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ABU DHABI---Sunil Narine s bril-
liance was not enough this time
around as Kolkata Knight Riders
slipped to their second loss of the
Indian Premier League, with a 23-
run defeat to King XI Punjab here
Playing at the Sheikh Zayed Sta-
dium, Kolkata held Kings XI to a
meagre 132 for nine after winning
the toss but then failed to mount
a decent batting challenge and col-
lapsed to 109 all out off 18.2 overs.
Narine was once against at the
forefront of Kolkata s attack, grab-
bing three for 24 from his four overs
to undermine Kings XI s innings.
Opener Virender Sehwag top
scored with 37 from 30 balls but
no other batsman passed 20 as leg-
spinner Piyush Chawla, with three
for 19, and then Narine, crippled
the Kings XI innings.
However, Kolkata fared even
worse when they batted, as 20-
year-old seamer Sandeep Sharma
claimed three for 21, to spearhead
Kings XI attack.
Only Suryakumar Yadav with 34
made it past 20.
In the other game of the day at
the same venue, Royal Challengers
Bangalore still without West Indies
batting star Chris Gayle, were bun-
dled out for 70, to lose by six wick-
ets to Rajasthan Royals.
Windies seamer Ravi Rampaul
scored 13 for RCB and sent down
four overs for just 16 runs but could
not prevent the Royals from cruis-
ing to victory in 13 overs.
After Kohli was asked to bat, he
said he would have done that any-
way had he won the toss. What
was to follow, however, wouldn t
have figured even in his worst
nightmare. This was a pitch with
something for the bowlers. There
was some seam and bounce, and
also a bit of swing. But considering
the kind of shots Royal Challengers
played, they would have been in
trouble on almost any surface.
A couple of dots in the opening
over were enough for Yogesh
Takawale to charge out and heave
at Stuart Binny, only to edge a gen-
tle outswinger to the keeper. Kohli
walked in and took a wicket off his
first ball. His call for a single fol-
lowing a push to off was so late
Parthiv Patel, not the best of run-
ners, had little chance of making
Yuvraj Singh had a nervy seven-
ball stay. He was beaten a couple
of times by Tim Southee, and
almost yorked himself. Then Kane
Richardson trotted in and sent
down a 129.6 kph outswinger. And
Yuvraj promptly followed it and
tickled it to second slip.
At 5 for 3, Royal Challengers had
their best pair in the middle to
combat the crisis. Instead, AB de
Villiers played on first ball, attempt-
ing a half-hearted back-foot punch
without having the width. Kohli
needed someone to just last for a
few overs. But that was asking for
Three quiet overs later, Sachin
Rana played on to Shane Watson
in the same manner as de Villiers.
Albie Morkel is used to coming in
at the death to try and hit his big
sixes, but even the Powerplay was
not over yet this time. His second
ball against spin, Morkel went for
a big six, and holed out off a googly
from Pravin Tambe.
Kohli must have surely been
fuming inside, but the very next
ball, he calmly swatted Tambe for
four through extra cover. First ball
of the next over, he stepped out
and lifted Southee over mid-on.
That was about as close as Royal
Challengers were coming to a fight-
back. In Tambe s next over, Kohli
received a half-tracker and pulled
it straight to midwicket.
Mitchell Starc and Ravi Rampaul
helped their side move past 58,
before Tambe wrapped up the
innings to end with 4 for 20, his
best IPL figures. The RCB pair
bowled their hearts out, but by the
time Starc reduced Royals to 36 for
three, they were already more than
half way to their target. (Cricinfo)
Keep your competition buried
when they are down, say some.
Chennai Super Kings, led by Mohit
Sharma s best IPL figures and
Brendon McCullum s second half-
century in four matches, cemented
their position near the top of the
table with a crushing victory
against defending champions
Mumbai Indians, who are yet to
register a win yesterday.
Super Kings had been alternating
between good bowling and good
batting performances in their pre-
vious three matches.
In their fourth one though, they
were strong with both bat and ball.
As Mumbai Indians eyed a late
surge in the last five overs, they
lost their set batsmen, Rohit Shar-
ma and Corey Anderson, in quick
succession, before Mohit cleaned
up the middle order in just one
over to end up with figures of four
At the break, Mohit said it
wouldn t be an easy chase for the
Super Kings batsmen on the slow
The way Dwayne Smith and
McCullum played the first two
overs suggested they had taken
Mohit s advice seriously; only two
However, with the words of their
top performer honoured, Smith
switched to his usual modus
operandi, hitting three sixes in the
next seven balls, all straight hits.
Once the chase was set in motion
though, it was McCullum who took
the front seat, blitzing powerful
boundaries through extra cover and
midwicket off successive Zaheer
The sight of his fellow country-
man Corey Anderson seemed to
charge him up even more as he
used his incredible bat speed to
power three boundaries through
the cover region.
With 51 runs in the Powerplay,
Mumbai Indians only chance in
the match was to somehow dis-
mantle the strong batting order.
They did get a sniff as Smith and
Suresh Raina departed in successive
overs. That was to have no effect
on McCullum though, who, apart
from giving respect to Lasith Malin-
ga, kept on peppering the boundary
regularly off other bowlers and
brought up his half-century in 36
Super Kings were almost level
with Mumbai Indians score at the
15-over stage, but they were in no
mood to commit the same errors
and cantered past the target with
an over to spare.
Mumbai Indians had much to
thank Rohit and Anderson, who
revived the innings with a measured
84-run stand for the third wicket
after the early loss of their openers.
Both batsmen found it tough to
push the scoring early on. A six by
Anderson off the last ball of the
10th over signalled some intent,
but the scoring-rate still lingered
below six an over.
Rohit picked up the scoring from
there on though, smacking a couple
of sixes over the leg side as 51 runs
came off the next five overs.
But all hopes of a late surge were
dashed once Super Kings got an
opening with the dismissal of
Rohit, immediately after reaching
his half-century, was caught in the
deep off Ben Hilfenhaus and Mohit,
in the 19th over, burst the balloon
with three wickets, all with superbly
controlled slower balls.
The final total of 141 was 10 to
15 runs short of what Mumbai Indi-
ans would have eyed at one stage.
but Kolkata slip up
After electing to bat, Mumbai Indians lost Michael Hussey to a lovely
outswinger from Ben Hilfenhaus.
McCullum, Mohit keep Mumbai Indians winless
Chennai Super Kings 142 for 3
(McCullum 71) beat Mumbai
Indians 141 for 7 (Rohit 50, Mohit
4-14) by seven wickets
Rajasthan Royals 71 for 4
(Starc 2-29) beat Royal
Challengers Bangalore 70
(Tambe 4-20, Richardson 2-18)
by six wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine ran through the lower order of
the Kings XI Punjab, during their IPL match-up yesterday in Abu Dhabi.
PHOTO COURTESY BCCI
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