A hat-trick, a long handle and a pensive owner!
Kings XI Punjab came up with a spirited effort to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 runs on Tuesday, (April 16, 2013) in Mohali. Catch all the high-flying moments from Punjab's second win in IPL 2013.
Mandeep Singh got things going for the home team once skipper Adam Gilchrist was dismissed early. Mandeep ended up being the second highest scorer for Punjab with 41 runs from 30 balls with 6 fours in all. (BCCI image)
South African veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis came up with yet another spirited show with the ball, digging the ball short at times along with chipping in with the slow off cutters. Kallis ended up with three wickets overall. (BCCI image)
Then came along Sunil Narine and what followed was simply spectacular. (BCCI image)
Narine registered the first hat-trick of this IPL season, getting rid of Punjab middle-order mainstay David Hussey, veteran T20 expert Azhar Mahmood and Gurkeerat Singh in consecutive balls of the 15th over of the innings. (BCCI image)
Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta was in a pensive mood once Narine took the hat-trick. The flurry of wickets pegged Punjab back and gave Kolkata full control of the game. However, the Punjabi boys did not give it up. (BCCI Image)
Manpreet Gony, making his debut for the Kings XI Punjab in IPL after having stints with Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers, used the long handle to good effect, hammering 3 sixes and 4 fours in his 18-ball 42 to give the Punjab innings a much-needed boost towards the end. (BCCI image)
Kings XI were off to dream start in the Kolkata chase with Manvinder Bisla, Jacques Kallis being dismissed for next to nothing inside two overs. (BCCI image)
Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir then took centerstage and started to put the Kings XI bowling to the sword. He went onto score his 19th IPL fifty, most by any player in the tournament's history. (BCCI image)
Eoin Morgan supported his skipper ably by mixing caution with aggression. later, when his chance came, Morgan displayed his unorthodox strokes and gave Kolkata dug out a lots to cheer. His 47 come in 38 balls. (BCCI image)
Guess who came to Kings XI rescue once again, it was domestic pacer and the hero with the bat in the match Manpreet Gony. Gony, the tall pacer he is, got Gambhir to poke at a ball outside off stump and was caught by keeper Gilchrist. That turned the tide in the hosts' favour at the PCA stadium. (BCCI image)
Azhar Mahmood brought his world of experience in the shortest form of the game with the ball, scalping 3 wickets for Punjab. His wicket of Morgan was crucial to dent the Kolkata scoing rate in the run-chase. (BCCI image)
All in all, it was an important win for Punjab, who made the upward swing in the points table with 4 points from 4 matches. (BCCI image)