IPL4: Knight Riders beat hapless Pune Warriors

Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 23:07 [IST]
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Knight Riders beat hapless Pune Warriors

Put into bat, the Pune Warriors India got off to a positive start with Manish Pandey carting Brett Lee away for two fours in the first over. But in the very next over there was trouble for Pune when Jesse Ryder scooped Yusuf Pathan into mid off's hands.

Pandey tried to counter-attack by smacking Lee for another four before he was trapped in front by Iqbal Abdulla in the fourth over. The batsman was on his way for 16 off 12 as the score read 17/2. Callum Ferguson settled in with a boundary off Jacques Kallis after which a couple of quiet overs followed.

In the 8th, Ferguson got Yusuf Pathan away for another four. But in the following over, he was stumped off Shakib Al Hasan for 16 off 19 balls when the Warriors found themselves in trouble at 44/3. Robin Uthappa and Sourav Ganguly tried to steady the ship with the latter striking a six off Abdulla to bring up his side's 50.

But despite this effort, the scoring rate remained under six and the Warriors woes were only compounded when Hasan had Ganguly caught at backward short leg for 18 off 22 balls and one over later Uthappa was caught off Lee in the deep for 12 off 19 balls. Pune's score now read a dismal 79/5 in 14 overs.

Yuvraj Singh and S Rana tried to weather the storm for a couple of overs, before Yuvraj hammered Lee for a four in the 17th over and Rana got Kallis away for two back-to-back boundaries in the 18th as the Warriors crossed 100/5. In the final over, Laxmipathy Balaji effected a double strike, removing Yuvraj Singh for 24 off 26 balls and S Rana for 18 off 16 balls. Pune had finished their innings at a poor 118/7 in 20 overs.

In their reply, the Kolkata Knight Riders began on a less than impressive note. In the first over, no sooner had S P Goswami struck Alfonso Thomas for a four than he was caught behind off the same bowler for 6 off 3 balls. Then Manoj Tiwary got Wayne Parnell away for a boundary before he carted Thomas for a six to round off the third over with KKR's score at 32/1.

After a quiet fourth over, captain Gautam Gambhir clobbered Wayne Parnell for two consecutive fours as KKR moved onto to 43/1 in 5 overs. Then Gambhir edged Yuvraj Singh away for a lucky boundary before Bhubneshwar Kumar struck back to remove Tiwary for 24 off 24 balls. The Knight Riders were in a slight spot of bother at 53/2 in 7.3 overs.

But Gambhir and new batsman Yusuf Pathan fought back admirably with Gambhir carting Kumar away for a four and Pathan smashing Rahul Sharma for two boundaries, as the score moved onto 69/2 in 9 overs. The batting duo virtually nullified the Sharma threat, each taking a four off him in the 11th over as the score surged to 85/2.

In the 14th over, Pathan reaffirmed KKR's dominant position by lofting Kumar for a six as his side moved past 100/2. On the threshold of victory, the Knights lost Pathan to Parnell for 29 off 25 balls. But the damage had already been done and so Rajat Bhatia ran a single in the 17th over off Rana to herald an emphatic victory for KKR.

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