Indian Premier League - 19th match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

12.30 local Players are in the middle. Time to start this shindig. Lovely clear skies, plenty of sun around. Win toss, bat first. Simple formula. A god crowd in too. McCullum to face Pietersen. So he's opening with himself, huh? Another one to always surprise, is KP. Lets see what he does. Big move this.

12.22 local Morne van Wyk gets his first game for Kolkata and Ajit Agarkar gets his umpteenth. Murali Kartik also returns. For Bangalore, Roelof van der Werwe makes his IPL debut. So Bangalore are playing three spinners. Still no Dale Steyn.

Finally, the XIs.

Kolkata: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Brendon McCullum (capt/ wk), 3 Brad Hodge, 4 Sourav Ganguly, 5 Laxmi Shukla, 6 Morne van Wyk, 7 Wriddhiman Saha, 8 Ajit Agarkar, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Murali Kartik, 11 Ashok Dinda.

Bangalore: 1 Sreevats Goswami, 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Kevin Pietersen (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Roelof van der Merwe, 6 Mark Boucher, 7 V Kohli, 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Pankaj Singh, 10 Anil Kumble, 11 KP Appanna.

12.00 local Its flipping time. Brendon McCullum has flipped, Pietersen has called heads and loses. McCullum says "We'll have a bat, thanks. Out goes Ajantha Mendis for Kolkata. Interesting, though he was mauled in the last game against Mumbai. Wriddhiman Saha gets his first game. For Bangalore Manish Pandey and Sreevats Goswami come in. Goswami will open with Jacques Kallis. Give me a few moments and I'll get you the final XIs.

Breaking news, breaking news! That mad hatter Jeremy Coney has a tribal warrior down with him at the pitch. He's trying to decipher what the man is saying but getting nowhere. Coney is a legend. Now that I have never seen at any pitch report. Never a dull day in the IPL.

Coney and warrior friend reckon the pitch has runs in it and that the spinners will be keen to bowl here.

11.40 local Hello champs, welcome to game 1,725 of the IPL's second season. Yeah, yeah, I know its not been that many but it sure feels like that. Busy, busy here at Cricinfo Towers.

Today's duel - well, given the two bottom-placed teams are involved that may be a premature word to use - is between Bangalore and Kolkata. Lets hope we get a good game. Bangalore really need to get some momentum. Kolkata have also gotten off to a ragged start. Both teams will be saying goodbye to two big overseas signings, Kevin Pietersen from Bangalore and Chris Gayle from Kolkata. Given how dismally KP has done that may not be a bad thing for Bangalore. Gayle is Kolkata's highest run-scorer with 107 in four innings but he's 11th among the top run-getters in the tournament.

Gayle is my trump player today. Have you updated your Fantasy League teams?

We're not too far from the toss. In the interim you could read Lawrence Booth on one of Sourav Ganguly's finer performances in recent times. Or you could scroll up and read every name in the Bangalore squad. There's about 300 there I reckon.

Aha, one more important thing for all you fans. From 5.00pm IST, 1.30pm local and 11.30GMT, you can discuss the game with Sambit Bal, the Cricinfo editor, and Rahul Bhattacharya, the author of Pundits from Pakistan. Send your questions to chatterbox@cricinfo.com. But not before the stipulated time given.

0.1

Pietersen to McCullum, OUT, oh lord, whats happening! Its a first-baller! I've lost count of how many times this has happened this season! KP tosses it up outside off stump, McCullum cuts straight into the hands of the point fielder, who didn't have to move an inch

BB McCullum c Kohli b Pietersen 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here's Hodge.

0.2

Pietersen to Hodge, 1 wide, spins down the pads and thats called a wide

0.2

Pietersen to Hodge, no run, more sharp turn, pitches on middle and off and spins down leg

0.3

Pietersen to Hodge, 1 run, first runs off the bat as Hodge works one off his pads

0.4

Pietersen to Gayle, no run, well bowled, KP! Slowly flighted on middle and leg, Gayle presses forward and gets beaten as the ball breaks away from the bat

0.5

Pietersen to Gayle, 1 run, flat on the pads and tucked away for a single

0.6

Pietersen to Hodge, no run, tosses it up and Hodge hits back hard to KP on the bounce

Now thats a stellar first over. He backed himself to open the attack and got McCullum very first delivery. Super start for Bangalore. Will they hold?

