IPL 5: Kolkata crush Pune to set up play-off clash against Delhi

Despite not managing to set what many would have regarded a challenging score, Kolkata Knight Riders completed their league campaign with a resounding 34-run win against Pune Warriors, a team which has to now stay content with just 4 wins this season.

updated: May 20, 2012 13:42 IST
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Pune: If Sourav Ganguly had planned a grand sign-off to the fifth season of the Indian Premier League, it certainly didn't come off. Pune Warriors India have had a woeful time of it, and the trend continued in their last match of the season, against Ganguly's old team, Kolkata Knight Riders.

On a pitch where batsmen struggled to score quickly, Kolkata sealed a comprehensive 34-run win, ending Pune's misery in the process. (Scorecard)

Gautam Gambhir did say before the match that it was a crucial game for his team. But his batsmen certainly didn't make it appear as if they were really in the game. (Also see: Match in pics)

Gambhir and Jacques Kallis fell early, as the scoring rate remained sluggish. Brendon McCullum and Shakib-al-Hasan showed the right intent, but the Knight Riders had reached just 60 for two at the end of the 12th over.

Shakib finally pressed on the accelerator after that, hitting Michael Clarke for two sixes. They took 20 from that over, while 21 more were scored in the next two overs, bowled by Ganguly and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

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