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LIVE IPL! Maxwell's 38-ball 90 helps Punjab humiliate Chennai

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May 07, 2014


23:27   PUNJAB WIN BY 44 RUNS!!!

Chennai 187-6 (20 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard


Dhawan to bowl the final over. Manhas hits the first ball to long-off for one before Ashwin taps a full delivery on the leg side for a couple.

He then edges the third ball past the wicketkeeper for a four and repeats the shot off the next ball for another boundary.

Manhas pulls the last ball for a six into the Punjab dugout who are already celebrating another thumping victory over the two-time champions.

Chennai finish on 187 for six to lose by a big margin of 44 runs.

Punjab jump to the top of IPL standings with six victories from seven games, while Chennai have six wins from eight games.

23:17  Chennai 168-6 (19 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

Faf on the charge as he slams Sandeep Sharma for three boundaries in a row. Du Plessis has matched Maxwell in getting to his fifty from 22 balls but his effort it seems has come a bit too late for CSK.

The South African perishes in the next over as he attempts the paddle scoop against Johnson, but lobs a simple catch to Kartik at short fine leg to perish after a quickfire 52 from 25 balls, having hit seven fours and a six.

Dhoni then blasts Johnson straight down the ground for a big six, his first real shot in anger in this innings. However, Johnson gets revenge two balls later as Dhoni is beaten for pace trying to play the pull and he offers his opposite number Bailey the simplest of catches.
23:06  Chennai 144-4 (17 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

It looks as if Chennai have given up hopes as take it easy against Kartik, scoring just eight runs. Chennai are 127 for four in 16 overs, needing 105 from four overs for victory.

Johnson comes back as du Plessis finally decides to go on the attack. He lofts the first ball down the ground for a six before he gets it off the gloves trying to play the pull and it goes over the keeper for a four.

He then chips down the track and slams the fifth ball over the covers for another four as Johnson is hit for 17 runs in that over.
22:56  Chennai 119-4 (15 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Patel rushing through his overs, as he gives away five singles in his third over.

Kartik is hit for back to back fours by du Plessis through long-on and covers respectively as CSK reach 114 for four in 14 overs.

Chennai are unable to do much against Patel, who is bowling is flat and full. He gives away five in his final over to finish with 28 runs from four overs.

After 15 overs, Chennai are 119 for four. They need 113 runs from five overs for victory at an asking rate of 22.60.
22:46   Chennai 98-4 (12 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

Medium pacer Rishi Dhawan comes into the attack. He claims the wicket of Jadeja, who misses the straight delivery as it hits his pads before flicking the stumps.

Jadeja, who made 17 from eight balls, refuses to leave his crease asking the umpires to check the dismissal, which do they eventually.

Chennai are 90 for three in 11 overs as Dhoni continues to hold himself, sending Faf du Plessis at No. 5.

Kartik comes back and Chennai are still unable to break free. And some sharp of fielding from Johnson at deep midwicket with a direct hit gets Punjab another wicket as McCullum is run out for 33 from 29 balls.
22:42  Chennai 85-2 (10 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

Ravindra Jadeja walks ahead of captain Dhoni. Jadeja will look to hit some boundaries as he hit Patel down the ground for a four and McCullum slams the fourth ball over the covers for another boundary as 11 come from that over.

Maxwell continues as Jadeja cuts the second ball past point for a four and then nudges the fifth ball fine on the leg side for the second four of the over.

At the halfway stage, Chennai are 85 for two, needing 147 runs from 60 balls for victory at an asking rate of 14.70.
22:40   Chennai 61-2 (8 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel comes into the attack and he bowls it flat and full, giving away just seven runs in his first over.

Punjab's batting hero Maxwell comes into the attack and he strikes with the wicket of Raina, who is out for 35 from 27 balls. The left-hander went for a big shot down the ground but failed to make proper connection as Miller took a superb catch diving forward.

