Aaron Moores | cricket20
Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary enjoyed a 4th wicket stand of 80 to help the Kolkata Knight Riders set the Deccan Chargers a run chase of 170 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The pair came together in the 12th over and proceeded to torment the Chargers bowling attack, taking just 33 deliveries to record a fifty partnership to give the Knight Riders the momentum.
Pathan (47) was at his destructive best dispatching 3 fours and 3 sixes after he was dropped by Daniel Christian and Amit Mishra early in his innings.
Tiwary (33) followed Pathan’s lead as the pair smashed 64 runs off the last 5 overs of the innings to help set the Chargers a tricky run chase.
The innings got off to a dramatic start when Eoin Morgan was almost run out from the first delivery of the game after he attempted a risky second run.
Having completed an easy single Morgan turned back for a second and made it home just in time before Kumar Sanhakkara took the bails off after some quick fielding by Dale Styen at point.
Having survived the run out chance Morgan (14) could only add 12 more runs before Christian removed his leg stump at the start of the 6th over.
Despite the early loss, Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir quickly established a 2nd wicket partnership of 43 before the home side struck back to remove the pair within the space of 5 deliveries.
Kallis (30) was the first to go when lofted a delivery from Amit Mishra to Dwaraka Ravi Teja on the long off boundary at the end of the 11th over before Pragyan Ojha ended Gambhir’s (35) innings in the next over to leave the visitors 84-3.
Having made the break through the Chargers failed to increase the pressure on the Knight Riders after they handed Pathan two extra lives to give the visitors the momentum going into the Chargers run chase.