Indian Premier League, 41st match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders at Centurion, May 12, 2009
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion (neutral venue)
12 May 2009 (20-over match)

We are set for the run-chase. Bangalore have a stiff task ahead of them, and it'll be interesting to see how their opener, the out-of-form Jesse Ryder steps up to the challenge.

0.1

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, short, 139ks, and off the thigh pad towards fine leg

0.2

Sharma to Kallis, no run, Ishant stays short again, and it's wide outside off, and left alone

0.3

Sharma to Kallis, no run, another short delivery, this one jabs in, and Kallis just defends it into the off side

0.4

Sharma to Kallis, 1 wide, short and wide, Kallis goes fir the upper cut, but the extra bounce beats him, was bowled at 138ks

0.4

Sharma to Kallis, no run, continues to stay back of a length, and Kallis shoulders arms, although this one moves in the bounce takes it over the stumps

0.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, slightly fuller, but wide, and Kallis goes for the cut, and hits straight to cover

0.6

Sharma to Kallis, no run, another tight delivery, just outside off, just back of a length, and played into the covers

End of over 1 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 2/0 (172 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 9.05)

    • JH Kallis 0 (5b)
    • JD Ryder 1 (1b)
    • I Sharma 1-0-2-0

Mendis will open the bowling, get him right in - a silly point and a slip

1.1

Mendis to Ryder, 1 no ball, he starts with a no-ball, otherwise it was accurate and got just a defensive prod

1.1

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, and the free hit is hit straight down the throat of Agarkar at long-on, it will be just a single

1.2

Mendis to Kallis, no run, bowls the googly, gets an inside edge from Kallis but he is safe

1.3

Mendis to Kallis, 1 run, carrom ball now, full, on the stumps, and played towards long-on

1.4

Mendis to Ryder, no run, another carrom ball, flat, just back of a length, and defended wristily towards midwicket

1.5

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, gets fuller, and on the pads this time, easy single to fine leg

1.6

Mendis to Kallis, 1 run, googly this time, on the pads though, and an easy single ensues

End of over 2 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/0 (167 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 9.27)

    • JH Kallis 2 (8b)
    • JD Ryder 3 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-5-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-2-0
2.1

Sharma to Kallis, FOUR, and Mendis has given Kallis a life, Kallis upper-cuts, doesn't connect properly, Mendis runs in from thirdman, only to find he has run in too far and has been lobbed

2.2

Sharma to Kallis, 1 wide, short and wide, misses Kallis's cut, and is called wide

2.2

Sharma to Kallis, no run, that was quick, 145ks, just outside off, it's just a length ball that rises high enough for Saha to collect it in front of his face

2.3

Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, length, outside off, and played towards third man

2.4

Sharma to Ryder, no run, yorker, 141ks, on the pads, and dug out for a dot

2.5

Sharma to Ryder, FOUR, short, on the pads, pulled with front foot in the air, and beats deep backward square leg, natural shot for Ryder

2.6

Sharma to Ryder, no run, fullish, on the stumps, and defended towards midwicket

End of over 3 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 17/0 (157 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 9.23)

    • JD Ryder 7 (8b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 7 (11b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 2-0-12-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-5-0

Agarkar will replace Mendis

3.1

Agarkar to Kallis, no run, Kallis misses out on this, juicy half-volley on the pads, but plays inside the line, was perhaps expecting some swing

3.2

Agarkar to Kallis, no run, just back of a length, on the off stump, punched away, straight to cover

3.3

Agarkar to Kallis, FOUR, shot! steps down makes some room, frees his arm, and just chips it over cover, safe shot

3.4

Agarkar to Kallis, no run, surprise bouncer, and a pretty good one, Kallis is clearly late, plays it in front of his head, underside edge

3.5

Agarkar to Kallis, SIX, lovely shot again, half-shimmy, sees the slower ball early, 107ks

