Indian Premier League, 17th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians at Port Elizabeth, Apr 27, 2009
Mumbai Indians won by 92 runs
Played at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth (neutral venue)
27 April 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

4.43pm: Two minutes to go to the start. Sachin and Sanath walk out. Combined age of openers in 75, and when Jayasuriya turns 40 a in a few weeks' time, it will be 76. Jayasuriya will take strike. Ishant will bowl

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* It's bright and sunny in Port Elizabeth, for the game between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, west v east in India.

Danny Morrison and Ali Campbell expect the spinners to be crucial in this game. Dream opening combinations: Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya against Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum. All set for the toss

Toss: Sachin has won and will bat first. He believes the wicket might help the bowlers in the evening. Mumbai have made one change, a strategic one. They have dropped Dhawal Kulkarni, and have called in for a batsman in Saurabh Tiwary. They actually had one bowler too many earlier.

Arindam Ghosh replaces Ajit Agarkar for Kolkata, a batsman replacing a bowler. They need a longer middle order, hence the change.


Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full, almost a yorker, Jaya gives it his all, gets an inside edge and goes for one to fine leg


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, lovely delivery, back of a length, holds its line, beats a poke from Tendulkar, a taste of what Ponting faced in Australia


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, but he has pushed Sachin into the crease, plays defensively


Sharma to Tendulkar, 3 runs, lovely flick from in front of his stumps, to deep backward square leg. Anureet runs from deep fine and makes the stop, but twists his ankle in doing so. Visible pain there. Big blow if he can't bowl. Limping off the field now


Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, short angling across, 136ks, plays with an open face, towards point


Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller, on the pads, fast, and Jayasuriya defends into the on side

End of over 1 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (3b)
    • SR Tendulkar 3 (3b)
    • I Sharma 1-0-4-0

Dinda to bowl


Dinda to Tendulkar, SIX, Tendulkar is 36 years young, makes room, it's short on the stumps, and upper-cuts it, over point, and hits the rope on the full


Dinda to Tendulkar, no run, short and wide, but he misses out this time


Dinda to Tendulkar, no run, just back of a length, nipping in, cramping Sachin up, and defended into the leg side


Dinda to Tendulkar, 1 wide, poor delivery, short and wide, and moving away


Dinda to Tendulkar, no run, short again, but no room for Sachin to cut, pushed towards cover


Dinda to Tendulkar, FOUR, there wasn't much wrong with this delivery, just back of a length, on the middle stump, Sachin rocks back, waits for the ball to come on, and flicks late, through square leg

fine leg in the circle already


Dinda to Tendulkar, 1 run, bowls short and wide, and is cut through the point region for one to thirdman

End of over 2 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 16/0 (RR: 8.72)

    • SR Tendulkar 14 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (3b)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-12-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-4-0

Sharma to Tendulkar, 5 wides, five wides there, wide down leg, moving away, and McCullum has no chance. The wrist broke too early as he bowled that


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, perfect, back of a length, just outside off, holding its line, and beating the outside edge


Sharma to Tendulkar, 1 wide, another wide, down the leg side again


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, good ball, good shot, short and wide as it started, but nipped back in. A cramped up Tendulkar still manages to cut it, but can't beat cover


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, Tendulkar looks to flick, misses, and the angle saves him there


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, big inswinger, he has finally got his wrist and release right, this was full, started outside off, beat Tendulkar and would have missed leg


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, another full, inswinger, Tendulkar waits for it to move and then drives it stright down the ground, but can't beat mid-on


Sharma to Tendulkar, FOUR, slight error in length, and is punished, it's short and wide, but bouncing, but Tendulkaer gets on the top of the bounce, and caresses it between point and cover

End of over 3 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 26/0 (RR: 8.66)

    • SR Tendulkar 18 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (3b)
    • I Sharma 2-0-14-0
    • AB Dinda 1-0-12-0

Dinda to continue


Dinda to Jayasuriya, no run, back of a length, starting middle and angling across, defended off the front foot


Dinda to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, Jayasuriya steps out, makes room, Dinda tries the bouncer, he still hits, looking to go over extra, Hodge jumps high and gets a hand to it. Saves four. Anureet SIngh runs from mid-off, that's good news that Anureet is back


