Knight Riders get the better of Chargers

Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 11:12 [IST]
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Knights get the better of Chargers

The Kolkata Knight Riders' innings was given a robust start by the new opening combination of Eoin Morgan and Jacques Kallis. In the first over itself, Morgan carted Daniel Christian for a six while in the second Kallis got Dale Steyn away for a boundary. Then Kallis effected a similar shot off Ishant Sharma as the Knights moved onto 22/0 in 3 overs.

In the 5th over, Kallis got stuck into ishant again, knocking two fours off him. But Morgan's exploits were brought to an end in the following over when Christian bowled him for 14 off 15 balls as the score read 40/1 in 5.4 overs.

Then it was captain Gautam Gambhir's chance to turn it on, taking a four off Pragyan Ojha in the 8th (as Kolkata moved past 50) and a six off Christian in the 9th, before getting dropped by the keeper Kumar Sangakkara.

The 10th over bore no boundaries but still 9 runs in all, however soon afterward, Kallis was caught at long off off leg-spinner Amit Mishra for 30 off 31 balls before Ojha had Gambhir caught behind for 35 off 22 balls. The Knight Riders had slipped to 84/3 in 11.4 overs.

But the two new batsman at the crease in Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Towari struck up an ominous partnership. Pathan lofted Ojha for a six in the 14th over and in the following one, clobbered Mishra for a six and a four as the Knight Riders' score ticked past 100.

Then Tiwary got into the act, hammering Steyn for two fours in the 16th as the visitors raced onto 121/3. 14 runs came off the 17th over, inlcuding a Pathan six off Ishant while 13 runs ensued from the 18th over with Tiwary carting Christian for another maximum.

Then after Pathan was dropped by Shikar Dhawan off Ishant in the penultimate over, he smashed the same bowler for a four to take Kolkata past 150. In the final over, Tiwary knocked a four off Steyn before falling to the bowler for 33 off 28 before Pathan rounded off the innings with another boundary as Kolkata scaled to a formidable 169/4 in their 20 overs.

In their reply, the Deccan Chargers got off to an equally forceful start. In the second over, Sunny Sohal smacked two boundaries off Laxmipathy Balaji while in the third, Shikar Dhawan took two fours off Brett Lee as the score read 21/0 after 3 overs. Then 10 runs came off the fourth, thanks to 4 overthrows and 7 in the 5th, including a four by Sohal off Balaji.

Then in the following over, talented spinner Iqbal Abdullah effected a double strike, removing Sohal for 26 off 20 balls and Kumar Sangakkara for a duck as the Chargers slid to 41/2. Shikar Dhawan and Cameron White took 10 runs off Abdullah in the 8th over to bring up the hosts' 50.

The run-rate slipped just a tad as Rajat Bhatia bowled White for 13 off 13 balls and the same bowler trapped Daniel Christian in front for 1 with the score now reading a precarious 70/4 in 11 overs. Then Ravi Teja and Dhawan stettled into a stabilising partnership with Dhawan knocking two fours off Abdullah as the Chargers moved past 100 in the 15th over. Ravi Teja took another boundary off Balaji before Lee bowled him for 30 off 22 balls with the Chargers now at 126/5.

In the following over, Kallis saw the back of Dhawan for 54 off 45 and at the end of the 18th over, the hosts still needed a near-impossible 39 off 12 balls. Bharat Chipli and Amit Mihsra knocked 11 runs off the second-last over, including two back-to-back fours by Chipli off Lee. But Kallis conceded just 7 runs off the final over as the Chargers ended up short by 20 runs.

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