Indian Premier League, 51st match: Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders at Delhi, May 7, 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
7 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Back for the chase, Irfan has the new ball


Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, swing in to the right hander right away, but ending on leg, and turned behind square


Pathan to Gambhir, no run, swinging across the left-hander, around middle and off, defended safely

Keeper standing up now


Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, waits in the crease and dabs it with the movement to third man


Pathan to McCullum, FOUR, inside edge goes for four past the keeper, Baz advancing out and having a go at a full ball that moved in


Pathan to McCullum, FOUR, clobber! this one is in his range, stays in the crease and smokes a length ball over mid off


Pathan to McCullum, no run, swings into the right-hander from back of a length, he still goes for the cut, cannot beat point

End of over 1 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 10/0 (144 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.57)

    • BB McCullum 9 (4b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 1 (2b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-10-0

Nadeem to bowl left-arm spin


Nadeem to Gambhir, no run, fired in outside leg stump, Gambhir cannot paddle it fine


Nadeem to Gambhir, 1 run, looks to step out, but then stays back and turns it to short third man

Kaayess: "Can the younger brother inspire the elder one today? #yusufpleaseperform"


Nadeem to McCullum, 1 run, tossed up nicely, he pushes and gets a thick edge to point, direct hit would have caught Baz short


Nadeem to Gambhir, no run, tries to weave inside the line of one fired in on a good length, it swung in actually, and hit Gambhir on the thigh pad


Nadeem to Gambhir, no run, pitching outside leg, and hitting him on the pad outside leg as Gautam misses the pull, Nadeem appeals quite loudly and optimistically


Nadeem to Gambhir, 2 runs, manages to turn a quick one square on the leg side

End of over 2 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 14/0 (140 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.77)

    • G Gambhir 4 (7b)
    • BB McCullum 10 (5b 2x4)
    • S Nadeem 1-0-4-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-10-0

Morkel to McCullum, no run, first ball Morne hits McCullum above the box, getting it to nip back in from back of a length, Morne stares, Baz smiles and nods in acknowledgment


Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, works a length ball into him square on leg

around the stumps to Gautam, Sehwag and Mahela in the cordon


Morkel to Gambhir, 1 wide, they appeal for caught behind, Morne hurling a short ball in to Gautam which he manages to shuffle inside and shoulder arms


Morkel to Gambhir, no run, now beats him on the cut, serious bounce and zip from a good length


Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, Gautam replies with a sharp cut this time, arches back a shade and times it behind point


Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, hops to back of a length ball and dabs it down to third man

over the stumps to McCullum


Morkel to McCullum, no run, right through him with a searing short of a length ball that comes in with the angle, and goes over the stumps

End of over 3 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 21/0 (133 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.82)

    • BB McCullum 11 (8b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 9 (10b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 1-0-7-0
    • S Nadeem 1-0-4-0

Persisting with Nadeem


Nadeem to Gambhir, FOUR, he got away with this line outside leg last over, shortish, outside leg again, he gets the pull wide of short fine


Nadeem to Gambhir, 1 run, stays back and turns the arm ball square on leg


Nadeem to McCullum, 1 run, dealing in arm balls at the moment, comes in to the right-hander, who punches it to mid off


Nadeem to Gambhir, no run, tries to open up and pull, but it hurries onto him, and he turns it to square leg


Nadeem to Gambhir, FOUR, almost every ball is outside leg to Gautam, and this time, he moves forward, and sweeps it in the air over square leg


Nadeem to Gambhir, SIX, lovely, now he drills a fuller delivery over deep midwicket

End of over 4 (16 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 37/0 (117 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 9.25, RRR: 7.31)

    • G Gambhir 24 (15b 3x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 12 (9b 2x4)
    • S Nadeem 2-0-20-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-7-0

Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, tries to dispatch a length ball widish outside off through cover, gets it down to third man instead

around the stumps


Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, good ball, and better response, Morne goes for the yorker on off, Gautam waits it to come on, and steers it past a diving point, getting bat down just in time


Morkel to Gambhir, 3 runs, this time he hops and work it off the hip behind square leg


Morkel to McCullum, no run, flashes outside off to a length ball, underedge goes on a couple of bounces to the keeper


Morkel to McCullum, 3 runs, flicks one hurled full into the pads, and midwicket cannot stop it to his right

Harshit: "Good to see Gambhir getting back some form. Still a long way to go but it will prove beneficial in the upcoming T20 WC this year."


