Indian Premier League - 44th match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 6 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)

Toss: Shane Warne has won the toss and decided to bowl. There's so much noise in Eden that Warne needed to shout out "heads" so that everyone hears. Sourav Ganguly says he would have bowled as well. There is some rain around so D/L could come in later. Maybe one of the reasons for bowling first.

Teams: Rajasthan are playing four seamers for this one - Watson, Tanvir, Munaf Patel and Siddharth Trivedi. They go in unchanged from the previous match.

Umar Gul in for the injured Shoaib Akhtar. That's the only change for Kolkata. Salman Butt is slated to open with Mohammad Hafeez. There's bound to be a bit of needle here, especially after the Warne-Ganguly face off after the previous game in Jaipur. Strangely Ganguly was in time for the toss here. Something fishy. Hmm. This is also a battle of the coaches - Buchanan v Warne. This is what Warne had to say after the previous game - 'They need to do some work on their game, maybe get back to their laptops". Never misses a chance, the master.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's 44th match of the IPL. This is Siddhartha Vaidyanathan and joining me in scoring is Raju.

It's pretty much do or die for Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. They're up against the strongest team in the competition, Rajasthan Royals, and a loss here would make it very hard to reach the last four. They've had an erratic campaign and need to buck up here to get a shot in the semi-finals.

Check out the preview here. "They'll need to win all three remaining games but even that won't assure them a top-four slot. Alternatively, a loss will diminish their chances but they could still make the cut with 14 points, if other results go their way."

Rajasthan, on the other hand, are almost through and win here would seal their spot for sure. They could even end up on the top of the table, a tremendous fillip for a side that was written off at the start of the tournament.

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0.1

Sohail Tanvir to Salman Butt, 2 wides, down the leg side, starts with a wide, it's Pakistan v Pakistan first up, two slips in place and there seems to be a bit of swing around

0.1

Sohail Tanvir to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, on the pads, launched into the leg side, that's in the air but Trivedi, coming around from fine leg, can't get to it, the outfield seems slippery and he lets it go for a boundary

0.2

Sohail Tanvir to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on the pads again, he's over the wicket and straying too much, tucked away towards short midwicket

0.3

Sohail Tanvir to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fine ball there, angled across the right-hander, he looks for a loose drive but is beaten all ends up, that had him napping

0.4

Sohail Tanvir to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, on the pads again, tries to turn it but is struck on the pads, deflected away for a leg bye

0.5

Sohail Tanvir to Salman Butt, no run, on middle and leg again, he hasn't got the line going here, turned away but they decide against the single

0.6

Sohail Tanvir to Salman Butt, no run, good one to end the over, full and on off, making him search for that, turned to the leg side but straight to the fielder, that's the right length to hit

End of over 1 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
Salman Butt    0* (2b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-6-0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (4b 1x4)     

Munaf Patel to share the new ball, one slip in place

1.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, appeal straight away, angling in from off to leg, rapped on the pads but that was sliding down leg, they think of a quick run but decide against it

1.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, dropped, Hafeez walks down the track and slaps a short one back to Munaf but he didn't seem to expect it and was slow to get his hands around it, strikes him on the shoulder and has the bowler gasping

1.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length again, cramps him for room, tapped to the off side, three dots in a row

1.4

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, he's got his man this time, good-length ball that was moving slightly away, Hafeez felt it was in the slot and tried to loft it over the infield but he's not got the timing right, that hits the inside half of the bat and pops straight to Asnodkar at mid-on. He appeared to be sent in to go after the bowling but has to go now.

Mohammad Hafeez c Asnodkar b Patel 4 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

The prince is in. Ganguly is his name. Eden goes ballistic

1.5

Patel to Ganguly, no run, short of a length, cramped for room, outside off and jabbed to point, five dots in row

Samir has an observation: "If 5 foreign players are allowed from next IPL, it would the best for the competition. In most of the teams the 6th local player is not able to perform at all."

