70th match (N), Pune, May 19 2012, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 137)102/8
KKR won by 34 runs
player of the match
Shakib Al Hasan
Kolkata Knight Riders
end of over 203 runs
PWI: 102/8CRR: 5.10 
Ali Murtaza3 (5)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3 (6)
Sunil Narine4-0-15-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji4-0-20-1

It was a difficult pitch and none except Jesse Ryder batted with any conviction in their chase of 143. Easy 34-run win for the Knight Riders, which is a huge margin given that Kolkata scored only so much. Kolkata go through as the second-placed side and will now play Delhi in the Qualifier 1. Mumbai Indians will be up against one of Chennai Super Kings or Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator.

Stay tuned for the presentation.

Gambhir: We wanted to finish in the top 2, we play Delhi now and helps us two cracks. We were discussing before this game to treat this as the quarter-finals and win the next three matches to win the IPL.

Ganguly: It has been a tough season, young franchise, struggled with the pitch, the toss played its part, need to deal with it and get better.We need to get away from this, allow the boys to get away from wherever they are, no point in having post-mortems straightaway, lot of things to do, get the right side. Haven't thought about my own plans.

Shakib al Hasan, man of the match: It is very similar to wickets back home, was hitting the ball well, had a good net session last night which was good. We knew we could change the momentum by hitting a couple of boundaries. The way we are bowling throughout the tournament, it was going to chase 135-140 against us. We are confident and we would like to continue playing the way we have, the pitch should help us in the Qualifier.

Narine to Murtaza, 1 run

off spin this time, played away to the off side for a single, Kolkata win with ease

Narine to Murtaza, no run

leg spin, and a lot of it, hits the pads, fails to read it again

Narine to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

short of length, leggie, punched down the ground for a single

Narine to Bhuvneshwar, no run

similar length, line, and this time it turns away from the bat, beaten again!

Narine to Bhuvneshwar, no run

outside the off stump, shorter and turning into the batsman, wants to drive it, misses

Narine to Murtaza, 1 run

goes down the track, hits it inside out to sweeper and they get a single

end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
PWI: 99/8CRR: 5.21 • RRR: 38.00 • Need 38 runs from 6b
Ali Murtaza1 (2)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar2 (3)
Lakshmipathy Balaji4-0-20-1
Sunil Narine3-0-12-1
Balaji to Murtaza, 1 run

outside the off stump, very slow, almost does not reach the batsman, manages to dab it away to the off side for a single

Balaji to Murtaza, no run

outside the off stump, pitched right up to the bat, inside edged to the keeper

Balaji to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

on the middle stump, short of length, flicked it away to the leg side for a single

Balaji to Parnell, OUT

on the off stump, tries to play it inside out, chipped in the air and Shukla runs to his right and takes a very good catch. It was a slower ball and he wanted to check the shot there, but could not keep it on the ground

Wayne Parnell c sub (LR Shukla) b Balaji 3 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60
Balaji to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

on the middle stump, punched to the off side for a single

Balaji to Parnell, 1 run

on the off stump, punched to the sweeper for a single

Three from that over. 42 needed off two overs needed.