Kolkata Tigers beat Delhi Jets
Craig Macmillan led from the front and blasted an unbeaten 31-ball blitzkrieg of 58 to guide Kolkata Tigers to a four-wicket win over Delhi Jets in the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 match in Panchkula on Saturday.
The win also kept alive the Kolkata outfit’s hopes of making it to the semifinals.
Though McMillan set the stadium alight with his splendid strokeplay — hitting five fours and four sixes in his entertaining knock — teammate Lance Klusener was adjudged Man of the Match for his 3-16 and run-a-ball 27.
Chasing a target of 150, Macmillan and Klusener took charge when the chips were down with the team reeling at 62 for five.
Requiring 52 runs in the last five overs, Macmillan snatched the match away from the Jets when he scored 24, including three sixes, of an Abbas Ali over. They weaved a partnership of 85 runs before Klusener got out at 27.
In the end, the Tigers reached the target with seven balls to spare. They now have four points from three matches.
Barring Deep Dasgupta (32), the top order of the Tigers including opener Darren Maddy (4), SG Das (1) and Rohan Gavaskar (1) failed to click but they still went on to win.
Earlier, Klusener took three wickets giving away just 16 runs, scalping the dangerous-looking Moneesh Mishra, who scored brilliant 61 of just 46 balls that had three fours and as many sixes in it.
Electing to bat first, Delhi Jets lost opener Taufeeq Umar (6) early and barring Moneesh and skipper Marvan Atapattu (36), their batting did not live upto the expectation and they managed 149 for seven in 20 overs.