Pune Warriors India defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by seven runs to end their dreams of progressing to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs. After posting 170 on the back of Manish Pandey's 66, PWI restricted KKR to 163.
Chasing 171, KKR lost Manvinder Bisla (1) early as Wayne Parnell trapped him leg before wicket with one that jagged back in. Parnell got a second wicket in his next over, making a mess of Jacques Kallis' (1) stumps. The top order collapse continued as Gautam Gambhir (12) was caught by Yuvraj Singh miscuing Ishwar Pandey to leave KKR reeling at 21 for 3. KKR made 33 from their Power Play with their top three back in the dressing room.
Yusuf Pathan smashed two boundaries off Ishwar Pandey as KKR started to get a move on in the seventh over. Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate controlled the required rate scoring 21 runs of the next two overs. Ryan ten Doeschate then launched Ali Murtaza for a maximum as KKR reached 74 for three at the half-way stage.
Pathan sent Luke Wright back into the stands as KKR looked to up the ante. ten Doeschate and Pathan added 98 for the fourth wicket partnership. Needing 49 from 30 balls, ten Doeschate (42) was run out by Murtaza in the 16th over to bring PWI back into the game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck another blow when Manoj Tiwary (0) was caught by Manish Pandey in the deep.
Pathan went after Parnell hitting him for two boundaries and a six before he was dismissed in the most dramatic fashion - Obstructing the Field - as he tapped the ball away while attempting to sneak a single. The hard-hitting batsman made 72 – his first half-century in KKR colours. Needing 18 from the final over, KKR fell seven runs short.
Earlier, KKR won the toss and elected to field. PWI got off to a positive start as Robin Uthappa slammed two sixes off Lakshmipathy Balaji in the third over. Uthappa (25) dragged Sachithra Senanayake onto his stumps to give KKR their first breakthrough. PWI made 42 from their Power Play. After a few quiet overs, Aaron Finch smashed Kallis for consecutive sixes in the tenth over to get the momentum back in favour of his team.
The twelfth over too saw two sixes; Finch hit Rajat Bhatia for a maximum before Pandey followed suit depositing Bhatia over the ropes. Balaji struck in the 13th over sending Finch's off-stump cart-wheeling to give KKR their second wicket. Pandey hit three successive boundaries off Kallis in the 15th over. Yuvraj Singh then slog-swept Sunil Narine for a six in the 17th over as PWI stepped on the accelerator. The 18th over bowled by Balaji was taken apart for 18 runs as Pandey smashed two boundaries, before Yuvraj deposited one into the crowd. Pandey (66) fell in the final over, run out after smashing two consecutive boundaries. Yuvraj Singh (30) launched Kallis for a six before perishing of the final delivery of the innings. PWI finished their 20 overs at 170 for four.
Man-of-the-Match: Manish Pandey
Brief Scores: Pune Warriors India 170 for 4 (Manish Pandey 66, Sachithra Senanayake 1-22) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 7 (Yusuf Pathan 72, Wayne Parnell 2-34) lost by 7 runs.
1: Yusuf Pathan became the first player to be dismissed “obstructing the field” in IPL. He is also only the fourth player in all Twenty20 cricket to be out in this manner after Faisalabad Wolves’ Ahmed Hayat (vs Karachi Dolphins at Lahore in 2005), Basnahira South’s Chinthaka Perera (vs Wayamba at Colombo SSC in 2009) and Trinidad & Tobago’s Adrian Barath (vs Canada, Bridgetown, 2012).
8: Number of bowlers used by Pune Warriors India – most by a side in a match in IPL 2013.
9: Number of consecutive matches after which Pune Warriors India finally registered a win. They had last won a match against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai exactly a month ago.
11: Number of wickets lost by both Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders as run-out in IPL 2013 – most such dismissals for any side.
49: Number of consecutive innings after which Yusuf Pathan scored a fifty in IPL. His last fifty had come against Deccan Chargers (73* off 34 balls) at Ahmedabad on March 26, 2010 – more than three years ago!
Gambhir: Tough pill to swallow. The way Pathan was going we should have won the game. Pretty freak dismissal, not seen it in my career, but I don't know. We haven't played good cricket, not been consistent enough.
Finch: We have played some good cricket throughout the tournament but haven't been able to get over the line. We are happy to knock KKR off given that we had nothing else to play for tonight.
Manish Pandey is the man of the match: It feels great after losing nine games. We could not do as we expected as a team but happy today.