Dinda to Tendulkar, no run, lucky to get away, short and wide, the slight seam movement beats a Tendulkar cut


Dinda to Tendulkar, FOUR, one short ball too many, Tendulkar rocks back, deliberately goes in the air, and clears point easily


Dinda to Tendulkar, 1 run, full, outside off, and Tendulkar drives, uppishly, but pretty straight, Ganguly dives to save the four


Dinda to Jayasuriya, FOUR, that's picked from in front of middle, and flicked away fine, what a shot, length ball, on the stumps, but Jayasuriya manages to get it fine - his short-arm flick

End of over 4 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 38/0 (RR: 9.50)

    • ST Jayasuriya 8 (6b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 23 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-24-0
    • I Sharma 2-0-14-0

Ishant will continue


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, yorks Tendulkar, and played towards midwicket


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, shorter, just outside off, and Tendulkar doesn't get the room to cut


Sharma to Tendulkar, SIX, uff, shades of Andy Caddick there from the 2003 world cup, short and wide, chest high, Sachin goes leg side, and pulls it with ease, smooth over midwicket


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, fuller on the stumps, that's the length to ball, and defended straight back


Sharma to Tendulkar, no run, slower ball, nelson ks, but short and wide, yet manages to put Tendulkar off timing


Sharma to Tendulkar, 1 run, back of a length, around off, Tendulkar moves across and nudges it into the on side

End of over 5 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 45/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 30 (24b 3x4 2x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 8 (6b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 3-0-21-0
    • AB Dinda 2-0-24-0

Kolkata are taking the risk, bringing Ganguly on. Tendulkar to face. Bring it on


Ganguly to Tendulkar, 1 run, shortish and wide, and dabbed it towards thirdman


Ganguly to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, that's a wide, short one down leg, and Jaya was going for a six there. Just missed


Ganguly to Jayasuriya, no run, just back of a length, outside off, moving in, and beats a poke


Ganguly to Jayasuriya, no run, just back of a length, on the pads, and played towards midwicket, back-to-back dots


Ganguly to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, on the pads again, deftle played to the gap between short fine and deep backward square, nice couple


Ganguly to Jayasuriya, SIX, Ganguly hasn't learned from his mistakes so far, bowls short and on the pads, and pulled away for six over deep backward square


Ganguly to Jayasuriya, SIX, ho ho, that's huge, gentle half-volley on the middle stump, Jaya clears the front leg and launches it way over the midwicket boundary

Superb start for Mumbai, Kolkata look short of inspiration

End of over 6 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 61/0 (RR: 10.16)

    • ST Jayasuriya 22 (11b 1x4 2x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 31 (25b 3x4 2x6)
    • SC Ganguly 1-0-16-0
    • I Sharma 3-0-21-0

Mendis on


Mendis to Tendulkar, no run, carrom ball right away, pitched off and defended


Mendis to Tendulkar, 2 runs, goes in the air, straight down the ground, didn't get hold of it but the good thing was it was stright


Mendis to Tendulkar, 1 run, gives himself a bit of room to hit it through the covers

this is the contest, Jaya against Mendis


Mendis to Jayasuriya, 1 run, bowls a toppie, Jaya plays it back, and he fails to get back down in time and it costs him a single


Mendis to Tendulkar, SIX, okay bye Mendis, length ball, looks for the carrom break, but there is no spin, Tendulkar has premeditated a slog sweep, and boy has he connected? It goes way over the midwicket boundary


Mendis to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller now, and played down the ground

End of over 7 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 72/0 (RR: 10.28)

    • SR Tendulkar 41 (30b 3x4 3x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 23 (12b 1x4 2x6)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-11-0
    • SC Ganguly 1-0-16-0

Even Mendis is not working for Kolkata, desperate trouble for them. What an exhibition from Sachin and Sanath.

Gayle to bowl


Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, full, straight, and played down the ground for another single


Gayle to Jayasuriya, SIX, ho ho, another, short, angled into his pads, and Jauasuriya flick-pulls it over fine leg, this is quite a show, Sanath and Sachin


Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, straight fulltoss, played down to long-on


Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, heading towards block hole, and plaued with an open face


Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full, on the pads, Jayasuriya connects, but this doesn't beat deep fine leg


Gayle to Tendulkar, FOUR, you beauty Sachin, this is a hockey shot, a reverse flick, this is full, outside off, Tendulkar gives up the scoop shot and opens the face to thirdman

End of over 8 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 86/0 (RR: 10.75)

    • SR Tendulkar 47 (33b 4x4 3x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 31 (15b 1x4 3x6)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-14-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-11-0

Mendis to Jayasuriya, SIX, he is dismantling his compatriot, reads the googly, and goes with the spin, lofts it over long-off; uff what batting


Mendis to Jayasuriya, 1 run, carrom ball this time, but there isn't much turn available here, and helped into the leg side easily


Mendis to Tendulkar, SIX, Mendis is being taken to pieces, length ball, on the stumps, no turn, and Sachin clears his leg, and plays a little pick-up over midwicket, what a way to reach his 50


Mendis to Tendulkar, 1 run, pitched up, on the stumps, and he plays it into the leg side, 100 up, inside 10 overs


Mendis to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, fulltoss, scooped towards fine leg, and by the time the fielder gets around, there is enough time for 2


Mendis to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full, on the off stump, no spin, and it's hit down to long-off

End of over 9 (17 runs) Mumbai Indians 103/0 (RR: 11.44)

    • ST Jayasuriya 41 (19b 1x4 4x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 54 (35b 4x4 4x6)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-28-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-14-0

Brad Hodge to bowl, Kolkata are having to go to unknown resources


Hodge to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short, on the pads, Jayasuriya flicks towards deep square leg


Hodge to Tendulkar, no run, almost another reverse flick, gives up the sweep to go for the third man, but can't beat the fielder


Hodge to Tendulkar, FOUR, goes for the big drive, gets an underside edge, that goes between McCullum's legs, for four, and it's now the highest opening stand during this IPL


Hodge to Tendulkar, 1 run, full, on the off stump, and played down the ground


Hodge to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short and flat, and Jayasuriya misses out, pulling it straight to deep backward square


Hodge to Tendulkar, 1 run, shorter, slower, and pulled away easily for one

Uff what a start. Kolkata do need that strategy time-out. It's been a pure exhibition from Sachin and Sanath. Not a single ugly shot. A perfect mix of grace and calculated brutality. They have dismantled Mendis completely, taken apart Dinda, and negotiated Ishant. The best batting show so far. See you in a bit.

End of over 10 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 111/0 (RR: 11.10)

    • SR Tendulkar 60 (39b 5x4 4x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 43 (21b 1x4 4x6)
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-8-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-28-0

Lokhi Shukla to bowl


Shukla to Tendulkar, 1 run, full outside off, and driven into the offside


Shukla to Jayasuriya, FOUR, shot! lovely hands, on the pads, full, and flciked away, easy four, fine leg is in

only short fine inside the circle on the leg side


Shukla to Jayasuriya, no run, looks to go over covers, Shukla pushes it wide, and beats him


Shukla to Jayasuriya, no run, slower ball, sees it, and hits it hard towards extra cover, but doesn't get the elevation


Shukla to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short, around off, and dabbed towards thirdman


Shukla to Tendulkar, 1 run, full, on off stump, swings away a touch, and gets the edge to thirdman

End of over 11 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 118/0 (RR: 10.72)

    • SR Tendulkar 62 (41b 5x4 4x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 48 (25b 2x4 4x6)
    • LR Shukla 1-0-7-0
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-8-0

Hodge to Tendulkar, 1 run, full and wide, and Tendulkar sweeps it from way outside off

round the wicket to Jaya


Hodge to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, flighted, slower, 80ks, and guided expertly between sweeper-cover and thirdman for two, brings up his 50 in 26 balls


Hodge to Jayasuriya, no run, tries a reverse scoop, the pace is slow, and beats Jaya


Hodge to Jayasuriya, no run, fired in now, cramping Jaya up, he plays it back to the bowler


Hodge to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short, sits up, and flicked away to leg side for one


Hodge to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin almost gets out immediately after the break, top-edges a sweep, but it falls in no-man's land

End of over 12 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 123/0 (RR: 10.25)

    • SR Tendulkar 64 (43b 5x4 4x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 51 (29b 2x4 4x6)
    • BJ Hodge 2-0-13-0
    • LR Shukla 1-0-7-0

