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Knight Riders pummel Rajasthan

AP, Kolkata, India

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Shakib Al Hasan is watched by Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami as he hits the ball in their IPL Twenty20 cricket match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, on Friday.

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Allrounder Shakib Al Hassan grabbed 3-17 and produced a 10-ball cameo of 16 as the Kolkata Knight Riders scored a five-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Friday.

The Bangladesh left-hander helped restrict the home side to 131-5 and then struck a crucial four and a six as Kolkata scored 137-5 in 19.2 overs in a low-scoring game at the Eden Gardens.

Dutch allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate smashed a six to finish off a game that went neck and neck for most of its length.

Both teams now have two wins and two losses from four games.

Mumbai Indians is atop the nine-team league table with three wins from four games, while the Delhi Daredevils and the Pune Warriors both have won two games each from three.

Opener Jacques Kallis (31) and No. 3 batsman Manvinder Bisla (29) put the chase on a track aiding slow bowling, while India batsman Manoj Tiwary (24) furthered the cause for the Gautam Gambhir-led side.

“We always knew it was a competitive score and we had to go hard up front and set up a base,” Gambhir said. “The experience to play on these tracks will help the youngsters.”

Rajasthan, which had prevailed by 22 runs over Kolkata in their home game earlier in the league, got off to a sound start after electing to bat as captain Rahul Dravid (28) and Ajinkya Rahane (19) added 45 runs for the first wicket.

Shakib Al Hasan dismissed both batsmen with his left-arm spin to help restrict Rajasthan before England batsman Owais Shah (31) and wicketkeeper-batsman Sreevats Goswami (24) added 59 for the fourth wicket to put up a fighting total.

Shah, who had slammed a superb 42-ball 76 in Rajasthan’s last game against Mumbai Indians, applied himself well in a 33-ball knock that saw him hit only three fours.

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