Hyderabad: Kolkata Knight Riders registered their 14th consecutive win, as they beat Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets and advanced to their maiden Champions League Twenty20 final.
(Hobart Hurricanes innings: 140/6 - 20 Overs, Shoaib Malik 66*)
(Kolkata Knight Riders innings: 141/6 - 19.1 Overs, Jacques Kallis 54*)
Over 19.1 | Score 141/3
Bollinger to bowl the final over, Kallis, batting on 48 will take strike. First ball was short on leg stump, Kallis pulled it and it went straight towards Hilfenhaus at deep square leg, who mistimed his jump as the ball popped out of his hands, behind the ropes for the winning runs! Make it 14 in a row for KKR! They advance to their maiden Champions League final. What a unit they are turning out to be!
Jacques Kallis 54* (40b), Yusuf Pathan 14* (13b)
Over 19 | Score 135/3
Doherty to finish off his spell. Kallis shimmied down the track off the first ball and hit it into the sight screen for a Six! 6 needed from 6 now.
Over 18 | Score 124/3
Laughlin to bowl his final over. Four runs came off the first five balls, last ball was full and wide and Pathan smashed it past cover for a boundary. 17 needed from 12 now.
Over 17 | Score 116/3
Gulbis to bowl his final over. Five from the over. 25 needed from 18 now.
Over 16 | Score 111/3
Laughlin to bowl his third over. Pandey charged down the wicket off the second ball making room for himself, Laughlin followed him and ended up throwing a waist-high full-toss. Next ball was a slower one and Pandey went hard at it, found the fielder at long-on. A superb knock from Pandey comes to an end, also ends the 63-run stand for the third-wicket partnership. Yusuf Pathan is the new man in the middle. KKR need 31 runs from 24 balls.
MK Pandey c Shoaib Malik b Laughlin 40 (32b)
Over 15 | Score 105/2
Doherty to bowl his third over. Five runs from it. KKR need 36 runs from 30 now.
Over 14 | Score 100/2
Bollinger to bowl his third over. Second ball drifted down the leg side, Pandey was already down the wicket and he launched it over deep square leg for a Six! Eight from the over. KKR need 41 runs from the last six overs, should be a cakewalk for them.
Over 13 | Score 92/2
Hurricanes need wickets and thus Ben will bowl his final over. Pandey worked the second ball towards short third man and wanted a single, had the keeper hit the stumps, he was out by some distance. Fourth ball was full and wide, Pandey went for the drive and edged it to the keeper! But, unfortunately for Hurricanes, it was a frontfoot no-ball! Pandey made the best use of the free-hit and slammed it straight down the ground for a boundary. Next ball was full and wide and Pandey handsomely drove it past covers for another boundary. One wrong ball deprived Hurricanes of a major breakthrough! 11 from the over.
Over 12 | Score 81/2
Pandey advanced down the track off the second ball, turned it into a full-toss and smashed it past midwicket for a boundary. Third ball was in Pandey's radar and he whacked it past wide of long-on for another boundary. Ten from the over.
Over 11 | Score 71/2
Gulbis to bowl his third over. Second ball was slightly short and Pandey convincingly hit it past wide of long on for a boundary. Eight from the over. Hurricanes desperately need wickets here. KKR have plenty of in-form batsmen waiting in the dugout for their chance.
Over 10 | Score 63/2
Ben Laughlin has been brought into the attack. Second ball was banged short, Pandey was down the wicket and he slapped it past midwicket for a boundary. Kallis was offered slight width off the fourth ball and he cheekily timed it well past third man for a boundary. 12 from the over.
Over 9 | Score 51/2
Gulbis to bowl his second over. Five from the over.
Over 8 | Score 46/2
Doherty to continue. Uthappa shuffled towards the leg side off the second ball, missed the line completely as his off-stump was uprooted! Manish Pandey is the new man in. Excellent over from the skipper, just two runs and a big wicket of in-form Uthappa.
RV Uthappa b Doherty 17 (21b)
Over 7 | Score 44/1
Evan Gulbis has been brought into the attack. Good over this for Hurricanes, five from it.
Over 6 | Score 39/1
Skipper Doherty brings himself into the attack. Uthappa charged down the wicket off the first ball and welcomed the spinner with a boundary over mid-on. Doherty pitched the fourth ball slightly short and Kallis smashed it past midwicket for a boundary. The scoreboard is ticking as these two are going for their strokes. Ten from the over.
Over 5 | Score 29/1
Ben to bowl his third over. Second ball was bowled down the leg side and Kallis hit it for a boundary. Ben ended the over with a short ball and Kallis smashed it past deep midwicket for a boundary. It is very crucial from KKR's perspective that Kallis continues to rotate the strike as much as possible. The South African veteran has got off to a good start.
Over 4 | Score 21/1
Bollinger to continue. Gambhir was consuming too many balls he tried clearing midwicket off the third ball but hit it straight to the fielder at short midwicket. Gambhir's poor run continues, Jacques Kallis is the new man in.
G Gambhir c Wells b Bollinger 3 (11b)
Over 3 | 19/0
Ben to continue. Excellent over for the Hurricanes, just one run off it.
Over 2 | Score 18/0
Doug Bollinger to bowl from the other end. Ten from the over.
Over 1 | Score 8/0
Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl the first over, Gambhir and Uthappa to open innings for KKR. Second ball was a length delivery and Uthappa handsomely drove it past covers for a boundary. Ben followed it with a wide ball and Uthappa guided it towards third man for a boundary. Two fine shots from Uthappa, eight from the over.
Over 20 | Score 140/6
Russell to bowl the final over. Gulbis was run-out off the third ball. Malik created room for himself off the last ball and hit it for a boundary. What a tremendous knock it has been from Shoaib Malik - 66* off 46 balls! The score might seem to be a paltry one considering KKR's batting line-up but the Hurricanes should be extremely happy with it as they were in dire straits at one stage.
EP Gulbis run out 15 (8b)
Over 19 | Score 131/5
Kuldeep to bowl his final over. Malik changed the course of the innings in this one over where he smashed two sixes and as many boundaries! The six he hit off the fourth ball brought his half-century off 41 balls! What a knock under pressure! 21 runs came off the over and Malik has already taken the Hurricanes to a decent total considering the kind of start they got!
Over 18 | Score 110/5
Narine to bowl his final over. No chances taken against Narine's mystery, seven from the over.
Over 17 | Score 103/5
Chawla to bowl his final over. Wells was looking to hit the first ball towards point, missed it completely and the stumps were rattled! Gulbis smashed Chawla for two consecutive boundaries off the last two balls. 12 runs from the over.
JW Wells b Chawla 3 (6b)
Over 16 | Score 91/4
Kuldeep to bowl his third over. They are taking no risks against Kuldeep's chinaman.
Over 15 | Score 88/4
Chawla to bowl his third over. Malik charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and launched it over long-off. Ten from the over. Malik is playing an extremely pivotal knock for the Hurricanes here!
Over 14 | Score 78/4
Narine to bowl his third over. First ball was a length delivery, Malik waited for it and played it late past backward point for a boundary. With pressure building, Birt took a chance and slog-swept which went straight to Tendo at deep midwicket. Jonathan Wells is the new man in. Eight from the over.
TR Birt c ten Doeschate b Narine 13 (23b)
Over 13 | Score 70/3
Chawla to continue. Malik charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and slammed it over long-on for a Six! Hurricanes need more of those as they are heading towards a paltry score in a crucial match. Nine from the over.
Over 12 | Score 61/3
Russell to bowl his third over. Another economical over for KKR. With eight overs remaining, Malik and Birt need to step up the gas.
Over 11 | Score 58/3
More spin, Piyush Chawla has been brought into the attack. Spin is once again proving to be KKR's main weapon, four from the over.
Over 10 | Score 54/3
Pathan to bowl his final over. Six runs from the over. Pathan completes his quota, has conceded 24 runs and scalped the big wicket of Blizzard.
Over 9 | Score 48/3
Kuldeep Yadav to continue. Dunk played another cut shot off the first ball, couldn't manage to keep it down this time and hit it straight to Gambhir at point. That's a massive blow for the Hurricanes and the batsmen to come will have an uphill task ahead of him to resurrect the innings from here onwards. Travis Birt is the new man in. Another excellent over for KKR, two runs and a wicket from it.
BR Dunk c Gambhir b Kuldeep Yadav 39 (29b)
Over 8 | Score 46/2
Pathan to bowl his third over. Just six runs off it.
Over 7 | Score 40/2
KKR's new sensation - Kuldeep Yadav - comes into the attack. Starts off with a good over, five runs from it.
Over 6 | Score 35/2
Narine to continue. Dunk created room off the last ball and played it nicely past covers for a boundary. Seven from the over. Dunk moves to 32 and he will need some support from Malik to ease the pressure off his shoulders.
Over 5 | Score 28/2
Russell to continue. Dunk smashed three boundaries in that over. Dunk was the key man for the Hurircanes in the Big Bash League and he has a major role to play even today! 12 runs from the over.
Over 4 || Score 16/2
Here comes Sunil Narine! Starts off with another economical over - 4 runs off it.
Over 3 | Score 13/2
Pathan to continue. Aiden Blizzard is the new man in. Second ball was a length delivery and Dunk smashed it over wide of long on for a Six! Pathan provided KKR with a major breakthrough as he dismissed Blizzard for a first-ball duck! That's a big blow for the Hurricanes who are struggling to find any sort of momentum. Shoaib Malik is the new man in. Nine from the over.
AC Blizzard lbw b Pathan 0 (1b)
Over 2 | Score 4/1
Andre Russell to bowl from the other end. Just one run came off the first five ball, Michael was looking to hit the last ball towards midwicket, but got an edge which went towards right of Rusell, who plucked it to get KKR their first breakthrough! Just one from the over and a wicket for Russell. Superb start for KKR.
DP Michael c & b Russell 0 (6b)
Over 1 | Score 3/0
Yusuf Pathan will bowl the first over for KKR, Dom Michael and Ben Dunk will open the innings. Good start for KKR, three runs from the first over.
Toss: Hobart Hurricanes have won the toss and they have decided to bat first.
Tim Paine in out for the Hurricanes, Dom Michael replaces him.
KKR have been the most consistent team of this season having won all of their four league matches. They have taken their winning streak to 13 now and it would be a tough task for the Hurricanes to stop their winning momentum.
While Gautam Gambhir has hit just one half-century so far, Robin Uthappa has once again played some brilliant innings at the top of the order. Ryan ten Doeschate and Andre Russell got them to a winning start against Chennai Super Kings and there has been no looking back for them since there on.
KKR's sucess in this tournament has revolved around their world class spin attack. While Sunil Narine has yet again proved to be a hard nut to crack, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla too have chipped in with useful performances.