Pathan, Kallis power KKR to 161 against Somerset

Jacques Kallis hit four sixes and as many boundaries in his knock of 74 not out AFP

Hyderabad: Sep 25, 2011

A consistent Jacques Kallis and a marauding Yusuf Pathan sent Somerset bowlers on a leatherhunt during the last six overs as Kolkata Knight Riders scored 161 for three in a Champions League T20 match.

While Jacques Kallis again brilliantly mixed caution with aggression to score an unbeaten 74, it was Pathan’s four consecutive sixes in the 15th over bowled by part-timer Arul Suppiah that turned the tables.

KKR smashed 30 runs of that particular over which was launchpad for a competitive score. Incidentally that this the most runs scored by a team in a single over in Champions League.

Kolkata scored only 62 runs in the first overs but came back strongly to score 99 in the back 10.

While Kallis hit four boundaries and equal number of sixes while Yusuf smashed 39 runs off only 21 deliveries with help of four sixes.

KKR captain Gautam Gambhir had disappointing return to competitive cricket as he perished for a first-ball duck closing face to a Lewis Gregory delivery as Alphonso Thomas at mid-off took an easy catch.

Earlier after opting to bat, KKR opener Manvinder Bisla (17, 2×4, 1×6) started off in style with couple of boundaries one over cover and the other over point off rival captain Thomas’ bowling.

In the next over, he lifted Murali Kartik for a six over extra cover but perished when Gregory dug one short. Manoj Tiwary (20) wasn’t exactly comfortable during his stay at the crease but added 50 runs with Kallis as KKR scored at a rate of six runs per over.

Things changed once Yusuf joined Kallis. Lewis Gregory had the best figures of two for nine but it was baffling that he didn’t bowl his full quota. (PTI)

Brief Scores: KKR 161 for 3 in 20 overs (Jacques Kallis 74*, Yusuf Pathan 39*; Lewis Gregory 2 for 9, Alfonso Thomas 1 for 34) vs Somerset.

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