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OUR FULL COVERAGE ON IPL 7» ALSO SEE: IPL 7 POINTS TABLE» | IPL 7 RESULTS» ==============================================================Super over, RR Score: 11/0
Steve Smith and Shane Watson have come up to chase the total of 11 runs scored by KKR in the super over. On the other hand mystery spinner Sunil Narine is to bowl the over. First ball, Watson took a single. Second ball, came a double from Smith's willow. Single off the next, as Smith tried to reverse sweep the bowler but couldn't quite connect it. Fourth ball, Watson smacked the bowler towards mid-wicket for a four. Fifth ball, came another single. Three needed from the last ball. Smith is on strike. T20 at its best!
Smith placed the ball towards cover region and completed two runs comfortably. Another tie. But on the basis of total number of boundaries, RR sealed the match. ===================================================Super over, KKRScore: 11/2
Birthday boy, James Faulkner to bowl the over for RR. Suryakumar Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan are in the middle for KKR. First ball, Run out!
Yadav flicked the ball towards fine leg and ran for a double but fell short of his crease. Manish Pandey is the new man in. Second ball, came a single from Pandey's bat. Third ball, slower one from the Australian, yet again a single. Fourth ball, Pandey smacked the bowler for a six over long on. Fifth ball, a perfect yorker, single. Last sixth ball, Run out!
Shakib, placed the ball towards long-on and ran for a double, which wasn't quite there and eventually he fell short of his crease. So 11 runs conceded by Faulkner. ===================================================Kolkata Knight Riders InningsOver 20 || Score 152/812 runs needed in the last over.
Richardson to bowl the last over. First ball, Shakib Al Hasan smacked the full toss towards point region for a boundary. Chawla run-out!
Last thing KKR needed at this stage. Chawla ran for the second run but fell well short of his crease. Third ball, wide. From the next came a single. Fourth ball, a dot. Shakib ran a double off the next. Last ball, three runs required. Shakib again ran two runs. It's a tie. First super over of this edition. PP Chawla run out 0 (1b) ===================================================Over 19 || Score 141/716 runs needed from 12 balls.
Faulkner, the birthday boy, is to bowl the penultimate over of the match. Yadav Out!
Yadav went for a big shot but couldn't quite connect it and Smith took a well-judged catch in the end. Robin Uthappa is the new man in. Off the next came a double from Shakib's willow. Third ball, a wide. Single off the next. Uthapa Out!
The left-arm seamer bowled a slower delivery from the ball of his hand, Utappa failed to connect it and got bowled. Vinay Kumar is the new man in. Vinay Out for a first ball duck. Hat-trick ball.
It's a dot. What an over by the Australian. Four runs and three wickets from the over. R Vinay Kumar b Faulkner 0 (1b)RV Uthappa b Faulkner 0 (1b)SA Yadav c Smith b Faulkner 31 (19b) ===================================================Over 18 || Score 137/427 runs needed off 18 balls.
Kane is ready to bowl. Single from the first. Off the next came a boundary from Shakib's willow, as he slogged the bowler towards square leg. In the third ball, Shakib smacked the over-pitched delivery between long-on and mid-wicket for the second boundary of the over. Next was a dot. Single came from the fifth. Last ball, another single. 11 runs conceded in the over. ===================================================Over 17 || Score 126/442 runs needed from 24 balls.
Watson to bowl the over. First ball, came a single. Next ball was a no ball, as Watson over-stepped. Free hit!
Perfect Yorker by the bowler, single from the next. Another single from the bat of Shakib off the third. SIX!
Yadav slogged the bowler over mid-wicket for a maximum. Four runs off the next, as Yadav got the thick outside edge of his bat and it ran passed the wicket-keeper. 15 from the over. ===================================================Over 16 || Score 111/452 runs required from 30 balls.
It can still be anyone's game. Tambe to bowl his last over. In the third ball, Yadav swept the bowler over square leg for a boundary. Then came four runs from the last three balls. The leggie leaked ten runs in his last over. ===================================================Over 15 || Score 101/4
Shakib Al Hasan and Suryakumar Yadav are the two new batsmen in the middle, after the fall of two quick wickets. Iqbal Abdulla to bowl his second over. Off the first came a double. In the next, Yadav placed an inside-out to hit the bowler over extra covers for a boundary. Nine runs conceded in the over. Meanwhile, KRR crossed the mark of hundred runs. ===================================================Over 14 || Score 92/4
Bhatia to bowl his last over. Gambhir's fine innings came to an end.
