Johnson to bowl his final over. He bowls a slower delivery and Umesh misses. He gets bowled and that is it. Kings XI Punjab have won the match by 23 runs.
OUT! U Yadav 2(4)
Sandeep comes back into the attack. Suryakumar goes down on one knee and sweeps a full delivery over mid-wicket for a four. He again goes down on one knee. Sandeep bowls one short and Suryakumar scoops it behind for a four. Suryakumar then hits a back of a length delivery in the air and Johnson takes the catch at extra-cover.
OUT! S Yadav 34(17)
Balaji to bowl. Umesh Yadav is the next batsman in. Suryakumar flicks one over square-leg for a four.
KXIP have only three games at Mohali…but that doesn’t matter to them now. Four in a row…they need only four more to get there #pepsiIPL
Johnson comes back into the attack. He bowls a slower delivery and Suryakumar scoop-flicks (can’t explain any better) it over deep backward square-leg for a six. The next delivery is quick and short, but Suryakumar guides it behind for a single. Johnson then bowls one fast and at the stumps. Narine backs away and tries to hit the ball, but misses and gets bowled.
OUT! S Narine 6(8)
Rishi Dhawan continues. Suryakumar pokes at one outside off-stump and gets three runs. Balaji mis-fields at short third-man.
Rishi Dhawan comes back into the attack. He bowls one straight and Yusuf Pathan gets out LBW. Uthappa then pushes the last delivery of the over to cover and takes off. Suryakumar Yadav sends him back and George Bailey gets a direct-hit at the batsman’s end. Uthappa is run out for 19.
Akshar Patel bowls a flat and quick delivery and Lynn slogs across the line. He misses and gets bowled. Uthappa reverse-sweeps one for a four through third-man.
OUT! C Lynn 13(18)
Balaji comes back into the attack. He bowls a length delivery and Lynn flicks it from outside the off-stump over backward-point for a four. Lynn then hits one through mid-wicket and gets a single. That brings up the 50 for Kolkata. That has taken a while coming.
Akshar Patel continues. The batsmen exchange singles of the first two deliveries in the over.
Dhawan comes in. Lynn comes down the track and flat-bats one through extra-cover for a four.
Akshar Patel has been brought into the attack. The left-arm spinner has been Punjab’s best spinner in IPL 7 so far. Good start from him as he gives away only three runs in the over. The first Strategic Time-Out has been taken in the innings.
Rishi Dhawan to bowl. It is a tight over as Dhawan only concedes four runs from it.
Lakshmipathy Balaji comes into the attack. Kallis drives the first ball on the up, but slices it to Glenn Maxwell at point. Balaji strays on the pads and new batsman Robin Uthappa flicks the ball behind short fine-leg for a four and gets of the mark.
Sandeep to bowl. Gambhir gives him the charge and flat-bats a length delivery straight Akshar Patel at mid-off. The umpires check whether the bowler bowled a no-ball. The replays are actually inconclusive as it seems Sandeep has landed his foot on the crease, rather than behind it. But the umpire rules Gambhir out. Harsh decision in my opinion. But Gambhir has had a poor run in this season’s IPL.
Johnson continues. He bowls a full delivery and Gambhir flicks it to fine-leg for a single. The entire stadium erupts as Gambhir finally gets a run in IPL 2014. Kallis slams the last ball over extra-cover for a four.
Sandeep comes in. He bowls one coming in and Pandey misses with his forward prod. The ball hits the pads and Pandey is out LBW. Gautam Gambhir is the next batsman in. Remember he has been dismissed for three consecutive ducks. The first delivery he faces, Gambhir edges it back to the bowler. But Sandeep cannot catch the ball diving to his right.
OUT! M Pandey 8(10)
Mitchell Johnson will bowl the second over. Johnosn bowls one full and Kallis drives the ball on the up through cover for a four.
Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis walk out to bat for Kolkata Knight Riders. Sandeep Sharma will open the bowling for Kings XI Punjab. Pandey gets the first runs on the board as he pokes at a wide delivery outside off-stump. He gets two runs near third-man. The last ball is driven towards cover-point for a four.
Well bowled Piyush! Good to see you back in the playing 11 …
Narine to bowl his final over. he angles one away and the left-handed Patel comes down the track and misses with his shot. Robin Uthappa clips the bails. Mitchell Johnson is the next batsman in and gets bowled first ball. Lakshmipathy Balaji survives the hat-trick ball. But he gets out LBW the next delivery. He tried to sweep and missed. Narine finished with three wickets for 24 runs. All three wickets came in the last over.
OUT! A Patel 7(10), M Johnson 0(1), L Balaji 0(2)
Morkel returns to bowl his fourth over as well. He bowls one short and Dhawan flat-bats it over mid-on for a four. Fine is inside the circle and Dhawan scoops a length delivery over the fielder. He gets three runs as Narine stops the ball in front of the boundary line.
Narine comes in. Narine only gives away four runs in his over. This has turned into a good session for Kolkata. All the top Punjab batsmen are out and now they look like struggling to get to a good total.
Chawla to bowl his final over as well. He looks a different bowler altogether. He is full of confidence and is fighting his deliveries. He only gives away only three runs in that over. He finishes with three wickets for 19 runs.
Kallis to bowl his final over. Akshar Patel is the next batsman in. He bowls one on the pads and Rishi Dhawan manages to flick it behind for a four.
