Indian Premier League, 49th match: Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab at Johannesburg, May 17, 2009
Kings XI Punjab won by 1 run
Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (neutral venue)
17 May 2009 (20-over match)

12.28pm: Time to start the Super Sunday. Sunny Sohal to face Ryan Harris. One slip and one gully in place

** 12.10pm: Punjab have not made any changes to the XI that beat Delhi Daredevils on Friday

** Noon and time for toss: Adam Gilchrist has won, and chooses to chase. One Singh goes, another Singh comes for them. Harmeet Singh goes and equally little known Jaskaran is in.

Yuvraj Singh, speaking of Singhs, would have loved to bowl too. Hang around for the Punjab team, we will get it in a bit.

** 11.55am: Pitch report - Ali Campbell expects the pitch to be a little two-paced, because of the cracks. Campbell and L Siva reckon they will both win the toss and bat.

** 11.40am: It's only 15 hours since Deccan Chargers stole one against Kolkata Knight Riders. And here they are warming up at the Wanderers for another match, game No. 49, against Kings XI Punjab. Reminds of the Australian Open earlier this year where people used to play five-hour matches till 2am, and then play the next day. Thing is, you can't just go straight and sleep - adrenalin has to come down, some nutrition has to go in, and then you go to bed, at least three to four hours after the match. Just to add spice, this is not just any other match, this is the second-last match for both teams. And they are both in contention for a semi-final spot. Punjab, though, are more desperate for a win.

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Harris to Sohal, no run, short and wide, moves away a touch, and Sohal plays it towards gully


Harris to Sohal, 1 wide, short again, looks to tuck him up, goes too far down the leg side, and it's a wide


Harris to Sohal, 1 wide, shorter and farther down the leg side


Harris to Sohal, no run, now he gets the line right, short again, outside off, and this one bounces, up till Gilchrist's face


Harris to Sohal, SIX, one bouncer too many, this is straight over the stumps, Sohal makes room, slashes it over point, big six it is


Harris to Sohal, no run, tries the same shot, this is fuller, though, and he gets a bottom edge, and it's safe


Harris to Sohal, no run, slashes again, and misses, this one was just outside off


Harris to Sohal, 1 run, length ball outside off, and drives to wide of extra cover

End of over 1 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • S Sohal 7 (6b 1x6)
    • SM Katich 0 (0b)
    • RJ Harris 1-0-9-0

RP Singh to bowl


Singh to Sohal, no run, on target right away, length delivery, on the stumps, and defended


Singh to Sohal, 1 wide, third wide of the innings, but this is an interesting one, wide outside off, and it died on Gilchrist


Singh to Sohal, no run, just back of a length, starts off, moves away, Sohal goes fishing, doesn't catch anything


Singh to Sohal, no run, back of a length again, just outside off, and Sohal plays without feet, can't get it past backward point


Singh to Sohal, no run, tries the same line, just outside off, just back of a length, Sohal moves across, and defends it back to the bowler


Singh to Sohal, 2 runs, the walk across the stumps works, this is a touch fuller, and he picks it from in front of off, to over midwicket, and gets two for that chip


Singh to Sohal, OUT, tries too much, too early, walks across again, looks to scoop this time over short fine, doesn't connect, it lobs limply towards the fielder, Rohit Sharma takes three steps back and takes a sitter

S Sohal c Sharma b Singh 9 (12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 2 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 12/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • SM Katich 0 (0b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-3-1
    • RJ Harris 1-0-9-0

Symonds to bowl


Symonds to Katich, no run, Katich plays for the first time today, and plays a length ball towards cover


Symonds to Katich, 1 run, short and wide, but it's so slow, Symonds has to play it down the ground, gets an easy single

Pomersbach to face


Symonds to Pomersbach, no run, on the target, just back of a length, on the stumps, and defended off the back foot


Symonds to Pomersbach, 1 run, fuller, angling across, driven crisply, but they have a sweeper-cover back


Symonds to Katich, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side, fourth wide of the innings

Gilchrist comes up to the stumps


Symonds to Katich, OUT, remember what Momma said? Don't run off a misfield. Katich plays it straight towards Gibbs at cover, wait is the call although he has taken a few steps down, Gibbs fumbles, Katich comes through, Pomersbach is late to start, and Gibbs's throw is accurate, bye bye Luke

