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)

Gayle and McCullum walk out. Two of the few men who can chase this total down. But if they do it - against Malings, Zaheer, Hrbhajan and Bravo - it will be some chase. Unlikely though

Zaheer to bowl to McCullum


Khan to McCullum, no run, back of a length, angling across, lets it go, there won't be many more such


Khan to McCullum, 1 run, length delivery, driven just to wide of mid-off, single, 137ks

Gayle to face now, could be his last match this season


Khan to Gayle, no run, gets a yorker first-up, just outside off, 138ks, and plays inside the line


Khan to Gayle, no run, moving in towards Gayle's pads, just outside off, and Gayle plays in front of his pads


Khan to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle goes aerial, and misconnects, over-pitched, gets the toe, looking to go over mid-off, but still clears the fielder, and gets two

fine leg comes up, square leg back


Khan to Gayle, 1 run, yorker again, he digs it out towards midwicket, and gets a single

End of over 1 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 4/0 (184 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 9.68)

    • CH Gayle 3 (4b)
    • BB McCullum 1 (2b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-4-0

Malinga to bowl, this is delicious, Malinga to Gayle


Malinga to Gayle, no run, yorker right away, swinging in, uff what a start, Gayle saves his toe by getting the bat down in time


Malinga to Gayle, 1 run, another yorker, 141ks, Gayle plays towards cover and almost limps through for one, limps because Zaheer hit him on the toe last over

Here we are. McCullum and Gayle want Jerling to change his white hat, because he can't see it coming out of Malinga's hand. Red caps coming out for umpires, lovely stuff Malinga


Malinga to McCullum, 2 no balls, never ever seen anything like this, tries a slower delivery, 96ks, and it's so wide the keeper can't run across to it despite having ample time, it's like about 10 pitches width away, and it's so slow the fine leg can get around to stop a boundary


Malinga to Gayle, 1 run, back on the money, on the pads, full, just a single to deep backward square


Malinga to McCullum, no run, wide and short, seaming away, and left alone


Malinga to McCullum, no run, tries to bounce. McCullum gets on his toes to cut it straight into the ground, and then through to point


Malinga to McCullum, OUT, Malinga strikes, strikes big, just back of a length, seems it held on to the surface a bit, McCullum is checks the shot, but hits it in the air towards point, and Duminy takes a low catch in front of him

BB McCullum c Duminy b Malinga 1 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

End of over 2 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 8/1 (180 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 10.00)

    • CH Gayle 5 (7b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-4-1
    • Z Khan 1-0-4-0

Hodge new man in, Gayle to face Bravo from round the stumps, so only one over for Zaheer


Bravo to Gayle, SIX, and Gayle despatches fellow West Indian for the 150th six of the tournament. A gentle half-tracker, Gayle clears the leg, and a home run over midwicket, and he points in that direction after hitting


Bravo to Gayle, 1 wide, goes back over, and bowls a short one down the leg side


Bravo to Gayle, 1 run, short again, angling across Gayle, he pushes it into the off side for one


Bravo to Hodge, no run, short and wide, and Duminy saves four at point, diving to his right


Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, ful;l, wide, looks to drive, but there is just enough movement to get an inside-edge


Bravo to Gayle, no run, how close was that? and that only because it is Bravo. the ball holds on again, Gayle checks the shot, and it's flying towards the other end of the pitch from Bravo, who dives, nay flies, and gets a hand to it


Bravo to Gayle, OUT, there's only one West Indian smiling now, and it's not Gayle. What a revenge for that clubbed six, he gets this to get big on Gayle, short angling across, Gayle looks to push it, but the extra bounce takes the edge, which flies to the sole slip, the wide slip

CH Gayle c Tendulkar b Bravo 12 (17m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 109.09

End of over 3 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 17/2 (171 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 10.05)

    • BJ Hodge 1 (2b)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-9-1
    • SL Malinga 1-0-4-1

Ganguly is the new man


Malinga to Hodge, 1 wide


Malinga to Hodge, no run, that's sharp pace, 142ks, but seems faster than that, gets lovely bounce ffrom just back of a length, beats Hodge and goes chest high to Pinal, still climbing


Malinga to Hodge, no run, just back of a length again, wide of off, and played with an open face


