Some clean hitting by Yusuf Pathan in the Super Over boosted Rajastahn to a deserved victory over Kolkata.
With the scores tied at the end of Kolkata’s run-chase, the teams were forced to bat for an extra over each. Gayle and McCullum set a target of 16 which was surpassed in just four balls by the Royals.
Soural Ganguly will be kicking himself due to his brain explosion at the death. Ganguly nicked Kamran Khan to the ‘keeper off the penultimate ball which left the tail with an ask of two from one.
But it was Ganguly’s innings that got Kolkata close. At 94-5 after 14 overs the ‘Riders were in trouble, but the Prince of Kolkata played the perfect innings. The Rajastahn Royals, so miserly to begin with, couldn’t keep Ganguly in check.
The Knight Riders bowled tidily, Ajantha Mendis the pick of the attack with the scalps of Graeme Smith (15) and the dangerous Yusuf Pathan (42) costing just 19 runs in four overs. Ishant Sharma and Anureet Singh weighed in with two apiece, and in the final overs, the Royals were battling.
But some good hitting at the death by Dimitri Mascarenhas and Abhishek Raut got Rajastahn to a competitive 150 in conditions favouring the bowlers.
The Knight Riders lost Brendon McCullum early on, and apart from some booming drives from Chris Gayle (41), Kolkata struggled to gather momentum. Shane Warne dismissed Gayle, while the restrictive efforts of Mascarenhas, Kamran Khan and Munaf Patel squeezed the challenge out of the ‘Riders.
Ganguly’s temperament proved the difference as he cracked on in the latter overs. Yashpal Singh (20) provided staunch support and the former India captain looked to have steered his side home.
Following Ganguly’s dismissal, the final delivery saw Sharma scrambling a single to tie the scores and force the game into a Super Over scenario. Gayle blasted three fours off Kamran Khan to set an intimidating target.
Pathan cracked Mendis for two sixes and a four to win the game, Rajastahn’s first victory of 2008.
Rajastahn Royals 150-6 in 20 overs
Yusuf Pathan 42, Dimitri Mascarenhas 27, Ajantha Mendis 2-19.
Kolkata Knight Riders – 150-8 in 20 overs
Sourav Ganguly 46, Chris Gayle 41, Kamran Khan 3-18.
Kolkata Knight Riders – 15-1
Rajastahn Royals -18-0
Royals won in Super Over
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