Indian Premier League, 29th match: Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders at Cuttack, Apr 22, 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
22 April 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Dhawan and Sangakkara out to open, Yusuf Pathan to open with offspin

9 pm We will have a start in another five minutes. No overs docked, it will be the full 20 overs.

8.50 pm Umpire Billy Bowden has a stern look on his face as he inspects the ground. No rain around at the moment; the cut-off time, for the record, and for having a five-over-a-side game is 11.10 pm

Zo: "Lets not forget what happened to KKR in their previous rain-affected match. DC would be hoping they falter this time too with Steyn filling in for Morkel's spell.."

Gopal has a different take compared to Anjana: "I contradict Anjana. IPL must not always be about winning. It must be a platform for young players and DC has shown that. Not like CSK who never gives chances to other players and they concentrate only on winning." Gopal, though that is a laudable objective to have, and the IPL has proved to be a platform for many young players to get noticed, in the end, winning obviously matters for the franchises

Anjana: "No matter what anyone says about Deccan Chargers players performing badly, it still doesn't overshadow how they failed at last year's auction. They did not have a plan coming into the auction, were utterly clueless as to who they should get and in the end, ended up paying exorbitant amounts of money for mediocre players. And this shows in their team's performance."

8.35 pm Rain has stopped for now; covers are coming off

Sid: "Dont know why chargers are wasting Theron. He is an excellent T20 bowler. They can at least have a very strong bowling unit."

8.10 pm The covers have come back on, that was fast. More waiting, then. Not heavy rain, just enough to delay the start

Narendran: "Yes.. the biggest role White is playing here is taking the expensive bowling of Christian away."

Suhail: "Looking forward to Kallis vs Steyn!!"

Riyaz: "I have a feeling that somehow, White is going to play an important role today.."

8.05 pm The covers are off, the umpires are around the pitch having a look. The game should begin soon

Jayanth: "At last, DC excludes the wreckers-in-chief... Christian n Chipli.. disastrous bowling and fielding efforts that marshalled their defeats in close games."

8 pm There was some rain around earlier in the evening. We have a delayed start; covers are on the pitch at the moment

sujith: "Is this a home match to Kolkata or Deccan? Cuttack being in the mid of both Hyd and can be either way."

Toss: Gautam Gambhir wins the toss and Kolkata will have a bowl

Sangakkara: "We were thinking of batting first anyway."

Cameron White is back in place of Dan Christian. Ishank Jaggi and Anand Rajan are in for Bharat Chipli and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala. Chargers going in with five bowlers. KKR are unchanged

Chargers need a win, somehow, anyhow. They have lost all their four games so far. They made 196 against Rajasthan Royals, and lost that game too. Their fielding has fallen apart regularly, and that has made a shaky bowling attack look shakier

Welcome to our coverage of the 29th game of this IPL season, between Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders at Cuttack. Have a look at the preview while we wait for the toss


Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles across to a length ball spinning away a tad outside off, tucks it square on leg for one

Slip in place


Pathan to Dhawan, 1 run, drives a full and tossed up ball to long off


Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushes a length ball past a diving extra cover to long off


Pathan to Dhawan, 1 run, goes back and punches a flat delivery, again down to long off


Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted but full on the pads, worked through midwicket


Pathan to Dhawan, 1 run, comes down the track, YK fires it in to the pads on a length, nudged in front of square

End of over 1 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • S Dhawan 3 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 3 (3b)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-6-0

Jose: "Gopal is mixing up roles. He is forgetting that the businessman who spends his money on a franchise and the players are looking for ROI (Retunr on Investment). Promotion of cricket & aspiring cricketers is the job of BCCI and the local cricket committees. That DC owners are showing poor business acumen is obvious."

