Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2011, Jaipur April 15, 2011

Gambhir, Kallis set up thumping win

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Kolkata Knight Riders 160 for 1 (Gambhir 75*, Kallis 80*) beat Rajasthan Royals 159 (Dravid 35, Taylor 35*) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kolkata Knight Riders won by nine wickets and with nine deliveries to spare. It shouldn't have been that easy but Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis starred in a supremely well-paced chase as Kolkata successfully hunted down a potentially tough 160-run target on a sluggish track in Jaipur.

The first game-seizing moment of the chase came in the sixth over, bowled by Amit Singh. Kolkata were 44 for 1 from five overs and it was obvious that they had to fully utilise the new ball and the Powerplay on this slow track. It was an over that could have tilted the game either way: Amit tried to keep it tight, Gambhir took risks, two shots eluded palms of fielders in the off side but not by much, and Gambhir looted 18 runs. He flat-batted the first ball past the diving Ross Taylor at extra cover, slashed the third past the diving Abhishek Raut at point, glanced the fourth to fine-leg, and crashed the final delivery over mid-off.

The second turning point was Gambhir's contest with Shane Warne, who introduced himself in the seventh over. Gambhir cut his third delivery through the covers, and slog swept the first ball of the 10th over to collect another four. When Warne gave himself another over, to try and pick up a wicket, Gambhir sashayed down the track and scythed a flighted delivery through extra cover. By the end of that over, Kolkata only needed 58 runs from 48 balls and Gambhir and Kallis stayed till the end to achieve a comfortable win.

Gambhir found great support in Kallis, who was instrumental in starting the chase in a positive fashion. He lifted Ashok Menaria's left-arm spin for a four and a six over long-off in the third over, whipped Shane Watson to midwicket and slashed Nayan Doshi through backward point. He dropped anchor once Gambhir took over the baton.

Rajasthan would probably wish they had played Shaun Tait to create wicket-taking opportunities but they had put up a pretty decent batting effort. Fuelled by calculated aggression from Rahul Dravid and Menaria, who seemed to be aiming for something around 160, Rajasthan reached 75 for 1 from 11 overs. It seemed at that stage that their job, especially Dravid's, was done and it was time to hand the reins over to Shane Watson and Ross Taylor.

In the 12th over, Yusuf Pathan had a double strike - Dravid didn't connect with a slog and Menaria swatted a return catch, and the stage was set for the two big hitters. Rajasthan seized momentum by looting 14 runs in the 16th over with Taylor spanking a long hop and a full toss from L Balaji for sixes.

There was a mini-contest too on show: Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's captain,who saw Watson wreck their side only few days back was entrusted with the task of bowling at him. Shakib himself had just given 26 runs from 20 deliveries to Watson on that day and so, it wasn't going to be a one-sided contest. Watson heaved Shakib Al Hasan for a straight six in the 14th over and slog-swept him over wide midwicket for another six in the 17th over. Shakib slowed up the pace on the next delivery and Watson was bowled as he missed another attempted slog sweep. Rajasthan were 125 for 4 at that stage, and Taylor stayed till the end to guide them to a good total. But they were thwarted by a fabulous captain's knock from Gambhir.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sagorr007 on April 18, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    sakib go ahead !!! we are with u...kkr win the trophy this time pliz ....u hav really great players and stabled team :D

  • rajachandra on April 17, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    RR paid the price for dropping Dravid in today's return match ! What a thrashing !

  • jorock on April 17, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    My team RR just missed a trick in this match nut dont worry guys we are in Kolkata today to give bac what we had got. I think shane warne stcks to person were he is comfortable morethan talent . They are wasting a talent like Rahane he is one of the capable characters in India rite now and even he will make it to the Indian team in nera future.Just beching him doesn't gives an excuses. I beleive teh players like Pankaj ,Pinal Shah, Rahane just came out after a outstanding domestic cricket and they are not in the 11 . I didn't get the point in selecting the paleyrs like pauniker,raut in the team which gives RR A slight disadvantage when it is crunch game.My team for today will be Rahane,Watson,Dravid,Botha,Taylor,Mineria,Pinal Shah,Warne,Trivedi,Pankaj Sing,Amit Singh which gives him rather a good bowling unit as well as batting unit.Please comeout from the shell of australian hipocarct to good player which you are. This will strenght up RR AND EVEN THEY CAN GO THE DISTANCE

  • Maimun_IT_Consultant on April 17, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Sakib Al Ahsan........Rocks.......

  • Finn92 on April 16, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I can't believe RCB let Kallis go, it all looks so easy for him in IPL cricket. It's also very nice to see a Bangladeshi taking part

  • ONE4U on April 16, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    More of a Gambhir praise note rather than a match report. Interesting to read "Gambhir found great support in Kallis" who by the way while doing this SUPPORT role scored more than his principal partner??????????

  • on April 16, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Hats of to KKRas they showed tremendous character...

  • on April 16, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    well said ashlee99. Bisla isn't suitable for opening. KKR has a great tactician like Dave Whatmore. hope he will think about it. As a Bangladeshi Bengali I would like to see KKR "CHAMPION". Carry on boys.

