Easy win for KKR
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders scored a convincing 46-run win over an ever-struggling Pune Warriors in the ongoing IPL here on Thursday.A...
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders scored a convincing 46-run win over an ever-struggling Pune Warriors in the ongoing IPL here on Thursday.A Opting to bat, KKR first rode on skipper Gautam Gambhir's 50 and a late surge by Ryan ten Doeschate (31 off 21) to post a challenging 152 for six, and then dished out a clinical bowling performance to bowl out Pune for 106 in 19.3 overs. Pune witnessed a horrible start to their run chase as their batsmen found the going tough against a disciplined KKR attack and scored just 41 runs for the loss of three wickets at the halfway stage. Pune lost skipper Aaron Finch, star player Yuvraj Singh and Udit Birla in quick succession. While Finch was bowled by Jacques Kallis (2/27), Yuvraj nicked an away going Laxipathy Balaji (3/19) delivery to Manvinder Bisla behind the stumps. Earlier, Pune wasted a good start by leaking runs in the death overs to allow Kolkata Knight Riders post the challenging total. KKR were in a spot of bother at 99 for five at one stage, but Pune bowlers gave away a whopping 53 runs in the final four overs to help the visitors cross the 150-run mark. KKR reached fifty in quick time after electing to bat, thanks mainly to Gambhir (50 off 44). Pune bowlers, however, managed to put brakes on KKR's scoring by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Bisla (12) was the first to depart stumped by Mahesh Rawat off Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/25). Rasool came back strongly in the next over and dismissed big man Kallis to pick up his first wicket of the tournament. Kallis was caught by Mathews at short cover of a fuller delivery from the off-spinner. Yusuf Pathan too did not help his side's cause as he departed cheaply. He edged one to wicket-keeper Rawat off Kumar while going for a booming cut. With KKR in a tight corner, it took a quickfire knock from ten Doeschate, who played his first IPL match this year, to bail the visitors out. Ten Doeschate used his long handle to great effect and smashed Mathews for a six and two fours to pick up 17 runs off the 17th over. Brief Scores: KKR 152 for six (G Gambhir 50, R ten Doeschate 31, B Kumar 3/25) bt PWI 106 (A Mathews 40, R Uthappa 31, Laxmipathy Balaji 3/19).