhir, he steers with the softest of hands from just outside off to third man for one more.

Nick: "Just for clarification, Thomas had already pulled Ryder away and Yuvi was just trying to helpout Tiwary there." Right. Did see that on the second replay. Though, it was still strange to see Yuvraj dragging Tiwary away.

End of over 8 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 60/2 (59 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 4.91)

    • G Gambhir 26 (20b 4x4)
    • YK Pathan 1 (2b)
    • B Kumar 2-0-11-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-6-0

Rahul's back on.


Sharma to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on off and straightening, Gambhir defends down the track.


Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir jumps out this time, gets too close to the pitch and digs it out pasr the bowler for one.

Madhusudhan: "Where do u keep DLF Fair Play Award Score in Cricinfo...? Want to know the logic..." We don't keep track of it. We are a cricket site.

Widish slip in place.


Sharma to Pathan, no run, Yusuf reaches out to a full ball outside off and defends. Rare sight.


Sharma to Pathan, no run, short and quicker, hurries onto him and Yusuf can't time the pull.


Sharma to Pathan, FOUR, ah, just a touch of room outside off as Rahul lands this outside off from wide of the crease, and Yusuf cuts it just past slip.


Sharma to Pathan, FOUR, two lovely strokes from Yusuf give KKR the ascendancy before the third pointless time-out of the day. This time Rahul delivers from closer to the crease, and looks to lull Yusuf into edging to slip. It is Rahul's patent length, short outside off and not giving room, but Yusuf has enough for a nice little cut. This time it is well to the left of point. He had no chance.

Abhinav: "I know there was some speculation that Sachin Rana might be named after Sachin Tendulkar. That is right. Sachin Rana was born Pramod Rana, and changed his name in 9th class, when he was 13. How do I know this, I am a former classmate and teammate. We both went to Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi." Don't know how true this story is. Interesting, though.

End of over 9 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 69/2 (50 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 4.54)

    • YK Pathan 9 (6b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 27 (22b 4x4)
    • R Sharma 2-0-10-0
    • B Kumar 2-0-11-1

Kirshna: "So according to you, cricket and fairplay are mutually exclusive?" No. I believe the way these fairplay points are handed out is not always fair. And I don't think it makes sense to give someone an award for playing fair. That's like praising someone for not committing a crime.


Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length from Parnell, outside Gambhir's off stump and guided through point for one.


Parnell to Pathan, 1 run, on Yusuf's pads, and he whips through square leg for a single.


Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, width again to Gambhir, who looks to carve over the off side, and Rahul at deep backward point does well to keep it to a single.


Parnell to Pathan, 1 run, short and lively, angling across Yusuf who stays on the back foot and dabs it to third man


Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, another one short of a length, this time Gambhir rides the bounce and steers a single to deep backward point.


Parnell to Pathan, no run, short ball to finish the over, Yusuf steers straight to point.

End of over 10 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 74/2 (45 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.40, RRR: 4.50)

    • YK Pathan 11 (9b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 30 (25b 4x4)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-24-0
    • R Sharma 2-0-10-0

Sharma to Gambhir, FOUR, three successive fours off Rahul Sharma. I must be dreaming. Full toss outside off, Gambhir leans out and strokes it with kindness through the covers.


Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, fullish length outside off, Gambhir trots out and pushes it into the covers for a single.


Sharma to Pathan, 1 run, full toss again, Yusuf bangs it right back and Rahul can't clutch it. Past the bowler and down the ground for a single.


Sharma to Gambhir, no run, flat and on a length, Gambhir defends after getting half forward.


Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, he advances again, Rahul lands it full on the middle and leg line. Gambhir whips through wide mid-on.


Sharma to Pathan, FOUR, Yusuf's shredding Rahul through the off side today. With or without room. Again, Rahul keeps it just outside off, and Yusuf's upright stance as he gets across to off stump means he still has room to power it away. Top-batting. KKR are taking this away easily here.

End of over 11 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 85/2 (34 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.72, RRR: 3.77)

    • YK Pathan 16 (11b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 36 (29b 5x4)
    • R Sharma 3-0-21-0
    • WD Parnell 3-0-24-0

Thomas to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length and angling across, Gambhir guides away to third man for a single.


Thomas to Pathan, 1 run, short ball, comes on slowly and Yusuf cross-bats it wide of mid-on for a single.


Thomas to Gambhir, 1 run, fullish outside off, Gambhir drops it towards point and they hare across for a single.


Thomas to Pathan, 1 run, short ball, meets with some patent Yusuf brutality. Clubbed to deep midwicket, where Rana does well to stop it and save the boundary.


Thomas to Gambhir, 2 runs, width this time as Gambhir jumps out, and he creams it through point for two more.

Aman: "Big buck players of IPL4 at the crease - just a meagre $4.5 million partnership!"


Thomas to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length, this time on the pads, and Gambhir dabs another single to midwicket.

End of over 12 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 92/2 (27 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 3.37)

    • G Gambhir 41 (33b 5x4)
    • YK Pathan 18 (13b 3x4)
    • AC Thomas 3-0-29-1
    • R Sharma 3-0-21-0

Yuvraj is back on.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, no run, another one that turns in big from a left armer. Gambhir has no room as it breaks back in, and aborts the cut.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, no run, this one slides on with the arm, Gambhir again tries to cut, but misses.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, no run, back to conventional left-arm spin, it comes into Gambhir who cuts without timing to point.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, 2 runs, now Gambhir advances, reaches the pitch and launches it over wide mid-on for two more.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, FOUR, utter shambles from Bhuvnesh on the point fence. Width for Gambhir outside off and he cuts it sweetly backward of point. Bhuvnesh was sweeping, and should have stopped it., but fumbled with a lazy effort.


Yuvraj Singh to Gambhir, no run, tighter line, on middle and leg, Gambhir defends from the crease.

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 98/2 (21 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 3.00)

    • G Gambhir 47 (39b 6x4)
    • YK Pathan 18 (13b 3x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-12-0
    • AC Thomas 3-0-29-1

Kumar to Pathan, SIX, gulp. Yusuf has wecomed Bhuvnesh back to the crease with a visceral pull over deep midwicket. Like Babe Ruth, says Brad Hogg on air. Short ball, friendly pace, and insufficiently long boundary. Easy six.


Kumar to Pathan, no run, fuller length, Yusuf looks to whack it straight though he is on the back foot. Mistimed, down the track.


Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, Yusuf is notorious for his slow running between the wickets. Parnell runs in, collects and has a go, but misses.


Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Gambhir pushes another single into the covers. KKR walking home.


Kumar to Pathan, no run, another slow legcutter on off stump, this time Yusuf gives it the respect it deserves and defends into the off side.


Kumar to Pathan, no run, yorker on the stumps, Yusuf punches to Yuvraj at mid-off to end the over.

PB: "Babe Ruth is from base ball.. Ain't I saw tht you telling us cricinfo is a cricket site ;-)" Hah! My bad..

End of over 14 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 106/2 (13 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.57, RRR: 2.16)

    • YK Pathan 25 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 48 (40b 6x4)
    • B Kumar 3-0-19-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-12-0

Prabakar: "Coming to the discussion on cricketer's names...2 cricketers who have been named after other famous cricketers - Rohan (Jaivishwa) Gavaskar named after Rohan Kanhai, ML Jaisimha and Gundappa Vishwanath...And Neil Fairbrother named after Neil Harvey....Wonder how many cricketers were named after the Don?" Prescient from Prabakar - this is the topic for tomorrow's Cricinfo XI!


Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off by Rahul, Gambhir steers into the covers for a single.


Sharma to Pathan, 2 runs, marginally short, Yusuf looks for the big heave over the leg side, and gets it away for a couple.


Sharma to Pathan, no run, marginally wide of off stump, Yusuf looks for that cut again, this time he can't get it away.


Sharma to Pathan, 1 run, short ball turns into Yusuf, he laps it in the air over towards midwicket, but it lands in no-man's land.


Sharma to Gambhir, no run, googly goes away from Gambhir, who stays in the crease and taps towards point.


Sharma to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely hit to finish the over, Gambhir dances down the track, reaches the pitch of the ball and lofts over extra cover. Not Rahul Sharma's best day in office, this.

Karn: "Oof, in Yuvi's over, there was some serious money at work. Gauti (2.4) and Pathan (2.1) facing Yuvi (1.8) while Robin (2.1) was doing the glove-work. That adds up to $8.4 mil touching the 22-yards at the same time. That's the amount of money RR and KXIP had combined during the auction."


End of over 15 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 114/2 (5 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.60, RRR: 1.00)

    • G Gambhir 53 (43b 7x4)
    • YK Pathan 28 (21b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Sharma 4-0-29-0
    • B Kumar 3-0-19-1

Parnell to Pathan, no run, aha, high full toss was close to being no-balled but he got away with it.


Parnell to Pathan, 1 run, works a length ball down the ground for a single.


Parnell to Gambhir, 2 wides, good short ball, takes off, makes Yusuf fend awkwardly at it as he tries to tackles it from the crease


Parnell to Pathan, no run, another short ball, Yusuf is in no position to handle this spicy stuff. Ouch.


Parnell to Pathan, OUT, and once again, Ganguly says it ain't over until it is over. It can't end without another one of my little moments of confounding brilliance. Yusuf is gone, Dada has taken a screamer at mid-off to send him back. Full length ball on middle, Yusuf doesn't get forward and looks to loft and it balloons away wide of mid-off. Ganguly moves away as swiftly as a 40-year old can, to his left, puts out both hands as he tumbles and takes it as he lands and rolls. Try and keep this man out of the game.

YK Pathan c Ganguly b Parnell 29 (25b 3x4 1x6) SR: 116.00


Parnell to Bhatia, no run, fullish length, Bhatia leans out and drives into the covers.


Parnell to Bhatia, no run, this time he misses one as it angles past him. Two to win. Perfect timing for a strategic time-out. Bhatia and Gambhir can discuss just how to pace this chase, while Pune can check if they have a Malinga in their midst to pull this one back.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 117/3 (2 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.31, RRR: 0.50)

    • R Bhatia 0 (2b)
    • G Gambhir 53 (43b 7x4)
    • WD Parnell 4-0-27-1
    • R Sharma 4-0-29-0

Rakesh: "Judging by the catch Gangulay took, he should be given the ball after the timeout to bowl an over. He just might pick up a wicket or two confounding the confounders." No Sourav, but Sachin is going to bowl.


Rana to Gambhir, no run, length ball on the pads, Gambhir can't get it away as he looks to nurdle. Rajat Bhatia at the non-striker's end must think he's looking at a mirror. Rana's action is rather reminiscent of his.


Rana to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off, Gambhir stays on the crease and guides to point.


Rana to Gambhir, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Gambhir levels the scores by cutting hard toward point where Ryder stops it to keep the game going.


Rana to Bhatia, 1 run, the game ends in comic fashion. Bhatia gets a wide ball outside off, and under-edges to short third man where Pandey fields, loses balance as he tries to throw, and throws towards short cover. Easy single, KKR move up to 16 points.

On behalf of the crew at ESPNcricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. So long and thanks for all the feedback. Do tune in for the Test match and the IPL action tomorrow. On your way out, do check out Abhishek's bulletin. Cheers!

Right, so this is how the points table looks at this stage. KKR, KXIP and MI fans - take a good look at that. Things could be decided when MI play RR tomorrow, and DC play KXIP the day after. What fun it would be if it goes down to the last day of the league phase.

Presentations time:

Yusuf Pathan is Man of the Match for his solid all-round showing. He speaks in hindi (translated): "No tension ahead of the game. Gauti utilised me very well with the ball, I could get wickets and keep the runs down."

Gambhir: "Credit to the entire team. We were never too keen on batting in a hurry for the NRR. It wasn't that kind of pitch, and we just wanted to be professional. If we win the next game we can be 2nd on the table, so that's what we will focus on. Jacques' been doing a great job, his injury gave me an opportunity to open today."

Yuvraj: "135-140 would have been a good score. Toss would have been vital, it turned a lot earlier and not much in the second half. I am happy to allow youngsters bat ahead of my up the order, since I have batted low for India and can handle the pressure. All I could do when Callum Ferguson's throws were going for four was smile, so that's what I did."

Kamal: "No need to record the presentation ceremony. After 60-odd matches, its clear what yuvi gonna speak today. 'We were probably 20 runs short. We keep making the same mistake. Our batting was the let down. We still have a match to win for our fans. International players need to step up. We have got few positives..'... Gimme a break, guys."

KKR's Net run-rate is now 0.205 ahead of KXIP, so even if KXIP win their last game v Deccan, and KKR lose theirs v Mumbai, it might not be enough for Punjab to make it. Mumbai of course have 2 games, and one win will see them through.

Kunal: "Is it possible for MI to choke like they did in 2008 and 2009 to find themselves out of play-offs? I think there is serious possibility of this happening, but we shall see. They are the chokers of IPL having done so latein season 2008, 2009 and 2010 final."






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