Punjab extend their winning run

Punjab extend their winning run

Report by Sajan Gupta

The batting woes continued for Kolkata Knight Riders, as they folded-out for 109 in reply to Kings XI Punjab’s 132. Everyone had their eyes set on Punjab’s batting power-house particularly on Glenn Maxwell and David Miller but it was their bowlers this time around who extended their winning streak to four this year.

After winning the toss, Kolkata Knight Riders Skipper, Gautam Gambhir had hoped on a green track with plenty of cracks in it, it would be easier to bat under lights but his decision to bowl first backfired as the ball jagged around after sunset. Morne Morkel straightway started to get some extra bounce on the pitch and he continued to torment the Indians in the top order with his 145-plus kmph deliveries.

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Glenn Maxwell is bowled by Morne Morkel

Maxwell joined Virender Sehwag in the middle after Punjab was 2 down with only 28 runs on the board. Everyone was expecting some fireworks from him but soon saw his leg-stump doing Cart-wheeling as Morne Morkel got him with a legstump Yorker. Piyush Chawla surprised inclusion in the team paid-off as he picked up three important wickets of Sehwag, who was started to look a bit dangerous with the bat, Miller and Captain George Bailey. Kings XI Punjab collapsed from 101 for 4 to 132 for 9 as Sunil Narine took three in an over.

Kolkata continued to loss wickets regularly in the chase, and their skipper, Gautam Gambhir pushed himself down to No. 3 after three ducks in a row, but his misery with the bat continued as he got out for only one. With only 19 runs on the board after 5 overs Kolkata lost their top three and it was all left to Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa to bring the chase back on track. They started to play sensibly but in between asking rate continued to climb up regularly and in the process to up the ante a bit Lynn, Pathan and Uthappa lose their wickets and Knight Riders were reduced 65 for 7 after 14 overs.

SuryaKumar Yadav continued to play his shots and at one stage he threatened to take the game away but wound up well short and KKR was all out for merely 109 runs. Sandeep Sharma received the MOM award for his figures of 3 for 21.