result
44th match (N), Kolkata, May 20 2008, Indian Premier League
(16.3/20 ov, target 148)150/4
Royals won by 6 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
48* (18) & 1/14
yusuf-pathan
13y
• The Bulletin by Mathew Varghese

Yusuf powers Rajasthan into semi-finals

A disciplined performance with the ball, followed by a counterattacking blitz from Yusuf Pathan, sealed a six-wicket win at Eden Gardens for the Rajasthan Royals

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Scorecard summary
Kolkata Knight Riders147/8(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals150/4(16.3 overs)
Umar Gul2/30(3.3)

Kolkata appeared to have the upper hand when Ganguly castled Watson but a Nor'wester called Yusuf struck at Eden after that. He rode his luck and came up with a priceless 18-ball 48. Kaif supported him and they cantered home in the end, ensuring their place in the last four.

Kolkata are still not totally out but there hopes of entering the semi-finals have slimmed considerably. The crowd backed them throughout but were silenced by some fantastic hitting at the end.

Sourav Ganguly: "We haven't played well right throughout. We had stops and starts and today the better side won. We were 20 runs short. We didn't bowl well as a group but Yusuf played well. A wicket at that stage would have helped but he took it away."

Shane Warne: "We got a bit of momentum going and we showed a lot of character today. Kaifee showed what a class player he is, we wanted to push him up the order. Yusuf is having such a fantastic tournament. We wanted to change the bowlers around in the first six overs, didn't want them to settle down and I think that made the difference."

Man-of-the-Match Yusuf Pathan: "I felt great that this was a chance to take the team out of trouble. I wanted to win the match from the pressure situation. I want to play my natural game and hit the ball clean."

So that's it from here. Hope you enjoyed our coverage and join us for more tomorrow. From Siddhartha Vaidyanathan and Raju, goodnight and good luck.

16.3
6
Umar Gul to Pathan, SIX runs

what a way to finish! Yusuf has done it in style, chips it way over square leg for a big six, he's turned this match around in a trice and stands at the non-striker's end and flexes his muscles at his team-mates. They've plucked the chestnuts out of the fire here. In the semi-finals for sure now, Rajasthan. And they truly deserve to be the first team to do so.

16.2
4
Umar Gul to Pathan, FOUR runs

ripper, round the wicket and short again, he stands and pulls with serious power, steaming through midwicket for four, what a tournament he's having

16.2
1w
Umar Gul to Pathan, 1 wide

another one, short again and down leg, Gul is probably trying too hard to bounce him here, Yusuf waits and watches

16.2
1w
Umar Gul to Pathan, 1 wide

short and wide outside leg, Yusuf doesn't need to touch that (though he tries to pull), wide called

16.1
4
Umar Gul to Pathan, FOUR runs

backs away and inside out loft over extra cover for four, Yusuf can't do anything wrong tonight, bounces at extra cover and goes for four

Gul back but it may not make any difference

end of over 166 runs
RR: 134/4CRR: 8.37 RRR: 3.50
Mohammad Kaif34 (31)
Yusuf Pathan34 (15)
Ishant Sharma 3-0-23-1
Ashok Dinda 4-0-32-0
15.6
2
Sharma to Kaif, 2 runs

rocks back and pushes through covers, and they've scampered two again, how can Kolkata allow that, the fielder is slow and the throw isn't too straight, Kaif is speeding as if it's his last game, Rajasthan are taking the mickey out of Kolkata here, Eden has been silenced

15.5
Sharma to Kaif, no run

short one this time, he comes down the track but can only pat it tamely to point

15.4
1
Sharma to Pathan, 1 run

attempted yorker turns into a yorker, Yusuf pushes that to mid-off and takes off but Debabrata doesn't even take a shot at the stumps, Ishant is furious, Kolkata's fielding has fallen to pieces here

15.3
1
Sharma to Kaif, 1 run

short of a length, angling in from off to middle, flicked away off his hips for a single

15.2
2
Sharma to Kaif, 2 runs

shimmies down the track and lofts to extra cover, it falls short of the fielder and they hurry through for a couple

15.1
Sharma to Kaif, no run

tapped to point

Ishant back now but the door might have just been bolted. Kolkata need wickets and now

end of over 1515 runs
RR: 128/4CRR: 8.53 RRR: 4.00
Mohammad Kaif29 (26)
Yusuf Pathan33 (14)
Ashok Dinda 4-0-32-0
Laxmi Shukla 1-0-7-0
14.6
1
Dinda to Kaif, 1 run

jumps down the track again, slapped away down the ground but the long-on is back now, retains strike

14.5
2
Dinda to Kaif, 2 runs

pulls away a short one to midwicket, not that well timed but he picks up two, this is a walk in the park now

14.4
Dinda to Kaif, no run

short of a length, beaten this time, tries to angle it down to third man but misses it

14.3
4
Dinda to Kaif, FOUR runs

Kaif on a roll now, charges out and that's driven hard down the ground for another, the field is in and he's making most of it, hat-trick of fours, it's all too easy now

14.2
4
Dinda to Kaif, FOUR runs

down the track again, smashed a full one past point for another four, he's in a hurry now, Kaif is turning it on now

14.1
4
Dinda to Kaif, FOUR runs

down the track and he's squeezed that through covers for four, it was uppish but the short extra cover couldn't latch on to it despite the dive, the mid-off is in and that's running away

end of over 148 runs
RR: 113/4CRR: 8.07 RRR: 5.83
Mohammad Kaif14 (20)
Yusuf Pathan33 (14)
Laxmi Shukla 1-0-7-0
Ashok Dinda 3-0-17-0
13.6
1lb
Shukla to Kaif, 1 leg bye

another missed chance, Kolkata aren't fielding anywhere near their best here, tapped to point and Butt misses another direct hit, Kaif would have been out of the crease again, these two batsmen are being reckless with their running and Kolkata are not capitalising

13.5
Shukla to Kaif, no run

127.2kph, full and straight, pushed back to the bowler

13.4
1
Shukla to Pathan, 1 run

he's tired after all those twos, drives half-heartedly to midwicket for a single

Best performances - batters
YK Pathan player pic
YK Pathan RR
48 runs (18)
5 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
17 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Mohammad Kaif portrait
M Kaif RR
34 runs (31)
4 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
21 runs
3 fours
0 six
002710564
Best performances - bowlers
Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir RR
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
3
ECO
6.5
Munaf Patel portrait
MM Patel RR
O
4
M
1
R
22
W
2
ECO
5.5
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days20 May 2008 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Brian Jerling
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Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
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Krishna Hariharan
Reserve Umpire
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Abhik Mitra
Match Referee
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Farokh Engineer
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0