Apr 24, 2016 Highlights 23:21 (IST) SIX! UMESH YADAV hits it straight out of the park, down the ground. Straight six and the game is over. KKR win it by 2 wickets and 3 balls to spare. Yadav gets down on one knee and picks up Perera, a 23:09 (IST) OUT! Russell departs, RPS get the all-important wicket of the big-hitter. Russell goes for the big one, he slams Perera in hunt for a six, but finds du Plessis under it at long-on. He departs on 17 22:55 (IST) OUT! Yadav is gone! This is the wicket KKR wanted, M Ashwin gets the breakthrough and traps Yadav leg-before. Suryakumar Yadav made 60 off 49 balls. Two new batsmen at the crease now. The Chase: 42 22:49 (IST) OUT! Pathan departs on 36 off 27, Bhatia traps him leg-before the wicket. The ball keeps straight as Pathan tries to swing it. He doesn't connect and it's an easy decision. BIg wicket, Pathan 22:20 (IST) After 7 overs,Kolkata 62/3 ( Suryakumar Yadav 42 , Yusuf Pathan 1) 22:00 (IST) After 3 overs,Kolkata 31/2 ( Suryakumar Yadav 18 , Shakib Al Hasan 0) 21:45 (IST) OUT! Robin Uthappa departs on the very first ball of the KKR innings. Albie Morkel traps him leg-before. The ball looked to going on to hit the leg-stump. Excellent strat for RPS. That would fire them 21:23 (IST) After 20 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 160/5 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 23 , Rajat Bhatia 1) 21:11 (IST) OUT! Rahane goes on 67. He's caught and bowled by Sunil Narine. This has been an excellent innings from the Mumbai man, and he has displayed consistency throughout the IPL. But he'd be 20:48 (IST) OUT! Steve Smith is run-out! The Aussie captain had walked too far out from the non-striker's end, Rahane's shot went straight into the hands of Satish, the bowler. He quickly turns and takes 23:24(IST)
MS Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants suffer 4th straight defeat in the IPL. 23:21(IST)
SIX! UMESH YADAV hits it straight out of the park, down the ground. Straight six and the game is over. KKR win it by 2 wickets and 3 balls to spare. Yadav gets down on one knee and picks up Perera, a fuller one. Game over. 23:19(IST)
OUT! Chawla departs after taking a double off the first ball. Smith takes a brilliant catch running in from long-on. He makes up for the fumble in the last delivery that gave away the double. 5 off 4 needed with 2 wickets remaining. 23:16(IST)
7 runs needed off the final over. 23:14(IST)
OUT! Sathish departs on 10, he played across on a straight ball from Morkel, hoping to hammer it to the leg side. But he misses and is bowled. This one will end very close. 10 runs needed off 8 balls, with 3 wickets remaining. 23:12(IST)
SIX! Morkel runs in for the penultimate over, Sathish hammers it for a maximum over long-on. First the dismal work at the boundary rope by Tiwary that gave away a boundary and now the six off the very first ball of the next over has brought the ask down for KKR. 10 needed off 9 23:09(IST)
OUT! Russell departs, RPS get the all-important wicket of the big-hitter. Russell goes for the big one, he slams Perera in hunt for a six, but finds du Plessis under it at long-on. He departs on 17 off 11. 22 runs needed off 13 balls. 23:04(IST) After 17 overs,Kolkata 136/5 ( Andre Russell 16 , Rajagopal Sathish 1)
Russell starts his demolition job. He hits Sharma for a 98-metre six in the covers. Then Sharma follows up with 3 wides. More free runs. And then Russell lays into him again. Straight down the ground for six. Crucial runs at this stage. Expensive over, 17 runs from it. The two sixes from Russell eases the pressure on KKR somewhat. 25 needed from 18 balls now. With Russell out there, it doesn't seem like a big ask.