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 3/1 (RR: 3.00)
BJ Hodge    1* (3b)      KP Pietersen    1-0-3-1
CH Gayle    1* (2b)     

Spin from both ends. KP tosses the ball to van der Werwe, a canny slow left-armer.

1.1

van der Merwe to Gayle, no run, flat from over the stumps, Gayle goes back and defends

1.2

van der Merwe to Gayle, FOUR, there's the first boundary as Gayle just picks this with the spin, off the pads, and beats the sweeper out at deep square leg

1.3

van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 run, another chip shot, uppish, between the gap at midwicket

1.4

van der Merwe to Hodge, 1 run, flat on the pads and turned away through midwicket for one

1.5

van der Merwe to Gayle, no run, well bowled, very flat, very full, no room and jammed out

1.6

van der Merwe to Gayle, FOUR, hard shot that, just took it on the full and drove it past mid-off

End of over 2 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 13/1 (RR: 6.50)
CH Gayle    10* (7b 2x4)      RE van der Merwe    1-0-10-0
BJ Hodge    2* (4b)      KP Pietersen    1-0-3-1

2.1

Pietersen to Hodge, no run, picks a slow turner from outside off and sweeps hard to square

2.2

Pietersen to Hodge, no run, flatter, shorter, wider and he dabs it square on the off side

2.3

Pietersen to Hodge, 1 run, there's a mistimed shot, Hodge sweeping with the turn but nearly giving Kallis at square leg a catch, but the ball just evaded him

2.4

Pietersen to Gayle, FOUR, bad ball, a rank long hop which gets the Gayle treatment, it was so slow that ball, that he could have gone for a cup of tea before pulling that over midwicket

2.5

Pietersen to Gayle, 5 wides, another bad ball, very wide down the pads, beats Boucher too

2.5

Pietersen to Gayle, no run, a tad short and he cuts from on top of off stump right to point

2.6

Pietersen to Gayle, no run, good ball to end the over, flat on middle and leg and Gayle defends

A watchful start, with Gayle only taking on the bad balls.

End of over 3 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 23/1 (RR: 7.66)
CH Gayle    14* (10b 3x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-13-1
BJ Hodge    3* (7b)      RE van der Merwe    1-0-10-0

Pankaj Singh gets the ball. So thats a break for van der Werwe. Pace in now.

3.1

Pankaj Singh to Hodge, no run, pitches short of a length, Hodge gets up and inside-edges the pull

3.2

Pankaj Singh to Hodge, no run, ah, well bowled, thats just a fraction fuller and sucking Hodge forward, he plays a nothing shot, surprised by the bounce, ball takes the shoulder of the bat and drops safely

3.3

Pankaj Singh to Hodge, SIX, he's had enough and does a cute little two-step, collecting the ball on the volley after making room and chipping it high over extra cover

3.4

Pankaj Singh to Hodge, FOUR, again he exposes all the stumps and reaches out to slap a wide ball between cover and point for four

3.5

Pankaj Singh to Hodge, no run, good comeback, back of a length on off stump and Hodge defends

3.6

Pankaj Singh to Hodge, FOUR, top shot that from Hodge, again using his feet to create room and this time he smashes a wide ball through cover for four to end the over

"Never understand Buchanan or McCullum!" says Mamum.

End of over 4 (14 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 37/1 (RR: 9.25)
BJ Hodge    17* (13b 2x4 1x6)      Pankaj Singh    1-0-14-0
CH Gayle    14* (10b 3x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-13-1

Pankaj took a bit of a pasting first over. Here's Praveen.

4.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, short of a length just around off stump, Gayle stands and defends

4.2

Kumar to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle gets into position early to pull over midwicket but the lack of pace forces a rethink and he flat-bats a forehand back over the umpire's head ... ball slows down and mid-off chases

4.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, lovely slower ball, much fuller and Gayle has to defend

PK comes around the stumps ...

4.4

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, sweetly timed, hitting the ball that angles in with power past mid-on

PK says right then, I'm going back over the stumps ...

4.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, good slower ball, middle and leg, and Gayle pats it back

4.6

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, well bowled and well run, PK hits a good length, Gayle doesn't move his feet much but plays with soft hands and scampers a single as the ball rolls to cover

Eijaz Rashid: "Great start, Pietersen! But how about this - about five wicketkeepers playing this game. McCullum, Saha, van Wyk for Kolkata, and Goswami and Boucher for the Royal Challengers of Bangalore. And good to see sanity prevail, as the deserving van der Merwe gets a game."

