Pune Warriors frustrate Knight Riders

Updated 16 May 2013
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Pune Warriors frustrate Knight Riders

RANCHI: The results in a couple of matches featuring other teams had certainly gone in Kolkata Knight Riders’ favor, but they failed to keep their side of the bargain, going down by seven runs against Pune Warriors India at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association stadium here yesterday.
Even Yusuf Pathan’s first half-century in three years in Kolkata colors wasn’t enough as they lost the crucial moments of the match.
Robin Uthappa, then Aaron Finch, and later in their innings, Manish Pandey and Yuvraj Singh all made it a super afternoon for Pune after they had been put in to bat. As a result, they ensured that if Kolkata wanted to keep their chances of making the playoffs alive, they would have to chase down a big total. Nine sixes and 11 fours were hit along the way as Kolkata, with more at stake, wilted in the Ranchi heat.
The most heartening aspect of Pune’s batting was Pandey, long considered one of India’s most talented young batsmen but one far too inconsistent. Till he was run out in the last over, Pandey played a wonderful hand. He hit eight fours and one six, holding the innings together f and then stepping on the gas toward the end before being dismissed for a 47-ball 66.
Throw in a 21-ball 25 from Uthappa, a 32-ball 48 from Finch and a 20-ball 30 from Yuvraj and Kolkata looked down for the count midway through the match. Sunil Narine and Sachithra Senanayake bowled their eight overs for a combined return of 1 for 48, but with none of the other bowlers pitching it right, Pune took 58 from then final five overs to take the total to 170 for 4.
The effect of that late surge showed on the Kolkata top order. By the fifth over, they had lost Manvinder Bisla, Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir – in that order – with just 29 on the board.
Kolkata, however, managed to stay in the game, and they did it through the much-criticized Pathan and the often-overlooked Ryan ten Doeschate. The two kept the fours and sixes coming even as they rotated the strike constantly. When the total crossed 100 in the 13th over, it was very much game on.
But then Doeschate was needlessly run out after a 30-ball 42 and Manoj Tiwary followed for a duck. And just when Pathan looked like he would take Kolkata past the finish line, he was dismissed in bizarre circumstances. Trying to steal a quick run, he kicked the ball out of onrushing bowler Wayne Parnell’s reach. His infringement was obvious, as was the fact that Parnell had tried to stop Pathan by grabbing at his arm. The decision went against Pathan: out obstructing the field for a 44-ball 72.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceding just four runs in the penultimate over, the game was as good as over, with Pune registering only their third win of the season. Kolkata’s defense of the title is over.


Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

The gunners could not defeat 10-man Atletico Madrid. (AFP)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

  • The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes
  • Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week

LONDON: Arsenal’s hopes of sending outgoing manager Arsene Wenger off with a trophy suffered a major blow as they could only draw 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card handing them the initiative.
However, they were made to rue a host of missed chances before and after Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front on the hour mark.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stands shortly after Vrsaljko’s dismissal, but the Spaniards resisted manfully and pounced when their chance came as Antoine Griezmann prodded home a vital away goal eight minutes from time.
Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week if Wenger’s last game in charge is to be the final in his homeland in Lyon on May 16.
Moreover, Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season also hang on becoming the first side other than Real Madrid to eliminate Atletico from Europe for five seasons.
There was a far more highly-charged atmosphere for Wenger’s penultimate home game in charge than there had been for last weekend’s game against West Ham United.
And the hosts were given plenty of encouragement early on, even when still up against Atletico’s full complement.
Lacazette volleyed off the outside of the post and forced Jan Oblak into the first of a series of fine saves with a header from close range.
Vrsaljko had been booked within two minutes for bringing down Jack Wilshere.

And the Croatian left his side a man light after just 10 minutes when French referee Clement Turpin showed no leniency for another late challenge on Lacazette.
Moments later, Simeone was also dismissed by the officious referee for taking his protests too far when an Arsenal player wasn’t booked for what he thought was a similar foul.
Atletico’s excellent defensive record is what has carried them to five European semifinals in seven seasons under Simeone.
The visitors battened down the hatches with 10 men, but were reliant on Oblak to keep them in the tie.
Wilshere headed straight at Oblak when unmarked at the back post at the end of a flowing Arsenal move.
And the Slovenian then spread himself well with an outstretched leg to deny Danny Welbeck.
Having weathered the Gunners’ early storm, Atletico only began to threaten themselves late in the first half and David Ospina had to be alert to parry a fiercely struck Griezmann shot following a fine run from Thomas Partey.
Atletico retreated ever deeper toward their own goal after the break and were finally punished on the hour mark when Wilshere’s deep cross found Lacazette rising above Lucas Hernandez to head in his seventh goal in seven games.
However, the French international and Arsenal could have had more.
Laczette’s dangerous ball across goal found no takers before he headed another good opportunity wide.
And Arsenal paid heavily for their profligacy, and some comical defending, when Atletico grabbed a vital away goal on 82 minutes.
Griezmann outmuscled French international team-mate Laurent Koscielny and then benefited from a slip by Shkodran Mustafi after his initial effort had been saved by Ospina to prod his 27th goal of the season into the roof of the net.
There was still time for Oblak to show why Griezmann isn’t the only Atletico player wanted by Europe’s elite with a spectacular one-handed save to turn Aaron Ramsey’s header behind and keep Los Rojiblancos on course for another European final.