LA Pomersbach run out 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Yuvraj new man in


Symonds to Yuvraj Singh, no run, angling across Yuvraj, he lets it go

End of over 3 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 15/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (1b)
    • SM Katich 1 (3b)
    • A Symonds 1-0-3-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-3-1

superb start for Deccan


Singh to Katich, 1 run, Katich walks across, and flicks this length delivery to fine leg


Singh to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, that's strange, maybe Yuvraj didn't pick it, back of a length, outside off, he looks to leave it, but the ball finds the bat and goes towards thirdman


Singh to Katich, FOUR, that's a dismissive pull, another short delivery, Katich goes back and across, and pulls in front of midwicket


Singh to Katich, no run, fuller this time, just outside off, and played towards mid-off


Singh to Katich, FOUR, Katich is opening up the leg side beautifully, though this was very short, Katich goes back and across, and there is the whole leg side to choose from, this time rolls his wrists and goes square


Singh to Katich, 1 run, short and wide and cut away towards third man

End of over 4 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 26/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • SM Katich 11 (8b 2x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (2b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-14-1
    • A Symonds 1-0-3-0

Symonds to Katich, no run, short, angling across, Katich walks across and cuts, but can't beat a diving Gibbs


Symonds to Katich, OUT, and he's gone, the ides is right, execution is not, he goes across again, gets on a knee, and looks to loft a length ball over mid-on. But this is not connected properly, and Ojha has to take just four steps back to take the catch

SM Katich c Ojha b Symonds 11 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

Sangakkara new man


Symonds to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good line, back of a length, starts on leg, angles across, and left alone


Symonds to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, that's lethal nonchalance, this was short, on the leg stump, Yuvraj stands tall, and flick-pulls it, flat over midwicket, one of the flatter sixes


Symonds to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short and wide, and he cuts it away to sweeper-cover


Symonds to Sangakkara, no run, angling across Sangakkara, and he dabs it down, but can't get a quick single

End of over 5 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 33/3 (RR: 6.60)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (1b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 8 (5b 1x6)
    • A Symonds 2-0-10-1
    • RP Singh 2-0-14-1

Harris will come back, and bowl the last over of the Powerplays


Harris to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, that was full and sharp, 136ks, angling across Yuvraj, who hangs his bat and gets a thick outside edge, between slip and third man who is square


Harris to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full, angling across, and left alone


Harris to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, driven from outside off, and with an open face, a single to third man


Harris to Sangakkara, no run, full, drivable length, Sanga does, towards mid-on, but can't beat the fielder


Harris to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and wide, Sanga looks to drive, but the face opens too early, thick outside edge goes to third man


Harris to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driving length again, Yuvraj drives crispily, straight towards Symonds at cover

End of over 6 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 39/3 (RR: 6.50)

    • Yuvraj Singh 13 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (3b)
    • RJ Harris 2-0-15-0
    • A Symonds 2-0-10-1

End of Powerplays. Deccan will take 39 for 3

Sharma to bowl from round the stumps


Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, angling into the pads, and guided towards fine leg


Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short, very short, and hit straight down the ground


Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, thrown up, turns away after pitching in front of off, and defended with an open face


Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets too straight, and turned round the corner


Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, that asked for four runs, short, very short, and wide, and Yuvraj picks extra cover and connects


Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driven straight back to Rohit, it was full and hit hard

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 46/3 (RR: 6.57)

    • Yuvraj Singh 18 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 3 (6b)
    • RG Sharma 1-0-7-0
    • RJ Harris 2-0-15-0

Suman to bowl, double change. Over the wicket


Suman to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowls full, on the pads, flicked towards midwicket


Suman to Yuvraj Singh, no run, thrown up, on off stump, and defended, wants to have a look


Suman to Yuvraj Singh, no run, goes down the leg side, Yuvraj goes for the sweep, but fails to connect


Suman to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full, on the pads, and turned round the corner


Suman to Sangakkara, 1 run, thrown up, outside leg, turning towards the stumps, and Sanga flicks it towards fine leg


Suman to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this one turns sharply, bites from in front of leg, and almost beats Gilchrist too, but he gets a hand to it, the ball bounces towards short third

End of over 8 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 49/3 (RR: 6.12)

