Tuskers outclass Knight Riders by 17 runs

Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011, 19:44 [IST]
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Tuskers outclass Knightriders by 17 runs

The Kolkata Knight Riders began their chase on a confident note with Eoin Morgan getting R P Singh away for two fours in the first over before Jacques Kallis smacked Sreesanth for a boundary in the second. In the third over, Kallis and Morgan teamed up to take 3 fours off a hapless Singh as the score raced to 28/0 in 3 overs. Three boundry-less overs ensued before Kallis hooked Vinay Kumar for a fine-leg four and ran a single to bring up the Knight Riders' 50/0 in 7 overs.

In the 9th over, Morgan struck Raiphi Gomez for a boundary before Kallis smashed Ravindra Jadeja away for another four. But then in the 11th over, Gomez bowled Kallis for 45 off 41 and in the very next ball, had Gautam Gambhir caught at extra cover for a duck as the score read 69/2 in 10.3 overs. Morgan pulled R P Singh away in the 12th over for a four and two balls later carted him for a six, before running a couple of doubles to offset the pressure.

Gomez pulled out another tight over, before Morgan struck Vinay Kumar for two fours in the 14th over. But then Kumar rounded off the overe by picking up the wicket of Manoj Tiwary for 1 off 7 balls as the Knight Riders slipped to 97/3 in 14 overs. Kolktaa still needed 60 run off 36 balls with Yusuf Pathan the new man at the crease. At the end of a tight 16th over from Parameswaran, the Knights required 51 runs off 24 balls.

But Morgan took the challenge head on, clobbering Sreesanth for a six and a four, reducing the equation to 38 needed off the last 3 overs. But just one boundary (off Pathan) came off Parameswaran in the 18th over as Kolkata still required 31 off 12 balls.

Pathan started loosening up, striking a four off Vinay Kumar. But later in the over Morgan was run out for 66 off 51 balls, before Pathan was out caught for 17 off 13 balls.Kolkata needed 25 runs off the last over with Mark Boucher and Brett Lee at the crease. But Lee was soon run out with Kolkata needing an impossible 20 runs off 3 balls, before R P Singh bolwed Rajat Bhatia off the last ball with Kolkata ending up 17 runs short.

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