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May 24, 2014 at 11:22pm IST

As it happened: Kolkata vs Hyderabad, IPL7, Match 54

(For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Pre-match: Buoyed by six back-to-back victories and confirmation of a playoff berth, Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders are now gunning for a top-two finish in the points table.

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After an awful UAE leg, Kolkata have emerged as the team to beat thanks to some clinical performances, while Hyderabad have done well to still be in the race - though only a win over Kolkata can now keep them alive.

As it happened: Kolkata vs Hyderabad, IPL7, Match 54

File photo of Kolkata Knight Riders' team celebrating. (BCCI)

Commentary (Kolkata Knight Riders 1st Innings)

That's all we have for you from here. Boy, it's been an honor to do this game. What hitting from Pathan! Do join us for the match between Mohali and Delhi in the evening followed by the knock-out match between Rajasthan and Mumbai. Until then, it's goodbye and take care!

Yusuf Pathan is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant batting that knocked out the Hyderabad bowlers. He starts off saying that he enjoyed hearing his name being chanted. Calls it the right time to get going. Says feels nice when the ball connects well and the ball travels. Rates this knock as his best one as he helped his team win. Knows his game and says he keeps his calm and does what the team wants off him.

Phew, what a chase, what a chase, what a chase! from Kolkata. All they needed to chase down a score of 161 in 15.2 was YUSUF PATHAN! Kolkata got a decent start with Robin playing well again. They lost a few wickets in a jiffy but that brought on Yusuf Pathan to the crease. He went after the ball right from the word go and he kept going for the big ones and everything came off for him. Hyderabad dropped him and did not help themselves as Pathan raced away to the fastest fifty in the Indian T20 League. They did get him out but by that time the game was already out of their hands with the 22-ball 72 knock from Pathan. Kolkata not only won the match but will also finish second and get a home qualifier. Boy, they look like a team to beat.

14.3 B Kumar to S Yadav, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side. Yadav fails to clip it. The umpire wides him and KOLKATA WIN BY 4 WICKETS! 161/6

14.2 B Kumar to S Yadav, SIX! YADAV DOES IT! Good length outside off, Yadav gets under it and slams it over the long on region for a maximum. 160/6

14.1 B Kumar to S Yadav, Good length outside off, Yadav guides it to point. 154/6

13.6 K Sharma to S Yadav, Yadav drives it through mid off for a single. Kolkata need 7 runs in 8 balls for a home qualifier. 154/6

VINAY KUMAR to bat.

13.5 K Sharma to Y Pathan, OUT! Pathan falls! What an innings! Fuller outside off, Pathan heaves it through mid-wicket. The ball goes to Dhawan who does not drop the catch. What a knock this has been! 153/6

13.4 K Sharma to Y Pathan, SIX! The Pathan Power! Short outside off, Pathan gets under it and thumps it mid-wicket region for a maximum. 153/5

13.3 K Sharma to Y Pathan, Flatter on middle, Pathan works it to short fine leg. 147/5

13.2 K Sharma to S Yadav, Yadav sweeps again to the on side for a single. 147/5

13.1 K Sharma to S Yadav, FOUR! Shot! Fuller on middle, Yadav sweeps it through the square leg region for a boundary. 146/5

12.6 D Steyn to Y Pathan, Finally Steyn bowls a fuller one on middle, Pathan clips it through the square leg region for a couple. 142/5

12.5 D Steyn to Y Pathan, FOUR! Top edge! Good length outside off, Pathan edges it past the keeper for a boundary. This is superb striking from Pathan! 140/5

12.4 D Steyn to Y Pathan, FOUR! Steyn does not learn! Short outside off, Pathan swings it hard through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. 136/5

12.3 D Steyn to Y Pathan, SIX! FASTEST FIFTY IN INDIAN T20 LEAGUE! Bowls it short outside off, Pathan gets under it and smashes it over the mid-wicket region for a maximum. What striking from Pathan! 132/5

12.2 D Steyn to Y Pathan, FOUR! BOOM ! Short outside off, Pathan smashes it down to the long off region for a boundary. 126/5

12.1 D Steyn to Y Pathan, FOUR! BANG! Short outside off, Pathan smashes it down to the long off region for a boundary. 120/5

STEYN back on. Smart from Sammy to bring back his strike bowler.

SURYAKUMAR YADAV comes out to bat.

11.6 K Sharma to Al Hasan, OUT! Shakib holes out! Fuller outside off, Shakib gets down and slices it over the long off region. The ball goes down to Holder who does not drop him. They still need 45 runs in 20 balls to get a home game. 116/5

11.5 K Sharma to Y Pathan, Pathan works it to the on side for a single. 116/4

11.4 K Sharma to Y Pathan, SIX! Mistimed boundary! Fuller outside off, Pathan heaves at it. The ball goes down to long off. The ball goes over the ropes for yet another maximum. That was not timed and middled well. 115/4

11.3 K Sharma to Y Pathan, Short outside off, Pathan cuts it down to point for a single. He wants the second and does well to get in time. 109/4

11.2 K Sharma to Y Pathan, SIX! PATHAN POWER! Fuller on middle, Pathan swings it over the mid-wicket region for yet another maximum. 107/4

11.1 K Sharma to Al Hasan, Floated on middle, Shakib fails to clip it. They take a leg bye. 101/4

10.6 P Rasool to Y Pathan, FOUR! Pathan Power! Fuller on off, Pathan swings it down the ground. Holder at long on, comes across, slides to save but he cannot hold onto it. The ball goes through him for a boundary. 100/4

10.5 P Rasool to Y Pathan, SIX! Steyn misses one! Fuller on middle, Pathan swings it hard through square leg. Steyn goes for the jump to catch it but the ball goes through him. 96/4

10.4 P Rasool to Y Pathan, FOUR! Flashed! Good length outside off, Pathan swings at it. The ball takes the edge down to the third man region for a boundary. 90/4

10.3 P Rasool to Al Hasan, Short outside off, Shakib punches it through covers for a single to get off the mark. 86/4

10.2 P Rasool to Y Pathan, Pushes through on off, Pathan bunts it down to long on for a single. 85/4

10.1 P Rasool to Y Pathan, SIX! Pathan keeps hitting! Flighted on middle, Pathan swings it over the square leg region for a maximum. 84/4

PARVEZ RASOOL to bowl now.

9.6 K Sharma to Al Hasan, Fuller outside off, Shakib gets an inside edge as he tries to drive at it. 78/4

9.5 K Sharma to Al Hasan, Short outside off, Shakib cuts it to point. 78/4

SHAKIB AL HASAN comes out to bat.

9.4 K Sharma to ten Doeschate, OUT! RTD gone first ball! Dropped! Tough chance dropped and a run out as well! RTD smacks one back down to the bowler. Sharma drops the catch and parries the ball to the of side. Sammy mops up and throws the ball to the keeper who takes the bails off in time as RTD was way down the track looking for the single. What a way to get out on your first ball! 78/4

9.3 K Sharma to Y Pathan, Pathan turns it through mid-wicket for a single. 78/3

RYAN TEN DOESCHATE is the new man in.

9.2 K Sharma to R Uthappa, OUT! Robin holes out! Fuller outside off, Robin swings at it. The ball goes down to long on where Holder takes the catch. One can say he need not had to go for that shot. But then, that's how they play. 77/3

9.1 K Sharma to R Uthappa, SIX! They need 84 from 37 runs to get to the top two! Short outside off, Robin swings it down to mid-wicket region for a maximum. 77/2

8.6 J Holder to R Uthappa, Fuller outside off, Uthappa clips it through mid-wicket for a run. 71/2

8.5 J Holder to R Uthappa, FOUR! Mistimed! Good length outside off, Uthappa goes for the pull again.The ball goes through to the square leg region for a boundary. 70/2

8.4 J Holder to R Uthappa, SIX! SWEET AZZ! Back of a length outside off, Robin gets under it and swings it hard, the ball is hammered over the mid-wicket region for a huge, huge maximum. 66/2

8.3 J Holder to Y Pathan, High full toss on off, Pathan swings it down to fine leg for a single. 60/2

8.2 J Holder to R Uthappa, Uthappa taps it to covers for a single. 59/2

8.1 J Holder to Y Pathan, Good length outside off, Pathan bangs it onto his boot for a single. 58/2

7.6 K Sharma to R Uthappa, Uthappa drives it back to the bowler. 57/2

7.5 K Sharma to Y Pathan, DROPPED! Pathan heaves it through the on side. Anirudha gets under it and fails to hold onto it. What a miss, Pathan was walking off but came back after watching the catch being dropped. 57/2

7.4 K Sharma to R Uthappa, Fuller on middle, Robin mistimes his through square leg for a single. 56/2

YUSUF PATHAN comes out to bat. Will the Pathan Power deliver?

7.3 K Sharma to M Pandey, OUT! Poor shot! Fuller outside off, Pandey comes out to attack but ends up slicing it straight to Steyn at long off. He was getting frustrated and the result is out for all of us to know. TIMEOUT TAKEN! 55/2

7.2 K Sharma to R Uthappa, Fuller outside off, Robin pushes it through covers for a single. 55/1

7.1 K Sharma to M Pandey, Floated outside off, Pandey defends it towards the off side for a single. 54/1

KARN SHARMA to bowl now.

6.6 J Holder to R Uthappa, Fuller outside off, Uthappa drives it back to the bowler. 53/1

6.5 J Holder to M Pandey, Pandey turns it through the on side for a single. 53/1

6.4 J Holder to R Uthappa, Short outside off, Robin looks to go over the top. The ball takes the top edge down to third man. Rasool does well to dive forward trying to get to it. He ends up saving a few runs. 52/1

6.3 J Holder to R Uthappa, Slower one outside off, Uthappa is beaten by the pace on it. 51/1

6.2 J Holder to R Uthappa, Good length outside off, Uthappa is beaten all ends up. 51/1

6.1 J Holder to R Uthappa, Back of a length on middle, Uthappa works it through square leg for a couple. 51/1

5.6 D Steyn to M Pandey, Fuller outside off, Pandey backs away and flays it towards cover-point. 49/1

5.6 D Steyn to M Pandey, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side. 49/1

5.5 D Steyn to M Pandey, Short outside off, Pandey slashes at it and misses. 48/1

5.4 D Steyn to R Uthappa, Short on the body, Robin pulls it off his gloves to the on side for a single. 48/1

5.3 D Steyn to R Uthappa, Angles it on a length on the pads, Robin heaves at it but does not connect. 47/1

5.2 D Steyn to R Uthappa, Good length outside off, Robin pushes it to covers. 47/1

5.1 D Steyn to R Uthappa, FOUR! Shot! Fuller outside off, Robin drives it over cover. The ball races away to the boundary ropes. 47/1

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