Knight Riders win vital tie

2013-04-27 00:00

KOLKATA — Manvinder Bisla scored 51 not out as the Kolkata Knight Riders crushed the Kings XI Punjab by six wickets, with 10 balls to spare, at Eden Gardens yesterday in a vital Indian Premier League clash.

Kolkata ended on 150/4 after 18.2 overs in reply to the Kings XI’s below par score of 149/6, after Adam Gilchrist had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Punjab’s Manan Vohra top-scored for the visitors with 31.

They then made a dream start in trying to defend their total as Azhaar Mahmood (3-35) claimed two wickets in his first over. It could have been more had Mandeep not dropped Manvinder Bisla off the first ball.

Gautam Gambhir (8) was cleaned bowled with the second ball of the over, and Yusuf Pathan (0) followed the very next ball, caught behind by Gilchrist.

But Bisla and Jacques Kallis steadied the ship with a 66-run partnership for the third wicket off 56 balls as the pair reached the halfway mark on 75 for two.

But shortly after the break, Kallis tried to run a ball from Harmeet Singh down to third-man, only to offer a thin edge to the keeper. Kallis faced 33 balls for his 37, which included six boundaries. — SuperSport.

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