Indian Premier League, 22nd match: Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders at Mohali, Apr 18, 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
18 April 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Gilchrist and Valthaty, both of whom have had a quiet season so far, walk out to open. Lee has the new ball, there is a slip in place

Ravi: "KKR should consider promoting Yusuf further up the order. He is quite capable of doing a Gayle, KKR badly need him to fire so might be worth the gamble. Gives him more time to get himself in which is difficult if he comes in with hardly a few overs left."

jahed: "no shakib al hasan today that means kkr are going to lose." Eh? Don't they have other good players?

Shuvam: "Waiting for Yusuf Pathan to hit one of those big knocks is like waiting at kolkata's coffee house for your favourite brand of coffee for 2 hours!"

Ash Habib: "Team composition looks a bit off. Maybe Morgan should have got a look in ahead of McCullum to boost the middle order. Probably should have stuck with Shakib also to balance the bowling attack."

Toss: Adam Gilchrist wins the toss and Kings XI will have a bat

Brendon McCullum and Brett Lee are back in place of Shakib Al Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate for KKR. L Balaji has replaced Jaidev Unadkat.

Paul Valthaty returns and Kings XI have left out Bipul Sharma. That's the only change for the home side; Azhar Mahmood will have to wait for his chance then.

Gilchrist says that the moisture on the Mohali pitch has dried out [from the game against Pune Warriors] and it looks "nice."

7.25 pm They needed 13 off 12, then nine off six. They lost by two runs. Kolkata Knight Riders were stunned at Eden Gardens three nights ago by Kings XI Punjab. Gautam Gambhir was livid his batsmen could not chase 135 after having been 73 for 2. The sides will play the return game tonight in Mohali. While teams facing each other twice in a matter of a few days is par for the IPL, there will be some needle in today's game. Here's the preview


Lee to Gilchrist, 1 run, away first ball with a tuck towards midwicket off a back of a length ball that came in a tad


Lee to Valthaty, no run, sharp away movement for Lee, the ball starts to shape away just before pitching on a good length on off stump, Valthaty is beaten by a long way


Lee to Valthaty, 1 wide, this one carries down the leg side from short of a length, appreciable bounce though


Lee to Valthaty, no run, right on the stumps from back of a length, pushed away from the crease on the leg side

Greenish-tinged pitch, there has been some early movement, and good bounce


Lee to Valthaty, 1 leg bye, into Valthaty from a shortish length, rolls away off the pad square


Lee to Gilchrist, 1 run, Lee digs it in short at Gilchrist, who swivels and pulls him, not with lots of control, on the bounce to deep square


Lee to Valthaty, FOUR, pitched up and just a push in to the pitch, which shows off its bounce as the ball then goes screaming over Lee's outstretched hand, no chance for mid off, or mid on, that was timed too straight

End of over 1 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • PC Valthaty 4 (4b 1x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 2 (2b)
    • B Lee 1-0-7-0

Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, back of a length, worked off the pad to square leg

Mushfiq: "Having too many big names can b a problem & KKR has that problem. They are not really sure which team to play with. Wish players like Shakib & RTD were in a team like DC, KXIP whr they lack quality players. They can do a Owais Shah if given proper chance."


Kallis to Valthaty, 1 run, the shortish delivery got onto him too quickly, and he could not time the pull, gets it away weakly through square


Kallis to Gilchrist, 2 runs, he winds up for the big pull, but mistimes the stroke, it sails safely over mid on though


Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, turned past midwicket for one


Kallis to Valthaty, 1 run, hops on his toes to push a rising delivery, this pitch has some bounce alright, down to third man


Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, punched from the crease wide of cover for a quick single

End of over 2 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 15/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • AC Gilchrist 7 (6b)
    • PC Valthaty 6 (6b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0
    • B Lee 1-0-7-0

Ashok: "I doubt Gambhir's leadership qualities. The way Shakib and Yusuf have been handled by him shows he has put too much pressure on them to perform. Too much aggressive character he is!!"


