Suyash Srivastava/Zeenews Sports Bureau
New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders have won their sixth match in a row. What was predicted to be a clash of the titans ended up being an easy win for the visitors. It was the 68-run partnership between Gambhir and McCullum that provided a solid platform as they made the most of the first 6 overs! KKR are now the table-toppers and they have also ended Delhi’s winning streak.
11: pm 19th over: 154/4 Das takes a quick single off the first ball. Irfan Pathan drops Yusuf Pathan at mid-off! That was a sitter! Aaron bowls a Wide. Taylor misses a run-out chance! Pathan takes a single and KKR have won it by 6 wickets!
Yusuf Pathan 7*(11b) Debabrata Das 1(3b)
11:25 pm 18th over: 151/4 Morkel to bowl his last over. Pathan takes a single off the first ball. Tiwary heaves one high in the air, the ball flies towards third-man where Irfan Pathan takes an excellent catch! TIWARY IS OUT! Debabrata Das is the new batsman. Pathan plays a yorker towards midwicket for a couple. Pathan takes a quick single towards mid-on. Das leaves the next ball to the keeper. Das works a single towards mid-on.
Manoj Tiwary c Irfan Pathan b Morne Morkel 8(6b)
11:20 pm 17th over: 146/3 Aaron comes back into the attack. And he begins with a Wide. Pathan takes a single. Tiwary takes a quick single, a direct hit from the fielder at point, Tiwary was in and the overthrow produces additional 4 runs! Pathan plays the ball towards mid-on for no run. A good length ball hits Pathan on the pads and he takes a single as the ball runs towards third-man. Tiwary is beaten off the next ball. The next ball once again beats Tiwary’s bat and also the wicket-keeper for a boundary.
11:12 pm 16th over: 134/3 Yadav to bowl his final over. He begins with a short ball and Kallis attempts a pull, fails as the ball went high in the air and KALLIS IS OUT, CAUGHT BY OJHA! Manoj Tiwary is the new batsman. And YADAV SCALPS ANOTHER ONE! MCCULLUM DEPARTS IN THE SAME FASHION AS KALLIS DID! It was again a short ball and McCullum mistimed his pull and was caught by Sehwag. Umesh Yadav is on a hat-trick! Yusuf Pathan is the man on strike! No hat-trick as Pathan takes a single on the off-side. Tiwary gets off the mark with a single towards third-man. A Wide ball. Pathan takes a single. Tiwary takes a couple towards fine-leg for a couple.
BB McCullum c Sehwag b Yadav 56 (44b)
JH Kallis c Ojha b Yadav 30 (27b)
11:06 pm 15th over: 128/1 Morkel comes back into the attack. McCullum scores a couple off the first ball and that brings his 50 in 40 balls! McCullum takes a single. Kallis takes a single towards third-man. McCullum gets a short ball and he bludgeons it through square leg! THAT WENT LIKE A TRACER BULLET! McCullum takes a single towards long-off. Kallis ends the over with a single.
11:01 pm 14th over: 118/1 Yadav replaces Nadeem. And he begins with a dot ball. Yadav bowls short and Kallis pulls it for a couple towards midwicket. Kallis scores a single towards long-off. Yadav bowls on the pads and McCullum scores a couple towards short fine-leg. Kallis takes a couple towards wide of long-on. Kallis gets a short ball and he plays a late square cut for a boundary towards deep backward point! Yadav deceives Kallis with another in swinger.
Jacques Kallis 28*(24b) Brendon McCullum 48*(39b)
10:56 pm 13th over: 107/1 Pathan to continue. McCullum attempts a reverse sweep, doesn’t connect. Pathan takes a single off the next ball. Kallis once again clears fielder as short fine-leg to produce a boundary! Pathan bowls a Wide. 100 up for Kolkata! Kallis takes a single towards long-on. McCullum gets a length ball and he smashes it towards deep midwicket for a couple. McCullum attempts a reverse sweep once again, connects this time and manages a boundary off the last ball!
10:52 pm 12th over: 94/1 Nadeem to continue. Kallis takes a single towards covers. McCullum pulls the next ball towards deep midwicket for a single. Kallis defends the next ball towards off-side for no run. Kallis charges down the track and manages a single towards long-on. McCullum sweeps the next ball towards square leg for a single. Kallis guides the last ball past short fine-leg for a boundary.
10:49 pm 11th over: 86/1 Pathan brought back into the attack. McCullum works the first ball towards leg-side for a couple. Kallis follows it with another single. Kallis drives one towards deep cover for a couple. A dot ball. Kallis misses a square cut, a dot ball. Kallis works the last ball towards wide of fine-leg for a single.
10:45 pm 10th over: 80/1 Nadeem back into the attack. Kallis takes a single towards deep cover. McCullum plays a dot ball. McCullum takes a single towards long-off. Kallis plays a dot ball. Kallis charges down the track and takes a single towards long-off. McCullum ends the over with a single.
10:42 pm 9th over: 76/1 Aaron to continue. McCullum takes a single straight down the ground. Aaron bowls a short ball and Kallis scores a single towards third-man. McCullum drives one towards mid-off for no run. McCullum works the next ball towards leg-side for a single. Kallis defends another dot ball. Kallis takes a single towards third man.
10:38 pm 8th over: 72/1 Umesh Yadav to continue. McCullum takes a risky single. A Wide delivery. Kallis takes a single towards third-man. McCullum is beaten by a slower one. McCullum picks a single on the leg-side. Yadav beats Kallis off a good ball that moved in.
10:32 pm 7th over: 68/1 Varun Aaron comes into the attack for first time in IPL 2012. He offers width and Gambhir hits it over point where Umesh Yadav restricts it to one at deep backward point boundary. McCullum charges down the track and defends the ball. The next ball is on the leg side and within a flash McCullum once again guides it towards fine-leg for a boundary! McCullum takes a single towards deep backward point. Gambhir is DROPPED FOR 34 AT WIDE THIRD-MAN BY UMESH YADAV. IT WAS A SITTER! And Aaron is spot on! Makes a good comeback and GAMBHIR IS TAKEN OFF PACE, BOWLED BY AARON! It was bowled by Aaron from well outside the bowling crease and the ball sharply moved in as Gambhir tried to play his favourite late cut towards third-man and the stumps were rattled!
G Gambhir b Aaron 36 (21b)
10:25 pm 6th over: 60/0 Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. He begins with a dot ball. McCullum hits the next ball towards mid-off where he misfield produces another single. Yadav bowls a short ball and McCullum pulls it for a boundary towards midwicket. The next ball is on the leg-stump and McCullum flicks it towards fine-leg for another boundary! Brendon makes some room, doesn’t connect well and no runs scored. A dot ball to end the over.
10:20 pm 5th over: 50/0 Morkel to continue. McCullum takes a single towards off-side. Morkel attempts a yorker and Gambhir opens the face of the bat, the ball beats the man at point and rushes for a boundary. Morkel bowls on the leg and Gambhir easily picks three runs towards vacant square leg region. The next ball kept a bit low and it bounces to the keeper. McCullum scores three runs towards midwicket, it was misfielded by Nadeem. An outside edge from Gambhir’s bat runs towards third-man for two runs. 50 up between these two!
Gautam Gambhir 33*(18b) Brendon McCullum 16*(12b)
10:15 pm 4th over: 37/0 Nadeem to continue. He bowls him on the leg-side and Gambhir clears the man on the short-fine leg for a boundary. Gambhir works one towards midwicket for a single. McCullum plays it back to the bowler, Nadeem misfields to produce a boundary. Nadeem bowls a dot ball. Again leg-stump line and Gambhir sweeps it towards deep backward square leg for another boundary. Gambhir charges down the track and HITS ONE OVER DEEP MIDWICKET FOR KOLKATA’S FIRST DLF MAXIMUM!! 16 runs from the over.
10:12 pm 3rd over: 21/0 Morkel replaces Pathan. The first ball moves in and hits McCullum right on the mid rib. McCullum takes a single. Morkel bowls a Wide. The next ball whistles past Gambhir’s bat to the keeper. Gambhir gets some width and that has been hammered wide off point for a cracking boundary! Gambhir takes a single towards wide off deep backward point. Morkel bowls another ripper! McCullum manages a smile!
