Indian Premier League, 26th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings at Kolkata, Apr 20, 2013
Chennai Super Kings won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
20 April 2013 - day/night match (20-over match)

Bisla's absence means we have YK Pathan walking out to open with Gambhir. Albie Morkel will start for CSK. And already, issues with movement behind the sightscreen

3.30 pm Gambhir wins the toss and KKR will bat

Laxmi Shukla replaces Bisla for KKR, who were 106 for 2 before failing to chase down 158 v Kings XI in their last game. Good old KKR Late CollapseTM it was. How much did that influence Gambhir's decision not to chase, when the threat of rain and D/L suggested otherwise. Both captains did not make too much of the clouds, though. Been like that for the last couple of days, said Gambhir. It is always like this here, said Dhoni, who is playing an unchanged XI

Gambhir says he does not understand why people call Eden a turning track, feels it is a good batting pitch. Dhoni says he would have batted as well, and expects the pitch to slow down, "no matter how much grass" is there on it. There isn't a lot, but there are lots of cracks

Ankur: "This match is the test of CSK batsmen against spin."

Azee: "I tend to believe that in this CSK starting XI, only MM Sharma can not bat. I'm a KKR supporter but you would think that they don't stand a chance against this lineup."

3.15 pm The covers are being taken off the square, as a gloomy sky continues to look down upon the Hooghly and adjoining Eden

3.10 pm Defending champions up against the two-time champions they dethroned last season - Kolkata Knight Riders take on Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens, which is under a big cloud cover at the moment. Speaking of covers, the square is covered too, with good reason. Could rain later this evening

Dr Devashish Fuloria, my colleague, is being flooded with calls from assorted cousins on what changes they should make in their Fantasy XIs. Have you updated yours? Still quite some time for the game to start, till when you can make changes. Also, there are daily prizes to be won, so don't let that 24,365th ranking bother you

Who's been firing? Who hasn't been? Who has to today? Dr Fuloria has got all of it down in the preview


Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, a gentle length ball moving across, and Gambhir has gone on his toes and run it to the third man boundary, beating the dive from the man in the deep


Morkel to Gambhir, 1 wide, pitched up and swinging in down the pads


Morkel to Gambhir, no run, floats it across the left-hander, who walks out and has a lazy drive at it to get beaten, all in slow motion


Morkel to Gambhir, no run, slight width on a good length, punched off the back foot to covers


Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, there's a small gap at cover, Gambhir has got on top of this length ball and timed it off the back foot, just past short cover-point


Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, tighter with the line now around off, he guides it behind point for a single

Neel: "Gambhir doing the right thing by giving Pathan time to settle. If he still does not get big here, he may be out soon"


Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, length on the pads, flicked down to fine leg

End of over 1 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 11/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • YK Pathan 1 (1b)
    • G Gambhir 9 (5b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-11-0

Mohit Sharma


Sharma to Pathan, FOUR, back of a length, nipping in, not rising much, and Yusuf smashes it in front of deep square leg


Sharma to Pathan, no run, outside off now, good length, he tries to drive but cannot get it past cover


Sharma to Pathan, FOUR, short of a length once more, there is a man at forward deep square, but Yusuf's swat has beaten him comfortably


Sharma to Pathan, no run, pitched up now, around off, he gets front foot out and blocks


Sharma to Pathan, 1 run, pushes off the front foot in front of mid off, and his big strides have him home safely, throw misses

piyush: "Bravo and not Ashwin is the danger man on this pitch. He can vary his pace and trouble the batsmen on this slow pitch"


Sharma to Gambhir, no run, comes in from round the stumps, he mistimes the punch to covers

End of over 2 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 20/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • G Gambhir 9 (6b 2x4)
    • YK Pathan 10 (6b 2x4)
    • MM Sharma 1-0-9-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-11-0

Morkel to Pathan, no run, holds its line from short of a length, Yusuf pushes at it, and is beaten


Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, tries to whack this length ball over the bowler, but gets it high on the bat, and mid on gets around


Morkel to Gambhir, no run, cramps him with a length ball on the stumps, patted back

abhijit pore: "The question is Can Pathan survive against Ashwin?? Though of late he is not able to survive against any bowler :P"


Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, there is wide slip, and the gap between him and keeper is enough for Gambhir to run this short of a length ball between them, a controlled Gambhir-Dab


Morkel to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, is hit on the pad with one that pitched outside leg, they take the single, Morkel runs into YK as he tries to pick up the ball


Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, picked off the pads in the air to deep midwicket

End of over 3 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 27/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • YK Pathan 12 (9b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 13 (9b 3x4)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-17-0
    • MM Sharma 1-0-9-0

Morris on

'Irfan Pathan': "@Abhijit "Your statement is no understatement. In fact he can't survive even my bowling.""


