Cuttack, Apr 22: Kolkata Knight Riders added more misery to the wounded Deccan Chargers by registering another five-wicket win over them at the Barbati Stadium in Cuttack to mark their fourth win in IPL 5.
[Scorecard: Game 29; Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Deccan Chargers, Cuttack]
Gautam Gambhir's side played extremely well inspite of losing three wickets within 10 overs, as they got a few good partnerships in between which helped them reach the target of 127 in 19 overs.
Gautam Ganbhir (30), Jacques Kallis (23) and Manoj Tiwary (30*) helped the team chase the target of 127 with ease.
Deccan Chargers, on the other hand did not bowl well as they could not get assistance from a pitch that was slow and assisted spinners as they did not have enough runs on the board this time around.
Though they got three crucial wickets in the first ten overs, Chargers couldn't restrict the run-flow as Tiwary and Kallis ensured they reach the target slowly and steadily.
After scoring 42 runs in the powerplay, the run-rate was well under-check as they reached 100 within 16 overs, and the target in 19 overs.
Yusuf Pathan (6) continued to disappoint as he got out after smashing a delivery to the stands. But Kallis-Tiwary's 33-run partnership was the key to win the match.
Deccan Chargers, need to get back to basics as they have to make serious changes in order to win the next one as they play Gambhir's XI again at Eden Gardens on Tuesday.
Deccan Chargers Innings Report: Deccan Charges continued their dismal form as Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers restricted Charges to a low scoring total of 126/7 at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack...
Winless in their last four games, the Charges began steadily but were restricted to a mere 126/7 by Kolkata Knight Riders as Laxmipathi Balaji and Sunil Narine claimed two wickets each while Bhatia and Lee took a wicket each to add more misery to the Chargers who struggled to get a partnership after Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal.
Laxmipathi Balaji bowled out Charges skipper Kumar Sangakkar (15) while Parthiv Patel and Shikhara Dhawan's 44-run stand raised hopes at the start of their innings.
Opener Dhawan went on to score a run-ball 50 after Parthiv Patel (24) was run out trying to go for a tough double. Middle order batsmen Cameron White was dismmised for 10 by Brett Lee.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and opted to chase against Deccan Chargers in Game 29 of IPL 5 here at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday night.
This is the first match in IPL 5 at the Barabati Stadium, which is hosting Deccan's home game. There is some rain and Deccan's batting was delayed for 65 minutes.
Deccan have dropped Daniel Christian and Bharat Chipli. Cameron White and Ishant Jaggi are playing. Kolkata have retained the same team.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Cameron White, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy, Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Veer Pratap Singh, Ishant Jaggi, Ankit Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmipathy Balaji, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee.
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Shahvir Tarapore (India)
Third Umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)