Highlights, IPL 2019, Kolkata vs Punjab Match 6: A comfortable win in the end for Kolkata Knight Riders! After they posted a gigantic total on the board and removed KL Rahul and Chris Gayle cheaply, they always were ahead in the match. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller did try to revive the chase for Kings XI Punjab with a handy 74-run partnership but the required rate kept mounting and never allowed them to gain any control. Towards the end, Mandeep Singh also played some shots but still Punjab fell short by 28 runs. Earlier in the match, Kolkata were put to bat and they performed brilliantly. Every batsman contributed to the cause and once again it was Andre Russell who provided the kick with his swashbuckling knock in the death overs. With the ball also, Kolkata were nearly there. Although they conceded too many runs, they made sure to chip in with some tidy overs in between. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS, KKR vs KXIP MATCH 6 in JAIPUR
23.38 IST: A dot to end the game! Short and outside off, it is slapped hard to covers. The fielder fumbles but a run is not taken. Customary handshakes taking place as KOLKATA WIN BY 28 RUNS! Kolkata Knight Riders (218/4) beat Kings XI Punjab (190/4) by 28 runs at Eden Gardens. Miller 59*, Agarwal 58, Russell 2/21
23.35 IST: FOUR! Just beats the man at short fine leg. Mandeep plays the scoop. Hits it nicely and just about clears Lynn. 50-run stand up.
23.31 IST: FOUR! Mandeep receives a short delivery outside off and steers it past the diving backward point fielder for a boundary. More than fours, Punjab need sixes.
23.28 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Krishna bowls a short ball on middle, Singh arches and then uppercuts it just over the leaping keeper and into the third man fence.
23.26 IST: FOUR! Brilliant hit by Miller, it was dead straight down the ground. Punjab need quite a lot more boundaries to chase this steep target. KXIP 157/4 in 17.3 overs vs KKR (218/4)
23.19 IST: SIX! A sharp delivery but there is plenty of width on offer outside off. Mandeep exercises his arms and dispatches it over long off for a biggie. Punjab 148/4 in 16.3 overs, need 71 runs vs Kolkata (218/4)
23.14 IST: OUT! Piyush Chawla removes Mayank Agarwal for 58. The googly does the trick. Mayank I feel does pick it and hence goes for the sweep. The ball though does not bounce a lot, goes under the bat and knocks the leg stump out. Chawla breaks the 74-run stand and one of the two set batsmen is back in the hut. A good innings by Agarwal but he had a lot to do and perishes in the attempt to do so. KXIP 134/4 in 15.2 overs, need 85 runs to win vs KKR (218/4)
23.11 IST: Strategic break. The current partnership has somewhere given hope to Punjab. The equation still is a daunting one – 86 off 30 balls. As long as Miller is there, the danger is also there. Mayank Agarwal has also looked in great touch and if these to last the distance, we are in for a thrilling finish. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
23.09 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Miller uses his feet, Kuldeep tries to outsmart him by firing it in. Miller does well to get bat to it, he does even better to get it past cover. Russell runs to his right and seems to have pushed it back in. However, replays show that he was in contact with the ropes and the ball.
23.01 IST: FIFTY! Mayank Agarwal hits 4th IPL half-century. A very good innings from him. Wickets kept falling at the other end but he has continued to score freely. Needs to stay there till the end though. He works this through mid-wicket and bags two. KXIP 121/3 in 13.3 overs, need 98 runs to win vs KKR (218/4)
22.56 IST: SIX! Shot Mayank! Brings up the 50-run stand, this stand is just about keeping the hopes alive for the Punjab dug out. This is shorter and it is the googly. MA picks it and he pulls it over the square leg fence for a biggie. KXIP 113/3 in 12.1 overs vs KKR (218/4)
22.55 IST: FOUR! Last one got power, this one has finesse. Allows the ball to turn back in from outside off and then at the last moment deflects it past short third man for a boundary. 19 from the over, 113 needed off 48 balls. Punjab 106/3 in 12 overs need 113 runs vs Kolkata (218/4)
22.51 IST: SIX! Bashed! Narine pitches it up and around off, as they say for Miller, if it’s in the arc, it’s out of the park. This is what happens here. Miller attacks it and sends it packing over the bowler’s head for a maximum.
