Somerset win! A blistering knock by Roelof van der Merwe (73 off 40 balls) helped Somerset beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets in their Champions League T20 encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Over No. 20: Somerset get to the target with two balls remaining. Nick Compton and Steve Snell remained unbeaten at the end. 164/5.
Gautam Gambhir returned for the Kolkata Knight Riders in their game against Somerset.
Over No. 19: Somerset on the brink! Just four runs are needed of the last over. Balaji gave away 10 runs in the 19th over.
Over No. 18: It's getting tight! 14 runs are needed off 12 balls as Somerset are getting closer to KKR score. Som 148/5.
Over No. 16: Somerset close in on win! Somerset are keeping it simple in last overs as their batsmen are looking for singles and doubles and are avoiding any expensive shot. Som 133/4
Over No. 14: Finally a breakthrough for KKR! Though Shakib Al Hasan couldn't get to the ball which was skied high by Trego, he made amends by running the batsman out when he was attempting the second run. He followed it up with the big wicket of van der Merwe, who scored a whirlwind 73 off 40 balls. But is it too late for KKR? 123/3.
Trego, in an attempt to clear the ropes skied a Shakib Al Hasan's ball
Over No. 11: Well on their way! Somerset batsmen are scoring runs with double the rate actually required to achieve the target. Som 110/1.
Over No. 9: Fifty for van der Merwe! The explosive right-hander was on fire as he got to his fifty in just 25 deliveries. His brisk knock also helped Somerset to keep abreast with the required run rate. Som 91/1.
Over No. 7: When Trego found it difficult to find his touch, Van der Merwe continued his scintillating innings and was close to a fifty. Som 71/1.
Over No. 5: van der Merwe made his mark with the ball earlier, now it's his bat doing the talking! The South African has raced to 38 off 17 balls, which includes 4 fours and a six. That six was a reverse sweep off Shakib Al Hasan, who has gone for 22 runs in his 2 overs so far. Worrying times for KKR as Somerset reach 58/1.
Over No. 2: Jones wicket! Iqbal Abdulla struck on his first ball as he got Chris Jones caught at short-point by Manoj Tiwary. Som 26/1.
Over No. 1: Good start! Chris Jones started Somerset chase with a four off the first ball of Brett Lee. Fifteen runs were scored in the first over. Som 15/0.
Kolkata Knight Riders' innings:
A vintage knock by Jacques Kallis (74 off 61 balls) and a power-packed innings by Yusuf Pathan (39 off 21 balls) helped the Kolkata Knight Riders' post a competitive 161/3 in their Champions League T20 match against Somerset in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Over No. 20: Kallis and Pathan turned the tables on Somerset bowlers and hit sixes and fours in the last few overs of the match. KKR finished with 161/3 in .
Over No. 18: Yusuf got a life! Gregory, who took a brilliant catch at the boundary earlier in the innings only to find that his right leg touched the fence while doing so, dropped a sitter of dangerous Yusuf Pathan. KKR 141/3.
Over No. 16: Kallis fifty! The South African batsman took the KKR innings forward and completed his fifty in 44 balls. He also put up another 50-run stand with Pathan, who hit four consecutive sixes in the previous over. KKR 124/3.
Over No. 15: Pathan power! The tall batsman hit four consecutive sixes off Arul Suppiah, one over long-on boundary and the next three over the mid-wicket fence. Thirty runs came off the left-arm-spinner. KKR 113/3.
Over No. 13: Tiwary wicket! After stringing an important 5o-run stand with Kallis, Tiwary lost his composure and went for an expensive pull shot off Alfonso Thomas. Yusuf Pathan replaced Tiwary. KKR 74/3.
Over No. 10: Kallis and Tiwary kept the scoreboard ticking with well-judged singles. KKR 62/2.
Over No. 8: Consolidation time! Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary were busy in the repairing job, after KKR lost two quick wickets with not too many runs. KKR 49/2.
Over No. 5: Too many risks! KKR stutter after losing two quick wickets. Their batsmen are taking too many risks for singles. KKR 34/2.
Over No. 3: Double blow! Gautam Gambhir made an unsuccessful return to cricket as the KKR captain was out first ball. The 19-year-old Somerset bowler Lewis Gregory got Bisla out earlier in the over. KKR 21/2.
Over No. 2: Bisla on song! Though he miscued few shots off Alonso, he did apply full face of the bat against Murali Kartik, by dancing down the track and hitting the slow left-arm spinner for a six over the extra cover boundary. KKR 18/0
Over No. 1: Brilliant start! Two balls, two fours. Manvinder Bisla played two lofted square cuts off the bowling of Somerset skipper Alfonso Thomas, and both fours went to the fence like a bullet. But the bowler came back strongly in the next four balls, giving away just one run. KKR 9/0.
Kolakata Knight Riders won the toss and decided to bat first in their Champions League T20 match against Somerset at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.
KKR got a big boost ahead of the game as their regular skipper Gautam Gambhir was declared fit to take part in Sunday's match. Gambhir's was the biggest change in the KKR side which was led by Jacques Kallis in the qualifiers.
Gambhir suffered a mild concussion in India's recently concluded tour of England.
The two teams met in the final qualifier a few days back, and though, Somerset win the contest, KKR achieved the target required to enter the main event of the CLT20.
Somerset made one change to their side. Ireland's George Dockrell was included in place of Max Waller.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla(w), Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir(c), Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Rajat Bhatia, Iqbal Abdulla, Brett Lee, Lakshmipathy Balaji
Somerset: Chris Jones, Nick Compton, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Arul Suppiah, George Dockrell, Steve Snell(w), Alfonso Thomas(c), Murali Kartik