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All-round KKR register eight-wicket win over hosts KXIP
By IPL desk
Mumbai 18 April 2012
The Kings XI Punjab were outplayed by the Kolkata Knight Riders in a one-sided encounter in Mohali. The Knights conquered the Kings by eight wickets in their own backyard to return the favour after they were beaten by KXIP in Kolkata three days ago.
After successfully defending 134 at the Eden Gardens in their previous game, KXIP won the toss and chose to set the Knight Riders a target at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. However, Brett Lee struck early in the innings to remove Paul Valthaty, who is yet to recreate the magical form he was in last year. Then, Shaun Marsh, who had led the hosts to victory in their last game here, joined Adam Gilchrist, who was batting with purpose. But the KXIP skipper pulled his hamstring while trying to sneak in a single and had to return to the pavilion. This brought out Mandeep Singh, who has been the leading run-getter for KXIP in IPL 2012 so far.
All through, the purple attired bowlers kept the run-flow in check and ensured that the hosts didn’t cut loose. Conceding only 13 runs in his three-over first spell, Lakshmipathy Balaji sent back the local lad, Mandeep for just six to give the visitors their second wicket. The lanky pacer was the most economical of the KKR bowlers as he conceded just 20 runs off his four overs.
With the departure of Mandeep, David Hussey joined Shaun Marsh at the crease. The left-handed Marsh was in sublime form until Brett Lee, after being brought back into the attack, claimed his wicket dealing a big blow to the home team. There was some drama surrounding this key wicket. There was doubt over whether the ball had carried to the keeper as the batsman heaved at the wide delivery. But Marsh walked after confirming with the wicketkeeper. He was soon followed to the dugout by Hussey, who was run out as Paras Dogra called for a tough single after hitting the ball towards covers. An over later, Dimitri Mascarenhas fell to a slower one from Rajat Bhatia. With five batsmen back in the hut, Gilchrist made his way to the crease.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for the hosts. In the next over, Dogra slog-swept Sunil Narine and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Jacques Kallis. In the following over, Balaji would have added Piyush Chawla’s wicket to his tally had Bisla not let the ball slip from his hands before colliding with Yusuf Pathan. Narine then claimed the batsman off the last ball of the innings, while a disappointed Gilchrist remained unbeaten on 40 (3x4, 1x6) off 30 balls at the other end.
With good bowling and impressive fielding, KKR did well to restrict the hosts to 124. While Narine and Lee returned with two for 24 and two for 26 respectively, Balaji and Bhatia kept the batsmen on a leash by conceding less than six runs per over.
Defending a below par total, KXIP’s Praveen Kumar conceded 10 runs off the first over. But he bounced back to bowl a maiden. However, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir and Brendon McCullum went after the bowlers and the one maiden did nothing to deter them. In the next over, Gambhir stepped out to hit Harmeet Singh for a six over mid-wicket. He even followed it with a boundary over extra cover, making his intent clear. The duo was cruising along when McCullum hit Chawla straight to Dimitri Mascarenhas at fine leg to give the spinner an unexpected wicket. A while later, the leg-spinner castled Manvindar Bisla for 11. But claiming a wicket at that stage had no bearing on the outcome of the match. Gambhir however continued to lead the run-chase with the veteran Kallis at the other end.
The two experienced campaigners came together with 51 required off 61 balls and eight wickets in hand, and they carried KKR to victory with 3.3 overs to spare.
Batsmen deliver thrilling six-wicket win for Royal Challengers Bangalore
By IPL desk
Mumbai 18 April 2012
In yet another last-ball finish, the Royal Challengers Bangalore trumped the Pune Warriors India by six wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. After the visitors notched up a score of 182, Saurabh Tiwary hit a six off the last ball to give the home team their first win in four matches.
Earlier, upon winning the toss and opting to bat first, PWI posted a challenging score thanks to some solid contributions from their top-order batsmen. Robin Uthappa and Jesse Ryder gave their side a perfect start as they brought up the 50-run mark in just 5.3 overs. It was Ryder who was the early aggressor as the Kiwi batsman smacked Zaheer Khan for a couple of boundaries and smashed Harshal Patel for a six during his 22-ball 34, before he was caught by Mayank Agarwal at the end of the seventh over.
Uthappa upped the scoring-rate following Ryder’s dismissal. The India batsman hit Tillakaratne Dilshan for consecutive boundaries by employing the reverse sweep in the 10th over to bring up his half-century. RCB, though, had some respite when they got rid of Sourav Ganguly (6) and Uthappa (69) in the space of eight deliveries between the 12th and 13th overs to leave the visitors at 117 for three.
Marlon Samuels, however, ensured that the PWI innings didn’t lose momentum at the end. The West Indies batsman hit a couple of sixes in a 20-ball innings of 34. And with Steven Smith (16 off 14) and Angelo Mathews (10 off seven balls) contributing with a couple of cameos, PWI finished at 182 for six in 20 overs.
RCB started slowly in reply losing Tillakaratne Dilshan (4), Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli (16) with the score only reaching 76 at the end of the first 12 overs.
With 107 required off the last eight overs, and the asking-rate having climbed to a steep 13.37-an-over, Chris Gayle then turned the match on its head as he bludgeoned a hapless Rahul Sharma for five consecutive sixes in the 13th over. But with Gayle (81 off 48 balls) falling to Ashish Nehra in the 16th over, the tide turned once again in PWI’s favour.
It was at this juncture that AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary came together to produce the partnership of the match. The pair hit a boundary and a six each to bring RCB to within 28 runs of the target with two overs left to be bowled in the game. Then, with Ashok Dinda conceding just seven runs in the 19th over, de Villiers hit Nehra for a boundary and two sixes off consecutive deliveries before taking a single of the fifth delivery of the last over to hand Tiwary the strike. With the hosts requiring three to win, and the fans at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium hoping for a dramatic win, Tiwary clubbed a length ball from Nehra over long-on for six to deliver a tense run-chase in favour of the Bangalore franchise. Scorecard
Man-of-the-match:Chris Gayle for his blustery 48-ball 81 (4x4, 8x6)