22.47 IST: FOUR! Gets one this time but still, only 7 from the over. This is down the leg side, Agarwal sweeps it through square leg. The fielder, Rana, in the deep runs to his right, dives but fails to stop it. KXIP 77/3 in 10 overs, need 142 runs to win vs KKR (218/4)
22.43 IST: Strategic break. Kolkata comfortably on top. Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan, all known for big hitting, are already removed and Punjab are staring down the barrel. David Miller is capable of hitting big but the required rate has jumped to 13.54 and it’s not going to be easy against the quality and variety that the home team has in its bowling attack.
22.41 IST: FOUR! Swept and swept nicely! This is tossed up on middle, Miller goes down on one knee and sweeps it in the gap at the mid-wicket region. Boundary. Need a few more.
22.33 IST: OUT! Russell can’t do anything wrong tonight, he removes young Sarfaraz for 13. The slower ball does the trick for him this time. Sarfaraz was completely foxed there. It is down the leg side. Khan is way too early in his shot as he tried to hit it towards fine leg. Only manages a top edge which lobs towards the left of Karthik. He runs there and takes it. He then points towards the bowler so there surely might have been a plan between the two. Kolkata right on top here. 204 more needed. Punjab 60/3 in 7.3 overs vs Kolkata (218/4)
22.32 IST: FOUR! Like that! A top shot that. Length and outside off, Sarfaraz once again just uses the pace of the ball and guides it past point. The outfield is lightning quick and it reaches the fence in a jiffy. KXIP 60/2 in 7.2 overs, need 159 runs to win vs KKR (218/4)
22.25 IST: What happened there? Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa are having an animated chat with the umpires. All the Kolkata players have surrounded there. Not sure what’s the issue… Now we know! After the last ball, the fielder threw it casually over the bowler and Russell didn’t back it up. The ball went past the rope.
22.22 IST: FOUR! Clever shot from Sarfaraz! Short and on middle, Sarfaraz at the very end arches his back and then upper cuts it. Uses the pace of the bowler and fetches a boundary in the fine leg region.
22.17 IST: OUT! Andre Russell removes Chris Gayle for 20. In the air… taken! Russell gets the big man. Did it with the bat first and now with the ball. Too quick this for Gayle. It is short and on the body. Gayle looks to pull but the ball hurries onto him. It hits the higher portion and then balloons back over the bowler’s head. Now there are two fielders going after it, one from mid-off and the other from mid on. No calling between the two. However, they avoid the collision and Prasidh from mid-off takes it. Russell strikes straightaway and now this chasing this target is going to be an uphill task for the batters to come. KXIP 37/2 in 4.2 overs, need 182 runs to win vs KKR (218/4)
22.15 IST: SIX! Gayle connects and it’s out of the park. Gayle may have been expecting a pacy short ball and he gets it. He smokes it over the long on fence. 10 from the last two balls and 11 from the over in total. 24 from the last two. Punjab 36/1 in 4 overs vs Kolkata (218/4)
22.09 IST: FOUR! A boundary to end! Three in this over. A full toss this time and Agarwal puts it away as he flicks it through mid-wicket. KXIP 25/1 in 3 overs, need 194 runs to win vs KKR (218/4)
22.07 IST: FOUR! This time through the off side. Makes room does Agarwal and opens up the off side. Hits it through covers and the ball races away. Back-to-back boundaries.
