Indian Premier League, 1st Qualifying Match: Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders at Pune, May 22, 2012
Indian Premier League - 1st qualifying match
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 18 runs
22 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

9.50 pm Kolkata fielders coming out now. Dave Warner and Virender Sehwag will open the innings for the Delhi Daredevils and at least one, if not both of them need to fire. Sehwag, remember, is coming back from a flu and wasn't looking too good with his health last two days.

Thanks George, that was some hitting from Pathan and Shukla. One hadn't shown too much form throughout the tournament, the other hadn't got too many opportunities.

Ashwath: "I would love to see Sehwag and Warner at the crease together atleast till 6-8 overs of their chase..that would make things yummily interesting!"

Shashi: "I'd bet my money on KKR. They have a good bowling attack and the mystery man Narine will be more effective on this pitch. If they get Sehwag early, KKR will go on to the final (and most probably play Delhi again there!!).

0.1

Balaji to Warner, 1 leg bye, on the leg stump and swinging too, hits the pads and is nudged away to square-leg for a leg-bye, they are away

0.2

Balaji to Sehwag, FOUR, outside the off stump and edged away to the boundary! First ball and cut away for four, he wanted to cut it through point but it went fine and over the slip for a four

0.3

Balaji to Sehwag, 1 run, shorter, quicker, Sehwag was on the back foot and fends it away to square-leg for a single

0.4

Balaji to Warner, 1 run, on the middle stump, short of length, wants to flick it away but he is jumping while playing that stroke, gets a bit of the bat to square-leg for a single

0.5

Balaji to Sehwag, 1 run, flays away to third-man, goes on the bounce to Narine at third-man and they get only a single, it was hit rather aggressively by Sehwag as is his wont!

0.6

Balaji to Warner, 2 wides, on the leg stump and this time the swing takes it away from the batsman, missed by Warner and wide called by the umpire Taufel

0.6

Balaji to Sehwag, 1 run, on the middle stump, flicked away to the fine-leg for a single, strangely not too many changes of pace from Balaji in his first over

End of over 1 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 11/0 (152 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 8.00)

    • V Sehwag 7 (4b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 1 (2b)
    • L Balaji 1-0-10-0

As expected we have spin on now.

1.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Sehwag, 2 runs, on the back foot to a short of length ball, flicked away to mid-wicket, he takes a single, but there is an overthrow and the batsmen are able to come back for the second

1.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Sehwag, 1 run, on his pads, from round the stumps, flicked away to deep mid-wicket for a single

Kalyan: "@Shashi: Agree. Would love to see these 2 teams in final. Definitely dominated other teams in tournament."

1.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Warner, 4 byes, turn and four, all byes! It was on the middle stump and turning into the left hander, Warner was going for a biggie and it turns into the bat, beats him and the keeper!

1.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Warner, no run, pitched up and defended back to the bowler

1.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Warner, SIX, outside the off stump and smacked over the long-on fielder for a six, the width allowed him to swing the bat and he gets the six

1.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Warner, OUT, appeal for inside-edged and catch..That was round the stumps, spinning into the batsman, it loops up and is caught by the keeper. Replays show that the ball hit the pads, the bat hit the pads but the bat and the ball did not make any contact, so not exactly a great decision by Doctrove.

DA Warner c †McCullum b Shakib Al Hasan 7 (6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

End of over 2 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 24/1 (139 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 7.72)

    • V Sehwag 10 (6b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-9-1
    • L Balaji 1-0-10-0

Mahesh: "I bet Gambhir will bring on Narine in the first few overs, if not for anything else than to prey on Sehwag's ego, he knows Sehwag will go after Narine, there Gambhir has a chance."

2.1

Balaji to Sehwag, OUT, edged and gone! Two wickets in two balls, Delhi in trouble, outside the off stump, swinging a little away, tries to cut away to point, gets an outside edge through to the keeper

V Sehwag c †McCullum b Balaji 10 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

MJ at four.

2.2

Balaji to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle stump, swinging slightly away, defended on the leg side, and they are off for a quick single

2.3

Balaji to Ojha, no run, bounce and beaten! short of length, and it rises from there, the batsman was prodding at it, misses and through to the keeper. Leapt up that brute!

2.4

Balaji to Ojha, no run, on the off stump, pushed to the off side and to the covers fielder

Mothi: "Classic anticlimax - Viru doesnt stay on till Narine is brought on... bummer" Hope the game does not die down with the two wickets.

