Indian Premier League - 53rd match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

McCullum walks out with Ganguly

0.1

MM Patel to McCullum, FOUR, that's a freebie to start with, short on the body and he swivels and pulls it down to the vacant fine leg region

0.2

MM Patel to McCullum, FOUR, take that! He bangs it in short and wide and he rolls his wrists and slams it high over backward point

0.3

MM Patel to McCullum, 1 run, almost squeezed it past the gap at backward point, excellent commitment by Jadeja

0.4

MM Patel to Ganguly, no run, settles on a tight length on the offstump and Ganguly defends off the full face of the bat

0.5

MM Patel to Ganguly, no run, hops and clips it towards the keeper

0.6

MM Patel to Ganguly, OUT, Ganguly takes a couple of paces down the pitch and makes room to slice it over the off side but he only manages hitting it straight to Jadeja at point who cups it and falls over backwards

SC Ganguly c Jadeja b MM Patel 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 1 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 9/1 (93 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 4.89)
     MM Patel    1-0-9-1
BB McCullum    9* (3b 2x4)     

1.1

Singh to McCullum, OUT, plumb! Man do we have a twist here? The ball lands close to the cracks on the surface just short of a good length and shoots through much lower than McCullum expects it to, he swings and misses and gets caught on the thigh in front of middle stump, his legs were bent at the point of contact

BB McCullum lbw b Singh 9 (4b 2x4 0x6) SR: 225.00

1.2

Singh to Yashpal Singh, no run

1.3

Singh to Yashpal Singh, no run, prods forward and the ball just seams away and beats the bat

1.4

Singh to Yashpal Singh, no run, good length outside off and he steers it to the off side

2 short covers in place

1.5

Singh to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it towards gully, Pathan and another fielder at gully collide and Pathan (well) jumps over the other fielder

1.6

Singh to Hodge, no run, clips it to the on side, good comeback over for Rajasthan

End of over 2 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 10/2 (92 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.11)
BJ Hodge    0* (1b)      A Singh    1-0-1-1
Yashpal Singh    1* (4b)      MM Patel    1-0-9-1

Two slips for Munaf

2.1

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, on a good length and cramps him for room, he taps it to the off side and tells his partner to stay put

2.2

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, flashes outside the offstump and the extra bounce squares him up

2.3

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, keeps it in the channel outside off and he taps it to the off side again

2.4

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, bangs it in short outside off and he allows it to go through to the keeper

2.5

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, the frustration gets to him as he makes room to slice him over backward point, Munaf gets extra bounce and beats him

2.6

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, 3 runs, a mere defensive push is enough to beat mid-off, Henderson gives the chase at the boundary, good over all the same

End of over 3 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 13/2 (89 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 5.23)
Yashpal Singh    4* (10b)      MM Patel    2-0-12-1
BJ Hodge    0* (1b)      A Singh    1-0-1-1

Kolkata shouldn't get too impatient

3.1

Singh to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he work it down to midwicket

3.2

Singh to Hodge, FOUR, slower ball on the pads and Hodge picks the yawning gap well as he works it to fine leg, there's nobody patrolling the area

3.3

Singh to Hodge, 1 run, quicker ball on the pads and he whips him straight to Munaf at deep square-leg

3.4

Singh to Yashpal Singh, no run, gets a half prod forward and taps it with soft hands to cover

3.5

Singh to Yashpal Singh, 1 run, biffs a short delivery across the line and the ball scorches to Munaf at deep square-leg

3.6

Singh to Hodge, no run, taps it back to the bowler

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End of over 4 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 20/2 (82 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.12)
BJ Hodge    5* (4b 1x4)      A Singh    2-0-8-1
Yashpal Singh    6* (13b)      MM Patel    2-0-12-1

Munaf to continue

4.1

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, gets that steep bounce to trouble the right hander, he wafts at the ball and misses

4.2

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, gets his elbows high and punches it straight to Jadeja at backward point, there are several blue shirts patrolling the off side ring

4.3

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, 1 no ball, it's an overstep as well as a bouncer, don't think he could have played a shot

4.3

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, Free Hit A straightforward edge to the keeper and first slip gets excited, it's a free hit remember?

