Punjab v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Mohali

Gony leads Kings XI's twilight robbery

The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

April 16, 2013

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Kings XI Punjab 157 for 9 (Gony 42, Mandeep 41, Kallis 3-24, Narine 3-33, Senanayake 2-28) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 153 for 9 (Gambhir 60, Morgan 47, Mahmood 3-21, Praveen 2-26) by 4 runs
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Manpreet Gony hits a six over the on side, Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Mohali, April 16, 2013
Manpreet Gony: pirate of the Punjab © BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders dominated possession for about 80% of the match, but conceded goals in the last few minutes of either half. Playing his first match of this IPL, Manpreet Gony won Kings XI Punjab this game out of nowhere. The hosts were dead and buried reeling under a Sunil Narine hat-trick when Gony walked out to bat, but his 18-ball 42 gave Kings XI a target to bowl to. Still, Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan were cruising home when Gony came back for his second spell, but those three overs for six runs - two of them wides - and the wicket of Gambhir caused enough panic for Knight Riders to crumble.

Forget the unfathomable - in Twenty20 - spin of Sunil Narine and Sachithra Senanayake, which got Knight Riders the four big wickets of Kings XI's overseas batsmen for just 13 runs off 15 balls, it was the Indian domestic batsmen's ineptitude against the bouncer that proved to be the decider. Kings XI lost four of their batsmen to balls pitched short, but crucially, Knight Riders' Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan were deers in headlights when confronted with accurate bouncers.

When Tiwary came out to bat at the fall of Gambhir for a third straight half-century, Knight Riders needed only 52 off 41 with seven wickets in hand. Gony bounced him again and again, and it got uglier and uglier for Tiwary as he faced seven balls for one run, slogged at more than half of them, and left Knight Riders stuck. Yusuf wasn't much better, except that he lasted longer, and managed a top edge over the keeper in his 13 off 16.

The crucial difference between the two innings was that Mandeep Singh and Manan Vohra of Kings XI had scored some runs - Mandeep managed a crucial 41 - before they were bounced. And when bounced, they didn't waste balls, and got out. Tiwary and Yusuf couldn't get out, and suddenly Knight Riders needed 30 off the last two overs. The problem for Kings XI was that they had run out of the overs from Azhar Mahmood, who took three wickets including that of Jacques Kallis and Morgan.

Kings XI had to bowl Parvinder Awana, and they did so in the 19th over. His Delhi team-mate, Rajat Bhatia, got stuck into him, and his two sixes brought it down to 11 off seven. Awana, though, had his own back as he beat Bhatia on the pull and bowled him top of middle and leg before signing off.

The canny Praveen Kumar had to bowl the crucial last over, and he nearly lost it with a huge wide down the leg side. Adam Gilchrist might be having a horror tournament with the bat, but dived full length to his left to save four runs. The game kept alive, Praveen bowled a superb final over, making sure that he was about a foot behind the front line for every ball. Whoever says he is not mentally fit for cricket is way off the mark.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by squarepeg on (April 18, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

KKR is a seriously defective side, with no quality left-arm seam or spin bowler and a total dearth of Indian batsmanship except Gambhir. Even Gambhir is unable to carry on in most innings. Much worse is of course one Yusuf Pathan, followed closely by Manoj Tiwary. If either of them had played even half-decent knocks, KKR could have won two matches (RR and KXIP). KKR would be better off trying Iqbal Abdullah, Shukla, Das. Instead, one can almost see them plumbing for McCullum, another over-hyped player. Mumbai Indians also seem to be struck by same problem- no one except Karthik is consistent. Wait a minute- Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting are also consistent, in failure.

Posted by harshthakor on (April 18, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

I was upset KKR did not get over the line after Bhatia's spectacular assault in the penultimate over which yielded 19 runs.Sadly he threw away his wicket on the last ball of that over, which cost his team a sensational win.The chase had the effects of a Hollywood thriller with continuous twists and turns till the end.The ebb and flow continuously changed .Kolkata appeared to be cruising home before Gambhir fel and after the fifth wicket the match turned in the direction of the Delhi daredevils.

Overall Kolkata's inability to win after looking all set to attain a moderate target of 157 runs reflects the standard of cricket in the I.P.L.which is morally county or club level.We may well be deriding the game of cricket for pure entertainment even if it is overwhelming.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (April 17, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Being a fan of Yusuf Pathan and KKR, it's painful to accept that he doesn't deserve a place any further in KKR line-up.If you can't win matches in a situation he was in, then you don't deserveany place in the team.Scoring 8 out of 5 is a no big deal.Some sensible batting and a better shot selections could have done it easily, but YK it seems have lost it.The problem is, the more he tries, the more he fails.So, a break could do it for him.

Posted by Irfan.7a on (April 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Manoj Tiwari and yusuf pathan have failed to delivere for long time... they are the weak link to the KKR line up.. understand why they have been overlook by Indian Selectors and rightly so...narine's hatrick, Gautam and Morgan;s brilliant knock gone in vain coz of them... still they will be there in next match. they could not make 42 balls 52 runs on a batting track what more KKR fans would expect from them???? sad

Posted by anw.chw on (April 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

without Shakib (who was always neglected) this KKR wouldn't even reach the semis this year.......

Posted by Knight_Rider_11 on (April 17, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

I think to bring in the best combo .... KKR need to take McCullum instead of Morgan for the next match ... The only reason is that Bisla is not performing and KKR need a keeper who is in some batting form ... Also take out Balaji n take both Sangwan n Shami ... My KKR XI against CSK .... 1. McCullum 2. Gambhir 3. Kallis 4. Pathan 5. Tiwary 6. Bhatia 7. Das 8. Senanayake 9. Narine 10. Shami 11. Sangwan ..... In this way you have 4 seam bowling options (Shami, Sangwan, Kallis, Bhatia) n 3 spinners (Sena, Narine, Pathan) ... n also a good enough batting line up

Posted by FoollyFedUp on (April 17, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Gilly's save on the 19.1 delivery swung the match. An irresponsible wide from Praveen was salvaged by Gilly. He still has it in him. Punjab fans would do well to realise his skills even now. Gony was unbelievable. KKR is a fragile hyped-up team.

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (April 16, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Shakib for captain n ting!

Posted by Affan1984 on (April 16, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Why Shaun Marsh is missing?

Posted by tat1982 on (April 16, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

I guess first thing KKR should do, drop Yousuf Pathan n bring back abdullah. His fear to short ball now became an issue. Because of his fear, he is missing full toss as well. Force drop would be Senanayake and bring back Brendon. Kallis is also not helping when he is coming at no 3. So kallis n Bendon should open. Goutam Gambir should be at 3. The big problem is if Brendon comes back then KKR will be 1 bowler short.

Posted by pull_shot on (April 16, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

mandeep can play pull hot i have seen many times scoring boundaries but have to say rarely seen tiwary playing confident pull i think he will get chance in SA tour of 7 odi's that tour will tell future of manoj tiwary

Posted by I_m_AKS on (April 16, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

KKR should release good for nothing Yusuf Pathan for next season. Since he was for a whopping amount by KKR, he couldn't deliver at all, today the stage was set for him but he was as always disappointing. Absolute waste of money!

I think Manoj Tiwary should give up T20 and concentrate on tests & ODIs, he is better player on those formats.

Posted by smh_amt on (April 16, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

it's the same story again with kkr. if one among gambhir, kallis doesnt make it too easy, the remaining batsmen make a mess of the target. here is a suggestion to kkr think tank. drop pathan or swap bisla with pathan. let pathan open with gambhir. if pathan can stay for around seven to eight overs it would solve a lot of problems.

Posted by sarnot on (April 16, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I think Ryan Ten Doeschate and Shakib Al Hasan are the best two overseas players for kolkata but always neglected. They should be permanent with the team for better result. As a Kolkata fan, hope they win but seeming they are going to lose many more matches this season :(

Posted by Temuzin on (April 16, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

No wonder Tiwary was not picked up for Indian team. In SA against Steyn and Philander he will be a rabbit not adeer in the headlight. When this guy cant cope up against manpreet goni how he will play bouncers from Steyn? enough said.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 16, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

This time KKR will not qualify 4 semis, they r only gud whn playing at home. Sarukh khan was very lucky that ordinary Bisla played a blinder in the final. We hv not expected atleast frm Bisla. Now see how much worst batsman he is...

Posted by Romenevans on (April 16, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

KKR not only depends on poker Gambhir and slogger Pathan they also depend on slow and dust bowl pitches taht they can doctor in Kolkata only. It was Rajasthan Royals that decoded their spin bowling by offering green top and now kings did it. Something to learn for other teams i reckon.

Posted by ibbani on (April 16, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Nice to see KKR losing, It is a fluke team which won last year. RCB and MI were much eligible than them. They will not be in the 1st half of the points table this year.