Morris to Pathan, FOUR, length ball angled in, and Yusuf has launched it over mid on, the man there tries to stretch a hand up to it, but he's nowhere close


Morris to Pathan, 1 leg bye, worked to short fine, Hussey hits direct but Gambhir is home


Morris to Gambhir, no run, carves a length delivery for cover to dive and save the boundary


Morris to Gambhir, 1 run, makes some room and steers this down to square third man


Morris to Pathan, no run, low full toss pushed to mid off


Morris to Pathan, no run, bouncer, always helps against YK, he swivels and swings at it, misses

End of over 4 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 33/0 (RR: 8.25)

    • YK Pathan 16 (13b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 14 (11b 3x4)
    • CH Morris 1-0-5-0
    • JA Morkel 2-0-17-0

'Mahela': "Oye Irfan, we are all waiting in the ground. Come and bowl. Gotta win atleast one game this season."


Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish, pulled hard to deep square leg


Morkel to Pathan, no run, pitched up, skids into the pads, and rolls to the keeper


Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, slow length ball coming in, he adjusts to nudge to square leg

tushar: "Actually the weak link in KKR batting is manoj, not yusuf... Yusuf is a lottery ticket, he is likely fail more times than succeed. And if the ticket is mine, it is not likely to succeed ever!!"


Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, clears front leg and creates room to cut this hard behind point, third man lets it slip through his hands, Mohit Sharma


Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, was undecided what to do with this back of a length ball on the pads, got big on him as he made an effort to swing at it, top edge flies over keeper


Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, length around off, dabbed to third man

End of over 5 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 44/0 (RR: 8.80)

    • G Gambhir 24 (15b 5x4)
    • YK Pathan 17 (15b 3x4)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-28-0
    • CH Morris 1-0-5-0

Morris round the stumps


Morris to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, widish, he misses on the cut

Angelo: "Take it easy Irfan. Bowl against us and we will help you regain your confidence. Just ensure you are bowling during last 6 overs..."


Morris to Gambhir, no run, overpitched and slowish around off, forced to mid off


Morris to Gambhir, 1 run, backs away to leg, and steers a shortish one to third man

uzair: "Just drop Yusuf....And the team would be better....He's the lottery that never succeeded..........."


Morris to Pathan, 1 run, short and wide, coming in, he steers in the air to third man


Morris to Gambhir, OUT, Michael Hussey takes a blinder at third man, this bounced sharply outside off, Gambhir cut in the air, it was dying on Hussey to his left, but Mr Cricket is there with a dive

G Gambhir c Hussey b Morris 25 (27m 19b 5x4 0x6) SR: 131.57


Morris to Pathan, 1 run, more effort on this length ball from Morris, comes in around off, chopped behind point

End of over 6 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 47/1 (RR: 7.83)

    • YK Pathan 19 (17b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 0 (0b)
    • CH Morris 2-0-8-1
    • JA Morkel 3-0-28-0

Sharma to Pathan, OUT, Kallis is gone without facing a ball, Badrinath the man, runs in from backward point as Yusuf runs a length delivery towards him, not much to aim at from that angle, but he;s hit, and umpire Rauf does not even need the third umpire's help

JH Kallis run out 0 (2m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Morgan in

Ram: "SRK must have been cursing himself for spending too much money on Yusuf Pathan, not even scored a half century from 2010 in IPL. I think he played all the games KKR played. Its like doing a huge budget movie which doesnt even open (in SRK terms) :)"


Sharma to Morgan, no run, coming in with the angle from round the stumps, defended to leg


Sharma to Morgan, 2 runs, walks out and turns a length ball in front of square leg, and we have an overthrow as well


Sharma to Morgan, no run, goes pushing at a length ball angled in, and is beaten


Sharma to Morgan, no run, good length, steps out to defend to extra cover

Sandeep: "May be today is the day that unreleased huge budget flick is gonna be a blockbuster.." In one screen (game) you mean


Sharma to Morgan, no run, played out to mid on

End of over 7 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 49/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • EJG Morgan 2 (5b)
    • YK Pathan 19 (18b 3x4)
    • MM Sharma 2-0-11-0
    • CH Morris 2-0-8-1

DJ Bravo comes on


Bravo to Pathan, no run, slow and cutting in on off, he stretches forward to defend


Bravo to Pathan, 1 run, comes in again, from back of a length, he steers to third man

Shuvam: "@Sandeep- We've been saying that for the past two seasons."


