Indian Premier League - 65th match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors

Pune Warriors won by 7 runs

A few moments before we countdown from 10. Well, not we, but the TV broadcasters. The fielders are obviously out in the middle and so are Uthappa and Finch. With the ball, it's Balaji.

3.50 pm

RD: "One more reason for Pune's failure is their continues change in playing XI and of captain as well.Sides like Chennai,RR are making very few changes and they are backing that changes too, by vertue of which they get players like Mohit,sanju,yagnik..Pune should stop playin this musical chair."

Chicken and egg this, the continuous changes also happen because they lose so many.

Mridul Shandilya: "Pune has often blundered in its selection policies. For example - on a slow spinners wicket in Ranchi, Pune thinks Mendis is not worth a pick!"

Subhash : "On the right side of the commentary I see a headline : 'Gambhir defends Ranchi pitch' . Makes sense, if he can defend Pathan after 3 years of non-performance...."

3.40 pm

Harish: "Its really shocking to see how a team with so many matchwinners can lose so consistently as PWI have done for 3 consecutive seasons now. This leaves to the million dollar question as to where is the real problem?? The answer could be environment, setup, coaching style, man management, captain, players or anything or even a multiple of these things. The next best thing that could happen to PWI is they should dismantle the whole team along with coaching staff and hunt for newer players in the Mega auction next year. If they retain a few, then God only knows if the bad blood generated over these 3 years would still continue and become as a cancer. KKR were in a similar spot after 3 years and they dismantled the whole setup and hired new ones and look what wonders has it done to them!! IPL Trophy in the Kitty!!"

yogi: "@Suneer The reason why DC under-performed apart from the lack of leadership is poor domestic talent. This is why i feel PWI's performance is more disappointing than DC coz they have a decent domestic pool."

Umang: "@Sameer: I wonder if Pune has any fans left"

Swapnil R: "If we were to count the number of uncapped players in squads, Pune would come second only to Rajasthan and the Royals somehow put faith (every year mind you) in these youngsters and more often than not they come good! Point being Pune's local players do not perform as well as those from other teams!"

Ramachandran R: "I hope Pune wins today and put a stop to Gambhir day dreaming about "we still have a chance to make it..." Look what happened to CSK last time when they qualified (??) for the play-offs by virtue of other teams!! KKR do not deserve a place in the play-offs this season."

3.30 pm, Toss

Gambhir and Finch at the toss. Gambhir harps on how he has a quality side. He adds, even Pune is a quality side. Bit of green grass on the pitch.

Gambhir wins the toss and has decided to bowl first. Finch says he would have batted first. Says the pitch may not get better. Gambhir says it will not get worse.

Both mean the same I take it.

No change in the Kolkata side. Four of them for Pune, including Luke Wright and Raiphi Gomez.

Sameer: "As an RCB fan, i am feeling really low after yeterday. I wonder what Pune fans must be feeling after every other match or should i say season?"

Vijit: "Fortunately, for Pune there is nothing like relegation zone and they won't drop to second division... May be IPL should come up with something like relegation and promotion like football leagues..." Which will need them to add half a dozen more sides to get there. Which also mean they may need to play all year around to accommodate so many games.

3.25 pm

Yuvaraja: "The one team which has the fire power as CSK is Pune, but the one thing they miss is a good leadership." On another note, why did Deccan Chargers under-perform in the first season despite such a strong side?

DMX: "Yes. Good question Suneer... DC had the Best team on paper but they lack team work... They never clicked as a team.. You can not blame the captain alone for that. Where Pune went wrong is that they invested so much on overseas players but you can only have 4 in your team. you need good indian talent to do well. Look at RR, Chennai... That explains it."

Jainish: "The reason why Deccan didnt perform in the first season was because they were captained by VVS Laxman... Although VVS is a legend in his own right, I would not rate him high in T20" Didn't Gilchrist take over from him midway through because of an injury?

