675dThe Report by Shashank Kishore

Tewatia, Mohit keep Kings XI alive

Rahul Tewatia and Mohit Sharma applied the choke in the last five overs as Kolkata Knight Riders fell 14 short of their 168-run target.

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CA Lynn
84(52) 8x4 - 3x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
4 4 8 0 28 11 18 11
GJ Maxwell
44(25) 1x4 - 4x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 20 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
2 0 7 0 3 1 7 24

Best performances - Bowlers

R Tewatia
O4
M0
R18
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
CR Woakes
O4
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Kolkata Knight Riders , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

09 May 2017 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Kings XI Punjab 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0

Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

END OF OVER:
20 | 5 Runs | KKR: 153/6 (15 runs required, RR: 7.65)

  • CR Woakes8 (6b)
  • C de Grandhomme11 (7b)
  • Sandeep Sharma4-0-31-0
  • MM Sharma3-0-24-2

11.45pm Phew. Kings XI stay alive in the tournament, giving our preview writers something to write about for their next game. Not too much riding on tomorrow's game, between Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils, but so many excellent players on display, so make sure you join us for that. Until then, good night!

Mohit Sharma is the Player of the Match. "Our previous match didn't go so well, we deviated from our plan. We decided we stick to Plan A, and if it doesn't work, go to Plan B. The plan was to mix up our pace, and they tend to stay deep in the crease, so if we cut down the pace, we could be effective, but the margin for error is very small. Sometimes, you need to bowl your slower ball a bit shorter, and maybe a bit wider. We thought 160 was the par score, and when Lynn and Narine were batting it was a little difficult, but as we'd decided, we stuck to our plans."

Glenn Maxwell: "I asked for an improved performance on the field and certainly got that tonight. Axar Patel led by example on the field. I suppose the spinners came into the game, Rahul Tewatia bowled really well. As soon as that first ball spun, we realised we could get in a lot of overs from the spinners. We were able to get a couple of wickets in the middle, and kept them quiet till the end. We probably left ourselves maybe 10-15 short, but the way we scrapped on the field and the way we bowled, outstanding. They [bowlers] were probably at their calmest, they knew what they wanted to do and executed it well. Still hanging in there by the skin of our teeth, but we're giving our fans something to cheer for."

Gautam Gambhir: "I thought we started off really well. I thought me and Robin getting out was the turning point. Credit to Kings XI, they hung in there and never gave us easy runs. I thought the dot balls made a lot of difference. Obviously you want to be smart, you could say I could have opened and Robin could have come in at 3. But we thought Sunil has been hitting the ball well. Maybe we could think of that combination in the coming games. At one stage, we needed 7.5 or 8 an over, taking it to 10 or 11 was the turning point."

Kings XI have ended a streak of eight successive losses against Knight Riders. Their first win against them since 2014.

Jasir: "Yet another legspinner turning the game this season, legspinners have been a revelation." Aniket: "Hard to digest, in chase of 167 Lynn and Narine scored total 102 runs in 62 balls and yet KKR managed to be on losing side"

Suhas: "Two interesting games yesterday and today. SRH and KXIP have shown a lot of intent and if there's something that has won the matches for both the teams, it's their bowling. Exceptional from KXIP today, that too after having gone for 61 in the PP."

11.29pm There haven't been too many better bowling performances in the IPL to defend a total. After nine overs, Knight Riders were 76 for 1. In the next 11 overs, Kings XI only gave away 77 while taking five wickets, against some of the best hitters in the business. They showed there's a way to keep Chris Lynn relatively quiet, and made excellent use of the long boundaries with spin and slower balls.

A bit of grip, and long boundaries, and the bowlers came into the game while the batsmen were still able to put away the bad balls. This makes for so much better T20 than short boundaries and ultra-flat pitches.

19.6
0
Sandeep Sharma to Woakes, no run, finishes with a slower ball, and this is a sensational win for Kings XI. Back of a length, Woakes slogs across the line and misses, and the ball loops over the top of middle stump and rolls to Saha
19.5
0
Sandeep Sharma to Woakes, no run, another yorker. This one is wide of off stump. That's because Woakes was moving across, looking for the scoop over short fine. Sandeep won't give him that. Sneaks it under his bat
19.4
1
Sandeep Sharma to de Grandhomme, 1 run, they need a six desperately, CdG runs down the pitch, and Sandeep adjusts his length to bowl it close enough to him to deny any elevation. Digs it out to long-on and they only get one
19.3
2
Sandeep Sharma to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, oh, another yorker. On middle and leg this time. Gets his front leg out of the way and flicks to long-on. And what's up here, they're appealing for a run-out. They chanced two and just about got it. Direct hit from Maxwell at the keeper's end may have got CdG, but it went to Saha first.

18 off four now.

19.2
1
Sandeep Sharma to Woakes, 1 run, oh, well bowled. Off-stump yorker. Backs away to try and squeeze it through backward pojnt, can only get an inside edge, past his stumps, to the left of the keeper
19.1
1
Sandeep Sharma to de Grandhomme, 1 run, looks for the wide-ish yorker, CdG only manages a sliced drive to the left of sweeper cover

Knight Riders need 20 off the last over. Kings XI's bowlers have been sensational. They still have to deal with some sizeable hitting power, though. Sandeep to finish.

KKR's end-overs specialists

120

Balls bowled by KKR's spinners in the last five overs this season. Rising Pune Supergiant are next with 78 balls

Potent weapon

17

Wickets taken by Chris Woakes, the third highest this season after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23) and Imran Tahir (18)