12th Match (N), Dubai (DSC), Sep 30 2020, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 175)
KKR won by 37 runs
Player Of The Match
Kolkata Knight Riders
RR Innings
Full commentary
end of over 2011 runs
RR: 137/9CRR: 6.85 
Tom Curran54 (36)
Ankit Rajpoot7 (5)
Kuldeep Yadav3-0-20-1
Sunil Narine4-0-40-1

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S Mavi: When I started, the ball was seaming around. So I kept to normal lines and lengths. It was a little different after seeing the wicket, thought it would be flat. But it was seaming around so I kept it tight. I've played against some of these big players before so I knew what they would do, so I made sure I just stuck to the lines and lengths.

Shivam Mavi is the Man of the Match.

D Karthik: I wouldn't call it perfect. There was a lot of areas we could improve. It was a good game. A lot of things pleased me - the way Gill started, the way Russell started, the way Morgan kept his head. The beautiful sight of the youngsters going for the catch no matter high it is. I think Archer bowled some good areas. Couple of guys made the pitch look better than it was. It's a very special thing - these boys, the journey they've gone through when not playing, and for them to just come out and express themselves with the ball and ball was incredible.
We would have batted first, that was our plan. To put runs on the board was what we thought was the way forward on this ground.

K Nagarkoti: The wicket was important, because the situation was a little bit on our side so I just kept my plans and executed correctly. I just wanna say thanks to my family and the support staff who have supported me through the journey. Many people have helped - my family, Dravid sir, Abhishek bhaiyya. I just want to say thanks. It is really nice experience, Pat Cummins is a really good bowler and I learn so much from him and just execute in the match.

S Smith: Didn't quite go to plan, but that happens in T20 cricket sometimes. I think t could go one way or another [the decision at the toss]. We lost too many wickets up front, a few of us probably thought we're still playing at Sharjah! The far side is a very big side, we didn't see too many balls go up above that fence there. We probably didn't adapt as well as we could have to the wicket and the dimensions. We'll wait and see about switching the XI around. [Cummins] Wasn't much of a battle! Just spoke to him and he said you normally smack those in the nets. [Joking] got a good one tonight.

9:48pm Another comprehensive win for KKR. They're really making this strategy work for them - the lean batting order and the packed bowling order. It's allowing them to go all out attack with the new ball at top-heavy line-ups. If that succeeds, they're going to come out on top often. But it is a fair question to ask if Royals should have gauged that - Smith in particular, given the balls leading up to his dismissal playing a poor shot against Cummins. When Sanju and Buttler went shortly after, the Royals' middle order was embarrassingly shredded. It is their first loss of the season, which completes the pattern - all teams have now lost at least one game. This is also the sixth instance of the team batting first winning in Dubai. That's six out of six this season.

Kuldeep Yadav to Curran, FOUR runs
finds the extra cover boundary. Nicely placed. Tossed up outside off, steps out to make it to the pitch of that and it's a clean connection on the lofted drive
Kuldeep Yadav to Rajpoot, 1 run
good length at middle stump, steps out and drives aerially towards long-on
Kuldeep Yadav to Rajpoot, no run
good length at middle stump, inside edge onto the pads as he looks to force it off the back foot
Kuldeep Yadav to Rajpoot, SIX runs
pumps him straight! Doesn't allow this wrong'un to turn. Jumps out to the pitch of it and uses his reach to cart that
Kuldeep Yadav to Rajpoot, no run
beaten on the drive. Wrong'un spinning away from off stump
Kuldeep Yadav to Rajpoot, no run
beaten on the sweep. Good length ball wide outside off and he gave it the full swing
end of over 1920 runs
RR: 126/9CRR: 6.63 • RRR: 49.00 • Need 49 runs from 6b
Tom Curran50 (35)
Ankit Rajpoot0 (0)
Sunil Narine4-0-40-1
Kuldeep Yadav2-0-9-1
Narine to Curran, SIX runs
swipes it over deep midwicket for his fifty. Quiet little innings until now from Curran, who came in at 7 today. Waited it till the last couple of overs to start taking on the bowlers and it's, all things considered, a well paced 50
Narine to Curran, SIX runs
well connected again. Good length and sliding on outside off. Steps out and goes straight. A bit low on the bat but it's gone 89 metres
Narine to Curran, 2 runs
short outside off, sliced over the bowler off the back foot
Narine to Curran, no run
short and wide outside off, under-edge on the attempted cut, back down the pitch
Narine to Curran, no run
good length outside off, slogs along the floor to deep midwicket and refuses the single
Narine to Curran, SIX runs
over wide long-on and a good looking shot too. Short of a good length. Steps out and that sits up for him with some extra pace to swing at. Swing he does
end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 106/9CRR: 5.88 • RRR: 34.50 • Need 69 runs from 12b
Tom Curran30 (29)
Kuldeep Yadav2-0-9-1
Varun Chakravarthy4-0-25-2
Kuldeep Yadav to Unadkat, OUT
finds deep midwicket. Dropped short at middle stump, gets deep in the crease and pulls aerially. Nagarkoti with an easy take in the deep but Unadkat thinks that has hit the spider cam cable in the air. Which would make it a dead ball. It's been sent upstairs. There is a ripple from spider cam's angle. A bit more vague from all the other angles. So the umpires tell him to walk. Not conclusive
JD Unadkat c Nagarkoti b Kuldeep Yadav 9 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 69.23
Kuldeep Yadav to Curran, 1 run
full on middle stump, driven to long-on
Kuldeep Yadav to Unadkat, 1 run
good length at middle stump, whipped to long-on off the back foot
Kuldeep Yadav to Unadkat, no run
good length and turning into leg, chopped onto his back leg on the attempted cut

Giggity: "Is Curran today's Tewatia for RR? Or, should I just get back to my meeting?"

Kuldeep Yadav to Unadkat, no run
full on off stump, driven to extra cover
Kuldeep Yadav to Curran, 1 run
full on middle stump, swept off the inside half to deep midwicket
end of over 176 runs
RR: 103/8CRR: 6.05 • RRR: 24.00 • Need 72 runs from 18b
Tom Curran28 (27)
Jaydev Unadkat8 (9)
Varun Chakravarthy4-0-25-2
Kuldeep Yadav1-0-6-0
Varun to Curran, 1 run
good length at middle, steps out and drills to long-on's left
Varun to Unadkat, 1 run
full and floated outside off, gets low and paddles to long leg's right
Varun to Unadkat, 2 runs
good length and wide outside off, driven to sweeper's right