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IPL 2017: DD vs KKR - Star of the Match - Yusuf Pathan

Cricketnext Staff |April 17, 2017, 9:01 PM IST
IPL 2017: DD vs KKR - Star of the Match - Yusuf Pathan

He is no longer the Yusuf Pathan of old, but even today, when the ball starts hitting the middle of his bat, opposition players have their task cut-out. And Friday was one of those days when Pathan took the game by the scruff of the neck and put Kolkata Knight Riders on the road to victory against Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla. Pathan finished with 59 off 39 balls at a strike rate of 151.28 as KKR won by 4 wickets.

Chasing 169, Kolkata were reeling at 21/3 when Pathan joined Manish Pandey in the middle. With Yusuf considered past his prime, the Daredevils fans were already eyeing another win for the home side. But Pathan, also celebrating his child’s birthday, decided to show the world that he can still pack a punch on his day.

He first guided Kolkata out of danger with support from Manish and then played the aggressor’s role as the two put on 110 for the fourth wicket — the highest in this edition of the IPL so far. But the best part about Pathan’s knock was that he was willing to wait for the bad balls to put away, rather than trying to hit every ball out of the park — a mistake he has often committed in recent times.

It was only poetic justice that he reached his 13th IPL fifty with a six. Zaheer Khan bowled it full and Pathan made no mistake as he used the long handle to send Zaheer into cow corner.

Joining hands with Manish with KKR still needing 148 runs from 17 overs, he had helped KKR reach 131/4, needing another 38 runs from 31 balls, when he was finally dismissed by Chris Morris.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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