Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Pune May 9, 2013

Sorry Warriors slide to their 11th defeat


Kolkata Knight Riders 152 for 6 (Gambhir 50, Bhuvneshwar 3-25) beat Pune Warriors 106 (Mathews 40, Balaji 3-19) by 46 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

At the halfway stage, it looked like Pune Warriors had given themselves a target that was achievable, but the batting fizzled out, and Warriors fell to their 11th defeat this year, this time against Kolkata Knight Riders, who are yet to be convinced they are out of the race for playoffs this season.

Warriors' openers, their best bet in the chase, scooted to 19 off the first two overs, but the wheels came off as early as the third over. Aaron Finch had a reprieve off the first ball of the third over when he was caught backing up too far as a straight drive from Robin Uthappa hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. Kallis was convinced the ball had flicked his toe, but the replays were inconclusive. Later in the over Kallis, who argued unnecessarily with umpire Sudhir Asnani, bowled Finch with one that stayed a touch low. Yuvraj Singh's sorry run of scores received yet another entry and, apart from Uthappa and Angelo Mathews, no one got into double-digit scores. L Balaji made the most of the slowness in the wicket with a miserly 3 for 19, ending this tussle between two competitors, who have been lapped in the race this year, in an utterly one-sided fashion.

When asked at the toss if his team was motivated to end the tournament on a high, Gautam Gambhir had said, "playing for KKR is a big enough motivation. If someone needs to look somewhere else for motivation, he shouldn't be in the dressing room." He showed the same intent when he came out to bat, stroking a couple of boundaries through the off side in the second over. Manvinder Bisla joined in and the two were off to a quick start as 44 came off the first five overs.

Parvez Rasool, the debutant offspinner from Jammu & Kashmir, began his spell with a couple of tossed up deliveries but once Gambhir drove him through cover, he lowered his trajectory, shortened the length and started firing them in to good effect. He earned the big wicket of Jacques Kallis in his second over as the batsman failed to clear short cover where Angelo Mathews held on to the catch on second attempt. In between Rasool's overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Bisla stumped by the wicketkeeper, giving him first such victim in any form of cricket. The two consecutive losses made the positive start go pear-shaped as the boundaries dried up. Only 22 runs came between overs six and 10.

With the pitch not offering any pace to the batsmen, Gambhir and Morgan had to contend with singles and doubles as Rasool and Mathews ran through their overs. When Morgan finally tried a ramp shot off Mitchell Marsh, he ended up playing it into the hands of the fielder at short fine leg. Gambhir's innings lost steam at the other end; he had six boundaries to score 35 off his first 22, but managed only 15 without a boundary off the next 22 and although he scored a half-century, he was caught soon at midwicket attempting a cross-batted heave. Pathan came and Pathan went, and Knight Riders were left tottering at 99 for 5 with four overs to spare.

The man of the moment turned out to be the often ignored Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who was playing his first match this season and only his 10th in his third year with Knight Riders. He revived the innings with a muscular thwack off the first ball of the 17th over that went way over midwicket, ending a seven-over boundary drought, then he powered two more fours straight down the ground to add some spring to the innings. The late spurt in energy was contagious as Manoj Tiwary, making a comeback after injury, also added a few bonus runs, while Rajat Bhatia tarnished Wayne Parnell's last over with a six and four to help Knight Riders to a match-winning total of 152.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Aishwarya on May 11, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    At the start of the tournament, I'd have definitely said that RR had one of the most mediocre teams in the IPL; however, now, owing to what can only be termed as innovative captaincy or simply the fact that all players are pulling their weight in contributions, they are 2nd place on the table. Dravid has truly made the most of the team- exploiting new talents (Sampson) and backing consistency (Rahane). @Tal_Botvinnik RR depend solely on Watson...perhaps at the start, but how could you say that now? He does his share, but he's not the only one. Even Dravid is playing well himself, and Binny a rather good finisher. Credit the team where it's due...they're not the best side on paper, but they have perhaps performed the BEST even with two "Test Openers"as you called them...Great job Dravid and RR, even if you don't win, you've made us proud!

  • narbavi on May 10, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Ha ha you were blaming watson all the while and now praising him, he is delivering with both bat and ball, you call them test openers, lol the whole world is in awe of their batting style in this format of the game, everyone likes this team which has limited resources, it doesn't need to win the ipl to win everyone's hearts!!

  • Harmon on May 10, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    @Amith Shaju: (CONTD)…

    So in Kallis' case, the original decision that was for Caught Behind goes in the background (as it was not a catch anyways) and the new possibility of Kallis being lbw becomes the new subject for the review process (with the assumption that Kallis was given Not-Out) and the Hawk-Eye projection shows that the ball was clipping the top of leg stump.

    Btw, Kallis had no right to protest. Such acts are seen as indiscipline The match referees are known to pull up players for showing dissent in such cases. Kallis was lucky to escape being fined/reprimanded in both the cases.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    This year KKR missed the service of Shakib very badly.

  • Harmon on May 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @Amith Shaju: The point here is not whether Kallis was out or not or whether the ball touched his shoe or not. The point here is the hurry Kallis showed in asking if he was being a cheat. Kallis had made an appeal, it might have been right or wrong but the umpire thought in a certain way. As a player Kallis must respect whatever the umpire decides (even if the umpire is at fault. That is the way ppl expect the game to be played.

    As for the Pak-SA test series and Kalli's dismissal, have you actually read the rules? Ref ICC - Standard Test Match Playing Conditions, Appendix 2 Law 2.2 a clause iv & Law 3.3 f: Both of them state that while reviewing a certain decision, if the 3rd umpire finds the possibility of the batsman being out by a diff mode of dismissal then from that moment onwards, the review takes a new form where the review process will then address this new possibility but with the assumption that the batsman was originally given NOT-OUT by the on-field umpire.

  • ttn on May 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @Narbavi HA HA HA. You yourself admit RR is over reliant on Watson. Their bowling is nothing but filled with a bunch of medium paced trundlers and a spinner whose stock delivery is the one that does not turn . Against strong sides your bowlers will get blown away. Your openers are test players and chasing big scores won't be easy even if Watson clicks. Laws of Averages will catch soon and expose your mediocrity of your team.

  • narbavi on May 10, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @CricketAkshay: Actually Hussey didn't pick cooper that day, cooper was bowling lollies to him, full tosses, then bowling on the pads and edges with a mix of clever batting undid him, but usually he has delivered, he did fail though in his last 3 games prior to yesterday's game against kings 11

  • Kris on May 10, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Kallis is perhaps closer to Bradman than one would normally imagine. His batting is exactly not suited to the format. Still he looks indispensable. What a player!

  • Akshay on May 10, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @Narbavi - I am not saying that RR is a bad team. They are a mediocre side and they are overperforming. That's really a fantastic performance. But they rely on Rahane, Watto, Hodge, and Binny. You see they have the batsmen to put runs on the board. They certainly will not finish in top 2 as MI will evict them. They have to play two matches to get through to the final. Hence, I don't see RR performing on two occasions continuously. Cooper's varaitions are picked easily by quality batsmen. For ex. Mike Hussey played extraordinarily well against him. So, their bowling looks bit ordinary. Any team can chase against RR even more than 8.00 runs per over. They don't have the capacity to defend. That's what I am saying. They can't win the title surely. But can play till the qualifier 2.

  • Devashish on May 10, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    KKR hopes still alive .. One change I wiould lke to see is more power n consistency at the top .... I would rather have Gambhi n Tendo open the batting .... with everyone else dropping one spot down ... Bisla has been too slow n inspite of 2 good knocks against CSK .... his IPL career strike rate is quite low (115 - 120) .... Tendo would bing some fresh flavour at the top ....My KKR XI (batting order :::: 1. Tendo 2. Gambhir 3. Bisla 4. Kallis 5. Mogan 6. Pathan 7. Tiwary 8. Bhatia 9. Abdullah 10. Narine 11. Balaji

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