Indian Premier League, 47th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors at Kolkata, May 5, 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 runs
5 May 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

Gautam Gambhir and Brendon McCullum will open for Kolkata. And amid a huge roar, it is Sourav Ganguly who leads his Pune Warriors out. That was, without exaggeration, a roar. Murali Kartik to open the bowling.

The good news is that it is sunny in Kolkata, especially given that rains were predicted in the city for today.

Jesse Ryder is sitting out today, so is Ashish Nehra for Pune. Could well allow Michael Clarke to open the innings today. More of that when the Warriors bat, for now it is about how they bowl against an in-form Gambhir and the pair of McCullum and Kallis in the top three.

3.30 pm, Toss: Heads is the call from Sourav, Gautam wins the toss and the Knight Riders will bat first on this slow track.

Gambhir: Marchant de Lange has replaced Brett Lee in this game. McCullum is a quality player and it is a matter of time before he clicks.

Ganguly: To be honest, a bit of nerves, hopefully they will settle down over time. Would have batted first as well. Angelo Mathews is in for the Pune Warriors.

3.20 pm: Hello and welcome to the first game of the day, the Kolkata Knight Riders host the Pune Warriors at the Eden Gardens, and most of the buzz before the game is around Sourav Ganguly. A bit of a history attached to the Ganguly story, with the former Kolkata captain not retained after three below-par seasons in the IPL, going on to get a chance to lead Pune in this year. I am Suneer Chowdhary and will take you through this game and the next one in Mohali, between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.

Of course there is a lot more to the game than Ganguly alone, there is a small matter of the points table, where the two teams are at the opposite end of the spectrum - Kolkata is second, Pune is second last. A victory for Kolkata will consolidate their position, while a Pune win will push them to a joint-fifth spot with Punjab.

0.1

Kartik to Gambhir, no run, on the off stump, a bit of drift away, pushed into the covers

0.2

Kartik to Gambhir, FOUR, poor, poor ball, that was longer and shorter than a usual long-hop and that has been pulled away to the fine-leg fence. Both fielders were inside the 30-yarder

0.3

Kartik to Gambhir, 1 wide, down the leg-side, slight turn away for a wide

0.3

Kartik to Gambhir, no run, on the middle stump, fuller and defended to the off side

0.4

Kartik to Gambhir, no run, outside the off-stump, fullish, wanted to drive at it but did not come on too much

0.5

Kartik to Gambhir, 1 run, was on the back-foot before saw the ball pitched up, on-driven to the square-leg fielder for a single.

0.6

Kartik to McCullum, 1 run, on his pads, floated up to the batsman, who dabs it gently to the leg side for a single

End of over 1 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • BB McCullum 1 (1b)
    • G Gambhir 5 (5b 1x4)
    • M Kartik 1-0-7-0

Ashk Dinda will take the new ball from the other end and the crowd is in raptures. Another home boy!

1.1

Dinda to McCullum, no run, crisply driven and fails to beat the extra-cover fielder. Pitched right up to the bat, outside the off stump and he will be disappointed not to find the gap

1.2

Dinda to McCullum, no run, outside the off stump, a bit of away movement, defended on the front foot to the off side.

1.3

Dinda to McCullum, no run, short of length, on the middle, defended on the back foot to the off side

Lot of blue jerseys in the stadium, lot of support for Pune. I wonder why!

1.4

Dinda to McCullum, 1 run, outside the off stump, tries to cut it away but the ball does not come on to the bat, bottom of the bat, goes to the third-man for a single

1.5

Dinda to Gambhir, SIX, short ball and shot! Bouncer from Dinda, which is not such a bad idea on this track where the ball is not coming on and it has been hooked away for a six!