1.6

Patel to Ganguly, no run, fine over this, wicket maiden that, tapped to the off side, super stuff from Munaf

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Kolkata Knight Riders 7/1 (RR: 3.50)
SC Ganguly    0* (2b)      MM Patel    1-1-0-1
Salman Butt    0* (2b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-6-0

Shane Watson comes in now to replace Tanvir. One slip in place

2.1

Watson to Salman Butt, no run, full and outside off, driven hard but straight to cover, that was in the slot but Butt can't get it away

2.2

Watson to Salman Butt, FOUR, short and wide, slapped away superbly past point, he times it really well, the modern Saeed Anwar they call him, Watson not getting his line right yet

extra-cover in, backward point and cover deeper, inside-out field from Warne

2.3

Watson to Salman Butt, no run, straighter this time, short of a length, tries to cut but can't get the timing, trickles to cover

2.4

Watson to Salman Butt, 1 wide, drifting down the leg side now, that's wide in this format, Butt tries to flick but can't make contact

2.4

Watson to Salman Butt, no run, straight and on the money here, short of a length, the kind you want from your premier bowler, defended watchfully to mid-off

2.5

Watson to Salman Butt, no run, tapped to cover

"Given the history of Warne and Smith, I wonder how they are handling their differences," says Harsh. Here's an excerpt from what Warne said in a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald dated March 13, 2006: "At the end of the day, it was the worst South African team to ever tour Australia. They didn't make the finals of the one-dayers. They lost [the Test series] 2-0, and they probably should have lost 3-0. Smith didn't make a 50. He just keeps making these outrageous and ridiculous statements and doesn't back it up."

2.6

Watson to Salman Butt, no run, similar ball again, driven straight to mid-off again, tight over this, just five off it

End of over 3 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 12/1 (RR: 4.00)
Salman Butt    4* (8b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-5-0
SC Ganguly    0* (2b)      MM Patel    1-1-0-1

Tanvir comes in from the pavilion end

3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Ganguly, no run, good line this, doesn't allow him a chance to free his arms, tapped to cover

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Ganguly, no run, jags back into the left hander, surprises him and he has no stroke for that, they think of a quick run but decide against it

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Ganguly, no run, back of a length this time, no chance for Ganguly to get that away, he's on the money here alright, good change of ends here

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Ganguly, no run, superb slower ball here, surprises Ganguly and he can only push it tentatively to cover, the crowd are getting into this now, boos go around

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Ganguly, 1 run, shorter one this time, Ganguly isn't quick enough onto it but manages a tame pull to fine leg, loops up but short of the fielder, just one

Nandu writes in from Atlanta. "Let us have 5 foreign player per team and let IPL bring back Super-Sub. Super sub should be allowed to be named after the toss. That way 7 domestic players per team can be maintained."

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Salman Butt, 1 run, down the leg side, worked away to fine leg for another single, tight stuff from Rajasthan, Eden getting restless

End of over 4 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
Salman Butt    5* (9b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-8-0
SC Ganguly    1* (7b)      SR Watson    1-0-5-0

Munaf from the other end now. Warne juggling this around.

4.1

Patel to Salman Butt, no run, full and on off, good pace there, driven back to the bowler

4.2

Patel to Salman Butt, FOUR, he's taken a little step in front and slapped that hard through the covers, on the up and that's class, he finds the placement and gets Eden to its feet, they need a move on here

4.3

Patel to Salman Butt, FOUR, little walk down the track again, Munaf sees him coming and hits it short and wide but Butt out-thinks him, nudges it past the first slip for four, he knew exactly what he was doing there, fine shot

4.4

Patel to Salman Butt, 1 run, short of a length, on middle and leg, tapped away to fine leg, sensible

4.5

Patel to Ganguly, no run, signs of frustration here, Ganguly backs off and tries to whack that over mid-on but can't get the timing right, dribbled to mid-on

4.6

Patel to Ganguly, 1 run, walks down the track again, Ganguly doesn't have much of a clue but is trying to clear the field, thick inside edge goes to square leg, even Dada is smiling by the end of it

End of over 5 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 24/1 (RR: 4.80)
SC Ganguly    2* (9b)      MM Patel    2-1-10-1
Salman Butt    14* (13b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-8-0

