Hyderabad are slipping. A fantastic Yorker by Shami flicks Perera’s leg-stump. No one realises that the bails are off. Samantray flicks his first ball past short fine-leg for four. The quiet crowd comes back to life.
KKR 108/4 | Overs 17 | Perera 2*, Sammy 0*
Narine builds the pressure with a maiden. Are the home side crumbling. It is a a big moment in the game.
Hundred up for Hyderabad. Parthiv is adjudged leg before and he is not happy. He walked across the line and tried to flick Abdulla to the leg-side. He shows his bat to the umpire to suggest that he got something on it.
KKR 98/1 | Overs 13 | Parthiv 46*, Vihari 2*
Kolkata are losing the plot here. Shami bowls five wides down the leg side. Hyderabad need only 33 runs off 43 balls.
Abdulla bowls one down the leg-side and Parthiv lifts him over fine-leg for four. Dhawan tries a reverse-sweep, but misses and is trapped in front. A good innings that puts his team on the road to Delhi.
KKR 84/0 | Overs 11 | Parthiv 40*, Dhawan 42*
These two are doing it easily. Now they are turning the strike over and dealing in singles and twos. They need only 47 off the last nine overs.
KKR 78/0 | Overs 10 | Parthiv 37*, Dhawan 38*
A quiet over.
KKR 74/0 | Overs 9 | Parthiv 35*, Dhawan 37*
Dhawan is now getting into his elements. Shami pitches it short down the leg-side and Dhawan just gets a glove to guide it fine for four. He then shuffles in his crease and flicks one through the leg-side for a similar result. Hyderabad are on their way to Delhi are they!
KKR 62/0 | Overs 8 | Parthiv 34*, Dhawan 26*
Hyderabad’s 50 is up. They have improved as a batting unit and needed this performance in such a crucial game. Kallis sees Dhawan coming down the wicket and pitches it short. Dhawan manages to smash it over point for a six. What a shot that one! He then gets a four off the next over covers.
KKR 49/0 | Overs 7 | Parthiv 33*, Dhawan 14*
Shami Ahmed is given the ball. He starts off well as only four come off that over.
KKR 45/0 | Overs 6 | Parthiv 31*, Dhawan 12*
Parthiv is making merry here! He first cuts Pathan behind point for four and then sweeps him for another. Dhawan comes to the party by lofting Pathan over mid-wicket for a huge six.
KKR 30/0 | Overs 5 | Parthiv 22*, Dhawan 6*
The mysterious Narine comes to bowl and guess what! Parthiv rocks back first ball and lofts it over short fine-leg for four. He is looking in awesome touch here.
KKR 25/0 | Overs 4 | Parthiv 17*, Dhawan 6*
Parthiv walks down the track and lofts him over the off-side for a four. The ball was short outside the off-stump and it gets what it deserves.
KKR 17/0 | Overs 3 | Parthiv 12*, Dhawan 4*
Good over by Pathan. Only four runs coming off that. Hyderabad have started decently.
KKR 13/0 | Overs 2 | Parthiv 11*, Dhawan 2*
Sangwan is welcomed into the attack with two fours by Parthiv. The first one was cut behind point and he flicked the second through fine-leg.
KKR 3/0 | Overs 1 | Parthiv 2*, Dhawan 1*
Hyderabad begin their pursuit of 131. Pathan is given the ball first-up. Only three runs off that over.
Ranjan runs in to bowl the final over and has Narine out caught off the first ball. It was a fantastic catch at point by Perera as he dived forward to clutch it. Ranjan gives nothing away, until Pathan smashes a six off the final delivery.
So, Hyderabad have done well to keep Kolkata to 130. They now need to chase it down to qualify for the play-offs. Will they do it? Join us in a few minutes from now for their run-chase.
Dogra tried to emulate Pathan, but gets caught at long-on as Steyn celebrates another wicket. A great contest here! Steyn bowls a good short ball to Pathan. The batsman replies by smashing him over mid-wicket for a huge six. An animated Pathan keeps his bat down and raises his hands to clap.
KKR 111/5 | Overs 18 | Pathan 34*, Dogra 5*
We have the first six of the game. Pathan goes high over the bowler and gets maximum.
