Indian Premier League - 17th match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 48 runs

Steyn will start things off for Sunrisers. The crowd is steadily building at the Eden Gardens. Two slips in place, Bisla to face

Sandeep: "Its a shame to see Baz on bench insted of Senanayake they could have brought Iqbal Abdullah who is a good spinner and bring in Baz as the 4th Overseas player KKR definitely lack firepower at the top and Baz would have provided it"

Manu Jha: "IPL is not about buying good players but about utilising them in best manner. That is where MSD is way above all. RD and M.Jaya are also good but Matthews and Gambhir have been totally ridiculous."

Sunrisers are huddling, we're almost ready for the start.

Nuwan: "IPL should have a Benchwarmer's XI in the league. They can give the bottom ranked sides a run for their money, at least on paper."

Ernest: "I don't get why Brett Lee isn't playing. Is he injured? I know that they're allowed only 4 oversea players but c'mon, Binga is a strike bowler."

Paul: "Why is Brendon Mccullum not playing? KKR's batting has been an issue, so why not bring in one of the best t20 batters going around? I may be slightly biased being a Kiwi, but his talent is too good to pass up!"

Rahul: "I was hoping McCullum would replace Bisla at the top of the order, seeing as how Bisla hasn't had a good tournament at all. He could have replaced Morgan, KKR isn't using him properly anyway sending people like Pathan and Tiwary above him. If you're playing Morgan, send him up, such amazing talent but just doesn't get enough time on the crease."

Anirudh: "I wonder why franchises buy so many players and make them sit on bench. One fine day they take them in playing XI to prevent them from sitting idle. This disturbs the team's balance."

Arpit: "Sunrisers have been consistent with their 10 players even after the batting faring badly whereas they have used 5 different players as the 11th one in 5 matches and haven't given any overs to 2 of them, 1 over to one and 2 overs to one and neither have got to bat in top 7.. Guess they don't want anyone to claim Dhawan's spot.."

Kevin: "Being totally unaware about the situation, I'm curious why Shikhar Dhawan isn't playing. Is he injured?" Yes, he is recovering from a fracture on his hand.

Sunrisers have made one more change, bringing in Dwaraka Ravi Teja in place of Akshath Reddy. Same with KKR, Pradeep Sangwan has been left out and Laxmi Shukla returns to the line-up.

Gsn: "Where are all Pundits who claimed Sachithra Senanayake will never get a game until Narine is injured.. and how KKR made as someone claimed unsporty bid for him.. Easy to be critical on selections.."

Gareth: "Senanyake is a good pick for this match, however, I'm surprised KKR paid so much for him. Once Shakib comes back, you feel the young Bangladeshi is better in all aspects. $625,000 is a lot to pay for an understudy!"

Toss time: Kolkata have won the toss and chosen to bat. Sachithra Senanayake comes in for Ryan McLaren for KKR. Karan Sharma in for Anand Rajan for Sunrisers.

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0.1

Steyn to Bisla, no run, angling in towards middle, rocks forward and plays it back to the bowler

0.2

Steyn to Bisla, no run, beaten, short of a good length on the off and it moves away, Bisla flirts with that one and is lucky not to get an edge

0.3

Steyn to Bisla, no run, slightly short on middle, rocks on the back foot and punches it towards mid-off

Jorden Le Long: "I agree with Paul. Mcmullum not palying is just ridiculuous! KKR would get more value out of there batting line up having him open or float down the order for the death overs plus he brings great leadership skills to the team"

0.4

Steyn to Bisla, 1 run, makes a bit of room to force that through the off side, gets a thick inside edge towards fine leg for a single

A widish slip in place for Gambhir

0.5

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length outside off, runs that one down to third man for a single

Nitin: "I think it is a pretty good move by Sunrisers to get in Ravi Teja and make him open he innings. He has got loads of talent but wasted at no:7 on previous occasions. Most importantly, he is a good player of spin, which is much needed on this track."

0.6

Steyn to Bisla, 1 run, angling in towards middle, turns it wide of the diving Mishra at mid-on for a single

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
MS Bisla    2* (5b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
G Gambhir    1* (1b)     

Punit: "Seems like everyone's complaining about not seeing Baz and Binga in this line-up. But to be fair to Gambhir, he's made a line-up which might be well suited to the pitch they're playing on. Narine and Senanayake can be a deadly combo on a turning track, while Baz may not be effective when the ball is turning. And atleast KKR are proving they didn't spend 620,000 dollars to bench a player!"

