Indian Premier League - 6th match

Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 11 runs (D/L method)

Right, so the Punjab players have taken their positions. Gayle and McCullum will gradually trudge out. Pathan will start proceedings. A widish slip in place

0.1

Pathan to McCullum, no run, brought it back in, that's his strength, slightly short though and McCullum negotiates it well

0.2

Pathan to McCullum, no run, short and moves back in to rap him on the pads, but it was a little too high

0.3

Pathan to McCullum, no run, much fuller, well outside off, McCullum lets it go and it brushes his pads on the way through

0.4

Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, short and wide, chopped wide of slip and gets a quick single, Gayle stretches to make it in

0.5

Pathan to Gayle, no run, short of a good length on the off, bowled at 133.7 kmph, dabbed to point with an open face

0.6

Pathan to Gayle, 1 wide, short and wide, in the cutting zone but moves away as Gayle lets it go, called a wide

0.6

Pathan to Gayle, 1 run, pushed through fuller on leg stump, at 135.5 kmph, flicked away to fine leg

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 3/0 (156 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 8.21)
CH Gayle    1* (2b)      IK Pathan    1-0-3-0
BB McCullum    1* (4b)     

Yusuf Abdulla from the other end, was hit for a six first ball by Sehwag in his last game

1.1

Abdulla to Gayle, 1 run, better start this time, teasing him outside off, opens the face to play it down to third man

1.2

Abdulla to McCullum, no run, beaten! Drawing him forward by bowling it on a length outside off, prods at it but misses as it leaves him

1.3

Abdulla to McCullum, no run, testing line again, gets forward and blocks it towards cover

1.4

Abdulla to McCullum, 1 wide, down the leg side this time, McCullum doesn't connect on an attempted glance, but it's a wide

1.4

Abdulla to McCullum, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned away towards fine leg for a single

1.5

Abdulla to Gayle, 1 wide, full and wide and swinging away further, given a wide, struggling with his direction here, the right and left-hand combination isn't helping him

1.5

Abdulla to Gayle, no run, on target, gets it on a good length on middle, defended to midwicket

1.6

Abdulla to Gayle, 2 runs, dropped, pretty straightforward, short on the off and it's pulled straight to Goel at midwicket to puts down a sitter, how costly will that prove?

End of over 2 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 9/0 (150 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 8.33)
CH Gayle    4* (5b)      YA Abdulla    1-0-6-0
BB McCullum    2* (7b)      IK Pathan    1-0-3-0

2.1

Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, full on the off, shuffles and drives it down to mid-on for a quick single

2.2

Pathan to Gayle, no run, getting it to leave the left hander, fullish on the off and he covers the movement well by defending it with a full face

2.3

Pathan to Gayle, no run, held it back a touch and it swung away sharply as Gayle let it go

2.4

Pathan to Gayle, no run

2.5

Pathan to Gayle, SIX, Wham! There goes Gayle. The lovely free savage swing of the bat and the ball flies over cover point

2.6

Pathan to Gayle, no run

End of over 3 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 16/0 (143 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 8.41)
CH Gayle    10* (10b 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-10-0
BB McCullum    3* (8b)      YA Abdulla    1-0-6-0

3.1

Abdulla to McCullum, no run

3.2

Abdulla to McCullum, 1 run, fullish, on the middle, dug out past the bowler

3.3

Abdulla to Gayle, SIX, drags it short but Gayle pulls it high and over deep midwicket. The show has begun

3.4

Abdulla to Gayle, 1 run, fuller, just outside off, dragged across to the on side, going for the heave

3.5

Abdulla to McCullum, SIX, Oh ho that's a crowd killer. McCullum took one step forward and square drives a flat six over cover point and into the crowd. Stunning hit! says the big screen and it is

3.6

Abdulla to McCullum, no run, slower one, dabs it to the onside, looks for the single but the bowlers rushes across

End of over 4 (14 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 30/0 (129 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 8.06)
BB McCullum    10* (12b 1x6)      YA Abdulla    2-0-20-0
CH Gayle    17* (12b 2x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-10-0

4.1

Pathan to Gayle, FOUR, That's creamed, and the umpire was in the firing line. In the slot on middle and Gayle smashes it back the past the bowler, just over the umpire's head for a boundary down the ground

