IPL 2: Match 10: KKR vs RR : Yusuf celebrates the first tie breaker win
April 24,2009 Newlands Capetown: Kolkatta Knight Riders set a target of 16 for the Rajasthan Royals who won the match off with 2 balls to spare. Yusuf Pathan hit 2 sixes and a boundary in his valiant 18 that brought Rajasthan Royals the first valid 2 points in the IPL. The players shaked hands as Ganguly left the field disappointed following his team’s decision to bowl Ajantha Mendis. Confused? This could well be called the final result of the match. Rajasthan Royals won their first match of the season in what is called the ‘Super over’ rule. Both teams were tied at a score of 150 at the end of their 20 overs. Read on to find out what is Super Over and how it all fared.
Score card: Match 10
Yusuf Pathan broke the IPL’s first tie and with it Kolkata Knight Riders’ hearts through clean hitting in the Super Over, to chase down 16 runs in four deliveries. It was intense drama at Newlands with the match swinging either way – from the moment Rajasthan Royals lost two wickets in the first three overs, till Sourav Ganguly’s dismissal with two runs required and one ball to go – as the excitement spilled over into the Super Over, the solution to a Twenty20 tie.
Earlier, a rain delay caused the match to start 45 minutes later. Modification of rules courtesy Lalit Modi who allowed the matches to run an hour into extra time allowed a full T20 match as the weather cleared for the Cricketing god’s from heavens to witness what is the match of the tournament. KKR won the toss and elected to field with the kind of conditions to play with.
Rajasthan left out Asnodkar to play a new man in Valthaty while Rob Quiney was included as the 4th International cricketer in the team. Ishant Sharma bowled a classic first over giving away very few runs. Weighing 50 Kgs and standing 5 ft 8 inches tall was Aruneet Seingh making his debut for the KKR was given the responsibility to bowl the second over of the match. He was picked for a boundary over pioint by Valthaty but immediately struck back with a pacy bouncer outside off which Valthaty skied to hand a catch to Ishant Sharma fielding at third man boundary.
Quiney came in and smacked his first ball for a six over square leg, Ishant Struck back with a good length delivery which Quiney edged to Gayle at first slip who took a good catch. The score at 14 for 2, in came Yusuf pathan, one of the most dangerous batsman around the world in this format of Cricket. Smith hanged around as there was no stopping Yusuf pathan who smacked anything and everything bowled in his area. Rajasthan Royals were 50 for 2 in just 5.5 overs.
Smith couldn’t hold for long as he edged a ball straight on to his pad handing a catch to Gayle in the slips off the bowling of Ajantha Mendis. The decision was referred to the third umpire and Smith(15) was given out with score at 70-3. Mendis spinned his magic as he picked Yusuf Pathan (42 off 21 b)only 3 runs post Smith’s departure, out caught by Yashpal Sharma who held his nerve under a skier fielding at Short third man.
Mascarenhas and jadeja stitch together a partnership as they took RR past 100. The scoring rate was not up to mark as KKR hoped to restrict the opponents at about 125. They received a small sting from the bat of RR wicket keeper Abhishek rawat who scored 21 off 13 balls to take Rajasthan to a respectable and defendable score of 150 for 6.
Rajasthan Royals had worked out the KKR batsman as Yusuf pathan bowled the first over. The first two deliveries spun viciously past the bat of Chris Gayle. Second over was bowled by Mascarenhas who bowled to a not so orthodaox field. How many times would you expect a short leg for a batsman of Chris Gayle’s caliber? Gayle two sixes of the over and sent Rajasthan,Shane warne to rework their plans. Mascarenhas picked up ‘a wicket’ probably not ‘the wicket’ (as ‘the wicket’ would have been Chris gayle) as he dismissed McCullum caught by Kamran Khan at covers who took the catch running backwards. KKR at 25 for 1 at the end of 4.
There was a plan that Warne was working on, as Laxmi ratan Shukla was sent as a pinch hitter to help gain momentum and take pressure of Gayle. Shukla never really took off as Gayle continued to dominate the attack. Gayle saw KKR past the 50 in 7.4 overs but couldn’t hold for long as he lost his wicket to mighty Shane warne who tricked the batsman into playing a false shot. The ball was bowled well outside the off stump offering Gayle time as he played a storke against the spinning ball skying the ball to long off whereRavindra Jadeja took a clean catch.
Ganguly came in and Shukla left (13 off 13, Pinch hitter?). Hodge lost his wicket to Munaf patel of the most traditional line and length delivery edging a catch to the wicketkeeper Rawat. Rajasthan royals pulled the match back in their hands after the Initialon slaught.