Malinga to Hodge, 1 run, attacking the short length again, angling in to the pad, and gets a single to wide of mid-on


Malinga to Ganguly, 1 run, back of a length again, on the pads, and helped away towards deep fine leg


Malinga to Hodge, FOUR, top shot, shortish and wide outside off, Hodge lets it come to him, plays on the up, and forces it through the covers, head still, crunchy sound, perfect shot


Malinga to Hodge, no run, bowls the same length, but straighter, tucking Hodge up

End of over 4 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 24/2 (164 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.25)

    • BJ Hodge 6 (7b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 1 (1b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-11-1
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-9-1

Bravo to Ganguly, no run, short, on the pads, Ganguly gets across to play it down towards midwicket


Bravo to Ganguly, no run, full, angled across, no foot movement from ganguly, and plays it striaght to mid-off


Bravo to Ganguly, FOUR, shot, vintage Ganguly, steps down, amkes room, picks the bouncer and crashes it through the off side


Bravo to Ganguly, SIX, ho ho Dadi of the old, steps out again, makes room again, gets to the pitch and lofts it over mid-off, clean, very clean


Bravo to Ganguly, 1 run, slower offcutter, opens the face towards point, and gets a single


Bravo to Hodge, FOUR, poor delivery, short, angling down the leg side, Hidge gets his body inside the line, and pulls it fine, fine of fine leg

End of over 5 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 39/2 (149 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 9.93)

    • BJ Hodge 10 (8b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-24-1
    • SL Malinga 2-0-11-1

Harbhajan introduced inside the Powerplay, will be bowling to his beloved Dadi. Goes round the stumps


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, no run, bowls a topspinner right away, gets an inside edge into the ground


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, no run, another dot, full outside off, and played straight to cover


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, FOUR, tospinner again, but short, Ganguly goes back, makes room and cuts it through the covers


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, FOUR, poor fielding by Tendulkar, fulltoss hit straight to cover, but he doesn't get down in time, letting it go through him


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, no run, cramps him up, tospinner again, no room, another dot


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, no run, mindgames, mindgames, Ganguly looks to make room and shorten his nlength, Harbhajan pushes one through and short, Ganguly goes for the cut, but this is fairly quick, at 99ks, and beats the outside edge. Stares

End of over 6 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 47/2 (141 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.83, RRR: 10.07)

    • SC Ganguly 20 (12b 3x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 10 (8b 2x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-8-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-24-1

Zaheer is back now, one slip in place


Khan to Hodge, no run, swings in a touch, length, middle, and Hodge defends


Khan to Hodge, 2 runs, good shot, wasn't short enough, Hodge goes back and late-cuts it, superb timing, but Harbhajan runs fast from thirdman to stop the boundary, it took a dive


Khan to Hodge, no run, back on target now, no room, swigning in, on a length


Khan to Hodge, 1 run, comes down too early, Zaheer bowls a bouncer, and a limp single to midwicket

Now Zaheer will bowl to his former captain, Ganguly


Khan to Ganguly, no run, full, just outside off, and Ganguly plays with an open face


Khan to Ganguly, no run, slower ball, 123ks, full, on the stumps, Ganguly plays in front of his body, and back to Zaheer

End of over 7 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 50/2 (138 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 10.61)

    • SC Ganguly 20 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 13 (12b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 2-0-7-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-8-0

Harbhajan to continue


Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, full, just outside off, and a single down to long-off

Bhaj to Ganguly, round the stumps


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, 1 run, bowls full again, no time for it to turn, and Ganguly drives it with an open face


Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, slowed it down, but it's too short, Hodge pulls it to wide of long-on


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, 2 runs, fulltoss, outside off, and Ganguly plays it with an open face, beats point and gets two


Harbhajan Singh to Ganguly, 1 run, slower, around the off stump, he plays it in front of his pad and gets a single to cover


Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, flat, fired into his pads, 96ks, and a single down to long-on

End of over 8 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 57/2 (131 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.12, RRR: 10.91)

    • BJ Hodge 16 (15b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 24 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-15-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-7-0

Abhsihek Nayar will bowl now


Nayar to Hodge, FOUR, keeper up, half-volley outside off, and a perfecdt cricketing shot, superb cover drive all along the ground


Nayar to Hodge, 1 run, another half-volley outside off, but this time he goes squarer and gets a single to sweeper-point


