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Kolkata bowlers get the better of Bangalore heavyweights

Kolkata bowlers get the better of Bangalore heavyweights

The Kolkata Knight Riders picked up their first win of the 2012 IPL in their effort, a 42 run win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.

RCB would have been happy at the 165/8 that they had kept the rampaging Kolkata batsmen to after looking like they would concede more than 200 at one point.

Daniel Vettori was made to regret his decision to field first when KKR put on two explosive partnerships for their first two wickets. Gambhir (64) and Kallis (22) added 60 in just 6 overs for the first wicket before Vettori brought himself on had the latter caught behind. Wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla (46) then joined his skipper to add 65 runs for the second wicket.

Bisla’s dismissal turned out to be a turning point in the KKR innings. From 125/1, they were reduced to 154/8 as the Bangalore bowlers exploited the small foothold they had gained.

The batsmen had dominated the game till then, KKR bringing up their first and second fifties in 31 balls each and Gambhir slamming the fastest fifty of the tournament off 28 balls. After Bisla’s stumping in the 15th over off Murali (2/31), the pressure applied by a hostile Vinay (2/18), Zaheer (2/31) and Harshal (1/46) coupled with miserly bowling from Vettori (1/22) saw them take another 46 balls for their next 50. Brett Lee slammed an important 11 runs in the final over to take them to 166/5.

Lee (0/21) wasn’t done there, he opened the bowling with a deadly accurate first over. Cheteshwar Pujara hit an upper cut for a six but when Kallis (2/7) continued the tight lines in the second over, refusing to let the batsmen score easily, the pressure got to the batsmen.

Pujara (6) fell edging an angled ball to the slips while Gayle (2) mistimed a pull to be caught just past mid on, very similar to his dismissal in the Champions League game against Warriors in 2011.

Balaji continued the show and his probing line soon accounted for Virat Kohli (6), AB de Villiers (10) and Mayank Agarwal (5), reducing RCB to 33/5 in the 10th over. Saurabh Tiwary (18) led a mini recovery with Vettori (20) but Balaji (4/18) finished off his unbroken spell with the wicket of Vettori.

With Vinay Kumar (25) for company, Tiwary had no option but to hit out, his effort off Ryan ten Doeschate (1/24) only went as far as Laxmi Ratan Shukla at deep midwicket. Harshal Patel’s swings fetched him 10 runs in a 28 run partnership for the 8th wicket and Zaheer made 11 in the 9th wicket partnership of 17. Vinay’s strikes to the deep and frenzied running in the two stands saw RCB cross 100 and close the gap. He was out off the last ball of the innings, trying to clear long on off Shakib Al Hasan (2/21) where Shukla took another catch.

Bangalore’s innings ended on 123/9 in 20 overs, handing Kolkata a 42 run win and Balaji the Man of the Match award.

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RCB is very awesome
sudhirRCCB on 03 Jun 2013, 10:18 PM
we must win them
sudhirRCCB on 14 Apr 2013, 07:49 PM
why don't the other batsmen in lower middle order play??????
anukohli on 16 Apr 2012, 10:54 PM
And u plz be out of the team, u r too lazy,i know u r a good bowler but now u r a old tigger
kotaBoys on 12 Apr 2012, 06:45 PM
Vettori if won the toss please batting first against CSK don't do the same mistake again
kotaBoys on 12 Apr 2012, 06:43 PM
for today's match....it will be perfect if asad replaces tiwary,and get in dilshan for murali and aravind for harshal patel...!!!!!
RCBiannn on 12 Apr 2012, 05:18 PM
Lets hunt down the lions with this team ,Chris Gayle,Andrew McDonald, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers,Arun Karthik,Mayank Agarwal/Karun Nair(handy all-rounder),Vettori,Vinay,Aravind,Zahee
yathish-yathish on 12 Apr 2012, 06:31 AM
My Team for the match against CSK.1: T M Dilshan2: Chris Gayle3: Virat Kohli4: AB De Villiers 5: Asad Pathan6: Mayank Agarwal7: Daniel Vettori8: Vinay Kumar9: Sreenath Aravind10: Zaheer Khan11: Syed Mohammad7-8 Batting options and 5 main bowlers(Zaheer, Vettori, Vinay, Aravind and Syed) with 4 part time bowlers(Gayle, Dilshan, Kohli, Azad)Can anyone think of better combination !!! Please let us know
RCBANGBANGBANG on 12 Apr 2012, 02:23 AM
instead of zaheer in next match against CSK we should play raju bhatkal or asad pathan just to add a a bit of cushion in batting and raju bhatkal bowls with decent economy than zaheer as he is totally of control when taken to task by opposition batsmen. also may be we can try cm gautham or mayank instead of pujara to open the batting with gayle.
shamaz-mohamed on 12 Apr 2012, 12:23 AM
RCB team against CSK in my opinion should be like this.1. Gayle2. Dilshan3. Kohli4. De Villiers5. Pujara6. Agarwal7. Vettori8. Vinay Kumar9. Zaheer Khan10.Harshal Patel11. Viajay Zol or Raju Bhatkal or Kaif or Asad pathan
kingfischer on 11 Apr 2012, 11:34 PM
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