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Pune Warriors India’s woeful run in the Pepsi IPL 2013 continued as they suffered a crushing 46-run defeat at the hands ofKolkata Knight Riders at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. After KKR posted 152, their bowlers bowled out PWI for 106.
Chasing 153, PWI started positively with two boundaries off Lakshmipathy Balaji in the second over. Aaron Finch (5), who survived a run out attempt off Jacques Kallis in the third over, was sent back bowled a few balls later. Balaji then struck, having Yuvraj Singh (1) caught behind in the next over to all but crush the hosts’ hopes of getting to the target. PWI made 34 from their Power Play.
Iqbal Abdulla sent back Udit Birla (7) as he knocked back his off-stump. The PWI batsmen struggled to get the bowlers away as the required run rate steadily rose. At the halfway stage, PWI were 49 for three, still requiring another 104 runs for a win.
Abdulla had Robin Uthappa (31) caught by Gautam Gambhirat point in the eleventh to leave PWI four down.Angelo Mathews launched Rajat Bhatia for a six in the 14th over before the bowler came back to dismiss Mitchell Marsh (5), caught by Manoj Tiwary at the boundary. Needing 73 from 30 balls, Mathews (40) deposited Kallis into the stands twice before perishing trying to hit Narine over the stands. The PWI capitulation continued as Mahesh Rawat (5) was caught behind of Kallis before Narine had Wayne Parnell (5) caught in the deep. PWI were bundled out for 106, falling 46 runs short.
Earlier KKR won the toss and elected to bat. Gambhir got going with two boundaries off Krishnakant Upadhyay in the second over. He continued attacking with consecutive boundaries off IPL debutant, Parvez Rasool. Kumar got the first breakthrough having Manvinder Bisla (12) stumped in the sixth over. KKR made 50 from their Power Play. Rasool then had Kallis (2) caught at cover. KKR were 66 for two at the halfway stage.
PWI bowlers stifled the flow of runs, as the KKR batsmen struggled to find the boundary. Eoin Morgan hit Marsh straight to Uthappa at short fine-leg in the twelfth over to leave KKR three down. Marsh dismissed Gambhir soon after his half-century, caught by Angelo Mathews at short midwicket. Wickets continued to tumble as Yusuf Pathan (3) then fell caught behind off Kumar. Ryan ten Doeschate (31) took apart Mathews' 17th over for 17 runs, with a six and two boundaries. He followed that up with blasting Kumar for two boundaries before top-edging to Upadhyay.
Bhatia (13*), with a boundary and a six in the final over, propelled KKR to 152 for six.
Man-of-the-Match: Gautam Gambhir
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 152 for 6 (Gautam Gambhir 50, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-25) defeated Pune Warriors India 106 all out in 19.3 overs (Angelo Mathews 40, Lakshmipathy Balaji 3-19) by 46 runs.
Rajasthan Royals got a step closer to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs with a comprehensive eight wicket win overKings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. RR, after restricting KXIP to 145, chased it down on the back of a responsible, undefeated 59 byAjinkya Rahane.
Chasing a moderate 146, RR lost skipper Rahul Dravid (4), castled by Bipul Sharma after being deceived by the flight. Rahane and Shane Watson got on with the task of rebuilding, adding 64 runs for the second wicket. RR made 38 from their power play overs. Watson launched Sharma for a six before Rahane followed suit depositing Piyush Chawla into the crowd.
Rahane, in full flow, stepped out and hit Manpreet Gonyfor a maximum over the long-off fence. Chawla who was hit for a boundary by Watson (31) came back to bowl him with a quicker delivery bowled seam up. At the halfway stage, RR were 73 for two, still requiring 73 runs.
Sanju Vishwanadh and Rahane rotated the strike well and kept the scoreboard ticking. Rahane (59*) brought up his fifty with a brace off Parvinder Awana in the 17th over. He immediately slammed Awana over mid-wicket for a six. Vishwanadh (47*) then got into Gony, smashing him for a six and a boundary to see RR home at the end of the 19th over.
Earlier, RR won the toss and elected to field. Ajit Chandila struck in the very first over as Mandeep Singh (0) was beaten by the flight and chipped one straight back to the bowler. KIXP got a move on after a quiet start with three boundaries off S Sreesanth in the fourth over. Adam Gilchrist, who returned to the team as captain hit consecutive boundaries off James Faulkner in the sixth over. Shaun Marsh then went after Chandila smashing him for a six and a boundary. At the halfway stage, KXIP were 74 for one.
Marsh brought up his fifty with a flick to the boundary off Faulkner in the 13th over. Kevon Cooper brought RR back into the match as he picked up three wickets to derail the KXIP innings. He first deceived Gilchrist (42) to dismiss him caught and bowled. David Hussey (1) followed him bowled by his countryman Shane Watson. Marsh deposited Faulkner into the crowd before smashing him for a boundary in the 16th over. Cooper then struck twice dismissing Marsh (77) and David Miller (8) as RR dragged back the match. KXIP finally finished with 145 for six.
Man-of-the-Match: Kevon Cooper
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 145 for 6 (Shaun Marsh 77; Kevon Cooper 3-23) lost to Rajasthan Royals 147 for 2 (Ajinkya Rahane 59*; Bipul Sharma 1-21) by 8 wickets