Indian Premier League, 56th match: Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders at Pune, May 9, 2013
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 46 runs
9 May 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Gautam and Manvinder opening with the bat. Parnell with the ball.

7.55 pm

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gyas ahmed: "why brandon mccullum not in playing 11" Because he's in England now playing in this game.

Shuja Pakhliwal: "I played with Parvez back in Kashmir in 2005. He is a down to earth and hard working guy. He has got the chance and I am sure he will make the maximum of it. Btw he is a better batsman than his bowling skills. I bet we will see the ball out of the stands hit today by Parvez."

7.45 pm

Adhithya S R: "Who have Manoj and Ryan replaced?" Ryan replaces Ryan (McLaren) and Tiwary comes in for Das.

josh clemmet: "I watched a lot of the BPL, and although it was a lot lower quality than the IPL, Ten Doeschate scored heavily every single game at a huge run rate... he should have been batting at #3 since day 1"

shashi: "After scoring three half-centuries in the first five matches, the KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir has only managed 34 runs in the last five innings. Gambhir was the team's top run-getter in their run to the title last season and his struggles with the bat has had an impact on the team too. With 16 wickets, Sunil Narine is KKR's top wicket-taker this season. However teams seem to have sorted out the mystery spinner; in the last five matches, Narine has gone wicket-less in three matches and has picked up just one wicket in each of the other two games. It is important that he picks up wickets in a heap - just like he did in the first few games of the season."

Srikanth Kollipara: "Finally Tendo got the chance... What earned the place in the team for tiwary- is it others poor run, or luck or his frustration on twitter!!!"

Amit: "I can't tell you how happy I am for Parvez Rasool. Heard him talking to Harsha Bhogle in PWI's last match. Such a genuine guy." The number of comments from everyone wanting to watch him is amazing.

7.30 pm, Toss

Finch at the toss. Wants to repay the faith that the owners have reaped upon them.

Gambhir has won the toss and they will bat first. Two changes for KKR, Ryan ten Doeschate and Manoj Tiwary comes in. Rasool comes in for Rahul Sharma for Pune.

7.27 pm

The first game's done and here we are with the second, Pune take on Kolkata. Toss in exactly two minutes and a few seconds.

Sudhir Jangia: "The Pune players list looks exactly like the KKR one in IPL2. A very long list and bottom of the league as well"

Vaaalpaiyan: "May I call this match as, "the First Dead rubber" of this season?"

0.1

Parnell to Bisla, no run, fuller outside the off stump and immediately driven off the middle of the bat, tapped to the off side

0.2

Parnell to Bisla, no run, up to the bat yet again and driven straighter this time to mid-off, not for runs

0.3

Parnell to Bisla, no run, fuller yet again, and this time he taps it back to the bowler

0.4

Parnell to Bisla, 1 run, this time he walks down the track, pushes it to mid-on and they are away for a quick single, good throw back from Yuvi and hits the stumps, but a diving Bisla is back in

Sam: "Who's winning the comments count today about being included in the teams? RTD or Rasool???" Looks pretty even for now.

Tanai: "KKR looks way more balanced than they were in previous matches!! Lets see how they perform!"

0.5

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 wide, down the leg side, again tries to keep it up to the bat but misses his line, goes down for a wide

0.5

Parnell to Gambhir, no run, crunch, it's off the middle of the bat and while it's straight to mid-off fielder, he will feel good with that stroke

0.6

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 wide, shorter one down the leg side, this seemed to have some pace on it and almost had GG in a bit of bother but the poor line helps

0.6

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, on a good length and on the off stump, Gambhir taps and runs much like he would with Sehwag in the good days they had together at the top of the Indian innings

End of over 1 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • G Gambhir 1 (2b)
    • MS Bisla 1 (4b)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-4-0

Upadhyay to share the new ball.

Anwar: "OMG I did not recognise Parnell there at all!! when did he change his hairstyle? Makes him look a completely different person."