4.2

Pathan to Gayle, FOUR, Punishment! Short on middle, gets on the front foot and pulls it with fiercely in the direction of deep square leg for a one bounce four

4.3

Pathan to Gayle, SIX, That's murdered, length ball this time and he's onto it quickly, gets to the pitch and has a mighty swing at it that takes it well into the stands over long-on, Kolkata have grabbed the advantage here

4.4

Pathan to Gayle, 1 run, the bowler almost did him in there, got it to move away after it pitched fullish outside off, Gayle was through with the drive a little early, got a thick outside edge between point and cover for a single

4.5

Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, good length on the off, goes for a blazing drive through the covers but gets a thick inside edge wide of square leg

4.6

Pathan to Gayle, 1 wide, full down the leg side, moved across to flick it fine, he missed but the umpire's rightly called it a wide

Apologies for the momentary loss in commentary earlier on. We had a power cut here.

4.6

Pathan to Gayle, no run, short outside off, tries to chop it down past point but it's too close to cut, misses as it holds its line

End of over 5 (17 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 47/0 (112 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.40, RRR: 7.46)
CH Gayle    32* (17b 2x4 3x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-27-0
BB McCullum    11* (13b 1x6)      YA Abdulla    2-0-20-0

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Vikramjeet Malik comes on to bowl his medium-pacers

5.1

Malik to McCullum, FOUR, thrashed first ball, overpitched outside off and McCullum makes room to drive that ferociously over cover

5.2

Malik to McCullum, SIX, the game's slipping away from Punjab here, banged in short outside off and he charges down while making room simultaneously to upper-cut it well over third man for a big six

5.3

Malik to McCullum, OUT, poor ball but fetches him a wicket, short and wide, makes room to cut, gets a thick edge and Sangakkara snaps it to his right, they've broken through!

BB McCullum c †Sangakkara b Malik 21 (16b 1x4 2x6) SR: 131.25

Brad Hodge comes in

5.4

Malik to Hodge, 2 runs, banged it short on middle, pulls it down behind square for a couple, some good running there, fine leg took a while to run in

5.5

Malik to Hodge, no run, good length outside off, held its line, Hodge let it go

5.6

Malik to Hodge, 1 run, jagged back in, on middle and leg, tucked away behind square for a single

End of over 6 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 60/1 (99 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.07)
BJ Hodge    3* (3b)      VS Malik    1-0-13-1
CH Gayle    32* (17b 2x4 3x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-27-0

Piyush Chawla comes on

6.1

Chawla to Hodge, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to deep square leg

6.2

Chawla to Gayle, no run, dropped, the googly deceived him there, slightly short on the off and spun away, Gayle played inside the line, got the outside edge and Sanga failed to pouch that

6.3

Chawla to Gayle, 2 runs, driven down the ground wide of long-off

6.4

Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, pushed behind point off the back foot

6.5

Chawla to Hodge, 1 run, turned away wide of square leg for a single

6.6

Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, googly again, bringing it back in from wide of the crease, dabbed in front of short fine

End of over 7 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 66/1 (93 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.42, RRR: 7.15)
CH Gayle    36* (21b 2x4 3x6)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0
BJ Hodge    5* (5b)      VS Malik    1-0-13-1

Sorry for mixing up the two teams earlier, one blip and you guys were on it. Thanks for alerting

7.1

Malik to Gayle, 1 run, short on middle and off, pushed wide of cover for a single

7.2

Malik to Hodge, no run, short and wide, slashed hard but missed, left him as he chased it

7.3

Malik to Hodge, 3 runs, played it across the line, dragged it from outside off but connected well, played it wide of deep midwicket for three more

7.4

Malik to Gayle, no run, probing him outside off but Gayle restrains himself here, left alone, he's been dropped twice in this innings

7.5

Malik to Gayle, no run, shapes himself for a pull by getting his front foot across, but adjusted well to the length and cut it straight to point

7.6

Malik to Gayle, SIX, smashed it! Slower one, bowled really short, a gift ball really and Gayle got back to dismiss it miles into the stands

End of over 8 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 76/1 (83 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 6.91)
CH Gayle    43* (25b 2x4 4x6)      VS Malik    2-0-23-1
BJ Hodge    8* (7b)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0

8.1

Chawla to Hodge, no run, tossed up on the off, not quite there to cut but he manages to chop it down to point

