Harjit Mehat | cricket20
Yusuf Pathan picked up three wickets to help the Kolkata Knight Riders restrict the big hitting Kochi Tuskers Kerala to a total of only 132-7 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The all rounder led the Knight Riders attack with figures of 20-3 to thwart the Tuskers who suffered a mid innings slump after Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan (28-3) tore through the visitors top order.
Having been put into bat the Tuskers got off to a good start thanks to the experienced opening pair of Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene who shared an opening stand of 49 for the visitors.
With the Tuskers looking in control, the game was turned on its head within the space of 7 deliveries as Shakib Al Hasan and then Pathan struck to remove the opening pair.
McCullum (23) was the first to be dismissed when he picked out Eoin Morgan at backward point before Jayawardene (23) was trapped LBW by Pathan to leave the visitors 51-2.
With the break through made the Knight Riders increased their advantage soon after as Brad Hodge (2) and Parthiv Patel (9) were dismissed in quick fashion by Pathan who took his tally of wicket in the innings to three.
Ravindra Jadeja gave the visitors hope with a quick fire 29 during a 5th wicket partnership of 35 with Kedar Jadhav (12) but the Tuskers progress was halted by Shakib Al Hasan and Bret Lee who struck within the space of 5 deliveries to end the pairs resistant’s.
Vinay Kumar (11) quickly followed the pair back to the dugout after he became Shakib Al Hasan’s third victim of the game before Lakshmipathy Balaji ended the innings in fine style by conceding just 4 runs from the final over.