Knights charge ahead, wrest Deccan fortress
It was quite discomforting for Deccan Chargers when Barabati stadium was roaring for Kolkata Knight Riders despite being prodded by the emcee to root for the home team. But soon Chargers had found more reasons to be mortified. Somshuvra Laha reports. Scorecardindia Updated: Apr 23, 2012 01:57 IST
It was quite discomforting for Deccan Chargers when Barabati stadium was roaring for Kolkata Knight Riders despite being prodded by the emcee to root for the home team. But soon Chargers had found more reasons to be mortified.
Their batting flattered with a sparkling start but once again lost steam after failing to counter the judicious mix of pace and spin Kolkata Knight Riders had in store for them.
There were two periods, of nearly four overs each, where Deccan Chargers couldn't score a single boundary as they could only muster 126 in the end. But KKR almost made a match out of it until Kolkata boy Manoj Tiwary saw them home.
Only Dhawan to show
Shikhar Dhawan though had started from where he had left in the earlier match against Delhi Daredevils.
He danced down the track to hit Yusuf Pathan, who had opened the bowling, over long on for a six and then went after Brett Lee for consecutive boundaries.
But the flow of runs dried after captain Kumar Sangakkara's dismissal.
KKR's amazing agility on the field only put more pressure on them.
Case in point was Jacques Kallis's throw from covers which was so accurate that all Rajat Bhatia had to do was to stand behind the stumps and wait for the ball to arrive.
It led to Parthiv Patel's run out just when he looked well-settled and Deccan Chargers never looked like recovering from the slump.
Not strong enough
Deccan Chargers showed heart in their bowling and fielding but it was still, by all means, a very gettable score for the Knights.
It was a chance for Brendon McCullum to free his arms but Dale Steyn trapped him leg-before with a ball that didn't rise much.
It was also a chance for Yusuf Pathan to justify the millions Shah Rukh Khan shelled out for him but he too was a one-ball wonder, whacking Ankit Sharma out of the park before being bowled by him.
It was another chance for Tiwary to finish off a match. And this time, he grabbed it with both hands.