Indian Premier League - 47th match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)

Rajasthan have their openers coming out, Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson to open the innings. With the ball in hand is one of the few medium-pacers on display today, Sumit Narwal.

7.55 pm

Rakesh: "@Suneer- Where is sreeshanth in the team mate? He is not featuring at all. Who has replaced him?" Many changes in the Rajasthan side. So Sreesanth has been replaced by Brad Hogg and Hodge's made way for Yagnik.

Vivek Bhandari: "Have said it before and will say it again, Dravid's captaincy is maturing like an old wine. He refuses to follow the tried and tested path; anybody would have dropped Owais Shah to bring in Hogg but not Hodge, he's been that ruthless; and not to mention the superb musical chair he plays between Yagnik and Samson; and today he's playing both; and I haven't even mentioned the Chandila/Chavan swap yet...phew; Amitabh Bachchan of Indian cricket in truest sense...never tiring ever evolving"

7.50 pm

Susil Kumar: "When my Marketing Professor said that Videoconferencing was the greatest competitor to the Airline Industry, I could not understand. Now I understand how this concept works. IPL is the greatest competitor to the Nail Cutter Manufacturing Industry!!!" Aah, that oft-repeated marketing example of Airlines v video-conferencing!

7.40 pm

Akshay: "In the midst of Yagnik, Samson and Chandila, people have forgotten the most consistent player for their team- Stuart Binny. He has played better than some international stars."

Ravinder Phogat: "At 42 years 86 days Brad Hogg is the oldest to play in IPL. Shane Warne who played his last game at 41 years 249 days held the previous record" Not sure about this, but if it's true, good spot.

7.30 pm, Toss

Dravid has won the toss and he's said the Royals will bat first.

Brad Hodge is missing from tonight's line-up for them. Brad Hogg has come in for tonight's game. Ankeet Chavan has come in for Ajit Chandila too while there's place for Dishant Yagnik in place of Sreesanth. Senanayake has come in for KKR instead of Brett Lee for this one. Balaji is out, Abdulla has come in.

Both captains agree this is going to be a low and slow wicket.

7.20 pm

Hello everyone and welcome to the 47th game of the Indian Premier League this season. Eden Gardens will play hosts to the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals with one team knocking on the doors of the playoffs and the other, just about having a chance to make it there. Suneer Chowdhary here to take you through all the IPL action tonight.

Our first comment of the evening comes from TheMechanicDave and he has a fair point: "Wicketkeeper Dishyant Yagnik and young Sanju Samson have put Sir Rahul Dravid in a fix. Both have been up to the challenge their skipper has asked them to take up."

Anuj Sharma: "RR is the only team which plays with at least 3 uncapped players ; sometimes 4 and sometimes even 5. Other teams barely play mandatory1 or 2. The RR uncapped players Trivedi, Chandila, Binny, Samson, Yagnik are well mentored and doing very well in this IPL. How many will play today's match against KKR ?"

Sumanth Gelle: "@Anuj Sharma: Even SRH does the same.. Hanuma Vihari, Akshath Reddy, Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma..."

Shri: "Hi Suneer, any tips for fantasy team? I am travelling and need to lock it ASAP." Get in Narine, get in Kallis, get in Watson, get in Rahane, get in Sreesanth, get in Gambhir. Okay wait, what did you say your subs count was?

Rajagopalan: "Guess KKR would have to change their mindset and give the other deserving players a chance rather than just persisting with the ever inconsistent Yusuf. Will do them a world of good rather than just hoping "what if he fires..."

Vishnu: "Like Suneer said, its a fair point. But I would say Sanju is a little more valuable player than Yagnik. Yagnik tries too much from the beginning and has a 'hit out' or 'set out' mode. On the other hand Sanju tries to get settled, not by playing dot balls, but by getting some runs."

Parthiban: "Is any IPL franchisee team dare to played less than 4 foreign players ?" I think it hasn't happened this season but it has happened in one or two seasons before this.