22.04 IST: OUT! Lockie Ferguson removes KL Rahul for 1. Pressure was building and Rahul succumbs. Ferguson ups his pace and delivers a length ball on off at 145.9 kph. Rahul backs away to play a lofted shot over the cover region but fails to time his shot properly. His bat turns in his hands and the bottom hand also comes off as he ends up chipping a straightforward catch to Kuldeep Yadav at mid off. Big loss for Punjab. Punjab 11/1 in 1.3 overs vs Kolkata (218/4)
22.01 IST: EDGY FOUR! The third man fielder was a bit square and it has raced away. Shortish ball outside off, once again Gayle reaches out and tries to punch it over the off side probably but gets a thick outside edge. KXIP 11/0 in 1 over, need 208 runs to win vs KKR (218/4)
21.59 IST: SIX! Gayle is off the mark with a maximum! Prasidh commits the mistake of bowling short and wide outside off, Chris stays back calmly on the back foot and just uses the pace to loft it over the third man. Punjab 7/0 in 0.3 overs vs Kolkata (218/4)
21.56 IST: Back for the run chase! Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are the openers for Kings XI Punjab. They need a big Powerplay to stay on track in this match. Prasidh Krishna to kick off proceedings for KKR. Here we go…
21.52 IST: Sunil Narine who is up for a chat says they started off well, Nitish played well in the middle and Russell did his job in the end. Reckons the wicket is a good one and they will need to bowl well. Mentions if Russell is at the crease anything is possible. Ends by saying there is not much spin at the start but as the match progresses, it will start to turn.
21.41 IST: FOUR! A boundary to end! What a shot, excellent innovation. Uthappa first looks to paddle but then sees the line is outside off. He adjusts and manages to guide it past point, away from third man for a boundary. 8 from the last one, a good one by Tye but it is Kolkata who will be happier at the moment. Kolkata Knight Riders 218/4 in 20 overs vs Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens. Uthappa 67*, Rana 63, Russell 48
21.39 IST: OUT! End of the destruction! Russell has been bounced out. A very good catch there by Agarwal. The bumper on middle, Russell goes for the pull but it hits the higher portion of the bat. For a second it seems that it would go all the way but Mayank at deep mid-wicket keeps his eyes on the ropes behind and then takes a well-judged catch. Russell walks off to a standing ovation, he has made Punjab pay for the reprieve they gave him. Andrew Tye had the last laugh as Andre Russell departs for 48. KKR 213/4 in 19.4 overs vs KXIP
21.36 IST: Clobbered by Muscle Russell! He does not get a maximum but gets the next best result. A boundary. Full and outside off, Russell powers it through extra cover. Long off is very straight and he can’t stop it. 25 from the penultimate over.
21.35 IST: SIX! Three in a row! Another freebie by Shami. A high full toss this time and Russel easily clears the mid-wicket fence. Can he make it 4 in 4? KKR 206/3 in 18.5 overs vs KXIP
21.33 IST: SIX! If you bowl him a full toss he will surely make you pay. That is humongous. Russell just bludgeons it into the mid-wicket stands. Consecutive ones. Kolkata 200/3 in 18.4 overs vs Punjab
21.32 IST: SIX! You miss the yorker and Russell will deposit you in the stands. That is what happens here. Shami misses the mark by a little and Russell powers it over the long off fence. KKR 194/3 in 18.3 overs vs KXIP at Eden Gardens
21.30 IST: SIX! Russell has smoked this! Poor delivery this time. A length and in the zone for the West Indian. Russell clears his front leg and rifles it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 22 from the over, Kolkata powering ahead! Kolkata Knight Riders 185/3 in 18 overs vs Kings XI Punjab
21.28 IST: SIX! We’ve jinxed Tye! He gives away his first boundary. Unlucky though. A slower one, on a length around leg, Russell top edges his attempted big shot across the line and it goes all the way over fine leg for a maximum. KKR 175/3 in 17.4 overs vs KXIP at Eden Gardens
21.25 IST: NO BALL! Punjab players can’t believe it! Shami has knocked over Russell with a top yorker but the umpire has signaled it a no-ball just as Russell started to walk back. He spots there is an extra fielder outside the circle. How costly is this going to prove now? Kolkata 163/3 in 17 overs vs Punjab
21.23 IST: BOWLED ‘EM! No, wait, it is a no ball. Not for overstepping but for having only three fielders inside the ring. Andre Russell gets a reprieve…
21.21 IST: FOUR! A very good delivery from Shami but an even better shot from Russell! This is what dents the confidence of a bowler. This is very full and on the pads, Uthappa uses the depth of the crease and then flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
21.15 IST: FOUR! Robin Uthappa completes his 24th IPL half-century off 41 deliveries. And it spoils what was a brilliant over. Still a good one though as only 6 came from it. A poor delivery to end. A full toss on the pads, Uthappa flicks it fine and fetches a boundary. Also, he brings up his 50 in style. 24th Indian T20 League fifty. He has been crucial in the no. 3 spot for Kolkata and he continues to show why. Needs to be there till the end though. KKR 153/3 in 16 overs vs KXIP at Eden Gardens
21.08 IST: OUT! Varun picks up his first wicket of IPL, Nitish Rana departs for 63. Chakravarthy will feel a lot better. Shows good courage here to toss it up on middle, it is the googly. Rana does not pick it and looks to hit it across the line, he only manages a top edge towards mid off. Agarwal at long off runs in and takes a very good catch. End of a mammoth 110-run stand of just 66 balls. End of an electrifying knock from Rana. Kolkata Knight Riders 146/3 in 14.3 overs vs Kings XI Punjab
21.02 IST: FOUR! 4,6,4 in this over so far! Rana is in some form out there. Through the off side this time. Full and outside off, this is driven square on the off side. No chance for any fielder.