1.6

Dinda to Gambhir, 2 runs, short of a good length, nudged away to the mid-wicket region and they run well to get their second run. That was as stylish a nudge as you would see on a slow track

End of over 2 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 16/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • G Gambhir 13 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 2 (5b)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-9-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-7-0

Kartik to continue

2.1

Kartik to McCullum, FOUR, reverse swept to the ball that was pitched up and it easily beats the short third-man fielder! This is a good start from the home team

2.2

Kartik to McCullum, no run, pitched on middle, went for the forward defence and it gripped and turned away, beats the bat, hits the pad but a stifled appeal

2.3

Kartik to McCullum, no run, on the front foot, defended back to the bowler

2.4

Kartik to McCullum, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot again

2.5

Kartik to McCullum, 1 run, a bit of a short ball, played on the back foot for a single to mid-wicket

2.6

Kartik to Gambhir, 1 run, goes on to the back foot, and cuts it away to the short third-man fielder for a single. Six off the over after the first ball had been reverse-swept to the fence.

End of over 3 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 22/0 (RR: 7.33)

    • G Gambhir 14 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 7 (10b 1x4)
    • M Kartik 2-0-13-0
    • AB Dinda 1-0-9-0

Clarke had had a few quiet words with Ganguly during that over.

3.1

Kumar to Gambhir, 5 wides, down the leg side, a very poor delivery, it pitched outside the leg stump and swung away to the fence. Uthappa got a bit of hand but it goes for five wides.

Dijo: "A lot of talk about who the Kolkata crowd will support. People fail to realize that it is very easy to support Ganguly and Kolkata at the same time. Crowds do that for Sachin all the time." That is an interesting thought, what would happen if, IF, Mumbai Indians played a Sachin Tendulkar-led Chennai Super Kings. Who will the Mumbai crowds support?

3.1

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 wide, down the leg side again and this is collected well but it is a wide nevertheless.

3.1

Kumar to Gambhir, no run, gets his line right, outside the off stump, tapped away to the off side

3.2

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 wide, outside the off stump and this is a wide on the off side, that is seven runs off wides this over already.

3.2

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, on the middle stump, opened the face of the bat, dabbed away to third-man for a single

3.3

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, outside the off stump, short of length, punched to the cover fielder, straight to Manish Pandey who misfields and they can take one

3.4

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, outside the off stump, slower one, tapped away to the off and it goes on the bounce to the keeper. The batsmen take a single, Uthappa threw it to the non-strikers, hits the stumps with the batsman well in

3.5

Kumar to McCullum, no run, big shout for an lbw, he has been getting them to swing both ways, this time angling in and hits the pads, but the ump thinks it is going down

3.6

Kumar to McCullum, no run, finally a end of a long over, goes down the track to play it, the ball was jagging in and the batsman only pushes it the on-side.

End of over 4 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 32/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • BB McCullum 8 (13b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 16 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 1-0-10-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-13-0

lester: "Born in Kolkata, Brought up in Mumbai, and just purchased property in Pune, Whom to support? DADA of course."

4.1

Parnell to Gambhir, FOUR, crunched through the extra-cover for four! Pitched up to the bat and the ball almost stopped after pitched but Gambhir goes with the stroke and it goes over the fielder

4.2

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, slower and tries to heave it over the mid-wicket region, gets no timing and it stops just to the left of the mid-on fielder

4.3

Parnell to McCullum, 4 leg byes, very poor bowling from the Warriors here, this swung a bit into the bat, drifted down the leg side and gets some pad on the way to the fine-leg fence

4.4

Parnell to McCullum, SIX, goes down the track and thwack! Over long-on for a six! This is quickly becoming a very dangerous start

Karn: "Well, I don't know the answer to that, Suneer, but I have seen the Kotla crowd cheer SRT when he was smashing DD bowlers. This, I'm talking about 2010 IPL."

4.5

Parnell to McCullum, 1 run, on his pads, flicked away to fine-leg for a single

4.6

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, cut and fielded well by the point fielder, that was rushing away to the fence, dived to his left to save it. 17 from the over anyway.

End of over 5 (17 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 49/0 (RR: 9.80)

    • G Gambhir 22 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 15 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-13-0
    • B Kumar 1-0-10-0

Manue: "Ganguly is really lucky to be playing this game after that performance in the last game. Perks of being the skipper and a Kolkatan." This will open a can. Of worms.

5.1

Dinda to Gambhir, 1 wide, down the leg side and the poor start continues, it is another wide, the swing is not helping.