Sarath: "Suneer, Not just Dravid.. Even Gambhir is in a fix whether to stick to the same foreign players or go with TenD or Shakib!" Shakib's currently winning matches for Bangladesh in Zimbabwe.

Sagar: "I wonder why Gambhir hasn't been able to crack the crux of the problem with KKR - simply put, they have the worst bunches of Indian players (going by present form). That weakness should have been masked by strengthening the team with the best overseas players, which they have in plenty. They should have gone for the kill with McCullum and Tendo instead of defending with Kallis and Senanayake, but they have lost the plot completely."

0.1

Narwal to Watson, 1 run, swing away from the bat and he opens the face of the bat through to third-man for a single

0.2

Narwal to Rahane, no run, and immediately the ball keeps low, he was looking to come out of the crease and then had to get back down in time, defends back

0.3

Narwal to Rahane, no run, this one bounces a tad more, outside the off stump and on a good length, pushed into the covers

0.4

Narwal to Rahane, FOUR, hoicked over mid-wicket for a four! shot, that was not very full but he goes across the line and over the in-field to the fence

0.5

Narwal to Rahane, no run, and back to defending it off the back foot, it was again on the off stump but keeps low yet again, tapped back

0.6

Narwal to Rahane, no run, outside the off stump, it's on a good length and he opens the face of the bat and pushes into the covers, not for runs though

End of over 1 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
AM Rahane    4* (5b 1x4)      S Narwal    1-0-5-0
SR Watson    1* (1b)     

Senanayake comes in to share the new ball.

Jithendra: "@Suneer: how does the pitch look like ? possible score ?" Six balls into the game, it seems safe to say it's going to keep low. And probably slightly lower.

1.1

Senanayake to Watson, no run, round the stumps and defended off the back foot, back to the bowler

1.2

Senanayake to Watson, 1 run, on his pads and he was first looking to come forward but then flicks it off the back foot to the leg side

1.3

Senanayake to Rahane, no run, fuller on the off stump and that's defended back to the off side

1.4

Senanayake to Rahane, no run, fuller this time from the bowler and he has to tap it away to the leg side, there's a short mid-wicket in place

1.5

Senanayake to Rahane, 1 run, goes down the track and wants to hit it over, does not get it off the middle and it goes to long-on

1.6

Senanayake to Watson, 1 run, and now he plays an aggressive sweep across the line, well hit but straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder who's there for this favourite slog-sweep of Watson

End of over 2 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
SR Watson    3* (4b)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-3-0
AM Rahane    5* (8b 1x4)      S Narwal    1-0-5-0

2.1

Narwal to Watson, no run, short of length, outside the off and that's spanked but straight to the point fielder, not for runs

2.2

Narwal to Watson, 1 run, slightly closer to the middle stumps and that's tapped away to the leg side for a single

2.3

Narwal to Rahane, 1 run, chips down the track and just pushes it to the mid-on fielder for a quick single, Watson was slow in getting away but in the end makes it easily

2.4

Narwal to Watson, no run, on his pads and that's flicked away straight to short fine-leg, a few inches each side would have seen it run away, that's the second shot that could have gone to the fence this over

2.5

Narwal to Watson, 1 wide, poor ball down the leg side, it went further down and it's gone for a wide

2.5

Narwal to Watson, 1 wide, and another one, tries the slower one yet again but he's lost his line and it's called a wide, the fielder is up in the circle at fine-leg

2.5

Narwal to Watson, FOUR, up and over and for a four, it was fuller outside the off stump and it did have some width, not hit hard, but placed well

2.6

Narwal to Watson, FOUR, and now he's beaten the man at deep square-leg and got himself his second four, was a length ball on the middle stump and he clears his front foot and smack he goes!

