Kolkata v Pune, IPL 2013, Ranchi May 15, 2013

Warriors take KKR down with them


Pune Warriors 170 for 4 (Pandey 66, Finch 48) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 7 (Yusuf 72, ten Doeschate 42) by 7 runs
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Yusuf Pathan ended his three-year IPL fifty drought, but the day was meant for the end of another barren spell. Pune Warriors won their first match since April 15, which knocked Kolkata Knight Riders out of the tournament. This was their third win in 24 matches, which gave them hope of avoiding the bottom of the table for a second year running.

For a majority of the contest, the match seemed going down the familiar Warriors script. A good start from Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa, a slowdown after they fall, a middling finish, then a good start with the ball, then a recovery from the opposition, and then Warriors break down. Tonight, though, it was Yusuf, who seemed to have committed the crucial error, getting out obstructing the field when his 72 off 44 had brought his side to needing 23 off 14 balls. It wasn't a clear-cut decision.

Parnell, who had started well with two wickets in his first spell, was going through a torrid comeback over - 14 off four balls - when he bowled a yorker. The ball was on the pitch but Yusuf took off for the single. Parnell closed in on him while going for the ball, which was also in Yusuf's path.

Parnell stuck his hands out as he approached Yusuf, who slowed down, possibly because of the contact. Yusuf ended up kicking the ball with the face of his foot open, like footballers do. The umpires, with the help of replays, deemed Yusuf had done so deliberately, and ruled him out.

Presumably the umpires also deemed that Parnell didn't deliberately block Yusuf's path by raising his hands. Had they seen it as deliberate obstruction by Parnell, they would have called the ball dead and awarded the batting side five runs. Repeated replays showed neither was Parnell looking at Yusuf when he ran into him nor did Yusuf seem to be looking at the ball when he kicked it.

Yusuf was livid at being given out, and he watched the rest of the match from the stairway to the dressing room, punching the railing at one point. The railing was sturdier than Knight Riders' lower order, who managed only 15 further runs. This was the kind of finish you could have attributed to Warriors in the normal course, but this time they managed to come back every time they slipped.

When Finch fell for 48 off 32, Warriors were 97 for 2 in the 13th over, and the expected slowdown began. Yuvraj Singh struggled against spin, and the next nine balls produced only two runs. Manish Pandey, though, put paid to that, hitting three consecutive fours off Jacques Kallis. Despite later stumbles, Warriors managed 72 off the last six overs.

Parnell put them further ahead with full swinging deliveries to Manvinder Bisla and Kallis. Gautam Gambhir fell early too. Yusuf and Ryan ten Doeschate, though, added 98 for the fourth wicket to take Knight Riders close. Then came Yusuf's first mistake of the night when he refused to respond to ten Doeschate's call for a single to short fine leg.

That single was fair game for the final overs of limited-overs games, but Yusuf was now left needing to make amends. He nearly did make amends by rearranging Parnell's figures, but he was adjudicated to have made the final mistake of the night.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Amila on May 17, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    They can say whet ever they want but video clearly showed that he purposely kicking the ball away :D

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    I think the decision was correct, however I have issues with the rule. I saw the replay many times, but I do feel Pathan too was obstructed by the bowler, he did literally drag his by pulling his arm. Now, Pathan most likely moved the ball by his feet, but but that was his stupidity, even if he had not kicked the ball, what could the bowler have done, he was too far blocked anyways. Now think about another possibility: in the heat of the moment, what if pathan, un-intentionally was stepping on the ball but realized that he may fall down stepping on the ball and hence moved it away. I feel, that's what happened. It's impossible for umpires to judge that. They went by the book, hard luck for Pathan but I don't like the rule.

  • Hassan on May 16, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    It is really very sad and disappointing decision. But more unfortunate is to see the comments here. Most of the people here are saying that it was yousuf's mistake and he did it intentionally, while he was not looking at the ball at all at the time his feet touched the ball.He has to be a very good football player to kick the ball without looking at it.Even the best of the foot ball player do not take their eyes off the ball while kicking at it. Further KKR should have been awarded 5 runs because it was very clear that before Yousuf kicked the ball, Parnell tried to stop him and for a brief moment had him held catching his T shirt. How both the field and the 3rd umpires missed it is certainly very strange.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    KKR were overconfident perhaps with some players' ability and over relied on them. There is a difference between bveing arrogant and being supremely confident, which KKR, a good team that it is, will do weel to realise.

  • Sundar on May 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    It was pretty obvious from the close up and slow motion shots that Yousuf made a deliberate attempt to deflect the ball with his foot. Let there be no assumed innocence or attempts to defend the folly. The third umpire's decision was correct and a warning for such players who adopt faul play to win matches. There was no need for Yusuf to resort to such means as he was playing very well at that point in time and would have survived anyway as the fielder would have only targeted the other end if he had picked the ball! Well done umpires!

  • Rakesh on May 16, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    The angle from behind looked pretty deliberate. It looked like a football kick. Yusuf may not have intended to do that but intent is very difficult to prove.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    everyone who says it was not deliberate should look at the replay again. True he was not looking at the ball when he kicked it. But a half a second before he was looking at it and that suggest he knew where the ball was. Then the angle which he kicked the ball (like a footballer kicking a ball) proved that it was intentional. There was no need for him to angle his foot that way if he was only trying to complete a single. Very good decision.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    KKR pay prize for overconfidence. YP was rightly given out as he kick the ball. Any fan will see that kick to the ball in replay. by kicking ball he kick KKR out of contest.

  • Vasudevan on May 16, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Both sides should have been penalized.

  • abhijeet on May 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I doubt that Pathan did it intentionally. I agree it seems intentional if you look only at his feet but there are enough doubts if you look at the bigger picture logically. I think umpire missed following details

    1) His eyes were not on the ball. 2) He was easily going to reach the crease. He had absolutely no reason to obstruct. 3) The ball rolled towards the stumps. No batsman in his right mind will obstruct the field to kick the ball at the stumps. 4) The backlift of his leg was just a part of running between the wickets, it was not for kicking the ball though it looks that way. He was not trying to score a free-kick there to require such a huge backlift. 5) Benefit of doubt goes to the batsman. If umpire was not dead certain, he shouldn't have raised his finger.

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