3.20 pm

Not a very positive note to begin things. But that's how it is. Shubham: "Some Pune Horror Facts: 1.Pune won last time on 15th April.Exactly 1 Month Back.(In a Tournament which is not of even 2 Months) 2.Pune have finished 9th in both of previous IPL seasons(Only 2 which they have participated in) 3.Pune had 4 Wins in Both previous seasons which means they need to win both of their nest matches to equal it"

3.15 pm

Hi all, we are in the last week of the league stage of this IPL and two games this mid-week. Kolkata Knight Riders are up against the Pune Warriors at Ranchi, before Mumbai host the Rajasthan Royals in a top-half clash. Suneer Chowdhary here to take you through both of 'em.

Mathematically, the first game isn't a dead one yet. By the virtue of Bangalore's defeat at the hands of Punjab yesterday, Kolkata continue to possess an outside chance of making it to the playoffs, a small, thin chance if I may add. Pune are hunting for a place other than the bottom but to do that they need to win, something they haven't done too many times this season.

0.1

Balaji to Uthappa, no run, on the off stump, good length too and he's immediately back and defending to the off side, wanted a single but the fielders converge from everywhere

0.2

Balaji to Uthappa, no run, wide, outside the off stump and he cuts it, was trying to place it but does not get any of it, hit straight to backward point

Uthappa is up to the stumps.

0.2

Balaji to Uthappa, no run, shorter in length and that's tucked to the leg side for a single, was to the left of square-leg

0.3

Balaji to Uthappa, FOUR, did I see a bit of swing away from the bat there, just a little bit and on a length, he only pushes forward, gets it off the middle of the bat and through the covers for a four

Sam Edwards: "What Pune needs is more specialists.. almost all their players are bits-and-pieces all-rounders..."

gaurav: "Pune's problem began even before the start of the season with the assault on jesse ryder and then went clarke, samuels, smith....."

0.4

Balaji to Uthappa, no run, brings it back to the off stump line and pulls his length back a little, defended back to the bowler

0.5

Balaji to Uthappa, 2 runs, and that's drifted far too down his pads, easily tucked away to fine-leg for a couple of runs

0.6

Balaji to Uthappa, no run, punches it off the back foot into the covers, not for runs

End of over 1 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
RV Uthappa    6* (6b 1x4)      L Balaji    1-0-6-0
AJ Finch    0* (0b)     

Senanayake to share the new ball.

Rohit: "There is nothing wrong with Pune. If Yuvi gets back in form, shrugs off that casual attitude and wins a few matches, Pune will be a different team. Guys like Uthappa should now win matches on his own. The leader should instill a belief in his team members. Look at Dhoni, Dravid, Kohli and now Rohit. SRH is an exception though but they have match winners in Steyn, Sammy, Thisara. Btw, I'm an MI supporter." That sounded more like Gautam Gambhir.

Sagar: "I am tired of hearing people chant since yesterday that KKR 'doesn't deserve a place in the playoffs'! Who are they to decide if a team really 'deserves' a chance or not? Just because they have a problem with Gambhir not smiling on the field, or KKR lacking a power hitter like Gayle? Let's go the logical way - if a team gathers enough point to reach the playoffs, then they deserve to be in the playoffs. Simple. This holds to for any team, and KKR should not be an exception. If KKR doesn't accumulate enough points, then it automatically means that they don't deserve to make it to the playoffs."

1.1

Senanayake to Finch, 1 run, round the stumps, that's very full on his pads and easily tucked down to deep square-leg for a single

1.2

Senanayake to Uthappa, 1 run, again on his pads and that's pushed down to deep long-on for a single, the batsmen had to wait for it cross the short mid-wicket and they cannot come back

1.3

Senanayake to Finch, FOUR, fuller and he gives himself some room and driven down the ground for a four!

1.4

Senanayake to Finch, no run, shortens his length expectedly and that's tapped into the covers

1.5

Senanayake to Finch, 3 runs, and again, gives himself room, moves back and crunches it through the off side, gets it into the gap, chased and fielded well by Kallis

1.6

Senanayake to Uthappa, 1 run, gets his bat and down together and pushes it to long-on for a single

End of over 2 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 16/0 (RR: 8.00)
RV Uthappa    8* (8b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-10-0
AJ Finch    8* (4b 1x4)      L Balaji    1-0-6-0

2.1

Balaji to Uthappa, no run, goes down the track and tries to thwack it over the in field, gets nowhere near the middle of the bat and it rolls over to short mid-wicket

varun: "@Suneer you should screen comments before posting them.. Ryder was to join delhi this season" True that, but his point remains, they gave up on Ryder, which was a surprising move.

2.2

Balaji to Uthappa, SIX, short of length and this time he gets it off the middle, no moving around in the crease, just waited for it, and spank, six over mid-wicket!

2.3

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

2.4

Balaji to Finch, no run, shorter, wider and slower outside the off stump, he wanted to give it his all, but the lack of pace defeats the shot, it isn't timed too well to the covers

2.5

Balaji to Finch, 1 run, fuller this time and on the off stump, was looking to push it away and gets an inside edge to mid-wicket for a single

2.6

Balaji to Uthappa, SIX, and again, that's another six and this time he does move down the track to get create the power, it was a short of length delivery and look how he's treated it, slapped it away!

End of over 3 (14 runs) Pune Warriors 30/0 (RR: 10.00)
RV Uthappa    21* (12b 1x4 2x6)      L Balaji    2-0-20-0
AJ Finch    9* (6b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-10-0

Uthappa now has 400 runs this IPL

3.1

Senanayake to Finch, no run, shorter from round the stumps and he pats it to square-leg

3.2

Senanayake to Finch, 1 run, shorter in length and that's tapped down to long-on for a single

3.3

Senanayake to Uthappa, 1 run, that's quite full but outside the leg stump, he was looking to shimmy down the pitch but can only tap it away to mid-wicket for a single

3.4

Senanayake to Finch, no run, shorter in length and cuts hard, straight to the cover fielder

3.5

Senanayake to Finch, 1 run, fuller and he stills goes back and pushes it to long-on for a single

3.6

Senanayake to Uthappa, 1 run, fuller and driven down to mid-off for a single

End of over 4 (4 runs) Pune Warriors 34/0 (RR: 8.50)
RV Uthappa    23* (14b 1x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-14-0
AJ Finch    11* (10b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-20-0

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4.1

Narine to Uthappa, no run, outside the off stump, slows it down but no turn on that one, defended back

4.2

Narine to Uthappa, no run, ooh, very slow again, no turn and Uthappa is an hour early into his sweep, misses

4.3

Narine to Uthappa, no run, goes for the sweep yet again but does not get any bat on it, lobs up off the pad

4.4

Narine to Uthappa, no run, appeal for stumping and the third ump's being called here. flighted up to the bat and he was looking to drive it over the bowler's head, misses and the keeper needs some time before he dislodges the bails, by which time he's back

4.5

Narine to Uthappa, 1 run, shorter in length and that's pulled to deep square-leg for a single

4.6

Narine to Finch, FOUR, wow, what a shot, it was slightly shorter, and he's slapped it on the up and through the extra-cover region for a four to spoil what was turning out to be a good over

End of over 5 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 39/0 (RR: 7.80)
AJ Finch    15* (11b 2x4)      SP Narine    1-0-5-0
RV Uthappa    24* (19b 1x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-14-0

Dishant: "Sure as hell Suneer review comments before posting because i dont see any other reason for my comments not making it on commentary feed ever." But I do not always commentate.

5.1

Senanayake to Uthappa, 1 run, was going down the track and the bowler shortens the length, tapped away to the leg side

5.2

Senanayake to Finch, no run, quicker on his pads and wants to tap it away, beats the bat and it skids through

5.3

Senanayake to Finch, 1 run, slower outside the off stump and Finch wants to deposit it into Eden Gardens, gets an inside edge to the deep mid-wicket fielder

5.4

Senanayake to Uthappa, OUT, bowled 'im! that's come off the inside edge and rattled the stumps! it was shorter in length and that pull shot was not a bad choice but it seemed to be a slower than what the batsman thought, does not get it off the middle

RV Uthappa b Senanayake 25 (20m 21b 1x4 2x6) SR: 119.04

bollam: "@suneer... I am wondering when did Uthappa hit so many runs... indeed he is in top 10... PWI's failure has suppressed his batting success ... :)" came into his own in the second half of the season. That innings against Rajasthan was an excellent one.