End of over 5 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 44/1 (RR: 8.80)
CH Gayle    21* (16b 4x4)      P Kumar    1-0-7-0
BJ Hodge    17* (13b 2x4 1x6)      Pankaj Singh    1-0-14-0

KP calls on the veteran Anil Kumble. He's making changes every over. There's a short third man.

5.1

Kumble to Gayle, no run, ripper! Bounce and turn beats Gayle, pushing forward and the wrong 'un, which spits up and surprises Boucher too

5.2

Kumble to Gayle, no run, a touch short and wide and he cuts off the back foot to point

5.3

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, slower ball, flighted on middle and off and Gayle pushes to cover

Here's Hodge, who became the first player to score more than 2000 runs in Twenty20.

5.4

Kumble to Hodge, no run, flipper, short on off stump and he defends it back

5.5

Kumble to Hodge, OUT, got em with the slider! Kumble flights it up on a length and the ball skids on to hit Hodge just around the knee roll, very late on the shot, and Mark Benson raises the finger

BJ Hodge lbw b Kumble 17 (15b 2x4 1x6) SR: 113.33

Smart bowling that from Kumble. Hodge fails again. Out strides Dada. In goes slip. Battle brewing.

5.6

Kumble to Ganguly, no run, tossed up outside off to invite the drive and Ganguly pushes to cover

Super over that from Kumble. Spin doing the trick today.

End of over 6 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 45/2 (RR: 7.50)
SC Ganguly    0* (1b)      A Kumble    1-0-1-1
CH Gayle    22* (19b 4x4)      P Kumar    1-0-7-0

6.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, pitched up on a length, middle and off, and Gayle pushes it back

6.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, good line and length again and Gayle pushes straight back

6.3

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, now he serves up room and Gayle bisects point and gully for one

"Why is Rahul Dravid not playing in this match?" asks Nitin Thakur. He is back in Bangalore for the birth of his second child.

6.4

Kumar to Ganguly, 1 run, just back of a length outside off stump and steered to backward point

A man drops back on the boundary

6.5

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, pitches it up and Gayle drives off the front foot toward mid-off

6.6

Kumar to Ganguly, no run, slips in a short ball, Ganguly tries to pull but then pulls out in the end

Very tidy over from PK.

End of over 7 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 48/2 (RR: 6.85)
SC Ganguly    1* (3b)      P Kumar    2-0-10-0
CH Gayle    24* (23b 4x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-1

7.1

Kumble to Gayle, no run, slower ball, nearly a yorker length, Gayle jams it out with one hand

7.2

Kumble to Gayle, FOUR, catch is the call from someone as Gayle sizes up this gentle floater, clears the front leg, and slogs over midwicket but the ball drops safely and beats the running sweeper

7.3

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, fuller and flatter and he slogs again, this time with a bit of an inside edge but still finds the gap at square leg

7.4

Kumble to Ganguly, no run, short and wide, sliding away, Gangs cuts and misses

7.5

Kumble to Ganguly, no run, a tad quicker and much fuller on middle and leg and he defends

7.6

Kumble to Ganguly, no run, shortish again, he opens the face but cannot beat backward point

End of over 8 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 53/2 (RR: 6.62)
SC Ganguly    1* (6b)      A Kumble    2-0-6-1
CH Gayle    29* (26b 5x4)      P Kumar    2-0-10-0

8.1

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, takes a step back and slices a short ball through cover and point

8.2

Kumar to Ganguly, no run, lovely slower ball, on a length just about off stump or so, Ganguly tentatively comes forward and then plays the ball with soft hands to the point fielder

8.3

Kumar to Ganguly, OUT, and the short ball works again, how many times in this man's career have we seen him succumb to that, even I've lost count! After the fuller slower ball, PK changes up with a short delivery on the stumps and Ganguly makes a real mess of that, just lobbing it over the infield and straight to the man running in from the deep midwicket boundary, easiest catch he'll get

SC Ganguly c Kallis b Kumar 1 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Morne van Wyk, the leading Twenty20 run-scorer on the domestic circuit this season, comes in.

8.4

Kumar to van Wyk, 1 run, off the mark immediately, opening the face and steering to third man

Gayle is batting with a runner, by the way. That same leg cramp has flared up.

8.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, good length outside off stump, back goes Gayle to punch to cover

8.6

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, stands tall again and punches firmly and picks out cover

End of over 9 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 56/3 (RR: 6.22)
CH Gayle    31* (29b 5x4)      P Kumar    3-0-13-1
MN van Wyk    1* (1b)      A Kumble    2-0-6-1

van der Merwe comes back in. Left-arm over the stumps.

9.1

van der Merwe to Gayle, no run, tossed up very wide and Gayle pads it away

9.2

van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 run, flat on the stumps, he goes back and punches it back straight

Changes the angle now ...

9.3

van der Merwe to van Wyk, no run, slower ball, cleverly done, holds back the length and van Wyk gets a leading edge that drops safely in front of cover

9.4

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 1 run, much fuller and flatter and he squeezes it into the covers for one

Back over he goes when Gayle is on strike ...

9.5

van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 run, tosses it up, Gayle reaches out and gets an inside edge to midwicket

van der Werwe goes around the stumps

9.6

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 2 runs, turn there from outside off stump, draws a healthy outside edge thats safe of slip and rolls down to third man for a couple

Well, well, we've seen some turn from KP, Kumble and now van der Werwe. Good work from Bangalore going into the seven-and-a-half-minute tactical break. This break has often worked against the sides batting first. What will this one yield? Find out when we return.

In the meantime you could read how Tishani Doshi weighs up cricket against Bollywood and finds one wanting.

End of over 10 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 61/3 (RR: 6.10)
MN van Wyk    4* (4b)      RE van der Merwe    2-0-15-0
CH Gayle    33* (32b 5x4)      P Kumar    3-0-13-1

KP takes the ball after the break. He struck first ball when he did this against Chennai.

10.1

Pietersen to Gayle, 1 run, flat on middle and leg and turned into the gap at midwicket

10.2

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, slower ball, tossed up outside off, he opens the face and dabs it fine

10.3

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, much wider and thus van Wyk can cut it behind backward point

10.4

Pietersen to Gayle, 1 run, pitches outside leg, turns in sharply, Gayle turns it away for one

10.5

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, slower ball drifts down the pads and he clips it toward square, Gayle's runner calls for the single and gets home despite a direct hit

10.6

Pietersen to Gayle, 1 run, flat on the pads and again knocked away for a single

Gayle's foot movement seems hampered. Good move to bowl spin then.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 66/3 (RR: 6.00)
CH Gayle    36* (35b 5x4)      KP Pietersen    3-0-18-1
MN van Wyk    6* (7b)      RE van der Merwe    2-0-15-0

KP Appanna comes on. Another spinner. Left-arm over the stumps.

11.1

Appanna to Gayle, FOUR, starts off with one sliding down the pads, full toss, and he steers it fine

11.2

Appanna to Gayle, OUT, gone! Gayle swings across to one gently flighted up, thinks he's found the gap but Goswami keeps his eyes on the ball running around from midwicket and takes the catch, falling over after doing so just for a bit of effect

CH Gayle c Goswami b Appanna 40 (37b 6x4 0x6) SR: 108.10

Spin makes further inroads. Did Kolkata err by dropping Mendis?

11.3

Appanna to van Wyk, no run, aye, he's missed a stumping! Appanna comes around the stumps, flights it on a super length, gets some turn and beats the bat, van Wyk falls forward in playing the shot but Boucher fumbles the ball

11.4

Appanna to van Wyk, 1 run, flat on the stumps and turned away for one

11.5

Appanna to Saha, 2 runs, gets some room and finds the gap square on the off side

11.6

Appanna to Saha, 1 run, a tad too straight and he picks off a single to the leg side

End of over 12 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 74/4 (RR: 6.16)
WP Saha    3* (2b)      KP Appanna    1-0-8-1
MN van Wyk    7* (9b)      KP Pietersen    3-0-18-1

So then, the tactical break continues to work in favour of the fielding side.

