KKR will look to carry their momentum into this game against KXIP © IANS
KKR will look to carry their momentum into this game against KXIP © IANS

Catch live cricket scores of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) IPL 2015 Match 44 here

(Kolkata Knight Riders have the momentum but can Kings XI Punjab stop them? Catch live cricket scores and updates here)

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 184/9 | Overs 19.5 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Umesh Yadav 0(0), Sunil Narine 0(1)

OUT! Piyush Chawla 18(11), Brad Hogg 5(5)

Anureet to bowl the last over. Bailey has a word with him about the field. Hogg gets a single first ball, playing it back past the bowler. And Hogg is out! Chawla digs out a yorker. Hogg backs out too far and Anureet throws down the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Chawla then makes room next ball and smashes it for a six over mid-wicket! Big shot! Deja vu! He had done something similar last year, remember! Ohh, drama! Chawla is out. The next ball was down the leg-side, destined to be a wide, but Chawla tickles it through to the wicketkeeper. Narine comes in and snatches a leg-bye with all the fielders in. KKR have won by one wicket. They are through to the playoffs.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 175/7 | Overs 19 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Piyush Chawla 12(8), Brad Hogg 4(4)

Hogg takes a single off the first ball bowled by Sandeep. Chawla is back on strike. The next ball is a dot. Chawla gets it to cover and Hogg had backed out to far. He gets back safely though. Chawla then hits it down the ground for a single. Hogg then gets a single. Chawla drives through cover for a single. Hogg ends the over with a single.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/7 | Overs 18 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Piyush Chawla 10(5), Brad Hogg 1(1)

OUT! Johan Botha 2(4)

Hendricks is back. Chawla sneaks a leg-bye first ball. Botha pushes to cover and runs through. Akshar throws and it is a direct hit. It looks out. The replays confirm that! Chawla hits it down the ground for a single. Brad Hogg cuts one to third-man for a single. Hendricks bowls it short and Chawla ramps it over third-man for a four. he then cuts it over point for another for a four.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 160/6 | Overs 17 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Johan Botha 2(3), Piyush Chawla 1(1)

OUT! Andre Russell 51(21)

Russell gets his fifty in streaky fashion. He tries to ull Akshar across the line but it goes high in the air. He is fortunate as the ball lands between three fielders. This is now the joint-fastest fifty in the season with Harbhajan. He has made it in 19 balls. Botha reverse-sweeps and gets a single. Russell follows up with another. Botha also gets another single. Russell is gone! He tries to cut Akshar and has edged it to the wicketkeeper. Piyush Chawla is the new batsman and he gets a single first ball.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 155/5 | Overs 16 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Andre Russell 49(18), Johan Botha 0(1)

Anureet comes from around the wicket and bowls a high full-toss and he has pulled it for a six over fine-leg. Has it been given a no-ball for height? No it hasn’t. Anureet then bowls a yorker. Russell keeps it out and he gets a quick single. Botha tries to scoop one, but only gets a leg-bye. Russell then carts one low full-toss through wide-long-on for a four. Anureet comes from over the wicket and bowls a full toss. Russell smashes it for a six over long-on. What an innings this has been!

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 136/5 | Overs 15 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Andre Russell 31(13)

OUT! Yusuf Pathan 29(19)

Beuran Hendricks is back into the attack. Pathan gets a single first ball. Russell then carts one past point for a four. What a shot! It sped away along the carpet. He tries to go over mid-wicket but it goes on the bounce to the fielder. He gets a single. Pathan pulls a slower one through fine-leg for a four. And Pathan is gone as he tries to ramp a short ball but is taken by Saha off the feather.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 126/4 | Overs 14 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Yusuf Pathan 24(15), Andre Russell 26(11)

Akshar is bac into the attack and Pathan flays him straight for a six. Akshar comes back well with one that turns a little away from Pathan. He then smashes one over long-off and it is another six. Russell comes on strike and sends it straight down the ground for another six. He then edges one and it has gone for a four through third-man.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 102/4 | Overs 13 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Yusuf Pathan 11(11), Andre Russell 16(9)

Russell edges the first ball from Anureet through third-man for a four. Russell pulls one over fine-leg for a four. Another good shot! Russell then smacks one over mid-wicket for a six. KKR complete their ton.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 86/4 | Overs 12 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Yusuf Pathan 10(10), Andre Russell 1 (4)