    • Yuvraj Singh 19 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 5 (8b)
    • TL Suman 1-0-3-0
    • RG Sharma 1-0-7-0

quick changes, Venu to bowl from round the stumps


Venugopal Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and wide outside off, and driven with open face towards sweeper-cover


Venugopal Rao to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, stays full again, just outside off, Yuvraj drives it towards sweeper-cover


Venugopal Rao to Sangakkara, no run, slows it down, turns away from outside off, misses the prod from Sanga


Venugopal Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, short, and this one angles in, and Sanga manages to cut it away


Venugopal Rao to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Venu has got Yuvraj, with a faster, flatter delivery. This was bowled at 90ks, pitched just back of a length, just outside off, and hurried Yuvraj who was late in coming down on it. The middle stump is disturbed, Venu is elated

Yuvraj Singh b Venugopal Rao 20 (18b 2x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

Mota comes in, a right-hander after ages


Venugopal Rao to Mota, no run, back of a length, turns in, and Mota defends it off the back foot

End of over 9 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 52/4 (RR: 5.77)

    • WA Mota 0 (1b)
    • KC Sangakkara 7 (11b)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-3-1
    • TL Suman 1-0-3-0

Suman will continue


Suman to Sangakkara, no run, flighted off break, from outside leg, turning towards stumps, and misses the sweep


Suman to Sangakkara, no run, thrown up again, in front of stumps, Sanga is short of the pitch and defends in front of his body


Suman to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets too straight this time, and Sanga turns it round the corner for a single


Suman to Mota, no run, length ball, thrown up, just outside off, and turning in, Mota defends with an open face


Suman to Mota, 1 run, full, into the pads, and turned away towards midwicket


Suman to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga flicks this one from in front of the stumps, and gets a single to midwicket

Strategic time-out. Deccan will be the happier side, especially considering how well their part-timers have done. See you in 450 seconds

End of over 10 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 55/4 (RR: 5.50)

    • KC Sangakkara 9 (15b)
    • WA Mota 1 (3b)
    • TL Suman 2-0-6-0
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-3-1

Venu continues


Venugopal Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, full outside off, and driven towards the sweeper-cover


Venugopal Rao to Mota, no run, almost gone, short and wide, stayed a bit low, and Mota cut straight towards cover, falls just short

a slip is in


Venugopal Rao to Mota, 1 run, paddle sweep, from outside off, looks for two but chooses against it


Venugopal Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled into Sanga's pads, and he helps it towards fine leg


Venugopal Rao to Mota, 1 run, throws it up, turns in too, he defends, gets the inside half off the bat, and they scamper through for a single


Venugopal Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, straighter one again, but this is not quick, and Sanga punches it down the ground

End of over 11 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 60/4 (RR: 5.45)

    • KC Sangakkara 12 (18b)
    • WA Mota 3 (6b)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 2-0-8-1
    • TL Suman 2-0-6-0

Ojha comes on now, and he is the specialist spinner


Ojha to Sangakkara, no run, over the wicket to Sanga, turning in, and he plays it straight towards short fine


Ojha to Sangakkara, FOUR, this will break the dry spell, clean, orthodox sweep, crisp too, and clears square leg inside the circle and gets four


Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, steps down, is beaten by the flight, and he helps it into the leg side still, and gets a single


Ojha to Mota, 1 run, round the wicket to Mota, no turn, but this is accurate and skids on, played towards cover for a single


Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, fulltoss, cross-batted towards wide long-on but just a single


Ojha to Mota, 1 run, turn here, from just outside off and from a length, gets Mota's edge, but this goes wide of the slip (yes they have a slip)

End of over 12 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 68/4 (RR: 5.66)

    • WA Mota 5 (8b)
    • KC Sangakkara 18 (22b 1x4)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-8-0
    • Y Venugopal Rao 2-0-8-1

Suman gets a change of ends now - 2-0-6-0 until now


Suman to Mota, 1 run, that's a half-volley, outside off, but hit straight towards long-off

over the wicket to Sanga


Suman to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, floated, turning across, 84ks, and defended with an open face


Suman to Sangakkara, no run, another dot ball, floated again, turning across him, and defended towards cover