Hanuma Vihari to bowl now

1.1

Vihari to Bisla, FOUR, goes round the wicket to the right-hander, floating it full on middle and Bisla sweeps it hard through square leg for four

1.2

Vihari to Bisla, FOUR, there is a long-on in place but he picked his gap, tossed up, landed on a length and he swung it in the wide long-on area for a one-bounce four

1.3

Vihari to Bisla, 1 leg bye, struck him in line, appeal for lbw, may have pitched outside leg, ooh, appears to have just pitched in line, marginal call there, he tried to turn the face and missed the ball, close call, really close

1.4

Vihari to Gambhir, 2 runs, gives it plenty of air, tossed up outside off, drives it through cover into the deep for a single, an overthrow and they pick up one more

1.5

Vihari to Gambhir, no run, floating it outside off, pushes it towards cover from the crease

1.6

Vihari to Gambhir, FOUR, slog-sweep, mistimed, flighted it outside off and he managed to pierce it through midwicket for a boundary

End of over 2 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 18/0 (RR: 9.00)
G Gambhir    7* (4b 1x4)      GH Vihari    1-0-14-0
MS Bisla    10* (8b 2x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

Paul: "@Jorden Le Long, thanks mate. I can tell you understand cricket. Poor decision on KKR's part in my humble opinion. Mccullum won't be around for the whole season, better to use his talents while they can..."

2.1

Steyn to Bisla, no run, bowled on a good length on middle, pushes it towards the bowler

Vivek: "@Manu Jha Dont agree on Gambhir... Including Senanayake on a truning track is a good move... They have a strike bowler in Narine.. Even Sena is a wicket taking bowler & unlike Lee they dont go for that many runs... Besides Gambhir backs him to fire at the top... N remember Bisla's innings in last years final ??"

2.2

Steyn to Bisla, 1 run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it just wide of midwicket for a single

Punit: "Ryan ten Doeschate definately deserves atleast a few games in place of Morgan/Kallis. He's very under-rated, he scored a hundred in the first game of the World Cup for example. When given opportunities he can be a star player, but he is not given enough!"

abhishek: "Why such hue and cry over $620,000 being wasted and stuff !! One, its not your money. And two, they are smart enough to chalk out a plan !! Unless, they decide to get inspired from Mumbai, for benching a million dollar man !!!"

2.3

Steyn to Gambhir, 3 runs, pitched on a length and Gambhir tried to go over the top, lofted it over extra cover but didn't get good hold of it, just two more

Indranil Mondal: "Steyn starts with a great over, as usual... But can't understand the strategy of bringing Vihari in the first/second overs in each match. He got the wicket of Gayle in a match, but that doesn't mean he'll provide wicket in each match in the power play."

2.4

Steyn to Bisla, 1 run, nips away after pitching, opened the face at the right time and guided it towards third man for a single

2.5

Steyn to Gambhir, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks back and punches that one to extra cover

2.6

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, slightly short, guides that one towards point for a quick single

End of over 3 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
G Gambhir    11* (7b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-9-0
MS Bisla    12* (11b 2x4)      GH Vihari    1-0-14-0

Debottam Chatterjee: "Cricinfo commentary is reminding me of good old days of transistors..when cable TVs did not swarm our lives and we used to imagine a delivery or a stroke listening to the radio. I am enjoying this more than watching the matches live on tv. Who said technology cannot turn the clock back?"

Ishant runs in

3.1

I Sharma to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir makes room to crack that through cover, got an inside edge and scampered back for the second as it rolled towards fine leg

Matt: "My Bench-warmer's XI: B McCullum, T Dilshan, JP Duminy, R Ten Doeschate, L Wright, S Smith, A Morkel, S al Hasan, A Russell, Harbajan, D Vettori,"

3.2

I Sharma to Gambhir, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and knocks it away into the off side

3.3

I Sharma to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, short on leg stump and he went for the pull, got it high on the pads and they pick a leg-bye

3.4

I Sharma to Bisla, no run, beaten, bowled at 141.6kmph according to the IPL speedometer, short of a good length and may have moved away a hint, Bisla played a little inside the line and was beaten

3.5

I Sharma to Bisla, FOUR, Bisla had made up his mind, charged out and just chipped that over mid-on for a boundary

Murali Mohan: "Guys complaining about a particular player being benched or dropped after giving millions of dollars.. Please understand one thing, this is a long tournament and there is a high possibility of players losing form or getting injured, this is the reason many franchises get their bench stacked up, Mumbai got Maxwell as a like for like replacement for Pollard.. Delhi exchanged taylor and got ryder as a backup for KP, its their bad time that both got injured and they are at the bottom of the table.."