Brett Lee to bowl


Lee to Dhawan, no run, has a go from the crease at a length ball going across him, misses as the ball keeps low, it was clocked at over 142 kph, came slowly off the wicket though, Lee stares at the pitch


Lee to Dhawan, no run, gets some width outside off on a length, but dabs it to backward point who runs to his left and dives to stop the ball, Tiwary it is


Lee to Dhawan, no run, this one went through alright, at decentish bounce, Dhawan beaten as he went for the cut


Lee to Dhawan, no run, whoa, that hardly got up, it looked like the slower one, it came off slowly at least, but it was clocked at 137 kph, pushed on the off side


Lee to Dhawan, 1 run, Lee puts in more effort on this back of a length ball and finds some bounce on it, steered down to third man


Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles across and tucks a length ball off middle in front of square leg

End of over 2 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 8/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 4 (4b)
    • S Dhawan 4 (8b)
    • B Lee 1-0-2-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-6-0

Suzz: "I do love how Gopal wants to overlook CSK's role in bringing Gony and Ashwin (just to name a couple) to the national spotlight."


Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, this one came in to the left-hander who got an inside edge to short fine leg


Pathan to Dhawan, no run, driven to mid off


Pathan to Dhawan, SIX, comes down the track, gets to the pitch, and lifts it from off over wide long on


Pathan to Dhawan, 1 run, stays in the crease and softly drops it on the off side


Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, now Sanga leaves the crease, and lofts this one cleanly between bowler and mid on


Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run

End of over 3 (13 runs) Deccan Chargers 21/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (7b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 11 (11b 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-19-0
    • B Lee 1-0-2-0

Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked off the pad in front of square leg


Lee to Dhawan, FOUR, neatly done, it was short and climbing into him, he was hurried but adjusted to control the pull past short fine leg


Lee to Dhawan, no run, right on middle from back of a length, cannot do anything with that, pushes it on the off side close to the pitch


Lee to Dhawan, FOUR, cracking stroke from Dhawan, gets forward and slams a length delivery through the packed off-side infield, it races through extra cover


Lee to Dhawan, no run, tried to turn this one off the pads, but could not connect as he was beaten by the pace, the ball rolls towards point


Lee to Dhawan, no run, Lee on target around off with a length ball, Dhawan cannot push it away on to the off side, it rolls on to the pitch

End of over 4 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 30/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • S Dhawan 19 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 11 (8b 1x4)
    • B Lee 2-0-11-0
    • YK Pathan 2-0-19-0

Shams: "Don't understand Gambhir's tectic here. If you really want to have an impact with the spin early on, why not bring in Narine who is the powerhouse of unknown variations, instead of the part time Yusuf ?? Well, he paid the cost." Here is Narine now


Narine to Sangakkara, no run, offbreak turning away from the left-hander, pushed to point


Narine to Sangakkara, no run, tosses up the offbreak on leg stump, he gets forward and defends


Narine to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, down the track, but misses the line and is hit on the pads


Narine to Dhawan, no run, defended down the track


Narine to Dhawan, FOUR, well done, skips down the track, not quite to the pitch of the offbreak but reaches out to lift it over mid on


Narine to Dhawan, no run

End of over 5 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 35/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • S Dhawan 23 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 11 (11b 1x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-4-0
    • B Lee 2-0-11-0

Balaji to Sangakkara, 1 run, Lee has saved the boundary with a run to his left and a big dive at mid off, it was struck hard by Sanga


Balaji to Dhawan, 1 run, punched towards backward point


Balaji to Sangakkara, no run, allows this one to come on and drops it towards cover


Balaji to Sangakkara, no run, he saw him coming down the pitch, and took the pace off this short of a length ball which bounced over his swing in the end


Balaji to Sangakkara, OUT, Sanga has charged for the last time tonight, makes room outside leg as he leaves the crease to have another swipe, misses the fullish delivery which takes out middle

KC Sangakkara b Balaji 12 (23m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00


Balaji to Patel, 2 runs, whipped wristily off the pads behind square leg, man in the deep runs to his left and cuts it off close to the rope

End of over 6 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 39/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • PA Patel 2 (1b)
    • S Dhawan 24 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • L Balaji 1-0-4-1
    • SP Narine 1-0-4-0

vivek: "Newspapers keep saying that TV ratings of IPL-5 is the worst of all seasons. But are these fully occupied stands telling a different story?" Vivek, comparative ratings tell only one part of the story. Lets just say the daily IPL match is still one of the most watched prime-time entertainment events in the country


Kallis to Dhawan, 2 runs, worked behind square leg for a couple


Kallis to Dhawan, FOUR, too much width given for the cut outside off, and Dhawan times the stroke well, he also places it well wide of sweeper cover


