Manoj Tiwary scored 75* in the Knight Riders’ comfortable 39-run win over the Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.
Kolkata started poorly before Tiwary and Sourav Ganguly clubbed together for a partnership of 79. Although this partnership did little to lift the run-rate to typical Twenty20 standards, it did set the platform for an all-out attack at the death.
Kolkata scored 60 runs in the final five overs with Angelo Mathews helping Tiwary carve the Punjab bowlers to all corners. Irfan Pathan claimed two wickets for the hosts, but conceded 42 runs in his four overs.
Ganguly used a total of seven bowlers during the Kings XI Punjab innings, and the hosts were unable to build momentum. The big names like Yuvraj Singh, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene all got starts but failed to kick on. The biggest partnership was 41 for the second wicket, a statistic which tells a story.
The result sees Kings XI Punjab rooted to the foot of the IPL table while Kolkata should also struggle to make the play-offs.
Kolkata Knight Riders – 183-5 (20 overs)
Manoj Tiwary 75*, Sourav Ganguly 50.
Kings XI Punjab – 144-6 (20 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 30, Yuraj Singh 24, Shane Bond 2-24, Ajit Agarkar 2-32.
Kolkata won by 39 runs
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