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As it happened: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 7


Abhishek Nandwani,Cricketnext
May 05, 2014 at 07:47pm IST

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Pre-match: Both the teams have played a game each in India since arriving from the UAE leg. Rajasthan extended Delhi's losing run with a 7-wicket win, while KKR's woes failed to end against a rampaging Chennai Super Kings who hammered Gautam Gambhir's men by 34 runs.

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Rajasthan's victory extended their winning run to three games and looking at Kolkata's problems, it won't be a surprise if Rajasthan go on to register their fourth consecutive victory on Monday.

As it happened: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 7

After an opening stand of 121 runs, Kolkata lost the plot chasing 171 and lost six wickets for two runs as Rajasthan bounced back to win by 10 runs.

In striking contrast to Rajasthan's graph this season, Kolkata have lost three games in a row now, thanks to the sorry performances of their batsmen.

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Commentary (Kolkata Knight Riders 1st Innings)

Pravin Tambe is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling performance. Shane Watson did bowl well too but Tambe sealed the match for them with a 3-wicket haul. That's all we have for you from here for this match. Do join us for the second match of the day between Delhi and Chennai!

Jaipur came back brilliantly after the opening stand to stay in the game and eventually go on to win this. Watson was the game changer for them with the ball and Tambe backed him up well. Yet another match in which Kolkata snatch defeat from victory!

Phew, Kolkata have managed to lose a match after having an opening stand of 121 runs chasing 171. Both Gambhir and Uthappa played brilliantly to score their fifties. They looked set to win this before Watson came back with 3 wickets in an over to swing the game back towards Jaipur. Tambe then struck thrice again to seal the match for Jaipur. Shakib and Yadav did hit out at the end but Watson was too good on his day today.

19.6 S Watson to S Yadav, VICTORY for Jaipur! Full on middle, Yadav flicks it over the mid-wicket region for a single but it does not matter. JAIPUR WIN BY 10 RUNS! 160/6

19.5 S Watson to Al Hasan, Yorker on off, Shakib digs it out towards mid on for a single. 12 needed in 1 ball. 159/6

19.4 S Watson to S Yadav, Fuller on off, Yadav slams it down to mid off for a single. 13 needed in 2 balls. 158/6

19.3 S Watson to S Yadav, Banged in short on middle and off, Yadav is beaten as he looks to paddle it. 157/6

19.2 S Watson to Al Hasan, Full on middle, Shakib fails to heave it over the on side. They cross for a leg bye. 14 needed in 4 balls! 157/6

4 fielders in the ring on the off side.

19.1 S Watson to S Yadav, Bowls it full on middle and leg, Yadav comes down the wicket and slams it towards covers but not in the gap. They take a single. 15 needed in 5 balls! 156/6

Free hit coming up!

19.1 S Watson to S Yadav, No-ball! Bowls it full on middle, Yadav fails to sweep. The umpire calls it no-ball for overstepping. Big mistake! 155/6

Shane Watson brings himself on to bowl the final over. 17 runs needed in 6 balls. All three results possible?

18.6 J Faulkner to S Yadav, Bowls it full on off, Yadav gets across to paddle it but does not connect. They take a leg bye. 154/6

Free hit coming up!

18.6 J Faulkner to Al Hasan, No-ball! Bowls it fuller on middle and leg, Shakib fails to hit it over the on side. But hang on.. the umpire calls it a no-ball for overstepping! 153/6

18.5 J Faulkner to S Yadav, Full in length on middle, Yadav slams it down to long on. Smith runs across and keeps them down to a single. 151/6

18.4 J Faulkner to Al Hasan, Bowls it on a good length on middle and leg, Shakib pulls it hard towards deep square leg but only takes a single. 150/6

18.3 J Faulkner to S Yadav, Full on middle, Yadav turns it through mid-wicket for a single off the toe end of the bat. 149/6

18.2 J Faulkner to S Yadav, Yorker on off, Yadav shuffles across but can only defend it back to the bowler. 148/6

18.1 J Faulkner to Al Hasan, Length outside off, Shakib turns it through mid on for a single. 148/6

17.6 Tim Southee to Al Hasan, Has Watto dropped the match? Full toss on off, Shakib bunts it towards mid off. Watson runs across, dives, gets two hands to it but fluffs it at the end. How costly will it be? Kolkata need 24 runs in 12 balls. 147/6