21.01 IST: SIX! 7th IPL half-century for Nitish Rana, what an innings he’s playing here at Eden Gardens. 10 from the first two balls! Short and outside off, Rana stands tall and then flat-bats it over the long on fence. Kolkata 140/2 in 13.3 overs vs Punjab
20.59 IST: SIX! This one is as flat as this pitch, second maximum from Rana! Short and wide outside off, Rana reaches out for it and slaps it over the jumping deep cover fielder for a maximum. KKR 125/2 in 12.4 overs vs KXIP
20.57 IST: SIX! Into the stands! Second in the over! This is tossed up wide outside off. Rana gets to free his arms, he connects really well and it sails over long off. KKR 106/2 in 11.4 overs vs KXIP
20.53 IST: SIX! Rana has smashed this out of the park, Ashwin has been taken to the cleaners in this match. A gift but it still has to be put away! A full toss and Rana deposits it into the mid-wicket stands with a slog sweep. A maximum of Ashwin’s each over seems to be mandatory tonight. Kolkata 100/2 in 11.3 overs vs Punjab
20.45 IST: SIX! Slightly short from Ashwin and that has been powered into the stands. Rana transfers his weight onto the back foot and hits it over the long on fence. KKR 85/2 in 9.1 overs vs KXIP
20.42 IST: Strategic break. A mixed-bag for both teams. Kolkata have scored runs quickly and Punjab have also picked up a couple of wickets. The current partnership though will be giving headaches to Ravichandran Ashwin. Robin Uthappa, in particular, has looked in prime form and the hosts will be hoping for a big contribution from his bat. A vital middle phase coming up… Kolkata Knight Riders 78/2 in 9 overs vs Kings XI Punjab
20.35 IST: SIX! In the slot and that is out of here. Flighted ball and on off, Rana goes down on one knee and hits it over the long on fielder.
20.32 IST: FOUR! Second boundary of the over, the debutant clearly feeling the nerves here at Edens. This time through the right of point. Short and wide again, Uthappa says thank you very much as he cuts it for another boundary. KKR 61/2 in 6.5 overs vs KXIP
20.28 IST: SIX! What a hit from Robbie Uthappa to bring up the 50 for Knight Riders. Uthappa has belted this one out of the park! He goes down on one knee to a full ball, fetches it from outside off and powers it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Kolkata 52/2 in 5.4 overs vs Punjab
20.19 IST: OUT! Hardus Viljoen removes Sunil Narine for 24. Both the openers are now back in the hut. Another skier has been pouched, this time by KL Rahul. Suddenly now, Kolkata are in a spot of bother. It is once again the short ball which does the trick. It is on the body. Narine looks to pull but only manages a top edge. It goes behind Rahul who turns, initially he seems to misjudge it but then takes it by stretching out his hands. Viljoen makes an impact straightaway and the bowling change has worked wonders here. Kolkata 36/2 in 3.4 overs vs Punjab
20.13 IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami removes Chris Lynn for 10. Shami gets his revenge! It’s a brilliant catch from David Miller. A shortish ball again, it’s around off, Lynn sticks back to power it across the line again but it catches the top edge and goes high up in the air. Miller calls for it from extra cover and completes the catch next to the pitch, to be precise. A big breakthrough, this. Kings XI Punjab 34/1 in 2.4 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
20.11 IST: FOUR! Clubbed away! Nearly took the head of his partner at the other end. Shami goes short and wide outside off, Lynn packs a punch and powers it over Narine for a boundary at long on. Kolkata 34/0 in 2.3 overs vs Punjab
20.09 IST: SIX! Third maximum of the over, 25 runs from Varun’s first over. Welcome to the Indian Premier League. Another delivery which is asking to be hit. Down the leg side, Narine whips it over the square leg fence for another biggie. KKR 25/0 in 2 overs vs KXIP
20.08 IST: FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Short and on middle, Narine rocks back and pulls it all along the ground through mid-wicket. Long on runs to his left, dives but fails to stop it. 13 from the first 4 balls. Pressure on the debutant.