Kallis to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan survives, barely, he had advanced too far down the pitch before being sent back after dropping one in front of Tiwary at point, Tiwary charged in, dived in front and found the stumps with the under-arm lob, but Dhawan's dive had him just making his ground


Kallis to Patel, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover


Kallis to Dhawan, no run, beats the outside edge with a slower one which moves away from the left-hander


Kallis to Dhawan, 1 run, pulled through square leg

End of over 7 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 48/1 (RR: 6.85)

    • S Dhawan 32 (25b 4x4 1x6)
    • PA Patel 3 (2b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-9-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-4-1

Shayesh: "Why on earth is Kumar opening ahead of a specialist opener, Parthiv, who also happens to be in good form. Considering Parthiv's if-you-slash-slash-hard, Jayasuriyaesque playing style, he's the ideal opener to accompany Dhawan. Moreover, Kumar likes to get himself in by knocking around singles before going for the big hits; hence, one down suits his playing style. Such tactical changes can make or break games - and tournament, in the long term."


Balaji to Dhawan, 1 run, forced away to sweeper cover


Balaji to Patel, 2 runs, times the tuck off the pads in the gap between the two men in the deep square on leg


Balaji to Patel, no run, pushed away towards point


Balaji to Patel, no run, leading edge as he pushes forward, McCullum is at a shortish point, and his leap is not enough to get to the ball


Balaji to Patel, 1 run, hit to sweeper cover for a single


Balaji to Dhawan, 1 run, slower one moves across the left-hander from short of a length, pushed towards point

End of over 8 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 53/1 (RR: 6.62)

    • S Dhawan 34 (27b 4x4 1x6)
    • PA Patel 6 (6b)
    • L Balaji 2-0-9-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-9-0

Kallis to Dhawan, 1 run, full one worked off the pads to fine leg


Kallis to Patel, FOUR, takes a couple of steps outside the crease and thumps the length ball over extra cover


Kallis to Patel, no run, tries to dab a climbing delivery behind point, but it was too close to him, and he is beaten


Kallis to Patel, 1 leg bye, misses the flick off the pads, they take a run as the ball rolls towards on the off side


Kallis to Dhawan, 1 run, cut hard, McCullum cannot stop it at shortish point with a dive, Tiwary does it with another dive from backward point


Kallis to Patel, 1 run, pulled away to deep midwicket

End of over 9 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 61/1 (RR: 6.77)

    • PA Patel 11 (10b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 36 (29b 4x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-16-0
    • L Balaji 2-0-9-1

Bhatia comes on


Bhatia to Patel, 1 run, moving away after pitching on a length, thick edge down to short third man


Bhatia to Dhawan, 1 run, works a slowish length ball towards deep midwicket, fielder took some time in getting to the ball, they settle for one in the end


Bhatia to Patel, 1 run, turns the slower one away around off, he stays in the crease and dabs it to short third


Bhatia to Dhawan, 1 run, close to the blockhole, turned towards Lee at deep midwicket, again they make do with the single


Bhatia to Patel, 1 run, flicks a full one off the pads to deep square


Bhatia to Dhawan, 1 run, full delivery driven down to long off

End of over 10 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 67/1 (RR: 6.70)

    • S Dhawan 39 (32b 4x4 1x6)
    • PA Patel 14 (13b 1x4)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-6-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-16-0

Balaji to Dhawan, 1 run, back of a length ball dropped onto the off side for one


Balaji to Patel, FOUR, flicked in the air over short fine leg


Balaji to Patel, 1 run, opens the face and runs it behind point


Balaji to Dhawan, 1 run, hit down to sweeper cover


Balaji to Patel, 2 runs, tumbling stop at square third man saves the four


Balaji to Patel, no run, length delivery on middle, he runs it towards backward point, takes a few steps out, but has to return in time as the fielder gets to the ball

End of over 11 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 76/1 (RR: 6.90)

    • PA Patel 21 (17b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 41 (34b 4x4 1x6)
    • L Balaji 3-0-18-1
    • R Bhatia 1-0-6-0

Bhatia to Dhawan, (no ball) 1 run, whipped away in front of square leg


Bhatia to Patel, 1 run, swings at a low full toss and finds Lee on the deep midwicket boundary, but it is the free-hit, and they take a single