Warne is toying around now. Watson is back

5.1

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, right on the ball, short of a length, tapped to the off side, they rush for a single

Pratik: "I guess it looks to be working great between Warne and Smith. Look at the record, and both have contributed. I am so impressed that the least spending team is the most succesfull so far in the series.... get a hint Mallya"

5.2

Watson to Salman Butt, no run, short one, he dug it in hard, that was pacy too, tries to pull and manages only a bottom edge to short midwicket

Warne has changed the bowler after every over. Laxman did that when Deccan played Punjab and failed miserably. Warne is doing fine as of now

5.3

Watson to Salman Butt, 1 run, backs away, tries to lash it through the off side but can't beat the fielder, they hurry a single, this is tight bowling here

5.4

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, 119.4kph, slow bouncer here, Ganguly backs away and tries to flash but struggles with the timing again, tapped to cover

5.5

Watson to Salman Butt, 1 run, 135.1, fine change of pace, pushed to the on side, only one again

Srinivas has a lateral thought: "How about limitations for batsmen.like a bowler can bowl maximum 4 overs(24 balls). Similarly a batsmen can bat for 24 balls (max). If he is out without facing 24 balls he is out."

Warne goes all the way to speak to Watson and brings third man up.

5.6

Watson to Ganguly, FOUR, and Ganguly's taken the mickey out of him, backs away and angles the bat past short third man for four, that was classic Ganguly, trying his best to outwit the opposition captain

End of over 6 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 32/1 (RR: 5.33)
SC Ganguly    8* (12b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-13-0
Salman Butt    16* (16b 3x4)      MM Patel    2-1-10-1

"Regarding the Warne-Smith relationship: I'm pretty sure the slating that went on during Warnes international career was just typical Australian mind-games. If you hear the mountains of praise that Warne has given Smith in this series, you can see that they do actually respect each other as sportsmen," says Guy.

Munaf now. The first time that a bowler is on for two in a row.

6.1

Patel to Salman Butt, no run, Super start, short of a length, moving away, Butt tries to jab but he's beaten by the movement

6.2

Patel to Salman Butt, FOUR, low full toss there, outside off but he's used his wrists superbly, spanked it through midwicket for four, he's too classy with these

6.3

Patel to Salman Butt, FOUR, that's the shot of the evening, gives himself room, sees the ball thrown up little wide but he's flayed that through the covers on one knee, classical mixes with improvisation there, Eden is alive and well

6.4

Patel to Salman Butt, OUT, got 'em! Munaf strikes back, fuller length this time and it's on middle and leg, that came back a bit after pitching, Butt tries to push tentatively but is rapped on the pads, huge appeal and that's given, height was an issue but the umpire thought it's striking the stumps

Salman Butt lbw b Patel 24 (20b 5x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

David Hussey comes in

6.5

Patel to Hussey, no run, 129kph, good-length outside off, pushed tentatively to short extra-cover

6.6

Patel to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off, moving a shade away, successful over again

End of over 7 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 40/2 (RR: 5.71)
DJ Hussey    0* (2b)      MM Patel    3-1-18-2
SC Ganguly    8* (12b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-13-0

Siddharth Trivedi is on

7.1

Trivedi to Ganguly, no run, short of a length, angling away from the left-hander, cuts but is done in by extra bounce

7.2

Trivedi to Ganguly, no run, 114kph, short bouncer there, Ganguly misreads that, tries to flay through the covers but can only manage an inside edge to the off side

7.3

Trivedi to Ganguly, 2 runs, walks down the ground and looks to loft over the in field, bottom edge trickles to midwicket and they pick up two

7.4

Trivedi to Ganguly, no run, another slower one, not coming onto the bat, Ganguly needs to wait an age for it and can't work it away, dribbles to slip

7.5

Trivedi to Ganguly, no run, 107.5kph, slower one again, this time full, Trivedi is on a roll here, Ganguly pushes back to the bowler, not able to get any timing going

Warne comes along for a chat with Trivedi

7.6

Trivedi to Ganguly, FOUR, slightly short this time, and angling away, Ganguly walks down and flays it wildly, get his timing going this time and that's beaten third man, good bit of innovation there, it's time they got a move on

End of over 8 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 46/2 (RR: 5.75)
SC Ganguly    14* (18b 2x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-6-0
DJ Hussey    0* (2b)      MM Patel    3-1-18-2

Raj: "It seems Warne is not toying with his bowlers, but with the opponent coach... it's as if Warne throwing a challenge to Buchanan to come to terms with his style of mind games rather than Buchanan's style of laptop analysis..."

The man himself is on now. Shane Warne adjusting his field and ready to bowl to Hussey, his team-mate in Victoria.

8.1

Warne to Hussey, no run, wide one, legbreak but not turning that much, Hussey tries to cut but can't gauge the slightly low bounce

8.2

Warne to Hussey, 1 leg bye, worked away to the on side, padded away

"Something happens to Ganguly when he just sees Warne's face," says the cheeky Ravi Shastri on air

8.3

Warne to Ganguly, 1 run, tossed up, outside off, tapped carefully to the on side for a quick single

8.4

Warne to Hussey, no run, 77.9kph, legbreak that pitches on middle, Hussey goes back and pushes watchfully

8.5

Warne to Hussey, no run, on the front foot and driven wide of the bowler, but Warne is there quick, fielding it sharp and ready to throw it back

8.6

Warne to Hussey, no run, another leggie, Hussey on the front foot but drives straight to short extra cover, super start from Shaney (as Younis Khan just referred to him)

End of over 9 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 48/2 (RR: 5.33)
DJ Hussey    0* (7b)      SK Warne    1-0-1-0
SC Ganguly    15* (19b 2x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-6-0

9.1

Trivedi to Ganguly, 1 run, another slower one from Sid (as Warne has nicknamed him), driven watchfully to mid-on

Warne is constantly changing his field but the men themselves don't appear to be moving, such theatre, lovely

9.2

Trivedi to Hussey, FOUR, too short and too wide, Hussey simply waits and steers it to third man for four, the square-ish fielder has no chance

9.3

Trivedi to Hussey, FOUR, down the leg side this time, Trivedi is having a poor over here, helped along past the keeper for four, two rank balls here

9.4

Trivedi to Hussey, 1 run, 127.7kph, low full toss, Hussey missed out there, might have wanted to smash it out of the ground, pushed to mid-off

Warne chats with Sid again. I'm sure they're discussing evening plans.

9.5

Trivedi to Ganguly, no run, 114.1, another slower one, and he's classed as a medium-pacer, hardly bowled two quick ones in a row, short of a length and Ganguly tries to steer down to third man, misses it

9.6

Trivedi to Ganguly, 1 run, another slower one, this time fuller, Ganguly reaches out for it and pushes to mid-off

End of over 10 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 59/2 (RR: 5.90)
SC Ganguly    17* (22b 2x4)      SK Trivedi    2-0-17-0
DJ Hussey    9* (10b 2x4)      SK Warne    1-0-1-0

10.1

Warne to Ganguly, 2 runs, legbreak that's on off, turns into the left-hander, Ganguly backs away and flays it hard towards extra cover, they pick up a couple

"I wonder if Warne really thought that his team would do so well. His thoughts at the beginning of the tournament were more along the lines of "We will spring a few surprises and cause a few upsets". Nothing in the line of "We are all set to steamroll our opponents," says Dheeraj.

10.2

Warne to Ganguly, SIX, huge, Ganguly says enough is enough, down the ground and an emphatic sweep that's lofted over square leg, it's flatter but he can murder spinners, way over the ropes for a biggie, the first six of the day

10.3

Warne to Ganguly, 1 run, turned to the on side, that was a legbreak which turned a bit more

10.4

Warne to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey jumps out of the crease, Warne drops is slightly short, he needs to adjust his shot and cut to cover, good battle here

10.5

Warne to Ganguly, no run, full toss on leg stump and Ganguly misses out, sweeps straight to square leg, that was a gimme

10.6

Warne to Ganguly, no run, 79.4kph, ripper from off to middle, Ganguly thinks of jumping out, thinks of giving himself room, thinks of getting a run but it's a dot, cramped for room and can't do much

End of over 11 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 69/2 (RR: 6.27)
SC Ganguly    26* (27b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    2-0-11-0
DJ Hussey    10* (11b 2x4)      SK Trivedi    2-0-17-0

Yusuf Pathan is on now. We call him Brother Yo in house (Irfan's brother)

11.1

Pathan to Hussey, no run, short of a length, tapped to the on side but fine diving safe from Asnodkar

11.2

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, slightly short again, Hussey dances down the track and swings to midwicket, fine fielding from Tanvir there, keeps them down to one, that was a fine throw too

Warne is changing the field again. Round the wicket from Brother Yo.

11.3

Pathan to Ganguly, 1 run, tapped to the off side, quick run too, quickish from Yusuf

11.4

Pathan to Hussey, no run, 97.6kph, short of a length, gives himself room but can only manage a bottom edge, straight to the fielder

11.5

Pathan to Hussey, OUT, got 'em! quick offbreak that's crashed into middle stump, Hussey jumps down the ground and swings across the line but Yusuf has fired that offbreak in fast, it's gone through the big gap between bat and pad and rattled middle stump. Yusuf is ecstatic

DJ Hussey b Pathan 11 (15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Debabrata Das is in. He's shown he can hit it long. But what can he do here?

11.6

Pathan to Das, 1 run, 97.2kph, fired in on middle and leg, turned away for a single

End of over 12 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 72/3 (RR: 6.00)
DB Das    1* (1b)      YK Pathan    1-0-3-1
SC Ganguly    27* (28b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    2-0-11-0

Warne has a slip in for Debadrata

12.1

Warne to Das, no run, slow legbreak this time, watchfully defended

mid-pitch chat between Dada and Deba

12.2

Warne to Das, SIX, ladies and gentlemen, introducing Debabrata, down the track and swings clean, what a shot, whistles towards the sight-screen for a biggie, Shane is a bit stunned, Eden is abuzz, that's as smooth a straight hit as you will see tonight.

The ball is lost here, a bit of a delay, Debabrata has just reminded me of the days when Navjot Sidhu used to do this to Warne. Smooth golf swings that took the ball into orbit. We miss you, Sherry

12.3

Warne to Das, 2 runs, flipper here, cramped for room but he stands back and manages to tuck it away to the on side for a couple

12.4

Warne to Das, no run, 73.7, juicy legbreak there, Debabrata is fooled there, welcome to the world, young man, flighted and he's beaten

12.5

Warne to Das, 1 run, tossed up on off but he's quick on the sweep and picks off a single behind square

12.6

Warne to Ganguly, 1 run, down the track and tries to loft the sweep again, but it's slower and he only gets a bottom edge to short fine leg for a single

End of over 13 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 82/3 (RR: 6.30)
SC Ganguly    28* (29b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    3-0-21-0
DB Das    10* (6b 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-3-1

13.1

Pathan to Ganguly, 1 run, quicker one outside off, tries to angle past third man but it's a fine bit of fielding by Munaf, keeps them to a single

13.2

Pathan to Das, SIX, that's tonked, short and outside off, Debabrata stands and pulls that with fury, way, way over the midwicket stands for six, that's gone 81 metres, they're planning a party in Siliguri

Warne has a chat with Yusuf again

13.3

Pathan to Das, 1 run, 103.5kph, full and on middle and leg, tapped away through midwicket

Bit of banter between Warne and Ganguly. Such fun. Ganguly dropped a piece of paper and Warne, having a cheeky look at it, gives it back. My guess is it was the D/L chart, but it could have well been something more romantic.

13.4

Pathan to Ganguly, 1 run, round the wicket, dropped it a bit short but saw him giving himself room, tapped to the off side, bottom edge there

13.5

Pathan to Das, 1 run, crisply smashed to midwicket but only a single, he's hitting them clean here

13.6

Pathan to Ganguly, 1 run, backs away again, scooped to long-on but only a single

End of over 14 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 93/3 (RR: 6.64)
SC Ganguly    31* (32b 2x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-14-1
DB Das    18* (9b 2x6)      SK Warne    3-0-21-0

Sid Trivedi is back

14.1

Trivedi to Ganguly, 1 run, slower one again, Trivedi is a slower bowler, guys, let's face it, glided away to third man

14.2

Trivedi to Das, no run, 126kph this time, he's varying it well, angled to short third man, both the third man and fine leg are up, he needs to be accurate here

14.3

Trivedi to Das, 1 run, slower one again, tucked to the on side, he's mixing it up wonderfully

14.4

Trivedi to Ganguly, OUT, all over for Dada, scooped straight down the throat of long-on, that's a quick one outside off, Ganguly backs away but settles for a strange scoop towards long-on, straight to Kaif and Eden is silenced

SC Ganguly c Kaif b Trivedi 32 (34b 2x4 1x6) SR: 94.11

Laxmi Ratan hukla is the new batsman. It's George Binoy at the keyboard for a while, Sid's getting some dinner.

14.5

Trivedi to Das, 1 run, fuller ball on middle and leg, nudged off the pads towards midwicket

Long-on drops back, Warne still has a slip!

14.6

Trivedi to Shukla, SIX, Shukla begind off in fourth gear! He moves towards the off side, swivels and pulls a short ball over the fine leg boundary, smashing start

End of over 15 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 102/4 (RR: 6.80)
LR Shukla    6* (1b 1x6)      SK Trivedi    3-0-26-1
DB Das    20* (12b 2x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-14-1

15.1

Patel to Das, 1 run, the attempted yorker ends up as a low full toss outside off, driven off the front foot through cover point

15.2

Patel to Shukla, 1 run, a good length ball swings into the right-hander, Shukla moves across and nudges the ball towards midwicket for a single

15.3

Patel to Das, 1 run, full and wide outside off stump, Das reaches out for it and drives the ball hard through cover point, he overbalanced as he played the shot

15.4

Patel to Shukla, no run, lovely ball, Munaf pitches on a good length and seams the ball away from Shukla who tries to open the face of the bat but gets beaten

15.5

Patel to Shukla, no run, full ball in the blockhole outside off stump, Shukla tries to hit through the off side but gets beaten

15.6

Patel to Shukla, 1 run, another attempted yorker and Shukla flicks the full toss through midwicket, Munaf ends an outstanding spell, 2 for 22 off four overs

End of over 16 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 106/4 (RR: 6.62)
LR Shukla    8* (5b 1x6)      MM Patel    4-1-22-2
DB Das    22* (14b 2x6)      SK Trivedi    3-0-26-1

Watson's back for another over. He has two third men, one fine the other square.

16.1

Watson to Shukla, 1 run, tight line and length on off stump, pushed off the front foot towards the off side

16.2

Watson to Das, 1 run, Das tries to pull a short ball that hurries on to him, he gets cramped for room and top edges towards midwicket

16.3

Watson to Shukla, 1 run, another short ball gets big on Shukla who pulls and gets a top edge behind square, they run a single towards long leg

16.4

Watson to Das, FOUR, well two third men and Das still gets a four in that region, Das steps out of his crease and Watson bowls a full ball outside off stump, Das throws his bat out at it and edges the ball past the keeper with the toe end of his bat

16.5

Watson to Das, 2 runs, shocking drop, Das backs away and lofts a short of a length ball over cover, he's hit it straight to Tanvir on the boundary who attempts the catch rather casually and drops it, Watson is gutted, he had begun to celebrate before the catch was taken, Tanvir was taking a few steps back and was in an uncomfortable position when the ball got to him

16.6

Watson to Das, 1 run, nudged off the back foot towards midwicket for a single

End of over 17 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 116/4 (RR: 6.82)
DB Das    30* (18b 1x4 2x6)      SR Watson    3-0-23-0
LR Shukla    10* (7b 1x6)      MM Patel    4-1-22-2

17.1

Sohail Tanvir to Das, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards point for one more

