Royal Challengers v Knight Riders, CLT20, Bangalore September 29, 2011

Kallis and Gambhir keep Knight Riders alive

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Kolkata Knight Riders 171 for 1 (Kallis 64*, Gambhir 55*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 169 for 9 (Vettori 44, Bhatkal 25) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back to inflict a comprehensive defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore and keep their own hopes alive in the Champions League while making survival difficult for their opponents. A delightful cameo from the home captain, Daniel Vettori, seemed to have set up a close encounter, but the Knight Riders dominated the chase, reminding the Royal Challengers top order of what they should have done with the bat on a good pitch. Brad Haddin, replacing Shakib Al Hasan, did full justice to his role by delivering a flier at the start while Jacques Kallis anchored the reply with support from Gautam Gambhir.

The Knight Riders were left angered and frustrated by Vettori's crafty batting at the death in the Royal Challengers' innings, but didn't let that affect them in the chase. A spate of misfields and fumbles drew ire from Gambhir, but the batting was calm and clinical in its approach. Haddin gave the initial push by stepping up in the second over to smack the left-arm seamer S Aravind, who's won a call-up to the India squad for the ODIs against England, for three consecutive fours as the bowler struggled with his line.

Haddin's approach came with risks but it wasn't mindless aggression. He used his feet well against spin, charging out to J Syed Mohammad and dispatching him over long-on, and waiting patiently for Vettori to slip in a bad ball - and he did - before punishing it past point. He was unforgiving against a clutter of length deliveries from a struggling Aravind, carving them for sixes over midwicket and the bowler's head, interspersed by a slog for a four. When he fell with the score on 62 in the eighth over, the platform had been laid.

The rest of the innings seemed meticulously planned. Kallis ceded the floor to Gambhi after launching a six over long-on early in the innings, and the Knight Riders captain played his role superbly. The Royal Challengers had faltered in the field in their previous defeat, and a half-chance that went down was perhaps the one big opportunity they had of a comeback. Saurabh Tiwary failed to latch on to a catch from Gambhir at the long-off boundary, lost his balance and crashed into a member of the support staff in the dugout. Gambhir was on 2 then.

As the field spread out, plenty of singles were on offer and the pair rotated the strike comfortably, the required rate in control all through. The timely bursts were provided by Gambhir, who hammered Syed to the straight boundary and past point and clipped an off-the-mark Dirk Nannes past short fine leg. The Royal Challengers didn't help their cause by doling out extra runs, either by way of overthrows or wides. Nannes was singled out for punishment in the final surge, Kallis reaching his fifty, albeit with a streaky bottom edge, while Gambhir smashed him for two massive sixes over long-on and square leg. That over, the 16th, fetched 24, the win was completed shortly after.

A spirited performance from the Knight Riders bowlers had given them the advantage for 14 overs of the hosts' innings, the early assault from Chris Gayle being the only highlight with the bat until then. Kallis' stirring reply after being hit for six - a yorker that knocked out Gayle's leg stump - backed up by Brett Lee's extra bounce that dislodged Virat Kohli, made up for the early damage.

The Royal Challengers didn't make use of their line-up's depth, losing wickets after their batsmen got partnerships going, holing out needlessly while an uncharacteristically quiet Tillakaratne Dilshan was stumped smartly by Haddin. With his sly shuffles to the off and the use of those powerful wrists, Vettori, kept company by Syed and Raju Bhatkal, sparked a recovery that left the hosts with the momentum at the end of the innings. It would not be with them for long.

After the game, Gambhir was fined $3000 while the rest of the the Knight Riders were fined $1500 per player for being two overs behind the required over rate. The penalty for a slow over rate is $1500 per over for the captain and $750 per over for each of the other players in the starting XI.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zahidul_78 on October 1, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Kolkata going on right way. I think 2 replace can much strong to Kolkata Sakib & Bisla will be in. And Rayn ten & Sami will be out. Then team will be more strong. Thats why Kolkata will get two batsman & a nice spinner. Because Sami is not performing & if Rayn will not performing then team will be suffering. So Sakib & Bisla Will be Much better then Ryan & Sami. Please noted it.

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I think Virat has a lot to learn from Dhoni before he should be considered as probable for Indian Captain post... He has many things to correct... Unneccessary throwing at stumps showing frustrations when there is no need to be Mr.Gavaskar has pointed this out many times while commenting ... he has to understand that these will hurt the shoulders in the long term ...Then yelling at some1 if they tend to do a mistake on the field.. he is yelling as if he is perfect... On the tour of England I have seen him do misfields he must understand nobody is perfect and yelling doesnt make a difference .. but Practice Does... He must try to take some practice along with those to improve the skills and standards then barking on the field... His mantra from now should FIRST PERFORM NEXT DANCE ... All I can say is Virat please don't waste your talent by doing like this because you guys are the future of Indian Cricket and don't fail to be with these attitude behaviors....

  • BABU_SAI on September 30, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    There is no place for complacency in t20 cricket in whatever be the phase we are in a game, players need to be on their toes all the time. If not the whole complexion of the game is changed within a span of one or two deliveries. NO ONE CAN PREDICT IN T20. this is the beauty of t20.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 30, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Whoever thought Jacques Kallis can't play shorter formats, especially t20. And he bowls well too. He is priceless, invaluable as a total package. A silent killer. Wonder when players in that classic mould will get the respect they deserve. Not for no reason I'm a huge admirer of Kallis and Dravid.

  • veerakannadiga on September 30, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    See what happens when u loose players like Dravid,Uthappa,Pandey,Vinay kumar,Bharath chiply........... all local talent. Now RCB's heavily dependant on Gayle. Winning or loosing a match depends on what Gayle does. It's a One Man Amy. Serves Mr.Mallya right for not picking the local talent. I was a loyal RCB, but now my priorities are with Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warrirors. This is just the begining. Lots of thrashing in store for RCB. Happy Thrashing.

  • rama_krish on September 30, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    The problem with Virat's shenanighans is twofold. First getting out to a 4-ball duck because the bowler has exploited your batting weakness should be cause for sober reflection, not exuberance while Vettori was flailing away. Secondly, berating your players while on the field and in the public gaze (remember, the game is shown on TV) demoralizes the entire team and weakens their performance. For that alone, team management needs to have more than a word with him. One only has to look at TnT's performance against NSW to gauge the detrimental effects of team disunity on the field.

  • Sharky.omarhenry on September 30, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    If Royal Challengers could have taken Jacques Kallis wicket then maybe Knight Riders would have been in a wharrol-spin again. But that didn't happen. I can't see that Royal Challengers problem are the coach. I think it is due to the coach (Jennings) that Royal Challengers at least made it to qualify for the T20 Champions League. And despite the fact that Jennings is a brilliant psychology-coach, he was the one that got Chris Gayle to play for Royal Challengers. A Brilliant scout too. I think that Royal Challengers were just unlucky that Kallis rather that Gayle was on song last night.

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    with the lights of players like KALLIS AND GAMBHIR, KKR really deserves this victory and many such games in the future

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    "Brad Haddin, replacing Shakib Al Hasan" ...this is a wrong news...Brad Haddin, replacing Ms Bisla..... Shami Ahmed, replacing Shakib Al Hasan....Shami Ahmed performed very bad in this match....some of u guys create conflict between bangladesh and india.....and ...india and pakistan......really shame....

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    South Africans have a tag of chokers and it looks like the chokers tag is trickling to coach also. Royal challengers have such good list of players and still they are losing all the vital maches like t20 and champion trophy. Let us change the coach and see how Royal Challengers will start winning matches!

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