End of over 3 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/0 (RR: 6.66)
SR Watson    12* (9b 2x4)      S Narwal    2-0-17-0
AM Rahane    6* (9b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-3-0

3.1

Senanayake to Rahane, OUT, and gone now, Rahane has been dismissed, stumped off a very slower ball from the spinner! he really slowed that up and Rahane was looking to hit it over the top, he misses and Bisla whips off the bails

AM Rahane st †Bisla b Senanayake 6 (14m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Rohan Kamat: "I think senanaayke and yusuf can make way for allrounders Ryan ten Doeschate and laxmi shukla ..... at least give a chance to Doeschate... wat say guys!!!!!" To be fair to him, Rohan said that before the dismissal.

3.2

Senanayake to Faulkner, no run, short of length and patted back to the bowler

3.3

Senanayake to Faulkner, no run, fuller on the middle stump, flicked it away to short mid-wicket

3.4

Senanayake to Faulkner, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, driven down to long-on for a single

3.5

Senanayake to Watson, FOUR, poor ball, it was short, and it was flat, he thought Watto would come down but he rocks back and smashes it through mid-wicket for a four

3.6

Senanayake to Watson, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and guides it through to short third-man for a single

End of over 4 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 26/1 (RR: 6.50)
SR Watson    17* (11b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-9-1
JP Faulkner    1* (3b)      S Narwal    2-0-17-0

Interesting move to send Faulkner at three. Iqbal Abdulla to bowl now.

Satwik: "Often, the extra ball bowled in the over results in a boundary, Narwal ended up bowling two extra balls and both went for fours."

4.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, no run, fuller on the middle stump and driven back to the bowler

4.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, and that's driven to long-off for a single

4.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Faulkner, OUT, gone, soft dismissal, caught at short point! I think I am going to say this a lot today, it's a soft dismissal, he was looking to play forward but gets an outside edge and it's gone straight to the fielder close in, two down

JP Faulkner c Gambhir b Iqbal Abdulla 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Mudhabir: "Couldn't understand the Faulkner experiment.I mean they have such a settled batting line-up.." In the hindsight, overcooked it I agree.

4.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, no run, that's fuller and he's played it off the back foot, pushed back to the bowler, just falls short

4.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, no run, and now gets his bat and pad out, defends back to the bowler again

4.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, 1 run, shorter and turns away from the bat, flicked away to the deep square-leg region for a single

End of over 5 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 28/2 (RR: 5.60)
SV Samson    1* (3b)      Iqbal Abdulla    1-0-2-1
SR Watson    18* (13b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-9-1

Samson will play Senanayake now.

5.1

Senanayake to Samson, 1 run, up and over and for a single, there's a long-on in place and he wants to test him, fuller in length and he gets his foot out and plays through the line, bounces away to the fielder

5.2

Senanayake to Watson, 1 wide, down the leg side and he wants to sweep, misses, wide called

5.2

Senanayake to Watson, no run, short of length and he wants to cut it, no pace on the ball, nothing on the shot, to short cover

5.3

Senanayake to Watson, no run, and now for the slog, misses, the keeper collects it well

5.4

Senanayake to Watson, 1 run, shorter in length and that's rocked back and punched down the ground for a single

5.5

Senanayake to Samson, 1 run, he was moving towards the off stump while playing the shot and the delivery was on his pads, gets some bat on it and flicks to the leg side

5.6

Senanayake to Watson, 1 wide, outside the off stump and he wants to cut it away, misses and it's called a wide, harshly so if I may add

5.6

Senanayake to Watson, 1 run, up to the bat outside the off stump and that's driven to mid-off for a single

End of over 6 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 34/2 (RR: 5.66)
SR Watson    20* (17b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-15-1
SV Samson    3* (5b)      Iqbal Abdulla    1-0-2-1

There's a change in gloves for Watson now. Watson's almost back in the pavillion to get his new pair.

6.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, 1 run, shorter in length and punches it down to long-on after rocking back, for a single

Ravinder Phogat: "@Satwik : Senanayake bowled two wides without any boundary :)"

6.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length yet again, on the middle stump and slight turn away, pushes it to the leg side for a single

6.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, 1 run, on his pads, on a good length and he gets his pad out and pushes it to the right of the bowler, single to the batsman

6.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length and it's pushed it to the off side for a single

Many of you are echoing what Harish's saying: "I thought Dravid would be ideal at one drop. But he is holding himself down the line. Is he coming as a 'Power hitter' for end overs?"

