KKR beat KXIP by 8 wickets with 21 balls to spare
23:14 IST Sandeep Sharma is back into the attack, just 14 needed off 30 balls. Three singles off the first three balls. Gambhir hits a boundary after a dot ball. He takes a single off the last ball to end the over.
23:07 IST Mohit Sharma continues, Gambhir and Pandey are cruising to victory. Surely, Gambhir is deserving of the purple cap. A boundary followed by two singles from the over. 9 runs from the over. Just 14 runs needed off 30 balls.
23;02 IST Axar Patel continues, three singles from the first three balls. Two boundaries from the over, Gambhir and Pandey are looking to end this match early now. 12 runs from Patel’s over.
22:59 IST Mohit Sharma comes into bowl, two singles from the first two balls. FOUR! Gambhir is trying to break free now, he gets off strike now. Pandey takes a single off the last ball, retains strike, 7 runs from the ball.
22:55 IST Axar Patel continues, Gambhir-Pandey knock the ball around for singles, not taking too many risks. Gambhir gets to his fifty, he is taking the game forward, good batting from the skipper, leading from the front.
22:51 IST Manish Pandey comes into bat but Gambhir on strike. He takes a single towards deep cover. WIDE BALL! Aaron bowls a wide to new batsman Pandey. Pandey takes a single towards mid-on. Good ball from Aaron but Gambhir takes a quick single anyway. Manish plays the ball towards third man for a single. They are not taking any risks now, happy with knocking the ball around. Gambhir tries to cut the ball away but could not get it past the fielder on the offside. WIDE! Too much bounce on that occasion for Aaron as Gambhir could not get bat on that. He takes a single off the last ball towards short third man, retains strike.
22:45 IST WICKET! Robin Uthappa b Axar Patel 26(16)
22:44 IST Axar Patel continues, Gambhir on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Uthappa on strike, he takes a couple of runs wide of off, good running between Gambhir-Uthappa. FOUR! Copybook cut shot from Uthappa, another boundary for him. Two singles to follow.
22:42 IST Stoinis comes into bowl, Uthappa on strike, he takes a single towards square of the wicket. Gambhir rotates strike, brings Uthappa on strike. FOUR! Uthappa gets into position early, glances the ball away from hips to the boundary. Next ball, a slower one from Sandeep as the ball takes a leading edge off the bat, no run. Another slower delivery but Uthapp takes a single behind square leg anyway. Gambhir takes a single towards third man, retains strike.
22:37 IST Axar Patel comes into bowl, Gambhir takes a single off the first ball towards mid-wicket. FOUR! Uthappa cuts the ball behind point for a boundary, he is surely getting into the groove. Uthappa flicks the ball for a single towards backward square leg. Gambhir plays the ball towards mid on for a single. Uthappa returns the favour, takes another single. Gambhir turns the ball away towards square leg for a couple of runs, good running from the two.
22:34 IST Mohit Sharma comes into bowl, Gambhir on strike. FOUR! Gambhir pulls the short ball towards square leg boundary, welcomes the bowler with a perfect shot. A dot ball to follow, he has been bowling well. He defends the next ball towards off side, takes a quick single. Uthappa on strike, he uses his wrists to play the ball towards point, a dot ball.
SIX! Uthappa slaps the good length over deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum, first six of the season from Uthappa’s bat. He places the ball between offside fielders this time, takes a couple of runs, 13 runs from the over.
22:26 IST Robin Uthappa comes into bat, Aaron continues his over. Uthappa tries to drive but the ball whizzes past his bat, a dot ball to start with. He pushes the ball straight to short covers, no run.
22:23 IST Sunil Narine c Axar b Aaron 37(18)
22:23 IST Varun Aaron comes into the attack, Narine on strike. SIX! He smashes the ball for a maximum over long on boundary, what a host from him. SIX! This was similar to Gayle’s shot, Narine is pounding Aaron, he is the ace KKR had up their sleeve. FOUR! bouncer from Aaron but misdirected hits the ball for a boundary. he is doing his job quite well. OUT! This time he pulls the ball straight down the fielder’s throat. Well played Sunil Narine.
