20 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | SRH: 132/9 (36 runs required, RR: 6.60)

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar11 (4b)
  • Dale Steyn1 (1b)
  • Andre Russell2-0-10-1
  • Umesh Yadav4-0-34-2

And that's a wrap. Thanks for your company and your comments. Time to crash, if not the IPL, then in to my bed. Buh-bye

Totally forgot about the Man of the Match, says Pommie Mbangwa, and it will be Umesh Yadav. "Warner's wicket was very important. We knew that if we bowled wide, we will get hit. So we kept it at the stumps. As a fast bowler, I have to be focussed on my fitness and my strategy"

And they're going off from the presentation.... where's the man of the match?!

"It was a very professional effort, after Sunrisers put us in. 165 on this wicket was very good. Still we wanted someone to bat till the 15th over to get 180. Very satisfied with the boys hitting the ball for us," Gambhir says, "Have got someone like Russell, and if he'd fired we could have gotten 190. It was a very flat wicket, except for Hoggy. And then Umesh getting the first two wickets in the first over, he set the game up. We thought that Tendo could give us a couple of overs and we wanted to lengthen the batting and play freely. It's a psychological boost for us if we knew we batted deep. And with Johan and his experience in the death as well. Piyush bowled well as well. Been very unlucky with the weather and with a proper 40 over game, we have the personnel to play really well"

"Obviously we didn't start well, we didn't set the tone from ball one. 150-160 to keep them under, but when we lose two-three wickets in the first 10 was too much. That's what happens in this format. Yadav bowled fantastic and allowed KKR's spinners to play their way," Warner says, "The next five games are on good wickets and our bowlers have been defending well so we're looking forward to playing there on those good wickets" ---- Gee, you'd almost think he didn't like playing on this slow, sluggish, gripping pitch?

Sai: "Looks like 6 teams are competing for 3 spots. Interesting matches ahead."

ArjunMarati: "Required RR 216.00 :o frustrating moment for SRH fan :) "

11.30 pm As comprehensive as any victory we've seen in the IPL. Umesh Yadav struck twice in the first over. Then Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla ran away with the game on a tailor-made pitch for the defending champions. Their eight overs cost only 33, and fetched three wickets. Sunrisers were six down in the 12th over with only Moises Henriques producing something of substance.

Russell to B Kumar, no run, full and outside off, huge golf swing from Bhuvi. No dice
Russell to Steyn, 1 run, full on leg stump, whipped to long-on

Steyn's the last man in

Russell to P Kumar, OUT, glum faces at the Sunrisers dig out as Praveen falls as well. It's the slower short ball outside off, gets the ramp in reply and it lobs gently to short third man

P Kumar c UT Yadav b Russell 12 (23m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Russell to P Kumar, no run, runs away from the ball to free those arms, but Russell slants it wide and beats him. Russell didn't use the front arm that time
Russell to P Kumar, no run, short ball, again not too much pace behind it, Praveen goes for a pull way too early and misses again
Russell to P Kumar, no run, starts with a slower ball outside off, Praveen swings and misses

Six balls left, 38 runs needed. Knight Riders have dictated terms. And Russell's going to test his fitness

19 | 14 Runs | SRH: 131/8 (37 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.89, RRR: 37.00)

  • Praveen Kumar12 (12b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar11 (3b)
  • Umesh Yadav4-0-34-2
  • Johan Botha4-0-32-1
UT Yadav to P Kumar, 1 run, another slower ball on off stump, Praveen goes deep in his crease to lift it down to long-on
UT Yadav to P Kumar, 2 runs, backs away and slaps it through the covers
UT Yadav to P Kumar, no run, looks for a hoick over the leg side, but the slower, back of a length ball keeps quite low. Beats him comfortably
UT Yadav to B Kumar, 1 run, back of a length on middle, tries to ride it to third man. Doesn't quite connect well
UT Yadav to B Kumar, SIX runs, back of a length on off stump, he makes room for it and thumps the ball straight down the ground. The tail having some fun, like only they can
UT Yadav to B Kumar, FOUR runs, fuller delivery outside off, he likes the width and smokes it over the covers. Picks up the offcutter and pounces all over it

18 | 21 Runs 1 Wkt | SRH: 117/8 (51 runs required from 11 balls, RR: 6.44, RRR: 27.81)

  • Praveen Kumar9 (9b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar0 (0b)
  • Johan Botha4-0-32-1
  • Brad Hogg4-0-17-2
Botha to P Kumar, no run,
Botha to Sharma, OUT, there's the slog, despite the ball so full and so wide of off stump. Should have looked move over cover instead of long-on. Holes out

KV Sharma c SA Yadav b Botha 32 (27m 20b 0x4 3x6) SR: 160.00

Botha to Sharma, 1 wide, that time he's strayed a little too far outside off. Karn can't reach it
Botha to Sharma, 2 runs, a little too much width, although that's a good ploy against a batsman looking leg side. Karn drags it away to long-on on the bounce
Botha to Sharma, SIX runs, there's the hat-trick. Tosses it up in the slot and the slog sweep answers. Right off the middle this time. Sails over midwicket again. And it seems the crowd doesn't want to part with the ball. Until they do, in the end
Botha to Sharma, SIX runs, long hop sent into orbit over midwicket. Kind of the ball that got Dhawan, only Karn had leapt back and unleashed all he had
Botha to Sharma, SIX runs, flighted on off stump, and Karn goes for a heave down the ground. I didn't think he got much bat on that, but there's enough to burst through Pandey's outstretched hands at long-off

Srikanth: "I am seeing two versions of game in same match.KKR batting is like T20 and SRH its like test match 5th day!!"

17 | 4 Runs | SRH: 96/7 (72 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 24.00)

  • Praveen Kumar9 (8b)
  • Karn Sharma12 (15b)
  • Brad Hogg4-0-17-2
  • Johan Botha3-0-11-0
Hogg to P Kumar, no run, signs off with the googly that beats the tailender all ends up. Applause from the dugout. 4-0-17-2
Hogg to Sharma, 1 run, that time he sneaks in the googly and Karn can't read it. Gets an inside edge off the cut for a single to square leg
Hogg to Sharma, no run, gorgeous flight. Slows it up nicely, gets it above the batsman's eyeline, then the ball dips. Karn's sweep had no chance
Hogg to P Kumar, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pummeled to long-off
Hogg to Sharma, 1 run, stays back and dabs a good length ball to short third man

deja vu


Games played by Warner for SRH against KKR at Kolkata. Even in that game he was bowled for the score for 4.

Double Whammy


Wickets taken by Umesh Yadav in the first over of the innings. He is the first Knight Riders bowler to do this.

Awesome Twosome


Number of 50+ opening stands between Gambhir and Uthappa in the IPL, the most between any KKR opening pair.

Sunrisers Donut


Number of times Sunrisers have beaten Knight Riders in Kolkata. They have played two games and lost both.