Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Pune May 9, 2013

Sorry Warriors slide to their 11th defeat

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Kolkata Knight Riders 152 for 6 (Gambhir 50, Bhuvneshwar 3-25) beat Pune Warriors 106 (Mathews 40, Balaji 3-19) by 46 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

At the halfway stage, it looked like Pune Warriors had given themselves a target that was achievable, but the batting fizzled out, and Warriors fell to their 11th defeat this year, this time against Kolkata Knight Riders, who are yet to be convinced they are out of the race for playoffs this season.

Warriors' openers, their best bet in the chase, scooted to 19 off the first two overs, but the wheels came off as early as the third over. Aaron Finch had a reprieve off the first ball of the third over when he was caught backing up too far as a straight drive from Robin Uthappa hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. Kallis was convinced the ball had flicked his toe, but the replays were inconclusive. Later in the over Kallis, who argued unnecessarily with umpire Sudhir Asnani, bowled Finch with one that stayed a touch low. Yuvraj Singh's sorry run of scores received yet another entry and, apart from Uthappa and Angelo Mathews, no one got into double-digit scores. L Balaji made the most of the slowness in the wicket with a miserly 3 for 19, ending this tussle between two competitors, who have been lapped in the race this year, in an utterly one-sided fashion.

When asked at the toss if his team was motivated to end the tournament on a high, Gautam Gambhir had said, "playing for KKR is a big enough motivation. If someone needs to look somewhere else for motivation, he shouldn't be in the dressing room." He showed the same intent when he came out to bat, stroking a couple of boundaries through the off side in the second over. Manvinder Bisla joined in and the two were off to a quick start as 44 came off the first five overs.

Parvez Rasool, the debutant offspinner from Jammu & Kashmir, began his spell with a couple of tossed up deliveries but once Gambhir drove him through cover, he lowered his trajectory, shortened the length and started firing them in to good effect. He earned the big wicket of Jacques Kallis in his second over as the batsman failed to clear short cover where Angelo Mathews held on to the catch on second attempt. In between Rasool's overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Bisla stumped by the wicketkeeper, giving him first such victim in any form of cricket. The two consecutive losses made the positive start go pear-shaped as the boundaries dried up. Only 22 runs came between overs six and 10.

With the pitch not offering any pace to the batsmen, Gambhir and Morgan had to contend with singles and doubles as Rasool and Mathews ran through their overs. When Morgan finally tried a ramp shot off Mitchell Marsh, he ended up playing it into the hands of the fielder at short fine leg. Gambhir's innings lost steam at the other end; he had six boundaries to score 35 off his first 22, but managed only 15 without a boundary off the next 22 and although he scored a half-century, he was caught soon at midwicket attempting a cross-batted heave. Pathan came and Pathan went, and Knight Riders were left tottering at 99 for 5 with four overs to spare.

The man of the moment turned out to be the often ignored Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who was playing his first match this season and only his 10th in his third year with Knight Riders. He revived the innings with a muscular thwack off the first ball of the 17th over that went way over midwicket, ending a seven-over boundary drought, then he powered two more fours straight down the ground to add some spring to the innings. The late spurt in energy was contagious as Manoj Tiwary, making a comeback after injury, also added a few bonus runs, while Rajat Bhatia tarnished Wayne Parnell's last over with a six and four to help Knight Riders to a match-winning total of 152.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Tash7 on May 11, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    At the start of the tournament, I'd have definitely said that RR had one of the most mediocre teams in the IPL; however, now, owing to what can only be termed as innovative captaincy or simply the fact that all players are pulling their weight in contributions, they are 2nd place on the table. Dravid has truly made the most of the team- exploiting new talents (Sampson) and backing consistency (Rahane). @Tal_Botvinnik RR depend solely on Watson...perhaps at the start, but how could you say that now? He does his share, but he's not the only one. Even Dravid is playing well himself, and Binny a rather good finisher. Credit the team where it's due...they're not the best side on paper, but they have perhaps performed the BEST even with two "Test Openers"as you called them...Great job Dravid and RR, even if you don't win, you've made us proud!

  • Narbavi on May 10, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Ha ha you were blaming watson all the while and now praising him, he is delivering with both bat and ball, you call them test openers, lol the whole world is in awe of their batting style in this format of the game, everyone likes this team which has limited resources, it doesn't need to win the ipl to win everyone's hearts!!

  • Harmony111 on May 10, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    @Amith Shaju: (CONTD)…

    So in Kallis' case, the original decision that was for Caught Behind goes in the background (as it was not a catch anyways) and the new possibility of Kallis being lbw becomes the new subject for the review process (with the assumption that Kallis was given Not-Out) and the Hawk-Eye projection shows that the ball was clipping the top of leg stump.