5.1

Dinda to Gambhir, 2 runs, outside edge, tries to drive it away, does not go where he wants it to go, to the right of third-man and they are off for a second

5.2

Dinda to Gambhir, 1 run, on the middle stump, coming into the batsman, opens the face of the bat, taps it away to the third-man fielder

Abhilash: "Eden Gardens and Ganguly are different. I cannot remember a time when Ganguly was booed at Eden. Tendulkar was in Mumbai."

5.3

Dinda to McCullum, FOUR, outside edge and four for McCullum, the run-rate's at 10 and I wouldn't believe if I told myself that this is a slow pitch.

5.4

Dinda to McCullum, 1 run, punched off the back foot to mid-off for a single

Rahul: "Looking at PW's batting line-up, overall its pretty decent for a T20, right down to Parnell, with only one glitch in the middle .. the captain. MUST be awkward in the dugout whenever he walks out to bat."

5.5

Dinda to Gambhir, SIX, shot, six! That is one of Gambhir's favourite stroke, he goes a couple of steps down the pitch and slams it over mid-wicket for a six!

5.6

Dinda to Gambhir, FOUR, another down the leg side and that is another four, this isn't first-class level bowling by any stretch, struggling with the left-right combination and drifting it down the pads of both the batsmen.

End of over 6 (19 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 68/0 (RR: 11.33)

    • G Gambhir 35 (18b 3x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 20 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-28-0
    • WD Parnell 1-0-13-0

Michael Clarke has the ball. This is the best start in the first six overs this season.

6.1

Clarke to McCullum, no run, on the front foot, defended on the on-side

6.2

Clarke to McCullum, 1 run, shorter, goes on the back foot, drives to long-on for a single

6.3

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, full-toss, driven to long-on for a single.

6.4

Clarke to McCullum, 1 run, on the back foot, pushed through the leg side for a single to mid-wicket

6.5

Clarke to Gambhir, no run, outside the off stump, cuts it late, straight to point

6.6

Clarke to Gambhir, FOUR, shimmy down the pitch, places it in that region between long-on and deep mid-wicket and that is a four.

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 75/0 (RR: 10.71)

    • G Gambhir 40 (21b 4x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 22 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-7-0
    • AB Dinda 2-0-28-0

Time-Out time, thankfully, as I catch my breath back.

David: "Time for Clarke. He can't possibly do any worse!" Or for Steven Smith, who hasn't bowled at all this season.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will bowl now.

7.1

Kumar to McCullum, 1 wide, and he begins from where the Warriors had left off, a wide down the leg-side.

7.1

Kumar to McCullum, no run, outside the off stump, punched back to mid-off

7.2

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, on his pads, flicked away to the deep square-leg fielder

7.3

Kumar to Gambhir, 2 runs, on his pads, flicked away between deep square-leg and fine-leg for a couple of runs

7.4

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face of the bat to the third-man for a single

7.5

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, outside the off, short of length, punched down the ground for a single.

Arpit: "It will be interesting to see if the crowd will cheer when gambhir hits dada for a 4 or 6??"

7.6

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, late dab to the third-man fielder and he has a single off that last delivery

End of over 8 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 82/0 (RR: 10.25)

    • G Gambhir 44 (24b 4x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 24 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 2-0-17-0
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-7-0

Clarke continues.

8.1

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, goes down the pitch, tapped away to long-on for a single

8.2

Clarke to McCullum, FOUR, swept away hard and despite a dive by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at fine-leg, he is only able to deflect it away for a four

8.3

Clarke to McCullum, no run, short, down the leg side, wanted to pull it away, goes to short fine-leg

8.4

Clarke to McCullum, no run, on the front foot, defended back to the bowler

8.5

Clarke to McCullum, 1 run, dropped, Dinda has dropped the easiest catch you will see on a cricket field. And I don't lie. Seriously, sweep attempted, top-edge and the ball lobbed to Dinda.

8.6

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, driven over the bowler for a single, another seven-run over from Clarke.

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 89/0 (RR: 9.88)

    • G Gambhir 46 (26b 4x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 29 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-14-0
    • B Kumar 2-0-17-0

Ayaz Memon tweets: "will Ganguly bowl today? Will it cause an earthquake in Kolkata if he gets a wicket?" For now, it is Angelo Mathews with the ball.

