IPL 2013: Pune Win To Knock Knight Riders Out
Pune Warriors 170-4 (Pandey 66) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 163-7 by seven runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Ranchi
Kolkata Knight Riders' Indian Premier League title defence is officially over after they were beaten by Pune Warriors by the margin of seven runs in Ranchi.
A half-century from Manish Pandey helped Pune post 170 for four and after Yusuf Pathan became the first man in the IPL to be given out obstructing the field, Kolkata closed on 163 for seven in reply.
He had made 72 in 44 balls but, symptomatic of Kolkata's faltering season, only four of their players reached double figures and Pune celebrated just their third win of what has been a dismal campaign for them.
Pathan was given out when he made contact with the ball with his foot as he collided with Wayne Parnell as he tried to take a run.
Ryan ten Doeschate made 44 in 30 balls but from 127 for three, they lost their way and although Rajat Bhatia made 10 in nine balls, once Pune had regained the initiative, they didn't let it go.
Like Pathan, whose half-century was his first since 2010, Pandey had earlier reminded the watching world of the talent he has, with 66 in 47 balls in Pune's best batting performance of the competition.
Robin Uthappa hit 25 in 21 balls, Aaron Finch 48 in 32 and Yuvraj Singh 30 in 20 as their top order batsmen all fired and put them into a match-winning position.
© Cricket World 2013
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