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Monday, April 21, 2008

IPLtwenty20 - Kolkata Knight Riders wins thriller at Eden Garden

On Sunday fourth match of IPL twenty20 were played between two most favorite teams of the tournament Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders. With brilliance of David Hussey (37* runs of 43 balls) KKR able to beat the twenty20 specialist team Deccan Chargers by five wickets.

This was a match which went right down to the wire, however Kolkata Knight Riders able to snatch a victory in the 19th over with five wickets in hand.

Chasing a smallest target of 111 runs for victiry, which was smallest target of the tournament so far Kolkata teams were struggling 21/3 in the fifth over. Brandum McCullum not able to repeat the heroics of first match and he was first to go on 5 runs in the 2nd over. R.Ponting was also got out facing first ball of Chaminda Vaas.

Sourav Ganguly and David Hussey gutsed it out with the former taking a fierce blow on the rib as the duo ambled to their target. But Ganguly's dismissal not only spurred the visitors to stage an excellent fightback, but created a deafening silence at the packed Eden.

At one stage they were 89/5 in 16.4 overs before light cut-off at eden garden. After a short interval of time light came back and play resumes with same target. David Hussey manages to hit two huge sixes to guide his team home by 5 wickets.

Earlier V.V.S Laxman won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket which was looking like more worst than 5th day pitch of a test match. Deccan Chargers lost wicket at regular interval right from the start and they manage just 110/10 in 18.4 overs. A. Symonds was highest scorer for his team with 32 runs from 39 balls.

David Hussey was declared Man of the Match.

Match Summary

Deccan Chargers – 110/10 in 18.4 Overs

A.Symonds– 32 A.Gilchrist – 23

M.Kartk– 3.4-0-17-3 A.Agarkar – 2-0-19-2

Kolkata Knight Riders – 112/5 in 19 Overs

D.Hussey – 38* S.Ganguly – 14

C.Vaas– 3-0-9-2 P.Ojha – 4-0-18-2

Boucher brilliance snatch first victory for Royal Challangers Bangalore

Match5 were another heart beating encounter between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challenger Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Mark Boucher the South African wicketkeeper played a quick fire inning of 39 runs of 19 balls to take his team home by 5 wickets with two balls to spare.

After beaten very badly in their first match by Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challenger Bangalore came back strongly to restrict the home team for 165/6 in 20 overs. Chasing the target they got of to steady start by their Captain Rahul Dravid (32 runs of 33 balls) and S.Chanderpaul (16 runs of 11 balls) before S.Chanderpaul got out in the 5th over to leave his team at 37/1 in 5 overs.

Even after a steady start, the Bangalore team it seemed was always facing an uphill task, remaining below the required run-rate through most of their run chase. But the equation changed completely with Jacques Kallis and Boucher suddenly launching a brilliant counter-attack at the death.

Needing 30 runs in the last three overs, M.Boucher and J.Kallis made full use of Ashish Nehra comeback match and hit as many as 19 runs in the 18th over to bring down the required run rate below six. With only 11 needed off two overs, Mumbai for the first time were facing the heat and even though they managed to get rid off Kallis for 25, Bangalore managed to reach home in the last over.

Earlier Mumbai Indians acting captain Harbhajan Singh won the toss and elected to bat first. Sanath Jayasurya gave his team a blistring start by hitting 29 runs of 16 balls hitting five 4's and one huge six. But Zaheer Khan, who was the best bowler in view, threw the wickets down at the non-striker’s end to send back the Sri Lankan southpaw.

With the help of steady inning from R.Uthappa (48 runs of 38 balls) and sparkling knock from Shaun Pollock of 12 ball 28 runs help his team to post 165/6 in allotted 20 overs.

Mark Boucher was declared Man of the Match.

Match Summary

Mumbai Indians – 165/6 in 20 Overs

R.Uthappa– 48 S.Jayasurya – 29

Z.Khan– 4-0-17-2 B.Akhil – 3-0-17-2

Royal Challenger – 166/5 in 19.4 Overs

M.Boucher – 39* R.Dravid – 32

H.Singh– 4-0-36-2 D.Kulkarni – 2.4-0-19-1


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 12:51 PM  
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