(KKR host MI in Match 40 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Catch Live Cricket Scores and Live Updates of the KKR vs MI match below)
Well, Mumbai were never really in this contest. While batting, they looked like they were waiting for something to happen. Even while bowling, they never looked penetrative. Robin Uthappa’s excellent innings took the game away from Mumbai entirely. Uthappa is also the Man of the Match.
So Lasith Malinga in for his final over. Two off the first ball. Shakib looks to go over covers and misses. Oh he’s gone big, gets this high in the air, and Rayudu accepts the catch. Shakib out!Ryan Tendo comes in. But it’s Yusuf on strike. AND THAT’S FOUR THROUGH MIDWICKET! KKR HAVE WON BY SIX WICKETS!
OUT! Shakib 9(8) c Rayudu b Malinga
Lendl Simmons to bowl what could well be the last over of the game. That’s a short ball, and at Simmons’ pace it’s an easy four through square leg for Pathan.Single there. Single to Shakib. And another run for Yusuf. Shakib slogs, doesn’t get hold of it at all. Dot ball to end.
Slinga back to bowl his third over. Starts with a wide. Oh that’s four for Pathan.On his pad, and Yusuf gets four to fine leg. Oh a deft touch from Yusuf! Let me say that again. A deft touch from Yusuf. I need to pinch myself. Who says miracles don’t happen? Singe now. Another wide. Oh four more through point. Great shot from Shakib. Another single. Last ball now. OH leading edge, bounces out of Malinga’s hand. Could have been a wicket if it had stuck.
Simmons bowling the 16th. Oh HUGE six over long on! Robbie on fire! AND THAT’S ANOTHER! SIX MORE! Same area.And now a single. Two to Yusuf. Yusuf drives powerfully for another single. Uthappa on strike and HE’S BOWLED HIM!Great end to the over from MI, but is this too little too late? Remember, this is a team that lost six wickets for just two runs!
OUT! R Uthappa 80(52) b Simmons
Bhajji on for his final over now. Manish on strike. Oh he’s BOWLED HIM! Very, very similar to the way GG got out. Inside edge on to the stumps. Yusuf Pathan walks out to the middle. Couple of scratchy defenses played there. And now a single. Robbie pulls out the reverse sweep and gets two. Last ball now. And a single to end Bhajji’s spell. It has been a very good one.
OUT! M Pandey 14(21) b Harbhajan
JB to bowl the 14th over. Oh what a shot! Four through point for Robbie!And a single off the next ball. MI really need to break this partnership. Short ball, Manish hits this down the ground for a single. Last ball of the over now. And Manish gets one. Eight off this over.
Pojha comes back on now. Dot ball to Manish. And that’s a good shot, gets a couple down through deep covers. Another dot ball. Just three runs off that over. Another tight one from Pragya. He bowls out with impressive figures of 4-0-25-0.
And one express bowler replaced with another. Here comes Pollard. Just a dot ball. And another single. Two more to Manish, good shot. Another tight over from the big man. Last ball now. And another single to end with.
Here comes the express pace of Lendl Simmons. Two off the first ball for Pandey. Single off the next ball. Oh this ball has kept really low, but Uthappa places this very deliberately down third man. Lovely shot! And a single gives his his fifty! Well played Robin Uthappa!Manish on strike. That’s another single. And a quick single off the last ball.
Harbhajan continues. That’s one to Pandey, Uthappa sweeps, it’s in the air but it goes through Bumrah for four!Poor work from Jasprit. Another single now. Good bowling here again from Bhajji, another dot. And another dot. Just a single off the last ball.
Ojha to bowl the ninth over. And another good over, single to start with. Another single. And another single. Dot ball. Another single. And Uthappa gets four off the last ball, through point!Good shot.
Bhajji to bowl now. That’s a dot ball to GG. AND HE’S BOWLED! Inside edge from Gambhir on to the stumps!In comes Pandey. This one is a wide ball, but Bhajji is getting some massive turn here! There was an appeal for a stumping, but he was safe. Good ball again, another dot! Pandey goes down the ground for a single. So Robbie on strike now. He sweeps and gets a single. It looked like a good shot, but just for one. Last ball now. Manish doesn’t get bat on ball. Good over.
OUT! G Gambhir 14(16) b Harbhajan
Pragyan for the seventh over now. Starts with a single to Gambhir. And one to Uthappa. Dot ball now to GG. And another dot. Good over from PO. And another single now. Dot ball to end. Great over, the first one this innings without a boundary!