5.5

Senanayake to MK Pandey, no run, whoa, that's close, close, close, lbw appeal, and it looks to have come off an inside edge, good umpiring!

5.6

Senanayake to MK Pandey, 1 run, fuller and he drives it down to long-on for a single

End of over 6 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 42/1 (RR: 7.00)
MK Pandey    1* (2b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-17-1
AJ Finch    16* (13b 2x4)      SP Narine    1-0-5-0

Jacques Kallis with the ball now.

Vijay: "@suneer, you guys often use the term 'Shimmy down the pitch'. I tried to find the synonym and this is what google had to tell me "A kind of ragtime dance in which the whole body shakes or sways""

AV: "@Suneer:"Finch wants to deposit it into Eden Gardens..".. from Ranchi???? Please be awake Suneer.." That's exactly what he looked he wanted to do.

6.1

Kallis to MK Pandey, no run, fuller on the off stump and driven back to the bowler off the back foot

6.2

Kallis to MK Pandey, 1 run, shorter one from Kallis and he swivels around to hit it straight to deep square-leg for a single

6.3

Kallis to Finch, 1 run, slower pitched right up to the bat and it's pushed to long-on for a single

Rawat: "Coming into 65th match: 19000+ Runs, 554+ 6's, 82 half centuries,4 centuries, 0 number of comment published."

6.4

Kallis to MK Pandey, no run, dropped is it? no, it seems to have fallen just short of the short mid-wicket fielder, was looking to pull it but was never in control of it there

6.5

Kallis to MK Pandey, no run, and again, he looks to pull it yet again, does not look too comfortable and it rolls over to short mid-wicket, that's a good fielding position

6.6

Kallis to MK Pandey, 1 run, slower one outside the off stump and easily opens the face of the bat and hits it through to third-man for a single

End of over 7 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 45/1 (RR: 6.42)
MK Pandey    3* (7b)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-0
AJ Finch    17* (14b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-17-1

Ashok Krishna: "Uthappa wasted another good start.He has to learn to convert good starts to great innings"

Ani: "Some memories to brush up......this lad, Manish Pandey, is the first Indian to score a hundred in IPL." And India won the World Cup in 1983.

7.1

Bhatia to MK Pandey, no run, on the middle stump and on a good length, he looks to open the face of the bat and gets it away to point, wanted a single but is sent back

VK: "Pune Horror Fact #5: If Pune combined the results of all 52(?) games (3 seasons) they have ever played, they still wouldn't qualify! (If SRH win their last 2)"

7.2

Bhatia to MK Pandey, 1 run, a very slow ball, fuller as well and driven down to long-off for a single

7.3

Bhatia to Finch, 2 runs, on his pads, slightly quicker I think, tucked away to backward square-leg for a couple of runs

7.4

Bhatia to Finch, no run, short of length and that's tapped back to the bowler, gets his left hand out and fields it well

7.5

Bhatia to Finch, no run, was looking to slog it away but it comes rather slow, beats the outside of the bat and this time Bisla is quick to whip 'em off, he is in though

Vignesh: "@Bollam, I think calling Uthappa's batting a success is too kind and I'm sure even Uthappa would agree with me. Have a look at his strike rate, its anything but Uthappa standards. He's probably been Pune's best batsmen but thats not saying much."

7.6

Bhatia to Finch, 2 runs, in the air that was, on the off stump and fuller, was looking to drill it through the covers, gets an outside edge and it flies through short cover for a couple

End of over 8 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 50/1 (RR: 6.25)
AJ Finch    21* (18b 2x4)      R Bhatia    1-0-5-0
MK Pandey    4* (9b)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-0

Tendo on

8.1

ten Doeschate to MK Pandey, 1 run, shorter in length and almost pushed down to long-on while walking with the shot

V Kishore: "@Rawat: Treat all your earlier comments as dot balls. After staying quiet for 65 matches you started with a bang like Chris Gayle."

