Gamb­hir, Uthappa knock Kings XI down

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

KOLKATA—”One in­ter­est­ing de­ci­sion and ev­ery­one for­gets you hit a fifty in the last game.” It seemed Glenn Maxwell was still smart­ing from an in­cor­rect caught-be­hind de­ci­sion in Kings XI Pun­jab’s pre­vi­ous game against Gu­jarat Lions. He couldn’t score any runs then, but on Wed­nes­day, it was al­most like he couldn’t be stopped.

Al­most, be­cause Piyush Chawla found a way, and did so at the per­fect time. Maxwell fell for 68 off 42 balls with his side still 45 runs away from a tar­get of 165 with only 26 balls in hand. A wellpop­u­lated Eden Gar­dens rev­eled in the ten­sion. So did a bowl­ing at­tack that fea­tured six in­ter­na­tion­als. Kolkata Knight Riders closed out a vic­tory by seven runs and climbed to the top of the table.

An­dre Rus­sell had 11 runs to de­fend in the fi­nal over and he did so by pick­ing up one wicket, apart from two run-outs, to fin­ish with 4 for 20 in four overs. He was Knight Riders’ bat­ter­ing ram, but he needed Chawla to make that de­ci­sive dent. By con­trast, Kings XI were re­liant on one man and he had far too much to do.

Maxwell took on the chal­lenge though. He came in with the score on 13 for 3 and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to con­trib­ute was ap­par­ent in the shots he played - flicks and cuts against the Knight Riders quicks, who bowled too short at him, and pow­er­ful lofts down the ground against the spin­ners. Essen­tially, Maxwell wanted to limit the risks he took. His fifty came off only 29 balls, by which time he had played only one re­verse sweep.

To­wards the end of his in­nings, the cross-bat­ted shots kept com­ing out and one of them did him in. Maxwell mis­read a goo­gly from Chawla, played a re­verse sweep against the turn and was ad­judged lbw by um­pire Anil Chaud­hary.

The bats­man walked off un­happy be­cause he felt he was hit out­side the line of off stump, and while re­plays in­di­cated more than half the ball had been out­side the line, some of his anger may have been di­rected at him­self. He was the only Kings XI bats­man who showed any kind of con­trol and with him out of the way, Knight Riders breezed past the fin­ish line.—AFP

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