51st match (N), Delhi, May 7 2012, Indian Premier League
KKR won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
player of the match
Jacques Kallis
Kolkata Knight Riders

That is it from us for this game folks. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

Jacques Kallis is Man of the Match. Kallis: "It has been a fantastic season for us. Captain has had a fantastic season. Our wicket at Kolkata does not have this sort of carry. It was good to deliver on this sort of wicket. We are focussing on trying to end up first or second and get through to the final."

Gambhir [on his relationship with Sehwag]: "Absolutely. This is just the IPL. I have all the respect for him, He is the one I always admire."

Sehwag: "I think we were 20-25 runs short. We did not capitalise in the middle overs. Sunil Narine bowled really well. [Narine will] not work against me, I have played him and will smash him, but others might have a problem against him because he is difficult to pick. But he is a good young bowler, he is learning fast. 150-odd was not a bad total, our fielding and bowling was not upto the mark, when you are giving boundary balls, it is difficult to set a field. We decided to give the spinner [Nadeem] a chance because Gautam is batting well against the fast bowlers." Sehwag, in the age of cliches, seldom disappoints with his words

The only time this seemed like a contest was when Sehwag went after KKR at the start. It was mostly KKR after that. Sixth consecutive win for KKR; they had endured a run of eight consecutive losses in IPL 2009. Have they turned it around with this revamped team or what.

KKR have handed Delhi only their second defeat at home this season, and the third of the season. Both teams have eight wins and three losses now, but Delhi have an extra game left.

Random fact: Top three run-getters in the IPL this season are Indian, top three wicket-takers overseas

Ramprashad: "Here is the answer to the million dollar question posted earlier: DD could be a one-man dependent team. DD could very well reach 3/4 in the table and could be eliminated if Sehwag fails."

Jaffrin: "That random fact kind of sums up Indian Cricket."

EddieBhai: "That Random Fact further strengthens the belief that our batsmen are indeed flat-track bullies (not necessarily a bad thing) and overseas bowlers can produce wickets anywhere (Indian bowlers are ineffective)"

Krish: "A lot of people are commenting on DD's reliance on their top 3 guys, but KKR is no different either."

Aaron to Pathan, 1 run

drops it on to the off side and the single takes KKR to top of the IPL points table

Aaron to Pathan, no run

he was gone had the throw hit, Taylor races in to pick up the ball from midwicket, non-striker had backed up too much, but Taylor misses

Aaron to Pathan, 1 wide

short of a length and wide down leg

Aaron to Pathan, no run

Irfan Pathan has dropped Yusuf Pathan at mid off, Aaron cannot believe it, Sehwag has hands on his head, Yusuf drilled a pitched up delivery hard and straight at a decent height to Irfan, who took it in both hands, and it popped out

Aaron to Das, 1 leg bye

hops and is hit on the pads with the incoming angle, the ball pops up wide of slip

Hussain: "Dont worry KKR fans....Extras will do it for you....."

end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
KKR: 151/4CRR: 8.38 RRR: 1.50 • Need 3 runs from 12b
Debabrata Das1 (2)
Yusuf Pathan6 (8)
Morne Morkel4-0-35-1
Varun Aaron3-0-18-1
Morkel to Das, 1 run

goes for the yorker from the heavens, the height from which he delivers, dug out in front of mid on

Morkel to Das, no run

lets this one go outside off stump, it came back in sharply, but was still comfortably away from the stumps

Morkel to Pathan, 1 run

length ball thwacked past the non-striker to mid on

Morkel to Pathan, 2 runs

works a full ball off middle and leg wide of mid on, who stops it just inside the rope

Morkel to Tiwary, OUT

fine tumbling catch from Irfan at third man, Tiwary cleared front leg and had a big swing, ended up slicing it in front of Irfan, who came in and took it low

Manoj Tiwary c Pathan b Morkel 8 (14m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33
Morkel to Pathan, 1 run

leans forward and eases a pitched up ball down to long on

end of over 1712 runs
KKR: 146/3CRR: 8.58 RRR: 2.67 • Need 8 runs from 18b
Manoj Tiwary8 (5)
Yusuf Pathan2 (5)
Varun Aaron3-0-18-1
Umesh Yadav4-0-30-2
Aaron to Tiwary, 4 byes

and again, he goes reaching out further for this widish one, and is beaten, but oh dear, Naman has missed the take behind the stumps, and four byes result, that just scuppered whatever chances, if any, remained for them

Prasanth: "Can Morne again do it for Delhi...."

Aaron to Tiwary, no run

beaten outside off as he wafts at a shortish one

Aaron to Pathan, 1 leg bye

appeal for leg before as YK is trapped on the crease with one the nips back in from back of a length, struck high, just on top of the flap

GR is furious: "Sure, we have 200 runs on the board. Let's bowl more wides. Who needs discipline right? Woeful bowling, despite the wickets and economy!"

Aaron to Pathan, no run

swings a pitched up ball down to deepish mid on

Aaron to Tiwary, 5 runs

not Delhi's night then, Tiwary drops a short of a length ball in front of point, who fires in a direct hit at the non-striker's end, Tiwary was home, and the ricochet has raced away to the boundary

Sehwag is at slip

Aaron to Pathan, 1 leg bye

shuffles to a short of a length ball and it rolls square on leg, keeper goes after it and they are happy with one

Aaron to Pathan, 1 wide

and sends his first ball down the leg side

Karn: "Only Yusuf Pathan can win it for Delhi."

Aaron is back finally