17.2

Sohail Tanvir to Shukla, 1 run, played towards point once again

17.3

Sohail Tanvir to Das, OUT, well he's got Das with an outstanding yorker, Tanvir comes round the wicket and whips the yorker in with a quick-arm action, he swings the yorker into middle and leg and Das is late in bringing his bat down, Tanvir's celebration is unusually animated, relieved after the drop catch no doubt

DB Das b Sohail Tanvir 31 (20b 1x4 2x6) SR: 155.00

17.4

Sohail Tanvir to Saha, 1 run, played towards cover point off the front foot

17.5

Sohail Tanvir to Shukla, FOUR, Shukla gets inside the line by moving across his stumps and paddles the ball from outside off stump past the fielder at short fine leg, clever shot

17.6

Sohail Tanvir to Shukla, OUT, caught! Tanvir offers Shukla a knee-high full toss, that's a terrible ball but Shukla mis-hits the pull straight to Asnodkar at deep backward square leg, he takes the catch easily

LR Shukla c Asnodkar b Sohail Tanvir 15 (10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 123/6 (RR: 6.83)
     Sohail Tanvir    3-0-15-2
WP Saha    1* (1b)      SR Watson    3-0-23-0

Agarkar is in.

18.1

Watson to Agarkar, FOUR, smashing start, backs off and pulps it down the ground, past mid-on for four, screams away to the fence

18.2

Watson to Agarkar, 1 run, 135.2, short this time and Agarkar is cramped for room, no space to free his arms at all, nudged to third man

18.3

Watson to Saha, 1 run, OUT, short and pulled away from outside off, now then, this could be a run-out, they think of the second but Agarkar is short here, super flat throw from Ravindra Jadeja and the keeper whips the bails off quickly, that's sloppy from Agarkar - he's looking at the ball as he's going back and dives from far outside the crease. He's well short there.

AB Agarkar run out 5 (2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 250.00

Gul is in

18.4

Watson to Umar Gul, 1 run, short one again, tapped off the back foot to the off side

18.5

Watson to Saha, SIX, blitzer! short of a length and Saha has pumelled that crisply over square leg for six, that's off the sweet spot of the bat and soars away, why is Watson bowling so short?

18.6

Watson to Saha, no run, driven back down the ground, good stop from Watson, they think of a run but the bowler is quick to throw it back

"Sohail Tanvir has this habit of dropping catches and taking the wicket by himself the following over. In T20 world cup he dropped Jayasuria, and than the very next over he bowled him," says Syed.

End of over 19 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 136/7 (RR: 7.15)
WP Saha    8* (4b 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-36-0
Umar Gul    1* (1b)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-15-2

19.1

Sohail Tanvir to Umar Gul, no run, round the wicket and the most tantalising slower ball of the night, 99kph and Gul has no clue of when that's going to reach him, loops to the keeper

19.2

Sohail Tanvir to Umar Gul, SIX, that's clobbered way over midwicket for six, that's a quick and full one, Gul stands up tall and swings clean, what a hit, some Pakistani love here

19.3

Sohail Tanvir to Umar Gul, OUT, holds it back a bit, tucks him for room, Gul swings hard again but a thick top-edge flies straight to Kaif at long-on, that's as easy as it gets for him, third wicket for Tanvir

Umar Gul c Kaif b Sohail Tanvir 7 (4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

19.4

Sohail Tanvir to Saha, 2 runs, slower one again, tries to scoop it over midwicket but he's deceived by it, ballooned in the air but lands short of midwicket, they hurry a couple

19.5

Sohail Tanvir to Saha, 1 run, speedy yorker on leg stump there, that's a fine ball at the death, round-arm action that time, 131kph, digs it out to cover, not much you can do with that

19.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sharma, 2 runs, another quick yorker, outside off, drives it to long-off and completes a quick two

Kolkata end with a reasonable total here. 147 for 8 doesn't sound impressive but they have a good bowling attack. They usually field well at Eden and their intensity needs to be pumped up here (this is almost a must-win game). Munaf Patel was the most impressive bowler and he was ably supported by Trivedi and Tanvir

End of over 20 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 147/8
I Sharma    2* (1b)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-26-3
WP Saha    11* (6b 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-36-0
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