OUT! Yadav is gone! This is the wicket KKR wanted, M Ashwin gets the breakthrough and traps Yadav leg-before. Suryakumar Yadav made 60 off 49 balls. Two new batsmen at the crease now. The Chase: 42 runs from 25 balls. 22:49(IST)
OUT! Pathan departs on 36 off 27, Bhatia traps him leg-before the wicket. The ball keeps straight as Pathan tries to swing it. He doesn't connect and it's an easy decision. BIg wicket, Pathan was hitting the big ones. 22:46(IST) After 14 overs,Kolkata 110/3 ( Suryakumar Yadav 54 , Yusuf Pathan 36)
That was massive from Pathan. He really lays into M Ashwin this time and whacks the ball over long-on boundary straight into the crowd. This partnership has been crucial for KKR. Pathan and Yadav have put 45 runs together. And Pathan's late fireworks are helping the Run Rate cause as well. 13 runs from the over. KKR need 51 more from 36 balls.
22:40(IST) 22:40(IST) After 12 overs,Kolkata 89/3 ( Suryakumar Yadav 50 , Yusuf Pathan 20)
Fifty for Suryakumar Yadav. This has been an excellent innings from him. 50 off 39 balls, 5 fours and 2 sixes. He is making up for the early dismissals of Gambhir and Uthappa. Pathan brings up a much-needed six not just for KKR but also for the viewers, this game has not exactly been exhilarating. He hits a full one to long-on for maximum and moves to 20. Pathan is playing a useful innings after god knows how long.
22:31(IST) After 10 overs,Kolkata 78/3 ( Suryakumar Yadav 48 , Yusuf Pathan 11)
M Ashwin drifts down leg and Yusuf Pathan makes the best of it. He whacks it to fine leg for four. Suryakumar Yadav has been the player tonight for KKR though. He is now just 2 runs away from an excellent half-century. KKR have reached 78/3 at the end of 10 overs at RR of 7.8. Yadav needs to carry on to see this through for KKR.
22:20(IST) After 7 overs,Kolkata 62/3 ( Suryakumar Yadav 42 , Yusuf Pathan 1)
OUT! Shakib-al-Hasan departs, he's bowled by Bhatia on 3. It was an off-cutter and Shakib failed to pick it up, got an inside edge and the ball went on to hit the leg stump. Excellent over, just three runs off it. Yusuf Pathan comes in to bat. Yadav soldiers on 22:10(IST) After 5 overs,Kolkata 50/2 ( Suryakumar Yadav 32 , Shakib Al Hasan 2)
Brilliant shot from Yadav, 'twas a full one on the off-side. Yadav steps out and hits it hard, the ball races past mid-off for four. He moves to 32 off 19, 5 fours and a six. An excellent and much-needed innings after the openers' dismissal.
22:00(IST) After 3 overs,Kolkata 31/2 ( Suryakumar Yadav 18 , Shakib Al Hasan 0)
OUT! Skipper Gambhir departs on 11, he's run-out by an excellent throw from Tiwary, some nifty glove work from Dhoni and really poor decision making by himself. He departs in hunt for a second that never was. Both the KKR openers are back in the pavilion now. The match gets interesting now. 21:52(IST) After 1 overs,Kolkata 15/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 9 , Suryakumar Yadav 4)
Morkel strikes early, gets Uthappa on the first ball. But he goes for runs, Gambhir gets two fours off the over in the third man region, Suryakumar Yadav then cuts him to point fence on the last ball. 15 runs given away, but the crucial wicket of Uthappa in the bag. Uthappa and Gambhir have been one of the more succesful opening pairs in the ongoing IPL. But Morkel has made sure that it won't be happening tonight.
OUT! Robin Uthappa departs on the very first ball of the KKR innings. Albie Morkel traps him leg-before. The ball looked to going on to hit the leg-stump. Excellent strat for RPS. That would fire them up. 21:23(IST) After 20 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 160/5 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 23 , Rajat Bhatia 1)
Dhoni finally does what every one wants him to do, he hits a six. Morne Morkel runs in and bowls short, Dhoni pulls it away for a flat six. Then he plays and audacious shot to send the ball racing away to the wide deep mid-wicket fence. Morkel bowls a yorker in block hole, Dhoni makes space and digs out the ball and drills it to the fence. he then pulls again for another 4 behind square leg. 17 runs off the final over. Dhoni played the cameo. RPS started off slowly but ended on a high.
21:18(IST) After 19 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 143/5 ( MS Dhoni (C) (W) 6 , Rajat Bhatia 1)
Absolutely horrendous keeping from Uthappa. It's as if the ball goes through him. 4 byes. These are costly runs given away. Dhoni is still dealing in singles and doubles. Pune has done well to reach beyond 140.
OUT! Big-hitting Morkel departs on 16. He's bowled by Umesh Yadav on the first ball of the 19th over. Dhoni and Bhatia at the crease. 21:14(IST) After 18 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 133/4 ( Albie Morkel 16 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 1)
Albie Morkel goes berserk. He hits back-to-back sixes off Narine. Both of them slogged away towards the sweet T20 corner of the field, the long on/midwicket/ cow corner area. The second sex could have been a catch at the boundary but Suryakumar Yadav can only get his hands on it.
OUT! Rahane goes on 67. He's caught and bowled by Sunil Narine. This has been an excellent innings from the Mumbai man, and he has displayed consistency throughout the IPL. But he'd be disappointed to not see RPS through to the end. His 67 came in 52 balls, four fours and 3 sixes. Skipper MS Dhoni comes in to bat. 21:09(IST) After 17 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 119/3 ( Ajinkya Rahane 67 , Albie Morkel 3)
Rahane htis another six. Umesh Yadav drifts down leg and the attempted yorker is just a full toss going down leg. Rahane twists around and swings, connects well and sends the ball flying over fine-leg fence. 11 runs off the over.
21:06(IST) After 16 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 108/3 ( Ajinkya Rahane 58 , Albie Morkel 2)
Rahane goes inside out, whacks Piyush Chawla for a six over wide long-on. But only two singles come on other deliveries and only 8 runs are managed in the over despite 6 of them coming on a single delivery. RPS cannot hope to reach a big target from here. A respectable one would be a job well done.
Rahane though has been excellent. But there's hasn't been anyone to play alongside him.
OUT! Perera is bowled by Satish on 12. Perera, just 2 balls earlier, had slog swept the bowler for a flat six over mid -wicket. Satish got his revenge. Perera goes for another cross-batted slog, but misses completely this time and the ball crashes on to the stumps. Albie Morkel comes in to bat, Dhoni is keeping himself ready for something we don't know what. With the end of the over, RPS's 100 comes up at a snail pace after 15 overs. RR: 6.66 20:56(IST)
FIFTY! Rahane reaches his half-century off 42 balls. Four fours and a six in his innings 20:48(IST)
OUT! Steve Smith is run-out! The Aussie captain had walked too far out from the non-striker's end, Rahane's shot went straight into the hands of Satish, the bowler. He quickly turns and takes the bails out on his end as Smith is stranded long way down the pitch. He departs on 31 off 28 balls. 20:45(IST) After 12 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 79/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 45 , Steven Smith 30)
A much needed four from Steve Smith, it also brings up the 50 partnership. Smith pulls a wide one from Narine to mid-wicket, dissecting the wide mid-wicket and long-on fielder. But boundaries are coming few and far between, and lots of dot balls scattered between them. This not going to plan for RPS. Dhoni must address the batting situation in the team.
RR: 6.58. RPS might be the most anti-IPL team in the tournament. 20:39(IST) After 10 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 61/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 40 , Steven Smith 17)
RPS is trudging along, in modern times this is slow by even ODI standards. You cannot make 61 in the first 10 overs in the IPL and be okay with it. RPS must be mulling it's team balance. On paper it looks a classy squad. But IPL rewards brawn more than class. And that's what the squad is missing.
20:33(IST) After 9 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 55/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 36 , Steven Smith 15)
Rahane sweeps Piyush Mishra for a four at square leg. He's looking in fine nick. However, with Rahane and Steve Smith, RPS are not exactly in acceleration mode. 50 comes up for RPS in the over. 8 runs of that over. But they need to get a jog on. Lack of hitters in squad has hurt Pune throughout the tournament, and with Pietersen out due to injury, that situation has worsened.
20:25(IST) After 6 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 31/1 ( Ajinkya Rahane 23 , Steven Smith 4)
KKR have struck early and Shakib has sent du Plessis packing. Rahane is batting on and looks in good nick. However, runs seem hard to come by. The RR for RPS is not taking off
OUT ! What a ripper of a delivery from Shakib to get rid of the in-form Faf du Plessis. Pitched along off, the ball straightens. Faf fails to pick the line of the ball, as it kisses the off-stump on its way to the keeper! Wicket to end the over, with RPS losing their first with 24 on board, with Faf departing for 4. 20:23(IST) After 3 overs,Rising Pune Supergiants 17/0 ( Ajinkya Rahane 14 , Faf du Plessis 3)
Rahane and Faf walk out to bat for Pune, with Morkel bowling the first over of the innings, which is a rather tight one as he concedes just two off it. Meanwhile, the Morkel brothers are playing today, but for opposing sides, with Albie replacing Ishant Sharma in Pune. Four runs off the next over by Andre Russell, with R Sathish pulling off a stunning piece of fielding with an acrobatic dive at backward point to prevent a possible boundary off Rahane's bat. SIX! Rahane flicks a fuller delivery from Morkel towards backward square-leg in the following over to bring up the first boundary of the Pune innings. FOUR! Rahane follows it up with a pull towards midwicket! Good over for RPS, with 11 coming off it.
19:45(IST) KKR XI: Uthappa, Gambhir, Shakib, Sathish, Pathan, Surya, Russell, Chawla, Narine, Morkel, Umesh.
RPS XI: Faf, Rahane, Tiwary, Smith, Dhoni (c,wk), Perera, Bhatia, R Ashwin, Morkel, Ankit, M Ashwin.
19:39(IST) One change for KKR: Manish Pandey is down with chicken pox, and is replaced by R Sathish.
Two changes for RPS: Ishant Sharma and the injured Kevin Pietersen make way for Albie Morkel and Saurabh Tiwary. 19:36(IST)
KKR win the toss and elect to field.
Welcome to the live blog for Rising Pune Supergiants vs Koklata Knight Riders. Phew, that's a mouthfull. RPS skipper MS Dhoni would be looking to turn his team's fortunes around after a run of losses. Expect a number of changes on the squad, especially sine the injury bof Kevin Pietersen rules him out of the IPL. Dhoni, very cruelly, called it a "blessing in disguise". KKR on the other hand are riding on Gambhir's excellent form. This should be a close game if RPS gets its act together.
Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would look to continue their winning momentum in the Indian Premier League ( IPL), but it won't be an easy task as they lock horns with Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.
Newcomers Pune have not had a great start to the tournament and have lost three of their four games. On the other hand, KKR have won three out of four matches.
The one contest that the Knights lost was against defending champions
Mumbai Indians in Kolkata where the visitors chased down KKR's formidable 187.
Ajinkya Rahane of Pune Supergiants. BCCI
Kolkata have been a team who have backed up their brilliant bowling with some quality batting to steer home on the other three occasions, which include wins over
Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.
The Supergiants have only clinched the opening tie against
Mumbai Indians, but then succumbed to the Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
But on Sunday, Dhoni will be keen on having a turnaround in his fortunes. The injury to star batsman Kevin Pietersen may have come as a blessing in disguise for the hosts as they can now field all-rounders like Albie Morkel and Mitchell Marsh.
"We're playing with six bowlers, yet our death bowling isn't great," Dhoni said after the game against RCB. "Maybe we can look to bring in Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh in the next game. We need to strengthen our bowling line-up a bit."
The Knights on the contrary look a settled bunch and it is unlikely that skipper Gautam Gambhir will tinker too much with the winning line-up.
The bowling has been led well by the spinners and the likes of pacers Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel have chipped in well too.
The top-order has also clicked for KKR with Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa scoring a truck load of runs. They have been ably supported by Manish Pandey at No.3.
However, Pune are a dangerous side with some fine batters and great all-rounders and if the likes of Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Thisara Perera and Dhoni have a good day on the field then things are going to get tough for the two time champions.
The wicket is likely to be flat and the match is supposed to be a high-scoring one and that is where KKR's experience in the bowling line-up will be tested.
Rising Pune Supergiants:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Jaskaran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Albie Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, R.P. Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Gautam Gambhir (captain), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.