Indian Premier League, 63rd match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings at Kolkata, May 14, 2012
Chennai Super Kings won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
14 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Raj: "@Venkatesh: It could be a bad move too...Because all CSK players know how to deal with Balaji...."

Venkatesh: "Smart move from Gambhir to include Balaji. He is so effective in games played in Eden Gardens and on top of that he understands how most of the batsmen in CSK play!"

Toss Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and will have a bowl

Three changes for KKR then. McCullum and de Lange are back in place of Shakib and Lee. Balaji is in for Bisla

CSK have included du Plessis in place of Albie Morkel

With RCB well placed in their game against MI in Bangalore, CSK's task just got harder. Here is what our stats editor, S Rajesh, has to say about Chennai's road ahead to the playoffs.

7.30 pm Welcome to our coverage of the IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings in Kolkata. A rainy evening it has been for the IPL today. The game between RCB and MI in Bangalore started almost an hour late. It had been raining earlier in Kolkata as well but the covers have been taken off and the toss has taken place on time


Jakati to Gambhir, no run


Jakati to Gambhir, FOUR, worked away backward of square leg


Jakati to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a single


Jakati to McCullum, no run, defended down the pitch


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


Jakati to Gambhir, no run, drives but straight to mid off

End of over 1 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • G Gambhir 5 (4b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 1 (2b)
    • SB Jakati 1-0-6-0

Hilfenhaus from the other end


Hilfenhaus to McCullum, FOUR, gets it away first ball form Hilfenhaus, clipped away past midwicket


Hilfenhaus to McCullum, no run, pushed back down the track


Hilfenhaus to McCullum, no run, beaten outside off as he goes for a cut


Hilfenhaus to McCullum, no run, bounce this time for Hilfenhaus, pushed away towards cover


Hilfenhaus to McCullum, 2 runs, pushed down the ground for a couple


Hilfenhaus to McCullum, 1 leg bye, loud appeal for lbw, a shade high, the ball rolls away towards third man

End of over 2 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • BB McCullum 7 (8b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 5 (4b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-6-0
    • SB Jakati 1-0-6-0

Ashwin to McCullum, 1 run


Ashwin to Gambhir, no run


Ashwin to Gambhir, no run


Ashwin to Gambhir, FOUR, hit down the ground to the long on rope


Ashwin to Gambhir, 2 runs, chipped over mid on for two more


Ashwin to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed to cover for a single

End of over 3 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 21/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • G Gambhir 12 (9b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 8 (9b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-8-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-6-0

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run


Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run


Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run


Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, SIX, short and pulled over deep square leg


Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed away for a single to covers


Hilfenhaus to McCullum, FOUR, down the track and lofted over mid on

End of over 4 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 32/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • BB McCullum 12 (10b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 19 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-17-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-8-0

Ashwin to Gambhir, FOUR, that's gone between keeper and slip, closer to slip than keeper, Raina did not react as Gautam steered this one


Ashwin to Gambhir, 1 run


Ashwin to McCullum, no run


Ashwin to McCullum, 1 run


Ashwin to Gambhir, no run, worked away to square leg


Ashwin to Gambhir, 1 run

End of over 5 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 39/0 (RR: 7.80)

    • G Gambhir 25 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 13 (12b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-15-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-17-0

Jakati to Gambhir, SIX, down the track for a straight six


Jakati to Gambhir, FOUR, short, flat and he opens up to pull it wide of deep midwicket


Jakati to Gambhir, 1 run, makes room as he looks to drive through extra cover, does not time the stroke


Jakati to McCullum, no run, punched back to him and Jakati drops it, went low to him but takeable


Jakati to McCullum, no run, played out to midwicket


Jakati to McCullum, no run, driven to cover

End of over 6 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 50/0 (RR: 8.33)

    • BB McCullum 13 (15b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 36 (21b 4x4 2x6)
    • SB Jakati 2-0-17-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-15-0