    Btw, Kallis had no right to protest. Such acts are seen as indiscipline The match referees are known to pull up players for showing dissent in such cases. Kallis was lucky to escape being fined/reprimanded in both the cases.

  • on May 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    This year KKR missed the service of Shakib very badly.

  • Harmony111 on May 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @Amith Shaju: The point here is not whether Kallis was out or not or whether the ball touched his shoe or not. The point here is the hurry Kallis showed in asking if he was being a cheat. Kallis had made an appeal, it might have been right or wrong but the umpire thought in a certain way. As a player Kallis must respect whatever the umpire decides (even if the umpire is at fault. That is the way ppl expect the game to be played.

    As for the Pak-SA test series and Kalli's dismissal, have you actually read the rules? Ref ICC - Standard Test Match Playing Conditions, Appendix 2 Law 2.2 a clause iv & Law 3.3 f: Both of them state that while reviewing a certain decision, if the 3rd umpire finds the possibility of the batsman being out by a diff mode of dismissal then from that moment onwards, the review takes a new form where the review process will then address this new possibility but with the assumption that the batsman was originally given NOT-OUT by the on-field umpire.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @Narbavi HA HA HA. You yourself admit RR is over reliant on Watson. Their bowling is nothing but filled with a bunch of medium paced trundlers and a spinner whose stock delivery is the one that does not turn . Against strong sides your bowlers will get blown away. Your openers are test players and chasing big scores won't be easy even if Watson clicks. Laws of Averages will catch soon and expose your mediocrity of your team.

  • Narbavi on May 10, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @CricketAkshay: Actually Hussey didn't pick cooper that day, cooper was bowling lollies to him, full tosses, then bowling on the pads and edges with a mix of clever batting undid him, but usually he has delivered, he did fail though in his last 3 games prior to yesterday's game against kings 11

  • kristee on May 10, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Kallis is perhaps closer to Bradman than one would normally imagine. His batting is exactly not suited to the format. Still he looks indispensable. What a player!

  • CricketAkshay on May 10, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @Narbavi - I am not saying that RR is a bad team. They are a mediocre side and they are overperforming. That's really a fantastic performance. But they rely on Rahane, Watto, Hodge, and Binny. You see they have the batsmen to put runs on the board. They certainly will not finish in top 2 as MI will evict them. They have to play two matches to get through to the final. Hence, I don't see RR performing on two occasions continuously. Cooper's varaitions are picked easily by quality batsmen. For ex. Mike Hussey played extraordinarily well against him. So, their bowling looks bit ordinary. Any team can chase against RR even more than 8.00 runs per over. They don't have the capacity to defend. That's what I am saying. They can't win the title surely. But can play till the qualifier 2.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 10, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    KKR hopes still alive .. One change I wiould lke to see is more power n consistency at the top .... I would rather have Gambhi n Tendo open the batting .... with everyone else dropping one spot down ... Bisla has been too slow n inspite of 2 good knocks against CSK .... his IPL career strike rate is quite low (115 - 120) .... Tendo would bing some fresh flavour at the top ....My KKR XI (batting order :::: 1. Tendo 2. Gambhir 3. Bisla 4. Kallis 5. Mogan 6. Pathan 7. Tiwary 8. Bhatia 9. Abdullah 10. Narine 11. Balaji

  • Tash7 on May 11, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    At the start of the tournament, I'd have definitely said that RR had one of the most mediocre teams in the IPL; however, now, owing to what can only be termed as innovative captaincy or simply the fact that all players are pulling their weight in contributions, they are 2nd place on the table. Dravid has truly made the most of the team- exploiting new talents (Sampson) and backing consistency (Rahane). @Tal_Botvinnik RR depend solely on Watson...perhaps at the start, but how could you say that now? He does his share, but he's not the only one. Even Dravid is playing well himself, and Binny a rather good finisher. Credit the team where it's due...they're not the best side on paper, but they have perhaps performed the BEST even with two "Test Openers"as you called them...Great job Dravid and RR, even if you don't win, you've made us proud!

  • Narbavi on May 10, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Ha ha you were blaming watson all the while and now praising him, he is delivering with both bat and ball, you call them test openers, lol the whole world is in awe of their batting style in this format of the game, everyone likes this team which has limited resources, it doesn't need to win the ipl to win everyone's hearts!!

