Overs: 20.0 / 20.0
Kolkata Knight Riders
Overs: 11.1 / 13.0
Kings XI Punjab
8.13pm DK's behind the stumps as Gayle and Rahul make their way into the middle.
Reetam: "Important that KKR drag this as much as possible. Need to follow Kohli's limit the NRR damage theory unlike the likes of RR and DD."
8.07pm It'll be a 13-over game. Target is 125. Kings XI Punjab need 29 runs in 28 balls. The fielders are now walking out.
The IPL handle has just tweeted: "It has stopped raining and the covers have come off. The umpires on the field for inspection. We will have an update soon on the match conditions"
8pm Abhas agarwal: "Is there any chance that the match will resume?" -- It should, yes, according to the broadcasters.
Jeff Probst: "whenever there's a rain out, they should switch to a kabadi game to decide the winner." -- "Survivor" of the fittest, eh?
Chandru : "Well, whatever. I want to see Gayle finish his half century "
Surbhit Thanvi: "So we will be having full 20 over game ?" -- No, there will be a loss in overs. Still no update on when play will start.
Venky: "Are any overs likely to be docked ? What is the cut-off time if any, when there will be no more action in this game." -- The cut-off time was supposed to be 8.10pm, but funny things have happened with respect to cut-off times in the IPL in the past.
7.33pm The centre covers are coming off.
Jay : "Just a slight change in topic. As I was reading the article by Mark Nicholas on the proposed "the hundred" version of cricket, where he mentioned the diminishing interest in cricket in the UK, I just wonder if the ICC has not done enough to globalise the game. It's a huge deal in the "big 3", but beyond that? Even basketball and hockey might be more popular"
7.20pm Update from the Knight Riders Twitter: The rain has stopped. Covers are being mopped for ridding them of residual water. The groundstaff is at work, but it may be a while before we can resume.
Joe: "what's the situation with today's 2nd game? Does this have to finish before that one starts?" -- Should start on time. Varun Shetty's already started warming up for that game here.
7.05pm Still no update from the ground, which basically means it's still raining.
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KD: "Loving every bit of rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab. All the credit to Kings XI Punjab for playing smart cricket by staying ahead of RRR all the time. "
Zameer Arif: "I live in Kolkata. 5 KM away from the ground. Rain is still there but the intensity is definitely dropped. Hope it begins in 30-45 mins."
G Anantha Naray: "I think KKR were 20-30 runs short.Excellent effort by AJ Tye in the middle and death.Looks like KXIP would chase down even targets like 230 if it gets going this."
6.53pm Hypothetically, if we lose ten overs today, then Kings XI (currently 96 for 0) will win the game even if they play dot balls for the rest of their innings. That's because the 10-over target would be 89, and KXIP are already ahead of it. This sport is bizarre. This situation has happened in the past as well, in the Big Bash League.
6.41pm It's drizzling, so they're coming off with Gayle stranded on 49. The covers are swiftly on. With ten wickets in hand, Kings XI are 31 runs ahead of the DLS par score of 65.
Jishan: "@Rohan: We cannot be so dismissive of Rohit after all the good work he's done opening for India. But KL Rahul does deserve a go at the top. We could push down Rohit to number 4 and it would also solve the Indian middle order problem. Midlle order of Rohit, Karthik and Dhoni looks both solid and with firepower. Rahul and Dhawan at the top is as good as anybody"
Rohan: "I think Rahul has taken it upon himself to prove he cannot be ignored anymore from the Ind LOI lineups. Too much class, 0-100 in no time, equally good against pace and spin, and ability to score big. If Rohit cannot even open for his franchise anymore then there is no reason why Ind should persist with his slow, hesitant starts against seam in LOIs."
vishal: "very strange captaincy by DK. Asking rana to bowl one ball .now rana can bowl only 3.1 overs not 4 full overs"
Punjab go at 10.66 in the PP this IPL. Easily the highest.
Russell clutches his right thigh. He's struggling.
Russell to Gayle: 50 runs in 30 balls; never dismissed.
|KL Rahul||C TK Curran B SP Narine||60||27||9||2||222.22|
|CH Gayle||not out||62||38||5||6||163.16|
|MA Agarwal||not out||2||2||0||0||100|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||-|