Indian Premier League, 17th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab at Kolkata, Apr 15, 2012
Kings XI Punjab won by 2 runs
15 April 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

Yusuf Pathan to open the bowling, spin right away

Breaking: Bangladesh have confirmed that they will tour Pakistan later this month, albeit for only one ODI and T20I, both the be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. It's a beginning, a big one.

Gareth: "This is the senselessness of this year's fixtures. Two of KKR's last three matches have been against Rajasthan, and their next match, on Wednesday, is against tonight's opponents, Punjab. I'm not sure if it's to do with Kochi being removed, but its not the most equitable draw." Gareth, when you have to cram in 76 games in less than eight weeks, you don't think about such niceties

3.30 pm: Gautam Gambhir wins the toss and Kolkata Knight Riders will have a bowl

L Balaji is out with a sore groin and Unadkat is in for Knight Riders

Bhargav Bhatt is in for Parvinder Awana for Kings XI. Left-arm spinner replacing the medium-pacer; the Eden Gardens pitch was turning a lot in Knight Riders' previous game against Rajasthan Royals. Also sitting out is Paul Valthaty, who has struggled this time after his impressive season last year. Paras Dogra comes in for him.


Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, skidding on towards middle from a length, played out on the leg side


Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, short, too short, but Gilchrist's pull finds deep midwicket, on the bounce


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, no run, softly dabbed away to short third man from around off stump


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, this one is in the slot, flighted a shade, fullish, outside off, and he picks it neatly over midwicket


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, shortish, but it came on quickly, and he adjusted to drop it towards point


Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, Gilchrist survives, that inside edge could have gone on to the stumps, instead, it sneaks past them to short fine, he was playing for some turn there, there wasn't any

End of over 1 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • AC Gilchrist 2 (3b)
    • Mandeep Singh 5 (3b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-7-0

Kallis to bowl from the other end


Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, short of a length and on to the pads, tucked away to deep backward square


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, no run, short of a length again and into Mandeep, who stays in the crease and blocks


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, run-out chance missed, ten Doeschate was quickly onto the ball as he ran in from midwicket, the dive would not have saved Mandeep had the lob from a diving Tendo hit


Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, skiddy back of a length ball played out to midwicket


Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, turned wide of midwicket for a single

Mandeep is getting a finger on his left hand taped


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, Mandeep has a go at the slower length ball, does not quite time it, but ends up dragging it between midwicket and mid on

End of over 2 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 14/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • Mandeep Singh 10 (6b 2x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 4 (6b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-7-0

Decent crowd in at Eden in the 38 degree heat, here is Narine now


Narine to Gilchrist, no run, starts off with a tossed up very full one, which is dug out towards covers


Narine to Gilchrist, 1 run, swings a full delivery down the ground, mid on scrambles to his right and gets down just in time to stop it


Narine to Mandeep Singh, no run, dabs an offbreak on the off side and takes off, is sent back by Gilchrist


Narine to Mandeep Singh, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, as he pushes forward, struck just outside the line of off with a tossed up offbreak


Narine to Gilchrist, OUT, Narine has struck in his first over, Gilchrist grimaces as soon as he realises he has top-edged the attempted swing over midwicket, the off break from Narine did not turn much, it bounced just around off, and Gilchrist ended up hitting it straight and high, cover settled under it

AC Gilchrist c Tiwary b Narine 5 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Slip and silly point, who is not exactly silly, he is a bit deepish


Narine to Marsh, 1 wide, straightish one down the leg side


Narine to Marsh, no run, that one turned alright, difficult one for the left-hander, as it spun sharply away from him as he pushed at it

End of over 3 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • SE Marsh 0 (1b)
    • Mandeep Singh 10 (8b 2x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-2-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0

Kallis to Mandeep Singh, no run, tries to guide this length ball but mistimes it to point


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, 1 leg bye, follows him as he makes room outside leg, Mandeep manages to get it behind square leg


Kallis to Marsh, 1 leg bye, misses the flick off the pad


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, mistimes as he looks to cross-bat through midwicket, they take a single as the ball rolls away in front of square


Kallis to Marsh, no run, tight stuff from Kallis, around off on a length, pushed to point from the crease


Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, worked off the pad through square

End of over 4 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 21/1 (RR: 5.25)

    • SE Marsh 1 (4b)
    • Mandeep Singh 11 (11b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-9-0
    • SP Narine 1-0-2-1

Murali: "It's time Gilchrist retired. He should participate in the IPL as a coach rather than a player. His days are over. The shot he played today would have been a six in yester years."

