April 2nd, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on IPL: 3 – KOLKATTA BEAT DECCAN
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Kolkatta Knight Riders beat Deccan Chargers by 24 runs in an exciting encounter which went on to a clinical finish till the last over.

Saurav Ganguly

Saurav Ganguly

The Kolkatta Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat first at the Eden Gardens Kolkatta on Thursday against the Deccan Chargers. The capacity crowd at the venue had something to cheer about today as their heart throb Saurav Ganguly got back to form and slammed a half-century in their presence.

Ganguly,who is affectionately called the Prince of Kolkata, slammed 88 runs and led his team to a comfortable score of 181 for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Ganguly hit 9 boundaries and 5 sixes in his illustrious innings of 88 and was out caught Rohit Sharma b Pragyan Ojha.

This is Ganguly’s second highest score in the IPL and he was out in the 17th over. He was ably supported by David Hussey who scored 31 valuable runs for the Kolkatta Knight Kriders and was caught by Gibbs b Jaskaran Singh. Hussey was out caught in the 19th over. Cheteshwar Pujara, who came played in place of Mandeep Singh, was the other batsman who contributed 17 runs.

For the Deccan Chargers Jaskaran bagged 2 wickets for 18 runs. Pragyan Ojha took 2 for 38 runs and Andrew Symonds also got 2 wickets for 26 runs.

Deccan Chargers opened their innings with Herchelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist. They put up an opening partnership of 31 runs and Gilchrist was out after scoring 9 runs only. Then it was Gilchrist along with Mishra who carried the score till 77 runs and then Mishra departed for 29 runs.

Gibbs slammed a half century in the 15th over of the innings and was out soon thereafter caught by Hussey off Shane Bond. The score card then read 122 for 3 but Deccan Chargers lost wickets regularly and could only muster up 157 for the loss of five wickets.

Excitement was brewing in the Stadium and  Matthews gave  just six from the 17th over and then Deccan Chargers needed 48 from 18 deliveries. Ajit Agharkar gave away only 8 runs in the 18th over.  The 19th over of the innings was bowled by Shane Bond who gave away only 4 runs.

The last over was bowled by Chris Gayle  and Deccan Chargers needed 34 runs off 6 balls. After taking 3 singles off first 3 deliveries Symonds was caught by Kartik off  Gayle for 45 runs compiled from 37 balls. Then it was all over and it was party-time in the streets of Kolkatta.

The award for the maximum sixes went to Saurav Ganguly.

The award for the Karbonn Kamaal Catch went to Cheteshwar Pujara.

The Man of the match award was given to Saurav Ganguly.

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