6.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, 1 run, shorter in length and wants to pull it away, gets bit of an inside edge, runs across to the deep square-leg region for a single

6.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, no run, fuller and pushed to the short cover, not for runs

End of over 7 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 39/2 (RR: 5.57)
SV Samson    5* (8b)      Iqbal Abdulla    2-0-7-1
SR Watson    23* (20b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-15-1

Kallis is on.

7.1

Kallis to Watson, 1 run, short of length and the batsman's pushed it to the leg side for a single

jignesh: "@Mudhabir, I don't know what do you mean by settled batting line-up for RR. RD has been experimenting with line-up for pretty much every game depending on the match situation and pitch conditions. Yagnik, Samson, dropping Watson to 1-down or 2-down ... if u can recall!"

7.2

Kallis to Samson, FOUR, short of length and that's punched through the extra-cover region for a four, was a crunchy stroke that

7.3

Kallis to Samson, 1 run, slower from JK and pushed to the deep point, they are off for a quick single, bit of a misfield also helps

7.4

Kallis to Watson, 2 runs, that's outside the off stump and driven on the up, through to deep cover and Narine gets his foot down in time to stall it to two

7.5

Kallis to Watson, no run, again slows it down and that's defended to the off side

Kumar: "@Harish..I think Dravid strategy is correct. He might be thinking that the whole innings should be achored around a senior player throughout..now Watson is there anyway so Dravid might be waiting. If Watoo gets out he will come in immediately.."

7.6

Kallis to Watson, no run, length ball that angles back into the batsman, defended back to the bowler, not for runs

End of over 8 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 47/2 (RR: 5.87)
SR Watson    26* (24b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-8-0
SV Samson    10* (10b 1x4)      Iqbal Abdulla    2-0-7-1

8.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, SIX, shot, that's the shot of the game so far! this is a slow, slow pitch and this was slightly shorter, he was waiting and then pulls it over the deep mid-wicket region for a six!

8.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, 1 run, fuller, as expected from the bowler now, and pushed to the leg side for a single now

8.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, 2 runs, fuller on the pads and that's worked away to the deep mid-wicket region for a couple of runs

8.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, FOUR, and finally Watto gets some bat on one that's gone down the leg-side! he's been letting those go for wides but this one gets a tickle that runs away to the fence for a four

8.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Watson, 1 run, he was on the leg stump and the ball was delivered way outside the off, turning away too and still manages to cut it through

8.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Samson, 1 run, pushed to the leg side for a single now, 15 off the over to signal the Time-out

End of over 9 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 62/2 (RR: 6.88)
SV Samson    18* (13b 1x4 1x6)      Iqbal Abdulla    3-0-22-1
SR Watson    33* (27b 4x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-8-0

Ajith Padmanabhan: "Meanwhile anybody noticing Gambhir holding back Narine? Very smart move.."

9.1

Kallis to Samson, 1 run, fuller from Kallis and that's crunched back through the left of the bowler, single to long-off

9.2

Kallis to Watson, 1 run, shot back to the bowler but he's away in his follow-through and the ball hits the non-strikers stumps hard, are able to come through for a single

Ashfaq Jaffer: "Surprised Menaria hasnt been a chance in this game instead of yagnik. He gives a bowling option and has definitely more talent than Yagnik!"

9.3

Kallis to Samson, 1 run, good shot for a single, moves around in his crease and cracks it over the covers, goes on the bounce to the fielder

9.4

Kallis to Watson, 1 leg bye, quicker on the leg stump, he was looking to pull it away, hits his pads, rolls over to the leg side

9.5

Kallis to Samson, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and it's gone to long-on for a single

9.6

Kallis to Watson, (no ball) 1 run, full-toss and that's pulled away to the mid-wicket region for a single, that's called a no-ball for height this one

9.6

Kallis to Samson, 2 runs, very full and that's spanked to the long-on for a couple of runs, he hits 'em hard even on this slow pitch

End of over 10 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 71/2 (RR: 7.10)
SV Samson    23* (17b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-16-0
SR Watson    35* (30b 4x4)      Iqbal Abdulla    3-0-22-1

Sunil Narine comes on now.