2.5

Balaji to Ojha, no run, on the off stump, and swinging away from the batsman, that is a lot of seam on a track called a spinners' paradise, beats the outside edge. Balaji feeling his hamstring immediately after that delivery

2.6

Balaji to Ojha, no run, beaten again despite the obvious struggles with the hamstring, it was outside the off stump, tries to defend it, misses and that is the end of an excellent over from Balaji. He is off the field though now.

End of over 3 (1 run) Delhi Daredevils 25/2 (138 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 8.11)

    • NV Ojha 0 (4b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (1b)
    • L Balaji 2-0-11-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-9-1

Shakib continues

3.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Jayawardene, no run, outside the off stump, defended to the point fielder

3.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Jayawardene, FOUR, inside out and that is MJ's class, outside the off stump and the batsman moves away and hits it over extra-cover for a four!

3.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, round the stumps, angling in and tries to sweep it, misses and there is an appeal, the umpire wasn't interested. Could have been going down

3.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Ojha, no run, comes down the track, drives almost on the full to short cover

3.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Ojha, FOUR, inside out yet again and another four for Delhi, outside the off stump, not too much turn, and the batsman was easily able to hit it over

3.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Ojha, SIX, and this time he has been tonked over the bowler for a six, what a shot against the best all-rounder in the world, it was pitched up and the batsman went down the track and smashed it over long-off

End of over 4 (15 runs) Delhi Daredevils 40/2 (123 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.68)

    • NV Ojha 10 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (4b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-23-1
    • L Balaji 2-0-11-1

Jacques Kallis comes on now. Replaces Balaji who is off the field.

4.1

Kallis to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of length, on the middle stump, wanted to pull it away, misses and hits the pads, they are off for a leg-bye

4.2

Kallis to Ojha, no run, quicker, angling in from short of length, wanted to flick it away, does not get anywhere near the middle and it pops right in front

4.3

Kallis to Ojha, 1 run, short of good length, flicked away to fine-leg for a single

4.4

Kallis to Jayawardene, FOUR, down the track, it was outside the off stump and that has crashed through point, hits the absolute middle of the bat and beats the point fielder with ease!

4.5

Kallis to Jayawardene, 1 wide, tries to adjust the line, bowls slightly down the leg side and an easy wide

4.5

Kallis to Jayawardene, no run, on the middle stump, MJ's on the back foot, flicked away to square-leg, "No, No" they say

James: "Shakib "the best allrounder in the world" ??? I'm so sorry to point this out, but it is Kallis who is the best allrounder in the world. Shakib is definately number two". Going strictly by ICC's ratings, Shakib would have nudged Kallis out. But I hear you.

4.6

Kallis to Jayawardene, no run, on the off stump, defended to the off side but sent back again

End of over 5 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 47/2 (116 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.40, RRR: 7.73)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (8b 2x4)
    • NV Ojha 11 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-23-1
5.1

Narine to Ojha, no run, on the off stump, defended back to the bowler

5.2

Narine to Ojha, no run, on the off stump, pushed to the off side to a delivery that was spinning away from the bat

5.3

Narine to Ojha, 1 run, pitched slightly up, wants to sweep it, gets a top edge and it goes into the gap between long-on and mid-wicket

5.4

Narine to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of the length, drifting in and pushed to the leg side for a single

5.5

Narine to Ojha, no run, pitched right up to the bat, wanted to swing it away and misses, it was spinning away from the bat and there was a lot of bounce too, misses the stump

5.6

Narine to Ojha, no run, on the off stump, bit of turn into the batsman, defended back to the bowler

End of over 6 (2 runs) Delhi Daredevils 49/2 (114 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.16, RRR: 8.14)

    • NV Ojha 12 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 11 (9b 2x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-2-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0

Only two from the Narine over as the Powerplay overs are done

6.1

Kallis to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the off stump, played away to the left of point for a single

6.2

Kallis to Ojha, 1 run, short of length, on the off stump, goes on to the back foot, played away to third-man for a single

6.3

Kallis to Jayawardene, 1 wide, appeal from the bowler for a caught behind and the umpire calls it a wide, was there a glove on that one? Replays suggest it has flicked the thigh pad

6.3

Kallis to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, bouncer, wanted to pull him away but misses, plonks him hard on his shoulder!

6.4

Kallis to Ojha, no run, another one, bouncer, Ojha was fending at that, on the middle, cramped for room, hits on gloves!