8.2

Chawla to Hodge, no run, on the off stump again, pushed towards cover

8.3

Chawla to Hodge, no run, flighted on the off, tried to drive it down the ground, mistimes it and it drops dead on the pitch

8.4

Chawla to Hodge, no run, short and wide, cut straight to point, good over so far

8.5

Chawla to Hodge, 2 runs, googly, but he spotted it, made room, got back and chopped it well behind point for a couple

8.6

Chawla to Hodge, no run, slightly short, got back to play it down towards cover, good over but Kolkata have their noses in front here

End of over 9 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 78/1 (81 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 7.36)
BJ Hodge    10* (13b)      PP Chawla    2-0-8-0
CH Gayle    43* (25b 2x4 4x6)      VS Malik    2-0-23-1

Bopara comes on

9.1

Bopara to Gayle, 1 run, full on the off stump, driven through the line to long-off

9.2

Bopara to Hodge, no run, short of a length on the off, chopped down to cover off the back foot

4.01 pm: The match is over guys. Kolkata have won by 11 runs by way of the D-L method. Another disappointing game for Punjab, who've been affected by the rain once again, although Kolkata - who have opened their account - were all over them during the opening stand between Gayle and McCullum.

Yuvraj: "It's a bit unfortunate, but we also dropped a catch and that let them get ahead. Batting looked pretty good but we need to sort out our bowling. It's a similar start like last year, but we need to push on from here."

McCullum: "Nice to get a result go our way, and this win should give us some momentum. We thought a score of 150-160 was par on this ground, but Gayle got us off to a superb start. It could have been a potentially close game, but for the rain."

Chris Gayle is the Man of the Match: "I'm happy with the result though the spectators would have wanted a full game. McCullum eased the pressure off me. I tried to get my eye in, and the first couple of overs where we were a little more careful, were vital."

Thanks for joining us. Join us in a bit for the next game - though it may not start on time given the rain - between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. Until then, it's Siddhartha Talya signing off. Cheers!

3.57 pm: Apparently, the rain has subsided but there's still a consistent drizzle. So that's still bad news.

3.52 pm: We are forced to wait here, folks. But we've heard unofficial reports that the cut off time is 4.07 pm local time, around 15 minutes from now. It's still unofficial, but we'll try to confirm it asap. Hold fire.

Gareth: "Ah Vijay, i think there's a lot of curators who are already mad by that. Football studs on a pitch? Three overs into it and the once lovely and white pitch would begin to look like a sand box. Unfortunately it really is a summer game. Unless you want to go with more modern venues with roofs, but that will strip cricket of its heritage venues."

Vijay: "With so much change being brought into cricket , why not make cricket playable in rain also. Like play in rain would be with tennis ball since being wet it would be as hard as leather ball.Bring boundaries shorter and some sort of D/L method to calculate the runs made during rain. Now running on the field can be made simpler with football spikes, since they run the same in all conditions,be it raining or snowing."

3.41 pm: We'll get you the cut-off time soon. But if there's no further play, Kolkata will have won. Duncan: "Sitting at my desk in Durban looking out the window. I see no end to the rain unfortunately."

Sanjeev: "If the game resumes, will we still have a "Strategic Break" after 4 balls at scheduled completion of 10 overs?" I hope not, that'll be the limit!

James: "The momment the IPL said the English weather was a factor in their choice of South Africa as their venue I knew we were nailed on for a cracking spring & got my sun chairs out! It is another beautiful day here in London. Sorry about the Durban rain."

3.25 pm: It's pouring down in Durban, so if there's no play before the cut-off time, Kolkata will have won this.

It's raining down in Durban, and the players are walking off. It's gotten heavier and the covers have come on. However, Kolkata are ahead and are currently 11 runs ahead on Duckworth Lewis. The pitch size cover comes from the pavilion, while the bigger cover over it, comes from midwicket. And the staff now run to the other side to the cover boundary and start running in with the other big cover.

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Apr 21, 2009

Chris Gayle pulls on his way to an unbeaten 44, Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, 6th game, Durban, April 21, 2009

Chris Gayle pulls on his way to an unbeaten 44

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Apr 21, 2009

Chris Gayle sets off for a single, Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, 6th game, Durban, April 21, 2009

Chris Gayle sets off for a single

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