3.6

Agarkar to Kallis, no run, this is a poor delivery, angling into the pads, but Kallis misses it, and it takes the thigh pad on the way, else it was a wide

End of over 4 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 27/0 (147 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 9.18)

    • JH Kallis 17 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 7 (8b 1x4)
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-10-0
    • I Sharma 2-0-12-0

Angelo Mathews to bowl

4.1

Mathews to Ryder, 1 run, length ball to start with, angling across Ryder, and played with an open face

4.2

Mathews to Kallis, no run, back of a length, just outside off, and Kallis plays it to cover

4.3

Mathews to Kallis, no run, Kallis shuffles across, looks for the drop-kick, and misses it outside off

4.4

Mathews to Kallis, 1 wide, slower ball, but is wide down the leg side

4.4

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, back of a length, angled into the pads, and bunted away for one

4.5

Mathews to Ryder, 2 runs, slower ball, Ryder is clearly early into this lofted shot over covers, but the sliced shot carries it far enough for him to be safe

4.6

Mathews to Ryder, FOUR, fulltoss, and Ryder accepts it with gratitude, one smooth motion, and the ball clears mid-off easily

End of over 5 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 36/0 (138 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 9.20)

    • JD Ryder 14 (11b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 18 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-9-0
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-10-0

Hussey to bowl, the second spinner in the Powerplay, the fifth bowler overall

5.1

Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, on the pads, flat, at 98ks, and played towards square leg

5.2

Hussey to Ryder, FOUR, uff what a shot, fulltoss all right, but Ryder finds the gap between short cover and mid-off, that's threaded through

5.3

Hussey to Ryder, 1 run, if it's flying it has to be McCullum, another lovely shot seemingly through extra cover, but McCullum makes a goalkeeper-type save

5.4

Hussey to Kallis, no run, on target, length ball, and played back

5.5

Hussey to Kallis, FOUR, another gift without a wrapper, long-hop, into Kallis's pads, and pulled away

5.6

Hussey to Kallis, no run, misses out on a leg-stump half-volley there, just falling over a bit

End of over 6 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/0 (128 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 9.14)

    • JH Kallis 23 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 19 (13b 3x4)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-10-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-9-0

Kartik on now

6.1

Kartik to Ryder, no run, and on target right away, back of a length, straight, and played towards short midwicket

6.2

Kartik to Ryder, 1 run, flighted outside off, and square-driven for a single

6.3

Kartik to Kallis, 1 wide, full and wide down the leg side

6.3

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, length ball, outside off, and played towards extra cover for an easy single

6.4

Kartik to Ryder, no run, flighted, Ryder looks for the slog-sweep, but is early into the shot

6.5

Kartik to Ryder, 1 run, short this time, and pulled away towards midwicket to bring up the 50

6.6

Kartik to Kallis, 1 run, fullish, on the pads, bunted away towards midwicket, wants two but decides against it

End of over 7 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 51/0 (123 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.28, RRR: 9.46)

    • JH Kallis 25 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 21 (17b 3x4)
    • M Kartik 1-0-5-0
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-10-0

Mendis is back

7.1

Mendis to Kallis, no run, straight and flat, back of a length, hurries Kallis into a defensive shot

7.2

Mendis to Kallis, FOUR, looks to go over extra, gets to thirdman, but four runs it is, the carrom ball took a thick edge

7.3

Mendis to Kallis, no run, full, on the stumps, and defended

the slip comes in

7.4

Mendis to Kallis, 2 runs, back of a length, guided towards backward point

7.5

Mendis to Kallis, no run, another flat ball on the stumps, and defended back towards the bowler

7.6

Mendis to Kallis, 1 run, strays onto the pads, and helped away towards midwicket - not much spin so far for Mendis, one that spun took a thick outside edge and went for four

End of over 8 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 58/0 (116 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 9.66)

    • JH Kallis 32 (32b 4x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 21 (17b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-12-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-5-0
8.1

