Indian Premier League - 41st match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

12.28pm: Ready for the start, McCullum to face Vinay Kumar. One wide slip in place

12.20pm: Right interesting comeback for Mendis, who has not played since he got hammered in the Super Over against Rajasthan, and got so royally dismantled by Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. Mashrafe will soon become part of the IPL version of Dire Straits, and join the likes of Pul Collingwood in singing... you know what

Samir adds: "No Bangladeshies are supporting KKR at them moment and they feel happy if KKR looses! And its true they failed to gain support from 150M people." Even as Moe rolls on the floor while visualising Mash and Collingwood sing Money for Nothing.

** 12.15pm: Four changes for Kolkata: Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, David Hussey and Arindam Ghosh are in. But still no Mashrafe Mortaza. Out go Brad Hodge (surprisingly, for he has been their only performer), Sourav Sarkar, Moises Henriques and Morne van Wyk.

Bangalore have got in Ryder, as Kumble said at the toss, in place of van der Merwe. And they have got in B Akhil for Mithun. Bipul Kumar aks a question I have been wanting to ask myself, whatever has happened to Praveen Kumar?

** Toss: Anil Kumble has won, and will bowl. He believes his side still has a chance to get into the last four. The big news is, Jesse Ryder will open for them.

Brendon McCullum would have bowled too. To a degree, he says, they can start looking at the build-up for the next year. True dat, but somebody has not lived up to the promise of resigning if Kolkata didn't make it to the semis. Surely they are still not hoping, are they?

By the way, forget next year, we don't know their build-up for today also. It's time somebody cracked the whip on these commentators and got them to do their basic job - give a proper pitch report, and ask the captains about team changes at the toss.

* Noon: The Centurion pitch has had a facelift, says Danny M. And doesn't tell anything else about the pitch, only gets L Siva to show various grips a legspinner uses. Uff why can't they do the job they are being paid for?

* 11.45pm: While you wait for the beautiful IPL game to start, read Tishani Doshi reflect on the ugliness of the IPL trophy and the things it says about modern India.

* 11.36am: This is the 41st episode of the IPL, and you have missed out on a lot if you haven't joined the IPL fantasy league yet. But you can still play the daily game - pick 'em. And if you are playing already, do not forget to make the changes for this match soon.

And also the England v West Indies fantasy game is live, so you can try that too.

** 11.30am:The last time Royal Challengers Bangalore met Kolkata Knight Riders they were fighting for the title of the most laughed at team. Since then Kolkata have undisputedly taken that crown, and Bangalore have enacted a comeback that has them in the hunt still. But they need to win every game from here on, to make sure they stay in the hunt. You can follow with us how they go about with today's game, and how Kolkata go about trying to win their second game of the season.

0.1

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, no run, back of a length, outside off, and McCullum lets it go

0.2

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, no run, slight swing there, pitched up, around off, and shaping away a bit, McCullum defends with an open face

0.3

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, and McCullum steers it to third man

0.4

Vinay Kumar to Ganguly, no run, just back of a length, angling across Ganguly, and defended into the off side

0.5

Vinay Kumar to Ganguly, no run, ooo this lifted from nowhere, just back of a length, 130ks only, but rises steeply, and Ganguly does well to not play at it, looks at the surface with mistrust

0.6

Vinay Kumar to Ganguly, FOUR, steps out, doesn't trust the bounce anymore, and slashes, gets a thick outside edge over slips, that's FOURtunate

End of over 1 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
SC Ganguly    4* (3b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-5-0
BB McCullum    1* (3b)     

Kallis to open

1.1

Kallis to McCullum, FOUR, a gentle loosener there, half-volley outside off, and McCullum leads into him and crashes it through the covers

1.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, that's not good to look at, McCullum looks to make room and slashes, but misses completely

1.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, on target now, just back of a length, and defended towards cover

1.4

Kallis to McCullum, no run, length ball outside off, and McCullum lets it go

1.5

Kallis to McCullum, no run, this one cut back in a touch, short of a good length, pitches outside off, and heads towards the stumps, McCullum defends