6.5

Kallis to Ojha, no run, bouncer again, another one of them, outside the off stump, wanted to pull it away, falls short of the fielder at short mid-wicket

6.6

Kallis to Ojha, FOUR, outside the off stump, short of length again and he cuts hard at it, gets an outside edge through to fine third-man for a four

Excellent over from Kallis, notwithstanding that four, he has rattled the batsmen here.

End of over 7 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 57/2 (106 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.14, RRR: 8.15)

    • NV Ojha 17 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 12 (11b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-14-0
    • SP Narine 1-0-2-0

Delhi have made a good fist of this chase despite the early loss of two vital wickets.

Subhasis: "T20 should remove the bowler's over limitation. It will create more variation in team formation."

Iqbal Abdulla comes in now.

7.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, 1 run, outside the off stump, fuller, goes on to the back foot and cuts it gently to point

7.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Ojha, 1 run, on the off stump, quicker, flatter, cuts it to deep cover for a single

7.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, 1 run, wants to paddle it away, thought he gave his hand away by doing that early and the bowler saw it, mistimed to short fine-leg

7.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Ojha, 1 run, on the middle, driven to long-on, they wanted a second but the batsmen decide against it

7.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, 1 run, another one outside the off stump, no turn so far for Abdulla, cut away to backward point for a single

7.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Ojha, no run, another one which is quicker and flat, cut attempted but goes to point and there isn't a chance for a single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 62/2 (101 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 8.41)

    • NV Ojha 19 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 15 (14b 2x4)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-5-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-14-0

Bhatia's in now to replace Kallis. He will bowl some balls and some others slower.

8.1

Bhatia to Jayawardene, 1 run, outside the off stump, tries to cut away, but goes in the air to backward point for a single

8.2

Bhatia to Ojha, no run, outside the off stump, bit if movement away, wanted to flay at it but misses the outside edge

8.3

Bhatia to Ojha, FOUR, and there comes the slower one, he shimmies down the track and cuts it away to deep point for a four!

8.4

Bhatia to Ojha, FOUR, shorter from Bhatia and that has been pulled away to deep square-leg for a four! The fielder was inside the circle, Pathan dives over the ball and it rolls away

Yes-Or: "I disagree. You consider upping the limit to 5 overs but no more than that. It will be stupid to have limited over game without any restriction on number of overs."

8.5

Bhatia to Ojha, 1 run, slower one on the leg stump, was lining up to go over the top, gets an inside edge to the deep square-leg boundary for a single

8.6

Bhatia to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the pads and pushed away to wide mid-off for a single

End of over 9 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 73/2 (90 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.11, RRR: 8.18)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (16b 2x4)
    • NV Ojha 28 (25b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-11-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-5-0
9.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, no run, short of length, hits hard back at the bowler, who struggles to field it, does a decent job in the end

9.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of length, quicker too, pulled away to the fielder at deep mid-wicket

9.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Ojha, 1 leg bye, goes down the track, on his pads, misses the shot, but they are still able to rush away for a leg-bye

9.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, no run, round the stumps, flatter again, pinned on the back foot, hits the pads, appeal for lbw not given

9.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, FOUR, shorter this time and MJ has cut it away to the backward point fence for a four, bisects the point and short third-man fielder very easily. Pathan gave chase to no avail

9.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, FOUR, shot, four more, and that is one of the best you will see, it was another of those quicker ones, just chipped it over the bowler's head and that goes straight over for a four!

End of over 10 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 83/2 (80 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.30, RRR: 8.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 26 (21b 4x4)
    • NV Ojha 28 (26b 4x4 1x6)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-14-0
    • R Bhatia 1-0-11-0
10.1

Bhatia to Ojha, no run, on the middle stump, pushed to the off side

10.2

Bhatia to Ojha, OUT, cut away and to the point fielder! Slower, very short and that could have been spanked away for a four, instead, he hits it straight to the fielder and Gambhir has an easy catch!

NV Ojha c Gambhir b Bhatia 28 (28b 4x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Crucial wicket for KKR. Over to George for the rest of the game then.

Thanks Suneer, MJ and Ojha had a useful partnership. MJ's footwork is silken and his shot selection perfection. With Taylor and the rest to come, this is game on.

Venugopal Rao is the new batsman.