Slinga back on now. Robbie facing. That’s a dot ball. Oh wide down the leg side, poor ball. And another dot ball. Oh well bowled! Uthappa walks down the track but gets beaten by a beauty from Malinga. And another dot ball. Robbie has been batting well, but this over from Malinga has him hopping. Just the wide off the over so far. Oh outside edge, and that’s four down third man!Last ball is… another dot!
Pragyan Ojhan comes on now. Starts well. Two dot balls to Uthappa. And now Robbie goes big! Six over long on!Another dot ball now. And now a sigle. Final delivery now. Gambhir sweeps for two.
Jasprit comes back on. OH inside edge! Very nearly on to his stumps. Gambhir survives. Another dot ball. That’s just a single. And now Robbie decides to turn it on! Smashes this one through mid off for four. And ANOTHER one down the ground for FOUR MORE!Just a single off the last ball.
So now comes Harbhajan Singh. Singles off the first two balls. And another single down third man. Good shot from GG, but it goes straight to a fielder. Gambhir looks to hit this one hard, gets an inside edge. Single. Last ball now. And that’s FOUR MORE down long off.Just past the jumping Malinga.
Jasprit Bumrah comes on to bowl now. He has been impressive this year. He starts well, just a single off the leg bye for Gambir. Another dot ball. And a single. GG on strike again. Another dot. Oh another dot ball, GG went for a big shot on the off side but missed. And that’s four off the last ball, drifting on to his pads, and GG gets it to fine leg.
So we’re back for the second innings now. Robbie to face Slinga. Good ball first up. And another good ball, but WHAT A SHOT! Four through midwicket for Uthappa!Lovely shot. Late swing away, dot ball. No carry at all there. Another away-swinger. Uthappa drives away from the body and misses. That’s a single down third man. Last ball now, GG to face. That’s wide down the leg side. And that’s one.
Mumbai couldn’t get the big hits in. Will Kolkata be able to? Stay tuned for further updates.
Narine in for the final over. Singe off the first ball for KP. And he’s BOWLED him! Rohit trying to play a fancy shot, loses his off stump.Narine hardly reacts to this. Just another single for new man Tare. Another single. Dot ball. And final delivery is a dot.
OUT! R Sharma 51(45) b Narine
Umesh Yadav comes on to bowl the penultimate over. Pollard on strike. Just a single off the first ball. Oh terrific yorker! Rohit gets a single, but that’s terrific fielding from Gautam Gambhir. Direct hit but it’s a single. Another single to KP. And Rohit gets this away for four. That will be fifty for Rohit.That’s just a single. Last ball now. And KP can only get another single.
Narine to bowl the 18th. Single off the first ball. And another single now. Rohit on strike, this time it’s two. Rohit looking good now. But Narine looking better. Two dot balls to end the over. Just five off that one.
Shakib comes back on now. This is the 17th over. Starts well. Just a single. Dot ball to Pollard. And another dot ball. And he gets this away for a couple. Good running. And another single. Last ball from Pollard now. And Rohit gets a boundary off the last ball of the over.Through point! Lovely batting. Finally Rohit looking good again!
Morkel to bowl out now. Starts with a dot. And two to follow. Oh WHAT A SHOT! Six over covers. Lovely shot from Rohit. He needs a few more of these! This is another wide ball from Morkel. Rohit tried the ramp shot, but missed completely. Bit unlucky for Morkel that that was called wide. AND Rohit smashes this one over cover again! Six more!Rohit roaring back into form now. Rohit looks to upset the bowler’s line again by moving around, just gets one. Last ball of Morkel’s spell now. Corey on strike. He flicks this RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF CHAWLA! Wicket off the last ball for KKR!
OUT! C Anderson 18(12) c Chawla b Morkel
Sunil Narine comes back on now. Single to Corey. And a dot ball now. Another single to Rohit. OH Corey goes for a sweep, gets an inside edge and it goes under the ‘keepers pads. The batsmen cross over for three. Dot ball to Rohit. Huge appeal off the last ball, but Anderson survives this.
Chawla back on now. He has bowled really well today. Thats a couple off the first ball to Corey. Dot ball. BAM! HUGE six over long on!This one is short, and he’s hit it through covers for four more runs. Anderson turning it on now. Just a single off the next ball. Rohit on strike for the last ball. Can he keep the momentum going? YES HE CAN! Four more runs through covers to end the over!
Morkel comes back on. This is the 13th over now. Nohit fails to make contact. And another dot ball. Hardly surprising. Oh he’s hit this in the air, hasn’t got it anywhere near the middle…Yusuf underneath it AND HE DROPS A SITTER! Very poor work from Yusuf. Rohit gets a reprieve. Last ball of the over, he hooks top edges and gets four!Can this be the over Rohit was waiting for?
