Kolkata hand Pune their 11th defeat



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Pune: Jacques Kallis was a very angry man.

Robin Uthappa had driven the ball down the pitch, and Kallis stuck his right foot out. Non-striker Aaron Finch was outside the crease, as the ball went on to hit the stumps. Kallis appealed for a wicket, claiming that the ball had hit the sole of his boot. Umpire Sudhir Asnani went upstairs, and was told that the batsman was not out. The burly South African’s eyes popped out, and he let the man know that he wasn’t very pleased with the decision.

One ball later. Retribution.

Aaron Finch played across, with his feet nowhere in the picture. Bowled. Kallis celebrated by raising his arms, and turned around to stare at Asnani. Life can come full circle.

Pune would soon fall apart chasing Kolkata’s first innings total of 152/6. Yuvraj Singh edged the ball to Bisla off Balaji, while Udit Birla was bowled by Abdulla. Uthappa tried to restore some level of normalcy to the chase, but with Murphy’s law at work, it was clear that he too wouldn’t last too long. Bangalore’s Pune Warrior thought that he would paddle sweep, only to change his mind, to play the cut shot. The ball ended up in Gautam Gambhir’s hands at backward point.

53/4.

With the run rate going up, it was clear that the Pune batsmen would go for broke. Mitchell Marsh took the aerial route, only to be caught by Manoj Tiwary. Angelo Mathews smashed Kallis around, before falling to Narine, thanks to Tiwary’s handiwork at long on. From then on it would just be a matter of chipping away at the tail, and when Balaji caught Parvez Rasool after completing his follow through, it was all over.

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 46 runs. They started the game with their skipper Gautam Gambhir winning the toss and electing to bat.

Manvinder Bisla used his feet well to hit two fours, before being stumped by Pune keeper Rawat, who was standing up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Debutant Parvez Rasool, got rid of Jacques Kallis, to celebrate his first-ever IPL wicket.  Gambhir and Morgan then put together 23 runs for the third wicket, before Morgan fell to Marsh for 15. The Indian left-hander went on to hit his 50, before falling to the same bowler who had dismissed his English teammate.

Yusuf Pathan’s ordinary run continued, and it was upto Ryan ten Doeschate and Manoj Tiwary to take KKR towards the 20th over. The Dutchman struck 31, before perishing in the penultimate over.  A six and a four from Rajat Bhatia, plus some quick running ensured that the Kolkata Knight Riders milked 15 runs from the final over.

152/6, would be enough to give 11 Pune Warriors their 11th defeat in the tournament.

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