4.4

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, pushes it through the line to mid-off

4.5

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, no run, chops it down to the off side and Warne leaps at gully to intercept it

4.6

MM Patel to Yashpal Singh, OUT, Yashpal's misely ends and Rajasthan are really making a game of this! Munaf bangs it in short outside off and an under pressure Yashpal can't resist the upper cut, the ball dips in front of Quiney but he times his dive well and pulls it off inches from the turf, the extra ball has worked to Rajasthan's favour

Yashpal Singh c Quiney b MM Patel 6 (20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

End of over 5 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 21/3 (81 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 5.40)
     MM Patel    3-0-13-2
BJ Hodge    5* (4b 1x4)      A Singh    2-0-8-1

5.1

Singh to Hussey, FOUR, streaky! He drives a full delivery and gets a thick outside edge which rolls past first slip and races away

5.2

Singh to Hussey, FOUR, he dishes out a half volley on the pads and Hussey whips it away to the vacant spaces at fine leg, Singh wasn't bowling to his field

5.3

Singh to Hussey, no run, cuts off room and Hussey taps it back to the bowler

He has a short gully and a short cover and short point

5.4

Singh to Hussey, no run, sways backwards to evade a bouncer

5.5

Singh to Hussey, no run, lands it on a good length on middle and leg, he tucks it to the on side

5.6

Singh to Hussey, no run, punches him firmly down to mid-off

End of over 6 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 29/3 (73 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 5.21)
DJ Hussey    8* (6b 2x4)      A Singh    3-0-16-1
BJ Hodge    5* (4b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-13-2

More conventional field setting now

6.1

MM Patel to Hodge, no run, cramps him for room, he taps it firmly towards cover

6.2

MM Patel to Hodge, no run, probes away outside off and the batsman watchfully lets it go

6.3

MM Patel to Hodge, 1 run, gets forward and taps it wide of cover with soft hands and takes off for a well-judged single

6.4

MM Patel to Hussey, no run, gets beside the line and taps it down to cover

6.5

MM Patel to Hussey, no run, short of a length and gets it to angle away slightly, once again he cannot pierce the packed off side field

6.6

MM Patel to Hussey, no run, once again cramps him for room, the ball rolls towards cover, excellent spell by Munaf

End of over 7 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 30/3 (72 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 5.53)
DJ Hussey    8* (9b 2x4)      MM Patel    4-0-14-2
BJ Hodge    6* (7b 1x4)      A Singh    3-0-16-1

Here's Botha

7.1

Botha to Hodge, OUT, brilliant stuff by Ojha! Hodge drops the ball in front of silly point and takes off but the ball spins backwards to the keeper, Ojha flicks it back at the stumps and Hodge's bat was over the line but in the air, the third umpire takes a look

BJ Hodge st †Ojha b Botha 6 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Laxmi Shukla walks in. Game on! Hussey will have to take charge here. He has a short leg

7.2

Botha to Shukla, no run, spin, bounce and turn! That just shot up alarmingly and beat the bat

7.3

Botha to Shukla, no run, stays back and defends with a dead bat

7.4

Botha to Shukla, FOUR, goes right across his stumps and paddle scoops it over the keeper, it looked like a top edge but it was a very safe shot in the end

There's no short fine leg or a fine leg so the bowlers have to be very careful

7.5

Botha to Shukla, no run, beats him again! Botha's getting it to shoot up

7.6

Botha to Shukla, 1 run, gets across and works it towards midwicket

End of over 8 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 35/4 (67 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 5.58)
LR Shukla    5* (5b 1x4)      J Botha    1-0-5-1
DJ Hussey    8* (9b 2x4)      MM Patel    4-0-14-2

