Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, KolkataKolkata Beat Pune for 5th Straight Win05-May-2012 14:26:00 GMT
Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Warriors by 7 runs to register their 5th win on the trot while 5th straight loss for Pune Warriors at Eden Garden, Kolkata on Saturday.
Chasing 151, Pune Warriors managed to score 143, conceding a comfortable victory to host Kolkata Knight Riders at the fully packed stadium.
After losing half the side for just 55 in eight overs, Pune completely looked out of the game before hard hitting by Angelo Mathews and a fighting show by skipper Sourav Ganguly raised some hope for the visitors.
However, after Ganguly's dismissal in the 18 th over, Kolkata didn't allow Pune to move smoothly and restricted them seven short of the target.
Marchant de Lange dismissed both openers Michael Clarke and Robin Uthappa to spoil Pune Warriors' start after Kolkata were restricted to 150/5 at Eden Gardens.
Pacer Marchant de Lange bowled out Michael Clarke (1) and then got Uthappa (16) caught by L Shukla in covers to reduce Pune to 28/2.
After brief lull, Pune lost Manish Pandey, Mithun Manhas and Steven Smith to give Pune control.
Jacques Kallis removed Mithun Manhas (1) soon after Iqbal Abdulla dismissed Manish Pandey (17).
After opting to bat, skipper Gautam Gambhir along with fellow opener Brendon McCullum gave hosts a flying start and took the score past 100 in just ten overs, keeping Pune warriors at bay.
Gambhir slammed a swashbuckling half-ton and a shared 113-run stand with McCullum for the first wicket. He scored 36-ball-56, studded with two sixes and five boundaries before falling to spinner Murali Kartik.
Gambhir's dismissal was followed by the wicket of McCullum (42) who failed to reach his half-ton and succumbed to Angelo Mathews at the score of 115.
Pune tightened noose around Kolkata after McCullum's dismissal as the hosts were seen struggling to score runs in slog overs.
After trapping McCullum leg before wickets, Mathews struck again soon to bowl out Jacques Kallis (1).
Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Yusuf Pathan to give Kolkata fourth blow at the score of 134. After addition of seven runs on board, Kumar struck again to remove L Shukla.
Kolkata added nine runs in the final over to set a challenging 151 for Pune.
Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 5 (Gambhir 56, McCullum 42, Mathews 2-17, B Kumar 2-26)
Pune Warriors 143 for 8 (Ganguly 36, Mathews 35, de Lange 3-34)
Result Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 runs
MOM Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Points Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Pune Warriors 0