23:16 IST Shardul Thakur to bowl the 19th over, Darren Bravo on strike, FOUR! A boundary to end the over, KKR win by 7 wickets.
23:14 IST Bravo has been beaten again, he takes a single off the last ball.
23:13 IST WICKET! Gambhir c Shardul b Christian 62(46)
23:13 IST Daniel Christian to bowl the 18th over, Bravo is beaten on the first ball, a dot ball to start with. He takes a single towards third man, brings Gambhir on strike. A dot ball as Gambhir fails to hit the ball through covers, 4 needed off 15 balls now. OUT! Gambhir is gone, is there any twist in the story?
23:10 IST Darren Bravo has come into bat on his IPL debut but Gambhir is on strike, he plays a dot ball to finish off the over. 5 runs needed from 18 balls now.
23:08 IST WICKET! Uthappa c Tripathi b Unadkat 87 (47)
23:08 IST Jaydev Unadkat comes into bowl, Gambhir takes a couple of runs off the first ball towards midwicket. He takes a single and gets Uthappa on strike. He flicks the ball for a single towards square leg. Gambhir guides the ball towards short third man for a single. OUT! Uthappa departs but it is too late for RPS.
23:05 IST Tahir continues, he has been expensive today. Two singles off the first two deliveries. A rare dot ball as Uthappa could not get past the point fielder. SIX! Does not matter, Uthappa takes the aerial route again, it is his day today, another maximum for him. SIX! He goes again, that is miles into the stadium, back-to-back maximums from him. That was a monstrous one, 94 metres. A dot ball as the ball turned a bit more, 14 runs from the over.
23:01 IST Daniel Christain comes into bowl, he bowls two wides after being hit for a boundary off the first ball. The match is almost over for RPS, the home team. Not a single dot delivery from the over as Uthappa-Gambhir are scoring more that run a ball, 12 runs from Christian’s over, 24 needed off 30 balls.
22:56 IST It is just a matter of time before KKR batsmen finish off this over. Tahir has had a bad day as soon as Unadkat dropped the catch of Uthappa, 12 runs off the over. FIFTY for Gambhir, he has played the role of an anchor today.
22:49 IST Uthappa on strike, Shardul Thakur comes back into the attack, he takes a couple of runs off the first ball. Next ball, hits the back pad of Uthappa, Umpire denies it, a single off the second ball. Gambhir guides the ball towards the third man, takes a single. Uthappa plays the next one towards fine leg, takes a single.
Not a single boundary from the over yet. Gambhir pulls, just a single towards square leg. WIIIIIDEEE! That one should have been played by the batsman standing on the next pitch. FIVE WIDES! Uthappa takes a single off the last ball, 12 runs from the over.
22:43 IST Rahul Tripathi comes into bowl, Gambhir takes a single off the first ball. FOUR! Robin Uthappa is on song today, another boundary off his bat. He takes a single off the next ball, Gambhir on strike. FOUR! Gambhir joins the party, he guides the ball for a boundary past the short third man fielder. Gambhir pushes the ball towards long off, takes a single. A slower ball from Tripathi, Uthappa takes a single off the last ball, 12 runs from the over.
22:38 IST Christian comes back into the attack, Uthappa on strike, he is on 49 now. FIFTY for Uthappa, he takes a single off the first ball. Gambhir takes another single towards square leg. 80 needed off 58 balls. KKR batsmen need to do nothing fancy now. Uthappa takes a single towards point. A dot ball as Gambhir could not get past the fielder inside the circle. DROPPED! Gambhir takes a single as Washington drops the catch. SIX! This is massive from Uthappa, he is in a hurry to end this game.
22:34 IST Unadkat comes into bowl, Gambhir takes a single off the first ball towards the third man. Uthappa on strike, will Unadkat make amends for the dropped catch? FOUR! Uthappa times that one with precision, effortless shot for a boundary. A dot ball to follow, Unadkat bowls a dot delivery.
FOUR! Uthappa improvises this time, he is frustrating RPS bowlers. Uthappa moves to 49 off 24 balls. He takes a single off the next ball, leg byes signaled by the Umpire, Uthappa still on 49. Gambhir on strike, FOUR! Gambhir ends the over with a boundary, 100 up for KKR.