Kartik to Kallis, no run, bowling Kartik, turn and bounce, more bounce than turn, pitches off and kicks up

8.2

Kartik to Kallis, OUT, what a catch, take a bow Baz, this one was a short ball, punched away wide of cover - hold on not wide enough for McCullum - he absolutely flew, and caught it when the ball had gone past it. The captain is enjoying it today

JH Kallis c McCullum b Kartik 32 (34b 4x4 1x6) SR: 94.11

Uthappa new man in

8.3

Kartik to Uthappa, 2 runs, flights it, onto the pads, and turned away towards midwicket for two

8.4

Kartik to Uthappa, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

8.4

Kartik to Uthappa, 1 run, that's an arm ball, hurries Uthappa up, but he will get a single

8.5

Kartik to Ryder, 1 run, on middle and leg, and whipped away towards deep square leg

8.6

Kartik to Uthappa, no run, flighted outside off, and played towards short third

End of over 9 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 63/1 (111 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.09)

    • RV Uthappa 3 (3b)
    • JD Ryder 22 (18b 3x4)
    • M Kartik 2-0-10-1
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-12-0

Agarkar to bowl now

9.1

Agarkar to Ryder, no run, Ryder looks to pull, but this one stays low, outside off, so the stumps are safe

9.2

Agarkar to Ryder, OUT, Kolkata are closing in here, big wicket, Ryder looks to go over covers, makes room, manages to only slice it, and the ball flies straight to third man, where Ganguly takes the sitter

JD Ryder c Ganguly b Agarkar 22 (20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

One NZer goes, another comes - Ross Taylor

9.3

Agarkar to Uthappa, 1 run, fullish, on the stumps, and played down to long-on

9.4

Agarkar to Taylor, 5 runs, this could have been a run-out, but ended up being five - the ball stopped on Taylor a bit, but he ran for a sharp single to mid-off, Hussey went for the stumps, would have got his man had he hit, and neither the keeper nor the slip is backing up, and the overthrow beats the fine leg

9.5

Agarkar to Uthappa, no run, slower ball, Uthappa is on the front foot, and checks his shot, playing it into the ground

9.6

Agarkar to Uthappa, 1 run, shortish and wide, and played towards third man

At this strategy break, Kolkata will feel the happier side, because they have taken two wickets - both set batsmen - just before the break. But if there is a partnership for the next three-four overs, we could be in for a close one. Towards the end of this match, join Cricinfo's executive editor Jayaditya Gupta and Ashok Malik, a freelance writer specialising in the business of sport, as they discuss the IPL. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com. The discussion starts at 1330 GMT, 1530 SA time, and 1900 IST

End of over 10 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 70/2 (104 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.40)

    • RV Uthappa 5 (6b)
    • LRPL Taylor 5 (1b)
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-17-1
    • M Kartik 2-0-10-1

104 in the last 10, big ask, Kartik to bowl, Uthappa to face

10.1

Kartik to Uthappa, 1 run, length ball on the pads, and played away for an easy single

10.2

Kartik to Taylor, no run, flat and full, 100ks Taylor still manages to chop it towards point, but can't beat the fielder

10.3

Kartik to Taylor, 1 run, throws it up, on the pads, and played into the on side for one

10.4

Kartik to Uthappa, 1 run, plays the late-cut, from in front of stumps, but there isn't enough pace of the ball to beat short third man

10.5

Kartik to Taylor, 1 run, yorks him, full and low, on the pads, and only a single ensues, towards midwicket

10.6

Kartik to Uthappa, OUT, flat slog-sweep, good shot actually, but straight down the throat of deep backward square leg, the ball was perhaps a bit too close to Uthappa so he got the power but couldn't get the elevation

RV Uthappa c Mathews b Kartik 7 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

End of over 11 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 74/3 (100 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 11.11)

    • LRPL Taylor 7 (4b)
    • M Kartik 3-0-14-2
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-17-1

