398dThe Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Punjab surge to fourth successive win

Kings XI Punjab maintained their momentum with a fourth successive win while the Kolkata Knight Riders slumped to their fourth straight defeat

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DJ Hussey
71(46) 4x4 - 4x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 21 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 4 3 10 9 25 20
WP Saha
59(32) 2x4 - 4x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 29 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 0 2 6 6 2 20 23

Best performances - Bowlers

IK Pathan
O4
M0
R18
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
S Sreesanth
O4
M0
R25
W2
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Kings XI Punjab , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

3 May 2008 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Kings XI Punjab 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0

END OF OVER:
20 | 9 Runs | KKR: 169/6 (10 runs required, RR: 8.45)

  • Wriddhiman Saha59 (32b)
  • Ajit Agarkar1 (2b)
  • Irfan Pathan4-0-18-2
  • Gagandeep Singh4-0-43-1

Whew. Some game, eh? Two humdingers in one day of an action-packed double bill is a bit much. This match had it all: some good bowling, some excellent batting, and plenty of frayed nerves. In the end, Punjab clung on to win. The crowd has been treated to a super game. Yuvraj had no hesitation batting first on this run-filled surface and thanks to some cameos Punjab put up 178 for 6. Sreesanth and Pathan then struck twice each at the start to take four wickets inside five overs and from there it was all uphill for Kolkata. Hussey and Saha refused to give up, adding 104 in 9.1 overs, which is a Twenty20 record for the sixth wicket. Hussey made 71 from 46 balls before falling in the penultimate over, Saha remained unbeaten on 59 from 32 but it wasn't enough. Kolkata lose their fourth on the trot. Stay with me for the post-match presentation.

Shall we? Ian Bishop has Ganguly to start off with: "Its not been happening for the last three or four games. We lose wickets in a cluster and end up being well behind. On this wicket, I felt 170 was gettable. Yes, we can come back. Every day is a new day. Its a matter of putting our heads together and getting into form."

Now Yuvraj steps forward: "We won this game in the first six or seven overs when we bowled to them. We're missing Brett [Lee] but Sreesanth and Irfan have done very well. The bowlers fought well. Hats off to Sangakkara, being injured but coming out to bat again and keep as well. Says a lot about his character. It was a great atmosphere tonight."

After their record partnership Hussey and Saha receive awards for hitting the most sixes this evening.

And the Man-of-the-Match prize goes to Pathan, who scored 25, took two economical wickets and a catch: "The ball swung well and mashaallah I bowled well. Sree got us the breakthrough and I backed him up well. I'm definitely enjoying this. Not playing for India was hard but I've come back and enjoyed myself. And I'm going to keep on enjoying. And keep coming back hard."

And thats a wrap. I'll be here again tomorrow to bring you the clash between the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at 16:00 local, 10:30 GMT. Do come back and see me then. Cheers!

19.6
4
Pathan to Saha, FOUR runs, swung away over square leg but that doesn't matter, as Punjab have clinched this match by nine runs to make it four in a row

No chance now ... the crowd has erupted

19.5
0
Pathan to Saha, no run, and that will do it, as Saha misses a low full toss outside off stump
19.4
1b
Pathan to Agarkar, 1 bye, another near-yorker outside off stump, Agarkar tries to steer it fine but misses, Sangakkara dives to his right and fumbles it so they cross for a run

That should seal the deal now. They need 15 from three balls.

19.3
1
Pathan to Saha, 1 run, cant get it away, as Pathan bowls a yorker on off stump, driven to cover
19.2
2
Pathan to Saha, 2 runs, well bowled, nearly a yorker, Saha hits it hard past midwicket and harries back for two, well run as the fielder was deep on that occasion

Saha will face, batting on 52. Well played. A spirited fifty. Sangakkara chats with Pathan, Jayawardene and Yuvraj. What will Pathan bowl? Kolkata need some big hits.

19.1
1
Pathan to Agarkar, 1 run, pitches on a length and Agarkar swings it to midwicket, so thats one

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st22SC GangulyMohammad Hafeez
2nd1Mohammad HafeezDB Das
3rd2BJ HodgeDB Das
4th4DJ HusseyDB Das
5th21LR ShuklaDJ Hussey
6th104DJ HusseyWP Saha
7th15AB AgarkarWP Saha

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
RR14113220.632
KXIP14104200.509
CSK148616-0.192
DC1476150.342
MI1477140.57
KKR146713-0.147
RCB144108-1.16
DC142124-0.467