Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary shared a 3rd wicket stand of 85 to help led the Kolkata Knight Riders to a comprehensive 8 wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens.
The pair came together in 5th over and help the Knight Rider cruise to victory which see’s them move ahead of the Mumbai Indians into top spot in the IPL group standings.
The Knight Riders run chase got off to a bad start when they lost Jacques Kallis (1) at the start of the second over after he was caught by David Hussey to give Bhargav Bhatt the early break through.
Eoin Morgan, promoted up the order after Brad Haddin was forces out of the tournament with a finger injury, enjoyed a 2nd wicket stand of 30 with Gambhir before the opener was caught by Ryan Harris to give Bhatt his 2nd wicket.
Despite the setback Gambhir (45) and Tiwary (34) slowly built a match winning partnership which allowed the home side to easily pass the Kings XI total of only 119-6.
Iqbal Abdulla (19-2) and Yusuf Pathan (24-1) led the way for the home side, who took advantage of the slow wicket to stifle the visitors despite the best efforts of Dinesh Karthik (42) who top scored for the Kings XI.
The Kings XI got off to a good start thanks to Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty who shared an opening stand of 32 before the Knight Riders took control of the game.
In form batsman Paul Valthaty (7) was the first to go; having suffered a frustrating time at the crease the opener picked out Manoj Tiwary at long-on to give Pathan the break through in the 5th over.
A moment’s hesitation cost Shaun Marsh (5) his wicket an over later when he failed to respond to Gilchrist’s call for a quick single until the Kings XI skipper was half way down the crease leaving Iqbal Abdulla with an easy task of removing the bails.
Gilchrist (26) quickly followed when he was bowled by Iqbal Abdulla before the visitors collapse was completed when Abhishek Nayar (0) was run out by Eoin Morgan to leave the Kings XI 53-4 after 9.2 overs.
With the pressure mounting David Hussey and Dinesh Karthik shared a 5th wicket partnership of 33 to lead the visitors recovery until the impressive Iqbal Abdulla struck with his last ball to trap Hussey (15) LBW.
Although Karthik remained at the crease until he was run out in the final over the Knight Riders will feel confident of chasing a below par score despite the slowness of the wicket.