Kolkata Knight Riders
Over 19.4 || Score 153/7
Five runs needed off the last over. Yasir Arafat to bowl the last over of the innings. First ball, and he clean bowled Russell, with the help of a well disguised slower one. Piyush Chawla has come to the middle. Single off the next ball from Chawla's willow. Off the third came another single. Chawla lofted the bower over extra covers to collect a winning boundary. And with that KKR beat Perth Scorchers by three wickets, with two balls remaining. Suryakumar Yadav 43 run cameo in end off 19 balls done the trick for KKR. And mind it, it's 12 victory on the trot for the Kolkata franchise.
AD Russell b Yasir Arafat 4 (5b)
Over 19 || Score 147/6
24 runs need off 12 balls. Coulter-Nile to bowl the penultimate over of the match. First ball a dot one. Second ball, batsmen ran three runs...and it's a Free Hit! OHH, it's the last thing Scorchers needed. Free hit, but no run. Off the next came a double. Off the fifth ball Suryakumar Yadav smacked the bowler for a six over mid-wicket. And off the last ball he hit another six in the same area. He has turned the match on his head.
Over 18 || Score 128/6
Yasir Arafat ready to bowl his third over. Four singles came from the first four balls. Pathan Out! Pathan tried to clear the mid-wicket fence but couldn't manage to time the ball well and gave a simple catch to Behrendorff . Good over by the speedster as he conceded mere six runs.
YK Pathan c Behrendorff b Yasir Arafat 21 (20b)
Over 17 || Score 121/5
After a tight 16th over by Hogg in which he conceded mere three runs, Pathan smacked Coulter-Nile's third ball for a six over deep mid-wicket. And then in the last ball Suryakumar Yadav smashed the bowler towards point region for a boundary. 12 runs came from the 17th over.
Over 15 || Score 106/5
Yasir Arafat collect his first wicket of the match when he got the wicket of Doeschate in the 15th over. Suryakumar Yadav walked in to bat after the fall of Doeschate's wicket. And the talented right-hander straight away launched the speedster for two sixes to collect 19 from the over. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the mark of hundred runs as well.
RN ten Doeschate c Agar b Yasir Arafat 15 (21b)
Over 14 || Score 87/4
KKR now need some big shots to take their required run-rate down. Pathan launched Hogg for a six over deep square leg to collect nine runs from the over. But Kolkata franchise need some more big hits like this to seal the match.
Over 12 || Score 71/4
Coulter-Nile collected his second wicket in the form of Pandey in the 11th over, with the help of a perfect yorker. Danger man Yusuf Pathan has come to the middle after the fall of KKR's fourth wicket. Runs have suddenly dried up for KKR as they only managed to six runs in the last two overs. We must appreciate Scorchers fielding efforts here.
MK Pandey b Coulter-Nile 24 (23b)
Over 10 || Score 65/3
Spinner Ashton Agar has been introduced into the attack in the 8th over. And the left arm bowler bowled a decent over by conceded mere four runs. In the over Scorchers also crossed the mark of fifty runs. In the next over Yasir Arafat leaked eight runs including a boundary, which came from the blade of Pandey. In the ninth over veteran spinner Hogg bowled his opening over and gave mere six runs. 18 runs came in the last three overs.
Over 7 || Score 47/3
Opener Uthappa Out! The in-form batsman who was dealing in boundaries got out in the sixth over. Uthappa went for an expensive shot but only managed a thin outside edge of his bat as wicketkeeper took a simple catch and umpire raised his finger within a flash. It's a big blow for KKR. Ryan ten Doeschate is the new man in, who has joined Manish Pandey in the middle. Pandey collected two consecutive boundaries in the over number seven off Behrendorff. 25 runs came in the last three overs.
RV Uthappa c Whiteman b Coulter-Nile 23 (18b)
Over 4 || Score 22/2
Jason Behrendorff gave his team the second breakthrough as he got the better of Kallis, who gave a simple catch to short fine leg fielder at third over. Manish Pandey is the new man in. In form Uthappa is once again looking in good touch as he smashed Paris over mid-off to collect his first boundary. 12 runs came from the last two over.
JH Kallis c Simmons b Behrendorff 6 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 10/1
Joel Paris, another left-arm seamer to bowl the second over. Gambhir Out! The southpaw tried to slash the ball hard towards point region but couldn't time it well and Turner took a sharp catch at point region. Jacques Kallis replaced Gambhir in the middle and played a classy drive through covers to collect first boundary of the innings. four runs came from the over.
G Gambhir c Turner b Paris 2 (4b
Over 1 || Score 6/0
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are opening the KKR innings whereas, Jason Behrendorff has a new ball in hand. Tight first over by the left arm seamer as he gave mere six runs from the opening over.
Perth Scorchers Innings
Over 20 || Score 151/7
In the last two overs Scorchers scored 19 runs to set up a challenging target of 151 runs in front of KKR. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine was the pick among the bowlers as he scalped four wickets in his four over quote and conceded 31 runs. Skipper and opener Adam Voges played the crucial unbeaten knock for Scorchers as he scored 71 runs of 52 balls with the help of eight boundaries and a six.
Over 18 || Score 132/6
Sunil Narine to continue. Voges hit his seventh boundary off the third ball towards deep mid-wicket. Narine is back. The mystery spinner picked up two wickets off his last two balls. He first got the better of Agar and then in the next ball got the wicket of Turner, to set his hat-trick ball.