22:19 IST Glenn Maxwell comes into bowl, Gambhir on strike. FOUR! He turns the ball away for a boundary towards fine leg for a boundary. He takes a single off the next one. Narine on strike, the crowd backing him up again, FOUR! He chips the ball over offside field for a boundary, the crowd is going berserk. FOUR! Narine hits the short ball for a boundary, fantastic pull shot from him. Narine takes a single towards long on. Gambhir on strike now, FOUR! another boundary for him as the ball raises towards square leg boundary, 18 rusn from the over.
22:15 IST Ishant Sharma continues, he appeals wildly for that one, Gambhir tries to take a single off that one. Miller tries to hit the stumps and run Gambhir out but the overthrow goes for a boundary, 5 runs off that one. Narine on strike, he takes a single towards mid-on. FOUR! Gambhir guides that one towards third man for boundary, good batting from Gambhir. He takes a single off the next one towards mid-wicket. Narine on strike, the crowd is backing him up, he could not play that one as the ball hits the bat. He swings his bat again but could not hit the ball, 11 runs from the over.
22:09 IST Sandeep Sharma continues, Narine on strike. SIX! WHOA, hits that one back of the bowler’s head for a maximum, good batting from Narine. He takes a single off the next ball as there was a fielder in the deep for the pull shot. Gambhir on strike, he defends that ball, no run. FOUR! Gambhir shifts his weight on the back foot and cuts the ball away for a boundary towards point. Good, sensible batting from Gambhir. FOUR! Gambhir comes down the track and hits the ball for a boundary past extra cover fielder. He takes a single off the last ball towards mid off, retains strike.
22:04 IST Ishant Sharma comes into bowl, he starts off with a wide to Gambhir. Next ball, it swings away from Gambhir, misses the edge of the bat, good start from Ishant. WIDE! Another one swings one away, too much swing on the ball on that occasion. FOUR! Gambhir cuts that one past the offside field for a boundary, first one for him in the over.
Edged and safe, FOUR! Lucky for Gambhir as he survives and gets another boundary from the over. He swings the bat again but Gambhir fails to get bat on that. He tries to cut again and misses, Ishant is getting pace and bounce from the track. Another one missed by Gambhir, good over from Ishant despite two boundaries.
21:57 IST Sandeep Sharma comes into bowl, Narine on strike. First ball of the over, Narine lets it go to the wicketkeeper. Next ball, Narine tries to drive but could not connect. FOUR! Narine lifts the ball over point for a boundary, seems like the plan is working. Maxwell is not happy with that.
He swings bat again but the ball misses the edge of the bat, second dot ball of the over. Swing and a miss again, good bowling from Narine. Another swing and a miss, the plan to bring Narine is failing now. He drives again but straight to cover fielder, just 4 runs from the over.
21:52 IST The players are out in the middle, Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Nairne come into bat.
KKR need 171 runs to win their third game!
21:37 IST WICKET! Aaron c Gambhir b Woakes 4(5)
WIDE! Woakes bowls a wide ball.
21:36 IST WICKET! Mohit Sharma c Surya Kumar Yadav b Woakes 10(8)
21:36 IST Chris Woakes to bowl the last over, Aaron on strike, he flashes his blade but could not get bat on that, a dot ball to start with. Aaron guides the next one towards third man, a couple of runs for him as there was none available on non striker’s end. Aaron on strike, he edges the slower on to third man fielder, a single off that one. Mohit on strike now, he flashes blade but could not get bat on that, another dot.
21:32 IST Varun Aaron comes into bat but Mohit Sharma on strike. Mohit plays a dot delivery to start with. FOUR! Mohit guides the ball for a boundary towards third man, played that one a bit fine, first boundary for him. BOUNCER! Boult tries to scare Mohit, a bouncer to the lower order batsman. Mohit takes a single off the next ball towards mid-wicket. Aaron on strike, he takes a single towards point, good running from Aaron-Mohit. He chips the next one over covers, takes a couple of runs, wait, over throw, add two more to that, 4 runs from that delivery, 10 runs from it.
21:27 IST WICKET! Axar Patel c Narine b Umesh Yadav 0(1)
21:27 IST Mohit Sharma comes into bat, Boult on hattrick, he takes a single towards point. Azar Patel on strike, OUT!
21:26 IST WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha c Woakes b Umesh 25(17)
21:24 IST WICKET! David Miller c Manish Pandey b 28(19)
21:23 IST Miller on strike, Umesh Yadav comes into bowl. SIX! Miller plays the advance pick up shot for a maximum, the ball goes sailing over the ropes, he needs to stick there if KXIP are to score big. FOUR! Full toss from Umesh, this time he hits the ball through covers, another boundary for Miller. Next ball, another full toss, Miller hits the ball towards deep mid-wicket, Pandey takes an outstanding catch to remove Killer-Miller. OUT!
21:20 IST Trent Boult comes into bowl, Miller on strike, the ball takes a leading edge but lands safe, just a single off that one. Saha is on strike now, Boult comes round the wicket, he tries to cut the ball away but Saha could not get bat on that. He nudges the ball for a single towards extra cover for a single.
Miller comes down the track but Boult bowls a back of the length delivery, Miller guides it towards third man for a single. Another dot ball to Boult, good over from him so far. FOUR! Top edge off the bat of Saha, Narine was on third man but the ball bounces over him for a boundary.
21:13 IST Narine is putting pressure on Miller and Saha, he is not letting them open arms, this will be last over of his spell. Just 2 singles from the first 5 balls followed by a wide. Miller takes a single off the last ball, retains strike, just 4 runs from the over.
21:10 IST Piyush Chawla is back into the attack, Miller takes a single off the first delivery towards square leg. Saha on strike, SIX! Saha steps out and hits the ball over long on boundary for a maximum, what a shot from Saha, he joins KIller-Miller as well. Two singles to follow. Even Miller is giving the strike to Saha. SIX! Saha this time hits the ball over covers boundary, he is getting into the groove now, the man has an IPL century to his name. A dot ball to end the over, 14 runs from it.
21:05 IST Colin de Grandhomme has been bowling exceptionally well as he has just given 2 runs from three balls. Wait, it’s a no ball from the Kiwi all-rounder,. FREE HIT! SIX! Miller hits the ball towards covers fence, Killer-Miller into play. NO BALL! Another free hit for Miller. FOUR! This time the ball takes a top edge, runs towards third man boundary for four. A single off the last ball, Miller retains strike.
21:01 IST Wriddhiman Saha comes into bat, the ball takes an inside edge straight away, Umesh smiles, so does Saha. Another dot ball to Saha. He gets off the mark on the third ball, takes a single towards third man. Miller on strike, a yorker from Umesh, a single off that one, good running from Miller-Saha. FOUR! Saha hits his first boundary, first one for him in the match.
20:57 IST WICKET! Glenn Maxwell c Uthappa b Umesh Yadav 25(14)
20:56 IST Maxwell takes a single as he guides the ball towards third man. David Miller has come into bat now, an lbw shout straightaway but it was clearly going down the leg side, a dot ball to end the over.
20:54 IST WICKET! Hashim Amla c Gambhir b de Grandhomme 25(27)
20:54 IST Colin de Grandhomme, the debutant comes into bowl, two back-to-back deliveries from him as Amla fails to connect bat. Another dot as Amla plays the ball towards mid-wicket.
20:52 IST Narine comes into bowl, Maxwell on strike, he could not pick the first delivery, hits his pads. Maxwell takes a single towards long on, no fireworks this time. Amla defends the ball on back foot, another dot. This time around Amla tries to cut the ball away, misses the ball. Amla tries to cut the ball again, could not time it this time, back-to-back dots from Narine. Amla takes a single off the next ball, retains strike, just 2 runs from the over.