Nayar to Ganguly, 1 run, short, wide, angling across, and Ganguly plays with an open face, an easy single to thirdman


Nayar to Hodge, 1 run, full again, on the stumps, and driven down to long-on


Nayar to Ganguly, no run, back of a length, angling across, gets a dot ball, it was played with an open face but straight towards point


Nayar to Ganguly, 1 run, just back of a length, outside off, will be a single to the left of point. And Ganguly signals for a drink, with just one over to go to strategy break. That break is perhaps only for strategy, and not drinks

End of over 9 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 65/2 (123 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.22, RRR: 11.18)

    • SC Ganguly 26 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 22 (18b 3x4)
    • AM Nayar 1-0-8-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-15-0

Tendulkar to bowl, my my. SRT to SCG


Tendulkar to Ganguly, 1 run, bowls an offbreak back of a elngth, just outside leg, and an easy single to leg


Tendulkar to Hodge, no run, legbreak, full, fields to his right, almost collides with Ganguly


Tendulkar to Hodge, 1 run, slower on the pads, and Hodge takes a single to midwidket


Tendulkar to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly looks to step down, Sachin slows it down, just back of a length, and Ganguly stays back, and plays towards point


Tendulkar to Hodge, 1 run, slower offbreak, just outside off, and Hodge guides it towards midwicket


Tendulkar to Ganguly, 1 run, full offbreak, on the pads, and a single down to long-on

Time-out now. Kolkata need a metamorphosis. They have wickets in hand, but don't really have the big hitters if these two get out. Mumbai are the firm favourites, see you in 450 seconds.

End of over 10 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 70/2 (118 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 11.80)

    • SC Ganguly 29 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 24 (21b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 1-0-5-0
    • AM Nayar 1-0-8-0

Nayar to continue post the break


Nayar to Ganguly, 1 run, back of a lnegth, angling across, hit with an open face towards sweeper-cover


Nayar to Hodge, OUT, plays all around it, it was a length ball, stright, there for the big shot, but Hodge plays an unnatural shot, looking to go over midwicket, and misses, exposing the middle stump. Another one bites the dust immediately after the break

BJ Hodge b Nayar 24 (46m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 109.09


Nayar to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, short, into the pads, and dabbed away towards fine leg


Nayar to Ganguly, 1 run, length ball, angling across, Ganguly gets on the front foot and plays it down the ground


Nayar to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, length delivery, just outside off, and forced through the off side


Nayar to Ganguly, no run, Yashpal almost runs Ganguly out, back nof a length, played to mid-off, Ganguly wants one but is sent back, and there is no throw from the fielder. Ganguly perhaps gestures he thought he had hit wider

End of over 11 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 74/3 (114 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 12.66)

    • SC Ganguly 31 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yashpal Singh 2 (2b)
    • AM Nayar 2-0-12-1
    • SR Tendulkar 1-0-5-0

SRT to continue


Tendulkar to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, and flicked for an easy single


Tendulkar to Ganguly, 1 run, off break, back of a length, pitches just outside off, and spins towards stumps, played down for a single


Tendulkar to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, full, outside leg, paddle-swept away for a single


Tendulkar to Ganguly, 1 run, thrown up, offbreak, just outside leg, Ganguly looks for a big heave, gets the inside half and a single to long-on


Tendulkar to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, flipper, rapid one, and Yashpal is late into the pull, but manages to clear midwicket


Tendulkar to Ganguly, 1 run, thrown up on the pads, goes for the heave but can't get the elevation, getting a single to long-on

End of over 12 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 80/3 (108 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 13.50)

    • SC Ganguly 34 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yashpal Singh 5 (5b)
    • SR Tendulkar 2-0-11-0
    • AM Nayar 2-0-12-1

Nayar will continue


Nayar to Ganguly, OUT, Ganguly has flown it to the moon and back, makes room to hit it over cover, but this is a stright delivery, top-edges it way into the air, and Bravo takes an easy catch at cover

SC Ganguly c Bravo b Nayar 34 (48m 30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 113.33


Nayar to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, and pushed wide of mid-off


Nayar to Ghosh, OUT, Oh my Ghosh, he has flicked it straight to short midiwcket, Sachin Tendulkar. This is soft, really soft. Straight delivery, flicked in the air and an easy catch to Sachin

