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Indian Premier League, 2017, Match 23

Kolkata Knight Riders 187/5 (20.0)
Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets
Gujarat Lions 188/6 (18.2)

Kolkata Knight Riders innings

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Sunil Narine
c James Faulkner b Suresh Raina
42 17 9 1 247.06
Gautam Gambhir (C)
c Suresh Raina b James Faulkner
33 28 2 1 117.86
Robin Uthappa (W)
c Brendon McCullum b Praveen Kumar
72 48 8 2 150
Manish Pandey
b Basil Thampi
24 21 2 0 114.29
Yusuf Pathan
not out
11 4 2 0 275
Suryakumar Yadav
run out (Dinesh Karthik)
1 1 0 0 100
Shakib Al Hasan
not out
1 1 0 0 100
Total 187/5 (20.0)
Run Rate : 9.35
To bat: Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav
Fall Of Wickets:

1-45 (Sunil Narine 3.2 ov), 2-114 (Gautam Gambhir 11.3 ov), 3-169 (Robin Uthappa 18.2 ov), 4-184 (Manish Pandey 19.3 ov), 5-186 (Suryakumar Yadav 19.5 ov)

Bowlers O M R W Econ
Praveen Kumar 2 0 24 1 12
James Faulkner 4 0 38 1 9.5
Basil Thampi 4 0 44 1 11
Suresh Raina 2 0 11 1 5.5
Dhawal Kulkarni 2 0 23 0 11.5
Ravindra Jadeja 4 0 31 0 7.75
Dwayne Smith 2 0 14 0 7

Gujarat Lions innings

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Aaron Finch
c Manish Pandey b Nathan Coulter-Nile
31 15 4 2 206.67
Brendon McCullum
c Manish Pandey b Chris Woakes
33 17 5 1 194.12
Suresh Raina (C)
c Manish Pandey b Kuldeep Yadav
84 46 9 4 182.61
Dinesh Karthik (W)
c Gautam Gambhir b Nathan Coulter-Nile
3 3 0 0 100
Ishan Kishan
c Umesh Yadav b Kuldeep Yadav
4 11 0 0 36.36
Dwayne Smith
b Umesh Yadav
5 4 1 0 125
Ravindra Jadeja
not out
19 13 1 1 146.15
James Faulkner
not out
4 2 0 0 200
Total 188/6 (18.2)
Run Rate : 10.25
To bat: Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni
Fall Of Wickets:

1-42 (Aaron Finch 3.3 ov), 2-73 (Brendon McCullum 6.2 ov), 3-81 (Dinesh Karthik 7.2 ov), 4-115 (Ishan Kishan 11.4 ov), 5-122 (Dwayne Smith 12.4 ov), 6-180 (Suresh Raina 17.5 ov)

Bowlers O M R W Econ
Shakib Al Hasan 3 0 31 0 10.33
Sunil Narine 4 0 42 0 10.5
Nathan Coulter-Nile 3.2 0 41 2 12.3
Chris Woakes 2 0 20 1 10
Kuldeep Yadav 4 0 33 2 8.25
Umesh Yadav 2 0 17 1 8.5
Match Info
Venue Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Toss Gujarat Lions
Umpires Chris Gaffaney (NZ),Nitin Menon (IND) and CK Nandan (IND)
Match Referee Vengalil Narayanan Kutty (IND)
So that's it from us for this game. The visitors have finally managed to get their second win this season after a scintillating performance from their skipper Suresh Raina. Kolkata, on the other hand, will be unhappy as this is their first defeat this season at the Eden Gardens. Join us back tomorrow as we have two matches coming your way. Firstly, Pune host Hyderabad in their own backyard at 1600 local (1030 GMT) and Delhi go to Mumbai to play at the Wankhede Stadium at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Until then, goodbye and cheers!
Gujarat skipper and Man of the Match, Suresh Raina says that it was a really good wicket to bat on. Applauds James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar and Basil Thampi for the way they bowled in the death overs. Credits Ravindra Jadeja for supporting him in the middle. Also adds that it was a good team effort by the boys. Reckons that Robin Uthappa's wicket was very important as they got him out at the perfect time. Admits that he likes to chase targets as it is always easy to plan your innings accordingly. Feels that their batting has been really good this season and they need to improve their bowling, especially in the first six overs. Ends by saying that he enjoyed batting in the middle today.
Kolkata skipper, Gautam Gambhir says that they batted really well. Admits that the visitors chased it down well and they took the game away from them in the first six overs. Feels that it was a really good wicket to bat on. Also says that you always want to chase against a side like Gujarat as they have a heavy batting line-up. Credits Gujarat for the way they hunted down the target and applauds Suresh Raina for his brilliant knock. (About their position in the table) Says that they are still in a good position and would have surely taken this position if it was offered to him at the start.
Kolkata were outplayed as they came out to bowl. They got wickets but not when it was really needed. The onslaught in the Powerplay and then the master stroke from Suresh Raina proved too much for them. Another place where they faltered was that they didn't put enough runs on the board, considering what a flying start Sunil Narine gave them. Robin Uthappa built on that but the middle order failed to capitalize and ultimately, the hosts ended up posting a total which wasn't enough.
A comfortable win for Gujarat, which isn't something you've heard quite often this season. And to sweeten it even more, they've beaten Kolkata away from home. The target was a fairly stiff one but a good start from their openers set it all up. There was a slight interruption due to rain, but then the skipper took it upon himself and scored a blistering 84. He got out just before the end but he had gotten his team in a comfortable position by then. Jadeja and Faulkner added the finishing touches and saw their side home.
18.2: N Coulter-Nile to R Jadeja, FOUR! That's it and Gujarat have sealed the match! Length delivery outside off, Jadeja slashes hard at it and gets it through the point region for a boundary. GUJARAT WIN BY 4 WICKETS AND 10 BALLS TO SPARE!
18.1: N Coulter-Nile to J Faulkner, Faulkner squeezes it towards third man for a single.
End of over 18 (12 runs): Gujarat Lions 183/6 ( J Faulkner 3 (1b 0x4 0x6), R Jadeja 15 (12b 0x4 1x6), K Yadav 4-0-33-2)
17.6: K Yadav to J Faulkner, NOT OUT! Fuller into the pads, Faulkner clips it really fine down the leg side. The fielder from square leg gives it a chase and the batsmen run for a third. The throw is back to the keeper and Uthappa is quick to dislodge the bails. The players appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show that Jadeja had made it in time. So three runs taken. Gujarat just need 5 to win now with two overs remaining.
And just as I said that, we have a run out appeal against Jadeja. Although it looks like he's home safely.
James Faulkner is the next man in. Gujarat need 8 to win off 13 balls. Seems comfortable enough, but you never know with this game...
17.5: K Yadav to S Raina, OUT! Soft dismissal! Short delivery spinning away, Suresh Raina tries to cut it. Mistimes it towards the cover-point fielder. Pandey runs to his left and takes a good diving catch. A simply superb knock comes to an end. Maybe too late for Kolkata!
