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Ganguly leads Knight Riders to important victory

The Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets to keep their hopes of reaching the semi finals alive while defeat seeís the Royals crash out of the tournament in the group stages.

Having restricted the Royal to just 132-9 the Knight Riders got off to a poor start in their run chase losing Brendon McCullum (6) and Chris Gayle (0) cheaply inside the first three overs thanks to two wickets from Kamran Khan who struck twice in the space of four balls t0 put the Royals in charge.

With such a low total needed the Knight Riders didnít panic as skipper Sourav Ganguly (75) played another classy innings scoring at a run a ball in the early stages to build a partnership of 111 with Cheteshwar Pujara (45) to lead the home side to victory.

The Royals will look back on the wasted opportunity after Watson had got them off to a good start and their failure to build any sort of meaning partnership once the Aussies was dismissed.

Having won the toss the Royals got to a very good start with Watson enjoying his role as opening having been moved up the order by Shane Warne to replace Michael Lumb who has struggled in his last couple of games.

Watson scored a rapid 26 ball 44 which included 7 fours and a six before he was bowled by Laxmi Shukla in the 7th over to leave the Royals 59-1. Naman Ojha (10) followed in the next over as the visitors started to wobble.

Big hitting Yusuf Pathan was the next to go as the wobble turned into a collapse after he was caught by a stunning catch by Sourav Ganguly having only scored 8 runs to reduce the Royals to 74-3.

Aaron Finch (21) and Adam Voges (8) offered some resistantís with a 24 run partnership before another wobble saw the pair loss their wickets in the space of 6 balls.

The big innings of Watsons at the top or the order was now going to waste as Abhishek Raut (2) offered little in an innings that lasted balls.

Paras Dogra (8) was bowled by Murali Kartik before Shan Warne and Faiz Fazal added another 11 runs before Fazal (13) was run out. 6 more runs were added to the score from the final three balls of the innings to increase the total the Knight Riders need for victory to 133.

source - cricket20.com
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