Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the IPL 2022 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans.
Gujarat Titans have edged past Kolkata Knight Riders in yet another last-over finish. They win by 8 runs as Joseph bowls an excellent last over. Russell got them close with a brilliant riposte but he kept running out of partners. Umesh Yadav hung in with a nice cameo but Russell's dismissal was the final nail in the coffin. GT have gone top of the table.
- END OF CHASE -
Here's Joseph. Russell, you beauty! Hits a six first ball. 12 off 5 needed. GONE! Russell is caught courtesy a brilliant catch by Lockie! Russell falls for a 25-ball 48. Southee will be on strike. 11 off 3. 9 off 2. 9 off 1. GT have won!
KKR 139/7 in 19 overs: Dayal to bowl the 19th over. 11 off that over including a Russell maximum. 18 off 6 balls.
KKR 128/7 in 18 overs: Here's Lockie Ferguson. 8 off the over including a six by Umesh Yadav. 29 needed in 12 balls.
KKR 120/7 in 17 overs: Shami. 8 from the over including a Russell six. Kolkata Knight Riders need 37 runs in 18 balls
KKR 112/7 in 16 overs: Umesh has been given out lbw off the last ball! Umesh reviews. It's missing the stumps. Umesh survives.
Rashid . He clean bowls Mavi! Umesh Yadav joins Russell.
KKR 107/6 in 15 overs: Ferguson. Russell keeping KKR in the game with another six, off a full toss. 8 runs from the over.
KKR 99/6 in 14 overs: GONE! Rashid gets Venkatesh, thanks to a brilliant catch by Abhinav Manohar at the deep midwicket fence! Mavi joins Russell. Excellent from Rashid. 1 run and a wicket. KKR need 58 runs in 36 balls.
KKR 98/5 in 13 overs: GONE! Dayal gets the breakthrough, Rinku is caught behind. Andre Russell comes to the crease. Russell has been caught off a no ball! Free hit! Russell slams the fifth ball for six. How costly will that no-ball prove to be? Quite costly already as Russell ends the over with another maximum. 19 off the over. Kolkata Knight Riders need 59 runs in 42 balls
KKR 79/4 in 12 overs: Alzarri Joseph. 7 from the over including a four for Rinku.
KKR 72/4 in 11 overs: Rashid into his second. Venkatesh slams the second ball to long-on for four. Nine from the over.
KKR 63/4 in 10 overs: Shami is back into the attack. Venkatesh scoops the first ball for four. Good comeback. Only 2 off the remaining balls. 6 off that over. Kolkata Knight Riders need 94 runs in 60 balls
KKR 57/4 in 9 overs: Rashid Khan into the attack. He has gone wicketless in the last 2 matches. 7 off his first over.
KKR 50/4 in 8 overs: Lockie is back. After two dot balls, Rinku gets one away for four. He ends the over with yet another boundary. 9 from the over.
KKR 41/4 in 7 overs: OUT! GONE! Dayal strikes and Shreyas has been caught behind. Venkatesh Iyer comes to the crease. Rinku carves one through covers for four. 7 from the over.
KKR 34/3 in 6 overs: Alzarri Joseph. Rinku flicks the fifth oball over long leg for six. 10 off the over. End of PowerPlay.
KKR 24/3 in 5 overs: Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack. Review for caught behind against Rana. Big spike as the ball passes the bat. Rana has to go. KKR reeling. Rinku Singh joins Shreyas. Shreyas gives himself room and whacks one over deep backward point for six. 8 from the over.
KKR 16/2 in 4 overs: Alzarri Joseph comes into the attack. Shreyas smacks a four off the fifth ball. 5 from the over. Kolkata Knight Riders need 141 runs
KKR 11/2 in 3 overs: Shami continues. GONE! Shami has another one as Narine hits one straight to the fielder at short fine leg. Nitish Rana joins Shreyas. Excellent from Shami, one run and a wicket.
KKR 10/1 in 2 overs: Yash Dayal shares the new ball. Narine smashes the first ball for four. Good comeback from Dayal, just 5 from the over.
KKR 5/1 in 1 over: Sam Billings and Sunil Narine to begin the chase. Shami with the ball. Billings picks up a boundary. GONE! The move to open with Billings has failed. He mistimes a pull and is caught by Saha. Shreyas Iyer comes to the crease. 5 runs and a wicket.
- START OF CHASE -
What an extraordinary comeback in the latter half of the innings by KKR. When Saha got out in the 11th over, the Titans had scored 82. Just 73 were scored in the last 63 deliveries, for the loss of six wickets.
Tim Southee bowled an excellent spell of 3 for 24. He bowled short of a length mostly, and a lot of slower ones. Russell, in the final over, of course provided the icing on the cake. Join us, in a bit, for the run chase.