Lee to Gilchrist, FOUR, width for the cut, and Gilchrist goes for the shot, does not time it that well again, but enough to dispatch it between cover and backward point


Lee to Gilchrist, 2 runs, pulled behind square leg, short fine gets a hand to it, deep square runs around to field


Lee to Gilchrist, no run, forced away to mid on from the crease

zeeshan: "how long and what else should SHAKIB do to be a big name????" Isn't he one already?


Lee to Gilchrist, 1 run, back of a length ball softly dabbed in the air down to third man from very close to the body


Lee to Valthaty, 2 runs, well played, on the rise, it also moves away a shade, he punches from the crease, Balaji scrambles to his right at third man, and cuts off the four with a dive, the ball rolls away but Balaji is up in time to stop it again, Gilchrist wanted a third, Valthaty wasn't looking back at his partner


Lee to Valthaty, OUT, gone this time, tried to force a shortish delivery through the off side from the crease, it bounced and moved away, Bisla did well to snap up the thick edge

PC Valthaty c †Bisla b Lee 8 (14m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 3 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 24/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • AC Gilchrist 14 (10b 1x4)
    • B Lee 2-0-16-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0

Kallis to Gilchrist, 2 runs, worked through midwicket


Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, good length, on off stump, pushed to mid off


Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, pitched up this time, around middle and off, he plays from the crease and pushes towards mid off


Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, skiddy length ball pushed wide of mid off for a single


Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, adjusts for the bounce to guide this widish one to the right of point, who dives to take pace off it


Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushed straight to mid off, a clean pick up could have tested Gilchrist as he charged for the single

End of over 4 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 29/1 (RR: 7.25)

    • AC Gilchrist 18 (15b 1x4)
    • SE Marsh 1 (1b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-12-0
    • B Lee 2-0-16-1

Wasim: "Wonder when will Gambhir find Shami Ahmed worthy of his place in the playing 11?" For those asking who is Shami, he, along with Ashok Dinda, won the Duleep Trophy for East Zone earlier this year

Narine to bowl


Narine to Gilchrist, no run


Narine to Gilchrist, no run, offbreak turns and bounces outside off after pitching on leg, pushed to mid on


Narine to Gilchrist, no run, straightish delivery on middle, pushed to the bowler


Narine to Gilchrist, FOUR, too short, bit of width, and he pushes it in the gap past cover


Narine to Gilchrist, 1 run, straight on middle and leg, worked wide of mid on

Ben: "Geez, all this commotion about Shakib, yet I don't remember hearing a whisper when McCullum sat out three games in a row!?"


Narine to Marsh, no run, leading edge as he looks to tuck a fullish one on the leg side, the ball rolls away towards extra cover

End of over 5 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 34/1 (RR: 6.80)

    • SE Marsh 1 (2b)
    • AC Gilchrist 23 (20b 2x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-12-0

Kallis to Gilchrist, FOUR, tucks this one off the pads, and its timed well enough to reach the deep midwicket rope


Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, looks to go leg side again but ends up pushing a straight length ball to the bowler


Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, back of a length ball forced off the pads to deep square


Kallis to Marsh, FOUR, slightly short, and he fetches it from off to pull without fuss over midwicket


Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, shapes for another pull this time, but inside edges it from some way outside off on to pad, ball misses the stumps, they scamper for the single

Gilchrist has hurt himself attempting that run, seems to be the right hamstring. He's gone off the field now, Mandeep is the new batsman


Kallis to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, steers a climbing delivery wide of third man

End of over 6 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 45/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • Mandeep Singh 1 (1b)
    • SE Marsh 6 (4b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-23-0
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0

Narine to Mandeep Singh, no run, straightening outside off stump from a shortish length, pushed towards point


Narine to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, this one turns in and bounces, he works with the spin square on the leg side

Slip in place


Narine to Marsh, no run, pushes a full offbreak to point


Narine to Marsh, no run, flicks this one on a good length, does not turn in, but straightens, defended off the front foot


Narine to Marsh, no run, beaten on the cut as this one turns away sharply outside off


Narine to Marsh, FOUR, another one spinning away, but slowly and slightly wider as well, he plays late and guides it past slip

End of over 7 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 50/1 (RR: 7.14)

    • SE Marsh 10 (8b 2x4)
    • Mandeep Singh 2 (3b)
    • SP Narine 2-0-10-0
    • JH Kallis 3-0-23-0

Balaji to bowl


Balaji to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, pushes a back of a length ball down to sweeper cover, Balaji finding bounce immediately

shyantanu: "@ BEN- that's because shakib brings a lot more to the team than brendon does! and one more important point to consider is that KKR's middle order is the problem not its top order!"