10.3

Bhatia to Venugopal Rao, no run, beaten outside the off stump

10.4

Bhatia to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length but the line is on leg stump, Venugopal misses the glance and is hit on the pad

10.5

Bhatia to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, fuller ball on middle stump, driven to long on

10.6

Bhatia to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela has room outside off and he waits on the back foot to cut extremely late, placing the ball between short third man and backward point

End of over 11 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 88/3 (75 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.33)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 30 (22b 5x4)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1 (3b)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-16-1
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-14-0
11.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, Venugopal tries to sweep but makes poor contact, an inside edge on to the pad

11.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, no run, defended on the off side

11.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela has a map of the field in his head. He moves towards the off side, gets down low and scoops the ball between the keeper and short fine leg

11.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, no run, defended on the front foot

11.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, 1 run, played off the back foot towards mid-on

11.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Venugopal Rao, 1 leg bye, tries to sweep from outside off stump but mis-hits it towards short third man

Kevin Pietersen said this on Twitter a while ago: "The wicket looks good.. 80 off 56 is 'getable'.. Gotta get them off other bowlers as Narine will be the game breaker.."

End of over 12 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 95/3 (68 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.91, RRR: 8.50)

    • Y Venugopal Rao 2 (5b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 35 (26b 6x4)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-20-0
    • R Bhatia 2-0-16-1

Narine's back ...

12.1

Narine to Venugopal Rao, no run, has that been dropped? It was. Venugopal tries to dab outside off and got a bottom edge, McCullum grabbed at it but grassed it. Narine could have had an impact rightaway

12.2

Narine to Venugopal Rao, 2 runs, hit firmly over the bowler's head, it won't reach the boundary though

12.3

Narine to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, played off the back foot towards point

12.4

Narine to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela goes back and taps it late towards midwicket, there's no fielder in the circle there so Narine has to chase himself, he gives up as the fielder from the deep comes sprinting in. Venugopal called for the second and he was struggling to make it back but the throw was not good

12.5

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela tries to dab outside off but is beaten

12.6

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, played off the back foot to point

End of over 13 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 100/3 (63 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.69, RRR: 9.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 37 (29b 6x4)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 5 (8b)
    • SP Narine 2-0-7-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-20-0

Shakib from round the wicket ...

13.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Venugopal Rao, no run, comes out of his crease but then has to wait a while before the ball reaches him, ends up cutting to point

13.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, came down the track again and played to long on

13.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela gets down on one knee and sweeps to long leg

KP on Twitter again: "And that's why we gotta score them off the other bowlers.. Narine is brilliant!!"

13.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, mis-times the cut on the off side, tries to hit a bit too hard

13.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela goes back and cuts late, from close to off stump to short third man

13.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, steps out of his crease again and drives to wide long off, Mahela says no to the second

End of over 14 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 105/3 (58 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.50, RRR: 9.66)

    • Y Venugopal Rao 8 (12b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 39 (31b 6x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-28-1
    • SP Narine 2-0-7-0

Abdulla replaces Narine ...

14.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, steps out of his crease again and drives inside out to long off

14.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, 1 run, tapped off the back foot towards cover, where the fielder is on the edge of the circle

14.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, makes room and then has to reach out for the ball outside off and slice over cover point

14.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Jayawardene, OUT, McCullum almost makes a crucial fumble but Mahela was so far out that he had time to recover and take the bails off. Massive, massive blow for Delhi. Mahela charged the left-arm spinner but Abdulla followed him and cramped him for room. Mahela swung across the line but missed and he was several steps out of his crease, giving McCullum plenty of time to gather the ball after the brief fumble. McCullum didn't actually drop the ball, just juggled it. A rare lapse in judgement from Mahela and it's cost him

DPMD Jayawardene st †McCullum b Iqbal Abdulla 40 (33b 6x4 0x6) SR: 121.21

Negi comes in ahead of Taylor and Irfan.

14.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Negi, 1 run, comes out of his crease and drives to cover

14.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Venugopal Rao, no run, driven off the front foot to cover

End of over 15 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 109/4 (54 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.26, RRR: 10.80)

    • Y Venugopal Rao 10 (15b)
    • P Negi 1 (1b)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-24-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-28-1

Tariq: "So if Delhi was plan on batting Ross Taylor so low in the order, wont it be better to have played Andre Russell instead?"

AB: "Quite surprised. 4 down and 15 overs bowled. No Ross Taylor yet. IPL teams do have strange strategies."