12.1

Pietersen to Saha, 2 runs, tosses it up to bring out the cover drive, just a couple though

12.2

Pietersen to Saha, no run, tosses it up, Saha comes forward and rolls the wrists, KP dives across

12.3

Pietersen to Saha, 1 run, strides well forward and knocks the ball away to the off side

12.4

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, comes forward and defends gently, getting a quick single to the off

12.5

Pietersen to Saha, 1 run, gets a long way forward, uses the wrists and steers to third man

12.6

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, flat on the stumps and he watchfully plays it away

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 80/4 (RR: 6.15)
MN van Wyk    9* (11b)      KP Pietersen    4-0-24-1
WP Saha    7* (6b)      KP Appanna    1-0-8-1

13.1

Appanna to van Wyk, FOUR, too wide outside leg stump and he sweeps hard, top placement that

13.2

Appanna to van Wyk, 1 run, slower ball, not much turn, he makes room and squirts it to third man

13.3

Appanna to Saha, 1 run, pitches on leg, turns in, Saha shuffles and on-drives a single

13.4

Appanna to van Wyk, 1 run, shuffles in his crease, Appanna fires it down leg, van Wyk sweeps

13.5

Appanna to Saha, 1 run, waits to see if there's turn, there isn't, so he steers it fine for one

13.6

Appanna to van Wyk, 1 run, holds it back in the air a second later to surprise van Wyk, committed on the front foot, then he has to adjust and gets a leading edge into the gap between cover and point

End of over 14 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 89/4 (RR: 6.35)
MN van Wyk    16* (15b 1x4)      KP Appanna    2-0-17-1
WP Saha    9* (8b)      KP Pietersen    4-0-24-1

Kolkata don't have much firepower in the tank. They need to finish with a flourish. Here's Kumble.

14.1

Kumble to van Wyk, no run, slow outside off stump, no turn, he gets over it and chops it away

14.2

Kumble to van Wyk, 1 run, well bowled, no room to work with so he comes onto the front foot and drives the ball toward extra cover for a quick single

14.3

Kumble to Saha, 2 runs, too straight and the result is a clip off the pads for two

14.4

Kumble to Saha, 1 run, uses his feet to meet the ball, Kumble slows the pace, Saha clips fine

14.5

Kumble to van Wyk, no run, well done AK, tosses it up on a length and van Wyk defends

14.6

Kumble to van Wyk, 1 run, quicker ball, kicks up and he does well to get over it and run it fine

End of over 15 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 94/4 (RR: 6.26)
MN van Wyk    18* (19b 1x4)      A Kumble    3-0-11-1
WP Saha    12* (10b)      KP Appanna    2-0-17-1

van Wyk surveys the field set. Appanna continues. Five overs to go.

15.1

Appanna to van Wyk, 1 run, tosses it up, van Wyk waits in his crease and swats it past square

15.2

Appanna to Saha, 1 run, uses his feet, Appanna fires it wide, Saha chips in the air to mid-off

15.3

Appanna to van Wyk, FOUR, full and flat down leg stump and swept away with superb placement

He's a nudger and a nurdler, is van Wyk. Knows these local grounds well too.

15.4

Appanna to van Wyk, no run, full in the blockhole, slower ball too, and played back to Appanna

15.5

Appanna to van Wyk, 1 run, tosses it up, gets lovely dip, van Wyk plays it to the off side

15.6

Appanna to Saha, SIX, elevation for Saha finally, skipping down and even though not to the pitch and nearly beaten in flight, he gets under the ball and heaves it over midwicket, just

End of over 16 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 107/4 (RR: 6.68)
WP Saha    19* (12b 1x6)      KP Appanna    3-0-30-1
MN van Wyk    24* (23b 2x4)      A Kumble    3-0-11-1

Not too sure how much of a hitter van Wyk is. I've seen him on TV in a couple ODIs for South Africa and he looked composed. Spoke to him at the Feroz Shah Kotla once during an A team tour and he said he preferred batting for long.

16.1

Kumble to van Wyk, 1 run, uses his feet and drives the ball into the off side

16.2

Kumble to Saha, 2 runs, slides down the pads, he kneels down and sweeps hard for two

16.3

Kumble to Saha, OUT, another one to Kumble, sliding it down the pads, Saha gets too much under it and top-edges a forceful slow-sweep straight to KP, jogging to his right from backward point

WP Saha c Pietersen b Kumble 21 (14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Laxmi Shukla - Lokhi to locals back in India - comes in.