Suman to Sangakkara, 2 runs, and the pressure shows, Sanga springs out of the wicket, Suman drags it back, the spin gets a thick outside edge, and they get two to third man


Suman to Sangakkara, no run, short, Sanga looks to pull, but is somehow hurried into the shot, and can't beat square leg


Suman to Sangakkara, 1 run, full, on the stumps, and hit back to bowler, Suman misfields, his path obstructed by the non-striker


Suman to Mota, 1 run, short and pulled away towards midwicket

By the way folks, this was not a 7-ball over, the second ball was a no-ball because they had three fielders behind square. Nobody picked it, apart from umpires

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 74/4 (RR: 5.69)

    • WA Mota 7 (10b)
    • KC Sangakkara 21 (27b 1x4)
    • TL Suman 3-0-12-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-8-0

Ojha to Mota, 1 run, full and straight, and swept away towards fine leg


Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga steps out again, Ojha pulls the length back, and Sanga manages to play down the ground


Ojha to Mota, no run, that's a ripper, angled in towards the stumps, turning upon pitching, and beats a prod, lovely bowling


Ojha to Mota, 1 run, looks to sweep again, but can't beat the short fine, and they manage a quick single


Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, improvises, this was thrown wide outside off, and Sanga sweeps, between midwicket and square leg, will be just one though


Ojha to Mota, no run, straighter one, pitches the same spot from where it ripped three balls ago, but this one goes straight with the arm and hurries Mota into a defensive shot

End of over 14 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 78/4 (RR: 5.57)

    • WA Mota 9 (14b)
    • KC Sangakkara 23 (29b 1x4)
    • PP Ojha 2-0-12-0
    • TL Suman 3-0-12-0

Sharma comes back


Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, and bowls short and wide to Sanga obliges with a ferocious cut, that flies to the boundary


Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, another one, short and wide, and this time Sanga is more subtle, opening the face late, and beating point, result is the same


Sharma to Sangakkara, 3 runs, improvises this time, picks this from in front of stumps, and paddles it fine, really fine, so fine they get three of it


Sharma to Mota, 1 run, better line and length, in front of stumps, just back of a length, and played down the ground


Sharma to Sangakkara, 2 runs, frenetic running, this was a fulltoss, hit firmly to long-off, but they decided from the off that they were going for two, and Mota is just in - a direct hit would have got him


Sharma to Sangakkara, 2 runs, shot of the day, just two though, this was flighted, and lofted straight back over the bowler, bisects long-off and long-on, but doesn't have the pace to go to the boundary

End of over 15 (16 runs) Kings XI Punjab 94/4 (RR: 6.26)

    • KC Sangakkara 38 (34b 3x4)
    • WA Mota 10 (15b)
    • RG Sharma 2-0-23-0
    • PP Ojha 2-0-12-0

Harris will make a comeback now


Harris to Mota, 1 run, and he bowls length, Mota slashes, gets it to sweeper-cover

round the wicket to Sanga


Harris to Sangakkara, 1 run, angling in to the pads, and Sanga flicks it down to fine leg


Harris to Mota, no run, tries the short one, Mota makes room and slashes, and misses it royally


Harris to Mota, 1 run, back of a length again, and helped towards the third man


Harris to Sangakkara, SIX, Sanga is warming up, round the wicket, angling in, he picks it from the pads nonchalantly, and clears midwicket easily. Top shot


Harris to Sangakkara, 2 runs, follows it up with a smart shot, makes room, dabs a length ball to square of third man, takes on the throw, and completes a couple

End of over 16 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 105/4 (RR: 6.56)

    • KC Sangakkara 47 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • WA Mota 12 (18b)
    • RJ Harris 3-0-26-0
    • RG Sharma 2-0-23-0

Suman to bowl his last over...