Most Wickets in #IPL 108 Malinga 99 Mishra 89* CHAWLA 86 Ojha, Vinay 82 Steyn 80 Harbhajan
Chawla comes in. Bailey gets a single and that is the 100 for Punjab. Sehwag comes down the track and swings his bat. He gets a thick inside-edge and the ball goes in-between the stumps and short fine-leg for a single. Bailey then tries to hammer a yorker over the bowler, but does not get much distance. Morne Morkel tales the catch at long-on. Chawla then bowls a google and Sehwag has a huge gap between bat and pad as he tries to play the ball. He misses and gets bowled.
OUT! G Bailey 11(15), V Sehwag 37(30)
275th FOUR for Sehwag in #IPL. Only Sachin (295) and Gambhir (291) have hit more fours #KXIPvsKKR
Narine to bowl in tandem with Chawla. It is a good over as he gives only five runs from it.
Chawla continues. He bowls one flat and Sehwag moves away and cuts it right in-between short third-man and backward-point for a four. Brilliant precision in that shot.
Umesh has been brought back into the attack. he bowls one short and Bailey rocks back and pulls it in front of fine-leg for a four. Umesh strays onto the pads and Sehag flicks it away for a four through long-leg.
Piyush Chawla comes into bowl. This should be fun! Miller charges down the track and mistimes a lofted drive as Chawla bowls a googly. Morne Morkel takes the catch at wide long-on. George Bailey is the next batsman in.
OUT! D Miller 14(10)
Kallis continues. He bowls a length delivery and Miller pulls it through wide mid-on for a four. The next delivery is pitched up and Miller drives it through extra-cover for another four. The last ball of the over fetches Miller two runs. The first Strategic Time-Out has been taken in the innings.
Maxwell out, and Preity Zinta has the look of a woman who’s just seen her latest box office takings. #IPL
Morkel has been brought back into the attack. He bowls one full on leg-stump. Maxwell moves away to the off side to whack the ball over the leg. He misses and gets bowled. That makes Morne celebrate wildly. The delivery that got the wicket clocked around 149 kmph. That is fast! David Miller is the next batsman in.
OUT! G Maxwell 15(12)
Admire MI for two audacious decisions the more I see Maxwell,for having the vision to buy him for a million,then for not retaining him
Sunil Narine has been brought into the attack. Sehwag hits the first delivery in the air over extra-cover for two runs. Sehwag then slog-sweeps one over deep mid-wicket for a six. Maxwell reverse-sweeps one over backward-point for a four. That brings up the 50 for Punjab.
Jacques Kallis comes into the attack. He bowls one full and straight and Saha moves cross the stumps and misses. The ball hits the pads and the players appeal. The umpire raises his finger and Saha is out. That brings in the man everyone wants to see. Glenn Maxwell is the next batsman in. Kallis digs one in short and Maxwell tries to get out of the way. But his bat is in the air and the ball takes a big deflection. To his luck, the ball falls away from the short fine-leg fielder.
OUT! W Saha 14(10)
morkel to saha, while it lasted was great fun to watch! #pepsiIPL
Morkel comes in. He bowls a back of a length delivery and Saha tries to swing it away on the leg side. He only gets a thick top-edge and the ball goes behind the wicketkeeper. Umesh came in from third-man, but was unable to get to it. Morkel repeats the delivery and Saha repeats the shot. This time he manages to get some connection and gets a four behind square on the leg side. Morkel then bowls a good length delivery and Saha pulls it high for a six over backward square-leg.
Umesh continues. Sehwag gets of the mark with a punch for a single towards cover-point. Umesh pitches one up and Sehwag drives it over extra-cover for a four. The ball just about bounced short of the boundary line.
Morne Morkel will bowl from the other end. Morkel manages to find the edge of Pujara’s bat and the wicketkeeper takes the catch. But Morkel has overstepped big time and it is a no-ball. But Pujara gets run-out trying to complete a quick run. Manish Pandey got the direct-hit
OUT! C Pujara 8(8)
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag walk out to open the innings for Kings XI Punjab. Umesh Yadav will begin proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Pujara opens the scoring with a cover drive for a four.
@KKRiders And we are out to make it even stevens. Good luck and let’s have fun.
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and elected to bowl. Gautam Gambhir leads Kolkata. Piyush Chawla comes in for R Vinay Kumar. George Bailey captains Kings XI Punjab. They have gone in with an unchanged XI.
Kings XI Punjab: Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey (c), Mitchell Johnson, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Akshar Patel, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Match 15 of Indian Premier League (IPL) between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). I am Shrikant Shankar, and I will be bringing you the live updates from the match. Any team against Punjab these days appears like ‘David vs Goliath’. And all these exaggeration about Punjab comes due to Glenn Maxwell who has been swinging his arms and collecting sixes at will. With three half-centuries and in as many matches, all that Maxwell will be worried about is, when will he reach his hundred! Kolkata have a solid bowling attack but the mouth-watering clash will be between Maxwell and Sunil Narine. The Aussie has already hit his way out against Saeed Ajmal in the ICC World T20 2014 and there is every reason to look forward to him attacking Narine than to play him out.
KKR on the other hand will be happy to escape with that win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) but they knew the batting was far from best with the skipper Gautam Gambhir himself failing to open his account in all the three matches. But the biggest plus from the match was a certain Chris Lynn who not only batted well for his 45 but turned the match which one stunning catch. KXIP will be confident with their batting and the bowlers have done a good job so far. With Maxwell on song, not to forget, David Miller is equally threatening with the bat.