3.6

I Sharma to Bisla, no run, tried to open the face there but didn't make contact, just went past the outside edge

End of over 4 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 31/0 (RR: 7.75)
MS Bisla    16* (14b 3x4)      I Sharma    1-0-6-0
G Gambhir    13* (10b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-9-0

Perera to bowl now

4.1

Perera to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, that's bowled short and Gambhir misses out on the pull, tries to smack it through square leg, struck high on the pads

4.2

Perera to Bisla, FOUR, found the gap superbly there, short of a length, made room and cracked it well between cover and point for a boundary

4.3

Perera to Bisla, FOUR, easily done, made room again while simultaneously stepping out of the crease and just smacked him over extra cover

4.4

Perera to Bisla, no run, good response, banged it short on middle and Bisla let that one go by ducking under

4.5

Perera to Bisla, 1 run, shortish outside off and he runs that down towards third man for a single

4.6

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on the off, knocks that one down in front of point for a quick single

End of over 5 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 42/0 (RR: 8.40)
G Gambhir    14* (12b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-10-0
MS Bisla    25* (18b 5x4)      I Sharma    1-0-6-0

5.1

I Sharma to Gambhir, FOUR, that's been dispatched, short and wide from Ishant and that's been punished through point for a boundary

5.2

I Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, width again but Gambhir doesn't get it as square, cuts it down to third man for a single

Nuwan: "People can come up with lots of respectable ways to defend the million dollar benching or find sound explanations. This is the IPL people! Spending a million dollars on an Australian may very well be an impulse buy for the wealthy franchise owner. A bit like you buying a new T-Shirt that caught your eye."

5.3

I Sharma to Bisla, no run, dropped that one short outside off, good carry through to the keeper, Bisla tried to upper-cut that but missed

5.4

I Sharma to Bisla, no run, slightly short on middle, turns it towards midwicket from the crease

5.5

I Sharma to Bisla, 1 run, lucky, short and he was looking to drag that, got an inside edge just past the stumps towards fine leg for a single

Harsh: "How many "SR" is connections with IPL? I have found some. SR(Suresh Raina), SRT(Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar), SRK(Shah Rukh Khan), SRH(SunRisers Hyderabad), SRJ(Sir Ravindra Radeja), SRS(Subrata Roy Sahara), SRW(Shane Robert Watson), SRB(Stuart Roger Binny), Any more ???"

5.6

I Sharma to Gambhir, no run, shortish outside off, cuts it towards point form the crease

At the end of the Powerplay, KKR are in a strong position, the openers have done a good job in the first six. Think it might be time for the timeout. Tom Moody walks in and has a word with his boys.

End of over 6 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 48/0 (RR: 8.00)
G Gambhir    19* (15b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-0-12-0
MS Bisla    26* (21b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-10-0

Amit Mishra's been bowling well. He comes on now.

6.1

Mishra to Bisla, 1 run, slightly short on middle, works it away through to deep midwicket for a single

6.2

Mishra to Gambhir, no run, flatter outside off, opens the face to play it towards short third

6.3

Mishra to Gambhir, no run, ooh, too late to cut there, that turned in from the off, was playing it right in front of middle, managed to chop it towards point just at the right time

6.4

Mishra to Gambhir, FOUR, picked the gap, raises the fifty with a boundary, comes down the track and smacks it over midwicket

6.5

Mishra to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely shot, tossed up, he stepped out of the crease, got to the pitch and lofted it elegantly over extra cover for a one bounce four

6.6

Mishra to Gambhir, no run, flatter on the off, he's pushed that back towards the bowler

End of over 7 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 57/0 (RR: 8.14)
G Gambhir    27* (20b 4x4)      A Mishra    1-0-9-0
MS Bisla    27* (22b 5x4)      I Sharma    2-0-12-0

Karan Sharma to bowl his legspinners now

7.1

KV Sharma to Bisla, 1 run, lands on the pads, flicked away into the leg side for a single

Ian: "Nuwan raises a good point, and it's a shame to see a lot of talent wasted in the IPL. Maybe the managers need to spend their money a little more cleverly, so we don't see stars like Mcullum benched. Perhaps team squads could be cut down, and the extra players can form an extra team or two to make for more exciting matches. If teams are worried about injuries, fill the lists with local young players from India and Sri lanka. That's what the competition should be about- No talent wasted to make for entertaining viewing, and the experience required to blood young talents."

