Knight Riders driven by Pathan
Knight Riders move joint top of IPL after win over Deccan Chargers
Last Updated: 03/05/11 8:58pm
A big-hitting 47 from 26 balls from Yusuf Pathan gave the Kolkata Knight Riders enough to earn a 20-run victory over the Deccan Chargers in their latest Indian Premier League clash.
Pathan's innings for Kolkata saw them set Deccan a target of 169 to win in Hyderabad, but they could muster only 149-6 despite a battling 45-ball 54 from Shikhar Dhawan.
Batting first after losing the toss Kolkata made a positive start reaching 73 by halfway for the loss of Eoin Morgan (14), whose leg stump was sent cartwheeling by Daniel Christian.
Jaques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir combined for a 43-run stand before getting out in quick succession off Amit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha respectively.
Having reached 84-3 by the 12th over, the stage was set for an onslaught from Pathan and Manoj Tiwary, who hit a flurry of boundaries and sixes.
Kolkata leapt to 150 from 100 in just 24 balls as the Deccan bowlers wilted under pressure and dropped at least three catches off the rampaging Pathan.
The fourth-wicket pair added 80 off just eight overs before Tiwary (33 off 28 balls) holed out in the deep off Steyn's last over, but Pathan's 47 off 26 balls boosted Kolkata to 169-4.
In reply, Sunny Sohal, along with Shikhar Dhawan, made a positive start reaching 41 by the sixth over before a double strike from Iqbal Abdulla pegged the visitors back.
Sohal (26 off 20 balls) was lured to hit one straight to Morgan at cover, while new man Kumar Sangakkara handed an even easier catch to Kallis two balls later.
Deccan moved to 68 after 10 overs and Rajat Bhatia then dealt a double blow removing Cameron White and Christian in the same over, although the latter was given out lbw despite a clear inside edge.
Deccan's chase lost direction thereafter as neither Dhawan nor Dwaraka Ravi Teja could replicate the heroics of Pathan and soon the requirement was 62 off 30 balls.
Dhawan fought well and reached his seventh IPL half-century off 41 balls, but Kallis removed him in the 18th over and by then Brett Lee had seen off Teja (30 off 22).
Bharat Chipli (12 not out) and new man Mishra could only reduce the margin of defeat as Kolkata went joint top with Mumbai.