Akshar {atel now. He bowls a tight, excellent over as Russell and Pathan find it hard to score runs. At the end just a couple of runs from the over.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 84/4 | Overs 11 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Yusuf Pathan 9(7), Andre Russell 0 (1)

Gurkeerat Singh continues. SIX! Yusuf Pathan takes on the off-spinner and smashes him out of the ground. ONE! Pathan then sensibly plays it away for a single. ONE! Yadav too his happy to give the strike back to Pathan. OUT! Yadav is bowled around the legs, KKR losing wickets at regular intervals now. WIDE! Andre Russell is the new batsman and gets a ball down the legside. DOT to finish.

Suryakumar Yadav b Pathan 9(9)

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 74/3 | Overs 10 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 8(7), Yusuf Pathan 1(4)

Beuran Hendricks is back into the bowling attack. He starts off with a good short ball to Pathan. Pathan gets off the mark much later in the over as he gets a single through third-man. Suryakumar goes over the top and hits it over mid-off for a four.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 69/3 | Overs 9 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav 4(5), Yusuf Pathan 0(0)

OUT! Gautam Gambhir 24(23)

Gurkeerat continues. KKR have slowed down since the spinners have come into play. Gambhir is gone! He hits one to long-off.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 66/2 | Overs 8 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir 23(20),Suryakumar Yadav 2(2)

OUT! Manish Pandey 22(15)

Maxwell is into the attack. Manish Pandey is gone! He dances down the track and finds Akshar Patel at long-off. Suryakumar Yadav is in and he gets a single first ball.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 61/1 | Overs 7 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir 21(18), Manish Pandey 21(13)

Gurkeerat is brought into the attack. Pandey takes a single first ball. Gambhir then plays out a dot. Gambhir goes over the off-side and they get a single. Another good, tight over.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 57/1 | Overs 6 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir 20(16), Manish Pandey 19(9)

Akshar Patel is into the attack. They get a leg-bye first ball. Only a couple possible in this over.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 55/1 | Overs 5 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir 19(12), Manish Pandey 18(7)

Sandeep is back into the attack. A few singles are taken. And then Pandey smashes it through cover for a four. Sandeep responds with a short ball and it is a wide. He then drives through mid-off and gets a four. The fifty is up! Pandey then flicks through mid-wicket and gets a four. What a start!

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 40/1 | Overs 4 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Gautam Gambhir 18(11), Manish Pandey 5(2)

OUT! Robin Uthappa 17(11)

Anureet Singh is into the attack. Uthappa smashes one past mid-off for a four. And he is gone! He plays one straight to mid-wicket. Manish Pandey is into the attack and he has driven his first ball through extra-cover for a four. Gambhir flicks through square-leg and gets a four.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 25/0 | Overs 3 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Robin Uthappa 11(8), Gautam Gambhir 14(10)

Sandeep is back and he bowls full outside the off-stump. Gambhir lofts it over cover for a four. Gambhir then guides it for a single through third-man. Uthappa then pulls one across the line and smashes it over mid-on for a four.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 15/0 | Overs 2 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Robin Uthappa 6(6), Gautam Gambhir 9(6)

Bueran Hendricks is into the attack. Uthappa guides the second ball through third-man for a single. Gambhir defends one later. Hendricks strays down the leg-side and Gambhir has guided it fine for a four. Uthappa then flicks one fine for a four.

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders 5/0 | Over 1 | Target: 184

Batsmen: Robin Uthappa 1(3), Gautam Gambhir 4(3)

Sandeep Sharma starts proceedings and he tears through Uthappa first ball. Later, Uthappa gets off the mark with a single. Gamvhir guides his first ball through fine-leg and it is a four. There is an appeal off the last ball, but given not out.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 183/5 | Overs 20

Batsmen: David Miller 27(11), George Bailey 0(0)

OUT! Gurkeerat Mann 4(7)

Andre Russell is back into the attack and Miller smashes it into the stands at long-off. It was full and Miller flayed it. Miller then gets a single as he inside-edges one into his pads. Gurkeerat tries to pull but top edges it and is taken by Russell. Miller then smacks one over mid-wicket and it is a six. Miller then pulls one over fine-leg and it is a four. Miller carts one over point for a four and that is the end of the innings. KXIP finish with 183.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 162/4 | Overs 19

