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Jayawardene secures stunning win

Mahela Jayawardene struck a stunning unbeaten century as Mohali made light work of a seemingly imposing target of 201 to beat Kolkata.

Kolkata had given themselves a great chance of victory by making 200 for three on a batsman-friendly Eden Gardens track, West Indies captain Chris Gayle leading the way with 88 from just 42 balls.

But the recalled Jayawardene went even better, smashing 110 not out from 59 deliveries, and received strong support from fellow Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara in a stand of 98 for the second wicket as he led his team home with 10 balls to spare.

Gayle and captain Sourav Ganguly dealt largely in boundaries in the early stages after the latter had won the toss and chosen to bat.

Ganguly hit two fours in Irfan Pathan's opening over and another off Ramesh Powar before Gayle twice dispatched Shalabh Srivastava to the fence in the third over.

Srivastava came in for further punishment when Ganguly greeted the start of the fifth over with a four and a straight six, but the India veteran departed in tame fashion when he offered a sharp low return catch to England all-rounder Ravi Bopara.

It's all about numbers

Bopara's successful first spell brought him one for 10 in two overs, but his return saw Gayle launch four successive sixes as a solitary over went for 33.

Gayle would hit eight maximums in all, in addition to six fours, before Bopara claimed a measure of revenge with a catch at long off from the bowling of Juan Theron.

Angelo Mathews (17 not out) and David Hussey (11 not out) brought up the 200 and Manvinder Bisla fell for 18 early in Mohali's reply.

But Jayawardene clubbed 14 fours and three sixes, Sangakkara backing him up with 38 from 22 balls as the hosts took charge of the game.

Sangakkara lofted Shane Bond straight to Hussey but Yuvraj Singh maintained the momentum with 33 not out from 16 balls to wrap up an eight-wicket victory with relative ease.
 
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