10.1

Narine to Watson, no run, shorter in length and there's a bit of turn away from the bat, gets a leading edge and it rushes to the short cover

10.2

Narine to Watson, no run, tries to sweep it away and there's a big, big appeal, given not-out but that's looking mighty close on replays!

10.3

Narine to Watson, no run, defended off the back foot, pushed back to the bowler

10.4

Narine to Watson, no run, turning back into the batsman now and that's hit his pad yet again, spinning down the leg side I think, the keeper didn't appeal

10.5

Narine to Watson, OUT, and now he's gone, finally an lbw given! it was shorter in length and he wanted to sweep it away, the ball never came on and he missed, hits him plumb in front and this time, there's no two ways about it for the umpire, out is the call and a very correct one

SR Watson lbw b Narine 35 (49m 35b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

10.6

Narine to Yagnik, FOUR, four off the last ball, that was a cracking shot, shortish in length and the youngster opens the face of the bat and guides it through the in field for a four, races away

End of over 11 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 75/3 (RR: 6.81)
DH Yagnik    4* (1b 1x4)      SP Narine    1-0-4-1
SV Samson    23* (17b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-16-0

Rajat Bhatia is on

11.1

Bhatia to Samson, no run, on a good length and as expected it's a slower one, tapped to the short cover fielder

11.2

Bhatia to Samson, 1 run, slows it down even further if that's possible and the batsman doesn't bat an eyelid in punching it down to long-on for a single

11.3

Bhatia to Yagnik, no run, was looking to punch it through the leg side, was on the off stump and there's some bounce on it, beaten

11.4

Bhatia to Yagnik, 1 run, shortish in length and that's pulled away to the deep mid-wicket region for a single

11.5

Bhatia to Samson, 1 run, moves across the off stump before going back to his original stance and wants to hit it over, gets an inside edge to the leg side for a single

11.6

Bhatia to Yagnik, 1 run, very full from the bowler and that's worked away to the leg side for a single

End of over 12 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 79/3 (RR: 6.58)
DH Yagnik    6* (4b 1x4)      R Bhatia    1-0-4-0
SV Samson    25* (20b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    1-0-4-1

Satwik: "Dishant Yagnik had countered Narine pretty well when they played in Jaipur. Won't be surprising to know if it was a spontaneous decision by Dravid to send him out to bat seeing Narine bowling."

12.1

Senanayake to Yagnik, FOUR, late cut for a four! what a shot! that was very close to the off stump and he goes back and plays it so late and so delicately, goes away

12.2

Senanayake to Yagnik, OUT, bowled him, that's gone! it was a length ball outside the off stump and he goes back to cut it, inside edge and it hits the stumps.

DH Yagnik b Senanayake 10 (6m 6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Shah at six. Dravid in the dugout. Still.

12.3

Senanayake to Shah, 1 run, on his pads and that's tapped away ever so gently to the leg side by Shah for a single

12.4

Senanayake to Samson, no run, shorter length on the off stump and it's only pushed to the off side

12.5

Senanayake to Samson, no run, fuller on the middle stump and it's patted back to the bowler

12.6

Senanayake to Samson, SIX, shot, clean hit over the mid-wicket region for a six! it was full enough to attempt that slog shot, but it looks graceful enough, goes all the way too, this is a very vital innings from Samson

End of over 13 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 90/4 (RR: 6.92)
SV Samson    31* (23b 1x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-26-2
OA Shah    1* (1b)      R Bhatia    1-0-4-0

Faukka: "RR is like Arsenal football club. They buy unknown talents and make them superstars. eg. Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sidharth Trivedi, Sanju Samson, ...." And they last won a title long back too.