10:06 pm 2nd over: 14/0 Nadeem to bowl second over. He begins with a dot ball. Gambhir takes a quick single on off-side. McCullum follows it with another single, and a direct hit would have sent him back to the pavilion. Gambhir plays a dot ball. Gambhir fails to pull another delivery, bowler appeals, rejected by umpire. Gambhir takes a couple off the last ball.
10:02 pm 1st over: 10/0 Pathan to bowl the first over. McCullum takes a single. A dot ball for Gambhir. Gambhir takes a single. An inside-edge off McCullum’s bat flies past the keeper for a boundary! The next ball is smashed over mid-off for a boundary, good shot that! A dot ball to end the over.
Kolkata have done well to restrict Delhi to 153 after Sehwag was dismissed early. Gambhir’s boys shall leave no stone unturned to chase down the total to become the table-toppers. Meanwhile Sehwag will trust on his pace attack to make it a stiff chase for the visitors.
09:43 pm 20th over: 153/8 Narine to bowl the last over. And he begins with a Wide, and McCullum had no chance, five runs! Ojha heaves one towards deep midwicket and Manoj Towary takes a good catch! OJHA IS OUT! Irfan Pathan hits one OFF THE MIDDLE OF THE BAT THAT FLIES OVER DEEP MIDWICKET FOR A SIXXXX! He charges down the track again, its an off-spinner and PATHAN IS OUT! STUMPED BY MCCULLUM! Nadeem is the new batsman. He attempts a sweep, doesn’t connect and runs for a single and MORKEL IS RUN-OUT! Aaaron is the new bastman. He takes a single. Last ball to go and Nadeem fails to make contact and now another run out. Varun Aaron wanted a bye and is gone. VR AARON RUN OUT 4 wickets fell in that over.
VR Aaron run out 1 (1b)
M Morkel run out 0 (0b)
IK Pathan st McCullum b Narine 36 (22b)
NV Ojha c Tiwary b Narine 2 (6b)
09:37 pm 19th over: 141/5 Lee to continue. He begins with a dot ball. Lee bowls a Wide. Pathan gets a length ball and Pathan smashes it towards deep midwicket for a couple. Pathan clears the man at short fine-leg and scores a much needed boundary. Lee bowls one outside off and Pathan smashes it towards deep cover for another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for Pathan! Pathan takes a single towards mid-off. Ojha works a full-toss towards long-on for a single.
09:32 pm 18th over: 128/5 Narine comes back into the attack. Pathan works the first ball towards leg-side for a single. Ojha bowls a dot ball. Ojha plays another dot ball. Ojha takes a single on the leg-side. Pathan gets a full-toss and Pathan scores a single towards long-on. Narine ends another good over.
09:29 pm 17th over: 125/5 Lee brought back into the attack. He offers some width and Pathan slashes hard at it as the ball runs towards wide of third-man for a boundary. Pathan hits a good looking shot towards long-on for a single. Nagar takes a risky single towards midwicket. Pathan hits the ball straight to the stumps at the non-striker’s ends, Lee couldn’t get his hands to it, Nagar was well outside his crease. Nagar gets some width and he cracks a boundary towards deep cover! Lee has the last laugh. NAGAR PERISHES OFF A PERFECT YORKER BY LEE!
Y Nagar b Lee 10 (7b)
Time for a strategy break!
09:22 pm 16th over: 114/4 Bhatia to continue. Nagar takes a single towards long-on. Bhatia bowls a dot ball. Pathan takes a single towards long-off. Nagar scores a single towards square leg. Pathan takes a single. Nagar takes a couple off the last ball towards deep midwicket.
09:18 pm 15th over: 108/4 Sangwan to bowl his last over. McCullum misses a run-out chance, Taylor survives on 16. Taylor cannot capitalize on it, TAYLOR IS CAUGHT AT LONG-OFF. He was struggling at the crease and his stay at the crease has ended. Nagar is the new batsman. Pathan plays the next ball straight down the ground for a single. Nagar works the first ball towards square-leg for a single. Pathan hits an elegant stroke towards deep covers where a misfield produces a boundary! Another misfield towards mid-on produces a single.
LRPL Taylor c Bhatia b Sangwan 16 (27b)
09:12 pm 14th over: 100/3 Bhatia to continue. Taylor takes a single towards long-off. Pathan plays the next ball to Bhatia who misfields to produce a single. Taylor plays a dot ball. Taylor takes a single towards long-on. Pathan takes a single on the leg-side. Taylor ends the over with a dot ball. 100 up for the Daredevils!
09:08 pm 13th over: 95/3 Narine comes back into the attack. Taylor takes a single towards midwicket for a single. Mahela plays a great unorthodox shot! He was attempting paddle sweep and ended up playing it above the wicket-keeper for a boundary. Mahela takes a quick single towards short third-man. Taylor attempts a quick single and Jayawardene is run-out off a direct hit from Gautam Gambhir! Mahela was miles short of his crease. It was a poor call from Mahela as Taylor played it towards wide of third-man, Gambhir came in a flash and hits the stumps to dismiss Jayawardene. Irfan Pathan is the new batsman. Narine beats Pathan. Narine ends the over with a dot ball.
DPMD Jayawardene run out 30 (27b)
09:02 pm 12th over: 89/2 Sangwan brought back into the attack. Taylor begins the over with a single towards long-on. Mahela takes a quick single towards long-off. Sangwan bowls a dot ball. Taylor works the next ball towards long-on for a single. Mahela takes a single towards point. Taylor takes a quick single off the last ball.
08:58 pm 11th over: 84/2 Bhatia to continue. Taylor sweeps one towards midwicket for a single and they run another off an overthrow. Taylor works another one towards long-off for a single. Mahela takes a single on the leg-side. Bhatia appeals for an lbw, rejected by the umpire. Bhatia beats Taylor and a single is taken as McCullum doesn’t collect that neatly. Bhatia ends the over with a dot ball.
08:54 pm 10th over: 79/2 Kallis to bowl his last over. He begins with a short ball and Mahela pulls it towards square-leg for a single. Taylor follows it with another single towards midwicket. Mahela again works the ball towards square leg for a single. Taylor plays one towards mid on for no run. Taylor takes a single towards long-off for a single. Kallis ends the over with a single. Kallis ends a terrific spell.
Jacques Kallis 4-0-20-2
Time for a strategic timeout.
08:47 pm 9th over: 75/2 Bhatia comes into the attack. Mahela clears the man at point to score a boundary off the first ball. Mahela gets an inside-edge that goes towards short fine-leg, no runs taken. What a shot from Mahela! It was pitched on the full and Mahela clears the fine-leg region by a flick off the wrists! Mahela attempts a late cut and McCullum collects it neatly. Mahela takes a single towards midwicket. Bhatia ends the over with a dot ball.
08:42 pm 8th over: 64/2 Kallis to continue. Kallis once again beats the outside edge of Taylor’s bat. Taylor takes a quick single as the ball goes to mid-off. Mahela defends the next ball towards mid-on for no runs. McCullum drops Mahela for 8. It took an outside edge and McCullum dived to his right, got his hands to the ball, but couldn’t hold on to a tough chance.
08:38 pm 7th over: 62/2 Sangwan comes back into the attack. Taylor takes a single off the first ball. Mahela plays the next ball back to the bowler. Mahela takes a single towards square leg. Taylor takes a single towards long-on. Mahela works the next ball towards midwicket for no run. Sangwan bowls a big WIDE as the ball rushes towards fine-leg for a boundary! Mahela guides the last ball towards fine-leg for another boundary.
That was a CERTAIN EDGE! Mahela survives on 3. Mahela and Gambhir exchanged few words at the end of that over.
08:32 pm 6th over: 50/2 Kallis to continue. He takes a single off an inside-edge. Mahela takes another quick single towards leg-side. Warner comes down the wicket in a flash and clears the man at point for a boundary! Warner comes down the wicket again and it’s a slower one that takes a leading edge and WARNER IS OUT!! CAUGHT BY MCCULLUM! Taylor is the new batsman. Taylor gets off the mark with a single. The entire KKR camp appeal for a caught behind, the umpire isn’t interested!
DA Warner c McCullum b Kallis 21 (19b)
08:27 pm 5th over: 43/1 Narine to bowl his first over. Mahela defends the first ball back to the bowler. Mahela is beaten off the second ball which moves away from him. The next ball was an off-spinner and Mahela takes a single on the leg-side. Narine bowls a dot ball. It a quicker delivery and Warner plays it towards covers for no run. Warner takes a quick single towards midwicket.
08:23 pm 4th over: 41/1 Kallis comes into the attack. It’s a short ball and Sehwag scores a couple on the leg-side. Kallis bowls another short ball and Sehwag times it beautifully towards square leg for a boundary! Sehwag now has the orange cap! Kallis has the last laugh as he is caught plump in front of the wicket! SEHWAG IS OUT!! It was a length ball and Sehwag was looking to turn it on the leg-side, he failed as the fuller delivery hits his pads. Jayawardene is the new batsman. Kallis bowls a dot ball. Mahela takes a single towards third-man. Kallis ends the over with a dot ball.
V Sehwag lbw b Kallis 23 (9b)
08:17 pm 3rd over: 34/0 Lee to continue and Sehwag works the first ball towards mid-on for a single. Warner guides the next ball towards fine-leg for a couple. Warner has had enough, hits one from the middle off the bat over LONG-OFF FOR A SIXX! The next ball is played over mid-on for a couple. The next ball produces two byes as McCullum fails to gather the ball. Warner picks up another boundary as he cuts Lee towards covers for another boundary.
08:12 pm 2nd over: 17/0 Sehwag on strike. Pradeep Sangwan to bowl the second over. And the Sehwag show begins! It’s a length ball and Sehwag goes over covers for a boundary! Sehwag defends the next ball and Warner completes a quick single. Sangwan bowls a good short ball, Warner doesn’t connect well for a pull shot as the ball flies towards wide of third man for a single. Sangwan bowls a full-toss and it’s been worked towards wide of point for a boundary. Next ball is a length delivery and Sehwag times it FOR DELHI’s FIRST DLF MAXIMUM TOWARDS DEEP MIDWICKET! Sehwag works the next work with a single.
08:07 pm 1st over: 0/0 Lee begins with a great delivery, that nipped back into Warner who was taken by surprise. Lee bowls on the pads and Warner plays it towards mid-on for no run. Another ball whistles past Warner’s bat. Lee once again beats Warner. A very good over from Lee so far. Warner hits the next ball towards covers for no run. Can Lee end it as a maiden? And he does, Warner works the next ball towards point, no runs scored.
Brett Lee to bowl the first over, Warner and Sehwag to open the innings.
Varun Aaron replaces Pawan Negi and David Warner replaces Kevin Pietersen.
7:35 pm TOSS Sehwag spins it and wins it. Delhi have decided to bat first.
It’s a clash of the titans as the Delhi Daredevils take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on their home ground at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi. Many see it as a rehearsal of the final match as both the teams are in supreme form.
While KKR have won five matches in a row, star-studded Delhi Daredevils have won four of their last five outings. Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag is having a dream run in 2012 as he has scored 5 consecutive half-centuries. His counterpart and close friend Gautam Gambhir has also been leading from the front and he had a major role to play in most of Kolkata’s victory. He too has come up with three consecutive fifties leading his side to five successive wins.
KKR are right behind the Daredevils in the points table and they would be looking forward to register a win to become the table-toppers. The Daredevils on the other hand would like to continue their good run and seal another victory in front of the home crowd.
Players to watch out for:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Apart from Gautam Gambhir Jacques Kallis is the man who can handle the pace of Morne Morkel to stabilize the innings. Kallis is well experienced having faced his team-mate several times in the past and his dugout would expect him to use all his experience to settle down the speedster.
Delhi Daredevils: Needless to say, Sehwag would be expected to fire once again but the little dynamite who can single-handedly demolish Kolkata is David Warner who would join the squad replacing Kevin Pietersen who returned back to England for his national duties.
The match will begin at 8:00 pm