Balaji to Marsh, no run, nearly played on, he comes forward and tries to drop a shortish one on to the pitch, it came in just a bit, and he managed an inside edge just past the stumps


Balaji to Marsh, no run, slower one arrives from Balaji, comes in from outside leg stump, he takes it on the pad


Balaji to Marsh, 1 run, worked down to fine leg


Balaji to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, allows a length ball to come in with the angle and pushes it wide of sweeper cover, they come back for the second, Mandeep dives in to make his ground


Balaji to Mandeep Singh, no run, defends a back of a length ball around off and middle back to the bowler

End of over 8 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 54/1 (RR: 6.75)

    • Mandeep Singh 5 (6b)
    • SE Marsh 11 (11b 2x4)
    • L Balaji 1-0-4-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-10-0

Avinash: "I dont understand what the commotion is about. Gambhir is smart and aggressive captain, and NO, it is not a bad thing to expect people to fire after being given repeated chances. Next person to sit out will be Yusuf. Besides, this is not a spinning track, so it makes complete sense to have an extra batsman on the top who can face swing bowling better!!"

YK Pathan to bowl now


Pathan to Marsh, 1 run, punched down to sweeper cover


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, no run, length ball worked with the spin to midwicket


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, no run, down the track, cannot get to the pitch and turns it towards square leg in the end


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, makes room and steers it from middle and leg to short third man


Pathan to Marsh, FOUR, not that short, but he is quick to open up and pull it between deep midwicket and long on


Pathan to Marsh, 1 run, pulled away again, this time long on cuts it off, the throw was at the bowler's end, there would have been a run-out had it been at the keeper's, Mandeep was halfway down the pitch hoping for the second

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 61/1 (RR: 6.77)

    • SE Marsh 17 (14b 3x4)
    • Mandeep Singh 6 (9b)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-7-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-4-0

Balaji to Marsh, no run, wants the single with a push behind point, but just makes it back as the throw comes in


Balaji to Marsh, 1 run, worked towards mid on for a single


Balaji to Mandeep Singh, OUT, Mandeep departs, he skips down the track but ends up slicing this length ball to third man, the ball straightened as Mandeep charged out, and that is what did the batsman in

Mandeep Singh c Bhatia b Balaji 6 (17m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00


Balaji to Marsh, no run, pushes a length ball to point, was expecting it to bounce more than it did


Balaji to Marsh, no run, slow short ball on leg, Marsh swivels but he cannot connect


Balaji to Marsh, 1 run, cannot time the stroke as he comes forward to one angled across on a length, takes on an advancing mid off for a sharp run and makes it in the end

End of over 10 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 63/2 (RR: 6.30)

    • SE Marsh 19 (19b 3x4)
    • DJ Hussey 0 (0b)
    • L Balaji 2-0-6-1
    • YK Pathan 1-0-7-0

Bhatia to Marsh, 1 run, opens the face and runs it down to short third man


Bhatia to Hussey, no run, length ball pushed back to the bowler


Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, slapped away down to sweeper cover


Bhatia to Marsh, 1 run, worked off the pads to deep backward square


Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, pushed down to long on


Bhatia to Marsh, 1 run, tucked away to deep square leg

This has been the problem for Kings XI, they have almost sleepwalked through their innings

End of over 11 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 68/2 (RR: 6.18)

    • SE Marsh 22 (22b 3x4)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (3b)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-5-0
    • L Balaji 2-0-6-1

Balaji to Marsh, FOUR, Marsh seems to have woken up, gets front foot out out of the way and smashes a length ball past the non-striker


Balaji to Marsh, 1 run, bends the knee and steers one going across to third man


Balaji to Hussey, no run, beaten, Hussey wafts at a length ball from the crease, and it goes past the outside edge