17.4: K Yadav to S Raina, SIX! Gone, gone, goner! Tossed up around middle and leg, Raina gets low under it and smokes that into the stands.
17.3: K Yadav to R Jadeja, Fuller into the pads, Jadeja clips it towards mid-wicket for a single. Kuldeep Yadav tracks that down.
17.2: K Yadav to S Raina, Floated outside off, Jadeja punches it through cover-point for a single.
50-run stand between Raina and Jadeja!
17.1: K Yadav to R Jadeja, Fuller delivery outside off, Jadeja drills it towards long on for a single.
Kuldeep Yadav to bowl his final over.
End of over 17 (16 runs): Gujarat Lions 171/5 ( R Jadeja 13 (10b 0x4 1x6), S Raina 77 (43b 9x4 3x6), N Coulter-Nile 3-0-36-2)
16.6: N Coulter-Nile to R Jadeja, Full toss outside off, Jadeja pushes it towards mid off and runs a quick single.
16.5: N Coulter-Nile to S Raina, Fuller delivery outside off, Raina carves it away towards third man for a single.
16.4: N Coulter-Nile to S Raina, SIX! Delightful! Fuller into the pads, Raina flicks it beautifully over the square leg region for a maximum.
16.3: N Coulter-Nile to S Raina, FOUR! Simply superb! Fuller delivery just outside off, Raina stays in his crease, uses the pace of the bowler and squirts it past the point region for a boundary.
16.2: N Coulter-Nile to S Raina, Good length delivery around off, Raina tries to go big on the off side but fails to make contact.
16.1: N Coulter-Nile to S Raina, FOUR! Powerful! Length delivery outside off, Raina smacks that down the ground through the mid off region for a boundary.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back into the attack.
Time Out has been taken!
End of over 16 (9 runs): Gujarat Lions 155/5 ( R Jadeja 12 (9b 0x4 1x6), S Raina 62 (38b 7x4 2x6), S Narine 4-0-42-0)
15.6: S Narine to R Jadeja, Jadeja stays in his crease and flicks it through the mid-wicket region. Calls for a second as the fielder takes time to reach it and does complete it easily.
That's a much needed boundary for Gujarat and even more so for Jadeja. He was getting frustrated a bit and that will relieve some pressure off him.
15.5: S Narine to R Jadeja, Dropped and SIX! Floated around off, Jadeja goes for the biggie. Does not time that well as he goes downtown. The ball flies towards the long on fielder. Suryakumar Yadav pouches it with a jump, sees himself crossing the rope so throws the back in play. Catches the ball again and then indicates it as a six. Replays show that when he jumped back, his feet had made contact with the ropes. Unlucky guy, but that's good sportsmanship showed by him. Jadeja is rewarded with a maximum.
15.4: S Narine to R Jadeja, Three impressive dots! Carrom ball around middle and leg, Jadeja pushes it back to the bowler.
15.3: S Narine to R Jadeja, Another dot ball! Floated around off, Jadeja pushes it towards the fielder at point.
15.2: S Narine to R Jadeja, Fuller outside off, Jadeja pushes it towards the fielder at point. No runs taken.
15.1: S Narine to S Raina, Floated around off, Raina plays it with soft hands towards point and runs a single.
Sunil Narine to bowl out.
End of over 15 (13 runs): Gujarat Lions 146/5 ( S Raina 61 (37b 7x4 2x6), R Jadeja 4 (4b 0x4 0x6), U Yadav 2-0-17-1)
14.6: U Yadav to S Raina, Good length delivery outside off, Raina runs it down towards third man for a single to keep strike. 42 runs needed off 30 balls.
14.5: U Yadav to S Raina, FOUR! That's elegant! Length delivery outside off, Raina cuts it past the diving point fielder for a boundary.
14.4: U Yadav to S Raina, Good length delivery outside off, Raina tries to cut it but gets an inside edge which bounces over his stumps. Calls for a single but Jadeja sends him back as the keeper was running towards the ball.
14.3: U Yadav to R Jadeja, Clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
14.2: U Yadav to S Raina, Leg bye! Angling into the pads, Raina fails to clip it on the leg side. Hits him on the pads and the ball rolls away to the leg side. The batsmen run a single.
14.1: U Yadav to S Raina, SIX! That's massive! Fuller delivery outside off, Raina stays in his crease and smokes that over the mid-wicket region for a biggie.
30th Indian T20 League fifty for Suresh Raina!
End of over 14 (9 runs): Gujarat Lions 133/5 ( S Raina 50 (32b 6x4 1x6), R Jadeja 3 (3b 0x4 0x6), K Yadav 3-0-21-1)
13.6: K Yadav to S Raina, Fifty! Raina has finally looked in a good touch after some matches and he will look to make it count today. Eased down to long off for a single.
13.5: K Yadav to S Raina, FOUR! Lucky Raina! Floated up beautifully in the line of the stumps, Raina tries to play it really straight. Gets beaten and gets an inside edge which whizzes past the stumps for a boundary. Kuldeep is really unlucky there.
13.4: K Yadav to R Jadeja, The batsman has swept that one through the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
13.3: K Yadav to S Raina, Fuller into the pads, Raina lofts it down the ground for a single towards long on.
13.2: K Yadav to R Jadeja, Another one around off, Jadeja stands in his crease and punches it through covers for a single.
13.1: K Yadav to S Raina, Tossed up outside off, Raina punches it through covers for a single.
End of over 13 (5 runs): Gujarat Lions 124/5 ( S Raina 43 (28b 5x4 1x6), R Jadeja 1 (1b 0x4 0x6), U Yadav 1-0-5-1)
12.6: U Yadav to S Raina, Back of a length delivery down the leg side, Raina clips it towards the fine leg fielder for a single.
12.5: U Yadav to R Jadeja, Good length delivery outside off, Jadeja guides it towards third man to get off the mark with a single.
Ravindra Jadeja will be the new man in.
12.4: U Yadav to D Smith, OUT! Umesh, you beauty! Bowled 'em! Fuller and straighter into the stumps at 141 kmph, the ball nips back a bit. Smith cannot get his bat down in time as he just gets a faint inside edge which goes onto his pads and then shatters the stumps. Smith has to walk back to the pavilion.
12.3: U Yadav to S Raina, Another back of the hand slower one. On a good length into the pads, Raina clips it fine down the leg side for a single.
12.2: U Yadav to D Smith, Back of the hand slower one, pitched outside off. Dwayne Smith heaves it over mid-wicket for a single.
12.1: U Yadav to S Raina, Back of a length delivery to start with, Raina hops and clips it through square leg for a single.
Umesh Yadav is called into the bowling attack. A wicket here could seriously turn the tide in Kolkata's favour.
End of over 12 (9 runs): Gujarat Lions 119/4 ( D Smith 4 (2b 1x4 0x6), S Raina 40 (25b 5x4 1x6), K Yadav 2-0-12-1)
11.6: K Yadav to D Smith, Shout for LBW! Wrong 'un around middle and leg, turning away. Smith goes to play another sweep shot but fails to make contact this time. Gets rapped on the pads and the players appeal. The umpire is not interested as it was surely not going on to hit the stumps. 69 needed off 48 balls.
