Cape Town: Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders in a thrilling Super Over finish in an Indian Premier League match here Thursday. The match was decided through the Super Over after both teams were tied at 150 at the end of regulation play.
Yusuf pathan became Rajastthan's hero as he slammed 18 runs off four balls that ensured the victory of Rajasthan Royals over Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata needed only seven to win off the last over of the normal match, bowled by teenaged left-arm fast bowler Kamran Khan.
After starting the over with a wide, Khan, 18, dismissed former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for 46 with his fifth ball.
With two needed to win off the last ball, Ishant Sharma hit a fierce drive which was parried by Royals captain Shane Warne at cover. The batsmen ran one but Sharma was run out attempting the winning run.
Khan was entrusted with the 'super over' and was struck for three successive fours by Chris Gayle as the Knight Riders scored 15 for one, with Gayle caught off the last ball.
Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis, who took two for 19 in four overs in the match, bowled the 'super over' for Kolkata but Pathan hit him for 6, 2, 6, 4.
"Yusuf Pathan was fantastic," said Warne whose defending champions celebrated their first win of the 2009 tournament.
"To have walked out and clubbed two sixes like that, was well done."
Warne said he had been happy to see Kamran bowl the 'super over'.
"We thought about Yusuf and myself as spin options," said the Australian.
"But I thought if a couple of deliveries went, then the ball would have got wet because it's pretty dewy.
"Kamran gave six runs off the last over (of the scheduled 20) and I thought he did well to hold his nerve."
Kolkata skipper Brendan McCullum was disappointed with the outcome.
"We thought we had got ourselves across the line. In the super over we thought we had a reasonable score, but Yusuf came out and took it away from us," said the Kiwi.
Chasing a modest total of 150 for six, Kolkata twice seemed headed for victory. Gayle was in imperious form as he hit 41 off 33 balls before falling to Warne.
The pendulum swung to the Royals with 44 needed off 25 balls.
But Ganguly slammed a no-ball from Munaf Patel for six, then made use of the free hit off the next ball to thrash another six.
With the target reduced to 31 off 24 balls, Ganguly seemed set to take Kolkata home before chasing a wide ball from Khan to be caught behind.
Pathan, who top-scored with 42 in his team's full innings, was named man of the match.