off spin this time, played away to the off side for a single, Kolkata win with ease
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.
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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.
leg spin, and a lot of it, hits the pads, fails to read it again
short of length, leggie, punched down the ground for a single
similar length, line, and this time it turns away from the bat, beaten again!
outside the off stump, shorter and turning into the batsman, wants to drive it, misses
goes down the track, hits it inside out to sweeper and they get a single
outside the off stump, very slow, almost does not reach the batsman, manages to dab it away to the off side for a single
outside the off stump, pitched right up to the bat, inside edged to the keeper
on the middle stump, short of length, flicked it away to the leg side for a single
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
on the middle stump, punched to the off side for a single
on the off stump, punched to the sweeper for a single
Three from that over. 42 needed off two overs needed.
leg-spinner, quicker too and defended on to the leg side
gone, caught and bowled! that was shorter too, on the off stump, the batsman was looking to work it over some place on the leg side but all he can do is to afford a simple catch back to Narine.
goes for the almighty heave, can only get a bottom edge for a single
on his pads, flicked to the leg side and they are away for another single
pushes it to the off side, gets a single to get off the mark
quicker, on the off stump, not too much turn, tries to cut it away, missed
Wayne Parnell at eight. 45 needed off 18.
finally gets something on his bat and yet, it can only go as far as long-on for a decently well-judged catch from Kallis, was pitched up and he does not get the timing right
on the leg stump, very slow too, tries to drive it to the leg side but misses timing it, hits the pads