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KKR batsman continues form even as NZ fold for 185
By IPL desk
Hamilton 15 March 2012
Brendon McCullum, who was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL Player Auction 2012 for a staggering USD 900,000, was the only half-centurion for New Zealand as the hosts collapsed to 185 all out in their first innings on Day 1 of the second Test against South Africa.
However, two wickets from Kiwi paceman, Chris Martin, late in the day gave the hosts some respite; the visitors finished at 27 for two at stumps.
Earlier, McCullum, batting at No. 3, made his way out to the middle when SA pacer Vernon Philander had removed Kiwi opener Rob Nicol (2) with the hosts’ score at 11. Then with Deccan Chargers paceman Dale Steyn accounting for Martin Guptill (22), McCullum was joined by recent Delhi Daredevils signing, Ross Taylor. Together, the pair added 89 for the third wicket and helped consolidate NZ’s position. McCullum even brought up his 22nd Test half-century during the course of his partnership, his second of the series.
However, with the Kiwi score at 133, the hosts lost five wickets in the space of 20 deliveries to hand the advantage right back to the visitors. Philander (four for 70 overall) took three wickets while Steyn (three for 49 overall) chipped in with two scalps in an extraordinary passage of play which saw NZ lose five batsmen without a run being added to the total. McCullum made 61 while Taylor made 44. Imran Tahir’s two lower-order wickets then had NZ bowled out for 185.
However, with South Africa having less than an hour to bat, Kiwi paceman Chris Martin accounted for Graeme Smith (13) and Dale Steyn (4) to bring the hosts back into the match.
McCullum would be happy with his form this far in a series that has largely been dominated by the bowlers. Barring South Africa’s second innings in the drawn first Test, Hashim Amla’s 62 is the highest score in the other innings of this series. In that light, McCullum’s scores of 48, 58* and 61 have been remarkably consistent. Brief scores: New Zealand 1st innings 185/10 in 61.2 overs (Brendon McCullum 61, Ross Taylor 44, Vernon Philander 4/70, Dale Steyn 3/49); South Africa 1st innings 27/2 in 11.0 overs (Alviro Peterson 8*, Chris Martin 2/18)
KKR, RCB stars score twin tons in India’s first game of Asia Cup
By IPL desk
Mirpur 14 March 2012
Twin tons from Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli helped India begin their Asia Cup campaign on a high beating Sri Lanka by 50 runs in Mirpur, Dhaka. After piling up a mammoth score of 304, the Indians bowled the Lankans out for 254, marking their return from the gruelling Australia tour.
Earlier, India smashed their way to 304 thanks to feisty innings played by both, Gambhir and Kohli. After Sachin Tendulkar (6) was caught off a full toss from paceman Suranga Lakmal by Mahela Jayawardene in the sixth over of the innings, Gambhir and Kohli milked the Lankan bowling on a flat track at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
The pair took India past the 100-run mark in 22.4 overs; they took just 97 deliveries more to take India to 200 runs. Both batsmen then brought up their respective centuries in the 42nd over. Kohli pushed a length delivery from Nuwan Kulasekara to the off-side for a single to reach his ton while Gambhir pulled a short delivery from the same bowler to bring up the three-figure mark. While Kohli’s century was the second such innings by the batsman against the Lankans, Gambhir’s century came after a gap of 15 months. The Indian opener would consider himself lucky to have reached the landmark today; the opener benefitted from a dropped catch when he was only on 36 and then survived a missed run-out opportunity on 94.
Ironically, right after Gambhir and Kohli brought up their respective tons in the same over, both batsmen fell to Farveez Maharoof’s bowling in the 43rd over of the innings. Gambhir (100) was the first to go, caught at long on by Upul Tharanga, while Kohli (108) was caught at sweeper cover by Lahiru Thirimanne off the fifth delivery of Maharoof’s over.
However, the double strike gave little relief to Sri Lanka. Chennai Super Kings’ star pairing of MS Dhoni (46* off 26) and Suresh Raina (30* off 17) smashed 78 runs off the last 7.1 overs to guide India to a score of 300-plus. Dhoni was the more destructive of the two as he hit Kulasekara for 17 runs in the 48th over.
Although Lanka lost RCB’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (7) early in the chase, a brisk half-century from Delhi Daredevils’ Mahela Jayawardene kept India on the edge in the first half of the Lankan innings. However, with Jayawardene (78 off 59) eventually falling to Irfan Pathan in the 19th over and R Ashwin removing Kumar Sangakkara (65 off 87) in the 36th over, the Lankans simply didn’t have the necessary experience to guide them past the finish line.
Pathan, who will also turn out for the Delhi daredevils in IPL 2012, finished with four for 32, CSK’s Ashwin took three for 39 while RCB’s R Vinay Kumar contributed with figures of three for 55 as India brought an end to the Lankan innings in 45.1 overs.
India now play hosts Bangladesh in the fourth match of the competition at the same venue on Friday, March 16.
Brief scores:India 304/3 in 50.0 overs (Virat Kohli 108, Gautam Gambhir 100, MS Dhoni 46*, Farveez Maharaoof 2/57) beat Sri Lanka 254/10 in 45.1 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 78, Kumar Sangakkara 65, Irfan Pathan 4/32, R Ashwin 3/39) by 50 runs
Man-of-the-match: Virat Kohli for his impressive century (108 off 120 balls, 7x4) that set India up for a match-winning score