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DC vs KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders deny Deccan Chargers maiden win, thrash hosts at Cuttack

CUTTACK: Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Kolkata Knight Riders denied Deccan Chargers their maiden win in the tournament as they reach the 127-run target in the final over, inflicting a 5-wicket defeat on the hosts at the Barabati stadium on Sunday.

Earlier, Pacer Dale Steyn trapped Brendon McCullum in front of the wickets to spoil Kolkata’s start after Deccan Chargers set a modest target.

Amit Mishra dealt Kolkata second blow by bowling out Manvinder Bisla to reduce Kolkata to 44/2 in seven overs.

Though skipper Gautam Gambhir kept Kolkata intact with his gritty show, Anand Rajan ended his challenge in the tenth over.

Gambhir scored 30 before being caught behind the stumps with the scorecard reading 64 in 9.5 overs.

Yusuf Pathan, who is struggling with form, smashed a six off Ankit Sharma to get off the mark but failed to carry the momentum and was bowled out by the spinner in the next delivery.

Quick wickets of Gambhir and Pathan brought back Chargers into the game. However, Jacques Kallis stood firm to steer Kolkata near victory.

In the 17 th over, dale Steyn struck to get rid of Kallis with 22 required to win. However, Kolkata didn’t choke in the death overs as Manoj Tiwary along with Debabrata Das guided their side to an impressive win.

Despite a gritty half-ton by Shikhar Dhawan, Chargers lost wickets at regular intervals in slog over and from 81/1, at one stage, they were restricted 126/7 in 20 overs.

Invited to bat, Chargers openers shared a steady 37-run stand for the first wicket before Lakshmipathy Balaji dealt first blow to the hosts by removing skipper Kumar Sangakkara.

Shikhar Dhawan, however, didn’t let the momentum down and propelled the scorecard along with Parthiv Patel.

At the score of 81, Patel got run out while attempting a double which was never possible. Patel made 23 and shared 44-run stand with Dhawan before getting out.

After addition of eight runs to the board, Brett Lee got Cameron White caught by Debabrata Das near boundary line.

Dhawan, however, scored his maiden half-ton of the tournament and helped the side reach 100-mark before falling to pacer Rajat Bhatia.

Dhawan’s dismissal was followed by quick wickets of Ishank Jaggi, Ankit Sharma and Dale Steyn.

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bowl against Deccan Chargers before rain delayed start of their IPL clash at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.

Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara said he was thinking of batting first anyway. Cameron White replaced Dan Christian in the Chargers squad.
Deccan Chargers are yet to open their account this season and they find themselves at the bottom of the points table after losing all their four matches.

 

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