IPL Highlights - KKR vs RPS: Pathan Blitz Helps KKR Flatten RPS in Rain Affected Game
Eventually a Yusuf Pathan blitz at the end guided the two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders to an eight-wicket win (D/L) over Rising Pune Supergiants in what was a rain curtailed Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens. Catch all highlights here.
Kolkata Knight Riders have now jumped to second in the standings with this crucial win over Rising Pune Supergiants. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men continue to remain at the bottom of the table in the eight-team league. Catch all the highlights here. (SCORECARD | STANDINGS | NEWS | PLAY FANTASY LEAGUE)
00:21 hrs IST: That is all from us here tonight. Catch some live action tomorrow... we mean today as it is past midnight. Another IPL double header awaiting us.
00:17 hrs IST: And expectedly Yusuf Pathan is Man of the Match for his knock of 37 not out off 18 balls!
00:12 hrs IST: That was quite a quick victory in the end from KKR who needed only five overs to reach their target out of the nine overs allocated to them.
00:10 hrs IST: And victory for KKR by eight wickets (D/L) in what a heavily rain curtailed match. Ashwin provided the sparks after the re-start and almost had three wickets in his bag in the first over. But Pathan survived and he guided KKR all the way to victory.
00:05 hrs IST: KKR 57/2 after 4 overs!
00:04 hrs IST: A four and a six so far in this over!
00:02 hrs IST: 50 comes up in 3.3 overs for KKR!
00:01 hrs IST: M Ashwin into the attack now!
00:00 hrs IST: 22 off that third over from Ashwin! KKR 44/2 in three overs!
23:57 hrs IST: BANG!!! Ashwin returns and is welcomed with a SIX by Pathan!
23:56 hrs IST:Â KKR 22/2 after 2 overs!
23:55 hrs IST: Too wide from Dinda! Something RPS don't need at this point!
23:53 hrs IST: Dinda into the attack and some swing immediately!
23:52 hrs IST:Â Replays show that Pathan should have been walking back to the pavilion but that is cricket.
23:51 hrs IST: KKR 9/2 after the first over!
23:50 hrs IST: Carrom ball and another appeal for LBW but Yusuf Pathan safe after first ball!
23:49 hrs IST: OUT!!! What a sensational start! Gambhir is LBW by Ashwin!Â Two wickets in three balls!
23:47 hrs IST:Â Uthappa is stumped off a spinning delivery! Gone for 4, quick hands from Dhoni!
23:46 hrs IST: FOUR and then OUT!!!!
23:45 hrs IST: Ashwin starts for KKR!
23:43 hrs IST: The batsmen and fielders walk out on to the ground!
23:40 hrs IST: Now that is a familiar site. The Prince of Kolkata at Eden Gardens!
23:38 hrs IST: Four bowlers can bowl two overs each!
23:29 hrs IST: Okay so play will resume at 23:45 hours and KKR need 66 from nine overs! Three overs of Powerplay!
23:25 hrs IST: The stumps have been put in their place.
23:22 hrs IST: Covers are completely off!
23:19 hrs IST: The umpires are out in the field again checking things out. We could have a short game here.
23:06 hrs IST: Next inspection at 23:20 hours!
23:02 hrs IST: Some stars have also come to see the rain-interrupted match.
23:00 hrs IST: Umpires are taking a look at the pitch and other parts of the ground.
22:59 hrs IST: Rain has reduced considerably. Officials are out there discussing about he possibility of play!
22:53 hrs IST: The main cover is coming off!
22:46 hrs IST: Okay so inspection at 23:00 hours!
22:35 hrs IST: There will be an inspection in 10 minutes!
22:30 hrs IST: Uh oh! News is that there is another light drizzle!
22:25 hrs IST: These guys are doing a great job, aren't they?
22:19 hrs IST: Some good news for IPL fans!
22:08 hrs IST: Okay so we have some news. There will be an inspection at 22:45 hours!
21:55 hrs IST: Rain have stopped and the covers are coming off!
21:47 hrs IST:Â The ground is almost completely covered now. But rain has subsided.
21:37 hrs IST: Meanwhile some more stats for you guys.
21:31 hrs IST:Â The rain has picked up!
21:30 hrs IST: The entire ground is being covered up. This does not look too good.
21:24 hrs IST: Play has been stopped with RPS at 103/6 in 17.4 overs with Dhoni and Ashwin at crease!