Gauti tried to slog the ball towards mid-wicket but couldn't manage to clear the mid-wicket fence as Abdulla took a simple catch at deep. Seven runs came from the over. G Gambhir c Iqbal Abdulla b Bhatia 45 (44b) ===================================================Over 13 || Score 85/3
Tambe heading towards his third over. Two runs conceded from the first three balls. Off the next Manish Pandey launched the leggie for a six over mid-wicket. A boundary off the next, as Pandey pulled the slightly short of length ball towards the same region. Pandey Out!
Pandey tried to work the ball towards on side for a single but missed the line completely and trapped in front of the wicket. 12 form the over along with a wicket. MK Pandey lbw b Tambe 19 (11b) ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 72/2
Bhatia to continue. Seven runs came in the first five balls, all in singles and doubles. Off the last came another single. Seven from it. ==============================================================Over 11 || Score 65/2
Tambe to bowl his second over. Single from the first three balls. Next was a wide down the leg side. Then came three runs from the next two balls. Single off the last as Gambhir placed the ball towards long-on. Six runs conceded in the over. ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 59/2
Bhatia to continue. Two singles from the first two balls. Off the next, Gauti, picked his spot over extra cover to collect a boundary. Single from the third. Next was a dot. Then came a double from the bat of Manish Pandey. Nine from the over. ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 50/2
Pravin Tambe has been introduced to bowl some leg-spin. From the first four balls came three singles. Kallis Out!
The South African tried to launched the bowler for a maximum but got the top edge of his bat and Smith took a good running catch at the end. Four runs came from the over. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the mark of fifty runs. JH Kallis c Smith b Tambe 13 (17b) ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 46/1
Watson to continue. Double came off the second ball from Kallis' willow. Single in the next. In the fifth ball Gambhir slashed the bowler towards sweeper cover for a single. In the last delivery, Kallis flicked the ball fine towards leg-side for a boundary. Eight from the over. ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 38/1
Skillful, Rajat Bhatia, to bowl his first over. Off the second ball, Kallis swept him high in the air to pick two runs. Then came a single off the fourth. In the fifth ball, Gauti chipped the bowler over extra covers for a double. Last was a dot. Five from the first over bowled by the medium pacer. ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 33/1
RR skipper, Shane Watson, is ready to bowl his first over. Out? Ouch! It's a no ball
Watson managed to got the inside edge of Kallis' bat and Bisla took a good low-catch behind the wickets. But it's a foot no-ball. It's T20 cricket! No dearth of entertainment. Three singles from the over. ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 30/1
Spinner has been introduced into the attack for the first time in the innings. Iqbal Abdulla to bowl the over. Three singles came from the first three balls. Off the next Gauti swept the ball towards square leg for a boundary. Single off the next. Last ball was a dot. Nine runs came from the first over by Abdulla. ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 21/1
Richardson to continue. Single came form the first three balls. Off the fourth Bisla Out!
Tried to play a flashy shot towards point region, the right-hander only managed to get a thick outside edge of his bat, and at first slip Nair took a sharp catch. Jacques Kallis is the new man in. MS Bisla c Nair b Richardson 3 (9b) ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 20/0
James Faulkner is being given the ball. Three runs conceded in the first three balls. Off the next Gambhir pulled the bowler for a four towards mid-wicket. From the last ball came another single. Eight from the over. ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 12/0
Kane Richardson is ready to share the new ball with Binny. Gambhir collected his first boundary in this edition of the League, by placing the second ball towards point region. Five from the over. ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 7/0
Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla are ready to open the innings for KRR, whereas, Stuart Binny is all set to bowl the first over. Gambhir opened his account off the first ball.
Then came three singles off the next three balls. Off the third Gauti placed the ball towards square leg for a triple. Last ball was a dot. Seven from the first over. ==============================================================Rajasthan Royals' Innings Over 20 || Score 152/5
First ball, wide. From next came a single. Rahane Out!
Rahane's 72-run knock finally came to an end. Off the fourth, Smith, collected a boundary by flicking it towards square-leg. In the last two balls came three runs. So finally, RR managed to put up a challenging total of 152 runs in front of KKR. AM Rahane c Yadav b Vinay Kumar 72 (59b) ===================================================Over 19 || Score 143/4
Narine to bowl the penultimate over. Four from the second ball, as Smith got the outside edge, which ran behind the wicket-keeper. Apart from the boundary two doubles and two singles also came from the over. ===================================================Over 18 || Score 133/4Binny Out!
Binny tried to hit the ball hard towards off side but only managed to get the outside edge, to give wicket-keeper a simple catch. Six came from the over. STR Binny c Bisla b Morkel 0 (1b) ===================================================Over 17 || Score 127/3
Narine to bowl his third over. Rahane collect a boundary off the first ball by placing it towards point. Then came two doubles and a single from the over. Nine from it. ===================================================Over 16 || Score 118/2
Vinay Kumar is ready to bowl his third over. Two came from the first. Next was a dot. In the third ball Rahane launched the bowler for a maximum towards long-on. Off the next came a double from the bat of Rahane. Single off the fifth. Run Out!
Off the last, Watson punched the full-toss towards off-side, and ran for a double, but a good throw from the deep and the Australian fell short of his crease. SR Watson run out 33 (24b) ===================================================Over 15 || Score 106/2
Narine has been reintroduced into the attack. Three runs came from the first four balls. Next was a dot. Off the last Watson, slapped the bowler for a boundary towards extra covers. Seven runs came from the over. Meanwhile, RR crossed the mark of hundred runs. ===================================================Over 14 || Score 99/2
Chawla to continue. Three boundaries came from the over. All from Watson's bat. The Australian all-rounder, first slogged the bowler towards mid-wicket, then extra covers and at last got the thick inside-edge to get another boundary. Good over for RR as 17 came from it. ===================================================Over 13 || Score 82/2
Shakib Al Hasan is ready to bowl his final over. Five singles came from the over. The left-arm spinner has ended up with an impressive bowling figures of 4-0-22-1. ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 77/2
Chawla to continue. Tight over by the leggie as he conceded mere four from the over. ==============================================================Over 11 || Score 73/2
Shakib Al Hasan to continue. Off the third ball, Watson made some room and launched the ball straight over bowler's head for a boundary. In the last ball, Rahane played an in-side out to slap the bowler for the second boundary of the over. ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 62/2
Piyush Chawla has been introduced for the first time in the match. Off the second ball Rahane welcomed the bowler by sweeping him for a boundary towards mid-wicket. Five from the over. ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 57/2
Shakib to continue. Sanju Out!
Off the third ball, Sanju tried to make some room to play the ball towards off side but the leg-spinner eventually cramped him for room and after hitting his pad, the ball crashed into the stumps. RR skipper Shane Watson is the new man in. Watson took a single in the first ball he played. Off the next came another single. In the last, Watson worked the ball towards on-side to collect the fourth single off the over. SV Samson b Shakib Al Hasan 20 (19b) ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 53/1
South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis to bowl his first over. In the first three balls came just a single. Off the fourth came a double, as Rahane flicked the ball towards deep square leg. Single off the next. Last ball was a dot. Meanwhile, RR crossed the mark of fifty runs. Four runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 49/1
Shakib Al Hasan has been given the ball. Tight over first up by the left-arm spinner from Bangladesh, as mere four runs came from it. ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 45/1
Morkel to continue. Single from the first. Second ball, slightly over-pitched and Sanju hit it straight down the ground to get his first boundary. Next ball was wide. Off the third ball, Sanju flicked the ball to get another boundary from the over. In the last two balls, Sanju again collected two more boundaries from the over, as first came towards fine leg and next through cow-corner. All the boundaries came from the bat of Sanju. Four boundaries from the over.
Morkel conceded 20 runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 25/1
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been introduced into the attack. First two were dot balls. Off the third, Sanju placed the ball towards long-on for a single. In the fifth came another single from the bat of Rahane. Last ball was a dot. Two came from the over. ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 23/1
Morkel is ready with his second over. Two boundaries for Rahane's bat in the first four balls. If first boundary from the outside edge then the next was an elegant shot towards point region. Eight came from the over. ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 15/1
Kumar to continue. First breakthrough for KKR.
Nair stepped out to smack the bowler out of the park but missed the line completely and was bowled. Promising youngster Sanju Samson is the new man in. Off the fifth ball came a single as Sanju got the leading edge of his bat. In the last ball, Rahane placed the ball towards mid-wicket to collect second single of the over. KK Nair b Vinay Kumar 1 (5b) ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 13/0
Morne Morkel is sharing the new ball with Vinay Kumar. First ball was a gentle loosener at middle and leg stump and Rahane flicked it towards on-side to run three runs. Next was a wide down the leg-side. Single off the third ball. Next ball, again a big wide down the leg side. Poor line by the lanky South African speedster. One run came off the last ball. Seven runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 7/0
Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair are in the middle to open the innings for RR, whereas, Vinay Kumar is ready to open the bowling proceedings for KKR. First ball, short and wide and Rahane cut it towards point region for a double. Second ball, Four. Slightly over-pitched at middle stump and Rahane clipped it towards mid-wicket for a boundary. Single off the fourth. Seven runs conceded from the first over. ==============================================================Toss:
Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Two changes in both the teams. In RR, Iqbal Abdulla and James Faulkner have replaced Abhishek Nayar and Tim Southee, whereas, in KKR, Shakib Al Hasan and Manvinder Bisla are in for Chris Lynn and Yusuf Pathan.
Within a few minutes from now, the 19th match of Indian Premier League`s seventh edition will kick start, in which Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be up against each other at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. It`s the only match of the day.
Skipper, Gautam Gambhir`s, awful form with the bat is still a major concern for the Kolkata franchise. Gauti has only managed to score a single in last four matches KKR have played. He hasn`t lead his team from the front so far, at least with the bat. In the first three matches of KKR, the southpaw made a hat-trick of ducks. And then in the last match he got dismissed after scoring a single.
Apart from the South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey, no other batsmen have shown consistency with the willow. Big hitter, Yusuf Pathan, too has failed to impressed with the bat, as he only managed to score 17 in the four outings, thus now.
Though, KKR started their campaign on a high by beating the title holders, Mumbai Indians, in the opening match of the tournament. But after that victory, they failed to continue with the winning momentum and lost two matches on-the-trot. And had it not been the stunning catch by Chris Lynn to dismiss A B de Villiers, Kolkata would have lost their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah.
As it`s still early days in the tournament, KKR have a chance to bounce back in the tournament. The franchise is still placed at the third spot in the points table.
Apart from Jacques Kallis, the another foreign player in KKR, who has made an impact is certainly the mystery spinner Sunil Narine. The West Indian is the leading wicket-taker so far in the tournament with nine scalps in four matches. In fact, KKR bowling department has performed well so far, if compared TO their batting.
Rajasthan Royals too have four point after four matches. Very much like KKR, they too won their opening game but then suffered two consecutive defeats, before winning their last game against Bangalore.
RR is also facing issues with their opening combination of Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane. They haven`t gave a solid opening partnership in first four matches of the League. But the good news for the franchise is that their skipper Shane Watson, an all-rounder, is back in form, especially with the bat.
The way RR bowlers have performed in their last game against RCB, it will certainly give the team much needed confidence. Medium pacer Rajat Bhatia and off-spinner Kane Richardson have been consistent while leg-spinner Pravin Tambe too came back strongly in the last match by scalping four wickets.
So, in today`s encounter, both the teams will look to end the UAE leg of their respective campaigns on a winning note. The Teams (from):
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt.), Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Manvinder Bisla, Piyush Chawla, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Sayan Mondal, Veer Pratap Singh, Andre Russell, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (capt.), Amit Mishra, Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Kane Richardson, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Tim Southee, Pravin Tambe, Ankit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Stuart Binny, Unmukt Chand, Kevon Cooper, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge, Deepak Hooda, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Vikramjeet Malik, Karun Nair, Rahul Tewatia, Dishant Yagnik.
First Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 00:44