8.1 holed out to long leg. It was a short delivery and Gilchrist swiveled to pull it but ended up top-edging it to the fielder. Chargers are running out of battery. 47/3
    3.2 caught at gully. The previous one stopped on the batsman, this one kicked up a touch even as it came in from outside off to cramp up Venu and he ended up guiding it straight to the fielder. 21/1
    4.3 The pitch takes out VVS. It was a short delivery and as any batsman would do, VVS went for the pull but it stopped on him, VVS couldn't get out of the shot and just managed to flat bat it a dolly to mid-off. 22/2
    17.4 Symonds falls after a very fine 32. It was a length delivery well outside off and Symonds wanted to carve it over the off side but it stopped on him and all he could do was present a simple catch to mid-off 104/7
    8.4 Rohit is gone. Flighted delivery, full and on the middle and leg, it dipped rapidly before Rohit could get forward to defend and ran off the inside-edge onto the pad and popped up to the unmanned short leg position and Saha, the 'keeper, rushes across to take a lunging catch 47/4
    11.4 Change of pace and length does the trick. The crowd roar their delight. It was quicker, it was full and Styris yorked himself, trying to tap it to the on side. Cleaned up. 58/5
    14.3 caught at long-off. Full and outside off, Arjun went for a lofted drive, this time from the confines of the crease, and holes out at the deep. 71/6
    18.3 After a lovely classy shot, he falls to a swipe across the line. He tried to slog a turning delivery over midwicket. Instead, it lobbed up to covers. 110/9
    17.6 Vaas is unable to counter the pitch. Again, the ball stopped on the batsman and Vaas tried to check his on drive. Too late. The ball stopped and jumped and went off the leading edge to a delighted Ganguly at covers. 105/8
    not out
    18.4 Deccan Charges have been shot out for 110. It was tapped to right of point and the throw, from Hafeez, was slightly wide but Saha, the 'keeper, lunged to his right, collected the ball, turned quickly to whip off the bails. Very smart work from him and Knight Riders need 111 to win. 110/10
    10 (lb 4, nb 2, w 4)
    110 all out (18.4 Overs, RR: 5.89)
    Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Venugopal Rao, 3.2 ov), 2-22 (VVS Laxman, 4.3 ov), 3-47 (Adam Gilchrist, 8.1 ov), 4-47 (Rohit Sharma, 8.4 ov), 5-58 (Scott Styris, 11.4 ov), 6-71 (Arjun Yadav, 14.3 ov), 7-104 (Andrew Symonds, 17.4 ov), 8-105 (Chaminda Vaas, 17.6 ov), 9-110 (Sanjay Bangar, 18.3 ov), 10-110 (Pragyan Ojha, 18.4 ov)
    AB Dinda301816.0091001
    I Sharma31913.00130030
    AB Agarkar201929.5061200
    M Kartik3.401734.63143000
    Mohammad Hafeez40812.00170001
    DJ Hussey3035111.6671410
    4.2 Three down and the game hangs in a balance. Vaas takes out the pace off the ball, by rolling his fingers around the seam and Saha, who was looking good, tried to check his off drive. Too late Sir. Caught at mid-off. 21/3
    1.2 McCullum falls to the vagaries of the wicket. He was trying to clip the length delivery around middle and leg line to the leg side but it stopped on him and jumped to get the leading edge and lobbed to point 6/1
    2.1 trapped lbw. Ponting is unhappy. The hawk eye says it would gone just over. Not too much. It landed on middle and leg line and straightened. Ponting was on the lunge and was beaten by the straightening. I think he thought it had pitched outside leg, but it hadn't. 16/2
    12.6 The left-arm spinner takes out Ganguly. It doesn't happen often. It was a loopy flighted delivery on the stumps, Ganguly went for a almighty heave across the line and missed it completely 68/4
    not out
    16.3 The reverse sweep goes awry. He went for a fierce reverse slap but top edged it over covers and Symonds took it running back. Hafeez was playing an counter-attacking game and thought he could get away with the reverse sweep but ... 88/5
    not out
    28 (b 4, lb 8, nb 1, w 15)
    112/5 (19 Overs, RR: 5.89)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Brendon McCullum, 1.2 ov), 2-16 (Ricky Ponting, 2.1 ov), 3-21 (Wriddhiman Saha, 4.2 ov), 4-68 (Sourav Ganguly, 12.6 ov), 5-88 (Mohammad Hafeez, 16.3 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas30923.00121000
    RP Singh301515.00102000
    SB Styris401904.75151110
    SB Bangar301906.33131120
    A Symonds2020010.0040121
    PP Ojha401824.50130120

Match Notes

  • Franchise asks CAB to hire Australian pitch expert

    the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has agreed to a proposal from the IPL franchise to get a pitch consultant from Australia to ensure better playing surfaces for the six remaining home games

  • Hussey clinches nail-biter for Kolkata

    Kolkata Knight Riders, driven by an innings of grit and tenacity from David Hussey, scraped home by five wickets on a minefield of a pitch

  • Laxman blasts 'shocking' pitch

    VVS Laxman has termed the Eden Gardens pitch on which his Deccan Chargers lost their IPL opener against the Kolkata Knight Riders "shocking"

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

1st6BB McCullumWP Saha
2nd10RT PontingWP Saha
3rd5SC GangulyWP Saha
4th47SC GangulyDJ Hussey
5th20DJ HusseyMohammad Hafeez
6th24LR ShuklaDJ Hussey

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