Life won't get any easier for Kolkata, here's Warne

8.1

Warne to Shukla, 1 run, starts off with a half tracker and he pulls it down to long-on

8.2

Warne to Hussey, no run, stays back and punches with the turn to mid-off

8.3

Warne to Hussey, no run, defends with soft hands and the inside edge trickles past the keeper

8.4

Warne to Hussey, 1 run, pushes it with the turn to the off side

8.5

Warne to Shukla, no run, Dropped Warne bowls the meanest flipper, he gets a thick edge and Ojha's reflexes weren't good enough

8.6

Warne to Shukla, no run, gets forward and pushes it with the turn to mid-off

End of over 9 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 37/4 (65 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.11, RRR: 5.90)
LR Shukla    6* (8b 1x4)      SK Warne    1-0-2-0
DJ Hussey    9* (12b 2x4)      J Botha    1-0-5-1

9.1

Botha to Hussey, OUT, The KKR choke continues! Botha drops it short and gets some extra bounce, Hussey bends his knee for a front foot pull and the ball lands down Neeraj Patel's throat at deep midwicket

DJ Hussey c NK Patel b Botha 9 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

Here's Shoaib Shaikh

9.2

Botha to Shukla, no run, pushes it quicker and he's beaten on the drive

9.3

Botha to Shukla, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg and he works it to the on side

9.4

Botha to Shaikh, no run, slower through the air, he taps it towards midwicket

9.5

Botha to Shaikh, no run, rare full toss but he ends up forcing it back to the bowler

9.6

Botha to Shaikh, no run, quicker through the air and off the pitch, he stays back and defends with a dead bat

At the time out, Kolkata look lost and dazed. They are still in with a chance but Rajasthan have the edge. They never cease to amaze. They still have a very capable batsman in Agarkar, who's faced similar situations before.

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End of over 10 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 38/5 (64 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.80, RRR: 6.40)
SS Shaikh    0* (3b)      J Botha    2-0-6-2
LR Shukla    7* (10b 1x4)      SK Warne    1-0-2-0

10.1

Warne to Shukla, no run, appeal for a stumping, he draws the batsman forward and the ball spins away and beats him, Ojha whips off the bails, it appeared as if a part of the boot was behind the line and he gets the benefit of the doubt

10.2

Warne to Shukla, no run, lunges forward and pushes it to the off side

10.3

Warne to Shukla, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, he tucks it to square leg

10.4

Warne to Shaikh, FOUR, he commits forward, waits for the ball to come onto him and dabs it away very late, he manages to beat the gap between gully and backward point

10.5

Warne to Shaikh, 1 run, lunges forward and beats cover

10.6

Warne to Shukla, no run, just gets behind the line and defends on the front foot

End of over 11 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 44/5 (58 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.44)
LR Shukla    8* (14b 1x4)      SK Warne    2-0-8-0
SS Shaikh    5* (5b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-6-2

11.1

Botha to Shaikh, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he tucks it to the on side

11.2

Botha to Shaikh, 1 run, pushes a full delivery through the line to long-on

11.3

Botha to Shukla, OUT, what on earth is happening today? Shukla tucks it in front of midwicket and there never really should have been a run there, Shaikh charges halfway down, turns back but the throw is fired to Botha who breaks the stumps, Shaikh's quite upset with his partner as he walks back. In fact Shukla didn't even want the single

SS Shaikh run out 6 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

11.4

Botha to Shukla, no run, pushed with the turn to midwicket

11.5

Botha to Shukla, 1 run

11.6

Botha to Agarkar, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg and turnd

End of over 12 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 47/6 (55 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 3.91, RRR: 6.87)
AB Agarkar    1* (1b)      J Botha    3-0-9-2
LR Shukla    9* (17b 1x4)      SK Warne    2-0-8-0

12.1

Warne to Agarkar, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it with the line to long-off

