Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
Sourav Ganguly (50) and Manoj Tiwary (75) both scored half centuries to help the Kolkata Knight Riders reach 183-5 against the Kings XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali..
Having won the toss and elected to bat the Knight Riders got off to a fantastic start thanks to Chris Gayle who smashed 14 runs off Brett Lee’s first over back in the IPL after recovering from an elbow injury he picked up last summer.
The Kings XI responded well to Gayle’s onslaught with Irfan Pathan only conceding eight runs in the second over before Shalabh Srivastava struck an over later to dismiss the West Indies captain thanks to a brilliant catch by Mavinder Bisla at mid wicket.
Having conceded 19 runs in his first over Lee bounced back giving away just 5 runs in the 4th over before Srivastava picked up his second wicket of the night at the end of the next over to dismiss Mandeep Singh (4) leaving the Knight Riders 45-2.
Ganguly and Tiwary built an important 3rd wicket partnership of 79 which saw the Knight Riders past the 130 mark before Ganguly (50) was caught by Piyush Chawla at long off to give Pathan the important breakthrough.
David Hussey who came into bat at number five only lasted 5 ball before he was bowled by Chawla to leave the Knight Riders 130-4.
With Ganguly and Hussey back in the dug out Tiwary remained at the crease to help the Knight Riders reach 183-5 thanks to a brillant last over which saw Pathan concede 21 runs to leave the Kings XI under pressure.