Balaji to Hussey, 1 run, ending just outside off with the incoming angle, he waits on it and pushes it past point


Balaji to Marsh, 1 run, slow offcutter from outside leg, he dabs it softly in front of point


Balaji to Hussey, no run, underedges it towards the keeper as he looks to guide this one through point

End of over 12 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 75/2 (RR: 6.25)

    • DJ Hussey 3 (6b)
    • SE Marsh 28 (25b 4x4)
    • L Balaji 3-0-13-1
    • R Bhatia 1-0-5-0

Bhatia to Marsh, 2 runs, super timing, takes a run and a big dive from Lee to his left at long on to save four, Marsh timing the clip too well


Bhatia to Marsh, 1 run


Bhatia to Hussey, 2 runs, inside edged on to pad behind square leg, he would have been plumb but for that little bit of bat on ball


Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, tucked away behind square leg again


Bhatia to Marsh, 1 run, slams a pitched up ball down to long off


Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, cannot find timing on this slowish length ball, gets it down to long on

End of over 13 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 83/2 (RR: 6.38)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (9b)
    • SE Marsh 32 (28b 4x4)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-13-0
    • L Balaji 3-0-13-1

Lee is back


Lee to Hussey, no run, pushes a pitched up ball from the crease straight to extra cover


Lee to Hussey, no run, slow length ball from Lee widish outside off, he ends up mistiming it to extra cover


Lee to Hussey, 1 run, backs away to a full ball around off and times it to sweeper cover


Lee to Marsh, 1 run, opens the face to run it from off behind point


Lee to Hussey, 1 run, he was making room outside leg, Lee bowled a slow bouncer, Hussey had top hop to reach the ball and swatted it to midwicket


Lee to Marsh, OUT, Marsh is gone now, underedging the attempted cut off a slow shortish and wide delivery from Lee, Marsh checks with Bisla whether it carried to him behind the stumps, Bisla nods, and Marsh walks away, not exactly sure that carried though, Punjab owner Preity Zinta does not think so,

SE Marsh c †Bisla b Lee 33 (52m 30b 4x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

End of over 14 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 86/3 (RR: 6.14)

    • DJ Hussey 9 (13b)
    • B Lee 3-0-19-2
    • R Bhatia 2-0-13-0

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run


Bhatia to Dogra, OUT, Punjab going nowhere at the moment, another big wicket, Hussey is run out by a long way, and it is the same man who ran Hussey out in Kolkata, Paras Dogra, who has managed to do it again in Mohali, pushed towards cover, no chance of completing a single there, they still decide to go for it

DJ Hussey run out 10 (26m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42


Bhatia to Mascarenhas, no run, pushed towards point


Bhatia to Mascarenhas, 1 run, worked through square leg


Bhatia to Dogra, 1 run, reaches out and pushes to sweeper cover


Bhatia to Mascarenhas, no run, goes back and defends a back of a length ball to extra cover

End of over 15 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 89/4 (RR: 5.93)

    • AD Mascarenhas 1 (3b)
    • P Dogra 1 (2b)
    • R Bhatia 3-0-16-0
    • B Lee 3-0-19-2

Lee to Dogra, 1 run, controls the short ball well and swings it down to fine leg

Paresh: "Maybe that's the plan? You run me out, then take a blinder and we win the game !!!"


Lee to Mascarenhas, no run, nearly chopped on to the stumps, trying to arch back and force a rising delivery towards point, inside edges it


Lee to Mascarenhas, 1 run, mistimes an attempted pull in front of square


Lee to Dogra, 1 run, drops a back of a length ball towards point


Lee to Mascarenhas, no run, backs away and tries to crash it over extra cover, beaten by the bounce on the short delivery


Lee to Mascarenhas, FOUR, on the pads and picked away past short fine leg

End of over 16 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 96/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • AD Mascarenhas 6 (7b 1x4)
    • P Dogra 3 (4b)
    • B Lee 4-0-26-2
    • R Bhatia 3-0-16-0

Bhatia to Dogra, 1 run, worked through midwicket


Bhatia to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, slices it high in the air over cover, does not carry to sweeper cover

Michael: "Fantastic to see good sportsmanship from Marsh there, less fantastic seeing such gamesmanship from Bisla, and depressing hearing some of the ill-informed TV comments. Anyone who has ever put on a pair of quality keeping gloves will know that if you have your fingers down like Bisla did, there is no way you can get the tips under the ball and take a clean catch in that situation."