Raina to Gambhir, no run, played out to midwicket


Raina to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed to long off


Raina to McCullum, FOUR, reverse-swept for a boundary wide of short third man


Raina to McCullum, 1 run


Raina to Gambhir, no run, some turn and lots of bounce on middle, played out towards backward point


Raina to Gambhir, 1 run, pulled away to deep square leg

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 57/0 (RR: 8.14)

    • G Gambhir 38 (25b 4x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 18 (17b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-7-0
    • SB Jakati 2-0-17-0

Jadeja to Gambhir, no run, down the track but pushes towards extra cover


Jadeja to Gambhir, no run, tries to slog sweep but cannot connect


Jadeja to Gambhir, SIX, that has been swung over midwicket, this time he connects with the slog sweep, wider outside off and he dispatches it


Jadeja to Gambhir, FOUR, well played, down the pitch, opens the face as he drives it in the air wide of deep cover, a dive is not enough


Jadeja to Gambhir, 1 run, chips down the pitch and works it to deep midwicket


Jadeja to McCullum, FOUR, that has gone past short fine, Raina is after it, he pulls it back with a big slide but it rolls away into the rope

End of over 8 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 72/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • BB McCullum 22 (18b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 49 (30b 5x4 3x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-15-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-7-0

Ashwin to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up very full, he stays in the crease and dabs it to short third man for his fifty


Ashwin to McCullum, 1 run, turns a tossed up full ball to vacant midwicket


Ashwin to Gambhir, 1 run, shuffles across and works it to short fine


Ashwin to McCullum, 1 run, goes back to a length ball and cuts it from just outside off to sweeper cover


Ashwin to Gambhir, 1 run, rocks back and punches through cover


Ashwin to McCullum, 1 run, pitches widish outside off and spins in sharply, cut away to sweeper cover

End of over 9 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 78/0 (RR: 8.66)

    • BB McCullum 25 (21b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 52 (33b 5x4 3x6)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-21-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-15-0

Dhoni standing up to Bravo


Bravo to McCullum, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long off


Bravo to Gambhir, FOUR, very neatly done, pitched up just outside off, and Gautam dabs it softly past the keeper to the third man rope


Bravo to Gambhir, 1 run


Bravo to McCullum, no run, rolls away off the pad down the pitch as he misses the work on the leg side


Bravo to McCullum, 1 run


Bravo to Gambhir, 1 run, dabbed down behind point

End of over 10 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 86/0 (RR: 8.60)

    • G Gambhir 58 (36b 6x4 3x6)
    • BB McCullum 27 (24b 4x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-8-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-21-0

Raina to Gambhir, no run, drives a tossed up ball down the pitch


Raina to Gambhir, 1 run, smacks an attempted cut into the ground through extra cover


Raina to McCullum, SIX, poor line, down the leg side, and Baz goes down to swing it behind square leg, that has crashed into the rope


Raina to McCullum, 1 run, misfield at extra cover by Faf gives them another single


Raina to Gambhir, 1 run, gets well forward and turns it through midwicket


Raina to McCullum, 1 run, down the pitch, Raina drags it full and wide, Baz slams it along the ground to long off

End of over 11 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 96/0 (RR: 8.72)

    • BB McCullum 35 (27b 4x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 60 (39b 6x4 3x6)
    • SK Raina 2-0-17-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-8-0

Bravo to McCullum, 1 run, pushed wide of extra cover for a sharp run


Bravo to Gambhir, 1 run, hits a very full one down to long on


Bravo to McCullum, 1 run, OUT, breakthrough for CSK, Dhoni gets it with a direct hit, hit behind square leg, Baz wants the second, he was almost withing touching distance of Gautam before the KKR captain's hand comes up, too late for Baz, the throw is in to Dhoni, who hits the non-striker's stumps direct

BB McCullum run out 37 (46m 29b 4x4 1x6) SR: 127.58


Bravo to Gambhir, no run


Bravo to Gambhir, 1 run


Bravo to Kallis, no run

End of over 12 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 100/1 (RR: 8.33)

    • JH Kallis 0 (1b)
    • G Gambhir 62 (42b 6x4 3x6)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-0
    • SK Raina 2-0-17-0

Jakati to Gambhir, OUT, big strike, Gautam is gone, he gave Jakati the charge, but got an inside edge on to pad, the ball then contrived to roll onto the stumps

G Gambhir b Jakati 62 (50m 43b 6x4 3x6) SR: 144.18


Jakati to Tiwary, no run


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run


Jakati to Kallis, 1 run


Jakati to Tiwary, no run, drives a tossed up ball to long off


Jakati to Tiwary, no run

End of over 13 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 102/2 (RR: 7.84)

    • MK Tiwary 1 (4b)
    • JH Kallis 1 (2b)
    • SB Jakati 3-0-19-1
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-0

Jadeja to Kallis, 1 run, driven down to long off for one


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 run, reaches out and eases it in the air down to long off


Jadeja to Kallis, no run, sharp turn from a length on off, Kallis went for a drive but was beaten


Jadeja to Kallis, no run, pushed on the leg side, bowler fields


Jadeja to Kallis, no run, this time he times the drive but straight to extra cover


Jadeja to Kallis, 1 run, opens the face and runs it through point

End of over 14 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 105/2 (RR: 7.50)

    • JH Kallis 3 (7b)
    • MK Tiwary 2 (5b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-18-0
    • SB Jakati 3-0-19-1

Jakati to Kallis, 1 run, full delivery worked through midwicket


Jakati to Tiwary, FOUR, well done, down the track, and chips it with the spin over extra cover, beating long off and sweeper cover

Slip in place, the game is held up for an instant as a large plastic bag finds its way onto the pitch


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, down the track again, no width this time, and he pushes it to long on


Jakati to Kallis, OUT, KKR slip further, Kallis, of all batsmen, goes for the reverse-sweep and gets it straight to slip, Kallis is not happy with the umpire's decision, replays show the ball came off the forearm

JH Kallis c Ashwin b Jakati 4 (12m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44


Jakati to Pathan, no run, spins away way outside off, patted away to point


Jakati to Pathan, 1 run, heaved from just outside off through midwicket

End of over 15 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 112/3 (RR: 7.46)

    • YK Pathan 1 (2b)
    • MK Tiwary 7 (7b 1x4)
    • SB Jakati 4-0-26-2
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-18-0

Naveen: "CSK has a battery of spinners. That is good news for Yusuf Pathan. I'll put my money on him making an impact with the bat today if he gets a chance." He has one now


Jadeja to Pathan, 1 run, length ball slapped away from the crease wide of sweeper cover


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 run, drives a quicker and much fuller one to long off


Jadeja to Pathan, 1 run, bashes a flat length ball on a couple of bounces to long on, he did not get hold of that one


Jadeja to Tiwary, no run, gets bat in front of pad and softly pushes it, cannot get it wide of the bowler


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 run, gets forward and drives through extra cover


Jadeja to Pathan, SIX, blasted over wide long on, YK gets one away, there have not been too many of these from him this IPL, fetches it almost casually and deposits it some way into the crowd

End of over 16 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 122/3 (RR: 7.62)

    • YK Pathan 9 (5b 1x6)
    • MK Tiwary 9 (10b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-28-0
    • SB Jakati 4-0-26-2

Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, reaches out away from the body and turns it with the turn towards midwicket


Ashwin to Pathan, 1 run, works a tossed up fullish one to deep midwicket


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, chips down the track, and works it in the air to deep midwicket


Ashwin to Pathan, 1 run, nudged towards midwicket from middle


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, short of a length carrom ball, whipped from outside off to deep midwicket


