Punjab Kings defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in last ball thriller

May 3rd, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Kumar Sangakkara Pretoria (ANI): A smashing half century from Mahela Jayawardene of Punjab Kings XI cost sixth straight defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders at Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Needing seven from the last over off Ajit Agarkar, Jayawardene got a crucial boundary away and left Irfan Pathan facing the final ball needing one. But Pathan got the ball into the gap to spark off wild celebrations in the Kings XI camp.

Kings XI Punjab 154 for 4 (Jayawardene 52*, Katich 34) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 153 for 3 (Hodge 70*) by six wickets.

Four dropped catches overturned Brad Hodge’s impressive half-century and took Kings XI Punjab back into the top four of the IPL after they chased down 154 to beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets.

The match went down to the final ball but Punjab had clearly outperformed Kolkata through the chase. Mahela Jayawardene, who scored an unbeaten 41-ball 52, and Irfan Pathan held their nerve to take Punjab through and avoid the match being decided by the Super Over.

Brad Hodge made his second consecutive half-century to power Kolkata to 173.

Brad Hodge’s second half-century in two games took the Kolkata Knight Riders to an unexpected 153.

But no one in their right mind would have bet on Kolkata crossing 150 when Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle began the innings.

Hodge and Sourav Ganguly rotated the strike and looked for loose deliveries to convert to boundaries. Ganguly opened the face of his bat to guide a four to third man and then slogged a huge six off Chawla to square leg.

This six clearly boost Ganguly and he tried to attack every delivery after that. It didn’t work and three balls later Ganguly top-edged a sweep to Kumar Sangakkara for a 23-ball 22. It was only when the in-form van Wyk walked in at Ganguly’s dismissal that another 50 more runs began to look like a possibility. (ANI)

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