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Asnodkar, Y Pathan lead Royals to 196/5

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Jaipur: Swapnil Asdnodkar and Yousuf Pathan scored impressive half centuries as Rajastan Royals posted a challenging total of 196/5 on board against Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League match against Knight Riders at Sawai Mansingh Stadium today.

Rajastan Royals, who won the toss and elected to bat, did not have a great start as they lost Graeme Smith in the second over. But Asnodkar, who was making his debut for Royals, and Kaif ensured there was no other serious damage early and added 42 runs for the Second wicket before Agarker took a catch off his own bowling to scalp Kaif. Kaif scored 21 runs off 17 balls.

Then Yousuf Pathan joined Asnodkar and the duo ensured Royals passed 100 in eleven overs. Asnodkar targeted the wayward bowling of Ashok Dinda and Ajit Agarkar for his runs and completed fifty in 29 balls. In 12th over, Knight Riders skipper Ganguly tossed the ball to Umar Gul to break the partnership and it paid off immediately. as Asnodkar, who tried to pull it over off side, got the top edge to offer mid-off fielder Hussey an easy catch.

Umar Gul, who was playing his debut match for Knights, bowled with discipline and struck again in the same over to remove the new batsman Shane Watson. Though TV replayed showed a thick inside edge, Umpire Rudi Koertzen had no doubt.

Like Asdnodkar, Yousuf, who added 53 with Asnodkar, also got to his fifty off 29 balls and. David Hussey and Agarkar were punished heavily by Yousuf to help Rajastan score more than fifty runs between overs 10 and 15 and reached his fifty with massive six strait on to the roof.

Jadeja's lower-order cameo - 33 of 19 balls - prevented the Rajasthan innings from losing steam after Asnodkar and Shane Watson fell in the same over. He added 57 runs with Yousuf for the fifth wicket.

Umar Gul, who scalped three for 31 runs, was the pick of Kolkata bowlers. Ishant Sharma, though he got only one wicket, too bowled impressively with conceding only 26 runs in his four overs. Agarkar, who returned with one wicket, gave away 46 runs in his four overs. Ganguly used seven bowlers, including himself, in a bid to stop Royals but was not always backed by fielders.

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