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on April 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Did anyone notice that KKR's bowlers bowled so consistently that their 3 bowlers gave exactly 31 runs each in their respective four overs, one gave 29 runs & the combined figures of the fifth bowler read 30 runs from the four overs. Spooky!

  • on April 16, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    KKR got the momentum.Bengali New Year's greetings to the boys. Just keep going!!

  • sagorr007 on April 18, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    sakib go ahead !!! we are with u...kkr win the trophy this time pliz ....u hav really great players and stabled team :D

  • rajachandra on April 17, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    RR paid the price for dropping Dravid in today's return match ! What a thrashing !

  • jorock on April 17, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    My team RR just missed a trick in this match nut dont worry guys we are in Kolkata today to give bac what we had got. I think shane warne stcks to person were he is comfortable morethan talent . They are wasting a talent like Rahane he is one of the capable characters in India rite now and even he will make it to the Indian team in nera future.Just beching him doesn't gives an excuses. I beleive teh players like Pankaj ,Pinal Shah, Rahane just came out after a outstanding domestic cricket and they are not in the 11 . I didn't get the point in selecting the paleyrs like pauniker,raut in the team which gives RR A slight disadvantage when it is crunch game.My team for today will be Rahane,Watson,Dravid,Botha,Taylor,Mineria,Pinal Shah,Warne,Trivedi,Pankaj Sing,Amit Singh which gives him rather a good bowling unit as well as batting unit.Please comeout from the shell of australian hipocarct to good player which you are. This will strenght up RR AND EVEN THEY CAN GO THE DISTANCE

  • Maimun_IT_Consultant on April 17, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Sakib Al Ahsan........Rocks.......

  • Finn92 on April 16, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I can't believe RCB let Kallis go, it all looks so easy for him in IPL cricket. It's also very nice to see a Bangladeshi taking part

  • ONE4U on April 16, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    More of a Gambhir praise note rather than a match report. Interesting to read "Gambhir found great support in Kallis" who by the way while doing this SUPPORT role scored more than his principal partner??????????

  • on April 16, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Hats of to KKRas they showed tremendous character...

  • on April 16, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    well said ashlee99. Bisla isn't suitable for opening. KKR has a great tactician like Dave Whatmore. hope he will think about it. As a Bangladeshi Bengali I would like to see KKR "CHAMPION". Carry on boys.

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on April 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Did anyone notice that KKR's bowlers bowled so consistently that their 3 bowlers gave exactly 31 runs each in their respective four overs, one gave 29 runs & the combined figures of the fifth bowler read 30 runs from the four overs. Spooky!

  • on April 16, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    KKR got the momentum.Bengali New Year's greetings to the boys. Just keep going!!

  • on April 16, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    sakib rocks.......i was very happy when he got watson wicket..go ahed kkr....

  • on April 16, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    sakib is bowling really well. i was hery happy when sakib got the watson wicket.GO AHED KKR ........ALL THE BEST GAUTI.......

  • SHANEDAPPAL on April 16, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    congratulations kkr. gauti you did a good job in match also in team selection. use pathan in no.4, when second wicket down aftre 8 over

  • dimni on April 16, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    warne could have done better in shuffling the bowlers & the batting order the sole reason to their defeat was this but i think warne will understand his mistake & give a good treat for kkr at their homeground

  • on April 16, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Well Done Kalis & Gamvir....as well as Shakib...!! Go KKR Go...!! :))

  • on April 16, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    hard luck rajasthan but never mind eden is urs

  • AshLee99 on April 16, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    With Lee and Shakib back nobody can defeat KKR. But I dont know why M.S. Bisla is opeing. Either Gambhir or Haddin should open the innings.

  • on April 15, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    shakib bowling really good.

  • on April 15, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Sakib played absolutely unique and Gambhir & Kallis were super..well done boys.. Go KKR Go

  • Dave_Chatterjee on April 15, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    When is Pune Warriors coming to Kolkata? I just see one match between Pune and KKR. is that a mistake?

  • ak111 on April 15, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Royals should get out of Warne spell and handle the team professionally and not like a local club. How can they explain these decisions? -If Botha, Warne and Maneria are already in the Team why would one pick up Doshi. If one has to pick up extra bowler they should have picked up a pacer. - When Trivedi and Singh both bowled so well in the last two matches why open with a spinner? Then why not use main spinners Botha Warne or Doshi who is picked as spinner. - If Maneria is considered a full time spinner then why was he sent one down -When they had two Ranji winner bowlers Chahar and Pankaj Singh on the bench why did they try Binny in the first match and drop in the next. - In the last overs when Singh and Trivedi were trying to bowl their heart out, fielders were just laughing around. Why not try to protect the margin and run rate for future Warne just goes by instinct thinks bluff of using surprise will work and makes it a gamble without a method

  • on April 15, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    KKR showed real character in today's chase.

