Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) scored an amazing win over Rising Pune Supergiants on Sunday in a closely-fought Indian Premier League at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
KKR atopped the points table with four wins from five matches after thrashing Pune down.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to field first which gave Pune supergiants a fair chance to bat first and made a challenging total.
RPS got off to not so good start but Ajinkya Rahane’s innings where he made 67 runs off 52 ball was a big help in making a good total.
Faf Du Plessis was early dismissed by left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan. His dismissal put the brakes on the scoring rate and the RPS only managed to score 31/1 by the end of the powerplay. Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith tried to knit a partnership and both of them ran hard between the wickets , Smith smashed 31 runs off 28 balls and he was looking dangerous. Soon Rajagopal Satish dismissed him and sent him back to pavilion.
Narine got rid of Rahane and left Pune struggling at 119 runs , a late cameo from Mahendra Singh Dhoni where he smashed 23 runs off 12 balls helped Rising Pune Supergiants manage a challenging total of 160 runs with the loss of 5 wickets.
KKR got off to a disastrous start, chasing a target of 161 runs. They lost Robin Uthappa on the very first delivery of the innings. But Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar got together and made a partnership of 31 runs together.
Kolkata Knight Riders was running low on luck as they lost Gambhir because he misjudged a double. Kolkata Knight Riders was struggling to make runs and then Suryakumar and Pathan found some rhythm Yusuf Pathan (36) and Andre Russell (17) were one of the major contributors in the win. Though they kept on losing the wickets
25 April, 2016
Avni S. Singh