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.

  • 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.

  • SuperSharky 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.

  • 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

  • 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....

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SuperSharky 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.

  • 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

  • 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....

  • 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!

  • on September 30, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    @rama_krish @Rajan Nagarajan... I absolutely agree with you ppl.. what was Kholi thinking , why does he have to show off so much , and another thing is his team is losing , and if they were winning , think about how much he will showoff.. RCB fielders were not so terrible which Kholi was making it to be by shouting simply.. And some say he is India's future captain??? THats RUBBISH... should know the difference between passion and (stupidity or showoff)... KKR played beautifully by the way...

  • KK_Cricket on September 30, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Gr8 win for KKR.. But Gambhir should polish his captaincy skills and become more aggressive.. RCB were 90 odd for 6 wickets and he should have went for the kill and bowled Brett Lee...

    Also, Virat did not leave a gr8 impression in the way he was reacted.. he is young and talented but also needs to show more maturity and restrain from showing dissent and anger the way he did the other night.. hope he learns quickly and is spoken to by seniors like Kumble...

  • WestIndies1987 on September 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    So let me get this straight;Virat Kohli is showing GENUINE passion, enthusiasm and love for the game and his team, and he is being criticised? THAT IS RUBBISH! What do you guys want him to do? Just sit in the pavilion and be a ROBOT?

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Congratulations to KKR for their wonderful game. It was a do or die match and they inflicted a comprehensive defeat on RCB.

  • chaituaddanki on September 30, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Haddin,Kallis,Gambhir made home for KKR.The way haddin started his innings is very gud,He never allowed to settle the bowlers.Kallis made his job by rotating the strike and keeping away the bad balls out of the rope.Gambhir is exceptional yesterday,He demolished the RCB bowling attack.IN brief he just truncated the match time with his awesome batting.

  • rama_krish on September 30, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Did anyone notice the excessively irrational exuberance that was shown by Virat in the match. The fellow scored a 4-ball duck, was dancing when Vettori was batting and then degenerated into abuse when his fielders disappointed him - UGH

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    I did not like the behavior of Virat Kohli. If he has a chance of leading an Indian Team then he should control his emotions instead of jumping back and forth. His animative behavior shows either he is immature or trying to show off.

    Very good job done by KKR as a Team. The team spirit was missing all these periods and now I could see all coming together as a team. Very sad Shakib has to sit out but KKR has to look at the team composition as well since only four foreign players will be allowed. Shakib may get his chance at a later part of the tournament.

  • stark-truth on September 30, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    No more blurred vision for someone - fit 20/20 one!

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    KKR did well. Had a look at Ryan ten Doeschate's bowling figures, they should give him a bowl sometime. He may snare a wicket or two.He looks like a bit of an all-rounder.

  • on September 30, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    indian cricketing machines needs repairing,,,,,,,,,,cricket is not any more gentleman's game,,,,,,,

  • intouchazeez on September 30, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    y ? kkr is weak in bowling.

  • on September 29, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    So glad to see that KKR won the match. Daniel Vettori is such an average cricket at best, he doesn't even play proper cricketing shots, he is just lucky the bowlers choose to bowl badly at him, I would have hated it if a backyard cricketer like him would have got RCB home.

    Unlucky that Gambhir seems to be the only Indian performing well in this tournament. It looks like the series here with England won't be a definite Indian win after all if the Indian players continue as they are. I think England could upset the World Champions.

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    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,nd i always spport them so like this team

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I am so happy knight rider win the match today nd my favourite team na i always support to this team.

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Gambhir is the new Ganguly

  • shrastogi on September 29, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    KKR dominated the match except for last few overs of RCB innings. A total of 170 is pretty good and decent good bowling and fielding can defend it. Sadly for RCB neither their bowling was good nor was fielding. Some of their tactics were baffling as I thought they should have given Nannes another over in the power play. Nannes and Aravind had such a poor game. For Aravind one can only say is that this is not the best way to celebrate your call to national side. As a left armer he provides variety to Indian bolwing attack but has to lift his game considerably. RCB also need to work on their batting which is too top heavy. Thier youngsters fell chepaly and to bad strokes. Kohli, Tiwary & Agarwal threw it away. Kaif had splendid oppoutunity to shine in this format but he has sadly lost his touch. For KKR everything clicked and the potential which is there on paper finally came through. It is still an uphill task for both teams to qualify.

  • zig1 on September 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Hopefully RCB would have finally realised their mistake for letting go quality players like Kallis, Uthappa and Manish Pandey . They can not win matches with players like Kaif, Saurabh Tiwary. Finding good local players has led to the downfall of this team and rely hugely on the maruading Chris Gayle.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    noo!! now shakib wont be playing anymore -.-

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    heartbreak for me,, went for the match today

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Once again foreign players perform but Indians lossy DULL!

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    This is a poor replaces by shakib al hasan he is best player in kkr,his bowling econ just 6.50, and good allrounder in world cricket......................

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    its sad that shakib had to go out to bring brad haddin since he was the most economical bowler in last match's run feast of the opposition. This system of 4 foreign players only, creates competition only among those four player even though each of the foreign player has completely different roles to play for the team

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  • on September 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    its sad that shakib had to go out to bring brad haddin since he was the most economical bowler in last match's run feast of the opposition. This system of 4 foreign players only, creates competition only among those four player even though each of the foreign player has completely different roles to play for the team

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    This is a poor replaces by shakib al hasan he is best player in kkr,his bowling econ just 6.50, and good allrounder in world cricket......................

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Once again foreign players perform but Indians lossy DULL!

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    heartbreak for me,, went for the match today

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    noo!! now shakib wont be playing anymore -.-

  • zig1 on September 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Hopefully RCB would have finally realised their mistake for letting go quality players like Kallis, Uthappa and Manish Pandey . They can not win matches with players like Kaif, Saurabh Tiwary. Finding good local players has led to the downfall of this team and rely hugely on the maruading Chris Gayle.

  • shrastogi on September 29, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    KKR dominated the match except for last few overs of RCB innings. A total of 170 is pretty good and decent good bowling and fielding can defend it. Sadly for RCB neither their bowling was good nor was fielding. Some of their tactics were baffling as I thought they should have given Nannes another over in the power play. Nannes and Aravind had such a poor game. For Aravind one can only say is that this is not the best way to celebrate your call to national side. As a left armer he provides variety to Indian bolwing attack but has to lift his game considerably. RCB also need to work on their batting which is too top heavy. Thier youngsters fell chepaly and to bad strokes. Kohli, Tiwary & Agarwal threw it away. Kaif had splendid oppoutunity to shine in this format but he has sadly lost his touch. For KKR everything clicked and the potential which is there on paper finally came through. It is still an uphill task for both teams to qualify.

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Gambhir is the new Ganguly

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I am so happy knight rider win the match today nd my favourite team na i always support to this team.

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    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,nd i always spport them so like this team