IPL 2: KKR vs KXIP : Match 6 review April 22, 2009Posted by Kunal Janu in Indian Premier League (IPL).
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Not the best of the win’s as Shah Rukh Khan may call it, but the man is happy for Kolkatta Knight Riders won their second match against the Kings XI Punjab to register their first points in the tournament. Sourav Ganguly made yet another comeback with the ball as he picked up 2 wickets to help restrict KXIP to a score of 158 for 6. Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum scored quick runs before rain stopped play with KKR 11 runs over the Duckworth Lewis par score.
Ganguly had been surrounded by controversies coming into the tournament, people questioning his place in the side after him being removed as the captain for the KKR team. The man has magic ability to make comebacks in pressure situations. Ganguly picked 2 important wickets and that of pinch-hitter Irfan Pathan and well set Ravi Bopara in his first over. After having a spectacular start, The two wickets proved worthy of pulling the score back.
ScoreCard: Match 6
When Ganguly came on to bowl, Irfan Pathan, promoted to No. 3, had just taken Ishant Sharma for 14 in his third over, and Punjab had moved along to 46 for 1 at the end of six overs. Thirty-two of those had come from Irfan’s bat, in 17 deliveries. And then Ganguly struck, fortuitously at first. Irfan went for a six to the deep midwicket area and was caught smartly by Murali Kartik at the boundary. Two balls later, Ganguly got Ravi Bopara, the opener, to edge to the new captain, Brendon McCullum. Both men were elated, the captain with his bowling change, the bowler having proved a point, and both ran in different directions to celebrate and eventually hugged each other.
Punjab was at 67 for 3 in ten overs before a rain interruption. Following the rain interuption, Yuvraj Singh hit a six off Ganguly to take 14 off his third over. Yet, Ganguly ended with figures of 24 for 2 off his four. Just after the rain interruption, Chris Gayle was bought into the attack. The tall West Indian had toruble gripping the ball and bowled three wides in the over. He went for 14 in his first over. KXIP were suddenly with momentum, Yuvraj Singh was playing some good shots taking the KKR bowling apart.
Yuvraj played one too many shots as he top-edged Moises Henriques in the 16th over, falling for 38 off 28, caught by Yashpal. Thirty-six came off 26 balls after Yuvraj’s fall, thanks largely to Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 31 in 19, and took the last over, bowled by Ashok Dinda, for 16, the biggest over of the innings.
Bgayle however overshadowed the innings played by the KXIP batsman, He played the irst two overs quietly but then showed why he was considered as one of the most dangerous batsman in the world. Thanks to Karan Goel who dropped a sitter at short midwicket off Yusuf Abdulla . It was a forgettable day for Goel, who had earlier scored a seven-ball duck.
Once Gayle carved Irfan over cover-point in the third over of the innings, the floodgates opened. From 4 off 8 balls, he reached 31 off 15 through a calculated assault on the left-arm opening bowlers. And then, in the fifth over of the innings, the game breaker came. Irfan was spanked straight and pulled square off the first two balls, and then Gayle showed him the greens, teeing off to over wide long-on. By the time Gayle was dropped again, by Kumar Sangakkara, off a Piyush Chawla googly, he had taken the match out of Punjab’s reach as the dark clouds gathered.
For the second game in succession, Punjab have been curtailed by rain, but this time they succumbed to Ganguly and Gayle, as opposed to their first match, when Delhi’s chase was reduced to a six-over hit-out. Punjab made good scores, scores that could have been defended. Priety Zinta, co-owner KXIP may well be hoping that rain stays away for their next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same ground on Friday. KXIP are now at the bottom of the league standings.