Shukla to Tendulkar, FOUR, that's a lucky four, just back of a length, Sachin slashes hard, gets an outside edge that flies towards thirdman boundary, Mendis dives but can't save four


Shukla to Tendulkar, OUT, finally they get a wicket, Tendulkar shuffles a long way, looking to hit a full, incoming delivery into the leg side, and misses. It would have taken the leg stump. Nonetheless what a superb innings, one of the best of this IPL

SR Tendulkar lbw b Shukla 68 (63m 45b 6x4 4x6) SR: 151.11

Surprise. Harbhajan has been promoted


Shukla to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full, and wide, almost a yorker, hit towards mid-off


Shukla to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, short, into his body, and Harbhajan pulls it off the front foot, clean hit over midwicket


Shukla to Harbhajan Singh, no run, superb yorker, landing inside the crease, in front of middle, there is nothing Harbhajan can do with it


Shukla to Harbhajan Singh, no run, beats Harbhajan with a bouncer, he is already pressing forward and misses on the shot

End of over 13 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 131/1 (RR: 10.07)

    • Harbhajan Singh 4 (4b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 51 (29b 2x4 4x6)
    • LR Shukla 2-0-15-1
    • BJ Hodge 2-0-13-0

Hodge continues


Hodge to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full and slow, and hit straight down the ground


Hodge to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, some of Sachin's timing has rubbed off to Harbhajan. Thrown up, just outside off, and he lofts it over long-off with ease, all timing


Hodge to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, ho ho ho, another one, No. 10 for the innings, this is strighter, and is slog-swept way way over midwicket


Hodge to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, finally a mis-hit, it is shorter than he expects and he ends up top-edging a slog-sweep between midwicket and long-on


Hodge to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, he has got him with a fulltoss, nice inviting fulltoss on the middle stump, Harbhajan hits it cleanly, but doesn't get the elevation and hits straight to Mendis at deep midwicket

Harbhajan Singh c Mendis b Hodge 18 (6m 8b 1x4 2x6) SR: 225.00

Duminy comes in


Hodge to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length, just outside off, and cut away towards point

End of over 14 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 147/2 (RR: 10.50)

    • JP Duminy 1 (1b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 52 (30b 2x4 4x6)
    • BJ Hodge 3-0-29-1
    • LR Shukla 2-0-15-1

Shukla to continue


Shukla to Duminy, no run, yorker to Duminy, and in front of middle, defended back


Shukla to Duminy, 1 run, overpitched, on the pads, Duminy goes for the big one, but hits it down the ground to long-on, just a single


Shukla to Jayasuriya, no run, Jaya makes room, Shukla follows him, and he misses it, plays all over it


Shukla to Jayasuriya, OUT, swinging low fulltoss, and Jayasuriya makes room and finds the width, but can't clear Ghosh at point. It just took the toe of the bat, but a special innings from Jaya

ST Jayasuriya c Ghosh b Shukla 52 (75m 32b 2x4 4x6) SR: 162.50

Pollock informs they promoted Harbhajan because they knew Kolkata were a seamer short. Anureet had hurt himself in the first over

Nayar in


Shukla to Nayar, 2 runs, full, on pads, turned away towards fine leg


Shukla to Nayar, 1 run, tires the bouncer, Nayar takes a step down, and pulls it in front of square, rolls his wrists over it

End of over 15 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 151/3 (RR: 10.06)

    • AM Nayar 3 (2b)
    • JP Duminy 2 (3b)
    • LR Shukla 3-0-19-2
    • BJ Hodge 3-0-29-1

Mendis is back, he was taken apart by Sachin and Sanath.


Mendis to Nayar, OUT, and a run-out right away, quick carrom delivery, takes the pad on the way to short fine, Nayar wants one, but Duminy sends him back. Nayar had taken four steps, yet couldn't make his way back. There was never a run in this, even though Shukla was quite quick

AM Nayar run out 3 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Bravo is in, and so is a slip


Mendis to Bravo, no run, full, spinning in this time, Bravo gets an inside edge


Mendis to Bravo, 1 run, full, too full, and flicked away into the leg side


Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, too full again, and flicked into the leg side again


Mendis to Bravo, 1 run, tries the carrom ball, just short of a length, but there is no turn there, and helped away into the off side


Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, fulltoss, and played towards long-on all along the ground

End of over 16 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 155/4 (RR: 9.68)

    • JP Duminy 4 (5b)
    • DJ Bravo 2 (3b)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-32-0
    • LR Shukla 3-0-19-2

Kolkata have done well since the 10th over, giving away 44 runs for four wickets.


Shukla to Duminy, no run, overpitched, played down to mid-off


Shukla to Duminy, 1 run, Misses out on a fulltoss now, on the pads, and turned away straight to deep backward square


Shukla to Bravo, 1 run, fulltoss, just outside off, and hit straight to mid-off, had this hit direct Bravo was gone


Shukla to Duminy, FOUR, it's just a defensive push, fulltoss, and JP just guides it into the off side, and finds the timing and the gap between sweeper-cover and extra cover


Shukla to Duminy, 1 leg bye, short, on the pads, misses out, but will get a leg-bye


Shukla to Bravo, OUT, another one goes, good bouncer, perfect height, in front of Bravo's face, he hooks, gets a top-edge, Gayle runs back from square leg and takes the catch coolly. Now 51 for 5 from last seven overs

DJ Bravo c Gayle b Shukla 3 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 17 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 162/5 (RR: 9.52)

    • JP Duminy 9 (9b 1x4)
    • LR Shukla 4-0-25-3
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-32-0

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, fullish length, topspinner, and defended


Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, googly, starts leg, turns away, and defended into the off side, but gets a single


Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, fulltoss and played down to long-on


Mendis to Dhawan, 2 runs, couple for a gap in the off side, drives a fullish delivery


Mendis to Dhawan, 2 runs, full delivery, sweeps, sweeps well, to the gap in the leg side, two runs


Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball, and plays towards long-off

End of over 18 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 169/5 (RR: 9.38)

    • S Dhawan 6 (5b)
    • JP Duminy 10 (10b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-39-0
    • LR Shukla 4-0-25-3

Ishant is back


Sharma to Dhawan, no run, short, angling across, and he misses out on the late-cut


Sharma to Dhawan, no run, another dot ball, short ball, and pulled, but can't beat midwicket


Sharma to Dhawan, 2 runs, goes short again, knows something about his Delhi team-mate? This one is pulled well, though, to wide long-on where Dinda fumbles to allow a two


Sharma to Dhawan, FOUR, what a shot, Dhawan breaks the shackles, improvising, goes right across the line, and then flicks the slower ball over short fine


Sharma to Dhawan, OUT, Ishant has got his Delhi team-mate, with a short one, extra bounce there, Dhawan looks to make room and cut, and gets a big edge through to McCullum. It's now 6 for 64 after the break

S Dhawan c †McCullum b Sharma 12 (6m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Tiwary in


Sharma to Tiwary, 2 runs, and he drives well right away, just outside off, and drives with an open face, a diving point fieldsman gets a hand and saves two

End of over 19 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 177/6 (RR: 9.31)

    • SS Tiwary 2 (1b)
    • JP Duminy 10 (10b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 4-0-29-1
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-39-0

Gayle to bowl the last over


Gayle to Duminy, 1 run, slow, full, Duminy goes for the slog-sweep, gets inside edge onto the pad


Gayle to Tiwary, 1 run, yorker this time, perfect delivery, just a single to cover


Gayle to Duminy, 3 runs, lofted shot towards wide long-off, where Dinda over-runs the ball, slips and does well to save the boundary, should have been a boundary


Gayle to Tiwary, 1 run, yorker, and just one


Gayle to Duminy, 2 runs, full on the pads, and Duminy slog-sweeps, but can't beat deep midwicket, two only


Gayle to Duminy, 2 runs, again full, not allowing Duminy get under the ball, he hits it towards long-on and scampers through for two

So Kolkata have made a good comeback in giving away only 187, giving just 76 in the last 10 overs. But it could have been far worse, given the exhibition that Sachin and Sanath put up. It will all come down to Gayle and McCullum, but they will have Malinga slinging at them when they come out. Join us for the reply in a bit

End of over 20 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 187/6

    • JP Duminy 18 (14b 1x4)
    • SS Tiwary 4 (3b)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-24-0
    • I Sharma 4-0-29-1





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