Chawla back on now. Oooh nearly gets a return catch! Rayudu getting a leading edge that falls just wide of Chawla. Single for that. And another dot ball for No-hit Sharma. And he gets a single now. And Rayudu FINALLY gets a boundaryto wake up some of the sleeping spectators. And he’s going against the turn over midwicket AND HE’S OUT! Holed out to Surya.Corey comes in. And guess what, faces a dot ball.
OUT! A Rayudu 37(27) c Suryakumar b Chawla
Shakib continues. Dot ball. And another dot ball. That’s three dots in a row now. Mumbai just not getting any runs here! What are they doing? Finally a single. Rohit has a strike rate of just 50 at this point. Dot to Rayudu as well. And a single.
Chawla back after the break. Two off the first ball. And a single off the next one. Just another single. Good googly. So MI just not getting the big hits. Very slow start from them.
Here comes Yusuf Pathan. Starts off well, but a misfield allows the batsmen to take two. Yusuf getting the ball to spin a little. He has been in good form with the ball for Baroda. Oh he’s bowled that one really wide, Rayudu doesn’t miss out on this.Four through point.Poor ball, good shot. And another double. Expensive first over from Yusuf. He’s getting the ball to turn a little, but he’s bowling these too short. Rayudu looks to sweep, just gets a single. Time for the timeout.
Here comes Piyush Chawla. And it’s a dot ball to start with. Just a single to Rohit. And another single to Rayudu. Chawla has been quite good this IPL. Oh well bowled! Forward defense from Rohit, but that ball had dip and turn. Nicely played for another single. Oh Rayudu nearly knocked over! Completely beaten going for the cut shot. If that were anywhere near the stumps, he’d have been gone.
Umesh back on now. Rayudu defends. Oh he doesn’t bother defending this, steps out and lofts it over covers for four!Great shot. And another dot. Single now for Rayudu. Rohit to face now. No run. Last ball coming up. And it’s just a single. Six off the over.
Shakib comes back on now. AND HE’S KNOCKED HIM OVER!Simmons steppes out, misses the ball altogether, and sees the stumps in disarray behind him.That ball just did not bounce! He’ll feel unlucky there, will Simmons. Rohit Sharma is the new man in. Couple of dot balls to start off. Steps out and drives this down the ground for a single. Rayudu on strike for the last ball. And another single.
OUT! L Simmons 12(14) b Shakib
Here comes Sunil Narine. Single off the first ball. That’s a dot. And another dot ball now. Oh he’s top edged this one…and he’s dropped it! Good try from Shakib, but the ball didn’t stick after that dive. No run to end the over. Good one for KKR.
Morkel back now. OH HE’S GOT HIS MAN!Gautam looks to drive on the up and he’s caught by Suryakumar Yadav! That’s an early breakthrough for KKR. Wide ball to new man Rayudu. And this is a no ball, so free hit for Simmons, as the batsmen cross. And another wide. Single off the free hit. Oh BIG SIX! Rayudu takes on Morkel!
OUT! CM Gautam c S Yadav b Morkel
Umesh Yadav in now. Another dot ball. Oh well bowled, that second one beat the bat. And now he drifts on the pads, and Gautam gets the first runs off the bat for MI. And that’s a single. Lendl Simmons goes down the track and smashes this one, but its just one. Simmons has shown some real form for MI. And here’s another boundary…or is it? No well fielded in the deep! Just three off it.
So we are ready to start the match. After the pyrotechnics of the last game, will this match be able to provide similar thrills? We shall see. Morne Morkel in to bowl the first over. And that’s a dot ball. Just a leg bye now. Oh he’s gone past the edge, great ball. Morkel getting some movement off the pitch. That’s a wide ball now. And they’ve taken a single too. So three runs on the board, but not one off the bat yet. Last ball now. And another dot.
Here are the two teams for the day:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla.
Toss: Kolkata have won the toss and will bowl first. Kolkata make a change as Shakib Al Hasan replaces Jacques Kallis.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I’m Shiamak Unwalla, and I’ll be taking you through the live updates of tonight’s match. This match was originally slotted to be held in Eden Gardens at Kolkata, but was then shifted to Cuttack owing to security reasons. KKR are on a high after consecutive wins. Their last win came against a strong Punjab outfit. Their openers Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been in top-notch form, and they would like a big opening partnership from the two tonight as well.
Mumbai, on the other hand, have been struggling this season, and have finally found some momentum to their game of late. They would like to keep that going and register a big win tonight to boost their playoff hopes.