IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - As it happened...
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Kolkata won by seven wickets with two balls remaining.
Over 20 || Score 146/3
33-year-old Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate made things lot easier for Kolkata as he took a six and a four from Bhuvi's over.
Yusuf returned unbeaten with 39 runs from 28 balls, while ten Doeschate was on 25 from 15 balls.
Over 19 || Score 133/3
The penultimate over, bowled by Steyn, reulted in six runs. In the final over, Kolkata need 10.
Over 18 || Score 127/3
Yusuf Pathan started with a six off Bhuvi's third over. Then after a single, Ryan ten Doeschate hit a four towards backward point. With another three singles, the over went for 14 runs. Big over for Kolkata. Bad time to bowl.
Kolkata need 16 from 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 113/3
Six balls, six singles made Irfan's over a good one in the context. Kolkata still need 30 from 18.
Yusuf is on 26 from 21, while Ryan ten Doeschate is on 5 from six.
Over 16 || Score 107/3
Wicket! Finally a break for Hyderabad. Aaron Finch produced a stunning catch at long on to get rid of Pandey. Good spell from Karn Sharma. Gave away only four runs in his fourth over and got the wicket. His figures read 4-19-1.
Manish Pandey c Aaron Finch b Karn Sharma 35 (32b)
Kolkata need 36 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 103/2
Mishra's poor form continued with a poor over in the crucial time. Conceded 10 runs in his final over, for a total of 38 from four overs.
Unluckily for the bowler, a catch was dropped off the last delivery as Sammy's acrobatic effort came short, giving a life to Pandey.
Over 14 || Score 92/2
Another controlled over from Karn Sharma. Leaked only four runs. In his three overs, he has given away only 15 runs.
Suddenly, the asking rate climbed over 8. But wickets in hand, Kolkata still are the favourites.
Over 13 || Score 88/2
A good over from Steyn helped Hyderabad maintain pressure on Kolkata batsmen. His third over went for seven runs.
Kolkata still need 55 from 42 balls.
Pandey is on 30 from 26 balls while Yusuf is on 11 from nine.
Over 12 || Score 81/2
Mishra returned for third over, only to find Pandey mauling him. The over leaked 15 runs, thanks to two fours and a six.
Kolkata need another 62 runs from 48 balls.
Over 11 || Score 66/2
With the arrival of Yusuf Pathan, the sibling war started in the centre. Younger Pathan's first ball was dispatched to backward point boundary for a four. Irfan responded with two dot balls, then two singles and a dot, meant six runs for the batting side.
Over 10 || Score 60/2
Wicket! An unlucky dismissal for Uthappa. He tried to take a quick single but the throw from fine leg arrived unexpected. In a bid to put the bat first after turning back, his bat slipped and out.
Mishra's second over resulted in seven runs.
Robin Uthappa run out 40 (33b)
Over 9 || Score 53/1
Sammy introduced Irfan in the ninth over. His over went for eight runs. For the batting side, the partnership is approaching 50, with Uthappa on 35 and Pandey on 11.
Another 90 required.
Over 8 || Score 45/1
Karn Sharma continued his good bowling. Conceded only six runs in his second over.
Leading Kolkata's charge is Uthappa. He is on 30 from 26 balls, with the help of three boundaries and one hit over the fence. His partner, Pandey is on 9 from 12 with a four in his account.
They still need 98 runs from 12 overs.
Over 7 || Score 36/1
Amit Mishra introduced in the seventh over, gave away six runs which included a four by Uthappa, played over extra cover fielder.
At this stage, Hyderabad were 50 for 1.
Over 6 || Score 30/1
Uthappa dropped by Dhawan off Steyn's bowling. The ball stayed for an eternity in the sky, by Dhawan could only floor the chance. Interestingly, Uthappa replied by flicking over deep mid-wicket boundary for a six.
The over yielded nine runs for Kolkata and the target is 113 from 14 overs.
Over 5 || Score 21/1
Sammy brought himself into the attack. His first over gave away seven runs, which included a four, by Manish Pandey, towards mid off.
For the batting team, Uthappa is on nine from 12 balls and Manish Pandey is on six from eight balls.
Over 4 || Score 14/1
Big call from Sammy. He introduced leg-break bowler Karn Sharma for the fourth over. And the 26-year-old backed captain's decision by giving only two runs.
Kolkata need 129 from 16 overs.
Over 3 || Score 12/1
Bhuvi continued with his usual stride, keeping the ball tight with a little swing here and there. But Uthappa played a straight drive, punching down the had turf, which went for a four. It was all the batting side could do in the third over.
Over 2 || Score 8/1
Dale Steyn, with his fiery pace, shared the new ball with Bhuvi. After two singles from the first three singles, which also involved a close run-out chance against Gambhir, the over ended with a contentious decision – that of a caught behind decision against the skipper off a continuously moving ball.
Gautam Gambhir c Naman Ojha b Dale Steyn 6 (10b)
A bemused Gambhir could only afford to walk.
Over 1 || Score 6/0
Target is 143 from 120 balls.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar opened the bowling for Hyderabad as Robin Uthappa faced the first ball. Uttappa played it for a single. Then, his skipper Gautam Gambhir negotiated the remaining five balls, including a boundary off the fifth ball.
Over 20 || Score 142/8
Umesh Yadav produced a superb final over to restrict the Hyderabad innings under 150. He returned with three wickets by conceding 26 runs.
Karn Sharma run out 4 (4b)
Dale Steyn b Umesh Yadav 1 (2b)
Over 19 || Score 136/6
Wicket Sammy's struggle over as Shakib got the better of him. The West Indian batsman tried to slog the looping delivery from Shakib, but it failed to travel, ending up with a catch by Manich Pandey at long off.
Darren Sammy c Manish Pandey b Shakib Al Hasan 7 (16b)
However, seven crucial runs were added from the over.
Over 18 || Score 129/5
Sunil Narine also completed his four overs, conceding only 21 runs with a wicket in return.
Hyderabad, with 12 balls left in the innings, will need some big hits, if at all they are to post a challenging total.
Over 17 || Score 126/5
A good over for Sunrisers as Irfan found his touch. Two boundaries off Chawla's over yielded 12 important runs.
Irfan has reached 18 from 13 balls. But Sammy is rather quite, on 4 from 10 deliveries.
Chawla, in his four overs, conceded 24 for a wicket.
Over 16 || Score 114/5
Sammy is taking time. So thus, Irfan. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine has completed three overs off his quota of four. In his third over, the off-break bowler gave away only five runs.
Over 15 || Score 109/5
With five over remaining and five wickets down, Hyderabad have reached 109. In the fifteen over, Piyush Chawla gave away only one run.
Both Sammy and Irfan Pathan will need to produce big innings to post a good total against Kolkata.
Over 14 || Score 108/5
Umesh Yadav returned to remove the dangerous Warner. Short ball from Yadav was pulled by Warner but, only to find Yusuf completing a catch at mid-wicket.
David Warner c Yusuf Pathan b Umesh Yadav 34 (18b)
With Warner's departure, new Hyderabad skipper Sammy arrived in the centre.
Over 13 || Score 100/4
Wicket Piyush Chawla got the better of struggling Rahul with a beautifully bowl googly.
Lokesh Rahul lbw b Piyush Chawla 14 (15b)
In between, Bangalore reached 100 with a single off the last ball of the over, as Warner pushed the good length delivery towards long on.
Over 12 || Score 96/3
Warner just increased the tempo with two successive off Morkel's final over. The over yielded 12 runs for the batting team.
Morkel, in his four over spell, conceded 39 runs without any success.
Over 11 || Score 84/3
Piyush Chawla started his spell by giving away seven runs. Rahul hit his second boundary of the innings, off the third ball of the over. He is on 11 from 11. His batting partner, Warner is on 18 from nine balls.
Over 10 || Score 77/3
Sunil Narine, after his one-run first over, conceded 12 in his second over. Warner took a six off the second ball of the over and Rahul got a four off the final ball.