McCullum sweeps the fifth ball over short fine leg for a four before he takes a single from the last ball.
22:19   Chennai 46-1 (6 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

Interesting move from Punjab as they bring in experienced spinner Murali Kartik into the attack. McCullum plays the inside out shot to the second ball and gets a boundary wide of mid-off before he takes a single.

Raina immediately comes down the track and lofts it back over the bowler's head for a four.

Two balls later, he hits it over the cover region for another four as Kartik goes for 13 runs in his first over.

Sandeep comes back as Raina slams the second ball over long-on for a six. McCullum then comes down the track but fails to time it well enough for a couple down the ground as Johnson at long-on is unable to get under it.

12 runs from the over as CSK look to lift the tempo with some boundaries in the last few overs.
22:09  Chennai 21-1 (4 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

McCullum drives a full delivery from Johnson down the ground for a couple before he takes one. Raina is looking to make room and hit it through the off-side which he finally does from the last ball as he chops it over point for a four.

Chennai are 21 for one in four overs, with 211 more needed from 16 overs for victory at an asking rate of 13.18.
22:07  Chennai 13-1 (3 ovs) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

Mitchell Johnson to bowl the second over. Raina is unable to get a run from the first four balls before he takes a couple on the leg side and then picks one to retain strike.

Sharma comes back as Raina steers the second ball through point for a couple and Mandeep then comes up with a brilliant save in the covers to stop a four.

Chennai are struggling against the new ball as they reach 13 for one in three overs.
21:58   Chennai 5-1 (1 ov) vs Punjab 231-4 | Scorecard

The young Sandeep Sharma to bowl the first over as Chennai's dangerous duo -- Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith -- walk out to the middle to open the batting.

Smith is beaten off the first ball as the ball moves away but he lofts the next ball over the off-side for a four.

Smith then edges one as he throws his bat at a wide one and is caught by Johnson at point for four.

Sharma then beats McCullum with outswingers off the last two balls as Chennai are five for one in the first over.
21:37  Maxwell's 38-ball 90, Bailey's 13-ball 40 lifts Punjab to 231:   Punjab 231-4 (20 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Mohit to bowl the final over of the innings. Johnson lofts the first ball to long-on where Faf du Plessis misjudges the bounce and gives away a four before he takes one to thirdman.

Bailey then walks across his stumps and sweeps the third fine for a boundary before he takes two to midwicket.

Bailey is on fire as he picks the slower ball and sends it over long-on for a six. He smokes the last ball back over the bowler's head for another six.

Bailey finishes unbeaten on an entertaining innings of 40 from 13 balls, with the help of six fours and two sixes, while Johnson made 11 from six balls.

Punjab have posted a mammoth 231 for four in their 20 overs, having scored 78 runs from the last five overs.

Mohit went for 23 runs in his final over to finish with two for 38 in four overs.

The task is cut out for Chennai's batsmen and they will need to go on the attack from ball one.
21:29  Punjab 208-4 (19 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Bailey getting the boundaries now. He drives a full delivery from Hilfenhaus through the covers for a four before he steers full wide delivery past point for the same result to bring up Punjab's 200 in 18.3 overs.

Hilfenhaus again bowls it full as Bailey gets his front foot out the way and lofts it over mid-off for the third four in a row.

The last ball is again full and wide as Bailey hammers it over the covers for the fourth boundary of the over.

Hilfenhaus goes for 17 runs in his final over to finish with one for 36 in four overs.
21:26   Punjab 191-4 (18 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Mohit Sharma comes back and he strikes with the key wicket of dangerman Maxwell. The right-hander looks to pull a slower bouncer over midwicket where Jadeja takes a good catch inside the ropes.

Maxwell walks back to a standing ovation after an amazing innings of 90 from 38 balls, during which he hit six fours and eight sixes.

Mohit bowls a bouncer first up to Johnson, who fends it on the off-side but it goes fine for a boundary.

