Kallis, Pathan rock after Gauti no-show
Gautam Gambhir returned to the cricket pitch after a long time but it took just one ball to send him back. The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, who missed the ODIs in England due to head concussions suffered after falling over in a Test match, closed the face of his bat too early on the first ball he faced and was at midoff. HT reports.cricket Updated: Sep 26, 2011 01:39 IST
Gautam Gambhir returned to the cricket pitch after a long time but it took just one ball to send him back.
The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, who missed the ODIs in England due to head concussions suffered after falling over in a Test match, closed the face of his bat too early on the first ball he faced and was at midoff. Later, he had to face the ignominy of seeing his team pipped out by Somerset, who were powered by Roelof van der Merwe. The Protea all-rounder scored 73 off just 40 balls with nine fours and two sixes as his team coasted to a five-wicket victory.
Earlier, Gauti's wicket was one of the rare joyous moments for Somerset who were pulverized by Jacques Kallis.
The South African was at his sublime best and raked up 74 runs off just 61 balls to lead his team to 161 in 20 overs. It was a typical Kallis as he first batted himself in and then cut loose.
Yusuf Pathan joined and the competition for the biggest hits began. The Indian big-hitter started the fireworks hitting Arul Suppiah for four sixes in an over.
Kallis joined in and started taking the aerial route. His massive six over long off to bring up the fifty stood out. But he wasn't done yet and hit a few more.
The Somerset bowlers had no clue about what was happening. The nerves got over them and they spilled a simple chance of Pathan in the outfield off the bowling of the impressive van der Merwe.
If the Protea spinner was good, Irish teenager George Dockrell too was good with his tweakers. Meanwhile, the Somerset batsmen got off to a good start before losing a couple of wickets in one over.
Meanwhile, in an earlier game, South African side Warriors beat South Australian Redbacks by 50 runs for a comprehensive win. Opener JJ Smuts top-scored for the Warriors with 65-ball 88 as the Protean side made a massive 171 in 20 overs.
South Australia then kept losing wickets at regular intervals to lose the game. Seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe took two wickets for the winning side.
First Published: Sep 26, 2011 01:35 IST