21:23 hrs IST: And it is pouring! Umpires takes off the bails covers come on.
21:19 hrs IST: Ashwin comes out to bat!
21:18 hrs IST:Â OUT!!! Perera departs for 13 after hitting that big SIX!
21:17 hrs IST: Bang!Â Finally a SIX for RPS. Perera hits an 84m six!
21:14 hrs IST:Â RPS are playing very slowly. One gets the feeling this is an one-day match not T20!
21:10 hrs IST: RPS 89/5 after 14 overs!
21:08 hrs IST: OUT!!! Pathan is run out! RPS have lost half their side!
21:01 hrs IST: And this is some landmark for Irfan Pathan!
21:00 hrs IST: 23 balls since the last boundary! Now that is too slow for T20 standards!
20:59 hrs IST: MS Dhoni and Irfan Pathan out there batting for RPS!
20:57 hrs IST: 12 gone and it is 78/4 for RPS!
20:55 hrs IST: Two slips, one silly point and short leg for captain cool. That is some pressure on the RPS skipper!
20:54 hrs IST:Â Boy that is some attacking field for Dhoni! Four fielders around Dhoni!
20:50 hrs IST: OUT!!! Bailey is stumped for 33! Big loss!
20:29 hrs IST: RPS have lost all six matches where they batted first and this time MS Dhoni opted to bat. What will be the result of this? Doesn't like it is going RPS' way as of now!
20:47 hrs IST:Â 10 overs end, RPS 70/3.
20:44 hrs IST: OUT!!!! Tiwary is caught behind. Things are not going well for RPS. If they do not put up a decent total it could mean another loss for MS Dhoni's men.
20:36 hrs IST: End of the eighth over, RPS 53/2!
20:35 hrs IST: And here is something for all the stats fans.
20:34 hrs IST: Not too much action in this match so far!
20:28 hrs IST: RPS 37/2 at the end of the Powerplay overs! Two back to back FOURS to end the over!
20:24 hrs IST:Â Two wickets have really pegged back RPS as of now.
20:21 hrs IST: OUT!!!! Khawaja is caught in the deep for 21!
20:19 hrs IST: RPS 24/1 after 4 overs!
20:17 hrs IST: There was a certain noise there but Khawaja is given not out!
20:15 hrs IST: In comes George Bailey!
20:14 hrs IST: OUT!!! Rahane is bowled that too cleanly by Andre Russell! Departed for 2.
20:10 hrs IST: RPS 11 for no loss after 2 overs!
20:07 hrs IST: Poor start for Morne Morkel. After a no-ball on the first delivery, Usman Khawaja slams a boundary to get going.
20:04 hrs IST: Steady start for Rising Pune Supergiants in the first over bowled by Andre Russell as he gives away four runs.
19:50 hrs IST: Ashwin bowled quite brilliantly in the last match RPS played.
19:45 hrs IST: Though RPS are already out, MSD and his team will be playing for pride but KKR have a lot at stake in this match. So who will it be tonight?
19:36 hrs IST: Sunil Narine comes in while Umesh Yadav goes out for KKR. For Rising Pune Supergiants, Rajat Bhatia and RP Singh are out. Irfan Pathan comes for his first game.
19:35 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams:
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Ankit Rajpoot, Sunil Narine
Rising Pune Supergiants (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w/c), Thisara Perera, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda
19:30 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the second match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants. MS Dhoni has won the toss and will bat first.
With 12 points from 10 games, Gautam Gambhir's KKR arre precariously perched and are aware that a loss to MS Dhoni's Rising Pune Supergiants will hand a lifeline to Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. With RCB's massive win against Gujarat Lions, the onus is on KKR to ensure that they do not slip up.
KKR Make Steady Progress
KKR's batting has been dominated by the likes of Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan. However, in the match against Gujarat Lions, Shakib Al Hasan came to the fore with a wonderful knock but the bowling let the team down. On a slow Eden wicket, KKR will have to bowl sensibly if they are to avoid their loss to Suresh Raina's team.
Rising Pune Supergiants Play For Pride
With just six points from 11 games, MS Dhoni's side are at the bottom of the table and can spoil KKR's party in a big way. Adam Zampa, who picked up 6/19 on a sluggish Vizag pitch, will once again be the key on a slow Eden Gardens pitch. Dhoni's team will be desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.