Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 2 |3/24/2019 Eden Gardens, Kolkata
That is all we have for you from this game. But do not go anywhere. The Mumbai-Delhi encounter has already begun...
Who will be the Man Of The Match? Andre Russell? Or Nitish Rana? ANDRE RUSSELL has been given the award.
A tough outing for all the bowlers but perhaps the dew came into play. Only Rashid Khan was at his best but Kolkata played him out well - just 1 wicket for 26 runs.
Hyderabad will be bitterly disappointed. They had the match in their grasp but let it slip towards the end very badly. The 18th over went for 19 by Kaul. The 19th went for 21 by Bhuvi. And Hyderabad could not recover at all. It was all Andre Russell magic, as he clobbered a 19-ball 49, staying unbeaten, with 4 fours and 4 sixes. Rana and Uthappa played their part, not letting the wickets fall and the match slip too much. However, had Hyderabad hung on to that chance of Uthappa, they might have come out trumps.
Phew. What a match. Unbelievable scenes at Eden. At the end of the 16th over in the first innings, Kolkata seemed down and out, with Hyderabad ready to touch 200. They pulled it back. At the end of the 16th over in the second innings, Kolkata seemed down and out again, needing 59 from the final 4 overs. But the end is what matters.
Al Hasan to S Gill, SIX! Game, set and match! That is how they say in Tennis. Gill has ended the game in style. Full and around middle, Shubman dances out of his crease and sends it flying over long on! The helmet comes off and then the hug with Dre Russ. KOLKATA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Al Hasan to S Gill, A yorker now, fired outside off, Shubman can only dig it back to the bowler.
Al Hasan to S Gill, SIX! If Russell can hit, I can go big too! Gill gets into the act. Jumps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and thumps it over long on!
Al Hasan to A Russell, Full and around middle, swung hard, gets it off the inside edge towards deep mid-wicket. Just a single. 11 needed from 5 now.
Al Hasan to A Russell, WIDE. Pressure. Fired down the leg side, Russell lets it go.
END OF OVER 19 | 21 Runs & 0 Wkt | KKR 169/4
Last over. 12 to defend. Shakib to bowl. Russell with the sword.
B Kumar to A Russell, Short and outside off, Russell slaps it towards sweeper cover for a single. 21 from this over, 19 from the previous, Kolkata are cruising!
B Kumar to A Russell, SIX! That is just unbelievable! Full and outside off, Russell reaches out, mistimes his carve but still gets it over cover for half a dozen!
B Kumar to A Russell, Full and outside off, Andre swings but misses.
B Kumar to A Russell, FOUR! 14 from the first 3 balls! Russell has come out with a mission. He is just taking everyone to the cleaners. Full and outside off, the West Indian blasts this past the bowler, through mid off!
B Kumar to A Russell, SIX! That is a monster! 10 off 2 balls and Kolkata are surely the favourites now. 24 needed from 10 deliveries. A length ball again, Russell swings hard and clears mid-wicket with ease!
B Kumar to A Russell, FOUR! The over begins with a boundary! What a strike from Russell. A length ball, around off, Dre Rus swings it wide of mid on for a boundary!
END OF OVER 18 | 19 Runs & 0 Wkt | KKR 148/4
S Kaul to A Russell, A high full toss outside off, Russell whacks it past the bowler for a run at long off. 19 from the over, 34 needed off 12 balls.
S Kaul to A Russell, FOUR! Russell is unleashed. Width on offer outside off, he shows no mercy and spanks it through covers for a cracking boundary. This boy is very, very strong. Can he finish this over with one more big blow?
S Kaul to S Gill, Slower one probably, landing fuller on off, Gill swings his bat and it goes off the inner half to deep mid-wicket for one. Two huge deliveries coming up...
S Kaul to A Russell, Blazed away but finds the fielder. A short of a length ball on off, angling in, Russell plunders his pull to deep mid-wicket for a run.
S Kaul to A Russell, SIX! Two in a row! Game on. All the good work done by Kumar in the last over is going down the drain. A low full toss by Kaul, Andre lines himself and launches it over the bowler's head. 12 from the over already.
S Kaul to A Russell, SIX! A cracking beginning to the over for Kolkata! Dre Russ getting into the act. Gets one right in the slot. It's full and on middle and leg, Russell clears his front leg and clobbers it 91m long into the deep mid-wicket stand.