  • Harmony111 on May 10, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    @Amith Shaju: (CONTD)…

    So in Kallis' case, the original decision that was for Caught Behind goes in the background (as it was not a catch anyways) and the new possibility of Kallis being lbw becomes the new subject for the review process (with the assumption that Kallis was given Not-Out) and the Hawk-Eye projection shows that the ball was clipping the top of leg stump.

    Btw, Kallis had no right to protest. Such acts are seen as indiscipline The match referees are known to pull up players for showing dissent in such cases. Kallis was lucky to escape being fined/reprimanded in both the cases.

  • on May 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    This year KKR missed the service of Shakib very badly.

  • Harmony111 on May 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @Amith Shaju: The point here is not whether Kallis was out or not or whether the ball touched his shoe or not. The point here is the hurry Kallis showed in asking if he was being a cheat. Kallis had made an appeal, it might have been right or wrong but the umpire thought in a certain way. As a player Kallis must respect whatever the umpire decides (even if the umpire is at fault. That is the way ppl expect the game to be played.

    As for the Pak-SA test series and Kalli's dismissal, have you actually read the rules? Ref ICC - Standard Test Match Playing Conditions, Appendix 2 Law 2.2 a clause iv & Law 3.3 f: Both of them state that while reviewing a certain decision, if the 3rd umpire finds the possibility of the batsman being out by a diff mode of dismissal then from that moment onwards, the review takes a new form where the review process will then address this new possibility but with the assumption that the batsman was originally given NOT-OUT by the on-field umpire.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @Narbavi HA HA HA. You yourself admit RR is over reliant on Watson. Their bowling is nothing but filled with a bunch of medium paced trundlers and a spinner whose stock delivery is the one that does not turn . Against strong sides your bowlers will get blown away. Your openers are test players and chasing big scores won't be easy even if Watson clicks. Laws of Averages will catch soon and expose your mediocrity of your team.

  • Narbavi on May 10, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @CricketAkshay: Actually Hussey didn't pick cooper that day, cooper was bowling lollies to him, full tosses, then bowling on the pads and edges with a mix of clever batting undid him, but usually he has delivered, he did fail though in his last 3 games prior to yesterday's game against kings 11

  • kristee on May 10, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Kallis is perhaps closer to Bradman than one would normally imagine. His batting is exactly not suited to the format. Still he looks indispensable. What a player!

  • CricketAkshay on May 10, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @Narbavi - I am not saying that RR is a bad team. They are a mediocre side and they are overperforming. That's really a fantastic performance. But they rely on Rahane, Watto, Hodge, and Binny. You see they have the batsmen to put runs on the board. They certainly will not finish in top 2 as MI will evict them. They have to play two matches to get through to the final. Hence, I don't see RR performing on two occasions continuously. Cooper's varaitions are picked easily by quality batsmen. For ex. Mike Hussey played extraordinarily well against him. So, their bowling looks bit ordinary. Any team can chase against RR even more than 8.00 runs per over. They don't have the capacity to defend. That's what I am saying. They can't win the title surely. But can play till the qualifier 2.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 10, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    KKR hopes still alive .. One change I wiould lke to see is more power n consistency at the top .... I would rather have Gambhi n Tendo open the batting .... with everyone else dropping one spot down ... Bisla has been too slow n inspite of 2 good knocks against CSK .... his IPL career strike rate is quite low (115 - 120) .... Tendo would bing some fresh flavour at the top ....My KKR XI (batting order :::: 1. Tendo 2. Gambhir 3. Bisla 4. Kallis 5. Mogan 6. Pathan 7. Tiwary 8. Bhatia 9. Abdullah 10. Narine 11. Balaji

  • Narbavi on May 10, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @CricketAkshay: Why shouldn't we talk about RR? They have been a quality side in this tournament, 3 players are in the top 10 for the batsmen, faulkner is second in the bowler's list, they don't have big names but each one has did his role to perfection, you mentioned only 3 names but what about Samson in the batting department and Watson the bowler along with Chandila in the powerplay overs? Yesterday mohali pitch was very slow and RR's bowlers bowled really well, they have right players for the right pitches, i back them to go all the way, they may fail in the finals if the youngsters get nervous or if Watto fails big time!!

  • on May 10, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    The biggest issue with worriers is Yovi & his contribution. earlier as a captain Mathews felt the pressure of others under perform. now he much more relaxed. still they are not settled as a unit and we can't blame them this is how the game goes. take RCB they have best lineup. Gayle, AB, Virati, Dilshan, Murali, Rampaull,Vinay, Mayank,Henriques,Pujara, RP but they lost 5 games. it's the nature of this game

  • on May 10, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @harmony111 Tell me my friend. You tell that the ball touched your toes and the umpire doesn't believe you. What does that imply? In the last world cup, Kallis had taken the word of the fielders twice that the catch was clean when replays were inconclusive.He had promptly walked. Thats the way he plays his cricket. He takes the word of the fielder to be true in such situations. So naturally he expected his word to be taken true. Also in that test series against Pak, Kallis was not out.ICC gave an official apology. There is nothing wrong in standing up for the truth. Kallis had a right to protest.

