20 | 7 Runs 2 Wkts | DC: 144/8 (19 runs required, RR: 7.20)

  • Umesh Yadav1 (1b)
  • Irfan Pathan6 (3b)
  • Sunil Narine4-0-24-2
  • Jacques Kallis4-0-24-2


Gautam Gambhir: We always felt that it was a 140-145 wicket, but when we got 160, we thought it was an above par score. Not only about Kallis, all of them have bowled have bowled very well, lot of credit to all the bowlers including Balaji, Abdulla, Narine and others. We have four days for Balaji to recover from the injury.

Virender Sehwag: We did not bat well, 160 was chaseable, we lost two early wickets and failed to make it in the last few overs. Aaron and Yadav are bowling brilliantly, cannot sit them out, it was a tough choice but we thought that the grass might help the pace bowlers. We have another chance to get there, we cannot relax, need to go all out.

Yusuf Pathan, man-of-the-match: Always big hopes from me, not performing in the previous games, but I know that I can get going in a big match. I had a lot of time to get in and adjust myself to the track today. We are waiting for the big game, will relax and await for it eagerly.

Wasim Akram: Happy to be associated with KKR, great bunch of boys, love to stick around with each other. Long story what's changed from the first four years, but to cut it short, its all because of a very good captain and an enthusiastic owner. We read the wicket well, we played four spinners, they played only one, had they got in another spinner or two, it could have gotten lot closer. My job is to not change's bowler's action, it is to tell them about the different match situations and how to react to them.

Shank: "It's good the finals are in Chennai and not Mumbai else SRK would have to watch it on television."

Vikram: "The IPL is a good test bed for captains. Sehwag came up a cropper. Gambhir showed his mettle. I have always thought that Gambhir should be the vice captain or the test captain or both for India."

Achint: "Luckily delhi has got one more chance to fix their batting order, if they want to send venu and ojha ahead of taylor, then better not to have taylor at all in the line-up and include Merwe if pitch assists spinners or Russel otherwise"

DD Supporter: "I'd love to hear from Sehwag what his reasoning would be for some of the decisions he made today especially Venu and Negi before Taylor and Pathan, which I think costed the game for them."

11.25 pm Cue fireworks and celebrations. The Kolkata players are beaming, plenty of hugs and smiles all around. Shah Rukh Khan, the Kolkata owner, is right in the thick of things.

Kevin: "Kolkata, we will meet you again in the finals..this time without venugopala rao."

Vishwa: "Yusuf Pathan's knock made the difference."

Raj: "DD missed a trick here with Taylor. Reminds me of Mumbai Indians when they held back Pollard too late in a crucial chase." That was in the final of something, IPL or Champs League.

I'm going to call it a night. Suneer will bring you the presentation.

Narine to Yadav, 1 run, slightly shorter again and Umesh flat-bats it to long off. Kolkata Knight Riders have qualified for the finals of IPL 2012. It's the first time in five seasons that they have got this far.
Narine to Pathan, 1 run, Irfan pulls the hat-trick ball through square
Narine to Morkel, OUT, caught at cover! Narine's filling his bag here. Morkel goes back and slogs at a sharp offbreak, he slices it and the ball lobs to Bhatia on the edge of the circle

M Morkel c Bhatia b Narine 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Morkel is the new batsman.

Narine to Negi, OUT, stumped. Negi steps out and moves outside leg stump to slog wildly. Narine slowed it up, beat the left-hander in the flight, and spun the offbreak past the bat. McCullum had time to break three sets of stumps

P Negi st †McCullum b Narine 14 (11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 127.27

Narine to Pathan, 1 run, Irfan pulls again, but this time to fine leg for a single
Narine to Pathan, FOUR runs, slightly short and Irfan rocks back and pulls the ball into the gap on the wide long-on boundary, a poor start for Narine

Narine has 25 to defend, I don't think he will struggle. Irfan to face.