20:49 IST Piyush Chawla comes into bowl, Maxwell on strike. SIX! That ball was right in the slot, muscled over wide on boundary for a maximum, he is taking on KKR, trying to put pressure on them. FOUR! That was pitched wide, another boundary over covers, pure hard hitting from Maxwell. FOUR! He is just not stopping, Chawla is not happy with himself. Three singles more from the over, 17 runs from it. KKR under pressure from Maxwell.
20:43 IST Woakes comes into bowl, Maxwell on strike, he plays it back to the bowler, a dot ball to start with. FOUR! Maxwell uses the bounce off the pitch and guides it towards square leg for a boundary. DROPPED! the ball took an inside edge off the bat but wicketkeeper Uthappa drops it, not a catch you should drop. FOUR! Amla hits the short delivery for a boundary towards square leg, two more singles from the over, 11 runs from it.
20:38 IST Glenn Maxwell comes into bat, he turns the ball away for a single to mid-wicket, a dot ball to end the over from Narine.
20:36 IST WICKET! Marcus Stoinis b Sunil Narine 9(12)
20:36 IST Stoinis on strike, he flicks the ball for a couple of runs towards long leg for a couple of runs. Narine to Stoinis, he takes a single towards mid-wicket. Amla too is happy to knock the ball around, takes a quick single towards covers. OUT!
20:33 IST Yadav back into the attack, Amla takes a single off the first ball towards the third man. Stoinis on strike, a bang on yorker from Umesh, a dot ball to Australian all-rounder. WIDE! Umesh follows that up with a wide delivery. Stoinis takes a single off the next ball, Umpire signals leg byes. Amla pushes the next ball towards covers for a single. Good over for Umesh so far. Stoinis tries to pull the ball, could not get bat on that, another dot from Umesh. He takes a single towards mid-wicket, retains strike.
20:28 IST Stoinis defends first ball of the back foot. Next ball, FOUR! Stoinis hits the ball towards square leg for a boundary, Umesh Yadav puts in a dive but the ball goes through, first boundary for him. He plays the next ball towards mid off, should have got more off that ball. Stoinis flicks the ball towards mid-wicket, no run. Another dot to end the over, 4 runs and a wicket off it.
Marcus Stoinis comes into bat!
20:24 IST WICKET! Manan Vohra b Piyush Chawla 28(19)
20:23 IST Sunil Narine has been introduced into attack, Amla on strike. WIDE! Narine bowls that one way down the leg side, starts off with a wide, Amla takes a single as well as Uthappa could not field it. 5 WIDES! Another one down the leg side, this time Uthappa could not grab it, the ball runs towards the boundary, 7 runs from the over already without a ball being bowled. Two dots from Narine, trying to make a comeback. Vohra takes a single on the next ball. Two dot balls to end the over, Amla defends, 8 runs from the over.
20:19 IST Chris Woakes comes into bat, Vohra on strike. He takes a single off the first ball towards mid-wicket. FOUR! What a shot from Amla, uses the bounce of the pitch and hits the ball for a boundary over point. He takes a single off the next ball towards mid-wicket. Vohra on strike, he dabs the ball towards square leg, a dot ball for Woakes.
WIDE! Woakes bowled that just wide of the leg side line. FOUR! Woakes flicks the ball for a boundary towards deep square leg, another boundary for him. FOUR! Vohra plays a perfect upper cut, another boundary for KXIP, 15 runs from the over.
20:14 IST Vohra on strike, Boult continues. FOUR! Perfect cover drive from Vohra, no need to run for that. FOUR! Poor delivery from Boult, Vohra does well to get a deft touch on that, another boundary for him. Two dot deliveries to follow from Boult, good comeback from him. In the air, DROPPED! Narine drops a sitter on third man, a blunder from Narine, VOhra survives. A dot ball to end the over, 9 runs from it.