Bhatia to Dhawan, 1 run, slowish and full on leg, turned towards vacant midwicket, Bhatia goes after it


Bhatia to Patel, 1 run, OUT, Parthiv is walking off in disgust, shaking his head, Dhawan had turned down a few second runs earlier, this time he was right in turning the second down, but Parthiv was already halfway up the pitch after driving to sweeper cover, the throw was on target to Bhatia, who took the bails off before the ball slipped out of his hands

PA Patel run out 23 (31m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 121.05


Bhatia to Dhawan, 1 run, driven down to long off


Bhatia to White, 2 runs, worked behind square leg


Bhatia to White, no run, leans forward and across to the pitch of the full ball and pushes to extra cover

End of over 12 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 84/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • CL White 2 (2b)
    • S Dhawan 44 (37b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-14-0
    • L Balaji 3-0-18-1

Rishi: "Trust Deccan to mess up the solid start and end up with a below par score... they have done it before !"


Narine to Dhawan, no run, pushes a tossed up offbreak back to Narine


Narine to Dhawan, no run, comes down the track this time, he slows it up as he flights it, and he has to block it again


Narine to Dhawan, 1 run, punches a offbreak from the crease to sweeper cover


Narine to White, 1 run, works a flighted ball from middle down to long on


Narine to Dhawan, 1 run, full delivery worked off the pad through square leg


Narine to White, no run, this one turned away from a length, White had set himself up early to paddle it from outside off, but missed it by quite some distance

End of over 13 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 87/2 (RR: 6.69)

    • CL White 3 (4b)
    • S Dhawan 46 (41b 4x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 2-0-7-0
    • R Bhatia 2-0-14-0

Bhatia to Dhawan, 1 run, low full toss on the stumps, hit down to long on


Bhatia to White, FOUR, punched from the crease, it runs away in the gap past short third man, and is too quick for Yusuf's dive


Bhatia to White, 2 runs, hit wide of long off for a couple


Bhatia to White, no run, reaches out to a full delivery but cannot work it past the bowler


Bhatia to White, 1 run, backs away a shade outside leg, but only manages to hit a full toss down to long on

Bhatia is asking for a towel, presumably to wipe the ball


Bhatia to Dhawan, no run, defends a slower one that moves across him from leg

End of over 14 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 95/2 (RR: 6.78)

    • S Dhawan 47 (43b 4x4 1x6)
    • CL White 10 (8b 1x4)
    • R Bhatia 3-0-22-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-7-0

Lee to White, OUT, White is gone, goes for the pull to a sharp short delivery, is hurried into the stroke, and deep square leg runs to his left to take a well-judged catch

CL White c Das b Lee 10 (13m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11


Lee to Dhawan, 1 run, dropped in front of point for a quick single


Lee to Duminy, 1 run, opens the face and runs a length ball from middle behind point


Lee to Dhawan, no run, cannot get this one away, tries to go hard at a length ball, it rolls off pad down the pitch


Lee to Dhawan, no run, he was gone by a mile had the throw hit, Dhawan's innings has tapered off completely, pushed towards cover and took off right away, there was no run, Dhawan had given up trying to regain his ground, but the throw was poor


Lee to Dhawan, 1 run, pulled to deep midwicket

End of over 15 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 98/3 (RR: 6.53)

    • S Dhawan 49 (47b 4x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 3-0-14-1
    • R Bhatia 3-0-22-0

Bhatia to Dhawan, no run, pushed to covers, almost at a run a ball now


Bhatia to Dhawan, 1 run, worked behind square leg to bring up a fifty, a rather painful one as he approached the landmark


Bhatia to Duminy, 1 run, pushed down to long on past the bowler


Bhatia to Dhawan, OUT, and now he's gone, another build-up wasted by Dhawan, he gets a full toss, goes after it, and finds deep midwicket

S Dhawan c Das b Bhatia 50 (76m 50b 4x4 1x6) SR: 100.00


Bhatia to Duminy, 1 run, turned in the region of midwicket, Bhatia goes after it and fields


Bhatia to Jaggi, 1 run, gets bat around pad to work to deep square

End of over 16 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 102/4 (RR: 6.37)

    • IR Jaggi 1 (1b)
    • JP Duminy 3 (3b)
    • R Bhatia 4-0-26-1
    • B Lee 3-0-14-1