Five overs to go, of which Narine will bowl two. Delhi need 54 to win.

15.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Negi, FOUR, little Negi's played a lovely shot! Shakib fired the ball full and flat outside off stump from round the wicket, Negi stays back and opens the face, square driving the ball to the backward point boundary

15.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Negi, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

15.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, Venugopal charges and hits a full toss to long off

15.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Negi, 1 run, Negi makes room and drives a full ball angling across him to the fielder on the cover boundary

15.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Venugopal Rao, no run, beaten outside the off stump

15.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, in the blockhole on middle stump, Venugopal plays towards cover point. Delhi needed 11 an over at the start of this one, they got 8 off it

End of over 16 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 117/4 (46 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.31, RRR: 11.50)

    • Y Venugopal Rao 12 (18b)
    • P Negi 7 (4b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-36-1
    • Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-24-1

Kallis to bowl now, so Narine will bowl 18 and 20.

16.1

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, no run, that is far too full to be moving towards leg and slogging across the line, Venugopal tries to but is beaten, the ball passes over the stumps

16.2

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, Venugopal tries to pull a short ball that hurries on to him and top edges towards fine leg, that was too quick for the right-hander

Ram: "Ross Taylor is no electric appliance, starts functioning the moment you switch on. He definitely needs few balls to adjust to the wicket. Strange tactics from DD"

16.3

Kallis to Negi, 1 run, in the blockhole around off stump, Negi backs away and digs it out towards mid off

Taylor missed the previous game because of flu, but he fielded all 20 overs today. So not sure if it is a fitness issue.

16.4

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, 1 wide, the slower bouncer but it's a bit too high

16.4

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, no run, another short ball, Venugopal tries to hook but misses, there was a noise as the ball passed the bat and Kallis appealed for a catch behind. The ball clipped the bat but the umpire did not hear or see it

16.5

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, OUT, Venugopal's struggle ends, and he has struggled. Kallis banged in another short ball, the batsman backed away and tried to swat over the off side. The top hand came off the bat and he mis-timed it tamely in the air to cover

Y Venugopal Rao c Bhatia b Kallis 13 (22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 59.09

Taylor's finally out there ... but at the non-striker's end.

16.6

Kallis to Negi, no run, Kallis ends a great over with one in the blockhole outside off, the batsman gets beaten on the steer

End of over 17 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 120/5 (43 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.05, RRR: 14.33)

    • P Negi 8 (6b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (0b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-17-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-36-1
17.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, a quickish ball outside off, Taylor cuts off the back foot to short third man

17.2

Narine to Negi, no run, Negi charges and tries to slog on the leg side, the offbreak spinds sharply away from the left-hander and he mis-hits towards the bowler

17.3

Narine to Negi, 1 run, Negi backs away and slices the offbreak in the air towards short third man, where Kallis dives forward but can't reach the catch

17.4

Narine to Taylor, no run, that's the one that spins away from the right-hander and Taylor tried to slog sweep from outside off, he was beaten

17.5

Narine to Taylor, SIX, whoa! Narine's been hit for six! Taylor receives a full ball and so he can get underneath it and slam it over the wide long-on boundary

17.6

Narine to Taylor, 2 runs, hit hard off the back foot to wide long off for two more

End of over 18 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 130/5 (33 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.22, RRR: 16.50)

    • LRPL Taylor 9 (4b 1x6)
    • P Negi 9 (8b 1x4)
    • SP Narine 3-0-17-0
    • JH Kallis 3-0-17-1
18.1

Kallis to Negi, 1 run, a full delivery outside off, Negi hits the ball hard past the bowler, who sticks his right boot out to try and stop the ball

18.2

Kallis to Taylor, no run, full length outside off stump and quite quick too, Taylor had made room towards leg so was unable to reach it

Rahul: "Was looking forward to this day when Narine will be hit for a six.Thanks Rosco."

18.3

Kallis to Taylor, no run, another full and wide ball outside off, just inside the tram line, it was slower as well. Taylor tries to play the big booming drive but makes no contact. Kallis is keeping the ball far away from Taylor's hitting zone, towards deep midwicket

Kallis seems to be in some sort of discomfort.

