IPL 7, Match 11: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:58

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Sharjah: Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by two runs in the 11th match of the Indian Premier League played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore innings:

Over 20 || Score 148/5

Vinay Kumar to bowl the final over, Morkel on strike. Morkel works the first ball towards long-on for a single. 8 needed from 5, AB on strike. AB sweeps the second ball towards deep midwicket for another single. 7 needed from 4. Kumar bowled a wide full-toss and Morkel hit it towards deep cover, but they have just taken a single. 6 needed from 3. Kumar bowled a short ball, AB smashed it towards deep midwicket where Chris Lynn has pulled off a blinder, AB is OUT! 6 needed from 2. Starc is the new man in. Morkel is on strike. Morkel worked the fifth ball towards long-on and they run two! A boundary needed off the last ball! Vinay Kumar bowled another wide full-toss and Morkel hits it straight to long-off, just for a single. KKR have pulled off a stunning victory by 2 runs!

AB de Villiers c Lynn b Vinay Kumar 11 (12b)

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Over 19 || Score 142/4

18 needed from 12, Umesh Yadav will bowl the penultimate over. He started off with an overpitched delivery, AB smacked it towards wide of long-off for a boundary! Umesh followed it with good yorker and AB worked it towards long-on for a single. Umesh bowled a good wide yorker to Yuvraj who cooudln't make any contact with the bat. Umesh followed it with a full-toss over the waist and Yuvraj manages two runs off it, no-ball called. Yuvraj saw some width off the next ball and he hit it straight to Pathan at deep point, Yuvraj is OUT! Albie Morkel is the new man in. Morkel got off the mark with a risky single, and AB had to dive to survive. AB tried a reverse-sweep off the last ball, didn't make any contact with the bat. 9 needed from 6 now. Nine runs from the over.

Yuvraj Singh c Pathan b UT Yadav 31 (34b)

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Over 18 || Score 133/3

Vinay Kumar has been brought into the attack. After bowling three decent balls, Kumar bowled an overpitched delivery and Yuvraj hit it over covers for a boundary! AB took a single off the last ball to keep the strike.

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Over 17 || Score 126/3

Kallis to bowl his final over. Just three from the over. 25 needed from the last three overs.

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Over 16 || Score 123/3

Narine to bowl his final over. Narine bowled a waist-high full-toss to Kohli who slapped it past wide of long-on for a boundary! Narine bowled a quicker one, which spun sharply into Kohli, and he has been bowled, Kohli is OUT! Kohli had been playing extremely well and it need a special delivery to dismiss the champion batsman, and it indeed was one. AB de Villiers is the new man in. Seven runs from the over.

V Kohli b Narine 31 (23b)

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Over 15 || Score 116/2

Kallis to bowl his third over. He bowled one at Kohli's pads and he worked it fine last fine leg for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 14 || Score 109/2

Narine to bowl his third over. Six runs from the over.

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Over 13 || Score 103/2

Kallis has been brought into the attack. The first ball was overpitched and had some width, Kohli handsomely drove it past covers for a boundary! Kallis once again offered width off the second ball, Kohli once again played a handsome drive, this time past extra-cover for another boundary! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 93/2

Narine has been brought back into the attack. Three runs from the over. So, the plan is not to take risks against KKR's maverick spinner.

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Over 11 || Score 90/2

Umesh Yadav has been brought into the attack. He bowled a short one to Yuvraj, who stood in his crease and slapped it over deep midwicket for a SIX! Umesh bowled a short one to Kohli as well who pulled it past midwicket for a boundary! 13 runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 77/2

Morkel to bowl his final over. He bowled a brilliant bouncer to Yuvraj. Gambhir can't avail the services of Morkel anymore as he has finished his spell. Five runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 72/0

Vinay to continue. Patel was looking to work the first ball down the leg side, but he was surprised by the bounce and he hit it to Lynn at covers, Parthiv is OUT! Yuvraj Singh is the new man in. These two stitched a crucial partnership in the first match against Delhi, their team needs another one here.

PA Patel c Lynn b Vinay Kumar 21 (19b)

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Over 8 || Score 67/1

While RCB are cruising here, Jacques Kallis has been brought into the attack. Takawale got some room on the off-side and he managed to get an edge which rushed past third man for a boundary! Kallis followed it with a delivery which nipped into the batsman, Takawale didn't get any bat on the bat and was plumb in front of the wicket, Takawale is OUT! This has been an entertaining innings from Takawale. RCB skippper Virat Kohli is the new man in. Six runs from the over.

YV Takawale lbw b Kallis 40 (28b)

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Over 7 || Score 61/0

Vinay Kumar has been brought into the attack. He begins with a short ball and Patel pulls it past midwicket for a boundary! Kumar bowled one down the leg side and it clipped Takawale's pads and went for four byes. 12 runs from the over. This has been another superb start for the RCB.

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Over 6 || Score 49/0

Morkel to bowl his third over. The long-off was up and Takawale took a chance off the second ball and hit it over mid-off for a couple of runs. Morkel bowled a fuller one and Takawale hits it straight down the ground for a boundary! Morkel followed it with a wide bouncer and Takawale plays a wonderful uppe cut over third man for a boundary! Morkel bowled a short ball to end the over and Takawale handsomely pulled it past midwicket for another boundary! These two unheralded gentlemen have ripped apart the KKR bowling line-up so far. 15 runs from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 34/0

KKR in dire need of wickets, which is why Sunil Narine has been brought into the attack. Just one from the over. RCB will have to take their chances against the other bowlers, if they plan to defend the next three from Narine.

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Over 4 || Score 33/0

Morkel to continue. Morkel bowled one down the leg side and Takawale flicked it over square leg for a boundary! Takawale made some room for himself off the fourth ball, Uthappa moved towards his left and the edge flew past his right for a boundary! Morkel once again worked one down the leg side and Takawale was quick to work it past fine leg for another boundary! 13 runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 20/0

Umesh to continue. Patel was offered some room off an overpitched delivery and he hit it over point for a boundary! Yadav drifted on the leg side off the last ball and Takawale hit it over midwicket for a boundary! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 10/2

Morne Morkel to bowl from the other end. Excellent start from Morkel, just two runs from his first over.

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Over 1 || Score 8/0

Yogesh Takawale and Parthiv Patel to open the innings for RCB, Umesh Yadav will bowl the first over. Patel was offered some room off the third ball and he played a cut shot past point for a boundary! Eight runs from the first over.

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Kolkata Knight Riders innings:

Over 20 || Score 150/6

Starc will bowl the final over. He starts with a wide. Suryakumar Yadav moved on the off-side and managed just a bye. Kumar failed to connect off the third ball, and they ran another bye as Parthiv Patel's throw missed the stumps. Suryakumar hit the fourth ball over covers for a couple. Suryakumar worked the fourth ball towards short third man for a single. Starc bowled a yorker and Kumar worked it towards long-off for a couple. Kumar made room for himself by moving on the off-side and hit it straight to Morkel at short fine leg, Kumar is OUT!

Suryakumar Yadav 24* (18b)

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Over 19 || Score 142/6

Dinda to bowl the penultimate over. Nine runs from the over. KKR would now want to go past that 150-run mark.

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Over 18 || Score 133/6

Aaron to bowl his final over. Uthappa hit the first ball straight towards deep midwicket, where Starc took a clean catch, Uthappa is OUT! Vinay Kumar is the new man in. Aaron ends a brilliant spell with three wickets.

RV Uthappa c Starc b Aaron 22 (18b)

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Over 17 || Score 129/5

Starc has been brought back into the attack. He bowled a wide bouncer and Uthappa pulled it high over deep fine leg for a Six! Suryakumar Yadav made room for himself off the last ball and hit it over fine leg for a Six! 16 from the over.

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Over 16 || Score 113/5

Chahal into his final over. Kallis tried to go inside-out off the second ball, but hit it straight to the fielder at deep cover, Kallis is OUT! Seven runs from the over.

JH Kallis c Takawale b Chahal 43 (42b)

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Over 15 || Score 106/4

Dinda to continue. Six runs from the over. Kallis is under pressure to do most of the scoring. Robin Uthappa, the other batsmen at the crease now needs to go for his strokes.

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Over 14 || Score 100/4

Chahal to bowl his third over. Another good over from him, just four runs off it.

