Yusuf Pathan hits the winning runs to celebrate his 100th match. Short ball, pulled hard.
KKR won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
|Shakib Al Hasan||KKR||47.39||9(8)||9.26||6.4||1/21||1.37||40.99|
KKR break away from the cluster of teams with eight points. It was not the most attractive chase, but on a surface that was slow, they needed to grind it out. They got another strong start from their openers and then Robin Uthappa took it deep with yet another half-century. Mumbai Indians looked lacklustre without the runs on the board and their campaign has almost come to a close. Thanks for the comments and feedback. Till tomorrow, ciao ciao.
"This shows the character of the team, the guys were really pumped up to get the campaign back on track," Gambhir says. "Winning the toss, the bowlers did great to restrict the team to 140. He [Narine] is a mystery bowler and we are lucky to have a bowler like that in our team. "
"Yesterday I got hit by Cummins on my toe, so i would like to thank my staff for getting me back to play today," says Robin Uthappa. "I have been working hard, i have been improving my skill too. I am trying to play in the V, i am playing with the correct technique too. It's a result of spending a lot of hours practicing."
"The wicket was doing a little bit, it was not an easy pitch to bat," Rohit Sharma says. "But we were 20 runs short, it was not easy to defend 140 on this ground. You have to consistently keep scoring 170+ to win games. We have been bowling well, but we haven't been consistent in our bowling. We have Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie (as replacements for Malinga)"
"It looks easy from outside but only the one in the middle knows how difficult it is in the middle," says Yusuf Pathan. "Our bowlers bowled very well, then we started really well. Robin's form is a good sign for our team - he is playng well, he is playing long. Our bench strength is also strong, that helps us to choose the right players for the right conditions. "
Srinivas Goud: "Thats luck favoring the hard work. KKR wins with their hardwork & their key competitor SRH goes down on the sameday! "
Dev: "Funnily enough, of the 4 games left to play, KKR and SRH (the 2 contenders for the 4th slot) play each other twice. Those will be the eliminators for the eliminator. Lots can change."
Farhan Siddique: "Overall its a day for Wicket Keepers Naman Ojha, Saha and Uthappa."
another slower delivery and Shakib lifts it straight up in the air, easy catch by Rayudu who comes running in from long-on. He was looking for the big finish (he has done that in the past, against Nepal recently), but is outfoxed by Malinga this time
slower delivery outside off, Shakib wanted to crash it over extra cover but is beaten
fires it full on the toes, but Shakib gets his feet out of the way and flicks it to deep midwicket for a couple
slides down the leg side but not given a wide. Yusuf is again not impressed
he looks for the big one, but can only get it as far as mid-on as this hits the toe of the bat
waits an extra bit and punches it in the air past the non-striker for a single
fuller delivery, Shakib powers it down to long off for another single
length delivery, he punches it on the up to long off for a single
shorter and on the pads, Yusuf picks up the boundary as he drags it behind square on the leg side. Tare dives, but can't keep it in
Krithikou: "One more of these puns, and I'll Boycott cricinfo from now on..."
that's a drop! Yusuf powers the low full toss back to Malinga who was a little slow to react to it as it came towards his face.. it actually ricochets towards cover, the fielder was not too far
finally the yorker makes an appearance, Shakib flicks it behind square easily
Adithya: "Can I have extra (Phil) Mustard on my (Sarel) Burger?"
short ball again, this time it is outside off and Shakib cuts it over point easily to pick up another boundary
short ball, the batsman looks to pull, then pulls out of line, looks to the umpire to see if this is a wide, but this flew over the leg stump
Kunal: "i dont think having some (clive)RICE would do any harm , especially if served along with some (phil)MUSTARD!"
short ball, but this comes at an easy pace, Yusuf plays an upper cut to third man
this is down the leg side and Yusuf manages to tickle it past the diving wicketkeeper
Gautam is enthusiastic behind the wicket and appeals for a caught behind, but this was a wide down the leg side.. Yusuf gives him a stare
How far are we? Ok, 26 off 24.. There is one team that can mess it up.. It's in Bangalore.. KKR have the talent too..Shakib comes in.
middle stump takes a beating! Uthappa was staying still while playing those smooth drives, but this time he moves to the leg side to make room and just plainly misses this one..
length delivery outside off, Yusuf smashes it - or at least that was the intention - as this trickles to deep point
Anubhav: "Excellent thinking from Robin Uthappa to attack Simmons. 3 out of remaining 5 overs are to be bowled by regular bowlers. Best way to be on a safe boat is to target other two bowlers."
this is on the pads and he tucks it to deep midwicket easily
|Barabati Stadium, Cuttack|
|Toss||Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05|
|Match days||14 May 2014 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Mumbai Indians 0|
Over 19 • KKR 142/4
An instant rebuke for Yusuf
Uthappa stars in Knight Riders' third straight win
|YK Pathan||not out||20||13|
|Shakib Al Hasan||caught||9||8|
|RN ten Doeschate||not out||0||0|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 4)|
|Total||142(4 wkts; 18.4 ovs)|