Suman to Mota, OUT, and gets a wicket first ball, thrown up outside off, and Mota goes for a slog sweep, gets a top edge towards cow corner - long-n is wide, Harris completes an easy catch. Another bowling change that has worked

WA Mota c Harris b Suman 12 (19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.15


Suman to Sangakkara, FOUR, and Sanga is on fire, gets to his fifty, with a superb pull shot, this was short all right, but he finds the gap between square leg and midwicket


Suman to Sangakkara, 2 runs, once again, he follows a boundary with a smart shot, dabs this one towards wide of long-on, it doesn't have enough power in it and they run two


Suman to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, and Sanga opens up and sweeps towards deep backward sqaure

Pathan to take strike for the first time


Suman to Pathan, FOUR, and RP is pedestrian here, this is just dabbed towards short third, where RP runs towards the ball and doesn't dive, then turns at right angles after the ball passes him, the chase is not too hot either, and the desperate dive in the end doesn't prevent four


Suman to Pathan, no run, thrown up on leg, and Irfan misses on the sweep

End of over 17 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 116/5 (RR: 6.82)

    • IK Pathan 4 (2b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 54 (40b 4x4 1x6)
    • TL Suman 4-0-23-1
    • RJ Harris 3-0-26-0

This is around the time Kolkata started hitting Deccan, and a modest target became a competitive one. Let's see how Deccan fare today

RP to bowl


Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and wide, and driven uppishly towards sweeper-cover


Singh to Pathan, 1 run, back of a length, tailing in towards the stumps, and played with an open face towards third man


Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length, angling in, cramps him for room, and only a single to long-on ensues


Singh to Pathan, 2 runs, just short of yorker length, crisply hit, with an open face, right enough of sweeper-cover to allow them to come back for two


Singh to Pathan, 1 run, bouncer, and Irfan pulls off the front foot, and it's just a single to deep backward square


Singh to Sangakkara, OUT, that's a big strike, and RP gets the purple cap with that, length ball, Sanga hits it hard down the ground, but straight to Harris at wide long-on. Not quite worked out by RP, but he will take it

KC Sangakkara c Harris b Singh 56 (43b 4x4 1x6) SR: 130.23

End of over 18 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 122/6 (RR: 6.77)

    • IK Pathan 8 (5b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 3-0-20-2
    • TL Suman 4-0-23-1

Harris will bowl his last over, and Brett Lee is the new man in


Harris to Pathan, no run, back of a length, angling across, Pathan swishes, and connects just the air


Harris to Pathan, FOUR, that's a badly needed boundary, poor bowling, length ball, on the pads, Pathan gets under it, and hits it to deep backward square


Harris to Pathan, 1 run, makes room this time, this is fuller, angling across, and he hits towards sweeper-cover


Harris to Lee, no run, tries the bounder again, Lee sways out of the line, and goes for the upper cut, but this one got a bit big and Lee misses


Harris to Lee, no run, another bouncer, this is really sharp, 142ks as opposed to his usual mid-130s, Lee tries upper-cut again, and misses again

gets an extra fielder in the off side, we have two points now


Harris to Lee, no run, another short one, and Lee plays with an open face, towards the man in front of point, superb over, three dots in a row

End of over 19 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 127/6 (RR: 6.68)

    • B Lee 0 (3b)
    • IK Pathan 13 (8b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 4-0-31-0
    • RP Singh 3-0-20-2

Singh to Pathan, 2 runs, full, outside off, cross-batted towards wide of long-on, they run through for two, they go to the third umpire at the striker's end, but Pathan is in comfortably


Singh to Pathan, 2 runs, superb work at deep backward square by Teja, this was a length ball, pulled square, where Teja runs fast and across, and saves a boundary with one hand


Singh to Pathan, OUT, RP extends his lead, another length ball, Pathan's eyes lit up, he gets under it, too much under it, and skies it straight to Gibbs at long-on. Perhaps it stopped on him a touch

IK Pathan c Gibbs b Singh 17 (11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 154.54


Singh to Lee, 1 wide, another bouncer to Lee, surely that's the plan, but it's too high


Singh to Lee, no run, this one stays low, back of a length, angled across, Lee gives it his all, but plays all over it


Singh to Lee, 1 bye, action replay, stays low again, Lee misses on an almighty slash, but this time they steal a bye

Chawla on strike


Singh to Chawla, 1 run, makes room, hits over the off side field, and gets a single to sweeper-cover

Deccan have bowled superbly, and should back themselves to get 135 in a ground that is reputed to be good for chasing. Only 18 in the last three overs. RP is now three-times purple-cap holder. Will be back in a while with Deccan's chase

End of over 20 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 134/7

    • PP Chawla 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 0 (5b)
    • RP Singh 4-0-26-3
    • RJ Harris 4-0-31-0





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