Published: April 10, 2009
Bangladesh vice-captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza made his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders when he claimed 1-33 in his four overs to help the side beat Free State by nine wickets in a warm-up game at Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
Mashrafee was treated badly by the opposition batsmen in his first and fourth over, but had two good overs in the middle that made the bowling figures of six-lakh-dollar-man more than satisfactory.
Ajit Agarkar and Charl Langeveldt fired alongside Mashrafee with each taking two wickets as Knight Riders restricted Free State, the home of former South African great Hansie Cronje and Allan Donald, to a mere 152 runs.
Sourav Ganguly chose the Knight Riders’ very first warm-up game in South Africa to rubish the multi-captain theory by smashing an unbeaten 61 as the tourists knocked off the target with five balls to spare.
No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara also scored an unbeaten 66 – the KKR’s best effort.
The next warm-up match is on Saturday, when the Knights will be playing amongst themselves. The third game is on Tuesday, once again against Free State.