Bailey ends the over with another four as he pulls the slower bouncer behind square on the leg side to get 10 runs from the over.
21:19  Punjab 181-3 (17 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Pandey comes back and has an appeal for LBW turned down against Maxwell off the first ball. George Bailey misses a full toss and gets just a leg bye.

Maxwell then inside edges a full delivery which goes behind the wickets for a four before he takes a single to take his score to 90.

A good over from Pandey under the circumstances as he gives away just eight runs, in his fourth over.
21:14  Punjab 173-3 (16 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

The spinners are taken off as Smith is brought back. Maxwell reverse sweeps the first ball over short thirdman and it carries all the way for a six. The next ball is full and Maxwell hammers it back over the bowler's head for another a maximum.

He is beaten off the third ball as he tries to upper cut. Maxwell then comes down the track and employs the reverse again for another six over thirdman to race to 84 from 33 balls at a strike rate of more than 250.

Smith then brings some respite to the Chennai camp with the wicket of Miller, who drags it back on to his stumps and is bowled for 47 from 32 balls.

He was involved in a blazing partnership of 135 runs from 64 balls for the third wicket with Maxwell that put Punjab in control.
21:09  Punjab 153-2 (15 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Miller gets a thick outside edge as he tries to drive Jadeja but it flies over short thirdman for a four. He launches the last ball over the covers for a six to get 14 runs from the over and Punjab to 153 for two in 15 overs and take the run rate to over the 10 runs per over mark.

Maxwell is on 66 from 28 balls, having hit five sixes and five fours, while Miller has made 47 from 31 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
21:03  Punjab 139-2 (14 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

It's party time for the Kings XI Punjab fans in Cuttack. Pandey comes back and Maxwell comfortably lofts the first ball over long-on for a six to bring up his 400 runs in the tournament.

Miller then edges a full toss wide of the keeper for another boundary before Maxwell flicks a full toss to deep midwicket for a couple.

He splits the gap to perfection with the last delivery pulling a short ball through midwicket for a four to raise the 100-run partnership for the third wicket, from just 52 balls with Maxwell hitting 65 runs from 27 balls.
21:00  Punjab 121-2 (13 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Ashwin continues and so does Maxwell. He lofts the first ball over long-on for a six before he slams the next along the ground through midwicket as Brendon McCullum is unable to stop it to give away a boundary.

Maxwell then brings out his reverse sweep for a boundary over short thirdman before he smacks the fifth ball over deep midwicket for another six.

Ashwin has come under severe punishment at the hands of Maxwell yet again, giving away 38 runs in two overs.

Maxwell has raced to his half-century from just 22 balls, while Miller is on 29 from 24 balls as Punjab race to 121 for two in 13 overs.
20:57   Punjab 100-2 (12 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Smith comes back and he drops short as Maxwell pulls it powerfully over midwicket for a boundary as nine runs come from the over to take the total to 69 for two in 10 overs.

R Ashwin comes into the attack finally, to bowl the 11th over. He drifts down the leg side as Maxwell sweeps him over the fine leg region for a six. The next ball is a full toss which the Australian carts over midwicket for another six as Punjab start to take control.

A horror start for Ashwin as he concedes 17 runs in his opening over.

Now it's Jadeja's turn to face the music as Miller slams the first ball for a huge six over long-on. Three singles before Maxwell tries the slog but is beaten and even Dhoni misses it for four byes.

31 runs from the last two overs, both bowled by spinners, as Punjab race to 100 for two in 12 overs.
20:42  Punjab 60-2 (9 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Dwayne Smith comes into the attack. Three singles from the first four balls before Miller drives a full delivery down the ground for a boundary.

Pandey comes back and he starts off well, giving away just a leg bye from the first four balls before Miller again spoils the over as he pulls a short ball through midwicket for a four followed by a single.

