611dThe Bulletin by Siddhartha Talya

McCullum and Hodge gun down Chennai

Kolkata lifted by stellar fifties by Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge staged one of the greatest chases in the tournament and in turn, showed why the bottom-placed team may still prove to be the king makers in this crucial last phase of the league games

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
BB McCullum
81(48) 11x4 - 3x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 22 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
8 0 13 8 15 12 7 18
BJ Hodge
71(44) 4x4 - 4x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
4 0 8 5 5 21 16 12

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O4
M0
R16
W1
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AB Dinda
O4
M0
R29
W1
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
20 | 6 Runs | KKR: 189/3 | RR: 9.45

  • Wriddhiman Saha25 (13b)
  • Brad Hodge71 (44b)
  • Suresh Raina3-0-25-0
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji3-0-40-0

I'm out of it. Amazing chase. It just keeps getting tighter in the IPL. Just when you think Munaf's last over was as tense as it could get, Deccan go and take 22 off Mashrafe's last over. Then Irfan bowls a stellar last over for Punjab. And now this. I tell you this tournament is madness. Hats off to Kolkata. Didn't do well in the field, allowed 188 in the field, but then McCullum stepped up and launched an amazing attack. Hodge then stayed through and played unbelievably. Never looked fazed, played Murali watchfully, saw him off, picked runs off the other slow bowlers and then decimated Balaji. Chennai look depleted. Hard loss. Kolkata went down in the IPL but are making sure they take a few down with them. Chennai now face the frustrating prospect of having to rely on the outcome of their final league game against Punjab, and possibly net run-rate to see where they finish. The IPL is wide open.

Lets head to the post-match presentation. First up is Dhoni, who rues losing after posting a good total. He's livid but keeping it under wraps. Says what his bowlers did was produce "one of the worst bowling efforts" he has seen. Ouch. Expect changes against Punjab. Thats the least I've seen Dhoni speak.

Now comes a smiling McCullum. He's really pleased after a few weeks he wouldn't wish on his worst enemy. Feels his team should just go and enjoy this.

Brad Hodge gets the Man-of-the-Match award for his unbeaten innings.

Thats it from us. Thanks for tuning in. Hope you enjoyed it. See you tomorrow. Bye for now!

19.6
1
Raina to Saha, 1 run, thats it, an incredible win for Kolkata, and one richly deserved after the season they've had! Raina keeps it wide, Saha chases and loosely chips it over the covers but its all safe because there is no one out there and Kolkata win by seven wickets

Mid-off up ... mid-on up ... Saha to face ... just one man in the deep for the slog sweep

19.5
2
Raina to Saha, 2 runs, short on the stumps, biffed down to long-on, they really hustle, Oram runs around and throws it back and the scores are tied
19.4
1
Raina to Hodge, 1 run, run out chance missed! Raina keeps it a tad short, Hodge hits it to extra cover and absolutely bolts out of the stables, Dhoni runs in and fields and throws the ball to Raina who isn't behind the stumps but anyways Hodge looked inside
19.3
1
Raina to Saha, 1 run, flatter, wider, Saha reaches out and slogs right to midwicket
19.2
1
Raina to Hodge, 1 run, slower ball again, on a length, Hodge slogs from his crease and gets an inside edge wide of short fine leg down to the sweeper for a single
19.1
0
Raina to Hodge, no run, slow and flat down leg stump, Hodge slogs and misses, the ball runs off his pads, Saha and Hodge set off, a good throw comes in but Hodge turns and dives in time

Raina will bowl the final over. Kolkata need six from six balls.

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    Kolkata lifted by stellar fifties by Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge staged one of the greatest chases in the tournament and in turn, showed why the bottom-placed team may still prove to be the king makers in this crucial last phase of the league games

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st34SC GangulyBB McCullum
2nd90BJ HodgeBB McCullum
3rd9BJ HodgeDJ Hussey
4th56BJ HodgeWP Saha

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
DC14104200.311
CSK1485170.951
RCB148616-0.191
DC1477140.203
KXIP147714-0.483
RR146713-0.352
MI1458110.297
KKR143107-0.789