IPL 2016: Pathan, Russell muscle Kolkata to five-wicket win over Bangalore

first_imgBlistering knocks from Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell powered Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Monday.Pathan smashed an unbeaten 60 off 29 balls to help KKR overhaul the target of 186 with five balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. (This is how Pathan and Russell stoke the match away from RCB)Russell played his part to perfection and made 39 off 24 balls in a brilliant match-turning fifth-wicket partnership of 96 runs in just 7.2 overs.The Knight Riders are back to the second position in the points table, while RCB’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs has taken a major beating. (Photo Gallery)Sent into bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 185 for seven. In reply, KKR were reeling at 69 for four in the 11th over. However, the duo of Pathan and Russell had other ideas and made short work of the chase by launching a severe onslaught on the RCB bowlers.Pathan smashed six boundaries and three sixes, while Russell cleared the fence four times. Joining force at a difficult situation, Pathan and Russell kept their side in the game till the Indian brought KKR within sniffing distance by hitting Shane Watson for 24 runs in the 17th over. Pathan then collected 16 runs off Tabraiz Shamsi in the 19th over.The Knight Riders were off to a poor start, losing Robin Uthappa in the first over bowled by Stuart Binny. The next batsman, Chris Lynn threatened with a six, but got out after making 15.advertisementSkipper Gautam Gambhir, the side’s in-form batsman, appeared to be once again shouldering the responsibility of guiding his team, but he too fell after reaching 37 off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six.When Gambhir was walking back to the dugout after being trapped by a full-length delivery from Sreenath Aravind, KKR were struggling at 66 for three, and the situation got worse when Manish Pandey was dismissed by Watson three runs later.A partnership ensued between Russell and Pathan as KKR needed 119 runs in the last 10 overs. The West Indian, particularly, was severe on Shamsi who was hit for 18 runs.Russell hit the slow left-arm spinner for two sixes and a four to up the ante.KKR accumulated 16 runs in the next over bowled by Varun Aaron. Coming in to bowl the 17th over, Watson was smashed for four boundaries and a six to help KKR close in on the target.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/27) gave RCB the much-needed breakthrough, removing Russell in the 18th over, but Pathan continued his assault and guided his team home.Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore set a target of 186 runs for KKR, scoring 185/7 in 20 overs after being put into bat first.Lokesh Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli hit 52 each to propel RCB to a respectable total after swashbuckling hitter Chris Gayle (7) failed yet again.Opening the innings for RCB, Rahul’s 32-ball-52 witnessed six fours and two sixes while Kohli managed four fours in his 44-ball-52.A.B. De Villiers (4) was the other trump card which failed to make a mark for the home team.Australian all rounder Shane Watson (34) kept the runs flows in the last overs with five fours and a six in the company of local boy Stuart Binny (16) who cracked two sixes and a four when it mattered the most.In the 19th over, Russell uprooted Sachin Baby’s middle stump with a direct hit when he attempted to steal a single in the last ball.KKR bowlers Russell (24/1) and Morne Morkel (28/2) produced economical spells while Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav and Piyush Chawla were expensive, though the latter also claimed two wickets with the ball.last_img read more