Posted by cricstaranalysis on (April 16, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

KKR depends a lot on Gambhir and Narine to deliver the goods. It is time that Ten Doeschate should be playing. It seems that KKR is good only in Eden Gardens and loses shine outside home ground.

Posted by Iluuvcricket on (April 16, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

@Sidharth Monga -- Mandeep is not pathetic playing the pull shot when compared to both Tiwary and Pathan. Mandeep played the rising ball better than the KKR's Tiwary and Pathan and cracked one superb pull shot too. There is a difference in trying to pull and get out and simply getting scared of bouncer (which was amply demonstrated by Tiwary and Pathan).

Pathan and now Tiwary's secret is known throughout the world, just bowl them fast, straight one near chest level, they will be sitting ducks. KKR do not have enough quality local Indian players. They are relying too much on foreign players like Narine, Morgan, and Kallis. Apart from Gambhir, none of the Indian players contributed much throughout the league.

Posted by Ross_the_Boss on (April 16, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Goni makes a impactful comeback after a full season of ordinary cricket. Pathan (like Uthappa for Pune) is woefully short of confidence and needs a break to sort things out. KKR might have to bring back McCullum and see if he can support Gambhir.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 16, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

For M Tiwary and Y Pathan, i dnt want to see them in indian team again! How can u play like that 2 maiden over just hv 2wides in a stage where u can win eaisly! Its Very shame..

Posted by TSJ07 on (April 16, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

It is wrong to compare Mandeep with Tiwary and Pathan for short bowling stuff. Mandeep had earlier pulled many deliveries before getting out.Even here he charged to bowler and had he stayed there he would have connected it all probability. He is a good puller of the cricket ball.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (April 16, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Cracker of a match. If senanayake didn't run for that he might have taken it to a super over. Narine hero became zero in the end.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 16, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

I'd say Goni's demolition of Narine in the 19th over was the most important thing in the game ...

KKR would have chased 140 easily 157 - that extra 15 odd runs was the difference in the end ...

Posted by Haleos on (April 16, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Actress Juhi Chawla supporting KKR was smiling all the time. I guess she had no clue what was going on. lol. Well done Punjab. KKR has just 2 good batsman Gauti and Morgan. Kallis is a great player but looks old and tired now. Take them out and they will most often loose. SRK for all his wisdom has not done well with the squad this season.

Posted by TSJ07 on (April 16, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Come on Punjab You can do it. However they need to make Gilly sit out and bring Luke Powersbach in till Marsh is not available. And they have to make one more change to bring wk Saini for Gurkeerat. Not saying he is better than Gurkeerat but just to make the combination right. Also he builds the inning slowly and doesn't loose his wicket too early.

Posted by viceidiot on (April 16, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

How long will KKR continue to rely on just two in-form batsmen (Gambhir and Morgan)? Bisla has 4 single-digit scores in 5 matches, Tiwary swings his bat blindly unti some bowler mercifully gets him out, and Kallis and Pathan are unable to get starts. We need to get McCullum or ten Doeschate into the team...

Posted by SurlyCynic on (April 16, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

KKR choked! Far too dependent on their top 4 - Pathan and the middle order disappoint every time.

Posted by priceless1 on (April 16, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

it was painful to see all Indian bowlers struggling to bowl at the depth, they almost gave it away at the end , none knew how to bowl a yoker and BTW dont know what Yousf Pathan doing in the team he is as good as a tailender when facing quick bowlers

Posted by Jadejafan on (April 16, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

What a match! that's the beauty of T20 Cricket, the unpredictability just take the last 2 overs of this game last innings. KKR in the 19th over scored I think over 17 runs requiring just 11 in the last over and instantly our minds will tell us the batting team in that situation will do the same again but suddenly came runs short in the last over what a twist good game.

Posted by Optic on (April 16, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Don't usually like to blame one player for a teams loss but Useless Pathan lost them that. He hasn't got a clue how to play a proper cricket shot, he's a horrible village slogger, who can't hit anything that bounces above his waist. KKR were cruising and it was all set up for him to supposedly finish the game but he could hardly put bat on ball, which is ridiculous for such an expensive player.

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (April 16, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

Such a delightful sight to watch KKR loosing one more match..... Come on Punjab XI.. Sure you can do it.

Posted by Deepak-Tarava on (April 16, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Spirited performance from Kings XI

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 16, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Looking at some of the players IPL has on the bench's McCullum Dwayne Smith Maxwell Luke Wright Fidel Edwards e.t.c Is it only a matter of time before a 10th franchise is added ?

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 16, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Gully has to sit out future matches and let DHussey captain the team.

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