7.2

KV Sharma to Gambhir, no run, tries to play it with the turn into the leg side, strikes him on the pads

7.3

KV Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, guided behind point for a single

Siv: "Happy Tamil new year to scorer Gopi Rangarajan . Thanks for your excellent contribution to the game."

7.4

KV Sharma to Bisla, OUT, Bisla holes out, Karan Sharma strikes, flatter from Karan, Bisla charged out and clipped it straight into the hands of deep midwicket

MS Bisla c Vihari b KV Sharma 28 (37m 24b 5x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

A simple catch in the end, Bisla failed to pick the gap there but he's played a decent hand.

Kallis walks in

7.5

KV Sharma to Gambhir, 2 runs, gets front and across and clips it behind short fine for a couple of runs

7.6

KV Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, on the off stump, turned away past square leg for a single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 62/1 (RR: 7.75)
G Gambhir    31* (24b 4x4)      KV Sharma    1-0-5-1
JH Kallis    0* (0b)      A Mishra    1-0-9-0

8.1

Mishra to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted on the off, Gambhir comes down the track and pushes it towards long-off for a single

8.2

Mishra to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up on the off, drives it in the direction of long-off for a single

8.3

Mishra to Gambhir, no run, lands full on the off and Gambhir drills it back down the pitch to Mishra

8.4

Mishra to Gambhir, no run, shorter on the off, late-cuts it towards short third, can't beat the gap there

Rahul Kapoor: "All across the world, the art of leg-spin is on the decline. Great to see two leg spinners bowling in tandem."

8.5

Mishra to Gambhir, no run, the googly, turned away from outside off, Gambhir thought of the cut and then backed out

8.6

Mishra to Gambhir, FOUR, superbly done, quicker through the air, bowled on middle and Gambhir bisected that gap between long-on and deep midwicket with a slog-sweep

End of over 9 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 68/1 (RR: 7.55)
G Gambhir    36* (29b 5x4)      A Mishra    2-0-15-0
JH Kallis    1* (1b)      KV Sharma    1-0-5-1

9.1

KV Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, floating it on middle, Kallis knocks it away into the leg side for a single

9.2

KV Sharma to Gambhir, no run, short and flat outside off, Gambhir cuts that one straight to point

9.3

KV Sharma to Gambhir, no run, slightly short on the off, guides that one to point again

9.4

KV Sharma to Gambhir, SIX, slog-sweep again and he clears the ropes comfortably, fetches it from outside off and deposits it behind the wide long-on boundary, connected superbly

9.5

KV Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, cuts it past point into the deep for a single

9.6

KV Sharma to Kallis, no run, slightly short, gets on the back foot and punches it towards the bowler

End of over 10 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 76/1 (RR: 7.60)
JH Kallis    2* (3b)      KV Sharma    2-0-13-1
G Gambhir    43* (33b 5x4 1x6)      A Mishra    2-0-15-0

Perera runs in

10.1

Perera to Gambhir, no run, slower one bowled short on leg stump, Gambhir gets a leading edge as he tries to turn the face, lands in front of the bowler

10.2

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, tickled it towards short fine leg for a single

10.3

Perera to Kallis, 1 run, slower one on the off, drops it in front of point, they steal a quick single

10.4

Perera to Gambhir, 1 wide, slower one but bowled down the leg side, misses, called a wide

10.4

Perera to Gambhir, no run, short of a good length outside off and Gambhir misses out on a cut

10.5

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on the off, rocks on the back foot and punches it towards deep extra cover for a single

Chayan Kumar Banerjee: "The point on the 'Indian' Premier League is losing with the increasing overseas players, and more because they are being benched. How about picking 6 or 7 overseas player in total, so that all can play in some matches? Or even a better idea not to limit their numbers, but putting a strict restriction on the number of matches each of them can play. This will mean the franchises using all of the overseas players and more interesting tactics to pick a good combination out of them."