Steyn gets the better of his South African team-mate. Kallis heaves to the leg-side and gets the elevation, not the distance and Shikhar Dhawan takes a good catch in the deep. The Dutchman — ten Doeschate comes in and is given some chin music.
KKR 89/3 | Overs 15 | Kallis 24*, Pathan 23*
Perera strays down the leg-side and Pathan flicks him easily for four. There are occasional boundaries
KKR 80/3 | Overs 14 | Kallis 22*, Pathan 17*
Pathan is on song here. He nearly takes off Asad Raud, but the umpire gets out of the way in time as the ball goes to the boundary.
KKR 74/3 | Overs 13 | Kallis 21*, Pathan 11*
A boundary at last. Pathan delicately guides Perera fine to third-man for four.
KKR 66/3 | Overs 12 | Kallis 20*, Pathan 5*
Mishra has been fantastic. The batsmen cannot play the big shots and only manage to score six runs in this over.
K Sharma gets the big one. Morgan misses the sweep and is trapped plumb in front by the leg-spinner. The Umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger.
KKR 56/2 | Overs 10 | Kallis 15*, Morgan 9*
The in-form Mishra gives nothing away does he! Bowls a tight line and keeps the Kolkata batsmen quiet. They finish the half-way mark at 56 for two. Kolkata need to up the ante.
KKR 52/2 | Overs 9 | Kallis 13*, Morgan 7*
Karan Sharma comes in and is greeted by an audacious reverse sweep by Morgan — which goes all the way for four. There is a big appeal off the next ball, but the umpire is unmoved. K Sharma has come back well after the boundary off the first ball.
Disaster for Kolkata! Gambhir cuts Mishra straight to the fielder and sets off for a run. Kallis doesn’t move and Gambhir finds himself stranded. There was no single there and Parthiv finished the job at the striker’s end. The inventive Morgan comes to the centre. Vihari makes up for his effort of the previous effort, with a good slide to save a boundary.
KKR 42/1 | Overs 7 | Gambhir 10*, Kallis 10*
Darren Sammy bowls a decent first over, but goes for runs. Hanuma Vihari misfields as Kallis picks up his first boundary. Kallis then tries a heave over the leg-side, but gets an inside-edge that goes between the keeper’s legs for four.
KKR 33/1 | Overs 6 | Gambhir 9*, Kallis 2*
Ranjan continues into his third over. White almost pulls off a fantastic catch. Gambhir made room and tried to smash it over cover. White flew to his left and got a hand, but couldn’t hold on. Would have been a ripper had he taken it.
Perera is now into the attack. He strays down the leg-side and Bisla flicks him over short fine-leg for a four. Perera hits back by dismissing him. Bisla tried to play across the line, but got a top-edge. White settled under it at coiver and took an easy catch.
KKR 20/0 | Overs 4 | Bisla 11*, Gambhir 4*
A very good over there by Ranjan. Kept Gambhir tied up at one end. Gambhir completes 400 runs in IPL 2013 with a quick single.
KKR 17/0 | Overs 3 | Bisla 11*, Gambhir 1*
Steyn gets it wrong there. Pitches it outside leg and it goes all the way to the boundary. Parthiv has no chance there. He makes a good comeback later in the over with two good bouncers to Bisla — who lets it go through to the keeper.
KKR 10/0 | Overs 2 | Bisla 10*, Gambhir 0*
Anand Ranjan is brought into the attack. He starts off well, but Bisla lofts him over wide long-off for a four off the third ball.
KKR 4/0 | Overs 1 | Bisla 5*, Gambhir 0*
Bisla startes things off with a four through point. Steyn was a touch wide and Bisla merely guided it.
Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and chose to bat first. Kolkata made five changes to their line-up. Hyderabad have one change as Ishant Sharma is ill and Anand Ranjan replaced him.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Cameron White (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Biplab Samantray, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Dale Steyn, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Anand Ranjan.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla, Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, Paras Dogra, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shami Ahmed, Sunil Narine Iqbal Abdulla, Pradeep Sangwan.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the last league game of the Indian Premier League (IPL), 2013. Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Kolkata Knight Riders with the spot in the play-offs at stake.
The other team watching this contest with keen interest is the Royal Challengers Bangalore. A win will take Hyderabad through, otherwise Bangalore would have the last laught. I amNishad Pai Vaidya and will take you through this game.