Ashwin to Pathan, OUT, YK has picked out long on with precision, tossed up around off, he goes for the big stroke, but gets it too high, and it sails tamely straight to Bravo on the long on rope, the horror season continues for YK, KKR slide further, what a turnaround

YK Pathan c Bravo b Ashwin 11 (9m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 137.50

End of over 17 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 127/4 (RR: 7.47)

    • MK Tiwary 12 (13b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-26-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-28-0

Jadeja to Das, 1 run, an inside edge now as he swings at a widish one outside off, away to short fine


Jadeja to Tiwary, OUT, and another one, what is happening, the Kolkata Krumble, Tiwary looks to fetch a flighted delivery from just outside off and hit it over midwicket, it turns more than he had budgeted for, and Bravo has another straightforward take at long on

MK Tiwary c Bravo b Jadeja 12 (20m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71


Jadeja to Das, 1 run, punched to sweeper cover off the back foot


Jadeja to Shukla, 1 run, pushed through extra cover for a single


Jadeja to Das, FOUR, they keep going for their shots, this one is off the middle, slaps a fullish one in the air over extra cover


Jadeja to Das, FOUR, another boundary, Das will go for them, lifts it straight over the bowler, that was certainly not off the middle of the bat, but it still sailed between long off and long on

End of over 18 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 138/5 (RR: 7.66)

    • DB Das 10 (4b 2x4)
    • LR Shukla 1 (1b)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-39-1
    • R Ashwin 4-0-26-1

Bravo to Shukla, no run, tries to fetch it from well outside off and swing it behind square on leg, that seemed to come in a bit, he cannot connect as he gets into a tangle


Bravo to Shukla, 1 run, offspinner arrives from Bravo, dabbed towards point


Bravo to Das, SIX, wide, full, there for the taking, and taken straight down the ground, there was too much width and Das gave it all he had


Bravo to Das, 1 wide, goes full and wide again, slower this time, and also too far wide


Bravo to Das, 1 run, close to the blockhole, bunted down to long on


Bravo to Shukla, 1 run, low full toss on middle drilled straight to long on


Bravo to Das, 1 leg bye, another low full toss, this time angled in towards the pads, but he cannot connect

End of over 19 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 149/5 (RR: 7.84)

    • DB Das 17 (7b 2x4 1x6)
    • LR Shukla 3 (4b)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-22-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-39-1

Sachin: "KKR = Kolkata Krumble Regularly!!!!!"

Rajiv: "Am I the only one who feels Das must bat high up the order?"

nick: "It's all kudos when Bravo bowls.. you know why? Commentary starts with "Bravo to batsman""


Hilfenhaus to Das, 1 run, reaches out a full one widish outside off and gets something on it to send it towards point


Hilfenhaus to Shukla, SIX, that has been smoked for a flat six over deep midwicket, off the front foot too, short on off, and he gets it off the middle, that made a loud crack


Hilfenhaus to Shukla, OUT, gone this time, he tries to make room and drill the full delivery past extra cover but picks out the man, Raina takes it low, and safely

LR Shukla c Raina b Hilfenhaus 9 (10m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00


Hilfenhaus to Bhatia, 1 run, gets a full toss into the pads, but swings it straight to fine leg


Hilfenhaus to Das, no run, misses this one, full and wide outside off, he was backing away towards leg, had to reach out but could not get to it


Hilfenhaus to Das, 1 run, reaches this one now, but can only heave the widish full one to mid off

They were 99 for 0 in the 12th over. They have made 158 for 6. Gautam Gambhir must be fuming. KKR can still afford a loss, though, CSK have to win

Sen: "In Kolkata, 158 is not a bad score. It is too early to write KKR off."

prozium: "KKR is like that brat from all the books but never ever came first in class!! And CSK is like that guy, who just manages to pass the internals but came first in the finals always!!"

End of over 20 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 158/6

    • DB Das 19 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Bhatia 1 (1b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-26-1
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-22-0





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