1.6

Kallis to McCullum, FOUR, that's a top shot, lovely square-drive, this one was again a loose delivery, wide and just short of being a half-volley, and McCullum drives it between point and cover, more timing than power

End of over 2 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
BB McCullum    9* (9b 2x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-8-0
SC Ganguly    4* (3b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-5-0

2.1

Vinay Kumar to Ganguly, no run, tries a bouncer at Ganguly again, and this one is a good one, pitches leg, and rises towards the throat, Ganguly ducks

2.2

Vinay Kumar to Ganguly, no run, persists with back-of-a-length, no room at all, and Ganguly defends with an open face

2.3

Vinay Kumar to Ganguly, OUT, edged and taken, lovely bowling too, after pushing him off to the back foot, he slips in one fuller that pitches on a length, pitches leg, and moves away, taking the edge, Praveen Kumar - Vinay's team-mate - will approve

SC Ganguly c †Boucher b Vinay Kumar 4 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Arindam Ghosh is the new man

2.4

Vinay Kumar to Ghosh, 2 runs, length ball on the off, Ghosh gets on the front foot and across, and plays it around his pad, and places it well for a two to deep backward square

2.5

Vinay Kumar to Ghosh, no run, wide length ball, Ghosh drives on the up, but straight towards Kohli at point

2.6

Vinay Kumar to Ghosh, no run, another length ball outside off, and Ghosh defends with an open face, goes straight to Kohli at point

End of over 3 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 15/1 (RR: 5.00)
AN Ghosh    2* (3b)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-7-1
BB McCullum    9* (9b 2x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-8-0

3.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, McCullum plays and misses again, it's length ball, wide outside off, there for the booming drive that McCullum tries, but he is nowhere near the ball

3.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, Kallis gets sharper, 133ks, just outside off, on a good length, and moving in towards the stumps, McCullum defends

3.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, back of a length, on the stumps, McCullum doesn't move his feet, opens up and defends it back to the bowler

3.4

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, drifts onto the pads this time, and easily helped away towards fine leg

3.5

Kallis to Ghosh, no run, short, it's wide, and there for the cut, but the extra bounce beats Ghosh

3.6

Kallis to Ghosh, 1 run, short again, tucking Ghosh up, played into the on side for one

End of over 4 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 17/1 (RR: 4.25)
AN Ghosh    3* (5b)      JH Kallis    2-0-10-0
BB McCullum    10* (13b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-7-1

Already signs of extra bounce in this pitch. Kallis gave nothing for the drive all through the last over, and went for just two

4.1

Vinay Kumar to Ghosh, FOUR, that is improvisation, it's a tailender's shot, Ghosh walks across, gets on a knee, and slog-swats it over midwicket

4.2

Vinay Kumar to Ghosh, OUT, oh my Ghosh! he walks across again, Vinay slips in a short one that gets big on him, and he looks to cut it over point, but all he manages is a nice little nick, okay bye

AN Ghosh c †Boucher b Vinay Kumar 7 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

David Hussey walks straight into a troubled situation. Two slips in

4.3

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length, into the ribs, and Hussey gets back and nudges it for a single into the on side

4.4

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, and McCullum gets across to get in line with it, and helps it towards fine leg

4.5

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, FOUR, pitched up and he pays the price, a full-faced orthodox on-drive, and the mid-on is pretty close so there is no time to get around

4.6

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, no run, pulls the length back a bit, outside off, and Hussey lets it go through to Boucher

End of over 5 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 27/2 (RR: 5.40)
DJ Hussey    5* (3b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-17-2
BB McCullum    11* (14b 2x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-10-0

5.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, just back of a length again, on off, and McCullum gets on his toes to defend it into the off side

5.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, thrown up a bit, not drivable length yet, and McCullum opens his face on it, but can't find the gap

5.3

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, again the short length, moving into the ribs, McCullum bunts it down and runs a quick single

5.4

Kallis to Hussey, no run, oh almost, what a good effort from Boucher, Kallis throws this up wide of off, Hussey pokes without feet, the ball takes the edge and dies on Boucher, and he dives forward and manages to take it on half-volley

5.5

Kallis to Hussey, SIX, mis-hit for a six! slower ball no less, Hussey steps out, makes room, but gets the bottom of the bat, and plays it with one hand off the handle, over covers for six

5.6

Kallis to Hussey, FOUR, half-lucky this time, steps out again, the idea ir right, going over cover, but the thick outside edge takes it over point

End of over 6 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 38/2 (RR: 6.33)
DJ Hussey    15* (6b 2x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-21-0
BB McCullum    12* (17b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-17-2

Jesse Ryder to bowl

6.1

Ryder to McCullum, no run, back of a length, rools his fingers on it, and played towards point

6.2

Ryder to McCullum, FOUR, dropped, Kiwi to Kiwi, thick outside edge, Boucher is up to the stumps, and it's tough to hold on to it, and the ball flies off his gloves

6.3

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, bunts and runs, length delivery on the off stump, and drops it into the off side

6.4

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, fuller, wider, and driven down to long-off

6.5

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, good length, just outside off, and he plays with an open face for a single

6.6

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, fullish, into the pads, and an easy single to deep square leg

End of over 7 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 46/2 (RR: 6.57)
DJ Hussey    17* (8b 2x4 1x6)      JD Ryder    1-0-8-0
BB McCullum    18* (21b 3x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-21-0

Kumble brings himself on

7.1

Kumble to Hussey, no run, full, outside off, driven back to Kumble

7.2

Kumble to Hussey, no run, thrown up, 88k, dips on Hussey and he plays it back to Kumble

7.3

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, short, looks for cut, but that's a googly, is cramped for room, and dabs it for one to short third

7.4

Kumble to McCullum, no run, that's close, slips in a quicker one, 100ks, McCullum gets the bat down in time

7.5

Kumble to McCullum, no run, oh he is going for the lbw, keep your pads protected, length ball, sharp, on the stumps, defended

7.6

Kumble to McCullum, no run, almost there, slider, starts outside off, moves in, is sharp again, and again McCullum gets his bat down just in time

End of over 8 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 47/2 (RR: 5.87)
BB McCullum    18* (24b 3x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0
DJ Hussey    18* (11b 2x4 1x6)      JD Ryder    1-0-8-0

Appanna to replace Ryder

8.1

Appanna to Hussey, 3 runs, flighted on off stump, Hussey drives it in orthodox manager, beats short cover's dive, and almost makes it to the boundary

8.2

Appanna to McCullum, no run, again flights it, length ball, 78ks, turns too, and McCullum plays it towards point

8.3

Appanna to McCullum, 1 run, another flighted delivery, too full, too straight, and swept away

8.4

Appanna to Hussey, 1 run, flighted again, draws Hussey out, he obliges, gets to the pitch of the ball, and plays it down to long-on

8.5

Appanna to McCullum, FOUR, faster one, and it goes just goes away just as fast, 93ks, and McCullum waits and guides it through point, good shot

8.6

Appanna to McCullum, 1 run, goes back to flight, straight, and McCullum gets across and sweeps it fine

End of over 9 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 57/2 (RR: 6.33)
BB McCullum    24* (28b 4x4)      KP Appanna    1-0-10-0
DJ Hussey    22* (13b 2x4 1x6)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0

9.1

Kumble to McCullum, no run, throws it up, fullish, McCullum plays for the turn, and gets an inside edge

9.2

Kumble to McCullum, 1 run, thrown up, just outside off, and guides it to third man

9.3

Kumble to Hussey, SIX, what a shot, clears his leg, and lofts this straight over long-off, effortless, and once he made his mind he had to go aerial he went the distance

9.4

Kumble to Hussey, 2 runs, angled into the pads, and helped away towards fine leg

9.5

Kumble to Hussey, 2 runs, length ball, on off, Hussey plays to leg, and gets the leading edge

9.6

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, and Hussey plays it just to right of point, and rushes through for a single

Time for strategy break. Good comeback by KKR after a poor start. Hussey has looked impressive right away, McCullum has shown the will to stick in, no matter if he does look ugly for a while. Bangalore wont' be fretting too much, though, but they will need a wicket or two soon after the break.

