Kolkata, May 3: Yusuf Pathan finally came out of his prolonged form slump on Friday night. His aggressive batting and fine bowling effort by the slow bowlers helped Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets in Match 47 of IPL 2013 here at Eden Gardens.
It was a low-scoring game and chasing 133, Yusuf scored a 35-ball 49 not out with the help of 3 fours and 3 sixes. KKR reached the target in 17.2 overs. Jacques Kallis was 33 not out off 30 and hit the winning runs - a boundary and Yusuf was stranded on 49. For the record, Yusuf is yet to hit a half century for KKR.
Earlier, KKR restricted RR to 132/6 in 20 overs. On a slow pitch, KKR spinners bowled well with Sunil Narine being the most economical with figures of 1/20 in 4 overs. Sachithra Senanayake took 2/26 in 4 while Iqbal Abdulla had one wicket for 22 runs in 3 overs. Rajat Bhatia was also impressive with 1/21 in 4 overs. Young Sanju Samson was the topscorer with 40. The right-hander from Kerala played another fine innings.
Here are the highlights
# This was 4th win for KKR in 11. RR lost their 4th game in 10
# KKR are at 7th (8 points) and RR 3rd (12 points)
# Also during the match, it was shameful to see Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla sledging Rahul Dravid
# Yusuf Pathan came back to form, scoring 49 not out off 35 with 3 fours and 3 sixes
# Jacques Kallis made 33 off 30 with 2 fours and 1 six
# KKR hit 10 fours and 5 sixes
# KKR were 48/1 in 6 overs. 50 came in 39 balls and 100 in 72
# KKR played 3 spinners in Sunil Narine, Sachithra Senanayake and Iqbal Abdulla
# RR batsmen could not get big hits on a slow track. They finished with 132/6
# Sanju Samson topscored for RR with 40 off 36 with 1 four and 2 sixes
# RR had 11 fours and 2 sixes
# RR included left-arm spinner Brad Hogg for his first game of IPL 2013
# Shane Watson made 35 off 35 opening the batting
# RR sent James Faulkner at 3 but the move did not work. He was out for 1
# Narine took 1/20 in 4 overs
# RR were 34/2 in 6 overs. The 50 came in 49 balls and 100 in 89
# Owais Shah scored a 22-ball 24