Apr 162013

The Kings XI Punjab pulled off a shocking win against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by beating them by 4 runs. Despite superb innings by Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan, Punjab were able to restrict KKR to 153-9 in the chase of 158.

Match Report: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 20, Mohali, April 16th, 2013

The toss was won by the KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. He chose to bowl first and had only 1 change in his team; Debabrata Das came in for Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who was out with an injury. For the Kings XI Punjab, David Miller replaced Ryan Harris and Manpreet Gony filled in for Satish.

The openers Mandeep Singh and Adam Gilchrist started well for the Kings XI. Mandeep Singh hit Balaji for a few calculated boundaries. Gilchrist got into the act too by hitting Balaji for a boundary through extra cover, but soon fell to Senanayake after just making 7 off 12, continuing his poor run in this year’s IPL. Manan Vohra then joined Mandeep Singh and helped the Kings XI reach 50 runs in 8 overs. Mandeep Singh was looking in great form, hitting a total of 6 boundaries in his innings. Manan Vohra too chipped in and provided good support. Vohra fell for 17 off 16 balls to Balaji in the 9thover. Mandeep Singh went for a fine innings of 41 in 30 balls just 2 overs later, after he nicked a short ball from Kallis to the keeper. The umpire, though, wasn’t convinced that there was a nick but Mandeep Singh walked. Looks like he got inspiration from his captain, Gilchrist, who is known for his famous “walking”.

The scoring got slow as David Hussey and David Miller were both new at the crease. In the 15th Over, David Hussey fell to Sunil Narine for just 12 runs. The new batsman in was Azhar Mahmood, a good hitter of the ball. But much to everyone’s surprise, Mahmood was caught and bowled by Narine on the first ball! Gone for a duck, Narine had just got 2 off 2. That wasn’t all! Sunil Narine was now on a hattrick and the next batsman in was Gurkeerat Singh. For the hattrick ball, Gambhir appointed 2 slips and a silly point. But defying that, Sunil Narine got Singh bowled the first ball, thus completing Narine’s first ever Hattrick and also the first hattrick taken by any Kolkata Knight Riders bowler. Manpreet Gony then began an innings of hard hitting. Gony struck 2 boundaries in Senanayake’s over as soon as he came in. In Balaji’s over, Gony literally clobbered one over the fence and a few deliveries later, clubbed another boundary down the ground. In Narine’s 4th and final over, Gony hit 2 sixes and a boundary to ruin Narine’s perfect figures. Piyush Chawla also chipped in with a few boundaries. In the final over, Gony departed for a well made 42 off just 18 balls, doing the damage he was sent in to. Kings XI Punjab finished their innings on 157, much thanks to Gony’s hard hitting in the final overs.

The Kolkata Knight Riders faced a major blow when 2 of their big batsmen Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis got out in quick succession, the former to Praveen Kumar and the latter to Azhar Mahmood. KKR were 1-2 when Eoin Morgan walked in to partner the skipper Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir continued his great form coming into this match, hitting consecutive boundaries off Praveen Kumar’s bowling. Morgan started slow but soon gained momentum and, along with Gambhir, started hitting boundaries all over the ground. The Skipper Gambhir was oozing with class as he was hitting some classic and scintillating shots. After a well made 60 off 39 balls, he got out to Gony, nicking one back to the keeper. Morgan soon got out too, after making 47. The departure of the two well set batsmen proved as the turning point of the game. The scoring slowed down considerably, and wickets fell at regular intervals. Tiwary, Debebrata Das and Pathan got out cheaply. Bhatia put up a fight, hitting 2 sixes to take KKR closer to the target but eventually fell too. Needing 11 off 6 from the last over, KKR were unable to reach their target, despite some fantastic innings by Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan.

Another big upset after last night’s game where Pune Warriors shocked CSK. KKR’s middle and lower order all fell very cheaply and failed once again. Once again, KKR were dependent on their top order batsmen. Gony’s hard hitting in the last overs of the Kings XI Punjab’s innings proved to be costly as KXIP beat KKR by 4 runs. The MoM went to Manpreet Gony for his blitzkrieg innings of 42 off 18 and for taking 1-18 in 4 overs.

Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 157/9 (Gony: 42(18), Mandeep Singh: 41(30), Kallis: 3-24) beat  Kolkata Knight Riders 153/9 (Gambhir: 60(39), Morgan: 47(38), Azhar Mahmood: 3-21)

Player of the Match: Manpreet Gony, KXIP

Disappointment of the Day: Yusuf Pathan, KKR

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