Bhatia to Mascarenhas, 1 run, forced down to long on


Bhatia to Dogra, 1 run, around the blockhole outside off, pushed away to sweeper cover


Bhatia to Mascarenhas, OUT, tries to hit him out of the ground, ends up slicing it for long on to settle under it, it was the slower one from Bhatia

AD Mascarenhas c Tiwary b Bhatia 9 (10m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Gilchrist come back in to have a bat, he's decided to take the risk with the hamstring


Bhatia to Dogra, 1 wide


Bhatia to Dogra, 1 run, worked with the angle to deep midwicket

End of over 17 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 103/5 (RR: 6.05)

    • P Dogra 6 (7b)
    • PP Chawla 0 (0b)
    • R Bhatia 4-0-23-1
    • B Lee 4-0-26-2

Narine to Dogra, OUT, another one goes, tries to fetch it from way outside off and slog-sweep, almost falls over as he stretches too much, and deep midwicket takes the catch safely in the end

P Dogra c Kallis b Narine 6 (18m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00


Narine to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushes a full delivery down to long off


Narine to Chawla, no run, punched straight to extra cover


Narine to Chawla, 1 run, hit in the air down to sweeper cover


Narine to Gilchrist, 1 run, full delivery down to long on for one


Narine to Chawla, 1 run, low full toss hit hard along the ground to long on

End of over 18 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 107/6 (RR: 5.94)

    • PP Chawla 2 (3b)
    • AC Gilchrist 30 (25b 3x4)
    • SP Narine 3-0-14-1
    • R Bhatia 4-0-23-1

Balaji to Chawla, 1 run, makes room outside leg, Balaji follows him with a length ball, worked through square


Balaji to Gilchrist, 1 run, Narine saves four at short third man, Gilchrist had slashed this one hard, Narine got down quickly to his right to stop it on the bounce


Balaji to Chawla, 2 runs, Bisla has dropped this one, Chawla top-edging a pull, Yusuf came in from short fine, Bisla went back, the ball went through the keeper's gloves, and he backed straight into Yusuf


Balaji to Chawla, 1 run, incredible work from McCullum on the long on rope, Chawla had teed off and it looked headed for six, McCullum leaped in the air for the catch, saw he had gone over the rope, parried the ball in before reaching the ground beyond the rope, and came back in to keep them to two


Balaji to Gilchrist, 1 run, swung away to deep square leg, he did not go hard at that, played it a shade tentatively


Balaji to Chawla, 1 run

End of over 19 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 114/6 (RR: 6.00)

    • PP Chawla 7 (7b)
    • AC Gilchrist 32 (27b 3x4)
    • L Balaji 4-0-20-1
    • SP Narine 3-0-14-1

Narine to Chawla, 1 run, hit to deep midwicket for one, no way Gilchrist is going to be able to run tight twos


Narine to Gilchrist, SIX, catch taken in the Punjab dugout, Gilchrist skips out and lofts it just over Tiwary at long on


Narine to Gilchrist, 1 run, driven down to long on, cannot get underneath this one


Narine to Chawla, 1 run, swings a full delivery over the bowler, long off gets around to it


Narine to Gilchrist, 1 run, comes down the track, but gets a thick edge past the keeper as he has a go at the offbreak


Narine to Chawla, OUT, flicks out a yorker and bowls Chawla, who had backed away but could not get the bat down in time

PP Chawla b Narine 9 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

KKR have even lesser to chase than the modest 135 target they were handed in Kolkata by Kings XI three days ago. Surely they cannot mess it up now?

End of over 20 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 124/7

    • AC Gilchrist 40 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 4-0-24-2
    • L Balaji 4-0-20-1





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