Indian Premier League 9: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab – As it happened
Chasing a paltry total of 138 runs, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa added 82 runs for the first wicket.
Chandigarh: Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by six wickets in Match 13 of the Indian Premier League at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali today.
Over 17.1 | Score 141/4 (Yadav 11*, Pathan 12*)
2 needed to win. Mohit started with a length ball and Yadav it past mid-off for the winning runs. Another clinical performance by KKR. They will be pleased with this win.
Over 17 | Score 137/4 (Yadav 12*, Pathan 7*)
Abbott to bowl his third over. Pathan scored a couple of runs off the first ball. Second ball was short and with the Pathan power, it was drilled on the leg side for a boundary. Next ball was full and Pathan hit it past the diving fielder at mid-on for another boundary. Pathan took a single off the next ball. Yadav worked the next ball towards midwicket for a single. Next ball was a high bouncer which was called wide. Pathan hit the last ball, a low full-toss towards short midwicket for no run. 13 from the over.
Over 16 | Score 124/4 (Yadav 6*, Pathan 1*)
Axar to continue. Shakib hit the fourth ball towards long-off, where a misfield from Vohra turned it into a boundary. Shakib took a chance off the next ball, but mistimed it straight to the fielder at short third man. Pathan is the new man in.
Shakib Al Hasan c Sandeep Sharma b Patel 11 (15b)
Over 15 | Score 117/3 (Shakib 6*, Yadav 5*)
Mohit Sharma is back in attack. He bowled a high bouncer to Yadav, who played an effective upper cut for a boundary. Five from the over.
Over 14 | Score 112/3 (Shakib 5*, Yadav 1*)
Axar Patel is back for a fresh spell. He started with a straight ball to Pandey, who looked clueless and was bowled! Suryakumar Yadav is the next man in, ahead of Andre Russell. Two from the over, brilliant stuff from Patel.
MK Pandey b Patel 12 (11b)
Over 13 | Score 110/2 (Pandey 12*, Shakib 4*)
Sahu to bowl his final over. Just three from the over.
Over 12 | Score 107/2 (Pandey 10*, Shakib 3*)
Mohit Sharma is back in attack. Pandey saw some width off the first ball and smashed it past cover for a boundary, superb stroke. Nine from the over.
Over 11 | Score 98/2 (Pandey 4*, Shakib 0*)
Sahu to continue. He deceived Gambhir with a flighted delivery, the left-hander mistimed it towards midwicket and Glenn Maxwell grabbed a sensational catch running towards his front. That will give Punjab some confidence. Outstanding effort from the Australian! Shakib is the new man in. Five from the over and a wicket for Sahu, who has been very impressive today.
G Gambhir c Maxwell b Sahu 34 (34b)
Over 10 | Score 93/1 (Gambhir 31*, Pandey 2*)
Maxwell to continue. Gambhir was offered width off the fifth ball and he played a superb cut shot for another boundary. 10 from the over.
Over 9 | Score 83/1 (Gambhir 22*, Pandey 1*)
Sahu to continue. He bowled a length ball to Uthappa on middle-stump, Uthappa misjudged the length, wanted to sweep it and was trapped in front of the wicket. Manish Pandey is the new man in. Excellent over from Sahu, three runs and a wicket from it.
RV Uthappa lbw b Sahu 53 (28b)
Over 8 | Score 80/0 (Uthappa 52*, Gambhir 21*)
Glenn Maxwell brought into the attack. Gambhir was given some width and he cheekily played it late past third man for a boundary. Eight from the over. Nothing working for KXIP.
Over 7 | Score 72/0 (Uthappa 50*, Gambhir 16*)
Pradeep Sahu brought into the attack. Uthappa played a brilliant reverse-sweep shot past slips off the second ball for another boundary. He followed it with a single to bring his 50 off just 24 balls – it's the third fastest fifty this season. Uthappa has been brilliant from the word go today, and these two are crusing towards KXIP's paltry total.
Over 6 | Score 65/0 (Uthappa 37*, Gambhir 12*)
Axar Patel brought into the attack. Uthappa welcomed him with a boundary past square leg off a well-executed sweep shot. 10 from the over.
Over 5 | Score 55/0 (Uthappa 37*, Gambhir 12*)
First bowling change, Mohit Sharma to bowl his first over. Fifth ball was a short one to Uthappa, and he handsomely pulled it over midwicket for another boundary. 50 up for KKR in no time. Uthappa edged the last ball of the over, it flew past a diving Saha who had no chance despite a valiant effort. 11 from the over.
Over 4 | Score 44/0 (Uthappa 23*, Gambhir 11*)
Abbott to continue. He offered width to Uthappa and the ball was powerfully hit over cover for another boundary. Uthappa is looking in tremendous nick today. Fifth ball was a short delivery to Gambhir, and the skipper got into action by pulling it between midwicket and mid-on for another boundary. 11 from the over.
Over 3 | Score 33/0 (Uthappa 23*, Gambhir 5*)
Sandeep to continue. He bowled a half-volley to Uthappa, who hit it just over the fielder at mid-on for another boundary. Sandeep ended the over with a high bouncer, no trouble for Uthappa who worked it over the keeper for another boundary. Nine from the over. KKR are in a hurry!
Over 2 | Score 20/0 (Uthappa 11*, Gambhir 4*)
Kyle Abbott to bowl from the other end. He conceded just four off the five five balls but then offered width to Uthappa, who hit it powerfully through covers for a boundary. Eight from the over.
Over 1 | Score 12/0 (Uthappa 6*, Gambhir 2*)
Sandeep Sharma to bowl the first over, the reputed Uthappa-Gambhir duo will open the innings. First ball swung into Uthappa, who worked it nicely past short fine leg for a boundary. Second ball flicked off Uthappa's pad and went for 4 byes. Good start for Kolkata, 12 from the first over.
Over 20 | Score 138/8 (Marsh 56*, Abbott 12*)
Andre Russell, who used to be KKR's opening and death bowler, comes to bowl his first over. Two singles came off the first two balls. Third ball was a full-toss, Marsh hammered it over the fielder at long-on to complete his fifty off 40 balls. Brilliant innings this from the Australian. Abbott played a big shot off the fifth ball and cleared long-on for a Six! Abbott hit the last ball towards deep midwicket and followed by a misfield and an overthrow, the batsmen ran three more runs. Huge over for KXIP, 18 runs from it and they now seem to have reached a decent total.
Over 19 | Score 120/8 (Marsh 48*, Abbott 2*)
Yadav to bowl his third over, Kyle Abbott is the new man in. Marsh hit the third ball towards deep cover, he completed a single, Sahu wanted another run, which wasn't there and he was run-out. Kyle Abbott is the new man in. Five from the over.
P Sahu run out 1 (1b)
Over 18 | Score 115/7 (Marsh 46*)
Morkel is back in attack, Mohit Sharma is the new man in. He started with a short ball and Marsh tonked it past midwicket for a boundary. KXIP need more of those. Marsh followed the boundary with a single. Mohit ducked under a bouncer and scored a single towards third man off the fourth ball. Morkel bowled a brilliant yorker to Marsh and he worked it for a single on the off side. Last ball was a bouncer and Mohit gloved it to the keeper. Seven from the over.
MM Sharma c Uthappa b Morkel 1 (3b)
Over 17 | Score 108/6 (Marsh 40*)
Yadav is back in attack. Six runs came off the first five balls, with pressure building Axar smashed the last ball high in the air, it went straight to Suryakumar Yadav at mid-off.
AR Patel c SA Yadav b UT Yadav 9 (8b)
Over 16 | Score 102/5 (Marsh 38*, Patel 5*)
Shakib to bowl his final over. Seven from the over. To Punjab to get to a decent score, Marsh will have to bat till the end.
Over 15 | Score 95/5 (Marsh 35*, Patel 1*)
Narine to bowl his final over. Marsh played a fine sweep shot off the third ball and hit it in the gap between long-on and deep midwicket for a boundary. Maxwell tried a reverse-sweep, but found Chawla at covers. Relief for KKR. Axar Patel is the next man in. Ten from the over.
GJ Maxwell c Chawla b Narine 4 (7b)
Over 14 | Score 85/4 (Marsh 27*, Maxwell 3*)
Shakib to bowl his third over. Seven from the over. Maxwell will have to take charge of having a go at the spinners.
Over 13 | Score 78/4 (Marsh 22*, Maxwell 2*)
Surprise, Yusuf Pathan to bowl his first over of this season. And he strikes! Miller saw some width off the first ball, he tried a cut shot, got a healthy edge which was once again grabbed nicely by Uthappa! A forgettable run for Miller continue. Glenn Maxwell is the next man in. KXIP need him to rediscover his old form. Six from the over.
DA Miller c Uthappa b Pathan 6 (6b)
Over 12 | Score 72/3 (Marsh 20*, Miller 6*)
Chawla into his third over. He bowled one at the pads and Miller swept it past fine leg for a much-needed boundary. Marsh was offered width off the last ball and he hit it past point for another boundary. Two crucial boundaries for KXIP in the over. 10 from it.