Dravid is in, and he has to get going right away - at least one boundary/six required in every over

Mendis to bowl

11.1

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, full, on off, and played down the ground for one

11.2

Mendis to Dravid, no run, flat, fast, 96ks, just outside off, and steered straight to point

11.3

Mendis to Dravid, 1 run, throws it up, but on the pads, easy single, though KKR won't mind it

11.4

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, tries the topspinner, hurries Taylor into the pull, which goes straight to short fine, and they manage a single despite a direct hit from Yashpal

11.5

Mendis to Dravid, 1 run, bowls the googly, with a silly point in, but the turn is nhot sharp, and Dravid plays it down to long-on

11.6

Mendis to Taylor, 2 runs, full, outside off, and played between long-off and extra cover for two

End of over 12 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 80/3 (94 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 11.75)

    • LRPL Taylor 11 (7b)
    • R Dravid 2 (3b)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-18-0
    • M Kartik 3-0-14-2
12.1

Kartik to Dravid, 1 run, almost a return catch, slow, thrown up, beats Dravid in flight, the leading edge just evades Kartik

12.2

Kartik to Taylor, no run, quicker now, full, outside off, and hit straight back to Kartik

12.3

Kartik to Taylor, no run, lovely bowling, holds it back again, 77ks, on the stumps, turning just that little bit, and played towards cover

12.4

Kartik to Taylor, SIX, and there comes out Taylor's favourite area; length ball on the pads, and he flicks it over midwicket, just walks across and connects

12.5

Kartik to Taylor, SIX, it's better second time around, moves across this time, this is slower, he still goes with the slog-sweep, and this goes squarer - and longer

12.6

Kartik to Taylor, 1 run, flat, into the pads, and single down towards square leg

So Taylor has finally set the agenda here. Bangalore will need more such overs to get close

End of over 13 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 94/3 (80 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.23, RRR: 11.42)

    • LRPL Taylor 24 (12b 2x6)
    • R Dravid 3 (4b)
    • M Kartik 4-0-28-2
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-18-0

Mathews to bowl

13.1

Mathews to Taylor, 2 runs, run-out missed, yorker, played towards long-on, they push for two, the throw is flat and hard, but just a bit wide, had Mathews collected completely Dravid was gone

13.2

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, superb shot again, walks across, knows fine leg is up, gets inside the line and pulls it to the left of short fine

13.3

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, poor bowling, half-volley on pads, with short fine up, and it's easily helped away past short fine

So fine leg goes back now

13.4

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, fulltoss on the pads, misses out, and plays it along the ground towards midwicket

13.5

Mathews to Dravid, 1 run, bowls a leg-stump yorker, and Dravid does well to dig it out and hand the strike over to Taylor

13.6

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, another four, what an over for Bangalore, Taylor walks across his stumps, Mathews holds the off-stump line, and he gets a thick inside edge, and it's too fine of the fine leg

End of over 14 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 110/3 (64 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.85, RRR: 10.66)

    • LRPL Taylor 39 (17b 3x4 2x6)
    • R Dravid 4 (5b)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-25-0
    • M Kartik 4-0-28-2

Ishant to bowl

14.1

Sharma to Dravid, FOUR, and four right away, this game has come to life, wide delivery, Dravid gets his front foot out, and slices it over point, what a shot

14.2

Sharma to Dravid, no run, Dravid lets out a loud cry of disappointment, because this was short and wide, and just got too big on him - he could neither cut it not get a single

14.3

Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, just back of a length, and outside off, and played late towards third man

14.4

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, misses out on a fulltoss, walks across too early, and gets just a single to long-on

14.5

Sharma to Dravid, no run, smart bowling, Dravid looks to make room, Ishant goes wide of off stump, and well done to stay away from that wide line

14.6

Sharma to Dravid, 1 wide, that was very well bowled, slower ball, outside off, close to the tram line, but it's called a wide

14.6

Sharma to Dravid, 2 runs, what running from Taylor, slower ball, Dravid checks his shot, goes straight to sweeper-cover, but not that fast, and Taylor sees his opportunity, runs two, towards the danger end, and keeps the strike

End of over 15 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 119/3 (55 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.93, RRR: 11.00)

    • R Dravid 11 (10b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 40 (18b 3x4 2x6)
    • I Sharma 3-0-21-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-25-0

55 required, 30 balls to go - Taylor is the key

Mendis to bowl

15.1

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, misfield by Mendis gives them a single, it was hit back to him, but he fumbled, and the batsmen were alert

15.2

Mendis to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid goes for the paddle sweep, this is outside off, and he almost plays it on to his off stump

15.3

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, flat outside off, and chopped towards point, they get a single, although the third umpire has been called to adjudicate

15.4

Mendis to Dravid, OUT, caught and bowled, carrom ball, turns away, not much, but Dravid has already moved away from the line, and the bottom part of the bat hits the ball straight back to Mendis who takes an easy catch

R Dravid c & b Mendis 12 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Mark Boucher is in - of the finisher fame

15.5

Mendis to Boucher, no run, the googly, the umpire may have missed it, it beat Boucher who played for the legbreak, the umpire reckoned it hit him outside the line of off

15.6

Mendis to Boucher, no run, another dot ball, what an over, full and flat, and played towards cover

End of over 16 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 122/4 (52 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.62, RRR: 13.00)

    • MV Boucher 0 (2b)
    • LRPL Taylor 42 (20b 3x4 2x6)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-21-1
    • I Sharma 3-0-21-0

52 off 24 - more than two a ball - at least two fours needed every over now

Agarkar is on

16.1

Agarkar to Taylor, FOUR, and he has given Taylor the first boundary of the minimum two required, juicy fulltoss on the pads, and smashed away to square leg, "come hit me," it said

16.2

Agarkar to Taylor, no run, smart slower bouncer, and Taylor can't do anything about it - one bouncer for the over

16.3

Agarkar to Taylor, 1 run, full and straight, and he plays it down to long-on

16.4

Agarkar to Boucher, 2 runs, full, outside off, Boucher doesn't connect as he would like, but it bounces over cover, and they get two

16.5

Agarkar to Boucher, 1 run, bowling, a good yorker, just outside off, dug out, and they will get just one

16.6

Agarkar to Taylor, FOUR, and another four, it gives Taylor his 50, and Bangalore the second boundary of the over, Taylor moves towards off stump, and targeted the short fine leg, got it to left of him and it was four as soon as he did that

End of over 17 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 134/4 (40 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.88, RRR: 13.33)

    • LRPL Taylor 51 (24b 5x4 2x6)
    • MV Boucher 3 (4b)
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-29-1
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-21-1

40 required in 18, Bangalore need a big over, Kolkata need one tight one

Ishant will bowl this one. This is his last over, and Mendis has bowled out

17.1

Sharma to Boucher, no run, yorker outside off, Boucher already making room is too far from the ball

17.2

Sharma to Boucher, 1 run, that was a powerful shot, a half-volley outside off, and Boucher went hard at it, but straight to sweeper-cover

17.3

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, mid-off is up, Taylor sees it, and this time goes straight, Taylor hits this length ball over mid-off, he is keeping them alive here

17.4

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, almost bowled him, and that's four, this is a good yorker, Taylor looks to go on side, gets an inside edge that misses the stumps and the keeper, we are in for a tight one

17.5

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, moves across, gets too close to the pitch, can't get the elevation, and gets a single to sweeper-cover

17.6

Sharma to Boucher, (no ball) SIX, that's a stupid stupid thing, high fulltoss, on the pads, and Boucher pulls it over deep backward square, what's more - it's a no-ball for height

17.6

Sharma to Boucher, 2 runs, yeah yeah yeah, shouts Boucher as he digs out this yorker, and the yeah means they want two, and Taylor responds superbly, and is back on strike for the next over

End of over 18 (19 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 153/4 (21 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 10.50)

    • MV Boucher 12 (8b 1x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 60 (27b 7x4 2x6)
    • I Sharma 4-0-40-0
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-29-1

what a turnaround this has been - now only 21 required in 2 overs. Taylor has played a gem so far

18.1

Agarkar to Taylor, no run, Agarkar starts off with a perfect yorker, just outside off, and he takes it over two-a-ball again

18.2

Agarkar to Taylor, SIX, that's foolish, this is a third fulltoss from Agarkar in the last two overs, and Taylor helps himself to a huge six - no discredit to Taylor, but this is poor bowling

18.3

Agarkar to Taylor, 2 runs, walks down and across, hits towards long-on, two is the immediate call, and two it is, because it isn't hit too powerfully

18.4

Agarkar to Taylor, 1 run, lucky you Ajit, another fulltoss, on the pads, and Taylor misses out, hits it straight to midwicket, where Mendis fumbles and misses out on a run-out chance that could have been close

18.5

Agarkar to Boucher, 1 run, and he bowls a perfect yorker, angling down the leg, but the problem has been that between those two yorkers he has fit in some loose bowling

18.6

Agarkar to Taylor, SIX, Taylor you beauty, he has killed this, low fulltoss again, and Taylor has played a little pick-up over long-on

End of over 19 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 169/4 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.89, RRR: 5.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 75 (32b 7x4 4x6)
    • MV Boucher 13 (9b 1x6)
    • AB Agarkar 4-0-45-1
    • I Sharma 4-0-40-0

McCullum must be wondering what else can he do. He has been let down by some pretty ordinary death bowling here, and of course Taylor has played a gem

Mathews to bowl - his task to defend four in the last over

19.1

Mathews to Boucher, 1 leg bye, and he gets away with one, leg stump, length, had Boucher connected it would have been over now, but one leg bye comes nonetheless

19.2

Mathews to Taylor, SIX, Taylor has finished this one with what has been symbolic of the last five overs, he walks across, gets a fulltoss giftwrapped for him (to Ross Taylor, with love), and he picks it up - huge over midwicket, the story of this chase really

There will be furious debate over McCullum's captaincy. There will be those asking what else he could have done - score 84 not out, take the catch of the tournament, rotate the bowlers satisfactorily until 16 overs, and yet his bowlers let him down. But who chose those bowlers in the first place - Angelo Mathews ahead of Mashrafe Mortaza, Ajit Agarkar ahead of Ashok Dinda? And you know you have had a bad day when even Ishant Sharma bowls waist high fulltosses in the 18th over. Just listen to Daniel Powter, doff a hat to Ross Taylor, and okay bye.

* The moment, though, belongs to Ross Taylor, who has finally turned up. What an innings, taking his risks, walking inside the line and painting the leg side white.

Time for the presentation:

McCullum: "I thought 170 was pretty good, but the way Ross played was fantastic. Nice to make contribution, but still disappointed. We have to try and regroup again. We weren't consistent enough with the ball." That's putting it mildly.

Kumble: "Great batting by Ross Taylor. It was important to not lose an early wicket - Kallis and Ryder managed that, and then Ross took it away."

Taylor, Man of the Match: "It was a relief to contribute to a win, so it was good to repay the faith to the management."

* You have got to feel for McCullum, who shakes hands with Taylor, who has outshone his team-mate's effort. Baz and Rosco, good firends back in NZ, and here Rosco chooses this day to spoil what had been Baz's day for 35 overs.

McCullum - poor McCullum. Dheeraj from US empathises with his predicament: "Since that is the common norm of dissent of late, I think McCullum should throw a bunch of shoes at the reporters who question his captaincy today? How is the poor chap to blame for such pathetic bowling by the frontline bowlers." True dat Dheeraj, you can only fault with McCullum's selections, but on the field he did almost everything correct

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