Warriors set 156-run target for Kolkata Knight Riders

Warriors batsman Colin Ingram hit three boundaries and three sixes in his knock of 61 off 47 balls AFP

Bengaluru: Oct 1, 2011

A stroke-filled half century by Collin Ingram powered Warriors to 155 for four in their Champions League T20 group B contest against Kolkata Knight Rider at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Put to bat, Warriors made the best use of the conditions, with their top order, clobbering the Kolkata bowlers. Ingram and Jon Jon Smuts stood tall as Warriors recovered from an early loss of Ashwell Prince (4), who departed at 15.

Ingram sizzled with his 47-ball 61 while he bloomed in the company of Smuts, who was equally brilliant with a 43-ball 46 as the second wicket pair stitched a 61-ball 80 that bailed the team from early jitters.

Ingram’s innings was studded with three hits to the fence and three over it as the southpaw snatched his maiden 50 in this edition of the tournament.

Jaques Kallis gave Kolkata the perfect breakthrough, dismissing Ashwell Prince for 4, who showed some flashes, opening his innings with a powerful boundary.

When things were going in Warriors way, India-discard Laxmipathy Balaji scuttled the Warriors’ surge, claiming two wickets for Kolkata. He dismissed Smuts when the right-hander attempted to pull a short ball saw Iqbal Abdulla gleefully accepting it at mid-off and ducked Craig Thyssen.

Smuts, who made a 75-ball 88 against South Australia Redbacks in the previous game, matched his partner Ingram stroke for stroke, hitting four boundaries.

Curtain came down on Ingrams innings when he was pouched by Abdulla off Brett Lee’s bowling.

Towards the end wicket-keeper batsmen Mark Boucher (36) played a little cameo as the right hander added 46 runs from 39 with Ingram for the third wicket stand.

Wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin, who developed a hamstring injury was rested with Manvinder Bisla donning the gloves for Kolkata. (PTI)

Brief Scores: Warriors 155 for 4 in 20 overs (Colin Ingram 61, Jon Jon Smuts 46, Mark Boucher 38*, Lakshmipathy Balaji 2 for 35, Brett Lee 1 for 25) vs KKR.

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