20.07 IST: SIX! All the way! Narine does not want a sighter against the debutant. He straightaway goes after him, Varun is guilty of bowling it too full. Narine thumps it over the long off fence for a biggie. First for the game and Narine is off the mark in style. Kolkata 8/0 in 1.2 overs vs Punjab
20.05 IST: A dot to end a very good first over by Shami, just a single off it. He bowls a rib-tickler to Narine. Sunil works it towards mid-wicket, wants a run but is sent back. KKR 1/0 in 1 over vs KXIP
19.59 IST: The Punjab players are in a huddle. Behind them walk the Kolkata openers, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine will open the innings for Kolkata, Narine is back at the top of the order. Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for the visitors. Here we go…
19.57 IST: Andre Russell rings the coveted bell at the iconic Eden Gardens. Players from both the teams take the field as we are just moments away from the start.
19.38 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin says, “We are a team that always wanted to be competitive. We are looking forward for another great contest today. We’ll bowl first. It might do a little bit upfront and probably flatten out with dew coming on. We have made quite a bit of changes. David Miller is getting back into the side. Hardus Viljoen comes in for Sam Curran. Varun Chakravarthy makes his debut. We also have made another change”.
19.35 IST: Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI) – Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI) – Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (wk/C), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
19.30 IST: TOSS – R Ashwin wins toss as Kings XI Punjab opt to field vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
19.23 IST: The biggest has to be the battle between the two big Jamaicans – Dre Russ vs Universe Boss! Should be a cracking contest. Toss and team updates coming up shortly.
19.15 IST: PITCH REPORT – “I think this looks better than the other night. Bit of pace and bounce for the quicks,” reckons Michael Clarke. The former Australian captain also mentions that spin would be a good option against Russell early in his innings.
19.10 IST: Sunil Narine needs one more wicket to become the second bowler to take 50 IPL wickets at a venue (Eden Gardens) after Lasith Malinga (58 at the Wankhede).
18.51 IST: Chris Gayle requires four more maximums to become the first player to hit 300 sixes in IPL. He was the first to 100 sixes (in 2012) and 200 sixes (in 2015) as well.
18.35 IST: Hello and a very warm welcome to our live cricket blog of match 6 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab from Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Brief Preview: Skipper R Ashwin is in the eye of a storm after ‘Mankading’ a rival player but a winning start will keep Kings XI Punjab upbeat when they face home favourites Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL fixture here Wednesday. It was Ashwin’s mankading of Jos Buttler that had triggered a dramatic collapse with Kings XI Punjab restricting Rajasthan Royals to 170 for nine to notch up a 14-run win.
Buttler was looking in imperious touch with 69 from 43 balls and Rajasthan well on course to overhaul the target of 185 but following the dismissal they went on to lose eight wickets for 62 runs to hand Kings XI Punjab their maiden win in Jaipur. Though the dismissal was within the rules of the game, it sparked a huge furore with spin legend and Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador Shane Warne labelling it as “disgraceful” and against the spirt of the game. With a debate raging over the runout, it remains to be seen how Ashwin and Co. start afresh in what will be their first away match of the season.
Kings XI’s biggest star Chris Gayle scored a 47-ball 79 and his Jamaican rivalry with fellow mate Andre Russell, who also looked in blistering touch for KKR, will be one of the sub plots of the clash here.(Read Full Preview – Match 6 IPL)
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (wk/C), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa
Kings XI Punjab (From): Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Karun Nair, David Miller, Simran Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar