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The IPL dream for the Kolkata Knight Riders is over. All hopes of repeating last year’s magic and getting a sneak into the last four of the competition went down as a series of errors on the field cost KKR a crucial encounter against the Pune Warrriors India in Ranchi.
From a point where KKR were deemed favorites to win the match after a 98-run partnership between Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate, few would have thought that the Knights would go down losing and ultimately bow out of the tournament.
A bizarre dismissal off Yusuf Pathan, who was out ‘obstructing the field’ in the eighteenth over of the match, was arguably the game changing moment.
“We have ourselves to blame for the loss. We lost the game with three pieces of bad running,” said Ryan ten Doeschate to IPLT20.com after a heart-wrenching seven-run loss.
Yusuf and ten Doeschate were going great guns as victory was in sight. Then the duo misjudged a run in the sixteenth over and Doeschate had to depart after scoring a 30-ball 42.
“The run-out essentially cost us the game, but even after my run-out, Yusuf was still going great guns. He then got himself run-out as well and it is very disappointing to lose a game like that. I would certainly say it was the turning point of the game,” added the all-rounder.
Disappointing it must be for sure as KKR had almost chased down 171 with ease. The wicket according to the all-rounder was playing well and the team always backed itself to get those runs even after losing three early wickets. The plan for Yusuf and Doeschate during the chase was simple.
“We did not want the run-rate to steep up to thirteen an over and decided to keep it at close to ten runs an over which we backed ourselves to get. We were looking for boundaries right from the word go since it was a good wicket to bat on. We needed 49 off the last five and you always back yourselves to win such games with two set batsmen at the crease. Everything went according to the plan, except that we lost it in the last few overs,” expressed Doeschate.
With this loss, KKR’s hopes of defending the title have been shattered and they have one match to play for pride. It has been a topsy-turvy ride for KKR and many have blamed their marquee players for not having scored runs consistently. Yusuf Pathan was on that list, but he finally came good with a 44-ball 72 to almost take his side home. Too late in the tournament it might have been, but Doeschate felt Yusuf was still one of the most dangerous batsmen in the IPL.
“Yusuf hits the ball cleanly and everyone knows that. He is a dangerous player and no one likes to bowl to him. He has not got the runs that he would have wanted this season, but every time he is out there in the middle you feel that energy and you feel that he has the ability to smash the best bowlers out of the park. It is just about him doing it more often and he will be one of the most destructive batsmen in the IPL.”
1: Yusuf Pathan became the first player to be dismissed “obstructing the field” in IPL. He is also only the fourth player in all Twenty20 cricket to be out in this manner after Faisalabad Wolves’ Ahmed Hayat (vs Karachi Dolphins at Lahore in 2005), Basnahira South’s Chinthaka Perera (vs Wayamba at Colombo SSC in 2009) and Trinidad & Tobago’s Adrian Barath (vs Canada, Bridgetown, 2012).
8: Number of bowlers used by Pune Warriors India – most by a side in a match in IPL 2013.
9: Number of consecutive matches after which Pune Warriors India finally registered a win. They had last won a match against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai exactly a month ago.
11: Number of wickets lost by both Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders as run-out in IPL 2013 – most such dismissals for any side.
49: Number of consecutive innings after which Yusuf Pathan scored a fifty in IPL. His last fifty had come against Deccan Chargers (73* off 34 balls) at Ahmedabad on March 26, 2010 – more than three years ago!