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KKR march to 47 run win at home

KKR march to 47 run win at home

Gautam Gambhir’s knock and a disciplined effort from his bowlers on a difficult pitch helped the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 47 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday night.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Gambhir enjoyed two lives in three balls when on 5 and 13 on his way to 93 off 51 balls. The rest of his innings was chanceless as he took on every bowler Daniel Vettori could throw at him. The usually fluent offside play was missing but Gambhir played with great intensity to guide his team to the highest total at the Eden Gardens this season.

The pull shot earned him as many as four boundaries and four sixes over the midwicket to deep square leg region as he used the slowness of the pitch to play the ball late. Short balls banged in sat up nicely to be hit and Gambhir’s free flowing hitting at one end allowed Brendon McCullum and Jacques Kallis to settle in at the other end.

Some poor fielding from RCB helped them too as hits to the deep were converted into boundaries and catches were palmed. Gambhir made 93 off 51b (4x9, 6x5), McCullum 43 off 37b (4x8) and Kallis 41 off 27 (4x1, 6x3) as KKR posted 190/4 in their 20 overs.

Vinay Kumar’s last over fetched him two wickets and he finished on 2/31 while Vettori (1/29) and Zaheer (1/48) got the wickets of McCullum and Gambhir respectively.

Yusuf Pathan (1/19) shrugged off his indifferent form with both bat and ball to dismiss Dilshan in the first over of RCB’s chase. Kohli (18) came out playing positive cricket but the last over of the powerplay saw Kallis dismiss both him and AB de Villiers off successive deliveries. The first was with a ball that stayed low to catch Kohli LBW and the second with a short ball that took the top edge of AB’s bat and ballooned to be caught at mid-on, leaving RCB reeling at 35/3.

Before that had come a bizarre delivery where McCullum failed to hold on to a knick from Kohli off Narine, disturbed the bails with his gloves, caught the ball after it bounced and appealed vociferously for a dismissal.

Tiwary and Gayle played safely but just couldn’t find an opportunity to cut loose against KKR’s first and second change bowlers. Their struggles to time the ball highlighted the brilliance of Gambhir’s knock and the difficulty reading Narine was a whole new set of problems.

Scoreboard pressure and the absolute discipline of the KKR bowlers against Gayle saw Tiwary (19) perish as he tried to take on Rajat Bhatia in the 13th over. The setback saw Gayle go back into a defensive mode and the required run rate slip a bit further.

Every good over for RCB was followed by a tight one from KKR, by the time Gayle began to tee off it was too late. Mayank Agarwal (10) fell to a Narine (1/11) delivery he failed to read in the 18th over while Gayle carted Kallis (2/31), Bhatia (1/41) and Laxmi Ratan Shukla (1/5) around the ground to reach 86 off 58 (4x7, 6x6) and take the Orange Cap away from RR’s Ajinkya Rahane.

It all proved too late and too little as KKR superbly used their knowledge of home conditions to seal a 47 run win and consolidate their position at no.2 on the points table. RCB remain in 4th position but the results of games tomorrow could see them slip to 5th or 6th in the points table.

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RCB needs to reconsider their decision of fielding the players who are not performing.kohli must be dropped for at least a game or two, give kaif a chance instead of kohli.harshal patel must be changed with another bowler.include macdonald instead of dilshan.we know macdonald is such a superb all rounder, y is he being left out.tiwary is uselessly being put in team. his current performance has not been in sync to his reputation.bring asad pathan for tiwary.Vinay Kumar's performance is also not upto mark.he's being hit for sixes and fours. bring Aravind for him.Rotate the players.Don't keep including the players in playing eleven who are not in form. Give chance to other talented players too.Then only RCb will get into winning momentum.
Navvs on 30 Apr 2012, 07:39 PM
hope rcb bounce back i think they shld play younger players instead of tiwary he is wasting his talent rcb must bring back kp or taylor next year
rohitl on 30 Apr 2012, 05:40 PM
WHY DOES RCB HAVE ONLY 1 GAME AT 4 PM AND REST ALL AT 8PM?AND I JUST DICOVERED ONE MORE FACT, FIRST TIME RCB HAVE STOPPED FROM A WINNING RUN. LAST 3 SEASONS RCB STARTED BADLY. AND AFTER THAT RCB WENT ON WINNING SPREE. 2009 - 5 STRAIGHT WINS AFTER BAD START. 2010-6 STRAIGHT WINS.AND 2011, IT JUST GOT BETTER 7 STRAIGHT WINS. BUT THIS TIME RCB HAS BEEN JUST STOPPED FROM WINNING THEIR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN AFTER THE BAD START. WINNING SPREE IS CUT OFF. BUT WILL THEY START IT AGAIN?
aravind-vasudevan1 on 30 Apr 2012, 01:19 AM
WHY DOES RCB HAVE ONLY 1 GAME AT 4 PM AND REST ALL AT 8PM?AND I JUST DICOVERED ONE MORE FACT, FIRST TIME RCB HAVE STOPPED FROM A WINNING RUN. LAST 3 SEASONS RCB STARTED BADLY. AND AFTER THAT RCB WENT ON WINNING SPREE. 2009 - 5 STRAIGHT WINS AFTER BAD START. 2010-6 STRAIGHT WINS.AND 2011, IT JUST GOT BETTER 7 STRAIGHT WINS. BUT THIS RCB HAS BEEN JUST FROM WINNING THEIR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN AFTER THE BAD START.
aravind-vasudevan1 on 30 Apr 2012, 01:18 AM
please give chances to others who is waiting for their turn, instead of giving chances to tiwary, dilshan... Please promote mayank as a opener, he's is in good form as an opener y the team management changing his position. we want rcb to win this season. please i am requesting the team management to come with best IX instead of giving chances to those who not playing well..
gururaj-m on 30 Apr 2012, 01:13 AM
But I'm impressed that even when RCB required 101 off 27 balls, They managed to reduce it to 48 required off 1 0ver. Yesterday just wasn't RCB's day. Impressive Batting by chris. Only thing is Dilshan and the whole team needs patience. Selection of team can be better.They knew Kolkata pitch was bit slow.So they should gone with murali for dilshan. Had this type move been made, it would have been a different ball game. It should not matter batting first or second. And appanna needs to improve is bowling against left handers. Against right handers, he is marvellous. But bowling to left hand batsmen is weakness.Zaheer khan is injured i suppose, cause too much of misfield yesterday. AND IF MY FACTS ARE CORRECT, RCB FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM 2009 HAVE LOST BOTH HOME AND AWAY GAMES AGAINST A TEAM IN THIS EDITION OF IPL.
aravind-vasudevan1 on 30 Apr 2012, 01:09 AM
NEXT IPL GET UTTAPA, MANDEEP, RAHANE AND DALE STEYN
billy-joe on 30 Apr 2012, 12:32 AM
I WANT TO SEE RCB WIN, THEY HAVE THE PLAYERS TO WIN THE COMPETITION BUT THE SELECTORS DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. I AM WILLING TO MANAGE AND SELECT THE TEAM WITHOUT BEING PAID.
billy-joe on 30 Apr 2012, 12:28 AM
jadav.sachin, what are you smoking, yesterday gale was the orange cap holder, he should be admired that he is not fully fit and is still carrying the team, players like kohli, zaheer and others that is needed to be rest.The selectors need to look at their selection policy also, the pitch at kolcuta is always slow and they went in with three out of form medium pacers? kohli has not been performing and yet they keep on picking him? they went as far as making him captain when the match was rained off. RCB has three international captains in the team, ab, dilsan and chris gale who previously captain the west indies and yet they ask the out of form kohli to captain the team? that is an insult to the three aforementioned players as also to knowledgeable spectators of game.
billy-joe on 30 Apr 2012, 12:23 AM
The inconsistency continues. I would rather have Murali in my side any day rather than Vettori. AB can easily captain this side. Its time to rest players like Kohli, Dilshan and Tiwary (perhaps not all at the same time) and give others a chance. But what do we do about the bowling - its a bit late in the day to expect someone new into the side to replace Zaheer. We are not going to win this tournament on batting strength (which is currently a 2 man show anyway) alone.
Sharekhan on 30 Apr 2012, 12:05 AM
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