Pathan powers Kolkata to late victory


A brilliant late surge from Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Yusuf Pathan saw his side chase down the 186 required against Royal Challengers Bangalore, after being behind the chase all innings, to win by five wickets.

For most of the chase it looked like Kolkata would not be able to reach the 185 for seven Bangalore set, but Andre Russell's brisk 39, and Pathan's 60 not out off 29 balls, stunned the home crowd.

Bangalore's innings had been good, but they will look back on a relatively pedestrian set of half tons from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, and wish they'd batted quicker early on.

Interestingly, only two Bangalore batsmen who went to the crease failed to reach double figures, and they were the biggest stars in Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.

Gayle was out in the second over, caught behind for seven, while De Villiers could only make four runs before he was trapped LBW by Piyush Chawla.

The bulk of the scoring came from Rahul and Kohli, with both recording half centuries, and putting on 84 runs together in 10 overs. Rahul's wicket, also to Chawla, broke that partnership.

A set of double strikes, in the middle overs and then at the death, threatened to derail the innings, but Shane Watson was on hand to score a brisk 34 off 21 balls, before Stuart Binny came in and smashed 16 off four deliveries at the end.

As such, Kolkata's chase was a tricky one, not helped by the loss of Robin Uthappa in the first over. Chris Lynn followed four overs later, with the score on 34.

Gautam Gambhir tried to keep the knock on track, but when he was out for 37 and the score on 66, things took a turn and Manish Pandey followed three runs later. This left the Knight Riders four down with 69 runs on the board and 10 overs gone. All seemed lost for the next few overs.

The key over was the 17th, when 24 runs came off the Watson-bowled over. Pathan absolutely demolished the Australia all-rounder, taking an impossible chase down to the wire.

They needed 17 runs off the last two overs as a result, and Pathan proceeded to knock off 16 of those in the 19th, leaving Suryakumar Yadav to get the last run off the first ball of the final over.