Batsmen: David Miller 6(6), Gurkeerat Mann 4(6)

Yadav is back. Only a few singles are possible. Yadav bowls a wide down the leg-side and they also get a bye as Uthappa does not collect cleanly. Only singles possible. Miller hits one into no-man’s land gets only a single.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 153/4 | Overs 18

Batsmen: David Miller 1(2), Gurkeerat Mann 2(4)

Hogg continues. Miller and Gurkeerat can only work it around to begin with. There is a leg-before appeal as Miller tries to sweep, but it hit him way outside the off-stump.  Hogg then foxes Mann with a wrong-un. He misses.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 149/4 | Overs 17

Batsmen: David Miller 0(0)

OUT! Glenn Maxwell 43(22), Wriddhiman Saha 33(25)

Narine is back and they get a couple of singles to begin with. Maxwell is gone! He tries to hit it over mid-wicket but is taken by Johan Botha in the deep. Maxwell has played well! Saha then gets away with a leg-before appeal. Saha then pulls one into the stands at mid-wicket for a six. What a shot! Saha is gone as he tries to pull across the line and is bowled.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 141/2 | Overs 16

Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha 26(21), Glenn Maxwell 42(20)

Umesh Yadav is back into the attack. Maxwell gets a single first ball. Saha tries to go uppishly over mid-off. The fielder dives across, but only gets a hand to it. Johan Botha is the fielder. Maxwell guides one fine for a four. He later gets a single.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 134/2 | Overs 15

Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha 25(19), Glenn Maxwell 36(16)

Hogg is back and Maxwell smashes it straight down the ground for a four. He then reverse-sweeps one fine for a four. Maxwell is doing well today! Hog then pitches it short and Maxwell pulls it over mid-wicket for a six. What a hit! Maxwell is then foxed by a wrong-up. Uthappa takes the bails off, but Maxwell has hit foot inside. Maxwell misses a reverse-sweep to a full-toss. Uthappa does not collect cleanly and they get a bye. Saha gets a full toss and smashes it for a six over square-leg.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 113/2 | Overs 14

Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha 19(18), Glenn Maxwell 22(11)

KXIP get their hundred as Saha gets a single first ball, Chawla continues. Maxwell tries to go over the leg-side but gets only a single. Saha charges but gets an inside edge. Only a single is possible. Maxwell reverse-sweeps Chawla and has fetched four for that. he then charges down the ground and lofts it straight for a six.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 99/2 | Overs 13

Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha 17(16), Glenn Maxwell 10(7)

Russell is back into the attack and Maxwell gets a leg-bye first ball. Saha follows that up with a single. Maxwell tries to guide it to third-man but hits it too fine. Uthappa gets around, but the batsmen pinch a single. Russell bowls a wide down the leg-side. Maxwell hen pulls the last ball for a six over mid-wicket.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 88/2 | Overs 12

Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha 15(14), Glenn Maxwell 3(3)

Saha gets a couple to begin and follows it up with another off Chawla. He then hits to the deep and gets two as well. Again, sloppy work from KKR! Uthappa was not at his mark and was chatting with the bowler. Saha sweeps for a single. Maxwell drives to get off the mark. It is fielded in the deep and they get a couple. He then hits down the ground for a single.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 78/2 | Overs 11

Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha 8(10), Glenn Maxwell 0(1)

OUT! Manan Vohra 39(34)

Narine is back into the attack. Only a few singles are possible in this over. And then Vohra is gone! He hits one straight to Narine, who takes the catch. Vohra is waiting as they are checking it if the catch was clean. Replays show he has taken it well.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 75/1 | Overs 10

Batsmen: Manan Vohra 38(31), Wriddhiman Saha 6(8)

Piyush Chawla has been brought into the attack. Vohra gets an inside edge, past the stumps for a single. Saha sweeps one over fine-leg and Yadav stops it well on the boundary. Vohra then goes over long off and it has gone for a six.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 64/1 | Overs 9

Batsmen: Manan Vohra 31(28), Wriddhiman Saha 2(5)

Vohra gets a leg-bye to begin the over. Hogg bowls a wide and the batsmen also run through for a bye. Vohra later guides it fine for a single.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 59/1 | Overs 8