22:28 IST Imran Tahir continues, he takes a couple of runs off the first ball as it takes a leading edge. Gambhir takes a single off next delivery. SIX! Uthappa is in non-stop mode, hits the ball into the stands. A dot delivery as the ball was full and wide. Uthappa is angry with Umpire. Two singles off the next two deliveries, 11 runs off it.
22:25 IST Uthappa on strike, FOUR! He hits a boundary off the first ball, just guides the ball on his way. Dropping Uthappa has not worked out for any team in the tournament. SIX! This time he slaps the ball over long off boundary for a maximum, he is making full use of the second chance. SIX! Here’s another maximum. hits the ball over midwicket boundary, that was timed with perfection. He takes a single towards short third man for a single. Gambhir goes inside out this time, he takes a couple of runs. A single off the last ball, 20 runs off it.
22:21 IST Imran Tahir comes into bowl, Gambhir on strike, he takes a single towards long off. Next ball, Uthappa tries to slog sweep, mistimes it, a dot ball. FOUR! Uthappa hits that one right up into the sky, Unadkat is getting under it, DROPPED! Uthappa gets lucky, a boundary for KKR. Uthappa takes a single off the next ball. FOUR! Gambhir stays in his crease, hits a boundary down the ground, 11 runs from the over, good one for KKR.
22:16 IST Daniel Christian comes into bowl, Uthappa on strike. FOUR! A good shot from Uthappa, he is using the pace of the ball smartly. He takes a single off the next ball. Gambhir takes another single off the next ball. The next one came into Uthappa, he takes a quick single anyway. Gambhir inside edges the next ball, a dot ball. Another dot ball to end the over, 7 runs from it.
22:10 IST Washington continues, Gambhir on strike, beats him first ball. Gambhir slog sweeps the ball towards deep midwicket, takes a couple of runs. Another dot ball to follow, RPS bowlers have bowled well today. FOUR! Gambhir hits the ball on the back foot, cuts it away for a boundary towards point. He mistimes the last ball, another dot. Last balll of the over, he goes down the wicket and hits the ball for a boundary, 10 runs from it.
22:08 IST Shardul continues, Uthappa on strike, WIDE! that was harsh from the Umpire as Uthappa moved across a bit. Uthappa plays the next one towards short midwicket, a dot ball. He plays the ball towards deep mid on, a dot ball. Another dot ball from Shardul. FOUR! Shardul bowled a good length in the slot, first boundary for Uthappa. He takes a single off the next ball, Gambhir on strike, he takes a single off the last ball, 7 runs from the over.
22:03 IST Robin Uthappa comes into bat, he plays a dot ball to start with. A huge lbw appeal from Sundar, but the Umpire says no, he takes a single off the last ball, a good over from Sundar comes to an end.
22:00 IST WICKET! Sunil Narine run out (Shardul Thakur) 16(11)
22:00 IST Washington Sundar comes into the attack, Gambhir on strike, he takes a single off the first ball, gets Narine on strike. Narine too takes a single after playing a dot ball. Gambhir back on strike, that one was dabbed towards fine leg, takes a single. A runout appeal as Shardul hits the wickets diving in.
21:57 IST Sunil Narine on strike, Shardul Thakur comes into bowl. Two dot balls to start with. Two back-to-back boundaries from Narine, he is getting a bit lucky in the powerplay overs as even the edges are going for boundaries. He takes a single off the fifth ball. Gambhir takes a single off the last ball, 10 runs off the second over.
21:53 IST Unadkat to bowl the first over, Narine taking the strike once again. He starts off with a dot ball, beats him all hands up. FOUR! That ball was asking to be hit, a boundary towards covers. WIDE! Unadkat appeals but it was towards the leg side. He takes a single off the next one as the ball takes a leading edge. Gambhir on strike, he defends it towards point. He stays in the crease and defends it. He takes a single off the last ball of the over, 7 runs off it.
21:47 IST Jaydev Unadkat comes into bowl, Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine come into bat.
21:30 IST KKR need 183 runs to win!