18.4

Kallis to Taylor, 2 runs, the slower, shorter ball. Taylor pulls towards cow corner

18.5

Kallis to Taylor, OUT, caught at deep backward square leg! The ball was fuller and straighter, on middle and leg, Taylor flicked it off the pads but he hit it low and in the air. The ball was dipping on the fielder on the boundary and he had to move forward and stoop to catch it

LRPL Taylor c sub (PJ Sangwan) b Kallis 11 (8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 137.50

18.6

Kallis to Negi, FOUR, Negi makes room and cuts a full and wide ball into the ground and over point, the ball races to the boundary

End of over 19 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 137/6 (26 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 26.00)

    • P Negi 14 (10b 2x4)
    • IK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-24-2
    • SP Narine 3-0-17-0

Narine has 25 to defend, I don't think he will struggle. Irfan to face.

19.1

Narine to Pathan, FOUR, slightly short and Irfan rocks back and pulls the ball into the gap on the wide long-on boundary, a poor start for Narine

19.2

Narine to Pathan, 1 run, Irfan pulls again, but this time to fine leg for a single

19.3

Narine to Negi, OUT, stumped. Negi steps out and moves outside leg stump to slog wildly. Narine slowed it up, beat the left-hander in the flight, and spun the offbreak past the bat. McCullum had time to break three sets of stumps

P Negi st †McCullum b Narine 14 (11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 127.27

Morkel is the new batsman.

19.4

Narine to Morkel, OUT, caught at cover! Narine's filling his bag here. Morkel goes back and slogs at a sharp offbreak, he slices it and the ball lobs to Bhatia on the edge of the circle

M Morkel c Bhatia b Narine 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.5

Narine to Pathan, 1 run, Irfan pulls the hat-trick ball through square

19.6

Narine to Yadav, 1 run, slightly shorter again and Umesh flat-bats it to long off. Kolkata Knight Riders have qualified for the finals of IPL 2012. It's the first time in five seasons that they have got this far.

Presentation

Gautam Gambhir: We always felt that it was a 140-145 wicket, but when we got 160, we thought it was an above par score. Not only about Kallis, all of them have bowled have bowled very well, lot of credit to all the bowlers including Balaji, Abdulla, Narine and others. We have four days for Balaji to recover from the injury.

Virender Sehwag: We did not bat well, 160 was chaseable, we lost two early wickets and failed to make it in the last few overs. Aaron and Yadav are bowling brilliantly, cannot sit them out, it was a tough choice but we thought that the grass might help the pace bowlers. We have another chance to get there, we cannot relax, need to go all out.

Yusuf Pathan, man-of-the-match: Always big hopes from me, not performing in the previous games, but I know that I can get going in a big match. I had a lot of time to get in and adjust myself to the track today. We are waiting for the big game, will relax and await for it eagerly.

Wasim Akram: Happy to be associated with KKR, great bunch of boys, love to stick around with each other. Long story what's changed from the first four years, but to cut it short, its all because of a very good captain and an enthusiastic owner. We read the wicket well, we played four spinners, they played only one, had they got in another spinner or two, it could have gotten lot closer. My job is to not change's bowler's action, it is to tell them about the different match situations and how to react to them.

Shank: "It's good the finals are in Chennai and not Mumbai else SRK would have to watch it on television."

Vikram: "The IPL is a good test bed for captains. Sehwag came up a cropper. Gambhir showed his mettle. I have always thought that Gambhir should be the vice captain or the test captain or both for India."

Achint: "Luckily delhi has got one more chance to fix their batting order, if they want to send venu and ojha ahead of taylor, then better not to have taylor at all in the line-up and include Merwe if pitch assists spinners or Russel otherwise"

DD Supporter: "I'd love to hear from Sehwag what his reasoning would be for some of the decisions he made today especially Venu and Negi before Taylor and Pathan, which I think costed the game for them."

11.25 pm Cue fireworks and celebrations. The Kolkata players are beaming, plenty of hugs and smiles all around. Shah Rukh Khan, the Kolkata owner, is right in the thick of things.

Kevin: "Kolkata, we will meet you again in the finals..this time without venugopala rao."

Vishwa: "Yusuf Pathan's knock made the difference."

Raj: "DD missed a trick here with Taylor. Reminds me of Mumbai Indians when they held back Pollard too late in a crucial chase." That was in the final of something, IPL or Champs League.

I'm going to call it a night. Suneer will bring you the presentation.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 144/8 (19 runs required)

    • UT Yadav 1 (1b)
    • IK Pathan 6 (3b 1x4)
    • SP Narine 4-0-24-2
    • JH Kallis 4-0-24-2
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