Batsmen: Manan Vohra 30(24), Wriddhiman Saha 1(3)

Russell is back and Vohra is surprised by a short ball but still gets two for it. He then goes over long-off and gets another couple. Russell goes short again and Vohra pulls him sweetly over square-leg for a six. What a sound it made off the bat. Russell foxes Vohra with a slower ball and it has gone high in the air. Pathan runs back from mid-wicket but drops it.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 48/1 | Overs 7

Batsmen: Manan Vohra 19(18), Wriddhiman Saha 1(3)

Hogg is into the attack. Vohra tries to go over mid-wicket bu gets only a single. Saha gets off the mark with a single through mid-wicket. Vohra is hit on the pads and only Hogg appeals, but it is going far down the leg-side. Hogg then bowls the worng-un and foxes Vohra, who tries to go over the top. Uthappa takes the bails off and appeals. The replays show Vohra is safe.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 45/1 | Overs 6

Batsmen: Manan Vohra 17(14), Wriddhiman Saha 0(1)

OUT! Murali Vijay 28(21)

And dropped again! Vijay sweeps Narine to short fine-leg, where Umesh Yadav juggles and drops it. KKR have been below par today. Vijay then opens the face of the bat and guides it fine for a four. And he is bowled! He goes too far across and is bowled! Narine gets a wicket! Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 41/0 | Overs 5

Batsmen: Murali Vijay 24(16), Manan Vohra 17(14)

Johan Botha is in. Only a few singles come in this over until the last ball where Vohra lofts Botha for a six over long-off. Beautifully played!

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 32/0 | Overs 4

Batsmen: Murali Vijay 22(14), Manan Vohra 10(10)

Sunil Narine is into the attack. Vohra goes over the top, and gets a single through long-on. Vijay guides it fine for a single. Vohra then works it around for another single. Vijay is hit on the pads and there is an appeal. However, it is turned down. And Vijay has been dropped by Brad Hogg at square-leg. He tries to sweep, and he has been dropped.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 28/0 | Overs 3

Batsmen: Murali Vijay 20(10), Manan Vohra 8(8)

Yadav is back and Vijay flicks the first one through fine-leg for a four. He then plays out a dot ball! Vijay then goes over cover and has cleared the boundary. It is a six! He made room and smashed it well! Yadav then strays on his body and Vijay flicks him fine for a four! Vijay flicks the last ball past mid-on for a four. What a shot!

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 10/0 | Overs 2

Batsmen: Murali Vijay 2(4), Manan Vohra 8(8)

Andre Russell is into the attack and Vohra gets a single first ball. Vijay plays one uppishly through cover. Gambhir jumps, but cannot catch it. Not an easy chance. Later, Vohra gets a couple. He gets a four later as he flicks one past short fine-leg.

Live Cricket Score: Kings XI Punjab 2/0 | Over 1

Batsmen: Murali Vijay 1(3), Manan Vohra 1(3)

Umesh Yadav has the ball and Murali Vijay takes strike. He gets off the mark first ball by playing it to mid-wicket. After a few dots, Vohra guides it to third-man and gets a single.

Here are the two teams for today:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Johan Botha, Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav.

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Miller, Akshar Patel, Beuran Hendricks, Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh.

Toss: George Bailey has won the toss and has chosen to bat first. KKR have the same time. KXIP have brought in Beuran Hendricks and Gurkeerat Singh Mann.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 44 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KXIP are languishing at the bottom of the table and it is hard to believe that last year’s finalists are doing so badly. KKR on the other hand will look to go past KXIP and make a case for themselves in tht top four of the table. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2015, Match 44 at Kolkata: Preview

KKR won their previous game against Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 13 runs after Piyush Chawla’s four wickets wrecked havoc. Sunil Narine too made a comeback after he was banned in the middle of the tournament, but failed to make any sort of impact. Skipper Gautam Gambhir will jope that his team fires and there are no hiccups enroute to the play-off place. Kolkata Knight Riders aim for third win on the trot when they face Kings XI Punjab in IPL

KXIP on the other hand have problems of their own. Their bowlers have been their only saving grace as their batsmen, consisting players like Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and skipper George Bailey have failed to make any sort of impact in the tournament. They will hope that the perform well in the fag end of the tournament and give their fans something to cheer about.  IPL 2015: Piyush Chawla targeted good areas during match against Delhi Daredevils