KKR 132-7 after 20 overs
Das 35, Bhatia 3
This will go down as one of the best bowling performances of this season. Harmeet Singh’s slower delivery gets the better of Ten Doeschate. He attempts a slog and drives it onto his own body and then to the stumps. That was the turning point in the match and Das’s heroics were not enough to seal a win at the Eden Gardens.
KKR 122-6 after 18 overs
Das 31, ten Doeschate 9
This is like a see-saw. KKR are back in the game and it is due to some quality batting from Debabrata Das. He has scored three vital fours, all beefy and hit with power between the fielders. The KKR dug-out have suddenly sparked up now.
KKR 88-6 after 14.4 overs
Shakib Al Hasan c & b Chawla 4 (8b 0×4 0×6)
Al Hasan attempts a sweep off a wrong one and the ball pops high into the air. Gilchrist and Chawla are both running towards it but the bowler takes it eventually. This is a great fightback.
KKR 80-5 after 12.4 overs
Yusuf Pathan b Chawla 0 (3b 0×4 0×6)
Chawla’s done it again! Pathan attempts a sweep, misses and and the ball has found its way to the bails. Incredible bowling at what a big wicket.
KKR 80-4 after 12.1 overs
Manvinder Bisla b Chawla 27 (25b 1×4 1×6)
Piyush Chawla is proving to be hard to score from and now he has struck with what could be a very important wicket for Punjab. Bisla is surprised with a quicker delivery and his middle stump pays for it.
KKR 74-3 after 11.2 overs
Manoj Tiwary lbw Bhatt 21 (27b 1×4 0×6)
The breakthrough Kings XI were looking for has finally come. After two overs where KKR managed only seven runs, the batsmen were under pressure to score and a flighted delivery foxes Tiwary in front of the stumps.
KKR 67-2 after 9 overs
Bisla 24, Tiwary 17
Tiwary has settled down now and an intelligently placed four past third-man would have helped in that. Both batsmen are playing as if there is no pressure at all. They are dealing with singles and doubles: patiently waiting for the odd bad ball to swing at. Point it, the odd bad ball hasn’t been bowled for quite some time now.
KKR 48-2 after 6 overs
Bisla 20, Tiwary 3
Bisla looks supremely confident out there in the middle. After his initial six which sailed over long-off, he makes room on a good length delivery to slap is past covers, leaving no chance for the fielders to get to it.
KKR 30-2 after 3.4 overs
Gautam Gambhir c & b Mascarenhas 22 (13b 4×4 0×6)
Gambhir was looking dangerous after smacking four quality boundaries but the introduction of Mascarenhas has done the trick for Punjab. The ball holds on the pitch a bit longer and Gambhir’s straight batter drive goes straight to the bowler’s hands.
KKR 13-1 after 2 over
Jacques Kallis c Dogra b Bhatt 1 (5b 0×4 0×6)
What a catch taken by Dogra! Just sensational! Kallis lashes out towards the point region and Dogra simply flies with one arm out to take that one. Gambhir on the other end has scored back-to-back boundaries in style. The skipper needs to lead from the front if KKR are to finish this run chase quickly.
Kolkata Knight Riders come out to bat
KXIP 123-8 after 20 overs
Piyush 13, Bhatt 6
A last ball six got KXIP past the 130-mark but is it enough? The ball is turning and KXIP have a lot of spinners in their line-up and that is why KKR will need to be careful. Gambhir will know that they don’t need to go completely crazy to begin with. If they can target the pacers, they should be go. A lot will depend on the quality of the spinners.
KXIP 128-9 after 19.3 overs
Harmeet Singh c Bisla b Narine 14 (6b, 3×4)
Harmeet got on edge too many. This time he tried to deflect the ball over the keepers head but Bisla stood his ground and too a wonderful catch. That was also Narine’s fifth wicket.
KXIP 104-8 after 18 overs
P Kumar b Narine 0 (1b)
Another ball, another wicket. This is turning out to be quite the yawn. Praveen Kumar played down the wrong line and was clean bowled. Embarrassing.
KXIP 104-7 after 17.5 overs
Bipul Sharma c Bisla b Narine 12 (11b, 1×6)
Bisla takes another brilliant catch off Narine. KKR are making this look so easy.
KXIP 100-6 after 16.5 overs
AD Mascarenhas c Bisla b Bhatia 0 (1b)
Now Mascarenhas is gone. Tsk tsk. You wouldn’t want to be a KXIP supporter this season. There doesn’t seem to be any thought in their play. Just going through the motions at this stage.
KXIP 99-5 after 16.2 overs
P Dogra c Das b Bhatia 6 (11b)
It’s over for Dogra. Stayed there for 11 balls, didn’t score too many and also managed to get Hussey run out.
KXIP 98-4 after 16 overs
Dogra 6, Bipul 8
A few runs coming through but now they need to get at least 10 runs an over to get to a competitive total. It’s going to be anything but easy. Strange decision to not have Mascarenhas and Piyush Chawla in to bat. Aren’t they both big hitters?
KXIP 85-4 after 14.1 overs
DJ Hussey run out 32 (31b, 1×4, 1×6)
Dear oh dear. Hussey also gone. KXIP in big trouble. Mix-up while running between the wickets. Paras Dogra started off for the single but then stopped and Hussey had no chance.
KXIP 73-3 after 12 overs
Mandeep Singh c ten Doeschate b Shakib Al Hasan 38 (34b, 3×4, 1×6)
Wow. KXIP sink deeper and deeper into the quicksand. They have just not looked like a team that will hammer the ball around. If they can get to 120, they will be happy one’s guessing.
KXIP 68-2 after 11 overs
Mandeep 38, Hussey 20
KXIP are trying to getting things going but they are not trying nearly hard enough at this stage. Someone needs to go completely crazy. It may need to start with Mandeep with Hussey bringing up the rear.
KXIP 49-2 after 9 overs
Mandeep 25, Hussey 14
This is not an easy track to bat on but KXIP are going at just 5.44 runs an over. That is strictly an ODI run-rate. They will need Hussey to fire and he is showing some of that intent.
KXIP 31-2 after 7 overs
Mandeep 16, Hussey 5
Just not a good enough start by KingsXI. They are not able to hit the bounadries and at the end of the day in T20, it means you are going to lose the match. The ball isn’t turning a lot but for the moment, KKR are clearly on top.
KXIP 21-2 after 4.2 overs
S Marsh b Narine 1 (6b)
Narine gets another wicket. Marsh this time. Both Aussies. WI could have used him in the Tests against Australia for sure. Another Aussie walks in — David Hussey.
KXIP 16-1 after 2.5 overs
A Gilchrist c Tiwary b Narine 5 (9b)
One quick over from Kallis before it was spinners from both ends. Enough temptation for Gilchrist to go for the big heave to the leg side. Ended up getting a top-edge, caught by Tiwary in the deep.
KXIP 14-0 after 2 overs
Mandeep 10, Gichrist 4
Slow, sedate start by Kings XI. Gilchrist has packed his side with three spinners. They will need to make sure they have enough runs to begin with. It would be nice to see Gilly fire today.
Kolkata have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Kings XI Punjab will be batting first but their skipper Adam Gilchrist isn’t too bothered by the decision.
“In a T20 match, pitch conditions usually don’t make a very big difference. So I’m okay with this. We just need to play good cricket,” said Gilchrist at the toss.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir isn’t too concerned because of the heat either. One would have thought that they might have preferred to stay away from the heat and maybe make use of the slightly slower pitch conditions later on.
Shaun Marsh was brilliant in the last game for Kings XI and they will hope he can continue along the same path. KKR, on the other hand, will want Gambhir to stay in the middle for as long as possible. The left-hander has shown that he can get things done in the middle.
Balaji has a groin injury and that is why despite a good performance in the last game, he has been rested.
Kolkata Knight Riders
MS Bisla, G Gambhir*, JH Kallis, MK Tiwary, YK Pathan, RN ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, R Bhatia, DB Das, SP Narine, JD Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab
AC Gilchrist*, P Dogra, DJ Hussey, SE Marsh, Mandeep Singh, AD Mascarenhas, Bipul Sharma, PP Chawla, Harmeet Singh, P Kumar, BA Bhatt.