Shitendra Bhattacharya wants to play mind games: "RCB is allowing McCullum to gain back his lost form and touch . Looks like RCB loves watching McCullum bat."

End of over 10 (12 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 69/2 (RR: 6.90)
DJ Hussey    33* (17b 2x4 2x6)      A Kumble    2-0-13-0
BB McCullum    25* (30b 4x4)      KP Appanna    1-0-10-0

Back - Ryder to bowl

10.1

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, played, late late cut, only for a single though, but out of Boucher;s gloves this time

10.2

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, goes for the yorker, it's a low fulltoss, though, played down the ground, 50 of the partnership

10.3

Ryder to Hussey, no run, angling in, on a length, no room at all

10.4

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, good running this time, same delivery, on the off, and dabs it straight to point and runs

10.5

Ryder to McCullum, 4 byes, McCullum looks for the scoop, Ryder slips in a quicker one, which beats McCullum, the leg stump, and Boucher

10.6

Ryder to McCullum, no run, another sharp ball, right on the off stump, and McCullum just defends it into covers

End of over 11 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 76/2 (RR: 6.90)
BB McCullum    26* (33b 4x4)      JD Ryder    2-0-11-0
DJ Hussey    35* (20b 2x4 2x6)      A Kumble    2-0-13-0

Akhil comes on

11.1

Akhil to Hussey, 1 wide, full and wide, and too wide

11.1

Akhil to Hussey, 1 run, length ball on the off stump, Hussey plays it with an open face, and gets a single down to third man

11.2

Akhil to McCullum, no run, short and wide, McCullum looks for the cut, but gets a bottom-side edge, and looks for a single, but there isn't any

11.3

Akhil to McCullum, 1 run, again just a single, on the off, on length, and played towards point for one

11.4

Akhil to Hussey, 1 run, well bowled, well played, Hussey looks to make room, Akhil pulls the length back, and follows him, Hussey still manages to play with an open face towards thirdman

11.5

Akhil to McCullum, 1 run, steps out, looks for a big one through covers, but the ball is nowhere near him, gets the toe of the bat for single towards thirdman

11.6

Akhil to Hussey, no run, cramps him up this time, Hussey looks to make room again, but it's full and into him, all he can do is defend it back

End of over 12 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 81/2 (RR: 6.75)
DJ Hussey    37* (23b 2x4 2x6)      B Akhil    1-0-5-0
BB McCullum    28* (36b 4x4)      JD Ryder    2-0-11-0

12.1

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, full, almost a yorker, played down the ground

12.2

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey goes extra again, makes room by clearing his front leg, and places it wide of long-off

12.3

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, length ball, on off, and McCullum dabs it towards point

12.4

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, 102ks, turns out to be a yorker, dug out towards long-on

12.5

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, full, just outside off, and played towards long-off

12.6

Ryder to Hussey, FOUR, top shot from Hussey, makes room again, and picks a length delivery over covers, and beats sweeper-cover

End of over 13 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 90/2 (RR: 6.92)
DJ Hussey    43* (26b 3x4 2x6)      JD Ryder    3-0-20-0
BB McCullum    31* (39b 4x4)      B Akhil    1-0-5-0

13.1

Akhil to McCullum, 1 run, looks for the pull, but it's hardly there for it, too full in fact, and he manages the bottom part of the bat

13.2

Akhil to Hussey, OUT, and Hussey imrpovises once too often, clears front leg again, looks to go over midwicket, Akhil bowls straight, length, and Hussey misses, the middle stump doesn't

