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Kolkata beat Hyderabad again
May 11, 2008 20:01 IST
Last Updated: May 12, 2008 10:03 IST
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Deccan Chargers Hyderabad by 23 runs in an Indian Premier League match at Hyderabad on Sunday.
It was the Kolkata team's second win over the rivals from Hyderabad after the earlier home win.
Chasing a huge target of 205, and an improbable 33 in the final over, the Hyderabad team finished on 181 for seven after being reduced to 63 for four in the ninth over.
Venugopal Rao, with a valiant 42-ball 71 that included four boundaries and six huge hits over it, waged a lone battle but the initial damage was just too much to be undone.
Rohita Sharma (33 off 24 balls) and captain Adam Gilchrist [Images] (24 off 17 balls) were the other major contributors in the Deccan Chargers' innings.
The Kolkata bowlers' bowled a tight line and applied brakes at regular intervals. Ashok Dinda and Sourav Ganguly [Images] finished with three and two wickets respectively.
Earlier, Sourav Ganguly led from the front with a quickfire 91, while David Hussey chipped in with a blistering unbeaten 57 as Kolkata Knight Riders amassed 204 for four.
Ganguly won the toss and decided to bat first but Salman Butt's [Images] exit in the first over pegged back the visitors.
Ganguly joined hands with Aakash Chopra (24) and forged a 69-run stand to steady the ship before he and Hussey tore apart the Deccan attack en route to a 102-run stand for the third wicket.
Ganguly's 91 came off 57 balls and was studded with 11 hits to the fence besides five sixes.
Hussey remained unbeaten after a 29-ball knock that included four boundaries, besides three sixes.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla was not out on 14 off just three balls as the Knight Riders went past the 200-run mark.
Playing his second match of the tournament, Butt (4) drove Chaminda Vaas [Images] for a four but perished soon edging him behind. The hosts, however, had to wait another 10 overs before another wicket fell and it was poor judgement that saw Chopra returning to the hut after being run out.
Ganguly looked good for his maiden Twenty20 century but trying to up the ante, he went for a hook only to see RP Singh take a low catch at fine leg off P Vijaykumar.
Tatenda Taibu (9) lived dangerously and threw his bat at anything and everything before Ravi Teja [Images] took a full-blooded drive off RP Singh to cut short his stay.