Kolkata Knight Riders rumbled Deccan Chargers
Deccan Chargers failed to rectify their past gaffes losing once again after a steady start to hand Kolkata Knight Riders an easy target of 126 in 20 overs, which, the Gambhir-led side overcame in last over of the day with ease in a rain affected match at Cuttack.
Shikhar Dhawan as usual top scored for the Chargers but his 50-ball 50 runs failed to provide the impetus needed by the Chargers in the latter part of innings courtesy another spell of tight bowling by the KKR bowling unit lead by Brett Lee (4-0-15-1), ably supported by Sunil Narine (4-0-26-2) and Rajat Bhatia (4-0-26-1).
For Kolkata, Captain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary top scored with 30 runs each and along with Kallis (23) they ensured that Kolkata do not make a mess of the run chase.
The wickets of Gauti and Yusuf Pathan in back to back overs did give a glimmer of hope for DC but with mediocre fielding effort defending a paltry target of 126, the Chargers had no chance of a comeback in the game.
Earlier, Deccan had a decent start first up with in-form batsman Shikhar Dhawan taking the onus elevating the run rate past 7 but a struggling Kumar Sangakkara perished early, charging down the track to Laxmipathy Balaji, losing his middle stump for just 12 runs.
Parthiv Patel came to the middle one down and along with Dhawan played a rather enterprising innings of 23 courtesy some solid flicks and innovative shots.