GT 156/9 in 20 overs: Last over to be bowled by Andre Russell. Abhinav Manohar goes after him; tries to slog a length delivery to oblivion, the ball gains height but not distance. The fielder at deep midwicket - Rinku Singh - takes the catch. And one more! This time it's Lockie Ferguson; he pulls a short delivery but holes out to the same fielder! OUT!
Hat-trick ball: full, flicked away by Alzarri Joseph for a single. Short delivery to Tewatia - dispatched to the deep midwicket boundary. And another! Again, it's Rinku Singh, this time at deep point. Slower delivery outside off-stump to the left hander: cut away by Tewatia. He's caught out.
Is it another! What an over this is turning out to be! Yash Dayal gets a yorker-length delivery, and he has driven it back to the bowler. Is it a bump ball? No! It struck the bottom edge of the bat and Russell takes a tumbling catch. OUT!
Abhinav Manohar c Rinku b Russell 2 (4b)
Lockie Ferguson c Rinku b Russell 0 (1b)
Rahul Tewatia c Rinku b Russell 17 (12b, 2x4)
Yash Dayal c & b Russell 0 (1b)
GT 151/5 in 19 overs: Short delivery to start the penultimate over, bowled by Mavi. Pulled to fine leg for two runs. Short and wide to Tewatia, cut to backward point for four! A much needed boundary for the Titans. Tewatia brings out the sweep to a full delivery on leg-stump, directs the ball to deep fine leg. One run. Slower delivery - a low full toss outside off-stump, and it's driven to long-on for a single. Slower delivery again; Tewatia tries to slog, mistimes the ball, and it nearly travels on the full to the fielder at short third man. Single.
Slower one again, well outside the off-stump. Wide. That brings up the 150 for the Titans. Nonetheless, this is excellent death-overs bowling by Mavi and Southee. Full, on middle-stump, driven to long-on for a single.
GT 140/5 in 18 overs: Tim Southee is back into the attack, to bowl his final over. Starts off a short and wide delivery, it's cut by Tewatia to deep point for a single. Short of a length from Southee, pulled by Hardik, and out! He is caught out by the fielder at deep midwicket who dives to take the catch.
Rashid Khan comes out to bat. On a good length, on leg-stump, hits the pads of Rashid, and the batters pick up a single. Single again. Now Rashid is out! Rashid tries to pull, the ball hits the splice of the bat - or somewhere nearby - and the fielder at short midwicket takes the catch!
Last delivery: short of a length again. Abhinav Manohar nearly chips it back to the bowler.
Hardik Pandya c Rinku b Southee 67 (49b, 4x4, 2x6)
Rashid Khan c Umesh b Southee 0 (2b)
GT 137/3 in 17 overs: Oh and out! Shivam Mavi comes on to bowl his third over, and breaks the partnership on his second delivery, after giving away a single. it was a slower delivery; Miller slashes but the ball balloons up after taking the edge of the bat. The fielder at point makes no mistake.
Rahul Tewatia is the new batter. Drives to mid-on for no run, then pushes one to cover. There's an overthrow and the batters pick up two runs. Wide delivery. Then full, on leg-stump, driven straight back to the bowler by Tewatia. It was a slower delivery as well. Slower delivery again, wide outside off-stump, cut to cover for one run.
David Miller c Shivam Mavi 27 (20b, 1 x 4, 2x6)
GT 132/2 in 16 overs: Narine bowling his final over. Hardik plays off the back-foot to long-on for a single. Miller defends from his crease - no run. Good length delivery, angling into the left hander from around the wicket, awkwardly tucked away to square leg for a single. Hardik gets a full delivery and flicks to square leg for another single.
Short of a length, on off-stump, played to long-on off the back foot by Miller. Full delivery, Hardik drives, but edges. Ball travels to short third man, and a single is picked up.
Narine's figures: 0/31 in his four overs. Most expensive this season so far.
GT 127/2 in 15 overs: Varun is back into the attack. Short and wide, Hardik tries to go after it, can't reach out to it. Wide ball. Short, and pulled away to deep midwicket for four runs! Stylishly played.
Length ball outside off-stump, carved out to deep extra cover for two runs. Full and wide, it's given as a wide. Full and wide again - not too full - and it's cut away to deep point for a single. A good length delivery on leg-stump - Miller gets an edge as he tries to defend from his crease. The ball travels to short third man and there's enough time to pick up a single...actually double, because there's a fumble.
Two singles to finish off - Miller plays one to long-on, before Hardik drives to extra cover.
