Jayawardene leads Punjab to last-over win over Kolkata
ELIZABETH (South Africa) (AFP) - Mahela Jayawardene struck an unbeaten 52 to guide Kings XI Punjab to a nail-biting six-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.
The Sri Lankan batsman hit seven fours in his 41-ball knock as Punjab surpassed Kolkata's competitive 153-3 in a last-ball finish at St. George's Park.
Needing seven from the final over by Kolkata paceman Ajit Agarkar, Jayawardene hit a four while Irfan Pathan (19 not out) fetched the winning runs for Punjab.
The victory helped Punjab climb to the second position in the points table while the struggling Kolkata continued to languish at the bottom with their sixth defeat from eight matches.
The Yuvraj Singh-led Punjab have now won four of their seven matches in this Twenty20 competition.
Punjab were off to a disappointing start with Ishant Sharma claiming Kumar Sangakkara for a duck in the first over but a slew of dropped catches and poor fielding did Kolkata no favours.
Simon Katich (34) was dropped on five by Chris Gayle while debutant Sunny Sohal also thrived on a grassed chance to make a fine 26-ball 25 on debut.
Kolkata's innings was built around Brad Hodge who top-scored with an unbeaten 70 off just 43 balls and shared key partnerships with Sourav Ganguly (22) and Morne van Wyk (18 not out).
The Australian smashed 10 fours and a six in a late assault that saw Kolkata put on 101 runs in their last 10 overs.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the most successful bowler with 2-27 from four overs.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS innings:
BB McCullum c Malik b Chawla 19
CH Gayle c Yuvraj Singh b Abdulla 17
BJ Hodge not out 70
SC Ganguly c Sangakkara b Chawla 22
MN van Wyk not out 18
EXTRAS: (lb 3, w 4) 7
TOTAL: (3 wickets; 20 overs) 153
Did not bat WP Saha, LR Shukla, AB Agarkar, M Kartik, I Sharma, AB Dinda
Fall of wickets1-23 (Gayle, 4.4 ov), 2-54 (McCullum, 10.3 ov), 3-105 (Ganguly, 15.6 ov)
RR Powar 2-0-8-0-4.00 (1w)
IK Pathan 4-0-37-0-9.25 (1w)
YA Abdulla 4-0-33-1-8.25
VS Malik 4-0-23-0-5.75
PP Chawla 4-0-27-2-6.75 (1w)
Yuvraj Singh 2-0-22-0-11.00
KINGS XI PUNJAB:
S Sohal c Ganguly b Agarkar 25
KC Sangakkara c van Wyk b Sharma 0
SM Katich c Saha b Hodge 34
DPMD Jayawardene not out 52
Yuvraj Singh c Hodge b Sharma 14
IK Pathan not out 19
EXTRAS: (lb 2, w 8) 10
TOTAL: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 154
Did not bat RR Powar, TM Srivastava, VS Malik, PP Chawla, YA Abdulla
Fall of wickets1-1 (Sangakkara, 0.5 ov), 2-44 (Sohal, 5.1 ov), 3-77 (Katich, 9.2 ov), 4-109 (Yuvraj Singh, 14.1 ov)
I Sharma 4-0-27-2-6.75
AB Dinda 2-0-26-0-13.00 (2w)
CH Gayle 3-0-20-0-6.66
AB Agarkar 4-0-29-1-7.25
LR Shukla 1-0-8-0-8.00 (1w)
SC Ganguly 1-0-9-0-9.00
BJ Hodge 2-0-13-1-6.50 (1w)
M Kartik 3-0-20-0-6.66 (2w)
Toss Kolkata Knight Riders, who chose to bat first
Points Kings XI Punjab 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0
Umpires S Asnani (India) and MR Benson (England)
TV umpire BG Jerling
Match referee S Venkataraghavan (India)
Reserve umpire S George