AN Ghosh c Tendulkar b Nayar 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Lokhi Shukla is the new man


Nayar to Shukla, no run, straight, length, and defended with open face


Nayar to Shukla, no run, short and straight, beats the bat by getting it to hold the line


Nayar to Shukla, no run, another dot ball, again beats the outside edge, this one was a striaght delivery but Shukla played inside the line

End of over 13 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 81/5 (107 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 15.28)

    • LR Shukla 0 (3b)
    • Yashpal Singh 6 (6b)
    • AM Nayar 3-0-13-3
    • SR Tendulkar 2-0-11-0

Bravo is the new bowler


Bravo to Yashpal Singh, 2 runs, strays down the pads, and flicked away


Bravo to Yashpal Singh, OUT, Kolkata are falling apart now, end is nigh, Bravo bowls just back of a length, and Yashpal looks to go over extra cover, and edges faintly

Yashpal Singh c †Shah b Bravo 8 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Ishant comes out to bat


Bravo to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, and driven on the up through the covers


Bravo to Shukla, no run, makes room, Bravo sees it, drags it back, gets it chest high, and Shukla misses


Bravo to Shukla, no run, makes room again, and he beats him from the other side this time, slower ball, outside off, and is too wide for Shukla to hit


Bravo to Shukla, FOUR, makes room again, does Shukla, Bravo follows him with a short delivery, Shukla sees it, pulls, connects and clears midwicket, it falls inches inside the boundary

End of over 14 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 88/6 (100 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.28, RRR: 16.66)

    • LR Shukla 4 (6b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 1 (1b)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-31-2
    • AM Nayar 3-0-13-3

Zaheer is on, bowling over the wicket


Khan to Sharma, 1 run, back of a length, gets rib-high for Ishant, he drops his wrists and takes a single to cover


Khan to Shukla, no run, Shukla backs away again, and misses again, it goes over the stumps and Shukla misses completely


Khan to Shukla, 2 runs, again he makes room, Zaheer follows him, and Shukla gets an inside edge through to the keeper, Shah


Khan to Shukla, no run, short, into the boyd, and turned away with one hand


Khan to Shukla, OUT, good judgement from Jayasuriya, at the long-on boundary, this was a length delivery on the stumps and Shukla got under it, clean shot but doesn't have the power to to clear long-on, where Jayasuriya takes an overhead catch, inches inside the boundary

LR Shukla c Jayasuriya b Khan 6 (10m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00


Khan to Sharma, FOUR, Ishant makes room, and hits his opening partner through the covers, but too little too late

End of over 15 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 95/7 (93 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.33, RRR: 18.60)

    • I Sharma 6 (3b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 0 (0b)
    • Z Khan 3-0-14-1
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-31-2

Malinga back, they are going in for the kill


Malinga to Mendis, OUT, team-mate to team-mate, and what a beauty, Malinga is already backing away looking to save his toes, but Malinga bowls an accurate slower delivery, 100ks, there is nothing defending the stumps here, and the leg stump goes out

BAW Mendis b Malinga 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Dinda to bat, toe or stump?


Malinga to Dinda, OUT, leg stump again, it's all over, Malinga can't go for the hat-trick because Anureet Singh won't bat. This was a perfect yorker, full, fast, low, base of leg stump, Dinda saves the toe, little mercy that

AB Dinda b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Presentation: Danny M gets it wrong, thanking everyone on behalf of "LPI", that on a second attempt. Saying that in front of Lalit Modi. Somebody could become Donald Trump to punish that capital offense.

Also Lasith "Slinga" Malinga has now taken the purple cap with that two-wicket over.

Brendon McCullum: "We need to look deep inside ourselves, and find a way now." No excuses.

Sachin Tendulkar: "It was wonderful. A good partnership for us. Sanath picked the pace quite well, because initially I took all the strike.

Everything went to our plan. Maybe we could have got 200, but everything else went right."

Sachin is also the Man of the Match. Thanks for joining us. Okay bye. * Mumbai have run through Kolkata here. Clinical, graceful, aggressive. Sachin and Sanath was the best batting show of this IPL. Although they didn't get 200, Mumbai's bowling was always going to be too good.






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