Ankur Chaturvedi: "I wonder why people are so much concerned about getting their comments published when its the love of the game which has brought all of us here"

8.2

ten Doeschate to Finch, 1 run, again a tad shorter in length and punched away to wide long-on for a single

8.3

ten Doeschate to MK Pandey, 1 run, on a length but not too much, easily able to come down the track and push it down to long-on for a single

8.4

ten Doeschate to Finch, 1 run, slower than his normal speed, on the off stump and he works it away to long-on for a single

8.5

ten Doeschate to MK Pandey, 2 runs, outside the off stump and it's driven to the right of the deep cover fielder, Bhatia has to run across but cannot stop the second

8.6

ten Doeschate to MK Pandey, 1 run, slower delivery, tries the off-spinner and easily tucked away to the leg side for a single

End of over 9 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 57/1 (RR: 6.33)
MK Pandey    9* (13b)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-7-0
AJ Finch    23* (20b 2x4)      R Bhatia    1-0-5-0

Kallis to bowl his second.

Time-out time.

Vignesh: "@Suneer, What happened to Callum Ferguson? He's a very good player. Surprised Pune haven't given him a go. Is he even still in Pune?" He was released by them before the previous auction.

Jindal: "Since 3rd over, PWI have beautifully managed to reduce their run rate at a constant pace..... from 10 in 3rd to 8.5 in 4th, to 7.8 in 5th, to 7 in 6th, to 6.42 in 7th, to 6.25 in 8th, to ............"

9.1

Kallis to MK Pandey, 1 run, shorter in length and he was looking to hit it over mid-off, the slowness of the pace means he has to check his stroke and lob it to mid-off on a bounce

9.2

Kallis to Finch, no run, and now he goes to slog it away, misses and he sneaks through between the bat and the pad, there was a sound there, looks like it has hit the stump without disturbing the bail enough

9.3

Kallis to Finch, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped away to the leg side for a single

9.4

Kallis to MK Pandey, 1 run, continues the liberal use of the short ball against Pandey, who, for a change is able to pull it down to long-on for a single

9.5

Kallis to Finch, SIX, and shot away for a six! that was an attempted yorker but went as a full-toss, Finch almost seemed like he was waiting for it and spanks him over long-on for a maximum, should help

9.6

Kallis to Finch, SIX, two in a row! that's fuller this time and Finch powers it over the long-on fence for a second six, that's turned things around for Pune there

End of over 10 (15 runs) Pune Warriors 72/1 (RR: 7.20)
AJ Finch    36* (24b 2x4 2x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-18-0
MK Pandey    11* (15b)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-7-0

Kaustubh: "I do not rule out the possibility of Callum Ferguson asking for a release, he must have better things to do back home."

Raki: "Someone please tell Pune that this is T20 where we expect some 4's and 6's." He just heard you.

10.1

Bhatia to MK Pandey, 1 run, slower, shorter and he cuts it away to deep cover for a single

10.2

Bhatia to Finch, 2 runs, another one that never comes on but Finch awaits its arrival before cutting it in front of the covers and gets a couple

10.3

Bhatia to Finch, SIX, and gone again for a six! Finch wants to turn it on here and he's just hit his third six, it was slightly fuller, in fact on a good length and he has hit it through the line over the bowler's head

10.4

Bhatia to Finch, 1 run, on his pads and easily tucked away for a single

Finch also has 400 runs this season now.

10.5

Bhatia to MK Pandey, SIX, and now it's Pandey, it's very full from Bhatia and he's slogged it over mid-wicket for a six!

10.6

Bhatia to MK Pandey, 1 run, slows it down, pulls his length back and the batsman easily tucks it to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 11 (17 runs) Pune Warriors 89/1 (RR: 8.09)
MK Pandey    19* (18b 1x6)      R Bhatia    2-0-22-0
AJ Finch    45* (27b 2x4 3x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-18-0

There's a purple balloon on the field.

