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Rain thwarts Knight Riders play off hopes

The Kolkata Knight Riders hopes of reaching the IPL play offs hang in the balance after heavy rain thwarted their hopes of setting the Royal Challengers Bangalore a large run chase at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

The Knight Riders innings was held up for over two hours because of heavy rain and once play got back under way they were given just two more overs in order to set the Royal Challengers a tricky run chase of 102 from 13 overs.

Yusuf Pathan led the way smashing Virat Kohli for a six and a boundary but the Royal Challengers kept control of the game thanks to Charl Langeveldt who removed Pathan (36) in the final over, restricting the Knight Riders to a total of 89-4.

Jacques Kallis got the Knight Riders off to a quick start thanks to two boundaries in the opening over off the bowling of Zaheer Khan as the visitors looked to gain the early momentum.

Despite the bright start the Knight Riders innings was derailed in the space of 19 deliveries as the visitors top order collapsed in just over three over as they lost three quick wickets.

Eoin Morgan (2) was the first to go after he was caught by Luke Pomersbach at square leg in the 3rd over after he tried to flick Zhan through the leg side.

Kallis followed 8 deliveries later after he edged a delivery from Langeveldt through to wicket keeper Arun Karthik to leave the Knight Riders 21-2.

With the top order stuttering Gautam Gambhir could only last 9 deliveries before he cut Sreenath Aravindís third delivery of the match straight to AB de Villiers who pulled off a diving catch in the covers to remove the Knight Riders skipper in the 6th over.

Having lost three early wickets the pressure was firmly on the Knight Riders but the visitors fought back thanks to Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary who shared a 4th wicket stand of 39 before heavy rain forced the game to be delayed for over two hours.

source - cricket20.com
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