RESULT
34th match (D/N), Eden Gardens, April 04, 2010, Indian Premier League
(18.2/20 ov, T:201) 204/2

Kings XI won by 8 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

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Presentation

Mahela Jayawardene is the Man of the Match He says: "When I got the call, I was a bit surprised, but I have been playing in the tournament, so it wasn't trouble. When I heard Shaun was injured, I told Sanga I want to open, I have been doing that for my province."

Kumar Sangakkara: "Chris nearly took it away from us, but the hundred from Mahela! All the talk mid-match was to stay positive. We are a good side, we are better than the situation we find ourselves in. But we have to take the responsibility. He has been brilliant in the middle order, but in domestic cricket he has opened with great success. And he showed that today, not a single ugly shot, and Yuvi finished it off well."

Sourav Ganguly: "We didn't bowl well enough. At no stage were they under any pressure. They were getting boundaries at well. We batted well, Ramesh Powar bowled well for them, but we did well to get to 200, and should have defended it."

KKR fielders waste little time in running up to Mahela and shaking his hand. They have seen a true gem here. Yuvraj hugs him. And even before a tired Mahela makes it back, an ecstatic Sanga rushes into him to hug him. Well I am absolutely privileged to have watched this innings. Not an uncouth shot there. Well okay one reverse sweep. But apart from that, not one shot that would be a misfit in Tests. Yuvraj: "Hats off to Mahela! He himself said he wanted to open when he came to know of Marsh's injury." Yuvraj is also asked how many more parties Punjab can spoil now. And he says, "I don't want to say anything, because I might end up getting pulled up in papers tomorrow." Well the papers have given him a tough time of late. Right now, he and Punjab have earned some celebratory moments. As Greg writes in: "Well played, Mahela. There is a place for class players in this format!"

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18.2
4
Unadkat to Mahela Jayawardene, FOUR runs

short ball, and pulled away in front of square, and relief is the first reaction from Mahela, and glee in the dugout

18.1
4
Unadkat to Mahela Jayawardene, FOUR runs

slower ball, and helped along past short fine - lovely shot again, Sanga is smiling finally

end of over 188 runs
PBKS: 196/2CRR: 10.88 RRR: 2.50
Mahela Jayawardene102 (57b 12x4 3x6)
Yuvraj Singh33 (16b 2x4 3x6)
Shane Bond 4-0-32-1
Murali Kartik 4-0-41-1
17.6
1
Bond to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

punched away in front of square, gets a single

17.5
1
Bond to Yuvraj, 1 run

plays with an open face, steals a single to point, Mandeep could have got him, but misses with the direct hit

17.4
1
Bond to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

pushed down to long-on for a single

17.3
2
Bond to Mahela Jayawardene, 2 runs

driven on the up, wide of long-off, Yuvi is the first guy applauding even before he finishes the second. What a beautiful knock! Take a bow, Mahela. The KKR dugout too stands in unison. Respect!

17.2
2
Bond to Mahela Jayawardene, 2 runs

short ball, hurrying him up, way back into the crease, and pulled away wide of deep square leg, puts the dive in to complete the second

Mahela gets the strike now, can get to hie century

17.1
1
Bond to Yuvraj, 1 run

full on the pads, worked around the corner for a single

13 off 18 required. Matter of three hits for Yuvi, but Mahela needs four for what should be a beautiful century. Bond for a last-ditch effort

end of over 1719 runs
PBKS: 188/2CRR: 11.05 RRR: 4.33
Yuvraj Singh31 (14b 2x4 3x6)
Mahela Jayawardene96 (53b 12x4 3x6)
Murali Kartik 4-0-41-1
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-35-0
16.6
1
Kartik to Yuvraj, 1 run

flat delivery, pushed down to long-on for one

16.5
6
Kartik to Yuvraj, SIX runs

one more, this time he goes for the power, slog-sweeps him over wide long-on

16.4
6
Kartik to Yuvraj, SIX runs

Yuvi has come to the party too! low full toss and he has merely flicked it over wide long-on

16.3
1
Kartik to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

pushed down the ground for an easy single

16.2
4
Kartik to Mahela Jayawardene, FOUR runs

super batting, makes room, takes this from outside lg and cuts it between point and short third

over the wicket to Mahela

16.1
1
Kartik to Yuvraj, 1 run

short and flat, hit one bounce to wide long-on

Kartik comes back

end of over 1613 runs
PBKS: 169/2CRR: 10.56 RRR: 8.00
Yuvraj Singh17 (10b 2x4 1x6)
Mahela Jayawardene91 (51b 11x4 3x6)
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-35-0
Angelo Mathews 3-0-32-0

Time-out

15.6
1lb
Agarkar to Yuvraj, 1 leg bye

misses out on a leg-side half-volley, gets a leg-bye

15.5
4
Agarkar to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

phew! that missed a yorker by about a foot, and he has check-lofted it for four! No follow through at all, and he has bisected long-on and long-off

15.4
1
Agarkar to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

short ball, follows him as he looks to back away, but he manages to late-cut it for a single to third man

15.3
1
Agarkar to Yuvraj, 1 run

low full toss, hit down the ground for a single

15.2
6
Agarkar to Yuvraj, SIX runs

ho ho ho Yuviiii, where have you been hiding? Length ball, just enough width, and he has sent it soaring behind the midwicket boundary, sweet is the timing

fine leg comes up

15.1
Agarkar to Yuvraj, no run

bouncer on the leg-stump line, has Yuvraj ducking

Agarkar comes back

 
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Kings XI won by 8 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
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MI14104201.084
DC148616-0.297
CSK1477140.268
RCB1477140.224
DC1477140.021
KKR147714-0.341
RR146812-0.514
KXIP144108-0.478