Bravo to Morgan, no run, holds its line on a length around off, defends to the bowler


Bravo to Morgan, OUT, another huge strike, all the big KKR batsmen are gone, Morgan walks out to a slower one, he is nowhere to the pitch, reaches out to it, and ends up chipping it high in the air over square leg, where Jadeja keeps his eyes on it, runs back and takes it over his shoulder

EJG Morgan c Jadeja b Bravo 2 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57


Bravo to Pathan, FOUR, fine leg is up, this is on the pads, and Tiwary is away with a tickle


Bravo to Pathan, 1 run, OUT, madness, big time, Yusuf gone now, works an offcutter to midwicket, and takes an age to decide to go for the second, he also stops midway, then resumes, Bravo charges after the ball, slides, picks it up, slips, recovers to throw it to the keeper, who has Yusuf short of his ground, and again, no need for the third umpire

YK Pathan run out 25 (40m 22b 4x4 0x6) SR: 113.63

End of over 8 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 55/4 (RR: 6.87)

    • MK Tiwary 0 (0b)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-6-1
    • MM Sharma 2-0-11-0

Sharma to Tiwary, no run, forward to defend a length ball


Sharma to Tiwary, no run, pushes it to point off the front foot

The Collapse : "It Begins Muhahahahahahahaha"


Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, gets on top of a short of a length ball and punches to third man

Rahul Chauhan: "Well looks like that the movie released and bombed at the box office...!! :P"


Sharma to Das, no run, slow and bowled full, patted down the pitch


Sharma to Das, 1 run, they take on Jadeja at mid on with a sharp single, wonder what's the pressing need, a dive is required, Jadeja misses with the lob


Sharma to Tiwary, no run, tight line on off, opens the face to steer to point

End of over 9 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 57/4 (RR: 6.33)

    • MK Tiwary 1 (4b)
    • DB Das 1 (2b)
    • MM Sharma 3-0-13-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-6-1

Jagan: "Any body announced discount offer on Pathan runs this time???" I hear a season package is on the way

Karan: "When you wrote "all the big KKR batsmen are gone", I was about to write, "wait, Yusuf's there, this might be his day." Aaaannnddd, there he goes." Karan, Yusuf is not KKR's big batsman, he is their big headache

Arjit: "Chance for the real local lads to take their team out of trouble. Tiwary, Das and Shukla.. The Bengal team regulars."

hairykiore: "Here we go again?? Kallis running like a 60 year old?? Pathan not knowing what to do in a brain fade..Now I can watch GP2 least there is a new zealander in it..."


Bravo to Das, no run, offcutter pitched up close to the stumps, he is forward to defend


Bravo to Das, 1 run, another slower one, cutting into the pads, turned behind square


Bravo to Tiwary, no run, lots of width, but he;s steered it straight to point


Bravo to Tiwary, 1 run, this slower one cut in sharply, he was coming forward to push, inside edge onto pad


Bravo to Das, no run, into the pads, but he misses with the bat, and it rolls to the keeper


Bravo to Das, SIX, this one;s been taken, by the KKR bowling mentor in the dugout, pitched up on the stumps, and Das lifts it just over long on

End of over 10 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 65/4 (RR: 6.50)

    • DB Das 8 (6b 1x6)
    • MK Tiwary 2 (6b)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-14-1
    • MM Sharma 3-0-13-0

Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, floated up full outside off, driven to the sweeper


Ashwin to Das, no run, length ball turning in around off, defended


Ashwin to Das, no run, carrom ball straightens around off, he is forward to keep it out


Ashwin to Das, no run, another carrom ball, pushed back to the bowler


Ashwin to Das, 1 run, flat and shortish, pulled down to long on


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, flighted full and wide, he reaches it to drive to the sweeper

End of over 11 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 68/4 (RR: 6.18)