16.4

Kumble to van Wyk, 1 run, spits up from outside off, does well to dab it fine for a single

16.5

Kumble to Shukla, 1 leg bye, fired down leg stump and he gets a teeny bit of bat on that .. or not

16.6

Kumble to van Wyk, 1 run, flat on the stumps and clipped away out to the sweeper

Good day at the office for Kumble.

End of over 17 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 113/5 (RR: 6.64)
MN van Wyk    27* (26b 2x4)      A Kumble    4-0-16-2
LR Shukla    0* (1b)      KP Appanna    3-0-30-1

Eighteen balls in hand. Okay, three overs sounds better. Kolkata want to step on it sometime about now.

17.1

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 2 runs, short and wide and cut out to the deep where Appanna fumbles

17.2

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 1 run, fuller and flatter but he drives on the volley and into the covers

17.3

van der Merwe to Shukla, 2 runs, tosses it up full, thats driven hard into the covers for two more

17.4

van der Merwe to Shukla, OUT, up comes Mark Benson's finger in a flash! van der Merwe flights it up slowly on the stumps, Lokhi is late on the sweep, the ball looks to have hit him pretty much in front and the umpire has few doubts

LR Shukla lbw b van der Merwe 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Ajit Agarkar comes to the middle.

17.5

van der Merwe to Agarkar, 1 run, holds back the length, gets some turn, steered down to third man

Hawkeye said that ball to Shukla would have hit leg stump.

17.6

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 2 runs, shuffles about and ends up steering the ball square to the off side

Tidy over from the left-arm spinner.

End of over 18 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 121/6 (RR: 6.72)
MN van Wyk    32* (29b 2x4)      RE van der Merwe    3-0-23-1
AB Agarkar    1* (1b)      A Kumble    4-0-16-2

Back comes PK into the attack ...

18.1

Kumar to Agarkar, 1 run, pitches outside off stump and Agarkar square-drives it away

18.2

Kumar to van Wyk, FOUR, safest place to score your runs! PK keeps it nice and full, van Wyk drives with little footwork and gets a fine inside-edge that sneaks narrowly past leg stump

18.3

Kumar to van Wyk, FOUR, now there's a much better shot for the same result, he just gets across and plays a premeditated paddle to the fuller ball and with fine leg up thats all the way to the ropes

PK decides to come around the stumps ...

18.4

Kumar to van Wyk, 1 run, full on the stumps and he squirts the ball away for a single

18.5

Kumar to Agarkar, 1 wide, attempted slower ball goes very wide of the stumps

18.5

Kumar to Agarkar, no run, attempted yorker outside off, Agarkar makes room and misses

18.6

Kumar to Agarkar, 1 run, gives himself room and carves the full ball through midwicket

He's done well for his team today, has PK.

End of over 19 (12 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 133/6 (RR: 7.00)
AB Agarkar    3* (4b)      P Kumar    4-0-25-1
MN van Wyk    41* (32b 4x4)      RE van der Merwe    3-0-23-1

Last over coming up. Anyone for 150?

19.1

van der Merwe to Agarkar, 1 run, gives him the charge and hits a rank full toss to cover where KP dives

19.2

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 1 leg bye, too full down the pads and he paddles it away to the sweeper

19.3

van der Merwe to Agarkar, 1 run, makes room and skips out, van der Werwe fires it full and wide but Agarkar gets some bat on it, slashing down to third man for a single

19.4

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 1 run, he too comes out but miscues the full toss over midwicket

19.5

van der Merwe to Agarkar, 1 run, full and flat and square-driven to a tumbling KP at backward point

19.6

van der Merwe to van Wyk, 1 run, super bowling, full and flat and slapped to KP at cover for one

Bangalore have read this pitch superbly. Kolkata have not. KP went with four spinners and got in 15 overs of the slow stuff. Each spinner did his job. Kolkata went the other way, dropping Ajantha Mendis. They have Murali Kartik and Gayle to roll their arms over. We will bring you their chase shortly.

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End of over 20 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 139/6
MN van Wyk    43* (35b 4x4)      RE van der Merwe    4-0-28-1
AB Agarkar    6* (7b)      P Kumar    4-0-25-1
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Apr 29, 2009

Jacques Kallis heads back to the pavilion disappointed, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, 19th match, Durban, April 29, 2009

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Mark Boucher provides a late assault

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