Pune Warriors end Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL 2013 campaign

Aaron FinchAaron Finch plays a shot during a IPL 2013 match. (PTI)

Set to chase a stiff 171, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a poor start, made amends in the middle, and were not able to deliver the final blow.

Ryan ten Doeschate's (30-ball 42) run-out at the wrong moment and Yusuf Pathan's controversial departure swayed momentum back in Pune's favour.

Even after Doeschate's wicket, Pathan demolished Wayne Parnell's over with some lusty blows to get his side close, but was ruled out on obstructing the field while running a single.

The right-hander, on his way to complete the single, made contact with the ball, which the umpires thought to be intentional, and was shown the red light.

Pathan (44-ball 72) played a brilliant knock under pressure, and stitched an attacking partnership with Doeschate. Kolkata were in the run-chase for a brief moment, but the attacking duo's departure vanished little hopes of chasing Pune's total.

Aaron Finch used eight bowlers in the middle, as the visitors looked desperate to post a win after one month. Last time they registered a win was back on 15th April.

Riding high on attacking knocks by skipper Aaron Finch (32-ball 48) and Manish Pandey (47-ball 66), Pune posted 170/4 on the board.

The Ranchi pitch, critcised for dual bounce in the last fixture, showed no such signs today, and looked good for batting. The visiting batsmen got their eye in, and were able to execute shots without much trouble.

Spin twins of Sunil Narine and Senanayake contained the flow of runs, but didn't get much assistance from the seamers, who leaked runs from the other end.

Put into bat, Pune made their intentions clear by getting off to a flying start, courtesy a little cameo from Robin Uthappa. The right-hander didn't last long, but set the tone for the remaining innings.

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