    • MK Tiwary 4 (8b)
    • DB Das 9 (10b 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-14-1

sagar: "I would say play one player short..but drop pathan"


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up around off and eased past extra cover


Jadeja to Das, 1 run, gets bat around front pad to work this skiddy length ball through midwicket


Jadeja to Tiwary, no run, tossed up fullish, pushed to extra cover


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 run, another close single, Jadeja gets to this nudge in front of midwicket, direct hit would have meant another run out


Jadeja to Das, 1 run, walks out, Jadeja shortens it, worked through midwicket off the pad


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 run, yet another tight single, to midwicket again, and Jadeja misses with the throw once more, that was another run out had he hit

End of over 12 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 73/4 (RR: 6.08)

    • MK Tiwary 7 (12b)
    • DB Das 11 (12b 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0

Wishv: "Sure Yusuf doesn't score many runs. But his comment strike rate is great compared to others. That is comments published every minute while he's batting. And of course, when he gets out."


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, backs away to leg, he tosses it up outside off, sound as ball passes the attempted big drive, but Dhoni cannot gather that


Ashwin to Das, SIX, slogged over deep midwicket just over the fielder's reach


Ashwin to Das, 2 runs, swung through midwicket, and had Dhoni taken this throw from deep midwicket, this would have been the 43rd run out today


Ashwin to Das, OUT, long appeal and he;s been given, got down to sweep this offbreak, missed, it spun in and hit the pad in front of middle and leg

DB Das lbw b Ashwin 19 (18m 15b 0x4 2x6) SR: 126.66


Ashwin to Bhatia, no run, tossed up slowly, dips, spin, and bounces, Bhatia pops it on the forward push to vacant short leg


Ashwin to Bhatia, no run, looked like the other one, pitched up, pushed to the bowler

End of over 13 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 82/5 (RR: 6.30)

    • R Bhatia 0 (2b)
    • MK Tiwary 8 (13b)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-12-1
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0

Jadeja to Tiwary, 2 runs, skips out and mishits in the gap between deep midwicket and long on, who runs around to it


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 leg bye

jazeel: "The auditors of KKR have requested the management to make an impairment adjustment on Yusuf Pathan, as they dont foresee any value additions from this asset"

Slip in


Jadeja to Bhatia, no run, defended off the front foot


Jadeja to Bhatia, 1 run, straightening on middle, he thick edges behind point

Ankit: "Geographically close teams, KKR and Bangaldesh, are faring pretty similarly."


Jadeja to Tiwary, 2 runs, pushes in the air to midwicket, bowler runs after it


Jadeja to Tiwary, 1 run, backs away to leg, Jadeja follows him, nudged behind square leg

End of over 14 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 89/5 (RR: 6.35)

    • MK Tiwary 13 (17b)
    • R Bhatia 1 (4b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-11-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-12-1

anik: "One question arises in my mind after reading all the comments on Yusuf that why he is there and you are not?? "" Why is he there indeed?


Ashwin to Tiwary, OUT, Tiwary has come down the track, he's lofted this flighted offbreak on middle with the turn, but deep midwicket is in the way

MK Tiwary c Sharma b Ashwin 13 (26m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

kuldeep parmar: "Asset.??? You can't be serious..."


Ashwin to Bhatia, no run, comes out, beaten in the flight as it dips before him, nudges to midwicket


Ashwin to Bhatia, no run, chopped into the pitch as this spins in sharply


Ashwin to Bhatia, no run, other one pushed to extra cover


Ashwin to Bhatia, no run, slapped to extra cover again from the crease


Ashwin to Bhatia, no run, turns an offbreak to forward square leg

Ian: "I'd be happy to fill in for Yusuf next game. I'd even do it free of charge."

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) Kolkata Knight Riders 89/6 (RR: 5.93)

    • R Bhatia 1 (9b)
    • LR Shukla 0 (0b)
    • R Ashwin 3-1-12-2
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-11-0

Jadeja to Shukla, no run, angled in, he is on the front foot to defend down the pitch


Jadeja to Shukla, 1 run, turned off the pad in front of square leg


Jadeja to Bhatia, OUT, oh dear, Bhatia's pushed this length delivery straight back to the bowler, sums up KKR's evening

R Bhatia c & b Jadeja 1 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

Santhana Krishnan: "@Anik: People commenting against Yusuf's place in the team don't think that "they" should be there. Rather they feel somebody more deserving than Yusuf must be there. If fans must compare themselves against professional players , then there would be no sport debates at all."