With two singles in between, the over meant a good one for the batting side.
Over 9 || Score 65/3
Wicket, Naman Ojha's steady innings came to an end. The right-handed batsman tried to launch one over the backward point but his shot ended with Yusuf Pathan taking a catch.
Naman Ojha c Yusuf Pathan b Shakib Al Hasan 22 (24b)
Lokesh Rahul arrived to give Warner company.
Over 8 || Score 58/2
Naman Ojha, after lying low for a while, joined the party with a straight six off Ryan ten Doeschate.
With a single each off the first and the last balls of the over, ten Doeschate's first over went for eight runs.
Over 7 || Score 50/2
Fifty up for Hyderabad. Warner, who arrived after the fall of Dhawan, has taken on Shakib, launching one over wide long on.
A ball earlier, Naman Ojha survived a stumping chance. Shakib's first over yielded nine runs for the batting team.
Over 6 || Score 41/2
First bowling change of the evening as Gambhir introduced Sunil Narine. And soon the off-break bowler provided a wicket, that of Dhawan. Gambhir himself involved in the proceeding as he took the catch, after a brief fumble at square leg.
Shikhar Dhawan c Gautam Gambhir b Sunil Narine 19 (14b)
Over 5 || Score 40/1
Gautam Gambhir has opted to utilise his two premier fast bowlers during the power-play period. Morkel has completed his third over, conceding 27 runs.
In his third over, the South African gave away 12 runs, including two fours – all by Dhawan, and two wides.
Dhawan has reached 19 from 11 runs.
Over 4 || Score 28/1
Another seven-run over, as Dhawan took the responsibility of scoring. He has reached 10 from six balls. His partner at the other end, Ojha is on seven from 10 deliveries.
Over 3 || Score 21/1
Naman Ojha arrived after the fall of Finch, and soon found the calling tempting. Dispatched one towards fine leg for a boundary.
Morkel followed it with two more singles and ended the over conceding seven runs. Earlier, Dhawan got a single off the first ball of the over.
Over 2 || Score 14/1
Wicket Umesh Yadav provided the vital breakthrough as Aaron Finch failed to capitalise survived a chance two balls earlier. Yadav's third ball, a late out-swinger, did enticed enough to draw Finch to commit to a shot, resulting in a catch. Morkel took a well judge catch at third man.
Aaron Finch c Morne Morkel b Umesh Yadav 8 (8b)
Over 1 || Score 8/0
Good start for Hyderabad, as Shikhar Dhawan found a boundary off the last ball of the first over from Morne Morkel. His opening partner, Aaron Finch faced the five deliveries for one.
Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, David Warner, Darren Sammy (capt.), Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha (wk), Karn Sharma, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Robin Uthappa (wk), Gautam Gambhir (capt.), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine
Toss:Darren Sammy, who will now lead Sunrisers Hyderabad for the rest of the season, has won the toss and opted to bat first.
Kolkata Knight Riders are fielding an unchanged side, while for Hyderabad Sammy replaced Moises Henriques.
After losing a high scoring entertaining screamer against Kings XI Punjab in their previous match, Sunrisers Hyderabad face another hurdle when they take on a well looking Kolkata Knight Riders at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium in an IPL match within few minutes from now, in the second encounter of the day.
Sunrisers Hyderabad haven`t been in the best of form and have lost their last two matches. They have eight points from 10 matches and need a win to keep themselves in the hunt for a last four place. The Sunrisers` star batsmen such as Aaron Finch, David Warner, Naman Ojha have risen to the occasion in recent matches and captain Shikhar Dhawan rediscovering his form augurs well for the side. They hold the key along with a power packed bowling attack led by South African Dale Steyn.
On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders after having lost four matches on the trot found themselves hitting form at the right time. They have won three games in a row and their captain Gautam Gambhir and opener Robin Uthappa have contributed heavily to the team`s success.
Sunil Narine and Albie Morkel hold KKR`s key in their bowling department and along with Shaqib ul Hasan they will look to create enough problems against a powerful Hyderabad batting line-up.