Clinical Kolkata trump Pune Warriors by 46 runs to register first away win

Kolkata Knight Riders produced an all-round show to thrash the Pune Warriors © IANS

By Devarchit Varma

Pune: May 9, 2013

Kolkata Knight Riders produced an inspired bowling performance to hand Pune Warriors India their 11th loss in 13 matches in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 tournament on Thursday. Despite their win, KKR remained at the seventh spot in IPL 2013 points table and still have an outside chance to make it to the playoffs round.

After setting a daunting target of 153, the Knight Riders shot out the Warriors for a paltry 106 from 19.3 overs, to register their first away win, by 46 runs,  in this season.

Lakshmipathy Balaji claimed three wickets while Iqbal Abdulla and Jacques Kallis two each, as Pune Warriors produced a spineless batting show on their home ground, Subroto Roy Sahara stadium.

Angelo Mathews clobbered four sixes to score 28-ball 40 and Robin Uthappa garnered 31 runs from 35 balls, but their effort weren’t enough to take their side across the finish line.

The Pune Warriors India made a poor start to their chase of 153 as they lost wickets early on which put them under pressure.

Captain Aaron Finch was cleaned up by Jacques Kallis on the fourth ball of the third over, but not before an unpleasant conversation between the KKR all-rounder and umpire Sudhir Asnani.

On the first delivery, Uthappa played it straight down the wicket and the ball crashed into the wickets after brushing Kallis’ boots. Finch was backing up too far and the replays confirmed the same. However, Simon Taufel, the third umpire wasn’t convinced enough and the decision went in batsman’s favour, which left Kallis fuming. Two deliveries later, Kallis knocked down Finch’s off-stump and turned around to give a long stare.

Yuvraj Singh’s forgettable outing continued in IPL 2013 as he nicked the second ball he faced off Lakshmipathy Balaji in the next over, which left the Warriors struggling at 20 for two.

Udit Birla found it tough scoring against the KKR bowlers, and he was struggling to read the mystery spinner Sunil Narine. His stay at the crease ended soon as Iqbal Abdulla bowled him on the first ball of the eighth over to add more to their woes.

Uthappa carried on scoring runs easily on both sides of the wickets, but his dismissal in the 11th over off Abdulla provided a big jolt to the Warriors’ hopes of a fightback.

Read first innings report here.

Brief scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 152 for 6 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 50, Ryan ten Doeschate 31; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 25, Mitchell Marsh 2 for 7) beat Pune Warriors India 106 all-out in 19.3 overs (Angelo Mathews 40, Robin Uthappa 31; Lakshmipathy Balaji 3 for 19, Iqbal Abdulla 2 for 26, Jacques Kallis 2 for 27) by 46 runs.

Man of the Match: Gautam Gambhir
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