Cheers turned to sorrow for Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta in just a matter of an hour. The Bollywood actress was cheering every stroke her boys played against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Kingsmead on Tuesday, but Shah Rukh Khan’s team had the last laugh.
On a day when rain played spoilsport, KKR were not complaining as they won the contest by 11 runs by the Duckworth/Lewis method.
The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions. They met with initial success too, when Karan Goel went for a duck and Ravi Bopara followed suit on 15.
But Irfan Pathan’s 17-ball 32 and Kumar Sangakkara’s 26 off 24 deliveries brought cheers back in the Kings XI Punjab camp. Yuvraj Singh (38) and Mahela Jayawardene (31 n.o.) only added to the excitement with some swashbuckling stroke-play.
With 158 for 6 on the board in the allotted 20 overs and the conditions looking really good for the bowlers, Preity Zinta had every reason to smile.
But KKR openers — New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and West Indies’s Chris Gayle — had other ideas. With an eye on the clouds, the duo started off aggressively, with McCullum clobbering 21 (off 16 balls) and Gayle smashing an unbeaten 44 (off 26 balls). The duo put 57 runs on board in just 5.3 overs.
In the 10th over when rain stopped play, the Knight Riders were batting on 79 for one. The score was enough to take them past the Punjab team by the Duckworth/ Lewis method. After a quick calculation the Kolkata Knight Riders were declared winners by 11 runs. After calculations, KKR had to make 69 at the time of interruption and were comfortably placed.
Kings XI Punjab: Yuvraj Singh (captain), Ravi Bopara, Karan Goel, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Turuwar Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Vikramjeet Malik, Piyush Chawla, VRV Singh, Yusuf Abdulla.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Brendon McCullum (captain), Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge, Yashpal Singh, Akash Chopra, MC Henriques, Laxmiratan Shukla, Ishant Sharma, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda.