Sunday, April 4, 2010

IPL3. Day.24. Match.34. Kolkatta Knight Riders Vs Kings XI, Punjab


Kings XI Punjab 204/2, beat Kolkatta Knight Riders 200/3 by eight wickets in a high scoring match. Mahela Jayawardane, who played only because Shaun Marsh was declared unfit at the last moment, propelled Kings XI, Punjab to a memorable victory.

Ganguly's decision to bat first was vindicated after Knight Riders were of to a rollicking start. Ganguly went early for 36 of 31 and till the thirteenth over, Kings XI bowlers held their fort well. The runflow started from the 13th over and Chris gayle went berserk, particularly targeting Bopara. He hammered away 88 of 42. With Tiwary making a sensible 35 of 32 and Mathews and Hussey stroking away in the end overs, Knight Riders finished at a good 200 for 3. Irfan Pathan, Therron and Ramesh Powar took a wicket each. The WC.T20, select Piyush Chawla did not even complete his quota of four overs. He was beaten black & blue for 2.0.26.0. In fact he has not been given the full quota of overs in quite a few matches, as he has been found wanting.

But it was Mahela's day and nothing could be taken away from him and he lead Kings XI to a memorable eight wicket victory with an unbeaten 110 of 59. After Bisla's early exit, Mahela had two good partnerships with Sangakara 38 of 22 and Yuvraj 33 not out of 16. Bond 4.0.32.1 and Murali Kartik 4.0.41.1 were the only wicket takers.

Kings XI Punjab may not be having any chance of making the semis. If they repeat today's form, they would be a handful for their opponents in the second half of IPL3.

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