While Maxwell takes his time to get his eye in, Miller is finding the boundaries at regular intervals. He drives the first ball from Ravindra Jadeja through the off-side for a boundary and then takes one. Maxwell then finds the gap in the covers for two runs followed by two more singles as Punjab reach 60 for two in nine overs.
20:31   Punjab 38-2 (6 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Mandeep is keen to hit some boundaries of his own and he tries a wild cut shot against Mohit but ends up slicing it to Pandey on the thirdman fence.

Mandeep walks back for three as Punjab are reduced to 33 for one in the fifth over.

Sehwag then guides a wide delivery through the vacant thirdman region for a four.

Hilfenhaus then lifts Chennai further with the big wicket of Sehwag, who inside edges one back on to this stumps, to be bowled after a quick innings of 30 from 23 balls, having hit five fours and a six.

David Miller walks out to bat to give Glenn Maxwell company as Punjab have two of their most dangerous batsmen out in the middle.
20:18  Punjab 32-0 (4 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Mohit Sharma comes into the attack. Mandeep cuts the first ball but Jadeja makes a good stop at point and he does the same off the next as the right-hander again plays a good drive off the backfoot.

He then comes down the track and has a wild swing but is unable to make any connection. Mandeep finally gets the fifth ball past point for a single to get off the mark while Sehwag defends the last ball as just a single comes from the third over.

Hilfenhaus will continue. Mandeep gets a single from the first ball to thirdman before Sehwag crashes the next over long-on for a six, he has raced to 25 from 14 balls.

Hilfenhaus then tries a short delivery at Sehwag but it slips down the leg side and the right-hander is content to duck under it.

He drives the last ball to the covers for a single to retain strike.
20:11  Punjab 21-0 (2 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl the first over for Chennai. Virender Sehwag welcomes by driving the first ball in the gap through the covers for a boundary.

He flicks the next through midwicket for a couple before he retains strike with a single from the last ball.

Sehwag then goes after pacer Ishwar Pandey in the next over. The second ball is clipped through midwicket for a four before he slams the next over the off-side for a boundary.

Two balls later he again makes most of some width and sends it flying over the covers for the third four of the over as Punjab race to 21 for no loss in two overs.

Sehwag has smashed 19 from 12 balls while his partner Mandeep Singh is yet to face a ball.
19:38  The first match of the day finished a bit late which means that we straightaway head into the second IPL game of the day, which features the two best teams of the tournaments so far -- Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bowl against Punjab.

Chennai have decided to retain the same team and it comes as no surprise having won their last six matches on the trot.

On the other hand, Punjab, who were beaten by Mumbai in their first match opted for two changes. Veteran left-arm spinner Murali Kartik and batsman Mandeep Singh were included in the team.
19:30   KOLKATA WIN BY 8 WICKETS!!!

Kolkata 161-2 (18.2 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard


Karthik makes up for his earlier blunder as he pulls off a blinder to send back Gambhir after a cracking innings of 69 from 56 balls, having hit five fours and two sixes.

Karthik had dropped a straightforward a chance when Gambhir was on 18 but this time he plucks a one-handed catch in mid-air leaping high after Gambhir had top edged Parnell.

Jacques Kallis gets off the mark with a four as he goes after a wide delivery but manages to edge it.

In the next over, Kallis plays a cracking drive through the covers for a boundary before taking a single to ease to victory.

KKR cruise to 161 for two in 18.2 overs to win by eight wickets with 10 balls to spare.
19:19  Kolkata 151-1 (17 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Pandey pulls a short ball from Kaul to deep square leg for a single and then does the same off the next ball courtesy of a misfield from the fielder in the deep.

Vijay again errs in the field two balls later but time he gifts a boundary as KKR get 10 runs from the over to coast towards victory.

Duminy comes back and he bowls a gentle half-volley which is despatched through the covers for a boundary. In the same over, Gambhir jumps down the track and lofts it back over the bowler's head for a six to take his score to 68.