Over 11 | Score 62/3 (Marsh 16*, Miller 1*)
Narine to bowl his third over. He moved one away from Saha, who edged it and Uthappa took a good catch. David Miller is the new man in and KXIP need a good hand from their skipper, who has struggled so far.
WP Saha c Uthappa b Narine 8 (14b)
Over 10 | Score 56/2 (Marsh 12*, Saha 4*)
Chawla to continue. The leggie is bowling beautifully today. He was given just one over in the previous game and he is making his skipper realise about the mistake. Four from the over.
Over 9 | Score 52/2 (Marsh 12*, Saha 4*)
Narine to continue. Four from the over. KXIP batsmen have been defending a lot of deliveries. One of the batsmen will have to take the charge of hitting boundaries.
Over 8 | Score 48/2 (Marsh 12*, Saha 1*)
Piyush Chawla brought into the attack. The first ball spun sharply into Marsh, looked like a close call but no appeal made. Fifth ball was a superb wrong one and Murali Vijay was stunned, and bowled! Gem of a ball from the leggie! Wriddhiman Saha is the next man in and he has been promoted ahead of David Miller and Glenn Maxwell.
M Vijay b Chawla 26 (22b)
Over 7 | Score 44/1 (Vijay 25*, Marsh 10*)
Narine brought into the attack. Just one from his first over. He once used to be a mystery spinner and KKR need their premier spinner to find some form here.
Over 6 | Score 41/1 (Vijay 24*, Marsh 8*)
Morkel to bowl his third. He once again pitched one short to Vijay, who pulled it over midwicket for another boundary. Six from the over.
Over 5 | Score 35/1 (Vijay 19*, Marsh 7*)
Shakib to continue. Vijay was offered too much width off the third ball and he played a cracking shot through covers for a boundary. Nine from the over.
Over 4 | Score 26/1 (Vijay 13*, Marsh 4*)
Morkel to bowl from the other end. Third ball was a wide bouncer and Vohra played an upper cut towards third man for a single and an overthrow produced another single. Vohra flicked the next ball towards deep midwicket, where Shakib took a good catch and Manan Vohra is OUT! Marsh was the next man in and he got off the mark with a brilliant boundary! Nine from the over.
M Vohra c Shakib Al Hasan b Morkel 8 (12b)
Over 3 | Score 17/0 (Vijay 12*, Vohra 4*)
Spin introduced early, Shakib to bowl his first over. Vijay was offered width off the fifth ball and he drove it through covers for a boundary. Six from Shakib's first over.
Over 2 | Score 11/0 (Vijay 8*, Vohra 3*)
Umesh Yadav to bowl from the other end. Six from the over.
Over 1 | Score 5/0 (Vijay 5*, Vohra 0*)
Morne Morkel to bowl the first over, Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra to open for Punjab. After facing three dot balls, Vijay smashed the fourth one straight down the ground for a boundary. Five from the first over.
Here are the playing XIs of both the teams:
Kings XI Punjab squad: M Vijay, M Vohra, SE Marsh, DA Miller (c), GJ Maxwell, WP Saha (wk), AR Patel, MM Sharma, KJ Abbott, P Sahu, Sandeep Sharma
Kolkata Knight Riders squad: RV Uthappa (wk), G Gambhir (c), AD Russell, MK Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, YK Pathan, SA Yadav, PP Chawla, SP Narine, M Morkel, UT Yadav
Toss: KKR have won the toss and Gambhir decides to bowl first.
Gautam Gambhir and his boys would be keen on putting a good show against Kings XI Punjab, who would be high on confidence after winning their first match of the season in their previous outing in the tournament.
KKR have had a mixed season so far, where after winning first match against Delhi Daredevils, they suffered a six-wicket defeat against Mumbai Indians. KKR bounced back in the next match where they comprehensively defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets.
Gambhir has led from the front by slamming two half-centuries in three matches for his team.
KXIP, on the other hand, won their first match of the season against Rising Pune Supergiants after being defeated by Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils in consecutive matches.
Maxwell found some form for the Punjab franchise against Pune and the pressure is on skipper David Miller, who has scored just 31 runs from three matches so far.
Here are possible playing XIs of both the teams:
Kings XI Punjab squad: M Vijay, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, David Miller (c), Glenn Maxwell, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Kyle Abbott, Mohit Sharma, Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma
Kolkata Knight Riders squad: Robin Uthappa (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav