Bangalore, April 10, 2012
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After suffering two consecutive losses, Kolkata Knight Riders came back to winning ways beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 42 runs in their third match of season five of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir found his form, hitting a 39-ball 64, while Manvinder Bisla made 46 as the Shahrukh Khan-owned franchise made 165 for eight in 20 over.
Former India pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji then bagged four for 18, the second best bowling figures this season, to restrict the Royal Challengers to 123 for nine in 20 overs.
With the win, Knight Riders finally opened their account in the tournament and are fifth in the points table with two points from three matches while Royal Challengers slipped to the seventh spot with two points from two matches.
Royal Challengers captain Daniel Vettori erred in asking the Knight Riders to bat first in the match, which was delayed for 15 minutes due to a small fire incident in the eastern stand of the stadium.
Both Vettori and Gambhir were asked to go back and wait in the pavilion before organisers made sure that everything was in place.
When the match started, South African veteran Jacques Kallis (22) and Gambhir gave Knight Riders a breezy start with their 60-run opening stand. Kallis, who hit three fours and a six in his 23-ball knock, departed in the seventh over, caught behind by his compatriot A B de Villiers off left-arm spinner Vettori.
Gambhir and Bisla then joined forces to rip apart the Royal Challengers bowling attack with their 65-run stand. At a time when the partnership grew in confidence, retired Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan struck, beating Bisla in flight and De Villiers did an easy stumping. Bisla’s 29-ball knock was studded with three sixes and two fours.
Bisla’s wicket triggered a collapse as Knight Riders from a comfortable 125 for one slumped to 165 for eight in 20 overs. The second-wicket stand between Gambhir and Bisla saved Knight Riders the blushes as they lost last six wickets for just 40 runs. Barring Kallis, Gambhir and Bisla, none of the Knight Riders batsmen could get to double figures.
For Royal Challengers, local boy Vinay Kumar was the pick of the bowlers, bagging four for 18 while Zaheer (2-31) and Muralitharan (2-31) also did well.
Kallis, who bagged two for seven, also gave Knight Riders the first breakthrough removing Royal Challengers openers Cheteshwar Pujara (6) and the explosive Chris Gayle in successive overs to leave the hosts at two for eight in 3.3 overs.
Balaji then wrecked the middle-order, picking up Virat Kohli (6), De Villiers (10), Mayank Aggarwal (5) and Vettori (20) in a four-over spell conceding just 18 runs.
Vettori (20) and Vinay Kumar (25) staged a late fight-back but didn’t get much support from the other end.
Knight Riders in their next match host Rajasthan Royals at home Friday, while Royal Challengers travel to Chennai to face the Super Kings on Thursday.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Jacques Kallis c de Villiers b Vettori 22
Gautam Gambhir c Patel b Khan 64
Manvinder Bisla st de Villiers b Muralitharan 46
Yusuf Pathan c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 1
Manoj Tiwary c Agarwal b Khan 2
Ryan ten Doeschate c Vettori b Muralitharan 3
Shakib Al Hasan c Pujara b Vinay Kumar 4
Laxmi Ratan Shukla c Khan b Patel 5
Brett Lee not out 8
Rajat Bhatia not out 4
Extras (lb 4, w 2) 6
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Kallis, 6.2 overs), 2-125 (Bisla, 13.3), 3-126 (Pathan, 14.1), 4-139 (Gambhir, 16.2), 5-140 (Tiwary, 16.5), 6-143 (ten Doeschate, 17.2), 7-151 (Shakib Al Hasan, 18.3), 8-154 (Shukla, 19.3)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-31-2
R.Vinay Kumar 4-0-18-2
Harshit Patel 4-0-46-1
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-31-2
Daniel Vettori 3-0-22-1
Virat Kohli 1-0-13-0
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Cheteshwar Pujara c Pathan b Kallis 6
Chris Gayle c Shukla b Kallis 2
Virat Kohli c Tiwary b Balaji 6
AB de Villiers b Balaji 10
Saurabh Tiwary c Shukla b ten Doeschate 18
Mayank Agarwal c Gambhir b Balaji 5
Daniel Vettori b Balaji 20
Vinay Kumar c Shukla b Shakib Al Hasan 25
Harshal Patel b Shakib Al Hasan 10
Zaheer Khan not out 11
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 8) 10
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Pujara, 1.4 overs), 2-8 (Gayle, 3.3), 3-20 (Kohli, 5.5), 4-25 (de Villiers, 7.2), 5-33 (Agarwal, 9.1), 6-60 (Vettori, 11.5), 7-78 (Tiwary, 14.2), 8-106 (Patel, 17.6), 9-123 (Vinay Kumar, 19.6)
Brett Lee 4-0-21-0
Jacques Kallis 2-0-7-2
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-1-18-4
Rajat Bhatia 4-0-30-0
Ryan ten Doeschate 3-0-24-1
Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-21-2
Toss Royal Challengers Bangalore, who chose to field
Player of the match: Gautam Gambhir (Knight Riders)
Umpires: S Ravi and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire: S Asnani
Match referee: Raju Mukherjee