20:10 IST Umesh Yadav to open the bowling from the other end, Vohra gets back into the crease and flicks the ball for a couple of runs towards square leg. WIDE! Vohra flashes his bat but it was too wide for him. Next ball, he flashes bat again but the ball did not make contact with bat. Next ball, another dot as Vohra just nudges it on the back foot.
WIDE! Umesh appeals but the Umpire says no. Umesh bowls a fuller delivery, but, Vohra drives it straight to covers, another dot. SIX! Vohra’s eyes lit up on seeing the short ball, he rocks on back foot and hits the ball for a maximum, first six of the KXIP innings. He takes a single off the last ball retains strike.
20:05 IST Boult comes into bowl, extra bounce on first ball only, Amla was a bit surprised, a dot ball to start with. FOUR! That was pitched on the leg stump, Amla flicks the ball away towards square leg boundary, first four of the innings. Next one from Boult was pitched up, Amla drives but could not time it, another dot ball from Boult.
An inswinger from Boult, Amla pushes the ball on the back foot towards covers for a couple of runs. FOUR! That ball was asking to be thrashed, Amla uses his wrists to flick the ball away for a boundary. Last ball of the over, Amla swings his bat but could not connect, 10 runs from first over.
20;01 IST Ishant Sharma will be playing for the first time for KXIP in IPL 10.
20:00 IST Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra will be opening the KXIP innings, on the bowling end Trent Boult will be bowling the first over.
19:58 IST Virender Sehwag rings the Eden Gardens bell as players are making out their way into the middle for an epic face-off.
19:55 IST This is KKR’s first home game in IPL 10, will they start off with a win?
19:51 IST The much-awaited clash will be live in a few minutes, stay tuned for more action.
19:37 IST Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme replaces injured Chris Lynn.
Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell(c), Wriddhiman Saha(w), David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav
19:34 IST Once again, KXIP will be chasing in IPL 10. Although, KKR’s batting lineup will be tested because their start-hitter Chris Lynn would not be opening alongside Gautam Gambhir.
19:31 IST KKR win toss, elect to field!
19:27 IST Umesh Yadav is expected to make a comeback in the KKR side after taking a rest post Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
18:56 IST Will New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme make his debut for KKR? Stay tuned to find out!
18:47 IST Meanwhile, on a lighter note, KXIP player Matt Henry wishes everyone ‘Happy Baisakhi’.
18:10 IST The ‘Sharma-duo’ of Kings XI Punjab bowling line up have done well in the first two matches. Will Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma fire again?
Welcome to inUth’s digital and non-stop coverage of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10’s Match No. 11 between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Glenn Maxwell’s maiden captaincy run in IPL 10 has been fruitful so far as they have been able to win their first two matches. On the other hand, KKR were handed their first defeat in the tournament against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the previous match.
KKR will miss their star overseas player Chris Lynn who injured his right shoulder in the previous game. It is a big question that who will KKR replace Lynn with. It is a possibility that Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan might play his first game in this season as he was away in the initial games due to national duty. There are other players in the queue as well who might replace Lynn in the side, including New Zealand’s’ Colin de Grandhomme, Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile and West Indies’ Rovman Powell.
The biggest concern for KKR ahead of the fixture is Glenn Maxwell’s form. He has been in splendid form in the first two games and yet to be dismissed. KKR have a tough task ahead of them as KXIP’s bowling lineup has done wonders for them by slowing down the run rate in initial overs and picking up regular wickets. KXIP bowlers have not let the opponent team post a gigantic total on the board.
The trend in this season has been winning the toss and electing to field first. If Maxwell loses the toss, it will be interesting to watch whether KXIP be able to post a big total batting first or not. KXIP are currently table toppers with an emphatic run rate of 1.598 whereas KKR are on 5th position having lost one of their two games.
Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Glenn Maxwell(c), Wriddhiman Saha(wk), David Miller, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Varun Aaron, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Shaun Marsh, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Eoin Morgan, Matt Henry, Rahul Tewatia, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, Ishant Sharma
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Ankit Rajpoot, Kuldeep Yadav, Trent Boult, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Sheldon Jackson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme