Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Pune May 19, 2012

Shakib lifts Kolkata to No. 2 spot


Kolkata Knight Riders 136 for 4 (Shakib 42, McCullum 41, Parnell 2-18) beat Pune Warriors 102 for 8 (Yusuf 2-12, Shakib 2-18) by 34 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kolkata Knight Riders set up a first qualifier match against table-toppers Delhi Daredevils as they took the No. 2 spot with a comfortable win over Pune Warriors. Like they had done against Mumbai Indians in their previous game, Knight Riders posted a decent total on a difficult pitch and their spinners choked the Warriors batsmen into a futile crawl. The home side ended a second disappointing season with their ninth consecutive defeat, an IPL record, and one that involved some questionable selections.

On a slow and low pitch which Man-of-the-Match Shakib Al Hasan said reminded him of Bangladesh, Warriors gave only two overs to Ali Murtaza, the lone specialist spinner they played ahead of their two first-choice spinners, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma. While Shakib, the only batsman on either side to feel at home on the pitch, rode his luck to provide the boost Knight Riders' stumbling innings needed, Warriors left out his Bangladesh team-mate Tamim Iqbal for the 16th and final time this season.

Shakib's onslaught and his 67-run stand with Brendon McCullum were crucial given Knight Riders did not have the luxury of a breezy start from the in-form Gautam Gambhir. McCullum, too, struggled to adapt his attacking game to the lack of pace but managed to keep the runs coming.

Knight Riders reached 50 as late as the 12th over, when the innings shifted gears rapidly. From 49 for 2 after 11 overs, Knight Riders took 87 off the next nine, largely due to Shakib. It was McCullum, though, who began the onslaught, pulling and swinging Ashish Nehra for consecutive fours.

Shakib could have been dismissed twice in the next over, bowled by Michael Clarke, instead Knight Riders looted 20 runs. Robin Uthappa failed to stump a charging Shakib, on 5, off the first ball and conceded four byes. Shakib charged again and lifted the second over deep midwicket for six. Off the fourth ball, a slog-sweep was put down by Parnell at deep square leg. The sixth disappeared over deep midwicket again.

The first 50 of the innings had taken 68 deliveries; the next 50 took 19. At 101 for 2 after 15 overs, Knight Riders were eyeing 150, but Warriors hit back with the dismissals of McCullum and Shakib in the 17th and 18th overs. McCullum drilled Wayne Parnell to extra cover to depart for 41 off 43, while Shakib got a yorker from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be bowled for 42 off 30. Yusuf Pathan got a couple of fours away as Knight Riders ended on a score that ensured their three spinners had the runs to squeeze Warriors.

And that is what happened. Apart from Jesse Ryder, briefly, no Warriors batsman appeared comfortable against Knight Riders' army of spinners and medium-pacers. Robin Uthappa did guide the first delivery of the chase to the third man boundary. That was to be the only four in the Warriors innings. Uthappa soon spooned a catch to cover off Iqbal Abdulla.

Ryder skipped out to hit a couple of sixes and at one stage, Warriors were 51 for 1 in the eighth over. It was a matter of time though. Clarke, back from his wedding in Australia to play a lone inconsequential IPL game, ahead of Tamim, was stumped off a Yusuf wide for 13 off 18. In his next over, Yusuf, who has had a forgettable season, dislodged Ryder, bowled after a weak attempt at a sweep.

Sourav Ganguly lasted eight deliveries before Shakib trapped him in front. A season that had started with three wins in four games soon ended in the ninth successive defeat for Warriors. Given their form, it is good for them that they ran out of games to play.

Knight Riders now have two shots to try and get into the final. They will be playing Daredevils on this ground on Tuesday.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shamim on May 22, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I Think BANGLADESH Team goes on prfect way to become another Power house from Asia as well as rest of the World.It is positive for cricket that another cricket power is coming to challenge the World.As a Bangladeshi i'm very much thrilled about our Team,what will they do in future!Other countries should be uprising for World cricket spread through all over the World.Hence we should appreciate them for cricket wellfare.within 10 yrs another 3/4 new nation shoul be outcome as power house of world cricket.Not be jealous,just appreciate them.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    At first thanks to KKR to buy shakib & give some chances to play.and shakib had some contribution for win of KKR that most of the ipl team want.thats enough.so why indian people fan blamed shakib? why. so request all indian fan not to criticize shakib.i also bangla fan not to agrue with indian fan because it's a indian league.we bangla or indian is not the all of cricket. there is ICC.there are some rules to ranking player or team.everybody look that.yes sachin,bradman,sobers,hadley,haynes,martin crowe, and a lot others were very good & grnius plyer.but now a days will you select them for a match.they are past hero.we are in present.think cooly who is current better.do anybody play in his team with sobers, hadley, warne, crowe instead of shakib tamim, narine, watson,dhoni,raina, pollard, pietersen.amla.so all of indian bangla stop that silliy compare and realize the present, and stop abusing each other.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Shakib is a CLASSIC......

  • Jakir on May 21, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    it is not so far Sakib will no 1 in TEST ODI and T20 at the same time. No one could break this record.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    shakib is the best.............................................

  • Amir on May 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    It is difficult for any captain to only play 4 international players in each game. KKR has done a great job of choosing the right players based on the conditions. Pune Warrior has done a lousy job. I understand Bangladesh fan's zeal about Shakib and Tamim (I am Bangladeshi). They are very emotional supporters just like all sub-continent supporters. However, in-form Tamim not playing a single game is ridiculous and reprehensible. Especially when Pune struggled to bat. Ganguly has a lot to explain. My personal guess is ego but what do I know.

  • bcric12 on May 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank : if shakib just stops batsmen from scoring run then how he got 96 wickets in test with nine 5 wkt haul.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    It will not be good to compare with other teams when Bangladesh played more games then others new test playing country when New-Zealand and India played less game at that time but everyone should understand it takes time to built up structure and it happens with every team.It does not matter how matches you have played but if have very good team you will win even if you play one or five matches.For example if India play 1 test on 2 years still they are good team.I don't understand why we are fighting to each other when we are brothers-sister,our culture,sometimes language are same and we were together.masallah India,Pakistan and Srilanka always help us.We are not a good test team but now are doing good over 2-3 years in odi.We are not sayning all of our pllayers are great but Shakib,Tamim and Abdur Razzaq are very good in odi and t20. Tamim is the best t20 batsman in Bangladesh domestic cricket history in slow and low pitch and he was the best performer in most t20 matches

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi, I would like to earnestly request all my Bangladeshi brothers to stop brawling over the superiority of Shakib and Tamim. We all know what they are capable of doing. It doesn't matter an iota what some jealous people say about them. Let Shakib and Tamim talk through their performance in international matches rather than some in some pure money making showbiz "ipl" (did i spell ipl correctly? :P)

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    If Shakib play all 16 Match he will be most wicket taker & may be the man of the tournament, in this IPL-5, KKR management realised that he is awaysome but it is too late, Shakib can do well both bat & ball, Every body should respect SAKIB that he is NO all rounder in one day & test cricket & this not so far he will be the NO 1 all rounder in T20 too, Congreats SHAKIB for his recents for his recent performance. best of luck for KKR. Go ahead SHAKIB the whole bangali nation from Both INDIA & BANGLADESH & the KKR supporter are with you, KORBO< LORBO< JITBORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>EE.

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