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Friday, April 24, 2009

IPL twenty20 – Yusuf Pathan helped Rajasthan Royals to win thriller via Super Over against Kolkata

First time in the history of IPL twenty20, the game between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders decided via Super Over after the game ended in a tie. In Super Over Kolkata Knight Riders batted first and they have chosen Gayle, McCullum and Ganguly as their three batsman two play in the Super Over and Rajasthan Royal decided to give Kamran Khan to bowl the decisive Super Over.

With three consecutive boundaries from Chris Gayle KKR manages 15 runs for the loss of one wicket in their one Super Over. Needing 16 runs to win, Rajasthan Royals selected Yusuf Pathan, R.Jadeja and D.Mascarenhas as their three batsmen and KKR chosen Mystery spinner A.Mendis to bowl the Super over for his team. But Yusuf Pathan has other idea and he smashed Mendis for 6,2,6,4 to finish the game in just four balls and allowed his team to register their maiden win in IPL season two.

Earlier Rasthan Royals posted 151 runs target for the Kolkata Knight Riders to register their second win in IPL. However Chasing a competitive target of 151 runs, Kolkata where struggling at half way stage. At 91/5 in 14 overs the chances of winning the game were looking slim. But Prince of Kolkata Saurav Ganguly (46 runs of 30 balls) and Yashpal Singh (20 runs of 18 balls) guided their team almost to a memorable win. But seven runs behind the partnership of 49 runs were broken by Shane Warne in his last over to give Rajasthan Royals an outside chance of winning the game.

Needing 7 runs to win in the last over, Saurav Ganguly batted with patience by picking up single and two till the second last delivery of the over and he nicked that one to keeper M.Rawat leaving Kolkata requiring two to win on the last ball of the over. However Ishant Sharma just manage one run ending the game as tie, which was finally won by Rajasthan Royals via Super Over.

Rajsthan Royals with the help of Yusuf Pathan blistering knock of 42 runs and some useful contribution from lower down the order posted a good total of 150 runs on the board. For Kolkata Knight Riders A.Mendis, I.Sharma and Anureet Singh picked up two wickets each.

Yusuf Pathan was declared Man of the Match for his super batting display during Rajasthan Royal innings and in Super Over bowled by A.Mendis.

Match Summary (Rajasthan Royals won via Super Over)

Rajasthan Royals – 150/6 in 20 Overs

Y.Pathan- 42 D.Mascarenhas –27

A.Mendis – 4-0-19-2 A.Singh– 4-0-35-2

Kolkata Knight Riders – 150/8 in 20 Overs

S.Ganguly- 46 C.Gayle –41

K.Khan– 4-0-18-3 S.Warne– 4-0-25-2

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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 2:06 AM  
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