12.2

Warne to Shukla, SIX, what a relief for Kolkata! He gets on his knee and slogs him over deep midwicket, and finally someone crosses double figures

12.3

Warne to Shukla, no run, appeal! He comes forward and and tries to defend and it's a good shout for an lbw

12.4

Warne to Shukla, 2 runs, shuffles and clips it to the on side

12.5

Warne to Shukla, 1 run, clips it against the turn to the on side

12.6

Warne to Agarkar, no run, flighted on middle and off, he defends with a dead bat

End of over 13 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 57/6 (45 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.38, RRR: 6.42)
AB Agarkar    2* (3b)      SK Warne    3-0-18-0
LR Shukla    18* (21b 1x4 1x6)      J Botha    3-0-9-2

13.1

Jadeja to Shukla, 1 run, pushes it back down the track and jadeja shows good presence of mind by back flicking the ball towards the stumps, had he hit the batsman would have been in big trouble

13.2

Jadeja to Agarkar, 1 run

13.3

Jadeja to Shukla, no run, turns away late and he defends

13.4

Jadeja to Shukla, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg and he forces it down to midwicket

13.5

Jadeja to Agarkar, no run, quicker through the air, he punches it down to midwicket

13.6

Jadeja to Agarkar, 1 leg bye, flighted on middle and leg, he works it behind square on the on side

End of over 14 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 61/6 (41 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.35, RRR: 6.83)
AB Agarkar    3* (6b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0
LR Shukla    20* (24b 1x4 1x6)      SK Warne    3-0-18-0

Tyron Henderson for the first time. Time's running out for KR

14.1

Henderson to Agarkar, 1 run, squeezes it with soft hands to the off side and sets off

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14.2

Henderson to Shukla, no run, keeps it on a good length and he taps it to the off side

14.3

Henderson to Shukla, 2 runs, strays on the pads and he shuffles and clips it wide of fine leg, they pick up a couple

14.4

Henderson to Shukla, 1 run, shuffles and works it to midwicket for another single

14.5

Henderson to Agarkar, no run

14.6

Henderson to Agarkar, no run, makes room, Henderson bowls a wide one and Agarkar chases it and fails to get bat on ball

End of over 15 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 65/6 (37 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.33, RRR: 7.40)
AB Agarkar    4* (9b)      T Henderson    1-0-4-0
LR Shukla    23* (27b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0

15.1

Jadeja to Shukla, FOUR, he makes a lot of room and lofts Jadeja inside out high over extra cover, the ball just lands inches in front of the rope, very welcome boundary

15.2

Jadeja to Shukla, 2 runs, he makes room and drives hard to deep extra cover, Amit Singh chucks a flat throw and it's a direct hit at the bowler's end, the batsman is safe though

15.3

Jadeja to Shukla, 2 runs, gets across and paddles it down to fine leg, the fielder is too square

15.4

Jadeja to Shukla, no run, stays back and defends to the off side

15.5

Jadeja to Shukla, 2 runs, he paddles it away fine and it looks like four but the athletic Raut restricts it to a couple

15.6

Jadeja to Shukla, no run, fired in quicker and Shukla gets his bat behind to defend

End of over 16 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 75/6 (27 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.68, RRR: 6.75)
LR Shukla    33* (33b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-13-0
AB Agarkar    4* (9b)      T Henderson    1-0-4-0

Now KKR suddenly have the edge

16.1

Warne to Agarkar, 1 run, he chips down the track and checks the loft to long-on

16.2

Warne to Shukla, no run, makes room to drive inside out but the ball comes on straight, the inside edge rolls past the stumps

16.3

Warne to Shukla, 1 run, rocks back and slaps it hard down to sweeper cover

16.4

Warne to Agarkar, 1 run, this one skids through and he just manages to get some bat on it

16.5

Warne to Shukla, 1 wide, wide outside off and the bowler is penalised despite the batsman backing away