AC Agar b Narine 4 (4b)
AJ Turner b Narine 0 (1b)
Over 17 || Score 125/4
Kuldeep Yadav with his last over. Coulter-Nile tried to slog-sweep the bowler but miss-timed his shot completely and the bowler covered a few yards to take a difficult catch. Ashton Agar is the new man in. Once again the young lad displayed his talent and ended up with an impressive figures of 4-24-3.
NM Coulter-Nile c & b Kuldeep Yadav 0 (1b)
Over 16 || Score 120/3
Narine set to bowl his second over. Whiteman, took the spinner by surprise by hitting him for a boundary and a six. But then Narine has the last laugh as he got the better of the batsman in the last ball. 14 runs came from the over.
SM Whiteman c Yadav b Narine 21 (16b)
Over 15 || Score 106/2
Kallis has been called back into the attack. Off the fourth ball Voges collected a boundary towards fine leg to collect ten runs from the over. And with that boundary Voges completed his fifty as well. In the 15th over, Scorchers crossed the hundred run mark.
Over 14 || Score 96/2
Sam Whiteman is the new man in. Spinners are bowling in tandem for the KKR. From one end Chawla is bowling, whereas from the other Pathan is on. Off the last ball off 14th over Whiteman smashed the bowler for a six towards square leg. 15 runs came in the last two overs.
Over 12 || Score 81/2
New man Marsh Out! Trying to charge the leg spinner, Yadav, Marsh stepped out of his crease and he too missed the line and got stumped. Ten runs came from the last two overs.
MR Marsh st Uthappa b Kuldeep Yadav 4 (10b)
Over 10 || Score 71/1
Chawla ready to bowl his third over. Mitchell Marsh has joined Voges in the middle after the fall of Scorchers' first wicket. Another tight over by the leggie as three runs came from it.
Over 9 || Score 68/1
Chinaman Yadav is back to bowl his second over. And he provided the first breakthrough to KKR in the form of Simmons. The southpaw came down the track to hit the bowler out of the park, missed the line completely and wicketkeeper disturb the bails within a flash. Three runs came from the over along with a wicket.
CJ Simmons st Uthappa b Kuldeep Yadav 39 (30b)
Over 8 || Score 65/0
Chawla to continue. First ball, Simmons went for a big shot and got a boundary towards long on. In the fourth ball, Voges played the bowler over covers to get his fourth boundary of the innings. Last ball, and this time Simmons launched the bowler for a maximum over deep square. 17 runs came from the over. Meanwhile, Scorchers crossed the mark of fifty runs as well.
Over 7 || Score 47/0
Yusuf Pathan has been reintroduced into the attack. Two runs came from the first five balls. Last ball of the over, and another single from the bat of Simmons. So a tight over by the offie as three runs came from it.
Over 6 || Score 45/0
Another bowling change as now it's Piyush Chawla who will ball his first over. Second ball by leggie was a short one and Voges punished it towards square leg for a boundary. Six runs came from the over.
Over 5 || Score 39/0
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been given the ball. Can he provide Scorchers their first breakthrough? Tight first over by the offie as he conceded mere three runs from his opening over.
Over 4 || Score 36/0
Kallis to continue. After two singles in the first two balls, Voges collected his first boundary by pulling Kallis towards square leg. After a gap of one ball, Voges played a fine shot towards on side to get another boundary. 11 runs came from the over.
Over 3 || Score 25/0
Exciting youngster Kuldeep Yadav has been introduced into the attack to bowl the third over. But off the last two balls, Simmons smashed the bowler for two consecutive boundaries to spoil his first over. Ten runs came from the over.
Over 2 || Score 15/0
Jacques Kallis is sharing the new ball with Pathan. Simmons collected his third boundary off the third ball towards short fine leg. Though, Simmons got lucky, as Kallis dropped a caught and bowled chance off the fifth ball. Six runs came from the over.
Over 1 || Score 9/0
Yusuf Pathan has been given the ball to bowl the opening over of the match. Adam Voges and Craig Simmons are opening the innings for Scorchers. And the offie gave nine runs in his first over, as Simmons collected two boundaries off the first over.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Champions League Twenty20.
Toss: Perth Scorchers have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Tonight, Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against the Australian outfit Perth Scorchers at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
KKR are on a roll, as they have won eleven T20 matches on a trot. The reigning IPL champions would be high on confidence before the match as they have beaten Chennai Super Kings and the Lahore Lions in their first two group league games.
When it comes to batting line skipper Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell and Ryan ten Doeschateand are all in form, whereas in bowling department they have a trump card in Sunil Narine.
The Scorchers may not be mere pushovers for KKR though Mitchell Marsh showed with two successive sixes in the last match against the Dolphins.
The Scorchers will have a bit of experience in their line-up as seasoned chinaman bowler Brad Hogg and Pakistani T20 freelance yasir Arafat in their ranks.
Some of their players Sam Whiteman, Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff with the ball have fared well for the team in the clash with Dolphins.
The teams (from):
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C ), Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Ryan ten Doeschate, Pat Cummins, Andre Russel and Manvinder Bisla.
Perth Scorchers: Adam Voges, Ashton Agar,Yasir Arafat,Michael Beer,Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, Joel Paris, Craig Simmons, Ashton Turner and Sam Whiteman.