Clinical Deccans sweep through Kolkata Knight Riders

Sourav GangulyDrizzly conditions prevailed during out the day at Newlands. After a rain shortened first match which saw forceful victory for Delhi against Punjab, the Deccan vs. Knight Riders match had a delayed start after the floodlights at the stadium went defective.

The Buchanan appointed Kolkata skipper Brendon McCullum won the toss and surprisingly opted to bat first.

The first ball of RP Singh's over resulted in the dismissal of the Kolkata skipper. McCullum tried a glance down to fine leg only to glove the ball to Gilchrist. Chris Gayle, after scoring a four and six in a row off RP Singh, went for one shot too many, asset out to Harmeet Singh at long off.

A struggling Sourav Ganguly was soon to follow. He was out in his classic fashion, attempting a flashing drive and edging a Harmeet Singh delivery to VVS Laxman in the slips. Kolkata were shambling at 16/3.

A tiny partnership was taking place between Chopra and Brad Hodge before Chopra was out, stumped to a well-crafted ball by Ojha. The crafty left arm spinner struck again by attracting Shukla out of the crease only to find the bails removed by Gilchrist.

GibbsRunning out of partners, Hodge conceded on with his innings scoring 31 runs until he became the next man to go. After scoring two boundaries off Scott Styris, he was out to a sharp reflex catch by Gibbs. In the same over, Scott Styris sent Henriques back to the pavilion thanks to an impressive catch by Rohit Sharma at short-covers.

The dismissal brought Agarkar to the crease. However, he did not stay long. After hitting a massive six, Agarkar was run-out to a brilliant fielding effort by Rohit Sharma again. RP Singh finished off the Kolkata tail by picking up Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda. Kolkata could only manage 101 runs.

The Deccans openers went about the chase in the manner as expected from them. Boundaries surged freely from both the openers' bats. However, the commentator's curse struck Gilchrist when he skied an inopportune pull and was brilliantly held by Henriques.

Laxman started off well scoring at a fast rate. However, confusion with Gibbs resulted in his run-out.

Rohit SharmRohit Sharma tied Gibbs and mutually the put on a prosperous partnership. Agarkar was introduced prior to the strategy break and was taken for 17 runs in his over.

The pair of Gibbs and Rohit Sharma carried on after the break scoring at a quick run rate. Together they took the Deccans to victory after scoring the requisite runs in just 13.1 overs. Gibbs remained unbeaten on 43 while Rohit Sharma was not out on 36.

Man of the Match : RP Singh

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