21:29 IST Umesh Yadav comes into bowl the last over, Smith on strike, SIX! It’s three in a row, just guides the wide yorker over point boundary for a maximum, he moves onto 49. 50 for Smith! He takes a single towards covers. Christian on strike, a slower bouncer from Umesh, just a single off that one. Umesh hits the pads this time, just a single towards on side.
WIDE! Christian takes a single as well, those are precious runs for RPS. Smith goes into the crease, takes a single towards mid off, that should have been put away for a boundary. Smith is upset with himself as well. Last ball, OUT! KKR take the momentum with them, 12 runs and a wicket off the last over.
21:25 IST Chris Woakes comes into the attack, Smith on strike, he takes a couple of runs off the first ball. Smith moves across and takes a single towards square leg. Christian on strike, he takes a single towards long on. Smith is back on strike, he takes a single towards deep mid off.
A bouncer from Woakes, WIDE! A bit harsh from the Umpire. SIX! Christian rocks back in his crease and muscles the ball over covers for a maximum, RPS need more of those to go over 180 mark, the par score. SIX! Christian goes big again, another maximum, absolute carnage from him, 18 runs from the over.
21:19 IST Daniel Christian comes into bat, edged and the ball goes past slips and gully fielder, a couple of runs off that one. A fantastic over from Kuldeep comes to an end.
21:17 IST WICKET! Manoj Tiwary st Uthappa b Kuldeep 1(2)
21:17 IST Manoj Tiwary on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Smith too rotates strike. Next ball, is that another stumping? Kuldeep and Uthappa are excited, another wicket.
21:14 IST WICKET! Dhoni st Uthappa b Kuldeep 23(11)
Kuldeep continues, Smith takes a single off the first ball. Dhoni on strike.
21:12 IST Good over from Narine as he tries to get KKR back game into the game, just one boundary and three singles from the over, 7 rusn from it.
21:07 IST Kuldeep continues, Smith on strike, he plays a dot ball. He finds the gap on the next ball, takes a couple of runs. Whoa! Beaten all hands up, never seen anything better than that. Smith goes into his crease, takes a single towards long on. Dhoni on strike and the crowd is ecstatic now. SIX! Dhoni answers to his fans’ chants, hits a maximum off the back foot, he is in full flow today. This time he takes a quick single, overthrow, he takes a couple of runs off that ball. 11 runs from Kuldeep’s over.
21:04 IST Chawla continues, Smith on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Dhoni on strike now, he pushes the ball towards long off, takes a single, misfield means, he takes a couple of runs. Next ball, FOUR! Dhoni comes down the wicket, beats the midwicket fielder for a boundary. SIX! He goes down the crease, this time he hits it in the middle of the bat, a maximum straight pas the bowler. Two singles to end the over, 15 runs from it.
21:00 IST Dhoni comes into bat, Gambhir has an interesting field setup for him, he has done it in the past, he is doing it again. Dhoni starts off with a dot ball, takes a single off the next. Smith too takes a single, good over from Narine comes to an end.
20:57 IST WICKET! Rahane st Uthappa 46(41)
20:57 IST Sunil Narine comes into the attack, Smith on strike. FOUR! That one took a thick edge off the bat, boundary off the first ball of the over. He takes a single off the next ball, Rahane gets on strike. Is that out? Yes it is, good stumping from Robin.
20:54 IST Kuldeep continues, Smith on strike. FOUR! He dispatched that with disdain, half slog from Smith, finds a boundary. Next ball, he pushes the ball for a couple of runs, Smith puts in a dive to complete the second run. He takes a single off the next ball, good batting from Smith. Rahane sweeps, takes a single, rotates the strike, he has moved on to 46. Smith goes down the track and guides the ball for a single towards long on. Rahane goes inside out, a dot ball to end the over, 9 runs from it.
20:50 IST Chawla continues, Smith comes down the wicket but could not hit the ball, a dot ball there. Smith takes a single off the next ball. Rahane takes a couple of runs as he hits the ball towards long on. FOUR! Rahane goes inside out, a boundary for him wide off long off fielder. Rahane takes a couple of runs towards deep mid on, good running between the wickets. A dot ball to end the over, just 9 runs from it.