Still persisting with the sillyish point to Marsh


Narine to Marsh, no run, pushed off the front foot towards short third man


Narine to Marsh, OUT, he's gone through Marsh, another huge blow from Narine, it is the one that turns in to the left-hander, call it the knuckle ball or flicked ball or whatever, tossed up around middle and off, draws him forward, he pushes at the original line, but it spins back in to go through the gate

SE Marsh b Narine 1 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66


Narine to Hussey, 1 run, fullish ball turned wide of mid on for a single


Narine to Mandeep Singh, no run, offbreak turning in from a good length, punched to mid off


Narine to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, quickish one fired in back of a length, punched wide of extra cover


Narine to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and across, the offbreak spins in sharply, and pops up in the air behind square

End of over 5 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 24/2 (RR: 4.80)

    • DJ Hussey 2 (2b)
    • Mandeep Singh 12 (13b 2x4)
    • SP Narine 2-0-5-2
    • JH Kallis 2-0-9-0

Kallis to Hussey, no run, whips a full delivery back down the pitch, bowler gets a hand to it, and takes the pace off it


Kallis to Hussey, no run, drives a pitched up ball straight to cover on the edge of the circle

smudgeon: "Excellent work letting this kid come to the IPL, WICB."


Kallis to Hussey, 1 run, skiddy length ball in to the pads with the angle, dropped towards midwicket for one


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, no run, rides the bounce on this back of a length ball as he arches back, but guides it straight to point


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, no run, makes room to go hard down the ground, but finds no timing on the stroke, the ball rolls away to mid off


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, close to the blockhole around middle and leg, he gets bat down in time to turn it towards midwicket

End of over 6 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 26/2 (RR: 4.33)

    • Mandeep Singh 13 (16b 2x4)
    • DJ Hussey 3 (5b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-11-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-5-2

karthik: "Punjab should start building in match winners as with the current state they are in ,they hardly are giving any tough times to the opposition.It remembers me of how warne motivated yusuf pathan in the initial edition of IPL .You dont need star players everytime to win matches all the times."

Man of the Match from KKR's previous game, Shakib Al Hasan, to have a bowl


Shakib Al Hasan to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, angled in full from wide of the crease, nudged square on the leg side

Slip is in


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, full on off, pushed back to the bowler


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, drives a full delivery to sweeper cover


Shakib Al Hasan to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, fires it in full, a lot more angle on this one, inside edge pops up in the air wide of midwicket


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, another inside edge, to deep midwicket, he was playing for the turn, looking to drive through extra cover


Shakib Al Hasan to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, tries to scoop him over the off-side infield, but gets it straight down to long off

End of over 7 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 31/2 (RR: 4.42)

    • Mandeep Singh 16 (19b 2x4)
    • DJ Hussey 5 (8b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-5-0
    • JH Kallis 3-0-11-0

Young Unadkat comes on


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, SIX, poor line to start off, short, on the pads, and pulled very comfortably over short fine leg


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, gets it right this time, angles it across the right-hander on a good length, pushed past point

Tommy: "About time Dave Hussey getting a proper bat this tournament. Making him earn the big bucks he is getting paid."


Unadkat to Hussey, 1 run, hops in the crease and turns a back of a length ball through square leg


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, edged, but he was pushing softly at this pitched up ball as he opened the face, and it bounced in front and to the right of the keeper, he could not stop it


Unadkat to Hussey, 1 run, keeping a tad low this time, worked against the angle from around off through square leg


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, no run, 135.6 kph good length delivery skidding across Mandeep, he tries to dab it to third man but misses

End of over 8 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 41/2 (RR: 5.12)

    • Mandeep Singh 24 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 7 (10b)
    • JD Unadkat 1-0-10-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-5-0

Ankit: "What A Pity!! A player of Abhishek Nayar's calibre is sitting out...He features in Mumbai Ranji Team and West Zone Teams."


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 2 runs, mistimes a slog wide of long on, gets a couple still


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, plays a tossed up length ball from the crease and pushes it on the off side


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, comes down the track but cannot do more than push it back to Shakib


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, has another go at a full delivery, gets it along the ground to long on


Shakib Al Hasan to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, gets bat in front of pad to nudge wide of square leg


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, FOUR, there have not been many that have been timed today, this one was, seemed just a push in the air as Hussey came forward to one that straightened on off, Shakib could not get to it to his right, it even beat long-on's dive

End of over 9 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 49/2 (RR: 5.44)

    • DJ Hussey 14 (15b 1x4)
    • Mandeep Singh 25 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-13-0
    • JD Unadkat 1-0-10-0

Unadkat to bowl after the time-out


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, the best shot of the day so far, Mandeep makes slight room, gets front leg out of the way, and times a length ball past short extra cover, beats sweeper cover easily to his right


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, down to third man off a thick edge


Unadkat to Hussey, 2 runs, non-striker makes it just in time for the second, pushed wide of sweeper cover by Hussey, even if there had been a chance at the non-striker's end, there was no one to collect the throw, Unadkat was in the middle of the pitch


Unadkat to Hussey, 1 run, suddenly they are timing them, a pleasing push past the bowler for a single now

around the stumps


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, Mandeep looks to loft over extra cover, does not get the placement right as he makes some room outside leg, on the bounce to long off running to his left


Unadkat to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, that was timed well again, but he placed it straight to short third man, again creating a bit of space outside leg, and using the bowler's pace with a dab

End of over 10 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 60/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • Mandeep Singh 33 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 17 (17b 1x4)
    • JD Unadkat 2-0-21-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-13-0

Rajat Bhatia comes on


Bhatia to Mandeep Singh, no run, sliced straight to point, when they found timing, they lost the placement


Bhatia to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, slower one arrives from Bhatia, but they have got two off this one, it was just a soft push that looped up in the air towards midwicket


Bhatia to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, another slower one, with the angle on middle and leg, swung away to short fine

Ash Habib: "Surely Iqbal Abdullah should have played ahead of Das. I got news for you KKR, if the top 7-8 Batsmen fail another one won't make much of a difference in a 20 over match!"


Bhatia to Hussey, 2 runs, full toss whipped through midwicket, long on runs to his right and cuts off the four with a tumbling stop


Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, turned to deep midwicket


Bhatia to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, Mandeep stays in the crease and pushes a full toss in the air, he timed that well once more, but Tendo was quick to get around it at wide long off

End of over 11 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 68/2 (RR: 6.18)

    • Mandeep Singh 38 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 20 (19b 1x4)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-8-0
    • JD Unadkat 2-0-21-0

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 2 runs, backs away to one on middle and punches past extra cover


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 2 runs, slow through the air, swung wide of long on


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, comes down the track, Shakib shortens the length, and he only manages to push it away


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, driven wide of long off


Shakib Al Hasan to Mandeep Singh, no run, tossed up ball dips around off, pushed to short extra cover


Shakib Al Hasan to Mandeep Singh, OUT, Mandeep has found deep midwicket with precision, got down on the knee for the slog-sweep, but hit it straight to Tendo on the rope

Mandeep Singh c ten Doeschate b Shakib Al Hasan 38 (56m 34b 3x4 1x6) SR: 111.76

End of over 12 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 73/3 (RR: 6.08)

    • DJ Hussey 25 (23b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-18-1
    • R Bhatia 1-0-8-0

Bhatia to Dogra, 1 run, pushed through point


Bhatia to Hussey, no run


Bhatia to Hussey, no run, goes back to hit a length ball down the ground, it comes slowly off the pitch, and he cannot get it past Bhatia


Bhatia to Hussey, 1 leg bye, worked behind square leg with the angle


Bhatia to Dogra, no run, turns a full one from middle and leg to midwicket


Bhatia to Dogra, no run, that beats him as it holds its line from a good length outside off stump, some bounce too

End of over 13 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 75/3 (RR: 5.76)

    • P Dogra 1 (3b)
    • DJ Hussey 25 (26b 1x4)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-9-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-18-1

Kalana: "Focused over the Chelsea-Tottenham clash today, i read Dogra as Drogba.."


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, slowly tossed up on leg, played out to midwicket


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, now this one skids on around off, punched through cover


Shakib Al Hasan to Dogra, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover, they go for the single, quite close in the end, direct hit would have been still closer


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, goes for the sweep, misses as the length ball turns away after being angled in full, missed the off stump by inches, Shakib cannot believe it


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 2 leg byes, nudged behind square leg, and they come back for the second


Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, SIX, this one will go, Shakib tossing it up too full, Hussey had the chance to get under it, he also made a bit of room and carted it high over long off

Shakib walks away shaking his head in disappointment

End of over 14 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 85/3 (RR: 6.07)

    • DJ Hussey 32 (31b 1x4 1x6)
    • P Dogra 2 (4b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-26-1
    • R Bhatia 2-0-9-0

Bhatia to Dogra, OUT, mix-up, confusion, and Punjab have lost the big wicket of Hussey, Dogra dropped it towards point and took a few steps out of the crease, Hussey responded and was already half way up the crease when Dogra stopped, seeing the fielder get to the ball, the throw came in to Bhatia, who was a mile away from the stumps, he managed to get the bails off in the end, and Hussey was caught inches short, Hussey storms off, he was done in there by his partner

DJ Hussey run out 32 (48m 31b 1x4 1x6) SR: 103.22


Bhatia to Dogra, no run, pushed straight to point off the front foot


Bhatia to Dogra, no run, turns a slow loopy delivery to midwicket


Bhatia to Dogra, 1 run, thickish edge runs wide of short third man as looks to cut, Yusuf lumbers to his left to stop it


Bhatia to Bipul Sharma, no run, straightish length ball on leg stump, cannot do anything but pat it towards the bowler


Bhatia to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, worked off the pads to deep midwicket

End of over 15 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 87/4 (RR: 5.80)

    • Bipul Sharma 1 (2b)
    • P Dogra 3 (8b)
    • R Bhatia 3-0-11-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-26-1

Ash Habib: "Dogra should have sacrificed his wicket. They needed Hussey to stay till the end."


Unadkat to Bipul Sharma, no run, dabs a widish back of a length ball to point, there was width available, but he did not go after it


Unadkat to Bipul Sharma, SIX, that looked like a mishit but it carried comfortably over long off, Bipul went forward and lifted a full delivery in the air, timed it better than it looked like when he hit it


Unadkat to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, runs it behind point with an open face

around the stumps


Unadkat to Dogra, 2 runs, this one was mistimed alright, he reached out to loft a length ball, scooped it towards long off in the end


Unadkat to Dogra, 1 run, now this one falls in the vacant midwicket region, he was looking to swing it down the ground, it came on slowly and he skied it off the inner part of the blade


Unadkat to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, dabs a slow back of a length ball past the keeper to short third man

End of over 16 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 98/4 (RR: 6.12)

    • Bipul Sharma 9 (6b 1x6)
    • P Dogra 6 (10b)
    • JD Unadkat 3-0-32-0
    • R Bhatia 3-0-11-0

Bhatia to Bipul Sharma, no run, close to the blockhole, good control from Bhatia, Bipul digs it back from around middle


Bhatia to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, pushes another one close to the blockhole down to long off


Bhatia to Dogra, OUT, it's difficult to get power on the big shots off these really slow slower ones on a slow pitch, Dogra looking to go down the ground, ends up hitting it weakly to long on

P Dogra c Das b Bhatia 6 (23m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54


Bhatia to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, slowly coming on to the pads from a length, dropped in front of square

Sanleen: "Very hard to digest that Unadkat playing while Shami Ahmed sitting in the sidelines after having a nice ranji season like Dinda." Shami was impressive, what a Duleep Trophy final he had


Bhatia to Mascarenhas, OUT, Punjab have no answers against Bhatia, they can't get him away at all, and he has struck twice this over, Mascarenhas caught on the crease looking to push at a length ball that bounces, and he ends up feathering it to the keeper

AD Mascarenhas c †Bisla b Bhatia 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Bhatia to Chawla, 1 run, big backlift but he has to guide the slow length ball in front of point in the end, almost a run out, would have been one had there been a direct hit at the striker's end

End of over 17 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 101/6 (RR: 5.94)

    • PP Chawla 1 (1b)
    • Bipul Sharma 11 (9b 1x6)
    • R Bhatia 4-0-14-2
    • JD Unadkat 3-0-32-0

And now Punjab have to deal with Narine, after Bhatia


Narine to Chawla, 1 run, punched to sweeper cover


Narine to Bipul Sharma, 1 run, pushed wide of extra cover


Narine to Chawla, no run, massive turn, pitching miles outside leg stump, and turning across the left-hander, no chance of playing that one


Narine to Chawla, 1 run


Narine to Bipul Sharma, OUT, they keep falling, Narine gets another one, big turning offspinner again, tossed up on a length outside leg stump, and spits across him as he pushes forward, a thin edge to the keeper and he walks back immediately

Bipul Sharma c †Bisla b Narine 12 (18m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 109.09

Slip in place, in the 18th over


Narine to Kumar, OUT, PK is gone first ball, it was the flicked delivery that turns away from the right-hander, tossed up back of a length on middle, straightening and bouncing, PK had no clue about it and pushed inside the line to lose his bails

P Kumar b Narine 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 18 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 104/8 (RR: 5.77)

    • PP Chawla 3 (4b)
    • SP Narine 3-0-8-4
    • R Bhatia 4-0-14-2

Aadil: "I hope Narine doesn't turn out like Iverson and Mendis, where after a few months everyone picked their variations. The thing is, he gets significantly more turn then they did, so hopefully he can keep it up."


Kallis to Chawla, SIX, they have some pace, after an age spent dealing with slower ones and flicked legbreaks, Chawla gets front leg out of the way and swings a length ball over the bowler's head


Kallis to Chawla, 2 runs, slogs this one past midwicket for a couple


Kallis to Chawla, 1 run, full ball pushed down to long off for one


Kallis to Harmeet Singh, FOUR, inside edge goes past short fine leg as Harmeet has a slog


Kallis to Harmeet Singh, FOUR, that is a very fine strike, Harmeet making a lot of room outside leg, picking up the full ball from middle and drills it high over extra cover


Kallis to Harmeet Singh, 2 runs, turned through square leg for a couple

End of over 19 (19 runs) Kings XI Punjab 123/8 (RR: 6.47)

    • Harmeet Singh 10 (3b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 12 (7b 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-30-0
    • SP Narine 3-0-8-4

Narine to Chawla, 1 run, hat-trick ball, he punches the turning offbreak towards point


Narine to Harmeet Singh, no run, looks to slog him over long on, but it turns away from him and beats him


Narine to Harmeet Singh, FOUR, Harmeet is getting them away from Punjab, he wanted to swing Narine over midwicket, but the delivery straightened, and the outside edge beat short third man


Narine to Harmeet Singh, OUT, that has to be one of the most bizarre dismissals, Harmeet has walked outside off, and scooped Narine into the keeper's gloves, Narine has five, he has been nearly unplayable today

Harmeet Singh c †Bisla b Narine 14 (6m 6b 3x4 0x6) SR: 233.33


Narine to Bhatt, no run, tossed up offbreak which is patted back by a stunned-looking Bhatt


Narine to Bhatt, SIX, well, well, No 11 Bhatt has carted Narine over wide long on, down the track, the offbreak spun, but he connected off a big swing, and Punjab have something to bowl at

5 for 19. Incredible figures, more incredible in a T20. If Sunil Narine was not being missed by West Indies, this performance might make make them take notice. Rajat Bhatia not doing badly with 2 for 14. KKR had to work hard to chase 131 against Rajasthan a couple of days ago on this ground though

Maaran: "Aadil, that will happen with any bowler what with all the video analysts we have got now... How you evolve as a bowler, how you develop more variations will determine your future success."

End of over 20 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 134/9

    • BA Bhatt 6 (2b 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 13 (8b 1x6)
    • SP Narine 4-0-19-5
    • JH Kallis 4-0-30-0





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