9.1

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, late cuts it away to the third-man fielder for a single

9.2

Mathews to McCullum, 1 run, pitched up, driven back to the bowler, does well to get some body on it and they still get a single

9.3

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, slower, outside the off stump, driven through the covers for a single to deep cover

Yash: "If Ganguly gets Gambhir out we might see him run again...this time to the streets of Kolkata."

9.4

Mathews to McCullum, FOUR, smashed trough the covers for four, between deep cover and long-off.

praneet is one of many who are saying, "Heart says Saurav. Mind says Gautam."

9.5

Mathews to McCullum, 1 bye, he attempts a reverse sweep now, Mathews is not a slow bowler, but that was a full-toss and that could have gone to the fence, does not get it off the middle

9.6

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, pitched on middle, punched to the leg side for a single.

End of over 10 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 98/0 (RR: 9.80)

    • G Gambhir 49 (29b 4x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 34 (31b 4x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-8-0
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-14-0

98/0 in 10 overs. Joy: "My observation is that Gambhir leads from the front whenever he gets the leadership. Series againt NZ in India in late 2010, DD in IPL 3 & now for KKR. Apart from his own brilliant performance with the bat, he's also a smart & aggressive captain. Time to move on from Dhoni???" For Gambhir has gone down in the pecking order, behind Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Of course, with the way things change around in cricket, you never know...

10.1

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, on the middle stump, clipped away to the mid-wicket region for a couple. Oh, and it is one-run short from Gambhir.

50 for GG

10.2

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, driven to long-on and that brings up the 100-run stand for the first wicket. This is only the third 100-run opening stand for the season.

saim: "saurav should retire and be in a coaching role with pwi, no doubt he is a cricketing legend but his time is certainly over when it comes to batting, bowling or captaining. He can get a coaching role with any team easily."

10.3

Parnell to McCullum, FOUR, inside edge and that has gone away for a four, beats the middle of the bat and the leg stump.

10.4

Parnell to McCullum, no run, short ball, bouncer, trying to pull it away but misses the shot, goes through to the keeper

10.5

Parnell to McCullum, no run, short of a good length, pushed to the short cover fielder

Paul: "Still struggling to work out why smith hasn't been given a bowl all season." I have been wondering this all season too.

10.6

Parnell to McCullum, 2 runs, slower one, over the extra-cover for a couple of runs, bit of misfield from Mathews at the fence.

End of over 11 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 106/0 (RR: 9.63)

    • BB McCullum 40 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 51 (31b 4x4 2x6)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-21-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-8-0

Records falling by the wayside. Highest opening stand for KKR all season now. This stand has surpassed the 101 between Brad Hodge and Manoj Tiwary for KKR against RCB in IPL 2010

11.1

Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, outside the off stump, cut away, beats the point fielder and they come back for the second. The throw came in flat and the batsman was only slightly in when Uthappa dislodged the bails. Third umpire calls it not-out

11.2

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, short of good length, punched through mid-wicket and they are off for a single

11.3

Mathews to McCullum, no run, outside the off stump, played away to the off side, did not come on to the bat

11.4

Mathews to McCullum, no run, pitched up, right under the bat, tries to drive but goes to short cover where the fielder dives in front and fields, there is a loud, loud cheer, which tells me it is Ganguly there.

Vijay: "The problem with Gambhir as captain is his short-temper. People will be ok with him as long as he scores. Once he starts failing with the bat, the same attitude can get him in trouble."

11.5

Mathews to McCullum, 1 run, down the track and smacked it over to deep square-leg for a single

11.6

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, slower, shorter and pulled away to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 12 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 111/0 (RR: 9.25)

    • G Gambhir 55 (34b 4x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 41 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-13-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-21-0

Arpit: "When you said "Records falling by the wayside" I thought smith had been given the ball.." Not only the records, most of us here would, if Smith came on. Kartik comes on instead.

12.1

Kartik to Gambhir, 1 run, outside the off stump, flighted, goes down to the pitch of the ball and drives to long-on

Shouts of 'Dada' reverberating in the stadium.

12.2

Kartik to McCullum, 1 run, too short, cut away to the left of deep cover and they get only a single, was well fielded by Mathews

12.3

Kartik to Gambhir, OUT, full-toss and caught at long-off! Finally a wicket for the Pune Warriors, went down the pitch and tried to hit it over long-off, does not get too much power in that shot and it is easily taken.

G Gambhir c Manhas b Kartik 56 (63m 36b 4x4 2x6) SR: 155.55

Sudhir: "Why does everyone start baying for Ganguly's blood and head just because the opponent (KKR/Gambhir/Brendon) are batting very well, with common sense? The way Gambhir/Brendon are batting, any team and any captain would have struggled to make the breakthrough."

I am assuming it is also to do with the previous results and his own performances in this season.

12.4

Kartik to Pathan, no run, on the back foot, tries to run it through the slips, and there is a slip in places, misses the edge

12.5

Kartik to Pathan, 1 run, outside the leg stump, nudged away to the short fine-leg and that should have not been a single, but Dindad misfields that. Pathan's away

12.6

Kartik to McCullum, no run, outside the off stump, pushed to the off side and it is straight to the fielder. A much better over for Pune.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 114/1 (RR: 8.76)

    • BB McCullum 42 (40b 5x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 1 (2b)
    • M Kartik 3-0-16-1
    • AD Mathews 2-0-13-0

In fact, 32/1 in the last five overs, which is good going for Pune. Speaking of the new batsman, Yusuf Pathan has made just 48 runs this season at an average of 6.85 and a strike-rate of 96

13.1

Mathews to Pathan, 1 run, defended on the front foot, and they are off for a quick single. The ball just dropped in front of him and McCullum called him over for a run

13.2

Mathews to McCullum, no run, pitched right up, does not get any power, inside edge into his thigh pad

13.3

Mathews to McCullum, no run, reverse-swept and it is a good thing they did not go for the single because it went very quickly to the short third-man fielder.

13.4

Mathews to McCullum, OUT, gone, lbw! McCullum has probably inside-edged it to his back-pad and that is why he is looking unhappy, but he was trying the paddle sweep and missed it. Will need the replays to confirm whether there was an edge on that one.

BB McCullum lbw b Mathews 42 (70m 43b 5x4 1x6) SR: 97.67

13.5

Mathews to Kallis, no run, on the middle, slower, driven back to the bowler.

13.6

Mathews to Kallis, no run, short of good length, punched to the short mid-wicket fielder.

End of over 14 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 115/2 (RR: 8.21)

    • JH Kallis 0 (2b)
    • YK Pathan 2 (3b)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-14-1
    • M Kartik 3-0-16-1

Many replays on that one and I cannot be sure whether there was an inside-edge.

14.1

Kartik to Pathan, 1 run, short of length, driven to long-on for a single

14.2

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, pitched up, flighted and driven to long-off for a single

14.3

Kartik to Pathan, no run, defended off the front foot, Kartik runs to his right and fields and there is no run.

14.4

Kartik to Pathan, 2 runs, pitched up and Six. No! It is not! Yusuf swung hard and launched the ball towards wide long-on, and it was well on its way over the boundary. Smith, however, sprinted to his right from long-on and then threw himself full length to intercept the ball on the full. He actually caught the ball in mid air and because he was going over the boundary, managed to fling it back into play, saving four runs

14.5

Kartik to Pathan, 1 wide, down the leg side for another wide

14.5

Kartik to Pathan, no run, on the front foot, defended back

14.6

Kartik to Pathan, 1 run, on the pads, played away neatly to the leg-side for a single

End of over 15 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 121/2 (RR: 8.06)

    • YK Pathan 6 (8b)
    • JH Kallis 1 (3b)
    • M Kartik 4-0-22-1
    • AD Mathews 3-0-14-1

Andrew: "If I could offer one piece of advice, it's to hope that Smith never bowls. As an Australian born and bred, I can honestly say he is the worst bowler I have ever seen in my entire life and I've seen Ponting bowl." Aah, you are unkind, stop comparing the poor man to Shane Warne!

15.1

Mathews to Pathan, 1 run, short of good length, nudged away to fine-leg for a single

Faiz: "Now that Gambhir is out, we will see the slowness of the wicket. Wont be surprised if wickets starts falling and boundaries dry up, which they already have."

15.2

Mathews to Kallis, OUT, bowled him! Slower ball and totally deceived him! Rolls the fingers over the ball, turns into the batsman and Kallis was walking into the stroke, missed the ball totally and the bails are on the ground.

JH Kallis b Mathews 1 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Debabrata Das is in at five. He has played a couple of crucial innings.

15.3

Mathews to Das, no run, on the front foot, pushed to the off side

15.4

Mathews to Das, 1 leg bye, big shout, for lbw, slower ball again and beats the bat yet again, there was an appeal for lbw, in line but the height could have been an issue

15.5

Mathews to Pathan, 1 run, full-toss, punched it to the long-off fielder for a run

15.6

Mathews to Das, 1 run, fullish, driven to long-on for a single

End of over 16 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 125/3 (RR: 7.81)

    • DB Das 1 (3b)
    • YK Pathan 8 (10b)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-17-2
    • M Kartik 4-0-22-1

Strategic Time-Out. 19/3 in the last five overs is really good going.

16.1

Kumar to Das, no run, shot back and dropped? Short, he pulled it back to the bowler, who was on his follow-through and did not get too much of a hand there.

16.2

Kumar to Das, no run, bouncer again, goes over the batsman, wide not called, so that it two dots now.

16.3

Kumar to Das, no run, slower, rolls his fingers over the ball, shorter and punched back to the bowler. It is now showing its true colours, the pitch.

16.4

Kumar to Das, 1 run, shorter, nudged to the leg side for a single

16.5

Kumar to Pathan, no run, Oooh! run-out missed! Played it to the off side, wanted to go for a quick single, but Das did not, Pathan was almost halfway down the pitch and the fielder had ample of time to throw it down, but missed

16.6

Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, slower one, punched through the covers for a single, only 2 from the over.

End of over 17 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 127/3 (RR: 7.47)

    • YK Pathan 9 (12b)
    • DB Das 2 (7b)
    • B Kumar 3-0-19-0
    • AD Mathews 4-0-17-2

PDTM: "You can understand why everyone is having a go at Ganguly; he simply does not offer enough as a captain to make up for his poor performances. Now that the best captain in international cricket has arrived at Pune, time for a change (preferably a voluntary one)."

I can understand the Ganguly bit, but isn't it a bit too early to call Michael Clarke the best international captain?

17.1

Parnell to Pathan, 1 run, short of length, punched to deep square-leg for a single

17.2

Parnell to Das, 1 run, short of length yet again, clipped away to fine-leg for another single

17.3

Parnell to Pathan, 1 run, short and pulled well, but goes to the deep square-leg fielder for a single.

Ashok is an angry man: "For Christ's sake, Ganguly took on a bunch of no-hopers (before Clarke appeared), a man kicked out of his national team, two aged discarded Indian bowlers (Nehra and Kartik), a few promising ex-youngsters who have grown old waiting for the selectors to notice them (Dinda and Uthappa), an all-rounder chiefly in the news for the wrong reasons -- a team traumatized by the loss of their captain and best player to cancer. He has forged a team out of them that has beaten Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai - and people sneer about his captaincy skills! As for his personal performances, what has Sachin done this season with bat and ball?"

17.4

Parnell to Das, no run, outside the off stump, tries to punch it through the covers, misses the shot as the ball keeps a tad low.

17.5

Parnell to Das, 1 no ball, good delivery, but a no-ball! Outside the off stump, slower one, the batsmen are failing to make any pace off their own and the ball's not coming on after pitching.

Free Hit

17.5

Parnell to Das, 1 wide, poor delivery off the Free Hit, wide outside the off-stump, full-toss too.

17.5

Parnell to Das, no run, swings hard, misses, bit of a reverse swing away?

