• Punjab edge KKR in close finish

      April 17, 2013
      Print : Sports

      MOHALI: Kings XI Punjab registered their second win in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League after they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four runs here on Tuesday.

      Chasing 158 for a win, Kolkata were restricted to 153 for 9 in 20 overs at the PCA stadium.

      Skipper Gautam Gambhir (39-ball 60) continued his golden run with the bat, scoring his 19th tournament fifty, but it wasn’t enough.

      Eoin Morgan (47) supported Gambhir in a 105-run stand after the visitors were reduced to 1 for two wickets in the second over.

      Late cameos from Yusuf Pathan (13) and Rajat Bhatia (16) were not enough for Kolkata.

      Azhar Mahmood was the pick of the Punjab bowlers, scalping 3 for 21. Parvinder Awana and Parveen Kumar took two wickets each.

      Earlier, Kolkata’ mystery spinner Sunil Narine recorded the first hat-trick of this season as Kings XI Punjab scored 157 for 9 in their 20 overs.

      Put into bat by Kolkata skipper Gambhir, Punjab rode a quickfire 42 from tailender Manpreet Gony and 41 from opener Mandeep Singh to reach a competitive total on flat yet pacy deck. Trinidadian Narine became the 8th bowler in IPL history to effect a hat-trick.

      He flummoxed David Hussey (12) with uncanny bounce and got him out caught behind, then deceived Azhar Mahmood (0) with a straighter delivery and got him out caught and bowled. Gurkeerat Singh, facing the hat-trick ball, misread the knuckle-ball or the carom ball and saw his off stump rattled.

      Apart from Narine’s three wickets, Jacques Kallis struck thrice for the visitors. Sachithra Senanayake took two wickets and Laxmipathy Balaji struck once.

      Earlier, Adam Gilchrist failed once again and was the first to be dismissed, lbw to tall off spinner Senanayake for just 7 in the fourth over.

      Young Manan Vohra, looked good in his brief stay at the crease and gave good support to Mandeep but could not do better than just 17.

      David Miller, who replaced Ryan Harris in the line up, was dismissed for 20 by Senanayake after which Manpreet Gony hit some lusty blows (3 sixes and 4 fours) to give Punjab a much-needed momentum towards the end.

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