GT 114/2 in 14 overs: Narine to bowl his third over. Another narrow escape for Miller! He tries to slog an overpitched delivery outside off-stump, but edges! The ball flies over the head of the slip fielder. Four. Then he brings out the sweep to pick up two runs. Dot ball: tries to play from his crease, negotiates awkwardly. Then he defends.
Miller tees off! Slogs a length delivery to cow corner for six! Dot ball to finish.
GT 102/2 in 13 overs: Southee is back into the attack. Hardik flicks to deep midwicket for a single. Full, outside off-stump, a play and a miss from Miller. A single through square leg. On-driven to long-on for two runs. Slower ball, short of a length, Hardik pulls to short fine leg for a single. Short of a length again, Miller defends and picks up a single.
GT 96/2 in 12 overs: Sunil Narine to bowl his second over. Full delivery, dug out to mid-off for no run! And caught at the boundary! But it's a six! Venkatesh Iyer, at long-off, takes the catch but only after he's stepped out of the boundary. So it's a six. Miller had lofted a full delivery, but it hit the bottom of the bat.
A single. Then Hardik picks up a single through leg to get to his half-century . Two more singles through leg to finish off.
GT 86/2 in 11 overs: Umesh comes on to bowl his third over. Single first ball. Then a short of a length delivery outside off-stump, Saha was waiting for it, and nicely scoops the ball behind short fine leg for four runs! And out! Shapes up for the scoop shot again, but it's outside the off-stump, Saha just tamely chips the ball to point!
David Miller comes out to bat. Drives to mid-off to pick up a single. In the corridor, Hardik is beaten! Last ball: Hardik punches to extra cover for two runs.
Wriddhiman Saha c Venkatesh Iyer b Umesh Yadav 25 (25b, 2x4, 1x6)
GT 78/1 in 10 overs: Varun is making stroke-making difficult, it seems, as there's hardly any pace on the ball to work with. Two runs off the first three deliveries, both through the leg side. Then a single through midwicket by Hardik gets him to 45. Half-volley outside off-stump, Saha drives to deep extra cover where the sweeper cover comes around to field the ball and restrict the batters to two runs. Dot ball to finish. Short of a length, outside off, cut to point.
GT 73/1 in 9 overs: Umesh to bowl his third over. Dot ball: Saha plays one to over. Saha then slogs to deep midwicket and nearly holes out! It drops just short of the fielder in the deep. Hardik drives off the back-foot for two runs. Oh and Hardik is nearly dismissed too! Tries to play an extravagant stroke and the ball balloons up to mid-off, just evades the fielder. Short and wide: cut to point for no run. Last ball: in the corridor, left alone.
GT 69/1 in 8 overs: Varun Chakravarthy in the attack. And Hardik welcomes him with a six! Loft-drives a half-volley outside off-stump! Tries to do it again but is beaten. Full, outside off-stump: defended.
Short of a length, on middle-stump, Hardik makes room and carves the ball out to backward point for a single. Saha steers the ball to deep point for a single. Last ball: on a good length, outside off, defended
GT 61/1 in 7 overs: Mavi continues. Short of a length on middle stump. Fended away to the leg side by Hardik. A single is picked up. Actually double. The bowler picks up the ball and throws at the non-strikers' end; the ball hits the stumps and there's one more run. Third umpire sees the replays and confirms that it's not out.
Short of a length again, punched off the back foot for no run. Short, wide, a nice upper cut for six! Over the head of the fielder at third man. And four runs! Half-volley outside off-stump, driven fiercely through extra cover by Hardik. Short and wide again, left alone, but this time it's a wide. Short of a length on off-stump: defended awkwardly. Short of a length again, flicked to midwicket for a single.
GT 47/1 in 6 overs: Sunil Narine into the attack. Starts off with a short, wide delivery from around the wicket. Saha cuts past point for a single. The bowler switches to over the wicket. Hardik plays it off the back-foot to extra cover for a single. Batters pick up two singles through midwicket. Full delivery on middle stump, defended. Around the wicket again, the ball angles across the right hander. Short delivery, cut away to point for no run.
GT 43/1 in 5 overs: Shivam Mavi into the attack now. Short of a length, on off-stump, defended from the crease by Hardik. Saha picks up a single through third man. Hardik cuts to point for a single. Single for Saha again. Hardik attempts an on-drive but doesn't play it very well, the ball hits the inside half of the bat and turns in his hands, and his top hand comes off as he plays it. The ball still nearly travels all the way to the boundary at deep midwicket before the fielder dives to prevent a boundary. Two runs. Dot ball to finish; played to midwicket.
GT 37/1 in 4 overs: Southee continues. Tucked to fine leg for a single by Hardik for two runs. 'No run', he says after playing a good-length delivery to cover. Tried to play a drive and mistimed it; the ball hits the inside half of the bat and travels to mid-on and a single is picked up.
Southee sprays it down the leg side again. Saha looks to tuck, but doesn't edge. Wide. Short of a length, on the waist; tucked to square leg for a single. Full, on off-stump, Hardik squeezes it out to cover. Short and wide, and cut away to sweeper cover for a single.
GT 31/1 in 3 overs: Umesh Yadav to bowl the third over. Saha plays one to mid-on and takes a quick single. Hardik also plays the ball to the leg side and picks upa single. Short and wide from Umesh, Saha plays the ball straight to cover. And six! Short, and Saha pulls beautifully for six runs through long leg! And four! Short again, this time it's pulled to deep square leg.
GT 19/1 in 2 overs: Tim Southee to bowl the second over. Strangled down the leg side! Innocuous delivery but Gill shapes up to tuck the ball, and edges behind! Fourth low score in a row for Gill. Hardik Pandya is the new batter. He defends off the front foot. Bowls from slightly wide of the crease, it's full, outside the off-stump, driven through extra cover for two runs. Short and wide, cut away past point for four disdainfully. Stood in his crease and nonchalantly whacked it. Wide down the leg side - the batter doesn't fall into the trap this time. Full, outside off-stump, lofted over extra cover for four runs!
Oh and a near run out! Hardik walks down the pitch to a good length delivery, manages to just defend the ball. And the bowler has a shy at the stumps and misses! The batter would have been out.
Shubman Gill c Billing b Southee 7 (5b, 1x4)
GT 8/0 in 1 over : Here we go. First delivery: full, on leg-stump, tucked to fine leg for a single by Saha. In the corridor, left alone by the batter. Then tucked to square leg for a single. Clipped once again, this time by Gill, and he finds the placement - the ball races away to the boundary through square leg. Good length, on off-stump, defended. A single is picked up. Short of a length, slight width: punched off the back-foot to point.
1528 IST: Umpires walk out to the middle, to cheers. As do the Knight Riders. Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha come out to open. Umesh Yadav to open the bowling. All set for action!
1520 IST: Tim Southee: "It was the last [game] that slipped away, we were in a winning position. Long time to go, not yet time to press the panic button." This is the third match Southee is playing in IPL 2022; he took 3 for 20 against RCB on March 30, and 2 for 36 against Punjab Kings on April 1. Once Pat Cummins came in - he arrived after the first week due to Australia's tour of Pakistan - he had to make way for him.
1500 IST: TOSS - Gujarat Titans wins toss, will bat first. It's better to bat when it's hot, says skipper Hardik Pandya. Shreyas Iyer would have batted first as well. Just one change for the Titans: Vijay Shankar makes away for Pandya. Three changes for KKR: Tim Southee, Sam Billings and Rinku Singh come in. Sheldon Jackson, Pat Cummins, and Aaron Finch are out.
1455 IST: Fourth time the pitch will be used. Good grass cover, says Nick Knight. Some cracks emerging on the pitch near the popping crease, so spinners may gain more help than in the previous games here.
1445 IST: We're 15 minutes away from the toss. Twice in the last three matches KKR's bowlers have given away more than 200 runs in their 20 overs (and in the other one, they've allowed the opposition to score more than 170), for only 13 wickets. Regardless of whether the Knight Riders are batting or bowling first, the bowling will need to tighten for them to break their losing streak.
Table-topper Gujarat Titans (GT) will take on seventh-placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here on Saturday.
Titans are riding-high on David Miller's heroics against Chennai Super Kings, while the Knight Riders are wounded after falling seven runs short in a tall chase against Rajasthan Royals despite fighting knocks from skipper Shreyas Iyer and Aaron Finch.
The return of captain Hardik Pandya, who missed the last match due to a groin injury, will lend much-needed reinforcement to the Titans middle-order with the team yet to settle on an opening partner for Shubman Gill, who is coming off a lean patch with 20 runs in the last three matches.
The Knight Riders have their fair share of worries at the top of the order. While Finch's 28-ball 58 against Royals may have sealed one opening spot, Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane are yet to find their feet this season.
Titans arguably have the most well-rounded bowling attack in the tournament with Alzarri Joseph, who made his franchise debut against Super Kings, joining the ranks of Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson. Thus, seeing off the Powerplay against GT will be key for a brittle KKR top order. Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav will need support to exploit GT's vulnerabilities against the new ball.
The middle-order of both sides may have to do the heavy lifting and a lot will depend on Shreyas and Hardik, who will have their task cut out against the likes of Rashid Khan, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarty in the middle-overs.
- By Dhruva Prasad
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