1.1

Upadhyay to Gambhir, 3 runs, almost floats it up outside the off stump, pretty wide and too and he does well to get some bat on it, drilled through point for three, the ball pretty much stops before getting to the fence

1.2

Upadhyay to Bisla, 1 run, length ball on his pads, easily flicked away to wide mid-on for a single

1.3

Upadhyay to Gambhir, no run, wider outside the off stump and he tries to get some bat on that one too, bit of a stifled appeal from the keeper

1.4

Upadhyay to Gambhir, FOUR, up and over and for a four, this is another fuller one from the bowler, GG was looking to carve it over the point region, gets it over cover and for a four

Nishath: "Suneer, reading the commentary for the last ball made me sad. Those were the real good day, weren't they? Viru and Gauti's chemistry was something else."

1.5

Upadhyay to Gambhir, FOUR, hit hard, with a lot of authority, he walks down and gives it a serious tap down the ground for a four, beats the mid-off easily

1.6

Upadhyay to Gambhir, 1 run, and now opens the face of the bat and guides it through to third-man for a single

End of over 2 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • G Gambhir 13 (7b 2x4)
    • MS Bisla 2 (5b)
    • K Upadhyay 1-0-13-0
    • WD Parnell 1-0-4-0

rssampat: "One simply fails to understand the fascination of the PW with Angelo Mathew's, who is a PROVEN Non-performer in this edition of the IPL ahead of Steve Smith and Luke Wright both of who are better allrounder's and superior fielder's. Both have explosive batting prowess and on their day can take the game away from the opponent."

2.1

Parnell to Gambhir, FOUR, on his pads, very full and that's caressed by GG, flicked away through the backward square-leg area for a four, the fine-leg fielder did give it a chase but that's too quick for him

Stig Mistro: "Nobody is talking about bowling. Narine is no more the purple cap holder. Its a fact and his wickets are drying as more games go on for KKR."

2.2

Parnell to Gambhir, no run, edged and gone off the bounce to the keeper, was looking to deliberately open the face of the bat like he usually likes to do

2.3

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, on a length and tapped to the on-side, off for a quick single

2.4

Parnell to Bisla, FOUR, short of length and Bisla is going to go after it, rocks back and pulls it away over mid-wicket for a four

Gajendra: "I find Parnell looking more energetic, athletic and fitter now........looks like he has spent his time well while out of the team/on the bench......could prove a worthy investment of time in the long run"

2.5

Parnell to Bisla, 1 run, good length this time and on the middle stump too, bit of angle back in and easily tucked away to fine-leg for a single

PK: "@Nishath: You may think that viru and gauti had good chemistry, but nothing compared to dhawan and vijay...i mean come on, vijay went to congratulate dhawan after scoring his first run. Have you ever seen that before?"

2.6

Parnell to Gambhir, 1 run, and he repeats that stroke, opens the face and dabs it to third-man, this is a much more controlled stroke than that previous one and it rolls over for a single

End of over 3 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 28/0 (RR: 9.33)

    • G Gambhir 19 (11b 3x4)
    • MS Bisla 7 (7b 1x4)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-15-0
    • K Upadhyay 1-0-13-0
3.1

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and GG wont stop playing that one, open face, guide to third-man, get a single

Hitesh: "How can you not bowl bhuveneshwar kumar early on who is effective only with new ball..Such silly mistakes by PW and no wonder they are down in the bottom.."

3.2

Kumar to Bisla, no run, length ball on the off stump and it's patted to the point fielder

3.3

Kumar to Bisla, no run, and now he was looking to charge the bowler and hit it over the top, bit of an outside edge to point

3.4

Kumar to Bisla, FOUR, not this time, no outside edge this time, he has given the charge yet again and whack he goes, over the extra-cover region for a four

Hitesh: "@Stig Mistro: It will be wrong to say that Naraine is not as effective as last time to pickup the wickets. But the case that All others teams have adopted the strategy to play all Naraine over carefully and go after other bowlers."