DJ Hussey b Akhil 43 (27b 3x4 2x6) SR: 159.25

Angelo Mathews makes his IPL debut

13.3

Akhil to Mathews, 1 wide, and gets a wide first up, down the leg side

13.3

Akhil to Mathews, 1 run, length ball, on the stumps, and he helps it towards fine leg

13.4

Akhil to McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum is quick, he waits a long time to late-cut this, but wastes no time in running two just to the right of third man

13.5

Akhil to McCullum, 1 run, on target this time, moving in towards the middle stump, and played with an open face

13.6

Akhil to Mathews, 1 run, gets fuller this time, and Mathews plays it down towards long-off

End of over 14 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 97/3 (RR: 6.92)
AD Mathews    2* (2b)      B Akhil    2-0-12-1
BB McCullum    35* (42b 4x4)      JD Ryder    3-0-20-0

14.1

Ryder to Mathews, no run, steps out, and gets too close to the pitch of the ball, and plays it back to Ryder

14.2

Ryder to Mathews, 1 run, tries the shorter one, and Mathews rocks back to pull it towards deep backward square

14.3

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, 105ks, again yorkerish, and played down to long-off

14.4

Ryder to Mathews, 1 run, full and wide, and driven away to right of sweeper-cover, and it will only be a single

14.5

Ryder to McCullum, 1 run, low fulltoss, mis-hit towards long-on, but it doesn't carry that far

14.6

Ryder to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews looks for the scoop, Ryder changes the pace, 117ks, takes too long to arrive, and Mathews just gets en edge towards square leg

End of over 15 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 102/3 (RR: 6.80)
AD Mathews    5* (6b)      JD Ryder    4-0-25-0
BB McCullum    37* (44b 4x4)      B Akhil    2-0-12-1

Kumble comes back

15.1

Kumble to Mathews, no run, flights it, Mathews bunts it towards cover and wants to run, but is sent back

15.2

Kumble to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews steps out, this is flatter, 93ks, and Mathews plays it down towards long-off

15.3

Kumble to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum looks for the reverse, Kumble fires it in, 99ks, and only a limp edge towards fine leg

15.4

Kumble to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews is lucky, looks to go in the air, straight down the ground, and it beats Akhil at long-on, who is slow in setting off

15.5

Kumble to Mathews, 1 run, flighted, slower, on the pads and played towards midwicket

15.6

Kumble to McCullum, FOUR, that's McCullum's best shot of the day, steps out, gets to the pitch, and lofts it over extra cover, he also has his highest score of this IPL

End of over 16 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 113/3 (RR: 7.06)
BB McCullum    42* (46b 5x4)      A Kumble    3-0-24-0
AD Mathews    11* (10b 1x4)      JD Ryder    4-0-25-0

16.1

Akhil to Mathews, 1 run, Akhil replaces Ryder, and Mathews goes for the scoop again, and is early into it again, and ends up playing towards square leg

16.2

Akhil to McCullum, SIX, McCullum looks to get in his element, slog-sweeps Akhil over midwicket, not much pace on it anyway

Boucher and Kumble call Akhil up for a chat

16.3

Akhil to McCullum, SIX, not sure if that chat helped the bowler, this is short, into the pads, at gentle pace, and McCullum says thank you very much, pulling it over deep backward square, and gets his first 50 of the season

16.4

Akhil to McCullum, 2 runs, better line, just outside off, and punched away towards sweeper-cover

16.5

Akhil to McCullum, 1 run, Boucher looks for one more slog-sweep, but this is not full enough, the mis-hit flies towards deep midwicket but falls short

16.6

Akhil to Mathews, FOUR, Akhil is unlucky again, Mathews sends him an alert call before he is about to delivering, he shuffles across too early, looking for the scoop, Akhil bowls the slower bouncer, gets the edge, but it flies wide of Boucher

Big over that - 20 off it

End of over 17 (20 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 133/3 (RR: 7.82)
AD Mathews    16* (12b 2x4)      B Akhil    3-0-32-1
BB McCullum    57* (50b 5x4 2x6)      A Kumble    3-0-24-0

17.1

Kumble to McCullum, no run, McCullum looks for another slog-sweep, and misses, just misses the off stump too

17.2

Kumble to McCullum, 1 run, well flighted, McCullum has to step out to get close to it, and plays it down to long-on

17.3

Kumble to Mathews, OUT, Mathews's unconvincing stay ends, he steps out again, lofts again, doesn't get the timing right again, but for a change finds the long-on

AD Mathews c Kohli b Kumble 16 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 123.07

17.4

Kumble to McCullum, no run, flighted again, and McCullum pulls out an immaculate forward-defensive

17.5

Kumble to McCullum, 1 run, just wide off off, just short of length, and opens the face

17.6

Kumble to Saha, 2 runs, flights it again, 82ks, towards middle, and played wristily between long-on and midwicket for two

End of over 18 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 137/4 (RR: 7.61)
WP Saha    2* (1b)      A Kumble    4-0-28-1
BB McCullum    59* (54b 5x4 2x6)      B Akhil    3-0-32-1

Vinay Kumar is back, took two wickets in his first spell

18.1

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, 2 runs, low fulltoss, and MucCullum smashes it towards sweeper-cover, and runs a quick two

18.2

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, full, just short of being a yorker, and played towards extra cover

18.3

Vinay Kumar to Saha, 1 run, nice yorker, on off stump, and all Saha can do is dig it out and rush through for one

18.4

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, lovely shot, the perfect scoop, walks across, gets into the infamous Misbah-esque posture, and scoops it over, straight over, the wicketkeeper's head

18.5

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, McCullum you beauty, repeats the daylight robbery, Vinay tries the yorker this time, but McCullum gets across again, and scoops it between keeper and fine leg

18.6

Vinay Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, and he has beaten fine leg again, this time moves across too early, and forces Vinay to bowl a slower delivery, and instead of scooping, McCullum pulls this over fine leg, what an innings this has been

End of over 19 (16 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 153/4 (RR: 8.05)
BB McCullum    74* (59b 8x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-33-2
WP Saha    3* (2b)      A Kumble    4-0-28-1

Kallis will bowl the last over

19.1

Kallis to Saha, 1 bye, bouncer first up, beats Saha, and McCullum runs through straight, and Boucher misses the stumps by a bit

19.2

Kallis to McCullum, (no ball) FOUR, and McCullum has come to party big party, this is a fulltoss, just above his waist, and pulled over deep backward square

19.2

Kallis to McCullum, 1 no ball, another no-ball, and it's a foot call this time, yorker it is, and McCullum wants the free hit and refuses the single

19.2

Kallis to McCullum, FOUR, steps out, it's a good delivery, a yorker, and McCullum opens the face and beats thridman

19.3

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, gets an inside edge from McCullum who tries a heave

19.4

Kallis to Saha, 1 run, another slower ball, and Saha looks for a big hit, gets an inside edge onto his pad, but McCullum just wants the strike more than anything else and rushes through again

19.5

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, scoops, and seems to have forgotten that the fine leg is back, just a single, perhaps he was looking to go squarer

19.6

Kallis to Saha, SIX, and Saha ends it brilliantly, steps out, gets a fulltoss, and smashes it over midwicket, what a shot, what an end

Sixty runs in last four overs. McCullum swallowed his ego, looked ugly in the first half, and then went for the kill, and finally got back to being the joyful McCullum we know. Agreed he took 11 games to do so, but it was fun to watch once he did.

The spinners could be the key to this tricky chase. And in meanwhile read about another spinner. He nearly moved to the US before his career as a dancer, slapper and Aussie-basher took off. Meet Harbhajan Singh.

End of over 20 (20 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 173/4
WP Saha    10* (5b 1x6)      JH Kallis    4-0-40-0
BB McCullum    84* (64b 10x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-33-2
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May 12, 2009

Ross Taylor and Mark Boucher embrace after sealing a tense six-wicket win, Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Centurion, May 12, 2009

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