Good start to the final over by Sandeep Sharma. Three singles off the first three balls, all yorker length deliveries.
Then a dot ball, fielding well off his own bowling.
Another single as Yusuf Pathan could only find the fielder at deep mid-wicket.
Then, a run-out to end the innings.
WICKET: Russell run out 16 (10b)
Five singles and a wicket. Sandeep’s figures: 4-0-25-0.
Over 19 || Score 160/2 (Y Pathan 17; Russell 14)
Mohit Sharma on for his final over. A single to Yusuf Parthan, then another single to Andre Russell. Another single, and good start to the penultimate over.
A dot ball, then a length gone wrong, and Russell hits his first six of the day, over long-off.
A single and 10 runs from the over. Mohit’s figures: 4-0-39-0.
Over 18 || Score 150/2 (Y Pathan 15; Russell 6)
Sandeep Sharma returned for his third over. A single to Yusuf Pathan, then three wides followed as the pacer tried wide yorkers, but going all wrong.
The second legal delivery, from over the stumps, and it flewed over the short-third man, for a four.
Two singles followed. Yusuf Pathan made some room to play the last delivery on the leg, but only a single.
12 runs from the over.
Over 17 || Score 138/2 (Y Pathan 12; Russell 0)
A single to start the over, then Yusuf Pathan carted a fullish delivery from Mohit Sharma for a six over long-leg boundary. Yusuf then changed gears, a new bat.
A single, then Robin Uthappa responded with a single. Another run-out, as Uthappa hungrily ran down the pitch even as the ball was in the hands of the bowler. A direct hit, and gone.
WICKET: Robin Uthappa run out 70 (49b)
Andre Russell is the new man. Ten runs and a wicket.
Over 16 || Score 128/1 (Uthappa 68; Y Pathan 4)
Axar Patel completed his bowling chores. Seven runs from his last over, which included four singles, a double and a leg-bye.
His figures: 4-0-24-0.
Over 15 || Score 121/1 (Uthappa 64; Y Pathan 2)
Swapnil Singh on, and three singles off the first three balls.
Then, Robin Uthappa showed his hitting prowess with a six and a four off back-to-back deliveries, on the same area. Six was clobbered over mid-wicket boundary, by inches. He beat the two onrushing fielders to the same area for the four.
A single to end the 14-run over.
Over 14 || Score 107/1 (Uthappa 52; Y Pathan 0)
A dot to start the over to Gautam Gambhir, then a single to KKR skipper. But the very delivery he ran out, backing up too much. After much deliberation, the verdict was. Bowler Sandeep Singh’s dislodging the bails was legal.
WICKET: Gautam Gambhir run out 54 (45b)
After a dot ball, Robin Uthappa hit a four. And that was his fifty. The over ended with a a couple of runs. Yusuf Pathan is the new man.
Over 13 || Score 100/0 (Uthappa 46; Gambhir 53)
Bowling change, and Glenn Maxwell on for Kings Xi Punjab. A single to Gautam Gambhir, then a dot ball.
Robin Uthappa hit the next ball — a shorter, flatter one — to the leg side. A single then, Gautam Gambhir pierced the off-side field, through cover. With that Gambhir reached yet another fifty.
A single, and 11 runs from the over.
Over 12 || Score 89/0 (Uthappa 41; Gambhir 47)
One busy over from Axar Patel. Six runs — three singles, a double and a leg-by.
In his three overs, Patel has leaked 18 runs. Good effort, but the fielding team need wickets.
This KKR side can score runs when they want.
Over 11 || Score 83/0 (Uthappa 40; Gambhir 43)
Marcus Stoinis on for his third over, with a four to Robin Uthappa. Delivered on leg-stump, and Uthappa whipped past fine-leg.
It was followed by five singles, for a nine-run over. In the last five overs, KKR have scored 43 runs,.
Over 10 || Score 74/0 (Uthappa 33; Gambhir 41)
A little while ago, KKR looked like struggling, then suddenly it’s good foundation. 74 runs in first ten overs.
Swapnil Singh returned for his second over, and the 22-year-old leaked 12 runs, which also included a six.
The over started with a single, followed by three singles, then a double. The over ended with Gautam Gambhir hitting a six — a pull shot over square leg boundary.
Over 9 || Score 62/0 (Uthappa 31; Gambhir 31)
Axar Patel returned for his second over. A single to Gautam Gambhir, then a dot ball, which was followed by a dot. A double to Robin Uthappa. The wicket-keeper batsman then hit the first six of the day, over long-off, playing with the spin. 11-runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 51/0 (Uthappa 21; Gambhir 30)
Bowling change for Kolkata Knight Riders. Gurkeerat Singh on.
The off-break bowler started with a single to Robin Uthappa, followed by another single.
A dot ball, then two more singles before Uthappa got his second four of the innings. With that, a fifty up for the batting side.
Over 7 || Score 43/0 (Uthappa 15; Gambhir 28)
Swapnil Singh on for his first over of IPL 2016. The left-arm orthodox has been considered a steady hand in Indian domestic circles.
And an good over to start. Three singles — all singles.
Over 6 || Score 40/0 (Uthappa 13; Gambhir 27)
Marcus Stoinis continued for his second over. A dot ball to Gautam Gambhir, who failed to find the gap at mid-wicket. Gambhir played the next ball towards deep cover for a single.
Three more singles, then Gambhir punished the last ball — a fuller one — with a straight drive four. Eight runs from the over.
Over 5 || Score 32/0 (Uthappa 11; Gambhir 21)
Time for the hat-trick man. Axar Patel on, and a single to start the over to Robin Uthappa.
Three dot balls to Gautam Gambhir, then a single off the fourth delivery.
The over ended with a dot ball to Uthappa, with the ball almost getting through the defence. Two runs from the over.
Over 4 || Score 30/0 (Uthappa 10; Gambhir 20)
Mohit Sharma continued with his second over, and a four to start the over.
Robin Uthappa, who was quiet for a while, drove behind the square, for his first four. A single, the another one from Gautam Gambhir.
Singles each from the remaining deliveries, and a nine runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 21/0 (Uthappa 3; Gambhir 18)
First bowling change, and Murali Vijay introduced Marcus Stoinis into the attack. The Aussie medium-pacer started well — a single to Robing Uthappa, then two balls to Gautam Gambhir.
But the fourth ball — short and down leg side — was hit for a four by the KKR skipper. A dot ball followed, that a similar ‘bad’ delivery, which received the same treatment. Four to end the nine-run over.
Over 2 || Score 12/0 (Uthappa 2; Gambhir 10)
Mohit Sharma shared the new ball with Sandeep, and a dot ball to start the over.
Then, the medium pacer kept it short the next ball, and Gautam Gambhir punched it square for first four of the innings.
A dot ball, then two singles followed. A sumptuous cover drive to end the over. Gambhir in some four.
10 runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 2/0 (Uthappa 1; Gambhir 1)
One brilliant over to start the proceedings at Eden Gardens for visiting Kings XI Punbjab. Two singles, one each to Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir, as Sandeep Sharma produced a two-run over.
Rain predictions. At the time of the toss, Murali Vijay said “some prediction of rain”.
TEAMS: Couple of changes each for both the teams. Shakib Al Hasan and Bradd Hogg comes in for Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine respectively for KKR. KXIP have Swapnil Singh and Manan Vohra on for KC Cariappa and Shaun Marsh recpectively.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa (w), Gautam Gambhir (capt.), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Brad Hogg, Morne Morkel
Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay (capt.), Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Swapnil Singh
TOSS: Murali Vijay wins toss, and Kings XI Punjab bowl first against Kolkata Knight Riders