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Steyn helps Bangalore restrict Kolkata

Dale Steyn served as both strike bowler and ace fielder as the Bangalore Royal Challengers restricted the Kolkata Knight Riders to 129 for seven in their Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Steyn took three for 27 in a display of magnificent fiery fast bowling, but his arm also serves as a potent weapon and he patrolled the boundary with almost as much threatening intent as when he had the ball in his hand.

The match was reduced to 16 overs a side due to rain and the South African claimed the first wicket of the Kolkata innings when he trapped Aakash Chopra (two) plumb in front of the stumps.

When not bowling, Steyn had made the fine leg area his own with some sharp groundfielding and terrific flat, fast and accurate throws to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, and he provided the key wicket of the innings when he ran out David Hussey.

Hussey, who had just hit successive sixes off Anil Kumble, tried to return for a second on a leg-bye but was caught short as Steyn fired in a tremendous throw straight over the stumps to Boucher.

Hussey was the dangerman and had scored 27 off just 12 balls.

Steyn the bowler was then called back into service in the 12th over and had Tatenda Taibu caught behind by Boucher for 15 and bowled Laxmi Shukla for 11.

But Wriddhiman Saha (17*) and Murali Kartik (17) then added 34 runs in four overs to ensure Kolkata have posted a total that is still threatening.

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