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Mahela guides Kings XI to victory
NEW DELHI, MAY 3 (Agencies):
Published on 3 May. 2009 11:03 PM IST
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Cool Mahela Jayawardene (52) and Irfan Pathan (19) helped Kings XI Punjab steal a thriller by 6 wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders at St George’s Park. Chasing 154 runs to win, Pathan held his nerve to finish the match off the last ball as Kings XI Punjab needed one run off the last delivery and Ajit Agarkar was all generous with a yorker on the legs. Kings XI Punjab scored easily against Kolkata Knight Riders as fielding blunders and dropped catches by the Knight Riders helped their cause. Fluent Simon Katich contributed 34 runs before being dismissed by Brad Hodge. Wriddhiman Saha took a stunning catch at the deep mid-wicket. Katich smashed three fours and a six in his 34-run innings. Kings XI Punjab lost openers Kumar Sangakkara (0) and Sunny Sohal (25) after a shaky start against Kolkata Knight Riders at St George’s Park. Ishant Sharma got rid of Sangakkara early in the first over but Sunny Sohal hurled some lusty blows before being snapped by Ajit Agarkar. Sohal’s 25-run innings was studded with three shots over the fence. Earlier, Brad Hodge (70), with his second IPL fifty, steered Kolkata Knight Riders to a respectable total of 153/3 in 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab. Some sensible hitting by Hodge and a crucial partnership with Ganguly helped Knight Riders to a fighting total. For Punjab Piyush Chawla claimed 2 wickets for 27 runs while Yusuf Abdullah got one. Former skipper Sourav Ganguly (22) and Brad Hodge added 51 runs together after their top order failure. Ganguly was looking to score briskly as soon as he came in. Kumar Sangakkara caught Sourav when he miscued one from Piyush Chawla. Strategy break claimed yet another victim, and Brendon McCullum was at the receiving end this time. Piyush Chawla dismissed McCullum for 19 runs in 31 balls just after the extended break. After a continuous flop-show, skipper Brendon McCullum was utterly cautious in his approach from the beginning and looked to score only off the loose deliveries against Kings XI Punjab. McCullum alongwith Brad Hodge were scored at 5.2 runs in the first 10 overs. Yusuf Abdullah claimed Chris Gayle for 17 runs, as Kolkata Knight Riders lost their first wicket after a cautious start. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and opted to bat first against Kings XI Punjab in the 27th match of the IPL.

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