10.6

Perera to Kallis, 1 run, that's been turned into the leg side for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 81/1 (RR: 7.36)
JH Kallis    4* (5b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-15-0
G Gambhir    45* (37b 5x4 1x6)      KV Sharma    2-0-13-1

Ashish Reddy is the new bowler

11.1

Ashish Reddy to Kallis, no run, pitched up and Kallis drives that one straight towards extra cover

11.2

Ashish Reddy to Kallis, 1 run, slightly short on the off, punches that through point into the deep for a single

11.3

Ashish Reddy to Gambhir, 1 run, pitched up on the pads, Gambhir swings well towards deep midwicket for a single

11.4

Ashish Reddy to Kallis, 1 run, sliding on the pads, slower one this time, chips it into the leg side for a single

11.5

Ashish Reddy to Gambhir, FOUR, smartly done, was a full toss outside off, Gambhir reached for it and guided it wide of short third man for a boundary to bring up his half-century

11.6

Ashish Reddy to Gambhir, no run, slower one bowled full outside off, tries to open the face again, misses

End of over 12 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 88/1 (RR: 7.33)
G Gambhir    50* (40b 6x4 1x6)      A Ashish Reddy    1-0-7-0
JH Kallis    6* (8b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-15-0

Jaimin: "@Chayan Kumar Banerjee - 'Chayan' means selection... you could be a good selector... however, putting a cap on the number of matches that an overseas player can play will possibly reduce their earnings and make IPL less lucrative to them..."

12.1

Perera to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis dabs that one in front of point to collect a single

Joseph Thekinen: "Restrictions are good, of course - it makes the strategies adopted look interesting. But too much of anything is not preferred. Chayan, in that case I too have suggestion - make a restriction on the number of games a captain of a team can play"

Perera goes round the wicket

12.2

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, angling in towards middle, tickles it past square leg for a single

12.3

Perera to Kallis, 1 run, that took forever to get to him, was the slower legcutter, Kallis picked it at the right time and pulled it through square leg for a single

12.4

Perera to Gambhir, no run, short and wide and Gambhir goes hard at that one, only to miss it

12.5

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, didn't get hold of that one, Perera angled it towards middle and leg and Gambhir got it high on the bat, just the single to long-on

12.6

Perera to Kallis, FOUR, nicely done by Kallis, shortish outside off and Kallis opened the face at just the right time, third man is a little square and Kallis guided this well past him for a boundary

End of over 13 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 96/1 (RR: 7.38)
JH Kallis    12* (11b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-23-0
G Gambhir    52* (43b 6x4 1x6)      A Ashish Reddy    1-0-7-0

Ranjeet: "Overseas players are interested primarily because of the huge money that IPL offers... In any case, it has always been argued that the strength of a team is judged by it's bench, and that's why teams spend so much money on players who may end up not playing any matches, because you have to prepare for worst cases -injury, form-forfeit etc-"

13.1

Ashish Reddy to Gambhir, 1 run, the slower legcutter from Reddy, Gambhir drives that one to long-off for a single

Gopal: "I echo what the Republicans here would say about the government: "Don't tell me what to do or what not to do". I think the cap of 4 is reasonable; maybe increase it to 5 but to say each player can play only a certain number of matches is ridiculous. If the benched players feel left out, they can ask to leave the franchise next season or perform better (at their home leagues) so that they are selected next season!"

13.2

Ashish Reddy to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis goes hard at that one, connects superbly, pitched on a length and he creams that through extra cover, massive gap in the deep and he finds it

13.3

Ashish Reddy to Kallis, 1 run, the legcutter, gets a thick inside edge as he tries to drive that past the bowler

Nikhil: "Oh stop it guys. Do the franchise or (administrator for that matter) even care what do we say? They have the best strategic brains in the business purchased to think about all this. So just relax and enjoy the game."

13.4

Ashish Reddy to Gambhir, OUT, Reddy gets Gambhir! Almost yorker length, Gambhir seemed to have made up his mind there, tried to go over the top of midwicket, missed it and the off stump was knocked out

G Gambhir b Ashish Reddy 53 (63m 45b 6x4 1x6) SR: 117.77

An excellent hand from Gambhir, his team has a good launching pad here. Morgan walks in

Richard: "@ chayan: i think you might have missed the point of the IPL, at least for the bosses and franchise owners. Its more about commerce than indian cricket development. The overseas players give the IPL a global market. i for one, as a south african, would not be tuning in if it weren't for the overseas players. no offence, that's just reality."

13.5

Ashish Reddy to Morgan, 2 runs, full outside off and he's off the mark immediately, square-driving it past point into the deep for a couple of runs

13.6

Ashish Reddy to Morgan, no run, the legcutter again, short on the off, Morgan pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 14 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 104/2 (RR: 7.42)
EJG Morgan    2* (2b)      A Ashish Reddy    2-0-15-1
JH Kallis    17* (13b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-23-0

Steyn returns

14.1

Steyn to Kallis, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, cut away into the deep for a single

14.2

Steyn to Morgan, no run, goodish length, on target from Steyn, Morgan defends that one solidly towards cover

14.3

Steyn to Morgan, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, tried to cut, missed

14.4

Steyn to Morgan, no run, shortish on leg stump, tried to work that through square leg, was struck high on the pads there

14.5

Steyn to Morgan, no run, excellent over from Steyn, Morgan is cramped for room there, chops it towards point, is not allowed a single

14.6

Steyn to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan compensates somewhat for the spate of dot balls this over, short outside off and he played that smartly, late-cuts it past the diving keeper for the third-man boundary, used the pace there

End of over 15 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 109/2 (RR: 7.26)
EJG Morgan    6* (7b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-14-0
JH Kallis    18* (14b 2x4)      A Ashish Reddy    2-0-15-1

Anand Rao: "IPL is a business venture with the objective of making profits. Cricket development is secondary. A pertinent question - how many Indian players from the IPL have gone on to make a difference for India in tests, one-dayers and the World Cup? Foreign players help strengthen teams and more importantly, get attention and viewership from abroad. Money is, of course, a big factor in their participation."

Mishra to bowl

15.1

Mishra to Kallis, 1 run, floating it on middle, flicks it through square leg for a single

15.2

Mishra to Morgan, no run, Morgan looks to reverse-sweep that past short third, can't make contact, was full outside off

15.3

Mishra to Morgan, SIX, Morgan's launched that over long-on, tossed up and he reached forward to sky that over long-on, didn;t come off the middle but the connection was good enough to take it all the way

15.4

Mishra to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan tries to sweep that one square, gets an inside edge through the keeper's legs for a boundary

15.5

Mishra to Morgan, 1 run, was the googly, cut towards deep point for a single

15.6

Mishra to Kallis, 1 run, the googly again, just punches that past midwicket into the deep for a single

KKR going well here, time for the timeout.

Cricket simpleton: "IPL is like a MultiStarrer TV show where some foreign actors are asked to partake. Somedays these foreign actors become superheroes and save the world(their franchises) and someday they play villain and other indian superheroes have to come in and save their world. For us its plain entertainment. #Plain and simple."

End of over 16 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 122/2 (RR: 7.62)
JH Kallis    20* (16b 2x4)      A Mishra    3-0-28-0
EJG Morgan    17* (11b 2x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    3-0-14-0

Ishant Sharma runs in

16.1

I Sharma to Kallis, no run, short of a good length outside off, Kallis chops that into the ground towards point

16.2

I Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, bowled on a length, Kallis swings it down to deep square leg for a single

16.3

I Sharma to Morgan, 1 wide, full outside off, a touch too wide, Morgan had to reach for that one and missed, called a wide

Tim: "IPL also gives young international players the chance to come to the subcontinent and experience the spinning conditions without the pressure of playing for their country. In the same way the Big Bash allows subcontinent players to experience bouncy pitches. Good thing to stop the growing trend of home advantage in international cricket."

16.3

I Sharma to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan scampers back for the second, guided that one wide of third man and rushed back for two, took on the fielder in the deep, Mishra was the man

16.4

I Sharma to Morgan, 1 run, short and it's pulled, lands short of deep midwicket, gets to him on the bounce, just the single

16.5

I Sharma to Kallis, FOUR, point could have done a better job there, full outside off, Kallis made room there and sliced it past the diving point fielder for four

16.6

I Sharma to Kallis, FOUR, punished, was the low full toss, Kallis made a bit of room and drilled it into that gap between deep extra cover and long-off

End of over 17 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 135/2 (RR: 7.94)
JH Kallis    29* (20b 4x4)      I Sharma    3-0-25-0
EJG Morgan    20* (13b 2x4 1x6)      A Mishra    3-0-28-0