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Over 13 || Score 96/4

Dinda to continue. Five runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 91/4

Aaron to bowl his third over. Aaron bowled a length ball to Lynn, who hit it straight to AB de Villiers at long-off, Lynn is OUT! A brilliant innings from Lynn comes to an end. Yusuf Pathan is the new man in. He too got a length delivery and he hit it straight to Kohli at mid-off, Pathan is OUT! Two runs from the over and two wickets for Aaron.

YK Pathan c Kohli b Aaron 0 (2b)

CA Lynn c de Villiers b Aaron 45 (31b)

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Over 11 || Score 89/2

Ashok Dinda has been brought into the attack. Seven runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 82/2

Chahal to continue. Six runs from the over. As usual, Chahal has been brilliant so far.

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Over 9 || Score 76/2

Murali to continue. He bowled an overpitched delivery to Kallis, who swept it powerfully over deep square leg for a Six! These two gentlemen have shown no respect whatsoever for the Sri Lankan legend. Ten runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 66/2

Yuzvendra Chahal has been brought into the attack. He has been brilliant in this season so far. Chahal bowled a short ball to Lynn who went after it, high towards deep square leg, where Starc took the catch cleanly, but slipped while doing so and touched the ropes, that's a Six! Nine runs from that over. Lynn is looking dangerous and that could prove to be a big miss from Starc.

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Over 7 || Score 57/2

Muttiah Muralitharan has been brought into the attack. First ball was overpitched and Lynn launched it high and long over deep midwicket for a Massive SIX! That's some sort of welcome. Lynn worked the second ball towards midwicket for a single. Kallis worked the third ball towards covers for a quick single. Murali bowled another overpitched delivery to Lynn, who swept it over deep square leg for anotyher Six! Lynn took a single off the last ball to keep the strike.

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Over 6 || Score 42/2

Aaron to continue. Good over from the speedster, just four runs from it.

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Over 5 || Score 38/2

Morkel to bowl his second over. Fourth ball was overpitched and Lynn drove that past extra-cover for a boundary, there was a fielder there and he misjudged it. Morkel followed it with another wide delivery and Lynn slammed it past covers for another boundary this time. Last ball was hit towards covers and Kohli seems to have hit his jaw as a result of some awkward bounce. The RCB skipper has walked off the field.Ten runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 28/2

Varun Aaron has been brought into the attack. Fourth ball was a length delivery and Chris Lynn drilled it straight down the ground for a boundary! Six runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 22/2

Starc to continue. It was proving to be a good over, before Kallis found some room off the last balla and he worked it fine past point for a boundary! Five runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 17/0

Albie Morkel to bowl from the other end. He bowled first ball wide and Pandey worked it fine over extra-cover for a boundary! But Morkel bounced back as the second ball bounced from good length and Pandey hit it straight to Kohli at covers, Pandey is OUT! Chris Lynn is the new man in. Fourth ball was slightly overpitched and Kallis punched it past the fielder at mid-on for a boundary! 11 runs from the over and the wicket of in-form Pandey.

MK Pandey c Kohli b Morkel 5 (3b)

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Over 1 || Score 6/1

Mitchell Starc to bowl the first over, Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis to open for KKR. He bowled a full length delivery to Gambhir which swung away and hit him plumb in front of the pads, Gambhir is OUT! So Gambhir now has a hat-trick of ducks! Manish Pandey is the new man in. Good over to start with for Starc.

G Gambhir lbw b Starc 0 (1b)

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TOSS: RCB has won the toss and they have decided to bowl first.

Despite Chris Gayle`s absence from their first two matches, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a great start to IPL seven with two consecutive victories. While Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli played two good knocks to start off their campaign in style, a collective performance from the bowlers saw them winning their second match comprehensively. While Yuvraj Singh`s inclusion has strengthened the middle-order, Parthiv Patel has played two brilliant knocks as an opener, which has made the job easier for the rest of the batsmen.

Bangalore have a good bowling line-up this year, but the highlight for them has been Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been very economical with his accurate line and length.

KKR on the other hand have been struggling as their skipper Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for a duck in both the matches. Gambhir has been very consistent with the bat in the past seasons, and the team management would want him to score a big knock in the high-profile match. Jacques Kallis played a wonderful knock in the first match and the team management would want him to continue the good show.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on Sunil Narine to flummox RCB`s power-packed batting line-up with his unplayable deliveries. Morne Morkel has bowled two good spells for KKR in their first two matches, and he would be expected to get the early breakthroughs.



First Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 00:29

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