13.1

Bhatia to Shah, 1 run, on a good length on the off stump, punched down the ground for a single

13.2

Bhatia to Samson, no run, down the leg side and that's probably come off the pad, or that's what the umpire thinks anyway, not called a wide

13.3

Bhatia to Samson, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and driven down to long-on for a single

13.4

Bhatia to Shah, no run, flighted by the bowler, quickish spinner, and it's driven back to the bowler

13.5

Bhatia to Shah, FOUR, punched through extra-cover for a four! that's up to the bat and it's drilled away, four for the new man

13.6

Bhatia to Shah, 1 run, and this is driven down the ground for a single

End of over 14 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 97/4 (RR: 6.92)
OA Shah    7* (5b 1x4)      R Bhatia    2-0-11-0
SV Samson    32* (25b 1x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-26-2

14.1

Narine to Shah, 1 run, on a length and he's walking across to the off and punching through to the leg side for a single

14.2

Narine to Samson, no run, on a length and turning away, defended very carefully to the off side

14.3

Narine to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length again and he's on the back foot, pushed to the leg side for a single

14.4

Narine to Shah, 1 run, another one that's not really up to the bat, and it's knocked away to long-on for a single

14.5

Narine to Samson, 1 run, slightly slower, slower too and it's worked away to the leg side for another single, well played this over

14.6

Narine to Shah, 1 run, shorter in length and that's cut away for a single to deep point

End of over 15 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 102/4 (RR: 6.80)
OA Shah    10* (8b 1x4)      SP Narine    2-0-9-1
SV Samson    34* (28b 1x4 2x6)      R Bhatia    2-0-11-0

For all those interested in reading about Samson, here's a good place to start.

15.1

Bhatia to Shah, 1 run, slows it down to a trickle and he was going for an expansive shot, checks his shot and punches it to long-off for a single

15.2

Bhatia to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length and punched to the long-off fielder for a single

15.3

Bhatia to Shah, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and tapped down to the off side for a single

15.4

Bhatia to Samson, 1 run, slows it down further and on a good length, tapped it to the long-on fielder for a single

15.5

Bhatia to Shah, 1 run, shorter in length and pushed down to the long-off region for a single

15.6

Bhatia to Samson, 1 run, very full this time and he's driven it down to the long-off region for a single

End of over 16 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 108/4 (RR: 6.75)
SV Samson    37* (31b 1x4 2x6)      R Bhatia    3-0-17-0
OA Shah    13* (11b 1x4)      SP Narine    2-0-9-1

16.1

Narine to Samson, 1 run, how do you drop that? yep, that's dropped and I am shocked! that's the easiest one, top edged to one that's shorter and it pops up to Bisla and he reverse cups it, dropped!

16.2

Narine to Shah, 1 run, pushed to the leg side for a single

16.3

Narine to Samson, 1 run, punches it down to the long-off area for a single

16.4

Narine to Shah, FOUR, and now four through point, he was trying to cut it away and it comes off the middle of the bat

16.5

Narine to Shah, no run, and another shorter one, flatter too, pushed to the off side

16.6

Narine to Shah, no run, does not bowl too full yet again and it's pushed to Gambhir at point

End of over 17 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 115/4 (RR: 6.76)
OA Shah    18* (15b 2x4)      SP Narine    3-0-16-1
SV Samson    39* (33b 1x4 2x6)      R Bhatia    3-0-17-0

Aqil: "CSK: Man Utd (Consistent, Regular trophy winners) RR: Arsenal (Relies on Youth n makes them superstars then sell them to other clubs) MI: Chelsea (Big Spenders, star studded) KKR: Man City (Heavy Spenders, Wins trophies of late)"

ghanshyam: "Please don't compare ManUtd to CSK.. Please.. Not in this Lifetime"

17.1

Bhatia to Samson, no run, wants to hit it through the line, gets an inside edge on to the pads, not for a run

17.2

Bhatia to Samson, 1 run, floats it up and that's gone very wide outside the off stump, he was looking to reach after going down the track, got his bat on it, pushes it to long-off

17.3

Bhatia to Shah, 1 run, fuller again and driven to the off side for a single

17.4

Bhatia to Samson, OUT, shot but caught! it was shorter in length and he looks to go down the track, hits it hard enough but straight to the long-on fielder, caught!