3.5

Kumar to Bisla, 1 run, and yet again, it was a shorter ball after the batsman went down the track, is able to crack it through to third-man for a single

3.6

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, wow, he just cannot help himself playing that stroke now, can he, slightly outside the off stump and the next thing you know is that he's opened the face and guided it through to third-man for a single

End of over 4 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 35/0 (RR: 8.75)

    • G Gambhir 21 (13b 3x4)
    • MS Bisla 12 (11b 2x4)
    • B Kumar 1-0-7-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-15-0

Nihar: "@rssampat. Smith is not playing as he has to go back to Australia..likely to be fit for Australia A despite back injury"

4.1

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, no run, outside the off stump, floats it up and driven to the point region

4.2

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, FOUR, opens his stance up and hits it inside out and for a four, that's the first four off Rasool in the IPL

Adhithya S R: "@PK I agree that was a good gesture from Vijay, but at the same time Viru and GG were the best opening pair we ever had (IN THE SUB-CONTINENT). Lets face it, we are just bad when it comes to batting in other countries."

4.3

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, FOUR, fuller this time and it's a false stroke that goes to the fence, whether it's good batting or false strokes, his favourite area remains the same, that V behind the stumps

4.4

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, no run, shorter from the bowler and the batsman was looking to tap it and run, but bit of a leading edged takes it back to the bowler

4.5

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, 1 run, shortens his length yet again and patted it to long-on for a single

4.6

Parvez Rasool to Bisla, no run, quicker and flatter, pushes it back to the right of the bowler who does well to get to it

End of over 5 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 44/0 (RR: 8.80)

    • MS Bisla 12 (12b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 30 (18b 5x4)
    • Parvez Rasool 1-0-9-0
    • B Kumar 1-0-7-0
5.1

Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, short of length, outside the off stump and you can take a guess at where it's gone, pushed through to third-man for a single

5.2

Kumar to Bisla, OUT, goes for a whack across the line, misses and the bails are quickly whipped by the keeper, third-umpire called. whoa, that's gone, he seemed to have got his foot back but the part that is grounded is outside the crease and the one that's in the air is over the crease, which means that the umpire Taufel has no hesitation in giving it out!

MS Bisla st †Rawat b Kumar 12 (25m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Jacques Kallis is in at three.

5.3

Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, and Kallis does a Gambhir, stands up tall and guides it to third-man for a single to get off the mark

5.4

Kumar to Gambhir, no run, on the middle stump line and he was looking to flick it away, was pitching outside the leg and hits his pads

5.5

Kumar to Gambhir, no run, outside the off stump, slightly slower and beats the outside edge, the keeper fumbles too

DJ: "@Adhithya S R: Viru and GG better than Sachin and Saurav (home or away)...I guess not" We are also referring to Tests now, aren't we?

5.6

Kumar to Gambhir, FOUR, short of length and that's cracked away through the backward point area, there were two of them there and easily bisects them.

End of over 6 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 50/1 (RR: 8.33)

    • G Gambhir 35 (22b 6x4)
    • JH Kallis 1 (1b)
    • B Kumar 2-0-13-1
    • Parvez Rasool 1-0-9-0
6.1

Parvez Rasool to Kallis, no run, quicker, flatter, straighter and defended back to the right of the bowler

6.2

Parvez Rasool to Kallis, no run, fuller yet again and pushed back to the bowler

6.3

Parvez Rasool to Kallis, 1 run, continues to bowl quicker here and he's tapped it to the off side for a single

Kaushik: "Chawla bowling Watto with a fast ball, Bhuvi getting a wicket via stumping. O Lord! What has the world come to??"

6.4

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, quicker on his pads, was looking to tuck it away to the leg side but does not get any bat on it, rolls away for a leg-bye

6.5

Parvez Rasool to Kallis, no run, it's tad wide, wants to drive it away but I thought I spotted a bit of drift there

6.6

Parvez Rasool to Kallis, OUT, first wicket for Rasool, Kallis' gone! it was fuller this time and he's picked out Mathews at short cover, straight to him, who needs a second attempt to catch it

JH Kallis c Mathews b Parvez Rasool 2 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 7 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 52/2 (RR: 7.42)

    • G Gambhir 35 (23b 6x4)
    • Parvez Rasool 2-0-10-1
    • B Kumar 2-0-13-1
7.1

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, slow one to begin with, outside the off stump and it's tapped straight to the point area

7.2

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, another one that's slower, another one that's guided down to third-man for a single

7.3

Mathews to Morgan, 1 run, length ball on the middle stump and the new man Morgan has patted it down to long-on for a single

7.4

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, was looking to walk down and tap it to the off side, it hits his bat hard and rolls over to the keeper, GG does not know where the ball is, sent back

7.5

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, cuts hard and through to the right of Yuvraj at point, who dives well, fields and throws it back to the keeper, needed a direct hit

7.6

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, and again, short of length, slower and the cut goes straight to Yuvi at point, well fielded

End of over 8 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 54/2 (RR: 6.75)

    • G Gambhir 36 (28b 6x4)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (1b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-2-0
    • Parvez Rasool 2-0-10-1

Ed Green: "KKR need runs from Morgan here - what are the odds he fails? And what are the odds Pune bowl leg side rubbish at him?"

Mudassar: "Why cant Gambhir play well when i select him in my fantasy team. He always plays well when i dont have in my team. Is this my curse."

8.1

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, no run, round the stumps, on the middle stump, spins away from the bat, defended

8.2

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, no run, wants to reverse hit this one, gets it off the middle but not powerfully enough, to the point fielder

8.3

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, 1 run, quicker from the bowler, hits it down the ground for a single

8.4

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, no run, tries to paddle it over the fine-leg region, seems to have come off his pads through to the keeper

8.5

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, 1 run, drives it down the ground, was in the air because he did not quite get close to the pitch but on bounce

8.6

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, FOUR, and now the reverse shot, is hit in the gap and goes for a four, wasn't too hard again, but the placement is the key there

End of over 9 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 60/2 (RR: 6.66)

    • EJG Morgan 6 (5b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 37 (30b 6x4)
    • Parvez Rasool 3-0-16-1
    • AD Mathews 1-0-2-0
9.1

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, short of length from Mathews and pulled away to the deep square-leg fielder for a single

9.2

Mathews to Morgan, 1 run, slows it down this time, pitches it up to the bat, and tucked to the leg side for another single

9.3

Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, shorter in length but a slower one too and GG likes what he sees, cuts it away through backward point for a couple

9.4

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, and this angles into the batsman, who opens the face of the bat and taps it through to third-man

9.5

Mathews to Morgan, no run, shorter in length and punched back to the bowler, who fields on his right

9.6

Mathews to Morgan, 1 run, slower one and he had to check his stroke, plays it straight in the end and gets a single to long-off

End of over 10 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 66/2 (RR: 6.60)

    • EJG Morgan 8 (8b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 41 (33b 6x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-8-0
    • Parvez Rasool 3-0-16-1

Talking of his action, people have likened Rasool's to Graeme Swann, Mohammad Hafeez and Saqlain Mushtaq. Mohammad Ashraful anyone?

10.1

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, 2 runs, tucked away to the deep mid-wicket region for a couple of runs

10.2

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, 2 runs, slightly shorter in length that allows him to tuck it to wide long-on for an easy couple of runs

10.3

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, no run, was looking to cut it away there, but the ball keeps low and there is a huge appeal from the keeper, a long, long one in fact, not-out given

10.4

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, 1 run, flicked it away to the mid-wicket region for a single

10.5

Parvez Rasool to Gambhir, 1 run, shorter in length, not too much turn and easily played away to the leg side

10.6

Parvez Rasool to Morgan, 1 run, shortish, quicker and slapped to long-on for a single to finish off an excellent spell from Rasool

End of over 11 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 73/2 (RR: 6.63)

    • EJG Morgan 14 (13b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 42 (34b 6x4)
    • Parvez Rasool 4-0-23-1
    • AD Mathews 2-0-8-0

Mitch Marsh with the ball.

11.1

Marsh to Morgan, 1 run, a slower one first up and after looking to go through the off side, he checks his shot and drives it to long-on for a single

11.2

Marsh to Gambhir, no run, shorter in length and wanted to cut it away, beats the outside edge of the bat, through to the keeper

11.3

Marsh to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and through to the third-man for a single

11.4

Marsh to Morgan, OUT, gone, caught, Morgan's got to walk back! he was looking to flick it over the short fine-leg fielder, he seemed to have got it fairly well in the middle of the bat but the gap is what he fails to find, straight to the fielder and they have lost another

EJG Morgan c Uthappa b Marsh 15 (18m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Tendo at five

11.5

Marsh to ten Doeschate, no run, outside the off and beats the outside of the bat, was looking to defend at it but too quick for him

11.6

Marsh to ten Doeschate, no run, and this time he does get an edge that goes on the bounce to the keeper

End of over 12 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 75/3 (RR: 6.25)

    • RN ten Doeschate 0 (2b)
    • G Gambhir 43 (36b 6x4)
    • MR Marsh 1-0-2-1
    • Parvez Rasool 4-0-23-1

Saurav Gandhi: "Pune Warriors has come across as a team with full of talent and yet failing to deliver due to lack of a leader.. Can be a perfect case study for Management Schools.."

Srikanth: ""Does IPL consider a loan window in future where players don't need to warm up benches in a hot summer? Players like Maxwell, Tendo will have a serious dent to their purse in next auction due lack of chance for action this season.""

12.1

Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, slows it down well and he's still able to tuck it down towards fine-leg and they come back for the second

12.2

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, quicker this time, cramps him for room who is looking to flick it to the leg side, does not get any bat on it

12.3

Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, slower but pitched right up to the bat, Gambhir thinks of blasting it away before checking the stroke and getting it over extra-cover for a couple of runs

12.4

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, very full and angling into the batsman who looks to flick it away, gets an inside edge on to the boot

12.5

Mathews to Gambhir, 4 byes, goes for a slog against the line and misses. Misses the stumps. Misses the keeper. And what it does hit is the boundary rope and for four byes. the keeper was blinded by Gambhir walking in front of him I think

12.6

Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, flicked through to deep mid-wicket get him a couple of runs after Rasool misfields, moves on to 49

End of over 13 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 85/3 (RR: 6.53)

    • G Gambhir 49 (42b 6x4)
    • RN ten Doeschate 0 (2b)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-14-0
    • MR Marsh 1-0-2-1
13.1

Marsh to ten Doeschate, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, slower too and pushed down the ground for a single

13.2

Marsh to Gambhir, 1 run, a very slow ball used to guide it to third-man for that single which brings him his 50, his 20th in IPL history.

13.3

Marsh to ten Doeschate, 2 runs, slower on his pads and tucks it away to the leg side for a couple

13.4

Marsh to ten Doeschate, no run, quicker outside the off stump, defended to the off side and Mathews has a shy at the non-striker's stumps, misses

13.5

Marsh to ten Doeschate, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump, 129.8 km/hr and that's drilled through the covers for a single

13.6

Marsh to Gambhir, OUT, tries to slog it away but it's gone straight to Mathews at short mid-wicket, Gambhir's gone! Big big wicket for the Warriors, he wanted to slog it over the in-field but does not connect it too well, simple catch for the fielder

G Gambhir c Mathews b Marsh 50 (59m 44b 6x4 0x6) SR: 113.63

End of over 14 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 90/4 (RR: 6.42)

    • RN ten Doeschate 4 (6b)
    • MR Marsh 2-0-7-2
    • AD Mathews 3-0-14-0

Pathan at six. How much will he score today?

There's a poll on the Social Scorecard vis-a-vis IPL and India loyalties. Go on and vote.

14.1

Upadhyay to ten Doeschate, 1 run, shorter in length, not a slower ball this time and it's easily nurdled around to the leg side for a single

shams: "KKR would be even better case study for Business school. They have all the big names with big money, crowd and apparently good, ambitious (arrogant at times) leader! still unable to materialize the outcome they are asked for. Business school, plz find a solution."

14.2

Upadhyay to Pathan, no run, cramps him for room, on the off stump and angle into the batsman, defended back to the bowler

14.3

Upadhyay to Pathan, no run, fuller on the off stump and driven, straight to the short cover fielder

Srikanth: ""@Suarav - Poor management of resources costed them dearly. Form shall be the criteria for selection rather than Fame. Steve Smith, Luke Wright and probably Parvez Rasool were under utilized. Won't be surprised if Dravid gets an invite from the IVY League schools to address on effective management and utilization of scarce, moderate resources on hand.""

14.4

Upadhyay to Pathan, 2 runs, slows it down considerably and pulls back the length too, pushes it to backward square-leg and they are able to come back for the second now

14.5

Upadhyay to Pathan, 1 wide, bouncer, well bowled and Pathan's gone down under it, done well too, it's called a wide in the end

14.5

Upadhyay to Pathan, 1 run, slows it down but Pathan does well to get it down to third-man for a single, Rasool runs in quickly to field it

14.6

Upadhyay to ten Doeschate, 1 run, slower and hits it to long-on for a single

End of over 15 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 96/4 (RR: 6.40)

    • RN ten Doeschate 6 (8b)
    • YK Pathan 3 (4b)
    • K Upadhyay 2-0-19-0
    • MR Marsh 2-0-7-2
15.1

Kumar to ten Doeschate, no run, length ball and defended to the off side

15.2

Kumar to ten Doeschate, 1 run, fuller on the off side and he goes down the ground, single to long-off

tulsi: "GG was at 35 of 22 and then for his 15 runs took 22 balls. cant waste too many balls for your fifty."

15.3

Kumar to Pathan, no run, slower, fuller and he plonks his bat and pad out and defends, to the fielder

15.4

Kumar to Pathan, OUT, edged and gone, Pathan's stay is a short one length ball outside the off stump, he wants to go for a hard-hit cut, what he ends up doing instead is to nick it straight to the keeper

YK Pathan c †Rawat b Kumar 3 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Incidentally the Time-out's out now.

Mahesh: "Many mails with respect to Management. Seems more managers do not have work today. Please take work from developers and give us time to check score atleast"

15.5

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, appeal for an lbw, he was looking to defend it, bit of movement back into him, hits the pads and they are off for a leg-bye

15.6

Kumar to ten Doeschate, 1 run, shuffles across to the off stump and gives the impression he wants to hit it over the leg side but then cuts it hard, straight to the third-man fielder for a single

End of over 16 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 99/5 (RR: 6.18)

    • RN ten Doeschate 8 (11b)
    • MK Tiwary 0 (1b)
    • B Kumar 3-0-15-2
    • K Upadhyay 2-0-19-0
16.1

Mathews to ten Doeschate, SIX, shot, that's his first six this IPL, it was fuller outside the off and he free his arms, smacks it over the mid-wicket area for a six!

16.2

Mathews to ten Doeschate, 2 runs, and now he gets the width he needs to free his arms again, this time he cuts hard and gets it to the left of the sweeper, a couple

16.3

Mathews to ten Doeschate, no run, first to the leg, then to the off, and now he goes to hit it straight over, misses, straight to the keeper

16.4

Mathews to ten Doeschate, FOUR, this time he succeeds! he was looking to get runs in every part of the ground I think, drills it straight back to the bowler, four between long-on and long-off

16.5

Mathews to ten Doeschate, FOUR, four more, what batting this, where was he all this while! it was outside the off stump and the yorker was converted into a low full-toss, gets it over the short cover fielder for a four

16.6

Mathews to ten Doeschate, 1 run, round the stumps now and Tendo is able to muscle it to long-on for a single

End of over 17 (17 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 116/5 (RR: 6.82)

    • RN ten Doeschate 25 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • MK Tiwary 0 (1b)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-31-0
    • B Kumar 3-0-15-2

Aporup: "How about pune appointing SIR ALEX FERGUSON as their manager as he is free from his Manchester United duties atleast he can do some good to this team :D" On a slightly serious note, there is a good chance he will still continue to remain associated with them in some sort of a role. And on another note, they have a new manager announced already!