Lee to Jaggi, no run, allows a length ball to come on and runs it to point


Lee to Jaggi, no run, that was quick, that was 141 kph, took off from a length outside off, he withdrew his bat, after getting beaten


Lee to Jaggi, no run, clueless at the moment against Lee, backs away too much outside leg, tries to connect with a swipe but is beaten once again


Lee to Jaggi, 1 run, he was backing away again, this time Lee bowls it slower at 121 kph, he reaches out to push in the air past cover


Lee to Duminy, no run, tries to pull from outside off but cannot connect, what an over from Lee


Lee to Duminy, no run, and another dot ball, top over from Lee, this time he angles it widish across Duminy, who throws his bat at it only to get beaten again

End of over 17 (1 run) Deccan Chargers 103/4 (RR: 6.05)

    • JP Duminy 3 (5b)
    • IR Jaggi 2 (5b)
    • B Lee 4-0-15-1
    • R Bhatia 4-0-26-1

Mithu: "There should be some demotion system in recognize the worst performances... like the one Deccan is putting up here...."


Narine to Jaggi, 1 run, pulls a flicked delivery turning away from him, down to long on


Narine to Duminy, FOUR, we have a boundary from Deccan, Duminy charges out, is not close to the pitch, goes through with the slog and dispatches the offbreak between long on and deep midwicket


Narine to Duminy, 1 run, takes it on the full but hits it to deep midwicket


Narine to Jaggi, OUT, another one goes, he left the crease more in hope than anything else, it was the carrom ball, and he could only mishit it for long off to come in and settle underneath it

IR Jaggi c McCullum b Narine 3 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85


Narine to Duminy, no run, pushed down the track


Narine to Duminy, 2 runs, flighted across him, driven wide of long off

End of over 18 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 111/5 (RR: 6.16)

    • JP Duminy 10 (9b 1x4)
    • Ankit Sharma 0 (0b)
    • SP Narine 3-0-15-1
    • B Lee 4-0-15-1

Manish: "Nothing can be more boring than watching DC batting."


Balaji to Ankit Sharma, 1 run, drives an angled delivery to mid off and they go through for the run, he was gone easily had the throw hit at the bowler's end


Balaji to Duminy, 1 run, swings a length ball away off the pad but straight to short fine leg


Balaji to Ankit Sharma, OUT, that is a very fine take from Gambhir in the end, Ankit edges a slog high in the air over cover off a slower one, Gambhir was under it, but misjudged it as it came down away from him, he reached out and somehow managed to hold on as he tumbled to the ground

Ankit Sharma c Gambhir b Balaji 1 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Balaji to Duminy, 1 run, runs a slowish length ball to point


Balaji to Steyn, 1 run, works a full ball down to long on


Balaji to Duminy, no run, slower one from back of a length down leg, but he seemed to have got a touch on it, and it's not called wide

End of over 19 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 115/6 (RR: 6.05)

    • JP Duminy 12 (12b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 1 (1b)
    • L Balaji 4-0-22-2
    • SP Narine 3-0-15-1

Narine to Steyn, SIX, Steyn gets six off the first ball, he took a few steps out, got to the pitch, and lofted it with a straight bat out of long on's reach


Narine to Steyn, OUT, Narine bowls it wider of the batsman this time, Steyn has to reach out as he advances out again, long on dives forward to take the mishit

DW Steyn c Tiwary b Narine 7 (4m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 233.33


Narine to Duminy, 1 run, full ball it to deep midwicket


Narine to Mishra, 1 run, was prepared for the reverse paddle even before the ball was delivered, managed to get it towards cover, and would have been gone had the throw hit


Narine to Duminy, 2 runs, hit to deep midwicket


Narine to Duminy, 1 run, cannot get the full delivery away as he clears the front leg

A sleep-inducing performance from Deccan. Dhawan with a run-a-ball 50, but he says it is not an easy pitch to bat on. Deccan are playing with five bowlers. Can they make something, anything out of this? KKR overwhelming favourites at this stage

End of over 20 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 126/7

    • JP Duminy 16 (15b 1x4)
    • A Mishra 1 (1b)
    • SP Narine 4-0-26-2
    • L Balaji 4-0-22-2





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