11.5: K Yadav to D Smith, FOUR! Straightaway into the action! Floated in the line of the stumps, Smith sits down and slog sweeps it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
Dwayne Smith is next in to bat.
11.4: K Yadav to I Kishan, OUT! Kuldeep Yadav strikes! Tossed up on leg this time, Ishan Kishan sits down and plays the sweep shot aerially. Manages to hit straight towards the fielder at deep backward square leg. Umesh Yadav gets under it and takes a fine catch. Ishan's struggle in the middle finally ends.
11.3: K Yadav to I Kishan, Floated around middle and off, Ishan Kishan reads the ball late and manages to guide it towards the fielder at point.
11.2: K Yadav to S Raina, Raina camps back and punches it towards covers for a single.
11.1: K Yadav to S Raina, FOUR! Deft! Quicker through the air, around off. Raina waits for it and plays it really fine past the keeper for a boundary. Narine put in a really bad effort there, tried to stop it with his foot when a dive was required. His skipper is furious at that effort, and understandably so.
End of over 11 (11 runs): Gujarat Lions 110/3 ( S Raina 35 (23b 4x4 1x6), I Kishan 4 (9b 0x4 0x6), S Narine 3-0-33-0)
10.6: S Narine to S Raina, Eased down to mid off for a single by Raina.
10.5: S Narine to S Raina, FOUR! Quick to react and Raina gets the reward! Sprayed into the pads, Raina makes room and pulls it powerfully through the fine leg region for a boundary.
10.4: S Narine to S Raina, Raina stays deep in his crease and defends it.
10.3: S Narine to S Raina, FOUR! Brilliant shot! Floated outside off, Raina plays the inside out with perfection, clears the cover region and the ball races away to the boundary.
10.2: S Narine to I Kishan, Similar line and length, Ishan camps back and pulls it towards long on for a single.
10.1: S Narine to S Raina, Tossed up around middle and off, Raina punches it through covers for a single. 100 up for Gujarat.
Sunil Narine is called back for a bowl.
End of over 10 (3 runs): Gujarat Lions 99/3 ( I Kishan 3 (8b 0x4 0x6), S Raina 25 (18b 2x4 1x6), K Yadav 1-0-3-0)
9.6: K Yadav to I Kishan, Around off as the spinner drags his length back a bit, Kishan off his back foot meets it with a straight blade. We're at the halfway mark and Gujarat need 89 to win off 60 deliveries.
9.5: K Yadav to I Kishan, Beautiful delivery! Kuldeep gives this plenty of revs, a lot of air and floats it outside off, Kishan is forward in defense and is beaten past the outside edge.
9.4: K Yadav to S Raina, Gives this some decent flight, invites Suresh forward who manages to push it back down the ground for one.
9.3: K Yadav to S Raina, Turning away from a length around off, Suresh Raina goes back and cuts it straight to the point fielder.
9.2: K Yadav to I Kishan, Short, flat and outside off, the straighter one, Kishan cuts it away past the cover-point fielder for a single.
9.1: K Yadav to S Raina, Loopy and full on middle and leg, Raina flicks it through the mid-wicket area for a single.
Kuldeep Yadav is introduced into the attack.
Time Out!
End of over 9 (13 runs): Gujarat Lions 96/3 ( S Raina 23 (15b 2x4 1x6), I Kishan 2 (5b 0x4 0x6), C Woakes 2-0-20-1)
8.6: C Woakes to S Raina, Brings the wrists into play and works it away into the vacant spaces in the mid-wicket region for a run.
8.5: C Woakes to I Kishan, Short of a length delivery from Chris, Ishan offers a back foot punch to covers for one run.
8.4: C Woakes to I Kishan, Loud shout for a caught behind and it's turned down. Shorter down the leg side, Kishan looks to pull it away. Doesn't connect it seems as the umpire is not interested in the caught behind shout. For some strange reason though, he doesn't even signal it as a wide.
8.3: C Woakes to S Raina, Short once more, it's pulled away square on the leg side for a single.
8.2: C Woakes to S Raina, DROPPED AND SIX! The Gujarat skipper survives a scare. Hangs back to this back of a length ball, picks it up neatly and pulls it aerially towards fine leg. Yusuf Pathan the man there runs to his right and sticks his hand out. Gets to it but can't hold on to it. It goes off it and over the rope for a biggie.
8.1: C Woakes to S Raina, FOUR! Good placement from Raina. He backs away, makes some decent room for himself and lofts it over extra cover. The fielder out in the deep doesn't stand a chance of stopping that one.
End of over 8 (4 runs): Gujarat Lions 83/3 ( I Kishan 1 (3b 0x4 0x6), S Raina 11 (11b 1x4 0x6), N Coulter-Nile 2-0-20-2)
7.6: N Coulter-Nile to I Kishan, Solid from Ishan Kishan as he meets this length ball with the full face of the bat. Successful over from Coulter-Nile comes to an end.
7.5: N Coulter-Nile to I Kishan, Just back of a length, around the off pole, Kishan hangs back and keeps it out.
7.4: N Coulter-Nile to S Raina, Angling across on a back of a length, Raina opens the bat-face and runs it down to third man for a single.
7.3: N Coulter-Nile to I Kishan, Nathan has a change of angle and comes from around the wicket, angles in a back of a length delivery from around off, Ishan Kishan hops a bit and works it down on the leg side for a run.
Ishan Kishan makes his way out to the middle.
7.2: N Coulter-Nile to D Karthik, OUT! Leading edge and taken! Dinesh Karthik looking to go over on the leg side has spooned this straight to Gautam Gambhir at short extra cover. It was a length ball on off, Karthik closed the face too early and got a leading edge to the Kolkata skipper who took a very good diving catch to his left. Coulter-Nile is continuing with his good run.
7.1: N Coulter-Nile to D Karthik, Full delivery shaping back in on off, Dinesh Karthik walks across a step and wrists it past the mid-wicket fielder for a couple of runs.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is brought back into the attack.
End of over 7 (7 runs): Gujarat Lions 79/2 ( S Raina 10 (10b 1x4 0x6), D Karthik 1 (1b 0x4 0x6), C Woakes 1-0-7-1)
6.6: C Woakes to S Raina, FOUR! Can't bowl there to Suresh Raina. It's short and wide outside off, the southpaw slaps this square past the diving point fielder to send it across the boundary line.
6.5: C Woakes to S Raina, Short on middle, Suresh swivels a bit and pulls it along the ground. But it's straight to the man at square leg so no run is taken.
6.4: C Woakes to D Karthik, Angles in a good length ball on off, Karthik is off the mark as he moves across a touch and works it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
6.3: C Woakes to S Raina, Length delivery, Raina flicks it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
Dinesh Karthik walks out to the middle.
6.2: C Woakes to B McCullum, OUT! WOAKES STRIKES IN HIS VERY FIRST OVER! And it's a big breakthrough, the dangerous McCullum departs. Full on the stumps, Brendon McCullum makes room and carves it over cover-point. Doesn't get the distance on this and it's straight into the hands of Manish Pandey out in the deep. He holds on to it and now, Gujarat have lost both their opener. Maybe the break has done the hosts some good.
6.1: C Woakes to S Raina, Woakes starts off with a full delivery, Raina drives it with a straight bat to mid off and takes a quick single.
Chris Woakes is introduced into the attack.
End of over 6 (10 runs): Gujarat Lions 72/1 ( S Raina 4 (6b 0x4 0x6), B McCullum 33 (16b 5x4 1x6), Al Hasan 3-0-31-0)
5.6: Al Hasan to S Raina, Down the leg side, Raina clips it towards mid-wicket for a single.
5.5: Al Hasan to B McCullum, McCullum sweeps it towards deep mid wicket for a single.
5.4: Al Hasan to B McCullum, FOUR! Good shot! Floated around leg, McCullum sweeps it through the backward square leg region for a boundary.
5.3: Al Hasan to S Raina, The batsman has driven it through mid-on. One run added to the total.
5.2: Al Hasan to S Raina, Two Leg byes! Spearing into the pads, Raina goes to hit it fine down the leg side but fails to make contact. Hits the pads and it runs down the leg side for a couple of leg byes.
5.1: Al Hasan to B McCullum, Full toss outside off, McCullum drives it through covers for a single.
The players are making their way out to the middle after the rain interruption. Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum will continue with the bat for Gujarat. No overs lost. Seems like everything is going to resume normally. Shakib Al Hasan will bowl for Kolkata.
UPDATE 2230 LOCAL - Better news, folks! The covers are off and the word from the middle is that PLAY WILL RESUME AT 2240 LOCAL TIME. Don't go anywhere as we'll have play to being quickly.
UPDATE 2225 LOCAL - Good news! The rain has stopped now, probably the strong winds have aided this. The umpires are out to have a look at the conditions. We can pray it begins quickly. Well, it should given that it hasn't rained for too long.
At the current stage, Gujarat are ahead by 21 runs on the DLS method. The loss of over however could swing the tide either way. Either they'll hope for the match to be washed out completely from this point or come back out ASAP. Kolkata will definitely be hoping for the latter. As cricketing fans, so would we. We hope it begins shortly. Stay tuned for all the updates.
The groundsmen are getting ready to cover the pitch if the rain gets any heavier. The umpires are also having a chat in the middle. After the conversation, the thing we feared has happened and the umpires have called for covers. PLAY HAS BEEN HALTED DUE TO RAIN!
End of over 5 (6 runs): Gujarat Lions 62/1 ( B McCullum 27 (13b 4x4 1x6), S Raina 2 (3b 0x4 0x6), S Narine 2-0-22-0)
4.6: S Narine to B McCullum, Attacking the stumps, Brendon McCullum uses his wrists well and turns it away through mid-wicket for a single.
4.5: S Narine to B McCullum, Brilliant effort from Coulter-Nile, brilliant. McCullum uppishly pushes this through the covers and the Australian chases it down. Dives forward and parries the ball back just in time. Saves two vital runs for his side.
4.4: S Narine to S Raina, Full delivery and it's driven towards long off for a single.
4.3: S Narine to S Raina, Dropped! Big chance gone begging, the reaction on Robin Uthappa's face shows he knows that. For a change, Sunil Narine gives it some decent flight and bowls it around off, Raina is forward in defense but the ball takes the edge as it turns away. Goes off Uthappa's gloves and behind to short third man.
So we have a drizzle there on the ground. Not that heavy but it is quite visible.
4.2: S Narine to B McCullum, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
4.1: S Narine to S Raina, Bit short in length around off, Raina works it away just wide of the mid-wicket fielder for one.
Change of ends for Sunil Narine.
End of over 4 (16 runs): Gujarat Lions 56/1 ( B McCullum 23 (10b 4x4 1x6), S Raina 0 (0b 0x4 0x6), N Coulter-Nile 1-0-16-1)
3.6: N Coulter-Nile to B McCullum, FOUR! Another expensive over for Kolkata. Aaron Finch is there no more, but Brendon McCullum has taken over the charge and he's letting it rip out there. Full ball from Coulter-Nile, McCullum makes room and squeezes it out over backward point for a boundary to end the over.
3.5: N Coulter-Nile to B McCullum, SIX! THAT'S A BIG HIT! Once Brendon McCullum hits something, it stays hit! Short and on middle and off, McCullum pulls this hard. Hits it with so much power that the ball clears the mid-wicket boundary with utmost ease. The fielder there is only a mere spectator to this.
3.4: N Coulter-Nile to B McCullum, FOUR! Uses the pace well and dispatches the ball well. Length ball on off, McCullum makes room and cuts it hard. Beats the diving backward point fielder and the third man fielder as well who tries to cut it off. Boundary!
Suresh Raina will bat at number 3!
3.3: N Coulter-Nile to A Finch, OUT! FINCH IS OUT OF HERE! Coulter-Nile strikes and this is some excellent bowling. Bowls another slower one, on the shorter side, Finch pulls it over square leg. Manish Pandey out in the deep runs to his right a bit and takes a good catch. A good start from Finch has come to an end.
3.2: N Coulter-Nile to A Finch, Excellent delivery! Shorter in length and slower in pace again, Finch backs away for a big heave but fails to connect.
Free Hit coming up....
3.2: N Coulter-Nile to A Finch, No ball! This isn't good for Kolkata, not good. Good slower ball from Coulter-Nile which Finch misses, but he's overstepped his line.
3.1: N Coulter-Nile to B McCullum, Angling in from around off on a good length, McCullum pushes it in front of cover-point and hares across for a single.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is called in for a bowl.
End of over 3 (15 runs): Gujarat Lions 40/0 ( A Finch 31 (12b 4x4 2x6), B McCullum 8 (6b 2x4 0x6), Al Hasan 2-0-23-0)
2.6: Al Hasan to A Finch, SIX! BAM! WHAT A HIT! Aaron Finch, you ripper! He properly gets underneath this one, it's full in length and quite loopy, and launches it high and handsome over the long on boundary for a biggie. 15 runs have come in this over.
2.5: Al Hasan to A Finch, FOUR! Takes the aerial route once more and yet again, the result is the same. Aaron Finch goes back and gets it over the mid on fielder's head for another boundary.
2.4: Al Hasan to A Finch, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
2.3: Al Hasan to A Finch, FOUR! Shorter in length from Shakib, it's muscled over the mid on fielder. Clears the infield easily and that'll be a boundary.
2.2: Al Hasan to B McCullum, Loud shout for a leg before, turned down. But that really close, really close. McCullum gets low to sweep and gets hit on the thigh pad. It was however going to go down leg and hence, was declined by the umpire.
2.1: Al Hasan to B McCullum, Full on middle and leg, Brendon off the inner half drives it to the wide mid on fielder.
End of over 2 (16 runs): Gujarat Lions 25/0 ( A Finch 17 (8b 2x4 1x6), B McCullum 8 (4b 2x4 0x6), S Narine 1-0-16-0)
1.6: S Narine to A Finch, FOUR! A big over for Gujarat, just the kind of start they need. 16 off the over. Finch stays back and punches it through the gap in the covers. The placement is brilliant as the ball races away to the boundary line.
1.5: S Narine to A Finch, SIX! That's a meaty blow! Brilliant hit. Lands this on a driving length around off, Finch kneels down and slog sweeps it deep into the mid-wicket stands for a maximum.
1.4: S Narine to A Finch, Sliding in around leg, Finch makes a little room to flick but is hit on the pads.
1.3: S Narine to A Finch, FOUR! Lovely hit. Aaron Finch goes inside out and dispatches this. Lofts it over the cover region and sends it all the way for a boundary.
1.2: S Narine to A Finch, Shorter in length and into the body, Finch swivels and pulls it in front of square. Two runs are taken as the fielder out in the deep cuts it off.
1.1: S Narine to A Finch, Flatter ball around off, kept out off the back foot.
Sunil Narine will share the new ball from the other end.
End of over 1 (9 runs): Gujarat Lions 9/0 ( B McCullum 8 (4b 2x4 0x6), A Finch 1 (2b 0x4 0x6), Al Hasan 1-0-9-0)
0.6: Al Hasan to B McCullum, Looped up on middle and leg, Brendon prods forward and meets it with the full face of the bat. Good first over for Gujarat. 9 runs off it.
0.5: Al Hasan to B McCullum, FOUR! Shot. Touch short and it's been punished. McCullum goes back and cuts it past the diving cover fielder for a boundary.
0.4: Al Hasan to B McCullum, Slower through the air, full on off, it's defended off the front foot.
0.3: Al Hasan to B McCullum, FOUR! Typical of Brendon McCullum to start things off in explosive fashion. It's tossed up to him, McCullum hammers it straight back down the ground, past the bowler who sticks his right hand out and that rockets away to the boundary line.
0.2: Al Hasan to A Finch, Makes a little room once more as Shakib tosses it up, Finch off the inner half slogs it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
0.1: Al Hasan to A Finch, Aaron Finch going for it right from the off there. First ball of the innings, against somebody like Shakib Al Hasan, he makes room. Exposes his stumps and punches it straight to the extra cover fielder.
We are back for the chase. Stiff target, but Gujarat do have the quality to hunt this down. A good start will be key here. Brendon McCullum strides out to the middle but he's partnered by Aaron Finch this time. Good decision to do so. Kolkata will start things off with some spin as Shakib Al Hasan takes the ball. A slip is in place. Here we go...
At one stage, Kolkata were looking set to post a total in excess of 200 but once Gambhir departed, Pandey came in but could not start hitting from the first ball. Robin Uthappa scored a fifty but the Gujarat bowlers fought back really well in the death overs to only concede 46 off the last 5 overs. Suresh Raina was the pick of the bowlers for the visiting team. With such a powerful batting line-up, Gujarat will have their heads high and look forward to chase it down. Join us in a while for the chase.
Another impressive batting performance from Kolkata. Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir opened the innings once again for the hosts. The former started really well and played a swashbuckling cameo where he smacked 42 off just 17 balls to give them the perfect start. Robin Uthappa walked out next and utilized the platform really well.
19.6: B Thampi to Al Hasan, Almost a yorker, Shakib Al Hasan gets low to this one and squeezes it out just wide of point for a single. With that, KOLKATA FINISH ON 187/5!
Shakib Al Hasan comes out to face the last ball of the innings!
19.5: B Thampi to Y Pathan, OUT! Full delivery aiming the base of off stump, Pathan drills it down towards long off. Suryakumar Yadav wanted the second and sets off. He's halfway down the track but Pathan isn't even looking. McCullum throws it to Karthik's end and he hits the stump from close range. Suryakumar can't make it back in time and he's gone.
Yusuf Pathan has two balls to face!
19.4: B Thampi to S Yadav, Full and swinging in on middle and leg, Suryakumar Yadav reverse sweeps it towards short third man for a single. Brings Yusuf Pathan on strike.
Suryakumar Yadav is the next man in.
19.3: B Thampi to M Pandey, OUT! BASIL, YOU BEAUTY! He's kept at it and got the desired result. Full and straight on the stumps, Pandey looks to go across the line but misses and the ball goes on to hit the stumps. Thampi get rewarded for his efforts, earned every bit of that wicket.
19.2: B Thampi to M Pandey, FOUR! Cracking shot. Full toss outside off, Pandey cuts it away through the point region for a blazing boundary.
19.1: B Thampi to M Pandey, Excellent bowling from Basil Thampi. He has been accurate with those yorker today, hasn't he? Spears one in on leg, Pandey makes room but can't do anything about it as the ball goes through him to the keeper.
End of over 19 (12 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 180/3 ( Y Pathan 10 (3b 2x4 0x6), M Pandey 20 (18b 1x4 0x6), P Kumar 2-0-24-1)
18.6: P Kumar to Y Pathan, FOUR! He can, he most definitely can! A poor ball from Praveen Kumar aids his cause as well. It's a full toss on the pads, Pathan slogs it hard through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. 12 runs off the over.
18.5: P Kumar to Y Pathan, FOUR! That misfield has cost Gujarat five runs. A team sport for a reason after all. Full outside off, Pathan lofts this excellently over extra cover. Nobody out there in the deep as the ball bounces across the rope. 8 off the over so far, can Pathan finish it off well?
18.4: P Kumar to Y Pathan, Full outside off, Yusuf Pathan drives it straight to Finch at long off. A misfield from him allows the batsmen to come back for the second. You don't want to see that at any stage of the game, let alone this one.
18.3: P Kumar to M Pandey, Perfect yorker from Praveen Kumar, Pandey does well to get his bat down in time to that. Gets it out on the leg side for a quick one.
Yusuf Pathan makes his way out to the middle.
18.2: P Kumar to R Uthappa, OUT! UTHAPPA IS DISMISSED! But not before he's played a scintillating knock. He's done the damage here. Fuller around off from Praveen Kumar, Uthappa lofts it back down the ground. Brendon McCullum comes running to his left from long on and takes a good catch. The 55-run stand comes to an end.
18.1: P Kumar to M Pandey, On the fuller side, from around the wicket, Pandey with a drive through mid on for one.
Praveen Kumar is back in for a bowl.
End of over 18 (14 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 168/2 ( M Pandey 18 (16b 1x4 0x6), R Uthappa 72 (47b 8x4 2x6), B Thampi 3-0-37-0)
17.6: B Thampi to M Pandey, Excellent yorker from Basil Thampi. Pandey makes room and off the inside edge digs it out behind square on the leg side for a single.
17.5: B Thampi to M Pandey, Full toss, Pandey swings across the line hard and gets an inside edge onto his pads. It rolls through mid-wicket as a couple of runs are taken.
17.4: B Thampi to R Uthappa, Fuller and attacking the stumps once more, takes the inside edge and goes on the leg side. A single is taken.
17.3: B Thampi to R Uthappa, Uthappa is very lucky to be out there. That looked plumb in front of the stumps. Thampi bowls it full and it's angling in on middle and leg, catches Robin Uthappa low on the pads as he looks to flick it across. There's a shout for an lbw but the umpire isn't interested at all. Strange call.
50-run stand between Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey!
17.2: B Thampi to R Uthappa, SIX! Poor ball and that's been dispatched! He's not stopping at any cost here. Slower full toss on middle, Uthappa heaves this away hard. Connects well and it's into the mid-wicket stands for half a dozen.
17.1: B Thampi to R Uthappa, FOUR! Full and outside off from over the wicket, Robin Uthappa starts the over off in fantastic fashion. He leans ahead, opens himself up a bit and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary. The man out in the deep tried his best but couldn't get to it.
End of over 17 (5 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 154/2 ( M Pandey 15 (14b 1x4 0x6), R Uthappa 61 (43b 7x4 1x6), J Faulkner 4-0-38-1)
16.6: J Faulkner to M Pandey, A play and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Pandey shuffles across and swings really hard at it but fails to make contact.
16.5: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Too full just around off, Uthappa blocks it away on the off side for a single.
16.4: J Faulkner to M Pandey, Length delivery in the line of the stumps, Pandey walks down the track and cuts it towards sweeper cover for a run.
16.3: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Fuller delivery outside off, Uthappa drives it powerfully to the fielder at long off for a single.
16.2: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Just over the keeper! Another back of the hand slower one, Uthappa walks across and plays a scoop shot over the keeper's head for a couple.
16.1: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Slower delivery down the leg side, Uthappa shuffles across and tries to hit it across the line. Gets beaten by it and the ball rolls away off the pads towards the keeper.
James Faulkner to bowl his final over.
Time Out!
End of over 16 (8 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 149/2 ( M Pandey 14 (12b 1x4 0x6), R Uthappa 57 (39b 7x4 1x6), B Thampi 2-0-23-0)
15.6: B Thampi to M Pandey, Full on middle and leg, a bit straight as Pandey drives this to wide long on. Gets two runs for doing so.
15.5: B Thampi to R Uthappa, The batsman has lofted that over mid off. One run added to the total.
15.4: B Thampi to R Uthappa, Another full toss, slower in pace this time, Uthappa looks to swipe across the line but gets a top edge which hits him straight on the grill of his helmet. Doesn't seem to be hurt though. Good to see.
15.3: B Thampi to R Uthappa, FOUR! Full toss on the stumps and Uthappa is just putting these freebies away. He flicks it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
15.2: B Thampi to M Pandey, Accurate yorker on middle and leg, Pandey makes room and somehow manages to dig it out off the inner half on the leg side. Single taken.
Third man and fine leg are up in the circle. Basil Thampi will have to keep it really straight now.
15.1: B Thampi to M Pandey, Full on off, Manish drives it straight to the cover fielder.
Basil Thampi is called back in for a bowl.
End of over 15 (9 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 141/2 ( R Uthappa 52 (36b 6x4 1x6), M Pandey 11 (9b 1x4 0x6), R Jadeja 4-0-31-0)
14.6: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Short and wide outside off, cut away square of the wicket for nothing.
19th Indian T20 League fifty for Robin Uthappa!
14.5: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, FOUR! Fifty for Robin Uthappa! He's been immaculate since he's come out to bat and has played a flawless knock so far. What a way to bring it up too. He moves across, kneels and scoops it over Dinesh Karthik's head for a boundary.
14.4: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, FOUR! Lovely to watch. Uthappa waits for this and cuts it late across the third man fence for a boundary.
14.3: R Jadeja to M Pandey, Fuller on the stumps, it's lofted down to long on for a single.
14.2: R Jadeja to M Pandey, Was there an edge? There was some noise, not sure what, maybe the bat hitting the pad. Jadeja bowls this around off, it turns away a bit as Pandey looks to drive.
14.1: R Jadeja to M Pandey, Sliding in on middle and leg, on a fuller length, Pandey is forward as he flicks it to the mid-wicket fielder.
End of over 14 (10 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 132/2 ( M Pandey 10 (6b 1x4 0x6), R Uthappa 44 (33b 4x4 1x6), J Faulkner 3-0-33-1)
13.6: J Faulkner to M Pandey, Fuller outside off, Pandey drives it to the cover region for a quick single.
13.5: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Shout for a leg before but nothing from the umpire, height probably being the issue. Back of a length on off, Uthappa is rapped on the thigh pad as he misses his attempted heave. It goes to the off side behind as the batsmen take off for a leg bye. Karthik gets to the ball and scores a direct hit at the striker's end but Pandey is in by then.
13.4: J Faulkner to M Pandey, On the shorter side of the length, well outside off, tapped away with an angled bat in front of point for a single.
13.3: J Faulkner to M Pandey, FOUR! Fraction straight, fine leg inside the circle and Pandey puts it away. Just uses the pace off Faulkner's delivery and clips it past the fielder inside the ring to get a boundary to his name.
13.2: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Back of a length on the body, worked in front of mid-wicket for a relatively easy single.
Change of gloves for Robin Uthappa!
13.1: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Back of a length delivery on the hips, tucked through the backward square leg region for a couple of runs. An accurate throw from Ishan Kishan out in the deep forced Uthappa to make the dive at the keeper's end. No harm done though.
End of over 13 (6 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 122/2 ( R Uthappa 41 (30b 4x4 1x6), M Pandey 4 (3b 0x4 0x6), R Jadeja 3-0-22-0)
12.6: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Robin Uthappa guides it to third man and picks up a single to end the over.
12.5: R Jadeja to M Pandey, Coming in on the pads, worked away behind square on the leg side for a run.
12.4: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Pitched on a length, punched down to long on for one.
12.3: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Almost chopped that back on! Short, flat and sliding in from around off, Uthappa looks to play the late cut but he gets an inside edge which falls just past the off pole. On the bounce goes off to Karthik's pads and falls on the leg side.
12.2: R Jadeja to M Pandey, Rotates the strike well by driving it through mid off for a single.
12.1: R Jadeja to M Pandey, From around the wicket, Jadeja bowls a slider on the pads, Pandey nudges it down to fine leg and takes two.
Ravindra Jadeja is called back into the attack.
End of over 12 (7 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 116/2 ( R Uthappa 39 (27b 4x4 1x6), M Pandey 0 (0b 0x4 0x6), J Faulkner 2-0-24-1)
11.6: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, The batsman plays the pull shot. They manage to come back for the second.
11.5: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Shaping across from Robin Uthappa, he goes for the big heave but fails to make connection.
11.4: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Back of a length delivery around off, kept out off the back foot.
Manish Pandey walks into the middle next to bat.