32 in the last 2 overs. Suddenly the rate's up to 8.

11.1

Senanayake to MK Pandey, 1 run, fuller, outside the off stump and driven down to long-off for a single

11.2

Senanayake to Finch, 1 run, shorter in length and that's pushed down to long-off for a single

11.3

Senanayake to MK Pandey, 1 run, not too short and he was looking to cut it away, gets an inside edge and to point

11.4

Senanayake to Finch, 1 run, on his pads and easily tucked away to the leg side for a single

11.5

Senanayake to MK Pandey, 1 run, on the off stump and he opens the face yet again, pushes it to point for a single

11.6

Senanayake to Finch, no run, very full and almost yorks the batsman, he was looking to shuffle away to the leg side but is only able to dig it out, back to the bowler

End of over 12 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 94/1 (RR: 7.83)
AJ Finch    47* (30b 2x4 3x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-22-1
MK Pandey    22* (21b 1x6)      R Bhatia    2-0-22-0

Balaji with the ball.

Ram: "The ESPNCricinfo Headline reads "Pune lose Uthappa after good start", would be apt to add "as usual" alongside, will there be a day when a Pune batsman scores a 90 ? let alone hundred !!"

12.1

Balaji to MK Pandey, no run, shorter in length and wants to crack it through the off side, gets it well but straight to the short cover fielder

12.2

Balaji to MK Pandey, 1 run, shorter, slower and he was looking to pull it, does not get it off the middle, Pathan throws it to the bowler from square-leg and does not hit, could have been out

12.3

Balaji to Finch, 1 run, wide, half volley and he drives it through the covers, seems like it came off the bottom of the bat and he's signalling at the dugout for a new willow

12.4

Balaji to MK Pandey, 1 run, wide outside the off stump again, that's good bowling against two batsmen wanting to go after him, outside edge to short third-man

12.5

Balaji to Finch, OUT, bowled him, Balaji has one, it was shorter in length and the batsman was looking to pull it away, the ball seems to have kept a tad low, hasn't come on too quickly probably and he's bowled

AJ Finch b Balaji 48 (53m 32b 2x4 3x6) SR: 150.00

Yuvraj Singh at four.

Vaibhav: "PWI have just started to dominate and looking good..from what we have seen so far of them,this means a streak of wickets with too many dots to follow :P"

12.6

Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, no run, shorter in length and punched to the short cover, straight to him

End of over 13 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 97/2 (RR: 7.46)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (1b)      L Balaji    3-0-23-1
MK Pandey    24* (24b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-22-1

Good comeback over from Bala after he went for 20 in his first two. Sunil Narine to bowl his second now.

13.1

Narine to MK Pandey, no run, turn and a lot of it, back into the batsman, but it was slow turn and he was able to defend it back

13.2

Narine to MK Pandey, 1 run, on his pads, quicker and that's chipped to the leg side for a single

Two slips in place.

Anoop Balwani: "@suneer: do you keep the comments received and then publish them at the wrong time, intentionally or its just a matter of feedback jinx...!!" The latter.

13.3

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, no run, whoa, what a ball! it was on the off stump and turning away, looking to defend off the front foot and beats the outside edge, beaten!

13.4

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, no run, defended to the off side, a tad more carefully this time

13.5

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, no run, a pre-meditated sweep from Yuvraj leads to the outside edge beaten, he was ready with the shot even before he had delivered

13.6

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, no run, shorter in length and he cuts it, tries to cut it hard but gets an inside edge to point

End of over 14 (1 run) Pune Warriors 98/2 (RR: 7.00)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (5b)      SP Narine    2-0-6-0
MK Pandey    25* (26b 1x6)      L Balaji    3-0-23-1

ananya: "why the likes of Pandey, Suman, etc being sent at no 3 continously & Yuvraj is being waited at 4, let him play at 3, already none of them(including Yuvraj) scoring runs, so why not give your best batsmen(theoretically) maximum chance?"

roshan: "Suneer..Its intresting you referred Balaji as Bala. Noone in south India has ever done so. You might have though it as Bala "Ji". But actually its not. So please refer Balaji only as Balaji ;)." Will do, you should say that to Gambhir too though.

14.1

Kallis to MK Pandey, no run, inside edge and that's bounced over the stumps to the keeper

14.2

Kallis to MK Pandey, 1 wide, looks to go across and pull it over fine-leg and misses, the ump declares that a wide though

14.2

Kallis to MK Pandey, no run, and swings it yet again, misses for the second time, this was slightly slower and beats him

Vignesh Ravi: "Few opposites - Good : bad , Big - small , Tall - short. Last one in the context of International cricket and IPL - Yuvraj Singh : Rohit Sharma :-)"

14.3

Kallis to MK Pandey, FOUR, pressure-reliever, it was short of length outside the off and he was looking to give himself room, does that well and cracks it past point for a four

14.4

Kallis to MK Pandey, FOUR, and this time he gets it over fine-leg for a four, it was shorter in length and he goes across to the off stump and shows some flair in getting off the short fine-leg fielder

14.5

Kallis to MK Pandey, FOUR, three in a row! Kallis has gone for a lot of runs in both his last two overs, it was shorter in length and cut away over point for a four

14.6

Kallis to MK Pandey, 1 run, again some room but taps it to the off side for a single

End of over 15 (14 runs) Pune Warriors 112/2 (RR: 7.46)
MK Pandey    38* (32b 3x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-32-0
Yuvraj Singh    0* (5b)      SP Narine    2-0-6-0

Time-out again.

SURESH S: "@Roshan: But Balaji is called as Bala Anna(Borhter) by his Tamilnadu Team mates and also in old CSK by the likes of Ash,Vijay,Mukund"

swapnil barai: "@Roshan: Balaji is to Bala is same As Gautam is to Gauti or Ten Doeschoete is to Tendo. I am sure noone calls Him Tendo in the Dutch"

15.1

Bhatia to MK Pandey, 1 run, fuller in length and slower too, 94 km/hr, driven to long-on for a single

15.2

Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shorter in length and on his pads, wants to cramp him up and Yuvraj nudges it away for a single

15.3

Bhatia to MK Pandey, no run, outside the off stump and driven to the off side for a single

15.4

Bhatia to MK Pandey, 1 run, on his pads and slows it down, was looking to paddle it round the corner, gets the toe of the bat and it rolls over to the leg side

15.5

Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run

15.6

Bhatia to MK Pandey, no run, and again, he continues to slow his pace down, was shorter in length too, hits it hard into the ground and back to the bowler.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pune Warriors 116/2 (RR: 7.25)
MK Pandey    40* (36b 3x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    3-0-26-0
Yuvraj Singh    2* (7b)      JH Kallis    3-0-32-0

16.1

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller on the off stump and turning back into the batsman, defended off the front foot

16.2

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, was looking to unwind but it comes on quickly outside the off stump and he cuts it to point

16.3

Narine to MK Pandey, 1 run, shorter in length and pulled away to long-on for a single

16.4

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, that's half-swept, half-slogged and it's been hit away over mid-wicket

16.5

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, no run, and now beats him, it's fuller and he's looking to defend at it, beats the outside edge

16.6

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, is that dropped? yes it it, outside the off and he was looking to steer it down, gets an edge and Bisla floors it

End of over 17 (9 runs) Pune Warriors 125/2 (RR: 7.35)
Yuvraj Singh    10* (12b 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-15-0
MK Pandey    41* (37b 3x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    3-0-26-0

17.1

Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump and tapped away to the off side for a single

17.2

Balaji to MK Pandey, FOUR, outside the off and he's scooped it over the off side for a four, gets it over extra cover that

17.3

Balaji to MK Pandey, 2 runs, and now smashes it over the bowler's head, gets a single and a bit of a misfield allows them to get back for the second

17.4

Balaji to MK Pandey, FOUR, shorter, wider and there was no fielder at third-man, easily opens the face of the bat and gets it over the in-fielders to get to his 50!