SV Samson c Kallis b Bhatia 40 (58m 36b 1x4 2x6) SR: 111.11

Binny's in now.

17.5

Bhatia to Shah, 1 run, full toss on his pads and tapped down to long-on for a single

17.6

Bhatia to Binny, 1 run, fuller on his pads and tapped away to the leg side for a single, good over that costs him only four along with the wicket

End of over 18 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 119/5 (RR: 6.61)
STR Binny    1* (1b)      R Bhatia    4-0-21-1
OA Shah    20* (17b 2x4)      SP Narine    3-0-16-1

Ravi: "Last 5 overs only 33 runs? What going on ? Is it a T20 match?"

18.1

Narine to Binny, 1 run, defended on the front foot and pushed to the off side for a single

18.2

Narine to Shah, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and tapped away to the leg side for a single

Ruchit Vachhrajani: "I guess RR always wanted to score around 145. Binny will fire in last session (after the strategic break) and the total would be 140ish... It looks like the players are employees and Dravid, a strategic manager with a plan. No show off, no anger, no gangnam style - just pure boring regular day at work!"

18.3

Narine to Binny, no run, beaten, goes between the bat and pad and this is collected well by Bisla, appeal for stumping but he's back

18.4

Narine to Binny, no run, on his pads and he wants to smack it over the deep square-leg, misses, hits his pads

18.5

Narine to Binny, 1 run, slows it down now and defended to the off side for a single

18.6

Narine to Shah, 1 run, shorter in length and that's pulled away to the deep square-leg region for a single, another over that costs four

End of over 19 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 123/5 (RR: 6.47)
OA Shah    22* (19b 2x4)      SP Narine    4-0-20-1
STR Binny    3* (5b)      R Bhatia    4-0-21-1

19.1

Kallis to Shah, 1 wide, outside the off stump and it's called a wide, again slightly harsh I feel but that's how it goes in cricket sometimes

Shanky: "Where is Rahul Dravid? Is he Injured?" Not that we know of.

19.1

Kallis to Shah, no run, full-toss and its crunched back to the bowler, misfielded but gets it back in time

19.2

Kallis to Shah, 2 runs, very full and that's driven to the wide long-off region for a single, fielded well by Das but the throw isn't the best and it goes for an overthrow

19.3

Kallis to Shah, OUT, leg stump lies flat on the ground as he's bowled trying to paddle it away, was a length ball and the shot was one alright, just missed it!

OA Shah b Kallis 24 (29m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

Ladies and gentlemen, it's Rahul Dravid at the crease. Number eight tonight. One of those days I guess.

19.4

Kallis to Dravid, FOUR, full-toss, crunched, four. Easy as it gets for the captain, through extra-cover!

19.5

Kallis to Dravid, no run, ugly stroke from Dravid, he as looking for a slog but the ball never came on, had moved across the off stump too but is beaten, he wanted a bye too but wasn't coming

19.6

Kallis to Dravid, 2 runs, they have got a single and come back for the second to long-on, the throw is at the striker's end, it's a tad away from the keeper who has to stretch to whip off the bails and he is just in, two to end the innings

132/6 is a reasonable total on this track, but through most part of the innings the feeling I got was that both sides were happy to allow the batting team to get to this score. That's probably because one team thinks this is a good score and the other considers this to be chasable given their line-up. Can KKR get there? We will know in 10 after the break.

End of over 20 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 132/6
R Dravid    6* (3b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-25-1
STR Binny    3* (5b)      SP Narine    4-0-20-1
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May 3, 2013

Jacques Kallis plays off the back foot, Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, IPL,Kolkata, May 3, 2013

Jacques Kallis plays off the back foot

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May 3, 2013

Yusuf Pathan hits to the leg side, Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, IPL,Kolkata, May 3, 2013

Yusuf Pathan hits to the leg side

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