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KKR makes heavy weather of small total
23 April 2012

Kolkata Knight Riders managed to register its fourth victory in seven matches by subduing a fighting Deccan Chargers by five wickets with six balls to spare at the near full Barabati Staidum here on Sunday.

Deccan Chargers made a bold attempt to win its first match of the IPL V season but Knight Riders managed to reach 127 for five on a slowish track, thanks to a responsible unbeaten 39 by Manoj Tiwary. Giving him company till the end was his Bengal teammate Debabrata Das, not out on nine.

The two will meet again on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens. Earlier, Chargers, asked to bat first put up 126 for seven in 20 overs.

What looked like a seemingly achievable target, KKR made heavy weather of the chase with irresponsible batting, especially in the top of the order. Brendon McCullum tried to pull a low short pitched ball and paid dearly when he was declared leg before.

Manvinder Bisla came and went after hitting two boundaries but Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis, the two seasoned campaigners, played sensibly to take the score past half century before the in-form Gambhir failed to keep the drive down off Anand Rajan and was taken at mid-off by Sangakkara for a well made 30.

Yusuf Pathan, who was sent ahead of Manoj Tiwary, tried to his way out of poor form. A huge six off let-arm spinner Ankit Sharma embolden him so much that he tired to heave the next ball out of the ground but found the ball coming quicker and shattering his wicket.

Tiwary and Kallis came together to produce the best part of the innings to add 33 runs for the fifth wiket in 5.4 overs on a pitch that was increasingly slowing down making stroke making very difficult.

Kallis, who showed good patience in scoring 23 runs off 24 balls, edged Steyn through slips for a boundary but was beaten by the next ball which forced him to edge to keeper Patel.

Promising start

Earlier, put into bat, Chargers got off to a promising start with the two openers, Kumar Sangakkara and Shikar Dhawan, adding 37 runs in 5.5 overs before the skipper departed to a beautiful in-cutter by Lakshmipathy Balaji, which the batsmen tried to step out and loft.

There ensured the best phase of the Chargers' innings when Parthiv Patel joined a free-stroking Dhawan in the middle and the two mixed caution with aggression to put on 44 runs in 5.4 overs.

Dhawan was confidence personified as he played the pacers and the spinners with great authority. His lofted on-drive for a six off Pathan was one of the best shots in his impressive innings.

He also hit four sweetly timed boundaries. Dhawan's run-a-ball 50 was his second half-century of this season and 13th overall.

Vital breakthrough

When Parthiv left at the team's total of 81 in the 12th over bowled by Rajat Bhatia, the Knight Riders got the breakthrough it needed the most. Craig White, who came in place of Daniel Christian in the playing XI, promised much but fell under pressure, taken by Debabrata Das in the deep off Brett Lee.

Thereafter, Chargers' late-order batsmen failed to sustain the momentum as wickets tumbled at regular intervals. Only Jean-Paul Duminy stood his ground with an unbeaten 16. The team reached a none-too-impressive 126 for seven in 20 overs.

Spinner Sunil Narine and Balaji stood out with good bowling effort, each picking up two wickets apiece. Bhatia, as usual, was very restrictive on a pitch that looked on the slower side.

Earlier, a smart shower in the afternoon and a light drizzle just before the toss, delayed the start. The match got underway after an hour and five minutes delay without any curtailment in the overs.

Scorecard: Deccan Chargers: K. Sangakkara b Balaji 12 (12b, 1x4), S. Dhawan c Das b Bhatia 50 (50b, 4x4, 1x6), Parthiv (run out) 23 (19b, 2x4), C. White c Das b Lee 10 (9b, 1x4), J.P. Duminy (not out) 16 (15b, 1x4), I. Jaggi c McCullum b Narine 3, (7b), Ankit Sharma c Gambhir b Balaji 1 (2b), D. Steyn c Tiwary b Narine 7 (3b, 1x6), A. Mishra (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb-2, nb-1): 3; Total (for seven wkts. in 20 overs): 126.

Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Sangakkara), 2-81 (Patel), 3-95 (White), 4-100 (Dhawan), 5-109 (Jaggi), 6-113 (Ankit), 7-121 (Steyn).

Kolkata Knight Riders bowling: Yusuf 2-0-19-0, Lee 4-0-15-1, Narine 4-0-26-2, Balaji 4-0-22-2, Kallis 2-0-16-0, Bhatia 4-0-26-1.

Kolkata Knight Riders: B. McCullum lbw b Steyn 10 (9b, 1x4), G. Gambhir c Sangakkara b Anand Rajan 30 (28b, 4x4), M. Bisla b Mishra 10 (13b, 2x4), J. Kallis c Parthiv b Steyn 23 (24b, 2x4), Y. Pathan b Ankit 6 (4b, 1x6), M. Tiwary (not out) 30 (28b, 2x4), D. Das (not out) 9 (8b, 1x4); Extras (lb-2, w-7): 9; Total (for five wkts. in 19 overs): 127.

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (McCullum), 2-44 (Bisla), 3-64 (Gambhir), 4-72 (Pathan), 5-105 (Kallis).

Deccan Chargers bowling: Steyn 4-0-24-2, Ankit 4-0-19-1, Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-35-0, Mishra 4-0-27-1, White 1-0-8-0, Anand Rajan 2-0-11-1, Duminy 0-0-1-0.

Man-of-the-Match: Brett Lee



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