Perera is back

17.1

Perera to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan comes down the track and chops that offcutter past point for a couple of runs

17.2

Perera to Morgan, FOUR, the offcutter again but a long hop as well, Morgan seizes the length early and bludgeons that one flat between deep midwicket and deep square leg, landed just inside the ropes

17.3

Perera to Morgan, SIX, Perera bowled that more round-arm than he usually does, more a Malinga this time, was a low full toss and Morgan hit it clean through the line, over the bowler's head for six more

17.4

Perera to Morgan, FOUR, poor bowling from Perera, another slower ball that landed halfway down the pitch and Morgan dragged it hard between long-on and deep midwicket

Perera goes round the wicket

17.5

Perera to Morgan, 1 wide, down the leg side and it's called a wide, again more round-arm

17.5

Perera to Morgan, FOUR, short and he's picked the gap on the off side this time, cut away over point, there is a fielder in the deep there but it's beaten him

sathish: "Other day lot of viewers praising Dravid for his accomplishments.. Look at Kallis.. Oh man he has scored more than 3000 runs at an average equivalent to Morgan.. His strike rate might be less but he is ever reliable to set a platform for others to launch..

17.6

Perera to Morgan, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and he'll feel he missed out there, gets a leg-bye as he tries to swing it over square leg

End of over 18 (22 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 157/2 (RR: 8.72)
EJG Morgan    40* (19b 5x4 2x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-44-0
JH Kallis    29* (20b 4x4)      I Sharma    3-0-25-0

Steyn runs in

18.1

Steyn to Morgan, 1 wide, too wide from Steyn, a slower ball gone bad, called one by the umpire

18.1

Steyn to Morgan, SIX, Morgan has flat-batted that for six over Steyn's head, short of a good length and that's hammered over the long-off boundary

18.2

Steyn to Morgan, 1 run, on a length outside off, mistimes it this time to midwicket for a single

18.3

Steyn to Kallis, FOUR, four more for Kallis, tries to go downtown but gets a thick outside edge past the keeper to the third-man boundary, Steyn smiles

18.4

Steyn to Kallis, OUT, run-out, Kallis swings, gets an inside edge onto the pads, Morgan calls for a single, Steyn runs to the ball, collects and under-arms the throw to the stumps at the striker's end, Morgan is short, shakes his head as he walks back, he's played a lovely cameo here

EJG Morgan run out 47 (29m 21b 5x4 3x6) SR: 223.80

Yusuf Pathan walks in.

18.5

Steyn to Pathan, 1 run, ooh, drops it short outside off, tries to pull, gets a top edge but it lands safe into the off side, they get a single

18.6

Steyn to Kallis, 2 runs, back of a length, Kallis pulls that wide of long-on for a couple of runs, Yusuf will take strike in the final over

End of over 19 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 172/3 (RR: 9.05)
JH Kallis    35* (23b 5x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-29-0
YK Pathan    1* (1b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-44-0

Ishant to bowl

19.1

I Sharma to Pathan, 1 run, full toss and Yusuf mistimes that one just past the bowler for a single

19.2

I Sharma to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis finds the gap, bowled on a length and he swings it between deep midwicket and long-on for a one bounce four

19.3

I Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, full toss, driven towards long-off for just the single

19.4

I Sharma to Pathan, 1 run, shortish on the off, pulls it towards deep midwicket for a single

19.5

I Sharma to Kallis, no run, yorker length outside off, Kallis tries to dig it out but misses, good comeback from Ishant after that boundary

19.6

I Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, OUT, another good ball, almost yorker length, digs it out past the bowler, wants to come back for the second but is caught well short, that's gone, just the single in the end

JH Kallis run out 41 (61m 27b 6x4 0x6) SR: 151.85

KKR have a formidable score on a slowish track, it'll take some chasing down. Gambhir, Morgan, Kallis all played their part. Join us in a bit for the chase.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 180/4
     I Sharma    4-0-33-0
YK Pathan    3* (3b)      DW Steyn    4-0-29-0
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Apr 14, 2013

Sachithra Senanayake tries hard in vain to take a tough catch, Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL, Kolkata, April 14, 2013

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Jacques Kallis picked up three wickets in a miserly spell, Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL, Kolkata, April 14, 2013

Jacques Kallis picked up three wickets in a miserly spell

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