Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens with 6.1 overs to spare as they topped the points table perhaps for the first time in IPL history. After the consecutive wins in the last two matches, it was hardly a surprise that Eden Gardens was almost suddenly filled up today after the low attendance in the previous matches which many felt was due to the “Dada effect”. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and put Rajasthan Royals to bat. An awesome bowling and fielding display by KKR players and a pathetic batting display by Royals made the RR fold up in just 81 runs all out in 15.2 overs. Lakshmipathy Balaji (3 wickets for 15 runs) and Shakib Al Hassan (2 wickets for 21 runs) were the pick of the bowlers for KKR. In reply, KKR lost a couple of early wickets but KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir (35 runs off 35 balls) and Manoj Tiwary (30 runs off 26 balls) played steady knocks as Kolkata Knight Riders reached 85/2 in just 13.5 overs. Balaji was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling.
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals convincingly at their home fortress Jaipur with 9 balls to spare. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and put Rajasthan Royals into bat. Both the teams got more class coming into the team as Aussie pacer Brett Lee and Bangladesh captain and all rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan joined the KKR team while Aussie all rounder Shane Watson joined the Royals. However, Rajasthan Royals did not open with Watson which was quite amazing as he is a regular opener and was in current form recently including his 16 sixes in a match of the Aussie-Bangla ODI series. Rahul Dravid (35 runs off 34 balls), Ashok Menaria (27 runs off 21 balls), Ross Taylor (35 runs off 25 balls) and Shane Watson (22 runs off 13 balls) contributed as Rajasthan Royals reached a competitive total of 159/4 in their 20 overs. Shakib and Yusuf Pathan took two wickets each for KKR. Kolkata Knight Riders in reply cruised to 160 in just 18.3 overs losing just 1 wicket as Jacques Kallis (80 runs off 65 balls) and Gautam Gambhir (75 runs off 44 balls) thrashed the Rajasthan bowlers. Gambhir was also awarded the Man of the Match for his knock.
Welcome everyone to our live coverage of IPL 4 auctions. We start the commentary now.
The auction starts with a lottery by Chirayu Amin who picks up Gautam Gambhir as the first player to be auctioned.
The bidding is intense and it has already reached 2.2 million dollars now for Gambhir. Phew. Finally Gautam Gambhir sold for 2.4 million dollars by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Second auction is for Dilshan. $600,000 bid till now and bidding again going on aggressively. Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases Dilshan for $650,000. That seems to be a good pick.
Zaheer Khan is the next auctions. Bidding going on aggressively again. Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases him for $900,000 USD.
Ross Taylor enters the auctions now. Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases him for $1 million.
Yusuf Pathan enters the auction now. He is bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $2.1 million.
Kevin Pietersen enters the auction now. Deccan Chargers purchases him for $650,000.
Mahela Jayawardena enters the auction now. Kochi purchases Jayawardena for $1.5 million.
Yuvi enters the auction now. Auction becomes very aggressive again. 1 million already for Yuvi till now and bidding going on aggressively. Yuvraj Singh goes for 1.8 million to Sahara Pune Warriors. Their first purchase and a good purchase at that.
A B De Villiers enters the auction now. A B De Villiers goes to RCB for 1.1 million. Royal Challengers Bangalore seems to on a buying spree and have made most of the purchases in the first session.
There is a 15 minutes break now.
Break over. Ganguly enters the bidding now. Nobody bids for Dada and he goes unsold.
Cameron White enters the auction now. The new Australian T20 captain is also getting some aggressive bidding. Deccan Chargers purchases Cameron White for $1.1 million.
Jacques Kallis enters the auction now. Kolkata Knight Riders purchases Kallis for $1.1 million.
Rohit Sharma enters the auction now. Bidding going on aggressively and it has already reached 1.1 million. Mumbai Indians purchases Rohit Sharma for 2 million. That might have been too aggressive.
Andrew Symonds enters the auction now. Symonds seeing some aggressive bidding between Mumbai and Pune. Mumbai Indians purchases Andrew Symonds for $800,000.
Kumar Sangakkara enters the auction now. Deccan Chargers purchases Sangakkara for $700,000.
Adam Gilchrist enters the auction now. Nobody was bidding initially and it almost seemed he will go unsold. Bidding gradually picking up. Kings XI Punjab purchases him for $900,000.
Rahul Dravid enters the auction now. Another long silence and no bidding till now for Dravid. Rajasthan Royals starts with base price of $400,000. Rajasthan Royals purchases Rahul Dravid for $500,000.
Graeme Smith enters the auction now. After a long wait at last a starting bid from Pune with base price of $400K for Smith. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Graeme Smith for $500,000.
Robin Uthappa enters the auction now. Aggressive bidding going now and already reaches $1.2 million. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Robin Uthappa for $2.1 million. Phew. That was huge.
Johan Botha enters the auction now. Rajasthan Royals purchases Johan Botha for $950,000.
VVS Laxman enters the auction now. After a long wait Kochi finally bids base price of $400,000. Kochi purchases VVS Laxman for $400,000.
Daniel Vettori enters the auction now. Again a long wait. Surprising as Vettori is a valuable player and an allrounder. Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases Daniel Vettori for $550,000.
Brendon McCullum enters the auction now. Kochi purchases Brendon McCullum for $475,000. A good pick for sure.
Sreesanth enters the auction now. Very aggressive bidding. Kochi purchases their local boy Sreesanth for $900,000.
Chris Gayle enters the auction now. Again a surprising and long wait for a quality T20 batsman. Chris Gayle goes unsold.
Irfan Pathan enters the auction now. Aggressive bidding for Irfan too. Deccan and Punjab in the final bidding wars after CSK left. Delhi enters the fray at $1.1 million. Delhi Daredevils purchases Irfan Pathan for $1.9 million.
R P Singh enters the auction now. Kochi purchases R P Singh for $500,000.
Lunch Break now.
Lunch Break over now. The auction will start in a few minutes.
Jesse Ryder enters the auction now. Ryder goes unsold.
Herschelle Gibbs enters the auction and also goes unsold.
Michael Hussey enters the auction now. Chennai Superkings purchase him for $425,000.
Shaun Marsh enters the auction now. Kings XI Punjab purchases him for $400,000.
J P Duminy enters the auction now. Deccan Chargers purchases J P Duminy for $300,000.
Shikhar Dhawan enters the auction now. Deccan Chargers purchases Shikhar Dhawan for $300,000.
Saurabh Tiwary enters the auction now. Aggressive bidding going for Tiwary. Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases Saurabh Tiwary for $1.6 million. A bid of controversy there as Mallya was not happy with the auction getting reopened.
David Hussey enters the auction. King XI Punjab purchases David Hussey for $1.4 million.
David Warner enters the auction and Delhi Daredevil purchases him for $750,000.
Brian Lara goes unsold.
Graham Manou enters the auction and goes unsold too.
Parthiv Patel enters the auction and Kochi purchases him for $290,000.
Wriddhiman Saha goes to Chennai Superkings at base price of $100,000.
Dinesh Karthik enters the auction and Kings XI Punjab purchases him for $900,000.
Naman Ojha enters the auction and Delhi Daredevils purchases him for $250,000.
Brad Haddin enters the auction now. Kolkata Knight Riders purchases Brad Haddin for $325,000.
Tim Paine enters the auction. Another wicketkeeper and all the wicketkeeper seems to be in good demand. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Tim Paine for $270,000.
Another wicketkeeper Matt Prior enters the auction now. Matt Prior remains unsold.
Mark Boucher enters the auction now. Mark Boucher remains unsold and it is very surprising indeed.
South African wicketkeeper David Jacobs enters the auction now. Mumbai Indians purchases him for $190,000.
That is the end of wicketkeepers.
James Hopes enters the auction now. Delhi Daredevils purchases him for $350,000 after some aggressive bidding involving Mumbai Indians.
Ravindra Jadeja enters the auction now. Kochi purchases Ravindra Jadeja for $950,000.
Bangladesh captain and all rounder Shakib Al Hasan enters the auction now. Some aggressive bidding going on for him too between KKR and Pune. Kolkata Knight Riders purchases him for $425,000. A very good pick for sure.
Stuart Broad enters the auction now. Kings XI Punjab purchases him for $400,000.
Abhishek Nayyar enters the auction now. King XI Punjab purchases Nayyar for $800,000.
Angelo Matthews enters the auction now. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases him for $950,000.
Dwayne Bravo enters the auction now. Chennai Superkings purchases Dwayne Bravo at base price of $200,000.
Steven Smith enters the auction. Kochi purchases Steven Smith for $200,000.
James Franklin up next. Mumbai Indians purchases him at base price of $100,000.
30 minutes tea break now.
Break over. Bowlers to be auctioned now.
Dilhara Fernando enters the auction but goes unsold.
James Anderson enters the auction now. James Anderson also goes unsold.
Ishant Sharma enters the auction now. Ishant Sharma gets sold to Deccan Chargers for $450,000.
Praveen Kumar enters the auction. King XI Punjab purchases Praveen Kumar for $800,000.
Ashish Nehra up next. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Ashish Nehra for $850,000.
Brett Lee up next. Kolkata Knight Riders purchases Brett Lee at the base price of $400,000.
Morne Morkel up next. Delhi and Deccan are bidding for him aggressively. Royal Challengers also enters into the bidding and now its Delhi vs RCB. Delhi Daredevils finally purchases Morne Morkel for $475,000.
Dale Steyn up next. Aggressive bidding going on for Steyn as expected. Deccan Chargers purchases Dale Steyn for $1.2 million. The most expensive specialist bowler till now including all Indian bowlers.
Ryan Harris up next. Kings XI Punjab purchases Ryan Harris for $325,000.
IPL hero for Daredevils Dirk Nannes up next. Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases Dirk Nannes for $650,000.
Doug Bollingers enters the auction now. Aggressive bidding between CSK and Kochi for Nannes. Doug Bollinger will play for Chennai Superkings once again as he is picked up by them for $700,000.
Spin bowlers up next.
The master of spin Mutiah Muralitharan enters the auction. Bidding war going between Chennai and Pune for Muralitharan. Kochi also enters the fray. The bidding was has now shifted to CSK vs Kochi and it has already crossed 1 million. Kochi purchases Mutiah Muralitharan for $1.1 million.
Grame Swann goes unsold. Another surprise though it might have to do with availability.
Piyush Chawla up next. Bidding war goes off again and has crossed 700K already. Piyush Chawla will play for Kings XI Punjab this year too as they grab him for $900,000.
R Ashwin enters the auction and aggressive bidding already reaches 600K within seconds. Chennai Superkings purchases Ashwin for $850,000 and he will play for them again.
Ajantha Mendis up next. Mendis goes unsold.
Pragyan Ojha up next. Deccan Chargers involved in bidding wars at first with CSK and then with Delhi to get him back in team colors. Deccan Charges purchases Pragyan Ojha for $500,000.
Murali Karthik up next. No bids and Murali Kartik goes unsold which is quite surprising.
Amit Mishra enters the auction now. Bidding war between Deccan and Mallya for Mishra. Pune enters the fray at 290K. Deccan Chargers finally grabs Amit Mishra for $300,000.
The other McCullum brother Nathan McCullum up next. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Nathan McCullum at the base price of $100,000 and that is almost a steal at that price for a good allrounder.
Ramesh Powar up next and the last in this set. Kochi purchases Romesh Powar for $180,000.
Kapugedera up next. No bids and he goes unsold.
Aaron Finch up next. Delhi Daredevils pick up Aaron Finch for $300,000.
Eoin Morgan up next. Kolkata Knight Riders purchases Eoin Morgan for $350,000.
Brad Hodge enters the auction now. Kochi purchases Hodge for $425,000.
Tanim Iqbal up next but goes unsold.
Callum Ferguson up next. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Callum Ferguson for $300,000.
Manoj Tiwary up next. Kolkata Knight Riders retain him in team colors as they pick Manoj Tiwary for $475,000.
Cheteswar Pujara up next. Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases Cheteswar Pujara for $700,000.
Subramanium Badrinath enters the auction now. Aggressive bidding on its way already. Chennai Superkings purchases Badrinath for $800,000 and retain him in team colors.
Paul Collingwood up next. Rajasthan Royals purchases Paul Collingwood for $250,000.
Dan Christian to Deccan Chargers for $900,000
Umesh Yadav to Delhi Daredevils for $750,000
Munaf Patel to Mumbai Indians for $700,000
Venugopal Rao to Delhi Daredevils for $700,000
Lakshmipathy Balaji to Kolkata Knight Riders for $500,000
R Vinay Kumar to Kochi for $475,000
Ashok Dinda to Delhi Daredevils for $375,000
Shaun Tait to Rajasthan Royals for $300,000
Mitchell Marsh to Pune for $290,000
Manpreet Gony to Deccan Chargers for $290,000
Abhimanyu Mithun to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $260,000
Jaidev Unadkat to Kolkata Knight Riders for $250,000
Sudeep Tyagi to Chennai Super Kings for $240,000
Ajit Agarkar to Delhi Daredvils for $210,000
Owais Shah to Kochi for $200,000
Scott Styris to Chennai Super Kings for $200,000
Wayne Parnell to Pune for $160,000
Ryan ten Doeschate to Kolkata Knight Riders for $150,000
Joginder Sharma to Chennai Super Kings for $150,000
Charl Langeveldt to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $140,000
Clint McKay to Mumbai Indians for $110,000
Jerome Taylor to Pune for $100,000
James Pattinson to Kolkata Knight Riders for $100,000
Nuwan Kulasekara to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000
Matthew Wade to Delhi Daredevils for $100,000
Ben Hilfenhaus to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000
Pankaj Singh to Rajasthan Royals for $95,000
Suraj Randiv to Chennai Super Kings for $80,000
Andrew McDonald to Delhi Daredevils for $80,000
Thisara Perera to Kochi for $80,000
Michael Klinger to Kochi for $75,000
Johan van der Wath to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50,000
Roelof van der Merwe to Delhi Daredevils for $50,000
Luke Pomersbach to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50,000
Steven O’Keefe to Kochi for $20,000
George Bailey to Chennai Super Kings for $50,000.
Alfonso Thomas to Pune for $100,000
Rilee Rossouw sold to Bangalore at $20,000
Bangalore buy Nuwan Pradeep at base price of $20,000
Deccan Chargers buy Chris Lynn at base price of $20,000.
Chennai Super Kings buy Faf du Plessis at $120,000
Now the wishlist of unsold players are being submitted.
Jesse Ryder of New Zealand first player to out from unsold list. Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Jesse Ryder for $150,000.
Sahara Pune Warriors purchases Murali Kartik for $400,000 after a bidding war with Rajasthan Royals.
Juan Rusty Theron sold to Deccan Chargers for $85,000.
Travis Birt sold to Delhi Daredevils for $20,000.
Dmitri Mascarenhas sold to Kings XI Punjab for $100,000.
Jonathan Vandair sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $20,000.
Moises Henriques purchased by Mumbai Indians for $50,000
Delhi Daredevils purchases Colin Ingram for $100,000.
Deccan Chargers purchases Michael Lumb for $80,000.
Kings XI Punjab purchases Nathan Rimmington for $20,000.
Mumbai Indians purchases Adrian Blizzard for $20,000.
Delhi Daredevils purchases Robert Frylinck for $20,000.
Royal Challengers Bangalore purchases Mohammed Kaif for $130,000.
That is all in the auctions.
That is all for today. Quite a lot of surprises as well as good picks for the day and hope that it will be more interesting tomorrow when the auction continues at 11 AM Indian time.
Th GOD of cricket Sachin Tendulkar and former Indian captain Saurav Ganguly will lead their respective teams as they clash in a T20 match on Saturday, 6th March, 2010 at 4:30 PM Indian Time. The match named “Cricket Ka Mahayudh” will be played at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai. It has also been termed as a SABM (Salil Ankola Benefit Match) and will be a T20 match. The gates will open at 2 PM and the toss would take place at 4:15 PM. The Match will be telecast on Star Cricket.
The teams look very strong and Dada’s team seem to a bit stronger than Sachin’s team at least on papers. But as you know in T20 nothing can be predicted. Here are the team lineups:
Saurav Ganguly (Captain)
Sachin Tendulkar (Captain)
The stadium tickets are also priced quite reasonably for this charity match with general tickets costing only Rs.250 and VIP tickets are Rs.1000. You can also book the tickets online at Mobstreet