19 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | DC: 137/6 (26 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 26.00)

  • Pawan Negi14 (10b)
  • Irfan Pathan0 (0b)
  • Jacques Kallis4-0-24-2
  • Sunil Narine3-0-17-0
Kallis to Negi, FOUR runs, Negi makes room and cuts a full and wide ball into the ground and over point, the ball races to the boundary
Kallis to Taylor, OUT, caught at deep backward square leg! The ball was fuller and straighter, on middle and leg, Taylor flicked it off the pads but he hit it low and in the air. The ball was dipping on the fielder on the boundary and he had to move forward and stoop to catch it

LRPL Taylor c sub (PJ Sangwan) b Kallis 11 (8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 137.50

Kallis to Taylor, 2 runs, the slower, shorter ball. Taylor pulls towards cow corner

Kallis seems to be in some sort of discomfort.

Kallis to Taylor, no run, another full and wide ball outside off, just inside the tram line, it was slower as well. Taylor tries to play the big booming drive but makes no contact. Kallis is keeping the ball far away from Taylor's hitting zone, towards deep midwicket

Rahul: "Was looking forward to this day when Narine will be hit for a six.Thanks Rosco."

Kallis to Taylor, no run, full length outside off stump and quite quick too, Taylor had made room towards leg so was unable to reach it
Kallis to Negi, 1 run, a full delivery outside off, Negi hits the ball hard past the bowler, who sticks his right boot out to try and stop the ball

18 | 10 Runs | DC: 130/5 (33 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.22, RRR: 16.50)

  • Ross Taylor9 (4b)
  • Pawan Negi9 (8b)
  • Sunil Narine3-0-17-0
  • Jacques Kallis3-0-17-1
Narine to Taylor, 2 runs, hit hard off the back foot to wide long off for two more
Narine to Taylor, SIX runs, whoa! Narine's been hit for six! Taylor receives a full ball and so he can get underneath it and slam it over the wide long-on boundary
Narine to Taylor, no run, that's the one that spins away from the right-hander and Taylor tried to slog sweep from outside off, he was beaten
Narine to Negi, 1 run, Negi backs away and slices the offbreak in the air towards short third man, where Kallis dives forward but can't reach the catch
Narine to Negi, no run, Negi charges and tries to slog on the leg side, the offbreak spinds sharply away from the left-hander and he mis-hits towards the bowler
Narine to Taylor, 1 run, a quickish ball outside off, Taylor cuts off the back foot to short third man

17 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | DC: 120/5 (43 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.05, RRR: 14.33)

  • Pawan Negi8 (6b)
  • Ross Taylor0 (0b)
  • Jacques Kallis3-0-17-1
  • Shakib Al Hasan4-0-36-1
Kallis to Negi, no run, Kallis ends a great over with one in the blockhole outside off, the batsman gets beaten on the steer

Taylor's finally out there ... but at the non-striker's end.

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, OUT, Venugopal's struggle ends, and he has struggled. Kallis banged in another short ball, the batsman backed away and tried to swat over the off side. The top hand came off the bat and he mis-timed it tamely in the air to cover

Y Venugopal Rao c Bhatia b Kallis 13 (22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 59.09

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, no run, another short ball, Venugopal tries to hook but misses, there was a noise as the ball passed the bat and Kallis appealed for a catch behind. The ball clipped the bat but the umpire did not hear or see it
Kallis to Venugopal Rao, 1 wide, the slower bouncer but it's a bit too high

Taylor missed the previous game because of flu, but he fielded all 20 overs today. So not sure if it is a fitness issue.

Kallis to Negi, 1 run, in the blockhole around off stump, Negi backs away and digs it out towards mid off

Ram: "Ross Taylor is no electric appliance, starts functioning the moment you switch on. He definitely needs few balls to adjust to the wicket. Strange tactics from DD"

Kallis to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, Venugopal tries to pull a short ball that hurries on to him and top edges towards fine leg, that was too quick for the right-hander

Daredevils 2nd innings Partnerships

1st24V SehwagDA Warner
2nd0V SehwagNV Ojha
3rd59DPMD JayawardeneNV Ojha
4th25DPMD JayawardeneY Venugopal Rao
5th12Y Venugopal RaoP Negi
6th13LRPL TaylorP Negi
7th9IK PathanP Negi
8th0IK PathanM Morkel
9th2IK PathanUT Yadav