Ponting’s IPL sojourn ends in another failure

April 30th, 2008 - 12:22 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Australian skipper Ricky Ponting’s teammates have ruled the Indian Premier League (IPL), scripting some of the biggest knocks, but for him the inaugural Twenty20 gala proved to be a disaster as appearing in his last match for Kolkata Knight Riders Tuesday night, he failed yet again with the bat. Ponting, who was desperate to sign off with a big score against Mumbai Indians, struggled throughout his 19-run innings and was finally run out after a mix-up with Mohammad Hafeez.

In five IPL matches, Ponting aggregated 58 at a dismal average of 11.6.

The Knight Riders batsmen have given a good account of themselves in the IPL so far but Tuesday night, they were at the receiving end of Mumbai Indians’ bowling attack.

Knight Riders lost two wickets in the very first over with Shaun Pollock snaring Brendon McCullum and Sourav Ganguly before Ponting walked down the middle.

After four successive failures, Ponting was cautious and took his time to settle down. But a bad call from Hafeez splashed his hopes of getting a big score. His 19 runs came off 31 balls, which included just one boundary.

Ponting, along with other Australian players will leave after this match to attend a camp ahead of their away series against West Indies.

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