17.6

Parnell to Das, 2 runs, dropped! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has spilled what seemed to be a difficult catch in the end but it looks like he misjudged it at the sweeper region, came in late. All this after Das tried to cut the ball away but did not find the fence.

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 134/3 (RR: 7.44)

    • DB Das 5 (12b)
    • YK Pathan 11 (14b)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-28-0
    • B Kumar 3-0-19-0
18.1

Kumar to Pathan, OUT, gone, caught at long-on, tried to go over the fence with a shot he likes to play, the swing over long-on, but the timing goes awry and it well caught by Smith who comes in and grabs it.

YK Pathan c Smith b Kumar 11 (30m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

18.2

Kumar to Das, SIX, Tries to pluck it right at the edge of the fence again and this time Smith fails to parry it back! Short ball and he had smashed it away, almost a catch!

18.3

Kumar to Das, no run, low full-toss, outside the off-stump and missed by the batsman

18.4

Kumar to Das, no run, slower one, and he swings it away, misses yet again, the pitch is not getting easier.

18.5

Kumar to Das, 1 run, shorter yet again and he gives it all, the pull takes it away only to deep mid-wicket for a single

18.6

Kumar to Shukla, OUT, gone, caught by Ganguly at mid-off! The Eden Gardens is on their feet, Ganguly has taken a good catch, steepler, and Shukla is gone, attempting to tonk it away over long-off, gets only the bottom of the bat and it goes higher but not long enough.

LR Shukla c Ganguly b Kumar 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 19 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 141/5 (RR: 7.42)

    • DB Das 12 (16b 1x6)
    • B Kumar 4-0-26-2
    • WD Parnell 3-0-28-0

Jose P: "Last boundary was in the 11th over. That is fantastic for Pune! Complete changeover. Ofcourse enough damage was done in the first 10 though!"

19.1

Parnell to Tiwary, 2 runs, pitched up, outside the off stump, driven to long-off and they are able to come back for a second

19.2

Parnell to Tiwary, 2 runs, angling away from the batsman, pitched right up to the bat and he goes for an expansive shot, lands in no-man's land behind the bowler

19.3

Parnell to Tiwary, 1 run, tries to slog it away, gets an outside edge and goes to deep cover for a single

19.4

Parnell to Das, 2 runs, outside the off stump, short of good length, he smacks it to wide long-off, Ganguly gave a chase from extra-cover, Kartik from long-off, who gets his foot down in time and prevents the four

19.5

Parnell to Das, 1 run, pitched right up to the batsman, punched to the off side for a single

19.6

Parnell to Tiwary, 1 run, edged and the innings end on a note that it had how it started in the first few overs, a drop! Outside the off-stump, went for a drive, gets the outside edge, and Uthappa dives to his right, but puts it down.

Kolkata have ended on 150 after being 98/0 in the first 10 overs, which is a great achievement from the Warriors bowlers. Gautam Gambhir was the difference between the two teams, and his 56 was the best innings on such a track by a long distance. McCullum did well well with the willow too, but the rest of the side fell away to the guile of Mathews and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Lot of feedback on the Ganguly issue, here are a couple of contrasting views.

Pathik: "To Ashok: although it would be wrong to compare Sachin and Ganguly in this context, still if you ask what has Sachin done? well I'd say he did the hardest thing there is to do, that is to step down as the captain keeping best interests of the team in mind. If he feels he's a burden on the team, he will always be willing to step down. I dont see Ganguly doing anything like this ever.."

Satheesh: "If it weren't for Ganguly, Pune wouldn't even have a fraction of the supporters they have now. I'd say bringing Ganguly was a masterstroke on Pune's part. I, for one, did not even know who played for Pune(except for a couple of players) before Ganguly came."

And Yash steals words from my mouth. "Wish I had a penny for every time ganguly was mentioned in this innings !"

And I will end with this gem, S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor, tweets: "44 runs in the last 9 overs... that's the least for KKR in all IPL seasons (in matches where they've played all 54 balls of the last 9)"

Back in 5 minutes.

End of over 20 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 150/5

    • MK Tiwary 6 (4b)
    • DB Das 15 (18b 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 4-0-37-0
    • B Kumar 4-0-26-2
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