  • on April 15, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Its high time warne dropped amit paunikar from the squad when dravid could keep for 50 overs he can surely do it in a T20 being a team man he wont have a problem in doing it.Amit doesnt perform with the bat and opening the innings n wasting deliveries is what he does.Drop him let Watto open with Dravid being the anchor man and watto the aggressor botha at 3 menaria at 4 and rosco at 5 this line up can do wonders

  • on April 15, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Well Play Gooti and Kallish

  • on April 15, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Kalis is the real hero of Kolkata Knight Rider.Sakib & Lee put real strenth in bowling department.

  • i_amVIVA on April 15, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    good for sakib to get watson's wicket; what goes around comes around...

  • dbk86 on April 15, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    wat a bowling by Shakib Al hasan...!!terrific performence from him

  • rajachandra on April 15, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    It does not make any sense having Amit Paunikar as opener and partner Dravid! Compare the same with Kallis performance! Till almost the 19th over his run rate was around 100 or less. Yet the experts in one of the channel were paying peons on hsi performance and at the same time were saying his slow batting was responsible for the debacle ! Kallis's slow batting ( he was slower than Dravid till the 18Th over) was not noticed as on the other end Gambhit was going great ! Where as even Botha scored 12 out of 12 in the slog ! Warne should prod Dravid to do wicket keeping and send Watson to open the batting along with Dravid. This will add to the team's balance and can experiment with Binny in the team.

  • britishcricketfan on April 15, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    KKR are looking really good this year. RR are one of the favourites to win the competition, so to beat them so convincingly was great. Good to see Shakib having a positive impact on the team. Nothing more to say about Kallis... just awesome. Gambhir is such a classy player also.

  • on April 15, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Sakib and Callius were great

  • manish053 on April 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Both were well balanced side and Royals has been defeated not due to weaker side, they lost because of night rider's captain's magnificent knock. AS Navjot sing sidhu denoted the difference between two side was the captain. He said Gambhir played a role of Engine of his train while warne ployed as boggy with other boggies of his team.Gambhir was spur for the team but warne was not at least in this match. Rajasthan royls could win the game but thet were sluggished after 5 overs while they had to go long way. 159 was not a intimidating total but it might be defend. Rouyls could not get advantage to add watson in their squad. there may be any gaff to choose playing eleven. warne's boy play well but went out in fury themselves. They should forget this story and go for next and get some impetus from kolkatta kinght riders.

  • asarker on April 15, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    intelligent bowling by shakib al hasan. he gets his revenge for the bangladesh series. wonder how much they would have scored if watson didnt get out. botha got to play 12 deliveries and scored 12. if it was watson facing those 12, it could have been 30+ runs.

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  • asarker on April 15, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    intelligent bowling by shakib al hasan. he gets his revenge for the bangladesh series. wonder how much they would have scored if watson didnt get out. botha got to play 12 deliveries and scored 12. if it was watson facing those 12, it could have been 30+ runs.

  • manish053 on April 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Both were well balanced side and Royals has been defeated not due to weaker side, they lost because of night rider's captain's magnificent knock. AS Navjot sing sidhu denoted the difference between two side was the captain. He said Gambhir played a role of Engine of his train while warne ployed as boggy with other boggies of his team.Gambhir was spur for the team but warne was not at least in this match. Rajasthan royls could win the game but thet were sluggished after 5 overs while they had to go long way. 159 was not a intimidating total but it might be defend. Rouyls could not get advantage to add watson in their squad. there may be any gaff to choose playing eleven. warne's boy play well but went out in fury themselves. They should forget this story and go for next and get some impetus from kolkatta kinght riders.

  • on April 15, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Sakib and Callius were great

  • britishcricketfan on April 15, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    KKR are looking really good this year. RR are one of the favourites to win the competition, so to beat them so convincingly was great. Good to see Shakib having a positive impact on the team. Nothing more to say about Kallis... just awesome. Gambhir is such a classy player also.

  • rajachandra on April 15, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    It does not make any sense having Amit Paunikar as opener and partner Dravid! Compare the same with Kallis performance! Till almost the 19th over his run rate was around 100 or less. Yet the experts in one of the channel were paying peons on hsi performance and at the same time were saying his slow batting was responsible for the debacle ! Kallis's slow batting ( he was slower than Dravid till the 18Th over) was not noticed as on the other end Gambhit was going great ! Where as even Botha scored 12 out of 12 in the slog ! Warne should prod Dravid to do wicket keeping and send Watson to open the batting along with Dravid. This will add to the team's balance and can experiment with Binny in the team.

  • dbk86 on April 15, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    wat a bowling by Shakib Al hasan...!!terrific performence from him

  • i_amVIVA on April 15, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    good for sakib to get watson's wicket; what goes around comes around...

  • on April 15, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Kalis is the real hero of Kolkata Knight Rider.Sakib & Lee put real strenth in bowling department.

  • on April 15, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Well Play Gooti and Kallish

  • on April 15, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Its high time warne dropped amit paunikar from the squad when dravid could keep for 50 overs he can surely do it in a T20 being a team man he wont have a problem in doing it.Amit doesnt perform with the bat and opening the innings n wasting deliveries is what he does.Drop him let Watto open with Dravid being the anchor man and watto the aggressor botha at 3 menaria at 4 and rosco at 5 this line up can do wonders