Jadeja to Senanayake, 1 run, eases a tossed up ball to long off


Jadeja to Shukla, OUT, Jadeja strikes again, length ball angled in on the stumps, batsman misses on the sweep, Jadeja hits pad in front of middle and umpire Rauf agrees with the appeal

LR Shukla lbw b Jadeja 1 (17m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

over the stumps


Jadeja to Narine, no run, turns it with the spin in the air, well short of midwicket

End of over 16 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 91/8 (RR: 5.68)

    • SP Narine 0 (1b)
    • SMSM Senanayake 1 (1b)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-13-2
    • R Ashwin 3-1-12-2

Ashwin to Senanayake, no run, dabs a tossed up ball outside off to short third


Ashwin to Senanayake, 1 run, offbreak spins in sharply, cut to the sweeper

Jury: "Oh dear, what happened. Went out to get breakfast and 5 wickets fall.. Make that 6.."


Ashwin to Narine, no run, this hurried in from round the stumps, thick inside edge saves him


Ashwin to Narine, SIX, Narine swings and lifts this length ball over deep midwicket from outside off


Ashwin to Narine, 1 run, hit in the air down to long on


Ashwin to Senanayake, 1 run, carrom ball pushed wide of cover

End of over 17 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 100/8 (RR: 5.88)

    • SMSM Senanayake 3 (4b)
    • SP Narine 7 (4b 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-1-21-2
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-13-2

Shivakumar: "Who says T20 is "Batsmen dominated"?? Ask them to watch IPL-2013 :)"


Jadeja to Senanayake, 1 run, punches a flat length ball past extra cover's dive, which takes pace off it


Jadeja to Narine, SIX, Narine's launched another one over deep midwicket, with the turn this time, fetching it from around off

round the stumps


Jadeja to Narine, OUT, goes for it once more as Jadeja angles it across, and this time he picks out deep midwicket, getting too much height on the shot

SP Narine c Sharma b Jadeja 13 (5m 6b 0x4 2x6) SR: 216.66


Jadeja to Senanayake, no run, pushes it to extra cover

The importance of batting out the full 20 overs, anyone?


Jadeja to Senanayake, no run


Jadeja to Senanayake, no run, straightens and bounces around off, he plays it from the crease and is a touch late in patting it away

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 107/9 (RR: 5.94)

    • SMSM Senanayake 4 (8b)
    • L Balaji 0 (0b)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-20-3
    • R Ashwin 4-1-21-2

Morkel to Balaji, no run, bowler goes sprawling to his right and stops this push off a length ball


Morkel to Balaji, 1 run, comes in from a length, turned to square leg


Morkel to Senanayake, 1 run, steers this widish length ball to third man


Morkel to Balaji, FOUR, Balaji's confidently pulled this short of a length delivery in the gap between deep midwicket and long on


Morkel to Balaji, 1 run, on the pad, flicked through square leg


Morkel to Senanayake, 1 run, opens the face to a shortish one and runs it to third man

End of over 19 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 115/9 (RR: 6.05)

    • SMSM Senanayake 6 (10b)
    • L Balaji 6 (4b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 4-0-36-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-20-3

Morris to Senanayake, no run, cramped for room with one angled in fullish, tries to force it away, hits it to the bowler


Morris to Senanayake, 1 run, makes room, walks out and swats a shortish one wide of the sweeper


Morris to Balaji, 2 runs, slow offcutter lifted over the bowler, Jadeja puts in the slide from long on


Morris to Balaji, no run, tries to walk across and scoop over short fine, misses this one just outside off


Morris to Balaji, 1 run, hit down to long on


Morris to Senanayake, no run, has a slog at a high full toss, and hits it back to the bowler, nearly carries to him

CSK need a run a ball to win this but KKR's slow army won't make it easy. From 46 for 0 to 119 for 9 KKR went, poor running, poor shots, fine catching and fielding from CSK as well

Kaushik Roy: "It's not hard to get your saturday evening mood spoiled if you are a KKR fan"

End of over 20 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 119/9

    • SMSM Senanayake 7 (13b)
    • L Balaji 9 (7b 1x4)
    • CH Morris 3-0-12-1
    • JA Morkel 4-0-36-0





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