  • CricketAkshay on May 10, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    @InsaneInsaan - I will answer your question. PWI defeated CSK in their own backyard. Ok. First, Ross Taylor was captain and he marshalled his troops well. Next, CSK didn't play Mike Hussey. Third, all CSK players experimented something. That is, batsmen attempted unorthodox shots and bowlers attempted too many short-balls which Finch cashed in on. Also, don't talk about RR. Just imagine if Dravid, Watto, Rahane fails in play-off. I think even though they come to the play-off they can't win the title. One simple reason. Delhi wicket is a slow wicket and Rajasthan haven't done against quality teams on slow wickets. If they come to the final, it will be in Kolkata. I reckon if RR comes, then they will meet CSK only in the final. You can't agrue with MSD. He knows how to win a final. He wants to win this one as he lost last year. So, don't talk about RR.

  • on May 10, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    First Remove the yuvraj then build the team.he's the man who struggling to perform as an team player.he's a offish person in that team he never did his role & never give support for foreign players & new faces.they have good coach talented players. the Best Pune Warriors xi are 4 Overseas players : i Mathews ii Wayne Parnell iii Aaron Finch iv steven Smith / luke wright( it's may advance with surface) Locals are i.Robin Uthappa ii.Rahul Sharma iii.Ashok Dinda iv.Eklavya Dwivedi (Best performer in Squad) v.Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Super performer) vi.Abhishek Nayar vii.Manish Pandey Finally I caught out the Local seven i don't no who added these local players(except Buvi;dinda;R sharma& uthappa)No one perform in their league matches.pune really miss samuels.First Warriors should pick the local Super performers cause there is only 4 players can play the game.

  • Angry_Bowler on May 9, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Pune fans have to bear this pain of continueous loss and agonising performance of their beloved team in this season for three more matches and hope for the best in the next season IPL7. That's all I can say folks.

  • iceaxe on May 9, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    good to see KKR give ten Doeschate a place. He deserves far more opportunities, particularly given some other poor performers...

  • Javed_17 on May 9, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    tendo tendo tendo my man of the match. It was a dominating performance but wasn't easy going when kkr were batting . it was a battle for runs then tendo came in and changed the momentum. 1 over for 3 runs . great all round performance by KKR as a whole

  • InsaneInsaan on May 9, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Warriors have defeated table toppers CSK and RR. The question is, HOW??????

  • InsaneInsaan on May 9, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    @Zsam I too feel the same.

  • Antony.Avr on May 9, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Pune is the only team hold the last place in all three seasons. 2011 season was bit luck for them i think so, though they points are equal (9 points). Delhi was lower than Pune. However based on points Pune has created a record being low point takers in all seasons.

    Will it change in upcoming IPL 7????????????????

  • Harmony111 on May 9, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    What happened to respecting the umpire's decision as the final word today? The way Kallis behaved did not put him in good light. His wordings that "are you calling me a cheat" is a real shocker. Bowlers tend to appeal for a number of things on the field, do they say the same when their appeals for caught behind or lbw are not accepted? It is about the perception of the umpire. If he thinks the appeal is ok then they uphold it else they say no. Where does the question of being a cheat come from?

    Not only as a bowler, Kallis behaved in a similar manner in the test series vs Pak too when he had been given out after a DRS referral. It is not the job of the batsman (or the bowler) to argue with the umpire. They HAVE to accept it one way or the other.

    I can recall a few cases where Ganguly was reprimanded and fined for over staying at the wicket after being dismissed or for over-appealing and those were null issues compared to these two behaviours of Kallis. Anyone got the hint?

  • Ben2014 on May 9, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Hello all Warriors bashers.... Warriors is a team that could beat the table toppers CSK and RR.... So those two victories mean much more than 4 points....

  • Abitha on May 9, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I THINK BHUVI IS IN THE WRONG TEAM.I wish he is picked up by some other Franchise next Year. He bowls with his heart-out. See the batting failures except against CSK. Kashinath

  • Zsam on May 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Why can't we have a second division of 6 teams along with these top IPL teams, those teams can play in the off season of IPL and the last top teams of the first division be relegated. It is tough to see perennial under performers like Pune, play only because there is no chance that viewers can be spared the sight of such losers. Pune fans please don't take it personally. But such teams must be removed for the sake of good competitive cricket, which the money paying public and TV viewers deserve.

  • Zsam on May 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Why can't we have a second division of 6 teams along with these top IPL teams, those teams can play in the off season of IPL and the last top teams of the first division be relegated. It is tough to see perennial under performers like Pune, play only because there is no chance that viewers can be spared the sight of such losers. Pune fans please don't take it personally. But such teams must be removed for the sake of good competitive cricket, which the money paying public and TV viewers deserve.

  • kc69 on May 9, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    If Pervez Rasool was an All Rounder then why wasnt he sent to bat earlier after the loss of Uthappa wicket.Allowing him atleast to showcase his batting talent rather than sending people like Birla,Rawat etc?

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 9, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    What needs to be said about the Pune Warriors that hasn't already been said. It's gotten past the point of frustration and I guess the fans are now just indifferent to the team's performances. This team is hopeless. If the batting clicks, the bowling fails. If the bowlers do well, the batting is atrocious. I feel bad for the thousands of fans that come to the stadium every match and have to sit through and watch their team not even put up a decent fight against the opposition. The fans have been loyal and they deserve much better.

  • dayada on May 9, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    nice to see mathews gets his rhythem back. good boost for us in champions throphy..........

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 9, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I thought Rasool is a fast bowling all rounder. Hmm.. well a spinner would do fine too. India currently has a drought when it comes to spinners.

  • Romenevans on May 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Good Rasool. Lovely action, a bit like Ajmal though! Need to add Doosra i guess.

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  • Romenevans on May 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Good Rasool. Lovely action, a bit like Ajmal though! Need to add Doosra i guess.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 9, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I thought Rasool is a fast bowling all rounder. Hmm.. well a spinner would do fine too. India currently has a drought when it comes to spinners.

  • dayada on May 9, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    nice to see mathews gets his rhythem back. good boost for us in champions throphy..........

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 9, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    What needs to be said about the Pune Warriors that hasn't already been said. It's gotten past the point of frustration and I guess the fans are now just indifferent to the team's performances. This team is hopeless. If the batting clicks, the bowling fails. If the bowlers do well, the batting is atrocious. I feel bad for the thousands of fans that come to the stadium every match and have to sit through and watch their team not even put up a decent fight against the opposition. The fans have been loyal and they deserve much better.

  • kc69 on May 9, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    If Pervez Rasool was an All Rounder then why wasnt he sent to bat earlier after the loss of Uthappa wicket.Allowing him atleast to showcase his batting talent rather than sending people like Birla,Rawat etc?

  • Zsam on May 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Why can't we have a second division of 6 teams along with these top IPL teams, those teams can play in the off season of IPL and the last top teams of the first division be relegated. It is tough to see perennial under performers like Pune, play only because there is no chance that viewers can be spared the sight of such losers. Pune fans please don't take it personally. But such teams must be removed for the sake of good competitive cricket, which the money paying public and TV viewers deserve.

  • Zsam on May 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Why can't we have a second division of 6 teams along with these top IPL teams, those teams can play in the off season of IPL and the last top teams of the first division be relegated. It is tough to see perennial under performers like Pune, play only because there is no chance that viewers can be spared the sight of such losers. Pune fans please don't take it personally. But such teams must be removed for the sake of good competitive cricket, which the money paying public and TV viewers deserve.

  • Abitha on May 9, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I THINK BHUVI IS IN THE WRONG TEAM.I wish he is picked up by some other Franchise next Year. He bowls with his heart-out. See the batting failures except against CSK. Kashinath

  • Ben2014 on May 9, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Hello all Warriors bashers.... Warriors is a team that could beat the table toppers CSK and RR.... So those two victories mean much more than 4 points....

  • Harmony111 on May 9, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    What happened to respecting the umpire's decision as the final word today? The way Kallis behaved did not put him in good light. His wordings that "are you calling me a cheat" is a real shocker. Bowlers tend to appeal for a number of things on the field, do they say the same when their appeals for caught behind or lbw are not accepted? It is about the perception of the umpire. If he thinks the appeal is ok then they uphold it else they say no. Where does the question of being a cheat come from?

    Not only as a bowler, Kallis behaved in a similar manner in the test series vs Pak too when he had been given out after a DRS referral. It is not the job of the batsman (or the bowler) to argue with the umpire. They HAVE to accept it one way or the other.

    I can recall a few cases where Ganguly was reprimanded and fined for over staying at the wicket after being dismissed or for over-appealing and those were null issues compared to these two behaviours of Kallis. Anyone got the hint?