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Report: Match 8 – Pune Warriors India v Kings XI Punjab
All-round PWI beat KXIP to stay unbeaten in IPL 2012
By IPL desk
Mumbai 09 April 2012
Pune Warriors India cruised to another impressive win in DLF IPL 2012 as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs here at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. It was an all-round show by PWI, who after putting up a score of 166, managed to restrict their opponents to 144, thereby becoming only the second team in the tournament to remain unbeaten.
Earlier, upon winning the toss and opting to bat first, the hosts had an ordinary start as they were reduced to 32 for two in just 4.5 overs by KXIP. Sourav Ganguly scored a streaky 18-ball 20 before he was dismissed by Dimitri Mascarenhas, while Jesse Ryder (8) was run out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Praveen Kumar.
An 81-run stand between Marlon Samuels and Robin Uthappa, nevertheless, took the Warriors past the 100-run mark and set them up for a 150-plus score. Medium-pacer Harmeet Singh then looked to bring Punjab back in the contest as he removed Samuels (46 off 39), Callum Ferguson (3) and Uthappa (40 off 33) in successive overs. However, with Harmeet being disallowed to complete the 19th over for bowling consecutive beamers, Steve Smith (25 off 12) pounded replacement Bipul Sharma for three sixes in four deliveries to help the home side finish at a competitive 166 for six in 20 overs.
KXIP had a woeful start to their innings as they lost both their openers – Paul Valthaty (1) and Adam Gilchrist (6) - to run outs before the completion of the fourth over. Some tight bowling by PWI further put the visitors under pressure. KXIP managed just 45 runs for the loss of two wickets in the first nine overs.
With the asking rate mounting, Mandeep Singh (24) and Abhishek Nayar (24) fell trying to play big shots. Rahul Sharma then accounted for David Hussey (18) and Piyush Chawla (16) with his legbreaks to reduce KXIP to 99 for six in 15.1 overs.
Bipul Sharma scored an unbeaten 35 (18 balls) batting at No. 8, but with Pune making early inroads into the visitors’ batting line-up, the hosts restricted KXIP to 144 for eight in 20 overs.
With today’s victory, the Pune Warriors India and the Rajasthan Royals are the only two teams to have won both their games in the competition. Scorecard
Man-of-the-match: Marlon Samuels for his all-round performance that included 46 off 39 balls (4x4, 2x6) and bowling figures of 4-0-23-1
Report: M7 – Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders
Royals undo KKR top-order to earn 22-run win
By IPL desk
Mumbai 08 April 2012
For the second time in a row, the Kolkata Knight Riders were let down by their batting superstars. With the drubbing at the hands of Delhi Daredevils still fresh, KKR went down against the spirited Rajasthan Royals in the latter’s Jaipur fortress. Chasing a competitive 165, the Knights folded for 142 to hand the Royals a 22-run win.
Amit Singh and Ankeet Chavan wrecked the hallowed KKR top-order to have the team reeling at 8 for three. Singh deceived Jacques Kallis with a slower one and did Gautam Gambhir in with an out-swinger off consecutive deliveries. Chawan then wrapped Brendon McCullum plumb on his pads.
Manoj Tiwary waged a lone battle with a 59-run knock. With a calm head on his shoulders, the young man carved out a fine half-century under pressure. Most of his seven boundaries came in the third-man region as he resisted the lure of big hits. But with his partners changing with every blink of an eye, there wasn’t much he could do. Brett Lee’s (25 off 11 balls) fireworks took the team closer to the target but were not quite enough to overhaul it.
At the toss, Gautam Gambhir had no hesitation in fielding first after calling it right. Running out RR’s previous game’s hero Ajinkya Rahane with a sharp direct-hit in the second over, the KKR captain set the ball rolling for his team.
After losing Rahane due to a misunderstanding, Rahul Dravid delighted spectators for a while, playing contrasting shots with equal effect. He pulled and swept his way to two sixes and also executed typically elegant square-cut and cover-drive for fours. The joy ended when Iqbal Abdullah ran him out for 26. Soon, Shreevats Goswami perished to wrong shot-selection, giving Rajat Bhatia a breakthrough.
With the Royals’ boat rocking at 61 for three, Ashok Menaria and Brad Hodge not only stabilised it but also upped the ante. Hodge was particularly severe on Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis, plundering them for two sixes and three boundaries in the span of eight balls. After playing wonderfully well for his 44 off 29 balls, Hodge suffered a brain-freeze moment. Positioned for the switch-hit against Brett Lee, he changed his mind and tried to play a scoop. All he managed was an edge that was taken by Brendon McCullum behind the wicket.
Menaria, however, stuck in there after the end of his 64-run stand with Hodge. The young all-rounder saw off the good balls and put the bad ones away to score four boundaries and a six en route to his 30-ball 40. He lost his middle stump to Lee in the penultimate over, trying to go for a smash through the covers. Owais Shah added substance to RR’s score with a 11-ball cameo of 23.