Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

S Anirudha
64(55) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %43%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 1 4 0 1 2 5
JH Kallis
54(42) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 0 7 2 10 0 1 1

Best performances - Bowlers

SK Raina
O1.0
M0
R3
W1
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JH Kallis
O3.0
M0
R34
W2
Eco11.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
20 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 151/7

  • R Bhatia0 (1b)
  • Iqbal Abdulla3 (3b)
  • TG Southee4-0-30-1
  • S Randiv4-0-33-1

On behalf of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. The IPL is up and away, and as always, the cricket is an absolute riot. Two games tomorrow, do join us for them. Cheers!

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We have had a long-drawn opening ceremony, a build-up, a thrilling 40 overs of cricket and a presentation ceremony, all done around the time we would have been getting into the 30th over of the chase in an ODI. That's the best part about T20. It's short, it's sharp and it invariably ends up a tight finish! Dhoni can do no wrong at the moment, and he gets the big moments right today. Gambhir will rue the misses, the shuffled order, and most of all, his own run out. KKR have the team to do well, but they have had a good team in each season. Today, the execution, once again went wrong.

Presentations time

Anirudha is Man of the Match: "Got a chance to open after a long time and I liked it. , no I did not bat like my dad, I took my time to get in and play my shots! . We thought 160 was a good total and we eventually got there. Initially I was trying to pace myself, and later I was trying to hit it too hard. Could have paced myself better and got 10-15 more runs." Shastri calls him Junior Cheeka. Oh boy, star kids will never have it easy, whether they do well or not.

Dhoni: "It was a first game with a new team, and you get a new car and you want to break it in, but you don't want to 'break it'. Even if we did not win this game, we would have got a lot out of it. The fielding was very good .. Tim bowled well, Randiv and Raina did well, and Ashwin as always was brilliant. When they had around 70 after the first 7-8 overs, people may have thought the game was over, but I said this is when it begins since the pitch will slow up. For the last ball, I was confused since it was like having two options - yorker outside off, or yorker at the legs.. I decided on the latter, since with the field we had, a boundary would have been possible only if he played a great shot through midwicket .. And it came off!"

Gambhir: "We tried our best, 150 was a par score and we should have chased it .. But this is what T20 is all about, you set a platform, but things can change. It is a long tournament, long way to go. Holding myself back was just one of those strategies we tried, but it did not work. We can take a lot of confidence from this game, our attack will only get better when Lee and Shakib come."

Southee: "Different batsmen, different game plans, so length balls to start the overs and yorkers later. We took some time to think about the last ball instead of rushing through it, we worked out our options and went for the right one with the field in the end."

Sairam: "How did i know Morkel's final 2 balls would make a difference in the end?"

Sumit: "Could someone tell me what's the atmosphere in Kolkata like? Fireworks??? Maybe..."

Praneeth: "Please dont remind me of the last two balls faced by albie...heart break again for kkr...."

Ben: "How good has life been for Southee's recently. One of the top bowlers in the WC, Alan Donald says you good be the worlds best swing bowler, he secures a lucritive IPL contract and now bowls the winning over."

Win-I: "Dhoni, I got an interview on Monday,can U crack it for me. Im sure you can get nothing wrong."

Another Ben: "Let's have some credit to a young man with a cool head from NZ, please."

Paragordius: "Holy Cow! What are u made of Mr. Dhoni? Do you practice Black arts or something.. I don't believe it!"

Mohan: "KKR should rename itself to KFR: Kolkata Fright Riders. Scared themselves silly after Kallis got out!" Ouch.

Abraham: "Get that guy Hasselhoff into your team "Knight Riders" !!! 4 year in a row, they havent figured out how to get it started up!!! Maybe he can help."

Sriram Dayanand on Twitter: "KKR need Buchanan. And four captains."

Sree: "Dhoni gave up his hair not his tricks!"

Viral Patel: "MAN OF THE MATCH: GANGULY's GHOST. He snatched defeat out of the JAWS of VICTORY from KKR :)" Hahaha!

19.6
1lb
Southee to Bhatia, 1 leg bye, Chennai have won, somehow. I am not sure how they managed it. "He manages to find heroes everwhere," says Harsha Bhogle on air. Last year it was Bollinger. This time out of no where, after a horrible first spell, Southee turns up and bowls an unbelievable last over. Three yorkers off the last three balls! You can't ask for more. Full on middle and leg, Bhatia looks to get something, anything under it and work it to the leg side, but it hits the pads and goes nowhere. Southee appeals, but he won't mind that it wasn't given. Chepauk is abuzz. Chennai have won.

Can they get three? Can we get a super over? Four does it for them ... Bhatia comes out and has no time for sighters. He can take his guard and then the first ball has to go for four. What a format, this! Dhoni and the boys are having long conferences. Fine leg is square, third man is fine. Point is coming into the circle. The crowd is making a heck of a noise.

19.5
1
Southee to Iqbal Abdulla, 1 run, they need four off the last ball. Southee's yorker mode is turned on. He gets this one to curve away towards middle and off, Abdulla does well to outside edge it to point. Single taken.
19.4
0
Southee to Iqbal Abdulla, no run, no runs taken! 5 from 2! Southee sends in a wicked yorker a foot outside off, Abdulla tries to create room and go over the off side, but can't get bat on it. They think of a bye, Dhoni doesn't allow it.
19.3
2
Southee to Iqbal Abdulla, 2 runs, short ball, he keeps his cool and slaps a pull over the midwicket for a couple more. Smart shot, he knew where the fielders were. 5 from 3.

Round the wicket to the in-form Abdulla.

19.2
W
Southee to Shukla, OUT, this still ain't over. They need seven. Shukla plays a shot that nearly gets them four of those. He backs away to a length ball outside off and looks for an upper cut, but it wasn't short or fast enough to be sent all the way. Worse, there was third man waiting, a couple of metres inside the circle. Curtains for Shukla.
19.1
2
Southee to Shukla, 2 runs, two runs taken in the most innovative manner ever. Shukla charges away to the off side, looking for a scoop and Southee keeps it full and follows the batsman who ends up squirting it off the inner half to Jakati at backward square leg. They run like headless chickens, but fast as gazelles, and Jakati's throw isn't the fastest. Two more.

You can win a World Cup and all that, but within a week you again have to make a decision on who should bowl the last over. It's not a decision Dhoni's got right recently. Today he goes with Southee. 9 from 6.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

S Anirudha
64(55) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %43%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 1 4 0 1 2 5
JH Kallis
54(42) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 0 7 2 10 0 1 1

Best performances - Bowlers

SK Raina
O1.0
M0
R3
W1
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JH Kallis
O3.0
M0
R34
W2
Eco11.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Indian Premier League

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SRH1485017.0000.588
KKR1486016.0000.646
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DD1468012.000-0.508
GL1441008.000-0.400
RCB1431007.000-1.301