17.5

Balaji to MK Pandey, 1 run, wider again but in the block-hole, opens the face of the bat and guides it to short third-man

17.6

Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, shorter in length, slower too and Yuvraj looked like he knew what was coming, waited and then smacked, the long-on was wider and he's hit it straighter and beaten that fielder

End of over 18 (18 runs) Pune Warriors 143/2 (RR: 7.94)
Yuvraj Singh    17* (14b 2x6)      L Balaji    4-0-41-1
MK Pandey    52* (41b 5x4 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-15-0

GG: "Suneer seems to have fallen asleep (no commentary update) given the laziness shown by Yuvi while batting"

18.1

Narine to MK Pandey, FOUR, outside edge and that's gone away through slips for a four, he was looking to play it over the leg side but gets nowhere near the middle, through to the fence

18.2

Narine to MK Pandey, 1 run, and another one, more deliberate this time, almost like he wanted to run it through the slips, gets it to the very fine, short third-man

18.3

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, shorter, wider and thumped by Yuvraj, gets a couple of runs to the left of the deep cover fielder

18.4

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, goes for a sweep and mis-hits it, it's come off the top edge and floated up for a long time, falls in no-man land at deep cover

18.5

Narine to MK Pandey, 1 run, shorter in length and nudged it away to long-on for a single

18.6

Narine to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, very full from Narine, almost beats him, digs it out and the inside edge gets him a couple of runs through fine-leg

End of over 19 (11 runs) Pune Warriors 154/2 (RR: 8.10)
Yuvraj Singh    22* (17b 2x6)      SP Narine    4-0-26-0
MK Pandey    58* (44b 6x4 1x6)      L Balaji    4-0-41-1

Sahil Miglani: "Why Narine always does this to my fantasy time.. Whenever I have picked him, he forgot how to bowl the balls which can take wickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Moral of the story, always pick him!

19.1

Kallis to MK Pandey, FOUR, wow, that's classy, it was a fuller delivery outside the off stump, he gets it off a deft opening of the face of the bat through to fine third-man for a four

19.2

Kallis to MK Pandey, FOUR, and now on the other side, he was looking to go away to the off side and gets another full-toss, tapped through the leg side for a four again

19.3

Kallis to MK Pandey, OUT, outside the off stump, was looking to open the face of the bat but this is slower and beats his outside edge, the keeper throws it back to the bowler even as Yuvraj wants to take a single, Kallis gathers it well and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end, end of a superb innings

MK Pandey run out 66 (62m 47b 8x4 1x6) SR: 140.42

19.4

Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, and now Yuvi has blasted it over long-off for a six, was a fuller delivery outside the off stump and he punches it off the middle and over long-off

19.5

Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, and now outside the off yet again, drilled through to wide long-off for a couple of runs

19.6

Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, full-toss and that's been straight to the long-on fielder! it was a good, juicy delivery to be spanked over the fence but does not get it off the middle and it's easily caught

Yuvraj Singh c ten Doeschate b Kallis 30 (31m 20b 0x4 3x6) SR: 150.00

This is a good score, 170/4 in 20 overs on this surface. On any surface. Kudos to the way Finch and Pandey batted with Uthappa and Yuvraj providing the early and late blast respectively. KKR have to win to survive this one and that's the one reason I think we could be in for a good chase.

Back in 10 after a cuppa coffee that should hopefully wake me up.

Sundar: "Wow..Warriors scored 50 of the last 4 overs... that was very CSKish...."

William Griffith: "That scorecard for that last over was some backyard cricket stuff. 4 and out and 6 and out."

Saugat: "Not only winning this, KKR have to win this with a good margin to boost their net run rate, which means they have to chase the target successfully within 16-17 overs. Not an impossible task, but it seems end of road for KKR today (both mathematically and realistically)"

joy: "This is bad captaincy by Gambhir...... He has just given only one over to Ryan who went for only 6..... He should have given more overs instead of kallis........"

End of over 20 (16 runs) Pune Warriors 170/4
     JH Kallis    4-0-48-1
LJ Wright    0* (0b)      SP Narine    4-0-26-0
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