All now laid on the experienced shoulders of the ‘royal prince of bengal’, Sourav Ganguly. The match swung the other way when Ganguly decided to score runs quickly smashing two sixes of consecutive deliveries of Munaf Patel. His style of batting specially backing away ans hitting through the off side made sure KKR were still in the hunt. He would have scored over ten thousand runs in one day cricket, but the 20 runs required to win the match for KKR is what all KKR fans would have been praying for. Yashpal singh played some good shots, but played one poor shot hitting Shane Warne through the line to the Sweeper in the covers who held a good running catch. Ganguly was the most disappointed man to see the wicket fall specially after he had gone to Yashpal before the ball calming him down as KKR only required 8 off 8.
Yashpal’s disrespect for the word Dada had to say proved costly more importantly because it ended as a dot ball. KKR required 7 runs of the last over. With Mascernhas, Munaf and Kamran available to bowl the last over, Shane decided to show his trust on the slinging action of the young fast bowler Kamran.
Most proably because he was inexperienced and had the most uncluttered mind compared to the other bowlers given his experience at international cricket. The first ball was wide as KKR inched closer to the target. He bowled a good first 4 deliveries with the batsman picking singles off all deliveries.
More drama set in when Ganguly edged a wide delivery to the wicket keeper leaving KKR requiring 2 runs off the last ball. Ganguly left the field disappointed for a job well done but incomplete. Ishant scored a single off the last ball but was out run out trying to pick the second. Score’s level with the shots of Saurav in a complete disarray, something that should never have headed to a tie.
The decision came down to a recent rule change in international T20 cricket. It was the Super over that was to decide the fate of the teams than the earlier ‘Bowl off’.
The ‘Super Over’ Rules
- Both teams get to bat one over.
- The team batting second by default will have to bat first and have to nominate three batsman who will play the over.
- The fielding team nominates a single bowler to bowl the over as the rest of the players field. A regular field is allowed, 4 fielders have to field inside the circle.
- If the team batting loses 2 wickets the super over ends.
- After the first super over has been bowled, the fielding team has to score one more run than the team batting to win the mach.
- The nomination of players for this can be made after end of the first super over.
- All nominations have to be made to the ICC match referee.
Ganguly was paded up and all set to face the super over when he was asked to sit out while Gayle and McCullum made their wasy to the middle. Ganguly who scored 46 of 30 balls was nominated as the next batsman. Gayle and McCullum could manage only 3 runs off the first three balls, one of which was a wide. But then Gayle smashed three boundaries off three consecutive deliveries leaving the field with the score of 15 in their super over.
The three designated batsman for RR were Yusuf Pathan who earlier scored magical 42 off 21 balls, Ravindra Jadeja and Dimitri Mascernhas. Ajantha Mendis was nominated to be the bowler for KKR in the super over. Yusuf in the match lost his wicket to Mendis slogging a wide delivery, and was expecting a similar delivery sent the first ball over the ropes only this time, he targetted the Extra Cover boundary.
Mendis bowled a good second delivery as Yusuf skied the second ball to land between long off and long on. Brad Hodge made good ground to reach the ball but was unable to hold on to the catch. Yusuf took 2 and was back on strike. The next ball disappeared for a boundary and the fourth one a six over midwicket. RR celebrated their victory in what was a roller coaster ride to the end.
Saurav walked off disappointed more because he was the first choice for Super over even after his innings of 46 that brought KKR this far. The decision of bowling Mendis also was taken with Ganguly side-lined.
Warne after winning the 99 world cup said,”It was the players who won the World cup, not John”. This lost match reasserts the fact Shane Warne made after John Buchanan claimed winning the world cup for Australia as a coach.
Three Kolkata players would especially be heartbroken. Gayle, who was limping when he lofted the ball into the stratosphere many a time during his 41 off 33 balls, got the chase going. The most dejected – and it showed – was Ganguly, who brought in all his experience to fight Shane Warne’s canny tactics to single-handedly take the game to a stage from where it should have been a cruise. But with eight required off eight, he lost his partner, Yashpal Sharma, to an irresponsible shot. On the fifth ball of the last over, with two required he himself went looking for a four through the off side and edged Kamran.
Time for Shah Rukh Khan to play damage control. Not McCullum, or John Buchanan are helping KKR win, which captain or coach in the world would have sat out Saurav after his match saving innings. The decision to bowl a spinner against Yusuf on a South African pitch? not even in the wildest of dreams. I feel pity for Saurav who has so many times been the bunny to poor Australian coaching methods. God Save Kolkatta Knight Riders!