KKR are 151 for one in 17 overs with 10 more runs needed for victory in three overs.
19:12  Kolkata 128-1 (15 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Shukla is brought back and he starts with a wide half volley which Pandey crashes through the covers for a boundary. They get four more singles from the rest over as Shukla is milked for eight runs in that over.

Shami comes back but KKR are in no hurry against him. They play him with caution and pick four easy singles in that over against Delhi's premier bowler.

KKR are 128 for one in 15 overs and cruising towards victory with 33 needed from five overs for victory.
18:58   Kolkata 116-1 (13 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Gambhir using his feet well against the spinners as he lofts Nadeem over the off-side for a couple before he takes a single to bring up his fifty, from 39 balls. He started the tournament with four ducks in a row and was dropped on 18 in this match by keeper Karthik and he has made them pay big time.

This was Gambhir's 22nd half-century in the IPL, the most by any batsman in the history of the tournament.

Manish Pandey steers a full wide delivery past point but Jadhav makes a diving stop on the ropes to save a boundary.


18:51  Kolkata 107-1 (12 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Kolkata in complete control with 71 needed from 10 overs and all 10 wickets in hand.

Gambhir gives Nadeem the charge but gets a leading edge which falls in the vacant space behind the bowler to leave Delhi's fielders frustrated.

Uthappa then hammers a short wide ball over the covers for a four and then pulls the next through midwicket for another boundary as 12 runs come from the over to take KKR past the 100-run mark, in the 11th over.

Wayne Parnell comes into the attack and he makes the much-awaited breakthrough with the wicket of Uthappa, who misses a straight delivery and is trapped leg before wicket for a quickfire 47 from 37 balls, having put on 106 runs from 71 balls for the opening wicket.
18:38  Kolkata 90-0 (10 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

A desperate Delhi bring back Shami hoping to break this opening partnership and fight their way back into the contest. Gambhir top edges the pull shot but it goes over the keeper to fine leg region for a single. Uthappa then comes down the track and drives a full delivery through the covers but it is stopped by KP, running to his left from mid-off. Gambhir takes a single from the last ball to retain strike as five runs come from the over.

Kaul drops short and Gambhir pulls him over midwicket for a four. Uthappa flicks the third ball uppishly over the leg side for a couple before Gambhir bisects the gap through covers and mid-off for a four and takes a single from the last ball to retain strike.

At the halfway stage, KKR are sitting pretty on 90 for no loss, with 71 runs required from 10 overs for victory.

Gambhir has hit his way to 42 from 33 balls, while Uthappa has made 36 from 27 balls.
18:29  Kolkata 72-0 (8 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Part-timer JP Duminy comes into the attack. Five singles from the first five balls before Uthappa chips down the track and lofts the left-arm spinner over long-on for a big six as KKR continue their charge.

Spin from both ends as left-armer Shahbaz Nadeem comes into the attack. Gambhir goes straight after him as the left-hander comes down and lofts him over midwicket for a four.

KKR in control at 72 for no loss in eight overs.
18:18  Kolkata 52-0 (6 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Laxmi Ratan Shukla comes into the attack. Gambhir looking in good touch as he punches the fifth ball through the off-side for two runs and pulls the last ball over midwicket for a six to get 12 runs from the over.

Siddharth Kaul, playing his first match, comes into the attack. Uthappa flicks the first ball on the leg side for a couple before Gambhir is hit on the pads and it goes past the keeper on the off-side for four leg byes.

Wicketkeeper Karthik then drops a straightforward chance, falling forward to give Gambhir a lifeline.

Kolkata in control after a good start as they reach 52 for no loss in six overs.
18:07  Kolkata 30-0 (4 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Uthappa and Gambhir hit half-centuries in the last match and they seem to be carrying on from that game. The second ball is not that short and Uthappa plays the short arm jab over midwicket for a four and he edges the next ball which goes through thirdman for another boundary.

Kolkata going strong in the early overs as Shami goes for 12 in his second over.

Gambhir throws his bat at a wide ball but it falls short of the fielder who does well to stop it. Uthappa then jumps down the track but is forced to defend a yorker on the off-side.

Parnell continues despite an expensive first over and he makes a good comeback, giving away just four singles in his second over as KKR reach 30 for no loss in four overs.


17:58  Kolkata 15-0 (2 ovs) vs Delhi 160-5 | Scorecard

Mohammed Shami to bowl the first over and he will be feeling confident after having a good total to bowl at.

Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa pick a single each as just two runs come from the opening over of the innings.

Wayne Parnell to bowl the second over. Gambhir pulls the second ball through midwicket for a four and Uthappa then drives the last ball back past the bowler for another four as Parnell goes for 13 runs in that over.
17:35   Delhi 160-5 (20 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Kallis to bowl the 19th over. He gifts Duminy a full toss which the left-hander high into the stands straight down the ground for a huge six. Jadhav tries to pull a short ball but can't connect as it hits his body and goes fine on the off-side for four leg byes.

The runs continue to flow as Kallis goes for 12 runs in his final over.

Narine to bowl the final over of the innings. Two singles from the first two balls before Duminy flicks a low full toss to deep square leg for two runs followed by two more singles. The last ball is a full toss which Duminy hits it back over the bowlers head for another huge six to take Delhi to a respectable 160 for five in their 20 overs.

Duminy finishes on a cracking innings of 40 from 28 balls, having hit three sixes, while Jadhav also sizzled at the end with 26 from 15 balls with three fours and a six. The duo put on an unbroken stand of 55 runs from 24 balls to take their team to a healthy total.

Delhi prospered in the death overs, scoring 54 from the last four overs to set KKR a challenging target.
17:25  Delhi 136-5 (18 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

The in-form Kedar Jadhav walks in at No. 7 but he takes no time to get going. He cuts the first ball from Vinay over point for a four before he comes down the track and lofts it down the ground for a six two balls later as 13 runs come from that over.

Narine comes back and Duminy sweeps the second ball over midwicket for a six. Jadhav comes down the track but gets an outside edge and it flies over short thirdman for a four.

The right-hander then opens the face of the bat and steers the next ball fine at the very last minute, past the wicketkeeper for another boundary.

A rare occurrence as Narine is hit for 17 runs in the over and Delhi reach 136 for five in 18 overs.
17:17  Delhi 106-5 (16 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Yadav will bowl out here as he comes on to bowl his fourth and final over. Shukla and Duminy content to play it in the gaps and play the ones and twos to take the total to 103 for four in 15 overs.

Narine comes back and nearly gets the wicket of Shukla, who is dropped by Shakib at extra cover diving forward. But he gets his man off the last ball of that over as he plays inside the line but the balls goes straight to strike the stumps.

Shukla struggled in the middle to score 10 from 14 balls as Delhi are reduced to 106 for five in 16 overs.

KKR have managed to keep the pressure up by bowling some tight overs as seven came from the last two overs.
17:04   Delhi 99-4 (14 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Shakib claims the crucial wicket of Karthik in his final over. The right-hander tries to play but gets a top edge and is caught at short fine leg after scoring 36 from 22 balls.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla is sent ahead of the in-form Kedar Jadhav at No. 6. He hits Yadav's last ball through the covers for his first boundary.

Vinay also makes a good comeback after an expensive first over as he gives away just five runs as Delhi reach 99 for four in 14 overs.
16:51  Delhi 82-3 (11 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Shakib comes back as five runs come from his third over as Delhi reach 66 for two in 10 overs at the halfway stage.

Karthik then decides to hit Delhi out of trouble. He walks across his stumps and plays the ramp shot over short fine leg for a six leaving the bowler Kallis stunned. He ends the over with back to back fours and Kallis goes for 16 runs in that over.
16:40  Delhi 61-3 (9 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Vijay has changed gears as he walks across his stumps and lofts Kallis behind square on the leg where Ryan ten Doeschate makes a good effort on the boundary but can't stop the boundary.