17.5 Tim Southee to Al Hasan, FOUR! Shakib keeps fighting! Fuller outside off, Shakib gets under it and slices it over the mid off fielder. The ball races away to the ropes. 146/6

17.5 Tim Southee to Al Hasan, WIDE! Bowls it short and down the leg side. Shakib lets it go. The umpire wides him. 142/6

17.4 Tim Southee to Al Hasan, SIX! BIG SHOT! Fuller on off, Shakib gets under it and powers it over the long on fence for a maximum. What a shot! 141/6

17.3 Tim Southee to S Yadav, Full on middle and leg, Yadav gets down to sweep but misses. The ball rolls to the on side for a leg bye. 135/6

17.2 Tim Southee to S Yadav, Full on middle and leg, Yadav comes down the track to heave it but misses. 134/6

17.2 Tim Southee to S Yadav, WIDE! Bowls a slower one down the leg side. Yadav lets it go through. The umpier signals it a wide. 134/6

17.1 Tim Southee to Al Hasan, Good length outside off, Shakib mistimes his pull shot towards mid on for a single. 133/6

Can Kolkata win it from here? 39 runs needed in 18 balls.

Tim Southee back on to bowl.

16.6 J Faulkner to S Yadav, Slants across a length delivery outside off, Yadav has a swing at it but misses. 132/6

16.5 J Faulkner to Al Hasan, Bowls it on the pads, Shakib drags it towards short fine leg for a single. 132/6

16.4 J Faulkner to Al Hasan, Bowls it on middle and off, Shakib turns it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 131/6

16.3 J Faulkner to S Yadav, Fuller on middle, Yadav turns it through the on side for a single. 129/6

16.2 J Faulkner to Al Hasan, Bowls it fuller on off, Shakib heaves it to mid off for a single. 128/6

16.1 J Faulkner to S Yadav, Bowls it outside off, Yadav chips it to wide mid off for a single. 127/6

Faulkner back on.

15.6 P Tambe to S Yadav, Yadav drives this one to mid off for a single. Phew, what an over that! 126/6

15.5 P Tambe to Al Hasan, Played to mid-wicket for a single. 125/6

15.4 P Tambe to S Yadav, Turned through the on side for a single. 124/6

15.3 P Tambe to S Yadav, Bowls it on off, Yadav defends it. 123/6

Suryakumar Yadav comes out to bat.

15.2 P Tambe to ten Doeschate, OUT! Tambe gets Jaipur team a hat-trick! Bowls it on middle, Doeschate is beaten all ends up as he fails to keep it out. The ball hits him in front of the stumps. The players appeal and the umpire rules him out. Tambe roars! 123/6

Ryan ten Doeschate out to bat.

15.1 P Tambe to Y Pathan, OUT! TWO IN TWO! Fuller on off, Pathan just chips it back to the bowler who takes a good return catch. He was trying to turn it to the on side but he got a leading edge back to the bowler. What a turn around this! 123/5

Yusuf Pathan comes out to bat. This is heading down the wire.

15.1 P Tambe to M Pandey, OUT! Kolkata are on the mat! Bowls it down the leg side, Pandey comes down the wicket to tuck it to the on side but misses. The keeper does the rest and suddenly Kolkata have lost 4 wickets in 6 balls! Much needed TIMEOUT for Kolkata! 123/4

Tambe back on to bowl.

14.6 S Watson to Al Hasan, Fuller outside off, Shakib drives it to covers. What an eventful over for Jaipur, Kolkata need 49 runs in 30 balls! 122/3

Shakib Al Hasan comes out to bat.

14.5 S Watson to A Russell, OUT! TIMBER! Fuller in length on middle, Russell is beaten for pace and misses the ball. The ball crashes into the stumps. Watson has a smile to give to Russell. What an over for Jaipur! What a turn around from Jaipur! 122/3

14.4 S Watson to A Russell, Bowls it short outside off, Russell gets out of the way in time to allow it through. 122/2

Manish Pandey is the new man in.