Morkel to Gambhir, 2 runs, steered wide of third man, Umesh fumbles and allows the second

End of over 5 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 50/0 (104 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 6.93)

    • G Gambhir 33 (18b 4x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 16 (12b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 2-0-20-0
    • S Nadeem 2-0-20-0

Umesh Yadav to bowl now


Yadav to McCullum, no run, turns a skiddy length ball off the pads to square leg


Yadav to McCullum, 2 runs, drills a full delivery to Mahela at mid off, who hits the stumps with a direct hit, they run for the ricochet as well


Yadav to McCullum, FOUR, is hurried by the short ball, goes for the pull, not timed well, but in the gap to the right of mid on, and races away


Yadav to McCullum, FOUR, 147 kph, but into the pads, and Baz uses the pace to swing it fine down the leg side


Yadav to McCullum, no run, down the track, but mistimes the forcing stroke to extra cover


Yadav to McCullum, no run, tries to repeat the stroke he played a couple of balls ago, but this time he misses and the ball gets lodged between right pad flap and leg

End of over 6 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 60/0 (94 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 6.71)

    • BB McCullum 26 (18b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 33 (18b 4x4 1x6)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-10-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-20-0

Aaron to bowl for the first time since recovering from injury

Navin and many others: "Every bowler from Delhi has gone at 10 an over so far."

Mayank: "@ Harshit - if you are trying to decide the India T20 WC team looking at IPL performances, India would have to play all 11 batsmen some of who can bowl part-time... as none of the Indian bowlers have really been great this IPL..."


Aaron to Gambhir, 1 run, starts off with a widish 141 kph ball, Gautam cuts it in the air and Umesh scrambles across at third man to stop it


Aaron to McCullum, no run, follows him with a 141.8 kph back of a length ball as he charges out, Baz pushes it down the pitch


Aaron to McCullum, FOUR, short, down the leg side, poor line from Aaron, and Baz gets enough on the pull to beat fine leg


Aaron to McCullum, 1 run, hops to slap a short of a length ball at 138.9 kph to sweeper cover


Aaron to Gambhir, 2 runs, that is dropped, that was a dolly and Umesh has spilled it at third man, Gautam sliced a bouncing delivery and it flew to Umesh, who went at it with upright fingers, and it went through


Aaron to Gambhir, OUT, he's got his man with a 147.4 kph short of a length ball that cuts back in on off and Gautam drops it on to his stumps as he looks to dab it, Aaron is pumped

G Gambhir b Aaron 36 (33m 21b 4x4 1x6) SR: 171.42

Good pace from Aaron in his comeback over

End of over 7 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 68/1 (86 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.71, RRR: 6.61)

    • BB McCullum 31 (21b 5x4)
    • VR Aaron 1-0-8-1
    • UT Yadav 1-0-10-0

Yadav to McCullum, 1 run, forces a length ball to extra cover, they go for the single, Taylor misses with the throw, Kallis would have just made it had it hit


Yadav to Kallis, 1 wide, pacy and fullish but down the leg side

CSB: "Am I the only one who finds it funny that Gambhir and Sehwag seem to "get back into some form" the second they reach their familiar flat, slow, low pitches in India?"


Yadav to Kallis, no run, they are bowling quick this duo, Kallis defends this one outside off tightly


Yadav to Kallis, 1 run, gets across and runs a length ball to third man

sridhar: "Good to see Indias future new ball pair in action. Hope they bowl well together."


Yadav to McCullum, no run, beats him on the cut with a slower length delivery outside off now


Yadav to McCullum, 1 run, late on the push as he is pegged on the back foot with a 150.3 kph length ball homing in on middle and leg, thick inside edge behind square on leg


Yadav to Kallis, no run, beats the great allrounder with a 148.3 kph length delivery that comes back in a long way from outside off, Kallis flashes outside the line

End of over 8 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 72/1 (82 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.83)

    • JH Kallis 1 (3b)
    • BB McCullum 33 (24b 5x4)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-14-0
    • VR Aaron 1-0-8-1

Aaron to McCullum, 1 run, full on middle and leg, pushed neatly past the non-striker to long on


Aaron to Kallis, 1 run, now Aaron troubles Kallis with a length ball that rears up just outside off, manages to glove it down to third man


Aaron to McCullum, no run, has a go at a pitched up 141.8 kph delivery, mishit to extra cover


Aaron to McCullum, 1 run, slower one on leg at 124.4 kph, turned to deep midwicket

Slip in place


Aaron to Kallis, no run, hops and defends a back of a length ball, this is testing stuff from Umesh and Aaron, good signs for India


Aaron to Kallis, 1 run, run it down to third man to keep strike

End of over 9 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 76/1 (78 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.44, RRR: 7.09)

    • JH Kallis 3 (6b)
    • BB McCullum 35 (27b 5x4)
    • VR Aaron 2-0-12-1
    • UT Yadav 2-0-14-0

Nadeem to Kallis, 1 run, slapped away to sweeper cover


Nadeem to McCullum, no run, mistimes it to extra cover as he makes some room


Nadeem to McCullum, 1 run, arm ball comes in sharply, pushed down to long off


Nadeem to Kallis, no run, pushed back to the bowler


Nadeem to Kallis, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it to long off


Nadeem to McCullum, 1 run, pushes a length ball straight down to long off

End of over 10 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 80/1 (74 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.40)

    • BB McCullum 37 (30b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 5 (9b)
    • S Nadeem 3-0-24-0
    • VR Aaron 2-0-12-1

Pathan to McCullum, 2 runs, works a full delivery from leg stump to fine leg


Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, worked square on the leg side


Pathan to Kallis, 2 runs, still getting it to straighten late into the right-hander, driven wide of sweeper cover gracefully


Pathan to Kallis, no run, stays in the crease and punches another straightening delivery from off to mid off


Pathan to Kallis, no run, this one bounces and carries across him, Kallis is beaten as he goes hard at the cut


Pathan to Kallis, 1 run, ending on the pads, whipped down to fine leg

End of over 11 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 86/1 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.81, RRR: 7.55)

    • JH Kallis 8 (13b)
    • BB McCullum 40 (32b 5x4)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-16-0
    • S Nadeem 3-0-24-0

Nadeem to Kallis, 1 run, punched to sweeper cover, Nadeem has hardly turned a ball away from the right-hander, most are drifting in


Nadeem to McCullum, 1 run, opens up quickly and pulls a short of a length ball to deep midwicket


Nadeem to Kallis, no run, opens him up now with one that straightens, pushed towards extra cover


Nadeem to Kallis, 1 run, mistimes he lofted stroke as he advances down the pitch, and it falls well short of long on, it came in with the angle, he was looking to go much straighter


Nadeem to McCullum, 1 run, sweeps it from middle stump to fine leg


Nadeem to Kallis, FOUR, on leg stump, and he flicks it past Sehwag's dive at short fine leg

End of over 12 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 94/1 (60 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 7.50)

    • JH Kallis 14 (17b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 42 (34b 5x4)
    • S Nadeem 4-0-32-0
    • IK Pathan 2-0-16-0

Pathan to McCullum, no run, tries to reverse-hit a length ball, misses, and is hit on the pad


Pathan to McCullum, 1 leg bye, swinging in on a length, but down the leg side and off the pad to short fine


Pathan to Kallis, FOUR, just over short fine leg, Kallis flicks with the swing into him, it just eludes Umesh's dive


Pathan to Kallis, 1 wide, moving in on a good length, but far down the leg side


Pathan to Kallis, 1 run, pushes a swinging delivery down to long on, starts to swing in late, just before pitching on a length on middle


Pathan to McCullum, 2 runs, slogs with the inswing down to deep midwicket


Pathan to McCullum, FOUR, tries the reverse sweep, and gets some bat on it this time, top edge flies over the keeper

End of over 13 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 107/1 (47 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.23, RRR: 6.71)

    • BB McCullum 48 (38b 6x4)
    • JH Kallis 19 (19b 2x4)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-28-0
    • S Nadeem 4-0-32-0

Yadav to Kallis, 1 wide, swinging away but starting a mile outside off


Yadav to Kallis, 2 runs, is hurried with the short of a length ball but still goes for the pull and gets it wide of deep midwicket, this is a good pitch, not the 'good' good pitch where you get 200-a-side


Yadav to Kallis, 1 run


Yadav to McCullum, 1 leg bye, the line was into the pads, he tried to help it past short fine leg, but it rolls off the pads to the fielder


Yadav to Kallis, 2 runs, shuffles across, stays in the crease and pushes a length ball angled in, down to long on

SriSri: "DD persisted with Taylor who has all but shut his chances, while KKR persisting with McCullum is paying off."


Yadav to Kallis, FOUR, that will go, gives Kallis width outside off, and he gets on his toes to smash the cut to the backward point rope


Yadav to Kallis, no run, now this one moves back in, hard to tell whether in the air or off the pitch in real time, Kallis is beaten on the inside edge by a big distance as he tries to cut again

End of over 14 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 118/1 (36 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 6.00)

    • JH Kallis 28 (24b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 48 (39b 6x4)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-24-0
    • IK Pathan 3-0-28-0

Morkel to McCullum, 2 runs, works one off the pad square on the leg side, Baz wants the second, the throw is at his end, but he makes it safely to get to his first fifty for the season, it has taken a while


Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, looks to force away a length ball on off, but mistimes it close to the pitch, the single is on, and taken


Morkel to Kallis, 1 run, hangs his bat out at a widish short ball and runs it past point, third man gets to it

CP: "Why has the only wicket taker with the least economy rate been taken off the attack?"


Morkel to McCullum, FOUR, that has clattered into the KKR dugout beyond the deep square leg rope, it was short and into McCullum, but he got into position very quickly and pulled it away violently


Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, Morne responds with a yorker that is jammed down to long off


Morkel to Kallis, 1 run, near-yorker on leg, dug out fine down the leg side

End of over 15 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 128/1 (26 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.53, RRR: 5.20)

    • JH Kallis 30 (26b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 56 (43b 7x4)
    • M Morkel 3-0-30-0
    • UT Yadav 3-0-24-0

Yadav to Kallis, OUT, Umesh takes out Kallis now, with a sharp bouncer around off stump, Kallis went for the pull, top edge flies over the keeper, he runs back and takes it safely

JH Kallis c †Ojha b Yadav 30 (34m 27b 3x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

Rohit: "People questioning about Ross should realize that if DD wish to win IPL, they need to have a solid middle order too... They have the option of sticking with Ross for now. If his form does get better, he's very reliable... remember him in RCB?"


Yadav to McCullum, OUT, oh come on now KKR, surely there can be no messing up this, another pacy short ball from Umesh, now Baz swivels for the pull, manages a top-edge that comes down into Sehwag's hands at square leg

BB McCullum c Sehwag b Yadav 56 (69m 44b 7x4 0x6) SR: 127.27

Who else to receive the hat-trick ball but the woefully out-of-form YK Pathan


Yadav to Pathan, 1 run, it is a good length ball just outside off, YK is off the strike and off the mark with a neat push towards extra cover


Yadav to Tiwary, 1 run, shortish outside off, down to third man for one


Yadav to Pathan, 1 wide, bangs it in short at 145.5 kph but sends it well down the leg side


Yadav to Pathan, 1 run, drives a pitched up ball through cover


Yadav to Tiwary, 2 runs, shuffles across and works a short of a length ball off the pad, big Morne slides across at fine leg to save the boundary

End of over 16 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 134/3 (20 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.37, RRR: 5.00)

    • MK Tiwary 3 (2b)
    • YK Pathan 2 (2b)
    • UT Yadav 4-0-30-2
    • M Morkel 3-0-30-0

Karn: "Only Yusuf Pathan can win it for Delhi."

Aaron is back finally


Aaron to Pathan, 1 wide, and sends his first ball down the leg side


Aaron to Pathan, 1 leg bye, shuffles to a short of a length ball and it rolls square on leg, keeper goes after it and they are happy with one

Sehwag is at slip


Aaron to Tiwary, 5 runs, not Delhi's night then, Tiwary drops a short of a length ball in front of point, who fires in a direct hit at the non-striker's end, Tiwary was home, and the ricochet has raced away to the boundary


Aaron to Pathan, no run, swings a pitched up ball down to deepish mid on

GR is furious: "Sure, we have 200 runs on the board. Let's bowl more wides. Who needs discipline right? Woeful bowling, despite the wickets and economy!"


Aaron to Pathan, 1 leg bye, appeal for leg before as YK is trapped on the crease with one the nips back in from back of a length, struck high, just on top of the flap


Aaron to Tiwary, no run, beaten outside off as he wafts at a shortish one

Prasanth: "Can Morne again do it for Delhi...."


Aaron to Tiwary, 4 byes, and again, he goes reaching out further for this widish one, and is beaten, but oh dear, Naman has missed the take behind the stumps, and four byes result, that just scuppered whatever chances, if any, remained for them

End of over 17 (12 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 146/3 (8 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.58, RRR: 2.66)

    • MK Tiwary 8 (5b)
    • YK Pathan 2 (5b)
    • VR Aaron 3-0-18-1
    • UT Yadav 4-0-30-2

Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, leans forward and eases a pitched up ball down to long on


Morkel to Tiwary, OUT, fine tumbling catch from Irfan at third man, Tiwary cleared front leg and had a big swing, ended up slicing it in front of Irfan, who came in and took it low

MK Tiwary c Pathan b Morkel 8 (14m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33


Morkel to Pathan, 2 runs, works a full ball off middle and leg wide of mid on, who stops it just inside the rope


Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, length ball thwacked past the non-striker to mid on


Morkel to Das, no run, lets this one go outside off stump, it came back in sharply, but was still comfortably away from the stumps


Morkel to Das, 1 run, goes for the yorker from the heavens, the height from which he delivers, dug out in front of mid on

End of over 18 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 151/4 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.38, RRR: 1.50)

    • DB Das 1 (2b)
    • YK Pathan 6 (8b)
    • M Morkel 4-0-35-1
    • VR Aaron 3-0-18-1

Hussain: "Dont worry KKR fans....Extras will do it for you....."


Aaron to Das, 1 leg bye, hops and is hit on the pads with the incoming angle, the ball pops up wide of slip


Aaron to Pathan, no run, Irfan Pathan has dropped Yusuf Pathan at mid off, Aaron cannot believe it, Sehwag has hands on his head, Yusuf drilled a pitched up delivery hard and straight at a decent height to Irfan, who took it in both hands, and it popped out


Aaron to Pathan, 1 wide, short of a length and wide down leg


Aaron to Pathan, no run, he was gone had the throw hit, Taylor races in to pick up the ball from midwicket, non-striker had backed up too much, but Taylor misses


Aaron to Pathan, 1 run, drops it on to the off side and the single takes KKR to top of the IPL points table

That is it from us for this game folks. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

Jacques Kallis is Man of the Match. Kallis: "It has been a fantastic season for us. Captain has had a fantastic season. Our wicket at Kolkata does not have this sort of carry. It was good to deliver on this sort of wicket. We are focussing on trying to end up first or second and get through to the final."

Gambhir [on his relationship with Sehwag]: "Absolutely. This is just the IPL. I have all the respect for him, He is the one I always admire."

Sehwag: "I think we were 20-25 runs short. We did not capitalise in the middle overs. Sunil Narine bowled really well. [Narine will] not work against me, I have played him and will smash him, but others might have a problem against him because he is difficult to pick. But he is a good young bowler, he is learning fast. 150-odd was not a bad total, our fielding and bowling was not upto the mark, when you are giving boundary balls, it is difficult to set a field. We decided to give the spinner [Nadeem] a chance because Gautam is batting well against the fast bowlers." Sehwag, in the age of cliches, seldom disappoints with his words

The only time this seemed like a contest was when Sehwag went after KKR at the start. It was mostly KKR after that. Sixth consecutive win for KKR; they had endured a run of eight consecutive losses in IPL 2009. Have they turned it around with this revamped team or what.

KKR have handed Delhi only their second defeat at home this season, and the third of the season. Both teams have eight wins and three losses now, but Delhi have an extra game left.

Random fact: Top three run-getters in the IPL this season are Indian, top three wicket-takers overseas

Ramprashad: "Here is the answer to the million dollar question posted earlier: DD could be a one-man dependent team. DD could very well reach 3/4 in the table and could be eliminated if Sehwag fails."

Jaffrin: "That random fact kind of sums up Indian Cricket."

EddieBhai: "That Random Fact further strengthens the belief that our batsmen are indeed flat-track bullies (not necessarily a bad thing) and overseas bowlers can produce wickets anywhere (Indian bowlers are ineffective)"

Krish: "A lot of people are commenting on DD's reliance on their top 3 guys, but KKR is no different either."






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