He attempts another big shot down the ground but hits it straight into the hands of the fielder at long-on to walk back for 24 from 20 balls.
16:35  Delhi 53-2 (8 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Dinesh Karthik drives Yadav through the covers for a single before he gloves the fifth ball fine on the off-side for a boundary as 10 runs come from that over.

Change in the bowling as pacer R Vinay Kumar comes into the attack. Vijay breaks the shackles as he lofts the second ball back over the bowler's head for a six and Karthik sweeps the last ball for a four as DD reach 53 for two in eight overs.
16:25  Delhi 29-2 (6 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Pietersen looks keen to attack the spinners as he comes down the track to Shakib but decides to defend and the ball rolls off the inside edge towards the keeper.

But two balls later he loses his wicket. Pietersen taps it on the off-side and sets for a single but his partner Vijay is unmoved and he is run out for six.

Delhi in trouble at 29 for two in six overs.
16:22  Delhi 26-1 (5 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

16:22  Delhi 26-1 (5 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Not surprising that left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack with Kevin Pietersen out in the middle.

KP defends the first two deliveries before he shuffles across his stumps and tries to play the sweep but is beaten. He then takes a single to midwicket before Vijay takes one from the last ball to retain strike.

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine comes into the attack. KP again tries to sweep a delivery outside the off-stump but is beaten. The Delhi captain then lofts Narine over the off-side region for a boundary before he takes a single from the last ball to retain strike.
16:15   Delhi 18-1 (3 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Jacques Kallis to bowl the second over. Left-hander de Kock pulls the third ball through midwicket for his second before he takes a single from the last ball of the second over.

Umesh Yadav comes into the attack in place of Surya, who bowled just one over. Two dot balls before de Kock tries to smash it down the ground but ends up lobbing a simple catch to Gambhir at mid-on to fall for 10.

Vijay then has a wild swing at one outside the off-stump but is beaten before the right-hander smashes the next through the covers for a four.
16:07  Delhi 8-0 (1 ov) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Strange move from Kolkata Knight Riders to open the bowling with part-time spinner Surya Kumar Yadav, who hardly bowls even in domestic cricket.

The first ball is a long hop and Quinton de Kock hits it through the covers for a boundary to get off the mark and then takes a single.

Murali Vijay is beaten off the fourth ball before he picks a couple through the covers followed by a single.
15:37  Delhi elect to bat vs Kolkata, Kallis replaces Russell:   Delhi Daredevils Kevin Pietersen has won the toss and elected to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders.

A big relief for the Delhi camp, who won the toss for the first time in IPL 7. The hosts have made one change to the team with pacer Siddharth Kaul replacing Jaidev Unadkat.

Kolkata also made a single change as they brought back Jacques Kallis in place of Andre Russell. They suffered an unbelievable batting against Rajasthan Royals in their last match, losing six wickets for two runs in the space of eight deliveries.
14:59  Kolkata look for revival against struggling Delhi:  Welcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in Delhi.

Reeling under four successive defeats, Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to revive their fading fortunes against another struggling outfit, Delhi Daredevils.

The Knight Riders are having a tough run in the tournament, having suffered four back-to-back defeats. Their biggest concern is the floundering batting line-up, which has failed to find consistency even in the Indian leg.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir may have found his way out of the initial slump -- three consecutive ducks at the start of the tournament -- but hasn't done enough to lead by example.

Gambhir's 54 went in vain on Monday, when a collapse saw hapless KKR losing six wickets for just two runs to slump to 123 for six from 121 for no loss against Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad.

With just two wins in seven games, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team is lying at the fifth spot and desperately need a win to inject some life into their campaign.

Delhi Daredevils are also facing similar situation with Kevin Pietersen-led side having suffered their fifth loss on Monday following an eight-wicket hammering against Chennai Super Kings.

With problems aplenty, the Delhi unit is still banking on home games -- against Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab -- for a turnaround in fortunes.