283dThe Bulletin by Mathew Varghese

Ganguly and Gul end Kolkata's campaign on a high

Sourav Ganguly and Umar Gul inspired the Kolkata Knight Riders to a thrilling three-wicket win over the Kings XI Punjab in their final match of the tournament at Eden Gardens

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SC Ganguly
86(53) 6x4 - 6x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 29 runs
  • 2x4 - 3x6
4 1 6 3 19 26 14 13
KC Sangakkara
KC Sangakkara
64(45) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 1 1 13 19 16 1 13

Best performances - Bowlers

Umar Gul
O4
M0
R23
W4
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
VRV Singh
O4
M0
R28
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Ganguly walks back a hero in his home ground. Kolkata had only pride to play for and thanks to their captain, will go home happy with a consolation win. At least Kolkata sign off their IPL campaign with a victory in front of their fans. Well done to them.

Ganguly's innings aside, the unsung hero for Kolkata was Umar Gul. He walked in and slammed two sixes off his second and third deliveries. That really set Ganguly going at the other end as he smacked Chawla for 16 off 3 balls to upset the equation for Punjab. Kolkata managed a massive 73 off the last 5 overs as a result of that. They finish at No.5 in the points table, just behind the four semi-finalists.

Rohan writes: "That's a slap in the face of all who threw Ganguly out of the 1-day team. Dada the legend lives on."

Do stay on for the post-match presentation. It will be a tough choice between Gul and Ganguly for the Man of the Match.

Yuvraj: "We had the game in control till the last four overs. Positives - our fielding effort. Ganguly was superb. We're looking ahead to our next clash against Rajasthan, the best team in the competition."

Ganguly: "Gul came and asked me what to do and I just said 'stand still and keep swinging.' I settled down and when we needed 50 I knew we had a chance. The franchise supported us well. I hope we come back stronger next year."

Gul is the Man of the Match: I'm so happy with my performance. Next time hopefully Sourav will promote me (laughs). The crowd support was really fantastic."

I'd like to thank you all for joining us, with three matches happening at the same time. The cricket never stops. I enjoyed bringing this thriller to you. On behalf of Raymond, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

19.4
1
Pathan to Ganguly, 1 run, and he's done it! Pathan fires it on the blockhole, Ganguly digs it out to the offside and sets off for the single to seal the win
19.3
6
Pathan to Ganguly, SIX runs, wow! Pathan overpitches outside off, Ganguly makes just a bit of room, lofts through the line and effortlessly carts it over the bowlers head

Pathan makes frantic field changes

19.2
2
Pathan to Ganguly, 2 runs, charges down the track, a high full toss, he pulls just over Sreesanth at midwicket, that was not called a no ball as he was well out of his crease
19.1
6
Pathan to Ganguly, SIX runs, smart move so far! Pathan bowls from back of the crease, slides on the pads, Ganguly shuffles and whips it high over deep square leg

That could well be a smart move by Ganguly. 15 needed off the last over, anybody's game. All you superstitious ones do stay where you are!

END OF OVER:
19 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 160/7 (15 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 15.00)

  • Ishant Sharma0 (1b)
  • Sourav Ganguly71 (49b)
  • Vikram Singh4-0-28-2
  • Sreesanth4-0-33-2
18.6
0
Singh to Sharma, no run, he creams a full delivery to long-off, Ganguly wants to farm the strike and he refuses the single
18.5
1
Singh to Ganguly, 1 run, the low full toss swinging away, Ganguly makes room and creams it hard to the offside, Yuvraj does well to cut that off at extra cover, that saves 3 runs for Punjab

VRV pulls back before delivery, anxious moments here folks

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st45SC GangulySalman Butt
2nd0SC GangulyDB Das
3rd17SC GangulyDJ Hussey
4th8SC GangulyLR Shukla
5th32SC GangulyWP Saha
6th4SC GangulyA Chopra
7th49SC GangulyUmar Gul
8th20SC GangulyI Sharma

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
RR14113220.632
KXIP14104200.509
CSK148616-0.192
DC1476150.342
MI1477140.57
KKR146713-0.147
RCB144108-1.16
DC142124-0.467