14.3 S Watson to R Uthappa, OUT! Double strike from Watson! Bowls it on a good length on middle, Robin gets a top edge as he looks to flick it over the on side. The ball goes straight to Bhatia at square leg. What a way, what a time to lose a wicket, Robin walks off disappointed. 122/2

14.2 S Watson to A Russell, DRAMA! Fuller on off, Russell keeps it out. Robin calls Russell for a single, Watson runs after the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. They take one for the overthrow! 122/1

Andre Russell comes out to bat. A bold move from Kolkata!

14.1 S Watson to G Gambhir, OUT! Gambhir throws it away! Fuller outside off, Gambhir has a wild swing at it. The ball takes the outside edge and Samson takes a good catch to his left. Can Jaipur make use of this opening? A good knock nevertheless from the Kolkata captain! 121/1

Watson back on.

13.6 J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Bowls it on a length on middle and leg, Gambhir looks to reverse paddle it but misses. 121/0

13.5 J Faulkner to R Uthappa, On middle, Robin turns it towards mid-wicket. 121/0

13.4 J Faulkner to R Uthappa, Dabs this towards point. The misfield allows them to come back for the second. 121/0

13.3 J Faulkner to G Gambhir, Short on middle, Gambhir gets into an awkward tangle and gets an edge towards covers for a single. 119/0

21st Indian T20 League fifty for Gautam Gambhir.

13.2 J Faulkner to G Gambhir, FOUR! FIFTY! Bowls it full on middle, Gambhir heaves it through square leg for a boundary. It has been a good knock from him. 118/0

13.1 J Faulkner to G Gambhir, Good length on off, Gambhir drags it back to the bowler. 114/0

Faulkner back on to bowl. Can he do something for Jaipur?

12.6 R Bhatia to R Uthappa, SIX! BANG! Good length outside off, Robin gets under it and slams it down the ground for a maximum. That was six moment it left the bat. 114/0

12.5 R Bhatia to G Gambhir, Good length on the pads, Gambhir tucks it towards the on side for a leg bye. 108/0

12.4 R Bhatia to G Gambhir, SIX! BIGGIE! Full on middle, Gambhir comes down the wicket and tonks it over the mid on region. The ball flies into the stands for a maximum. 107/0

12.3 R Bhatia to R Uthappa, Lofted down to long off for a single by Uthappa. 101/0

12.2 R Bhatia to G Gambhir, Bowls it on a length on middle, Gambhir drags it to square leg for a single to bring up the 100-run stand! This is a very good partnership but both of them need to play longer. 100/0

12.1 R Bhatia to R Uthappa, Full on off, Robin heaves it to long on for a single. 99/0

11.6 P Tambe to G Gambhir, Full on middle, Gambhir sweeps it through the on side but finds short fine leg. 98/0

11.5 P Tambe to R Uthappa, Tucked through to mid-wicket for a single. 98/0

11.4 P Tambe to G Gambhir, Googly on off, Gambhir top edges it towards short third man for a single. 97/0

11.3 P Tambe to R Uthappa, Full on middle, Robin whips it through mid-wicket for a single. 96/0

11.2 P Tambe to G Gambhir, Full on middle, Gambhir heaves it towards mid long on for a single. 95/0

11.1 P Tambe to R Uthappa, Bowls it on off, Robin drives it to long on for a single. 94/0

10.6 R Tewatia to G Gambhir, FOUR! Slammed! Full on middle, Gambhir gets down and slams it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. 93/0

10.5 R Tewatia to R Uthappa, Bowls it on off, Robin whips it through mid on for a run. 89/0

10.4 R Tewatia to G Gambhir, Gambhir gets an outside edge to short third man for a single. 88/0

10.3 R Tewatia to R Uthappa, Full on off, Robin drives it to mid off for a single. 87/0

10.2 R Tewatia to R Uthappa, Driven to covers by Robin. 86/0

10.1 R Tewatia to R Uthappa, SIX! Robin goes big! Fuller outside off, Robin comes down the wicket and thumps it over the long off region for a maximum. Good batting, this! He gets to his 10th Indian T20 League fifty as well! 86/0

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