17.1

Parnell to ten Doeschate, 1 run, outside the off and cuts it to the backward point, they are off for a quick one

17.2

Parnell to Tiwary, 1 run, over the top, tries to go inside out and has been able to crack it towards the deep cover fielder for a single

17.3

Parnell to ten Doeschate, 1 run, quicker, outside the off and full-toss, is able to tap it down to long-off for a single

17.4

Parnell to Tiwary, 2 runs, cracked it, but it was not off the middle and the shot goes to the left of Rasool at deep square-leg, he was running backward and not going for a catch

17.5

Parnell to Tiwary, FOUR, thick edge and that's cracked over point for a four, good runs added here

17.6

Parnell to Tiwary, 1 run, swing away from the bat, drives it to extra-cover and they are able to get away for a single

End of over 18 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 126/5 (RR: 7.00)

    • MK Tiwary 8 (5b 1x4)
    • RN ten Doeschate 27 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-25-0
    • AD Mathews 4-0-31-0
18.1

Kumar to Tiwary, FOUR, smart shot that from Tiwary, almost puts the bowler into a quandary here, it was on the off stump, perfect length too but he goes out and scoops it over short fine-leg for a four

18.2

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, full-toss outside the off stump and with the third-man inside the circle, he will be cursing himself there, should have got it away to the fence, single to short third-man

18.3

Kumar to ten Doeschate, FOUR, blasted it through wide long-off for a four, that's fuller and outside the off and he walks across and smash it goes, what does the bowler do now?

18.4

Kumar to ten Doeschate, OUT, this is what he should do, this is what he has done! it short of length and he wants to pull it away, gets a top-edge and that goes high in the air and is caught rather well by the short fine-leg fielder

RN ten Doeschate c Upadhyay b Kumar 31 (32m 21b 3x4 1x6) SR: 147.61

18.5

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 wide, edged and through to the keeper on the bounce, but it's given a wide, he didn't hear it!

18.5

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, slower one and he was looking to go down the track, does not get any bat on it, they are able to sneak a single

18.6

Kumar to Bhatia, no run, slower one again and he wants to cut it, but the new man's beaten for pace and it's through to the keeper

End of over 19 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 137/6 (RR: 7.21)

    • R Bhatia 0 (1b)
    • MK Tiwary 13 (8b 2x4)
    • B Kumar 4-0-25-3
    • WD Parnell 3-0-25-0

Satwik: "Now that is the sort of contribution in the middle/lower middle order that KKR dearly missed in the earlier games."

19.1

Parnell to Tiwary, 1 run, way outside the off stump, he was looking to walk across to the off side but he follows him and the batsman can only get some bat on it for a single

19.2

Parnell to Bhatia, FOUR, short of length and that's whacked over the mid-wicket for a four, gets off the mark

19.3

Parnell to Bhatia, 1 run, chips it over the off side, was a fuller one but he can get it only to deep point for a single

19.4

Parnell to Tiwary, 1 run, this is good bowling, he's managing to follow Tiwary, he was looking to go over to the off side and scoop it over the short fine-leg but he bowls it very full and wide outside the off, single to that same fielder

19.5

Parnell to Bhatia, SIX, wow, was that a half-helicopter? it was a full-toss and he gets a lot of bottom hand on it, cracked over wide long-on for a six!

19.6

Parnell to Bhatia, 2 runs, spanked straight back to the bowler, who gets some hand on it and they are back for a second to long-off

In the end, KKR do manage to get to 152 after their engine seemed to have stalled in the middle of the innings. Ten Doeschate's cameo helped, as did Tiwary and Bhatia, but the big question is whether this is enough of a target. Back in 10 after a light dinner and with the chase.

Pukhraj: "Why the heck is Parnell bowling the last over he is a proven failure in this format of game. Marsh should have bowled this important over."

Jayesh: "What is Pune thinking??? Marsh 2 overs 7 runs.. and not given the last over! Some decisions never make any sense to me...!!"

End of over 20 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 152/6

    • R Bhatia 13 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • MK Tiwary 15 (10b 2x4)
    • WD Parnell 4-0-40-0
    • B Kumar 4-0-25-3
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