20:47 IST Kuldeep Yadav comes into bowl, Rahane on strike, FOUR! He goes on back foot and hits the ball with the spin, gets a boundary towards deep midwicket for a boundary. Next ball, a huge lbw shout but the Umpire shakes his head. Rahane takes a single towards backward square leg. One more single off the over as Kuldeep bowls a tight line, just 6 runs from the over.
20:44 IST Piyush Chawla continues, Smith and Rahane are looking to score boundaries now, 9 runs off Chawla’s over. Rahane is trying to break the shackles now as he lofts the ball for a boundary towards deep midwicket.
20:42 IST It has been so far so good for Pune batsmen as they have lost just one wicket and scored at a run rate of 8 runs per over. They have wickets in hand and will be looking to post a big total!
20:38 IST Nine runs off Colin de Grandhomme’s over, good batting from Smith.
20:34 IST WICKET! Tripathi b Chawla 38(23)
20:25 IST: Narine continues and he has been picked for a FOUR on the leg side.
20:19 IST: Woakes continues. Tripathi cuts it for a single to the third man. Rahane looks for a quick single, decides against it. Rahane breaks shackles, goes downtown, gets a SIX. Rahane dabs it with a single. Tripathi bangs it down the ground for a FOUR.
20:14 IST: Narine comes to bowl. Rahane picks up a single. Third umpire called for a stumping, but he is safe, by the looks of it. Tripathi picks up a single. Just four of Narine’s first over.
20:10 IST: Rahul plays a gorgeous punch of the backfoot, picks up a FOUR. They are now looking to step it up. Umesh is bowling. Tripathi gets a streaky single to third man. KKR bowlers are bowling good lines. Tripathi comes down the track and threads the cover field, FOUR more.
20:06 IST: Woakes is bowling from the other end. He is digging it in short, Tripathi gets a single of a pull. Rahane dabs it to third man, gets a single. Manish Pandey is at point. Tripathi looks for an extravagant pull but misses, sneaks a quick single. Rahane flicks and that is the first FOUR of a good shot.
20:04 IST: It was a probing first over from Umesh Yadav, he gave six runs but bowled fast and asked questions. FOUR by Tripathi, he is off and away.
19:38 IST Darren Bravo will be making his IPL debut for KKR as he replaces Nathan Coulter-Nile in the side.
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19:35 IST Playing XIs
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(wk), Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(wk), Darren Bravo, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav
19:35 IST KKR win toss, elect to bowl first!
19:32 IST TOSS TIME!
19:07 IST Will RPS make any changes on the side or go ahead with the winning combination? We will get to know a bit later.
18:52 IST Who will replace Nathan Coulter-Nile in KKR side, Trent Boult or Shakib Al Hasan? Stay tuned to find out!
Welcome to inUth’sl digital coverage of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017’s Match No. 30 between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. It will be a special one for Gautam Gambhir as it is his 100th game for KKR as a captain. He has won 2 titles with KKR in 2012 and 2014 after he was given the opportunity to lead the side in 2011’s edition.
KKR are currently in 2nd spot in IPL 2017 Standings with 5 wins from 7 games with an outstandings run rate of +1.177. Whereas, RPS are making their way up the ladder with 4 wins out of 7 games. Steven Smith’s side is currently placed at fourth spot with a net run rate of -0.627.
KKR are in high spirits after thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore in Eden Gardens, bundling them out for 49, record lowest score in IPL’s history. Their major concern will be batting if Gambhir’s gamble of opening with Sunil Narine does not pay off. We might see a few changes in the batting lineup. The bad news for KKR is that their star bowling all-rounder and ‘Man of the Match’ from the previous game will not be playing as he has been rested.
On the other hand, RPS are in high spirits with their star and expensive player, Ben Stokes who was bought in the auction for Rs.14.5 crore. His bowling performance and acrobat fielding in the death overs was the reason they were able to beat MI in the nail-biter. MS Dhoni too has signs of old days of ‘finisher’ glory. That will be a big boost for RPS.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni(w), Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat, Faf du Plessis, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Chahar, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav