Smith stars with ball as Lions beat KKR
KANPUR, India (CMC):
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith produced a brilliant career-best four-wicket haul, but then suffered the ignominy of a first-ball 'duck', as Gujarat Lions held their nerve to beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by six wickets in the Indian Premier League yesterday.
Choosing to bowl first at Green Park, Lions Limited KKR to 124 for eight off their 20 overs, with Man of the Match Smith proving the main destroyer with four for eight off four miserly overs of medium pace.
Yusuf Pathan top-scored with a run-a-ball 36, while opener Robin Uthappa chipped in with 25.
In reply, Lions slumped to 18 for two, but captain Suresh Raina stroked an unbeaten 53 from 36 balls to guide the hosts to a crucial win with over six overs to spare - a victory which carried them to second in the standings on 16 points.
They are only below leaders Sunriders Hyderabad on net run rate.
KKR, meanwhile, lie two points back in fourth spot in a tightly bunched top six, separated by all of four points.
Smith struck as early as the fifth over when he had Manish Pandey caught at first slip by Raina for one with the score on 34 for two.
The Barbadian right-armer then accounted for Uthappa in the seventh over to a catch at the wicket after the opener had struck three fours and a six, and he followed up by bowling Piyush Chawla middle stump for 11, as the batsman gave himself room for an offside stroke in the 10th over.
Smith claimed his fourth wicket when he removed Shakib Al Hasan for three to a catch at third man as KKR slumped to 61 for five in the 12th over.
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo finished with one for 29 from his four overs.
In reply, Lions lost Smith to the first ball of the innings, when he under-edged an attempted pull at seamer Ankit Rajput and his opening partner Brendon McCullum followed in the next over, when he was lbw to West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine for six.