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KKR ride on Bisla, Morgan

Manvinder Bisla and Eoin Morgan provided a lifeline to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders as the home team cruised to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in a IPL home match on Friday. En route to their third win in the cash-rich league, KKR chased a target of 150 with 10 balls to spare courtesy an unbeaten 51 off 44 balls (3x4, 3x6) from Bisla and a smashing 42 off 26 balls ( 3x4, 4x6) by Morgan. The duo blasted 72 runs in just over seven overs to pave the way for a smooth victory.

The win takes KKR to six points but they remain in seventh position in the league table. Having been dropped after their shocking four-run loss to the same side in the first leg, it was a redemption time for Bisla, who also shared a crucial 66 runs with Jacques Kallis (37).

It was Manoj Tiwary’s absence because of a split webbing paved the way for Bisla who showed glimpses of his last year’s form in the final against Chennai Super Kings that had crowned them 2012 champions. For the Kings XI Punjab’s perspective, Mandeep dropping Bisla’s catch when he had not even opened his account proved to be the big difference.

After being let down by Mandeep, Mahmood quickly turned the game around with two wickets from two balls when he bowled Gambhir and followed it up with an easy dismissal of an out-of-form Yusuf Pathan.

But for a change, the Knight Riders who were tottering at 10/2 showed some fine application with Bisla grabbing the opportunity in his comeback match. Bisla took the challenge as he counter-attacked Mahmood when he stepped out to hit a six. After returning with two wickets in first over, Mahmood conceded 12 runs in his second as the experienced Kallis too complemented well.
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