16.5

Warne to Shukla, 1 run, lands on leg and he works it to midwicket

16.6

Warne to Agarkar, 1 run, stays back and he pushes it to long-on

End of over 17 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 81/6 (21 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.76, RRR: 7.00)
AB Agarkar    7* (12b)      SK Warne    4-0-24-0
LR Shukla    35* (36b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-13-0

17.1

Botha to Agarkar, 1 run, close! He slogs Botha and the ball dips in front of the fielder at deep midwicket, he may have lost it in the sunlight

17.2

Botha to Shukla, 1 run

17.3

Botha to Agarkar, 1 run, single to square leg

17.4

Botha to Shukla, SIX, out of the ground! Can we have the ball back please! He stays at the crease and slogs him high over deep midwicket

17.5

Botha to Shukla, no run

17.6

Botha to Shukla, 1 run, it's a low full toss on middle and leg and he turns it away to midwicket for a single

End of over 18 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 91/6 (11 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.05, RRR: 5.50)
LR Shukla    43* (40b 2x4 2x6)      J Botha    4-0-19-2
AB Agarkar    9* (14b)      SK Warne    4-0-24-0

Rajasthan's IPL dreams are receding. What an innings by Shukla. 11 needed off 12. It's not over yet for Rajasthan

18.1

Henderson to Shukla, no run, slower ball and he doesn't pick it, the ball rolls to the keeper

18.2

Henderson to Shukla, FOUR, take that! Another slower ball but it's a half volley, he makes room and scythes it over extra cover

18.3

Henderson to Shukla, no run, good comeback! It's a yorker on middle stump and Shukla manages to dig it out

18.4

Henderson to Shukla, 1 run, he checks his loft to long-off, goof thinking because the fielder was up front from the rope

18.5

Henderson to Agarkar, 1 run, full on the stumps and he squirts it to cover

18.6

Henderson to Shukla, 1 bye, close! He swings and misses and they go for the bye, Ojha is caught in 2 minds where to throw, the ball sails over the stumps with the batsman a couple of yard short

End of over 19 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 98/6 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.15, RRR: 4.00)
LR Shukla    48* (45b 3x4 2x6)      T Henderson    2-0-10-0
AB Agarkar    10* (15b)      J Botha    4-0-19-2

Four needed off six balls. Shilpa Shetty is close to tears

19.1

Singh to Shukla, 1 bye, Ojha fluffs another one! They steal another bye and Ojha misses the stumps at the batsman's end by a ,mile, he needs to get those gloves off

3 off 5

19.2

Singh to Agarkar, 2 runs, Agarkar calmly steers it to point and they take a run, Jadeja';s throw is wide to the bowler's end and a slight fumble by the fielder backing up costs an extra run

19.3

Singh to Agarkar, 1 run, he stays back and biffs one to deep mid-on and they take the run, the throw is side and Rajasthan have been knocked out of the tournament

A terrific match all the same and credit to Rajasthan for making Kolkata sweat over a small total. The hero of the day is undoubtedly Shukla who steered his side home under pressure. Let's not forget his contribution with the ball, though he didn't get a wicket.

Rajasthan have been unpredictable throughout the tournament. Their blow-hot-blow-cold performance reminds me of Pakistan - pathetic one day, brilliant the next. At least, the old Pakistan.

Kolkata will fly back home with something to smile about, having beaten Chennai and Rajasthan. Heads may roll in their current setup and lets hope they turn a new leaf next year.

We have Chennai v Punjab coming up very shortly. Stay on. Since I have to start the next game I will not be able to bring you the presentation. Cheers guys!

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May 20, 2009

The Kolkata Knight Riders end the tournament on a high, Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Durban, May 20, 2009

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May 20, 2009

Laxmi Ratan Shukla tries to paddle it fine, Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Durban, May 20, 2009

Laxmi Ratan Shukla tries to paddle it fine

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