11.3: J Faulkner to G Gambhir, OUT! THE KOLKATA SKIPPER DEPARTS! A much, much, much-needed wicket for the away side. Just back of a length from Faulkner, Gambhir rocks back to pull but ends up getting a big, big top edge. The ball flies into the night sky to the mid-wicket region. Suresh Raina gets under the ball well and takes a very good catch to dismiss his counterpart. Partnership of 69 runs has come to an end.
11.2: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Moving across on a good length, Uthappa dabs it to point for a quick run.
11.1: J Faulkner to R Uthappa, FOUR! Outside off, on a good length, Uthappa is cheeky once more. He just cuts it late and gets it through the vacant slip cordon away for a boundary. Beautifully played.
James Faulkner is back in for a bowl.
End of over 11 (13 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 109/1 ( G Gambhir 33 (27b 2x4 1x6), R Uthappa 32 (22b 3x4 1x6), D Kulkarni 2-0-23-0)
10.6: D Kulkarni to G Gambhir, Good length delivery on middle and off, Gautam Gambhir stands his ground and defends it back down the track to end the over.
10.5: D Kulkarni to R Uthappa, It's driven back down the ground towards the long off fielder for a single. The scoreboard has been kept ticking here quite nicely.
10.4: D Kulkarni to R Uthappa, FOUR! Deft from Robin. That's a smart cricketing shot. Length ball outside off, Uthappa just wants for it, crouches a bit and guides it across the third man fence for a boundary.
10.3: D Kulkarni to G Gambhir, Angles it across on a length, takes some pace off it too. Gambhir just taps it towards backward point and takes a single.
10.2: D Kulkarni to R Uthappa, Full ball from Kulkarni, it's driven down to long on for a single.
10.1: D Kulkarni to R Uthappa, SIX! He's put that out of his sight! Just back of a length around off, Uthappa stands tall and pulls this away hard. Clears the mid-wicket fence with ease and that'll be a biggie.
Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl again.
End of over 10 (8 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 96/1 ( R Uthappa 20 (18b 2x4 0x6), G Gambhir 32 (25b 2x4 1x6), D Smith 2-0-14-0)
9.6: D Smith to R Uthappa, Uthappa eases it down towards long off for a single.
9.5: D Smith to G Gambhir, The batsman guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
9.4: D Smith to R Uthappa, Back of a length delivery outside off, Uthappa pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.3: D Smith to G Gambhir, Gambhir lofts it over mid off for a single.
9.2: D Smith to G Gambhir, FOUR! Free runs! Good length delivery outside off, Gambhir tries to cut it but gets it towards the fielder at point off the bottom end. Uthappa is long way down the track and Gambhir is quick to send him back. Ravindra Jadeja comes running to it and throws it powerfully at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, the Kolkata skipper would have been in trouble. Maybe he chose the wrong end. There was no fielder backing up and the ball has raced away to the boundary.
9.1: D Smith to G Gambhir, Good length delivery down the leg side, Gambhir hops and tries to clip it on the leg side. Fails to make contact and the ball goes onto hit the thigh pad.
Time Out!
End of over 9 (11 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 88/1 ( G Gambhir 26 (21b 1x4 1x6), R Uthappa 18 (16b 2x4 0x6), R Jadeja 2-0-16-0)
8.6: R Jadeja to G Gambhir, On the pads, Gambhir flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
8.5: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Uthappa comes down the track and gets an inside edge towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
8.4: R Jadeja to G Gambhir, A bit short outside off, Gambhir cuts it through point for a single.
8.3: R Jadeja to G Gambhir, SIX! Gambhir has taken the charge! Floats it outside off, Gambhir stays in his crease and swings it over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen.
8.2: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Leg bye! Angling into the stumps from outside off, Uthappa goes to play the reverse sweep but fails to make contact. Gets rapped on the pads and the ball runs away towards the square leg region. The players appeal but the umpire stays put as the impact was outside off. The batsmen run a leg bye.
8.1: R Jadeja to G Gambhir, Floated outside off, Gambhir dances down the track and lofts it over the mid off region for a single.
End of over 8 (6 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 77/1 ( R Uthappa 17 (14b 2x4 0x6), G Gambhir 17 (17b 1x4 0x6), D Smith 1-0-6-0)
7.6: D Smith to R Uthappa, Length delivery outside off, Uthappa walks down the track and tries to swing at it. He makes no contact there.
7.5: D Smith to G Gambhir, Fuller delivery outside off, driven through covers for a single.
7.5: D Smith to G Gambhir, Wide! Short delivery into the body, Gambhir goes for a hook shot. Fails to make contact and the umpires signals it as a wide for height.
7.4: D Smith to R Uthappa, Length delivery outside off, Uthappa pushes it towards the cover-point region for a single.
7.3: D Smith to G Gambhir, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
7.2: D Smith to R Uthappa, Length delivery outside off, Uthappa tries to cut it really late but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The batsmen run a single.
7.1: D Smith to G Gambhir, Length delivery outside off, Gambhir dabs it towards point for a single.
Dwayne Smith is into the bowling attack.
End of over 7 (6 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 71/1 ( G Gambhir 14 (14b 1x4 0x6), R Uthappa 15 (11b 2x4 0x6), R Jadeja 1-0-6-0)
6.6: R Jadeja to G Gambhir, Tossed up outside off, Gambhir dances down the track and tries to clip it on the leg side. Gets a leading edge to it and the ball flies through covers for a single.
6.5: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Uthappa punches it through the mid on region for a single.
6.4: R Jadeja to G Gambhir, Floated outside off, Gambhir shuffles across and clips it through mid-wicket for a single.
6.3: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Uthappa reaches to the pitch of the ball and drives it through extra cover for a single.
6.2: R Jadeja to G Gambhir, Gambhir drives it down the ground towards long off for a single.
6.1: R Jadeja to R Uthappa, Fuller delivery outside off, Uthappa opens the face of his bat and guides it towards short third man for a single.
Ravindra Jadeja to bowl now.
End of over 6 (8 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 65/1 ( R Uthappa 12 (8b 2x4 0x6), G Gambhir 11 (11b 1x4 0x6), S Raina 2-0-11-1)
5.6: S Raina to R Uthappa, Uthappa sweeps it through mid-wicket for a single.
5.5: S Raina to R Uthappa, Uthappa stays in his crease and defends it.
5.4: S Raina to R Uthappa, FOUR! Good shot! Tossed up in the line of the stumps, Uthappa sweeps it through the square leg region for a boundary.
5.3: S Raina to G Gambhir, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
5.2: S Raina to R Uthappa, Dropped! A big chance goes down! The last time Uthappa got a life he made the opposition pay. Finch almost had his man. Another short one from Raina, Uthappa stays in his crease and pulls it over the wide mid on region. Finch runs to his right and tries to catch it with his right hand. Gets his hand to it but fails to hold on. The batsmen run a single. That was tough but Finch nearly caught that.
5.1: S Raina to G Gambhir, A bit short around off, Gambhir camps back and punches it towards mid on for a single.
End of over 5 (10 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 57/1 ( G Gambhir 9 (9b 1x4 0x6), R Uthappa 6 (4b 1x4 0x6), D Kulkarni 1-0-10-0)
4.6: D Kulkarni to G Gambhir, Length delivery into the pads, Gambhir clips it through mid-wicket for a single to keep strike.
4.5: D Kulkarni to G Gambhir, Another delivery wide outside off, Gambhir throws his bat at it but only manages to find the fielder at covers.
4.4: D Kulkarni to G Gambhir, FOUR! Typical Gambhir! Full and wide outside off, Gambhir reaches out to it and drives it through the cover region for a boundary.
4.3: D Kulkarni to R Uthappa, Again into the pads, Uthappa clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
4.2: D Kulkarni to R Uthappa, Fuller delivery into the pads, Uthappa drives it straight to the fielder at mid on.
4.1: D Kulkarni to R Uthappa, FOUR! Easy pickings! Length delivery sprayed into the pads, Robin Uthappa clips it beautifully through the square leg region for a boundary.
Dhawal Kulkarni to have a go with the ball.
End of over 4 (3 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 47/1 ( R Uthappa 1 (1b 0x4 0x6), G Gambhir 4 (6b 0x4 0x6), S Raina 1-0-3-1)
3.6: S Raina to R Uthappa, On the pads, Uthappa shuffles across and clips it through the square leg region for a single.
3.5: S Raina to G Gambhir, Floated outside off, Gambhir cuts it fine. Ravindra Jadeja, at backward point stops a certain boundary by diving to his left. The batsmen run a single in the process.
3.4: S Raina to G Gambhir, This time bowls it on a shorter length, Gambhir camps back and punches it towards the fielder at point.
3.3: S Raina to G Gambhir, Tossed up outside off, Gambhir cuts it towards the fielder at short third man off the outer half of his bat.
Robin Uthappa to bat at No.3.
3.2: S Raina to S Narine, OUT! Raina has done the trick! Short outside off, Narine still goes for it and tries to go over mid on. Gets it off his bottom half and the ball balloons towards the fielder at mid on. Faulkner traces a couple of steps back and takes a fine catch. Raina has drawn first blood of the encounter. Narine departs but he's done what he was set out to do. His team wanted him to give them an explosive start and he's done just that.
Sunil Narine is smashing it everywhere. Raina needs to come up with something special here.
3.1: S Raina to G Gambhir, Drifting into the stumps, Gambhir camps back and punches it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Suresh Raina introduces himself into the attack.
End of over 3 (15 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 44/0 ( S Narine 42 (16b 9x4 1x6), G Gambhir 2 (2b 0x4 0x6), B Thampi 1-0-15-0)
2.6: B Thampi to S Narine, Back of a length delivery outside off, Narine throws his bat at it but fails to make contact.
2.5: B Thampi to S Narine, SIX! Finally a six! Enough of boundaries says Narine and lofts the fuller delivery into the stumps back over the bowler's head for a maximum.
2.4: B Thampi to S Narine, FOUR! Brilliant! Full toss outside off, Narine carves it over the point region for another boundary. He has scored nine boundaries till now.
2.3: B Thampi to S Narine, FOUR! One bounce and into the fence! Short delivery into the body, Narine pulls that over the mid on fielder for a boundary. He's proving to be a nightmare for Gujarat.
2.2: B Thampi to S Narine, Back of a length delivery into the body, Narine goes to play the ramp shot but fails to make contact.
2.1: B Thampi to G Gambhir, Down the leg side, Gambhir gets an inside edge towards the fielder at mid-wicket for a quick single.
Basil Thampi is into the attack now.
End of over 2 (17 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 29/0 ( S Narine 28 (11b 7x4 0x6), G Gambhir 1 (1b 0x4 0x6), J Faulkner 1-0-17-0)
1.6: J Faulkner to S Narine, FOUR! That's special! Faulkner gets hammered for 17 in his first over. Fuller delivery outside off, Narine drives that powerfully through the extra cover region. There was a long off fielder who could not cut it off as the ball raced away to the boundary.
1.5: J Faulkner to S Narine, FOUR! That's ridiculous! Good length delivery outside off, Narine lofts that over the mid off region for another boundary.
Slip in place now...
1.4: J Faulkner to S Narine, FOUR! Lucky runs for sure! Length delivery outside off, nipping away. Narine throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge past the keeper for a boundary.
1.3: J Faulkner to S Narine, Good length delivery outside off, Narine swings his bat to it but fails to make contact.
1.2: J Faulkner to S Narine, FOUR! Narine is dealing in boundaries! Fuller delivery and swinging away, Narine with no foot movement at all creams it through covers for a boundary.
1.1: J Faulkner to G Gambhir, Length delivery outside off, Gambhir stays in his crease and runs it down towards third man for a single.
James Faulkner to bowl from the other end.
End of over 1 (12 runs): Kolkata Knight Riders 12/0 ( S Narine 12 (6b 3x4 0x6), G Gambhir 0 (0b 0x4 0x6), P Kumar 1-0-12-0)
0.6: P Kumar to S Narine, FOUR! That's two in two! Back of a length delivery outside off, Narine lofts that hard over the mid on region for another boundary.
0.5: P Kumar to S Narine, FOUR! Up and Over! Another good length delivery around off, Narine comes down the track to counter the swing and smacks that hard over the bowler's head for a boundary.
0.4: P Kumar to S Narine, A play and miss! Good length delivery in the line of the stumps, the ball moves away. Narine swings his bat at it but fails to make contact.
0.3: P Kumar to S Narine, Good length delivery angling away, Narine tries to defend in line but he gets beaten by the away movement.
0.2: P Kumar to S Narine, FOUR! First boundary! Drifting in middle and leg, Narine just stays in his place and flicks it neatly over the square leg region for a boundary. Kumar is disappointed.
0.1: P Kumar to S Narine, Good length delivery around off to start with, the ball nips back in a bit. Narine stays in his crease and punches it towards the fielder at extra cover.
The umpires and players are making their way out to the middle. Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine will open with the bat for Kolkata. Praveen Kumar will start with the new ball for Gujarat. Here we go...
Gujarat XI - Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni.
Kolkata XI - Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.
Gautam Gambhir says he would have bowled first as well but since the toss can't be controlled they will look to put runs on the board. Mentions there's one change, Shakib Al Hasan comes in for Colin de Grandhomme. Wants his side to bring their A-Game today as they know Gujarat are a good side.
Suresh Raina says that he will like to bowl first. Mentions that they had a practice session last night and they could feel quite some dew. Adds that they need to bowl well with the new ball and express themselves well. Ends by saying that James Faulkner and Praveen Kumar come in for Andrew Tye and Shivil Kaushik.
TOSS - GUJARAT WIN THE TOSS ELECT TO FIELD!
Hello and welcome for the match between Kolkata and Gujarat at the Eden Gardens. The hosts have been in a terrific run of form with every player in the team making a contribution. Gujarat, on the other hand, are languishing on the bottom of the table after grabbing only one win and will hope they can resurrect their campaign with a win tonight. Will Kolkata again climb to the top with a win or will Gujarat pull up an upset?