Kolkata outclass a listless King XI
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 27th March 2010
Kolkata Knight Riders outclassed a listless King XI Punjab by 39 runs to record their third win in the DLF IPL 3 at the PCA Stadium here on Saturday night.
The difference between the two teams was in the attitude while the visitors looked more keen and eager to win the host were mediocre. To add to the woes, Kings XI skipper Sangakkara was banned for one match for the slow over-rate. It was an embarrassing match for Sangakkara, who was stumped trying to play the switch hit, and was hauled for the third time by the match referee in the tournament for slow over-rate.
The home-team never made a serious attempt to chase down the target after losing Ravi Bopara in the opening over. Ajith Agarkar, playing his first match in this tournament, took two key wickets including the prize wicket of Yuvraj Singh. Tiwary exemplified the spirit of the visitors by taking a running catch to dismiss Yuvraj as the batsman tried to hoist Agarkar over mid-wicket.
Jayawardene and Sangakkara struggled to find the gaps and were pegged back some accurate bowling. As the run-rate climbed, both the batsman tried cheeky shots and were dismissed in embarrassing fashions. Jayawardene missed a paddle sweep and Sangakkara a switch hit. Pathan sparked for a while but it was a collective batting failure in which none of the top-order batsman played a big innings.
The Kolkata win was set up by Manoj Tiwary, who crafted a well paced innings of 75 not, and a composed 50 by skipper Sourav Ganguly. The KKR innings started and ended in style. Brett Lee making a comeback contrived to give 19 runs in his opening over and a sorry Pathan was flat batted and lofted with ridiculous ease by Tiwary in the last over which leaked 21 runs as the visitors made 183 for five in 20 overs. Gayle and Ganguly started the innings with a bang but the visitors lost two quick wickets and were on the backfoot when Tiwary joined his skipper. Tiwary allowed Ganguly to take control as the left-hander played the big shots of vintage class. Kings XI bowlers Srivastava and Malik managed to slip in a few quite overs as KKR made 66 for two in nine overs at the end of the first strategic break
Ganguly broke the shackles as he took on Piyush Chawla lofting him for a six and four off consecutive deliveries. Tiwary stroked the ball better and changed gears while Ganguly slowed down and was dismissed by Pathan. Hussey failed and the onus was on Mathews and Tiwary to step up the pace. Mathews played a cameo but it was Tiwaryís big shots in the end off Pathan which hurt King XI. The last five overs produced 57 runs as the visitors posted a competitive total.