Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2011, Kolkata May 7, 2011

Bowlers set up victory for Kolkata


Kolkata Knight Riders 61 for 2 (Kallis 21*, Ashwin 2-12) beat Chennai Super Kings 114 for 4 (Badrinath 54, Abdulla 1-15) by 10 runs under D/L method
Scorecard and ball by ball details

Kolkata Knight Riders' bowlers made best use of a sluggish pitch after a rain-delayed start, keeping Chennai Super Kings to 114, and their batsmen did enough to be ahead of the par score when rain returned to cut the match short. Both captains thought the weather would have little impact on the pitch and identified it as a good batting strip, but were proved wrong.

On a slow, low wicket that didn't allow the ball to come on, Brett Lee and Iqbal Abdulla exploited the conditions perfectly. It was only S Badrinath's carefully crafted half-century that held the Chennai innings together. Both Lee and Abdulla bowled tight lines, with Lee using the slower ball well, and didn't give the batsmen room to break away.

Lee bowled a three-over spell up front, instead of the usual two, and while he pulled the noose at one end, another wicket fell at the other. Pressure built and M Vijay succumbed. Abdulla saw him charging down the track, dropped one short and was offered an easy caught-and-bowled.

Yusuf Pathan, who didn't allow any release, took the pace off the ball and had Suresh Raina caught at midwicket. Rajat Bhatia also permitted no let-up and after nine overs, Chennai had not scored a single boundary.

The first one came in the 10th over, off Yusuf, when Badrinath had had enough, and smacked it low and flat over long-on. Michael Hussey had stayed with Badrinath through the tough patch but his labour ended in the next over when he was offered a short ball by L Balaji and pulled it straight to Eoin Morgan at midwicket.

Albie Morkel was promoted to number five and gave himself some time to get in and the Kolkata bowlers maintained the stranglehold. After eight balls, he had the opportunity to sink his teeth into Jaidev Unadkat, who was only brought on in the 15th over. The pace bowler seemed to misread the pitch and bowled too quick, getting dispatched for consecutive fours before he pulled it back with some slower balls. Morkel was dropped in the same over by Lee, trying to launch Unadkat over the leg-side.

While Morkel was attempting to hit big shots and even appeared to get an edge in Lee's final over but was not given out, Badrinath was sculpting his half-century. He became more comfortable after he had got in and picked the balls to hit. Morkel had more of the strike in the last two overs but only one of his many swings got to the boundary.

It wasn't easy for Kolkata to chase, especially with R Ashwin making use of some turn. He bowled Eoin Morgan in the second over and also got the important wicket of Gautam Gambhir, although the fielder deserved more credit for the second. Gambhir had danced down the track and sliced the ball in the air towards extra cover. Suraj Randiv ran from point to take a tough diving catch.

Jacques Kallis was the immovable rock for Kolkata. He coped well, given the conditions and struck two classic boundaries. Along with Manoj Tiwary, Kallis looked comfortable enough to see Kolkata through and had the rain not come down, he probably would have. Nevertheless, he had done enough to put Kolkata firmly in front when play ended.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Ganesh Raam on May 9, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I still dont understand why CSK is sticking with Murli Vijay when he sucks so badly... He had been a complete let down everytime... Need to give a look in for someone like Ganapathy Vignesh and others who are dying to get a chance... Also, why not go with Bravo or Du Plessi instead of Suraj Randhiv... I think this same team has played all of the 10 matches with no real sensation and seriously speaking... CSK needs some real fire power in the opening... The brisk opening generally takes away the momentum for the oppostion and no matter what repair is done by the bowling team, the damage done would be done... So please for god sake, change the team composition... We desperately need a change at the start and the tail...

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    No need to take Shakib in main XI. He just joined IPL to earn money, and if he plays or not, he's earning. So why bother? If there's something bad, its for KKR, not using a good player. I just wish, Shakib won't loose his concentration and determination like Mashrafe earlier...who's the evidence how a player can be ruined and turned into a no-confident player not picking up for almost all the season (yeh..he was picked once after all the things r gone)!

    KKR not even Kolkata's team now-a-day. Its a product for a particular region after not taking Sourav who is the master icon of being KOLKATA N.R. Its a business after all. It really doesn't matter who plays the roles...it only matters, who's gonna profit, who's gonna win.

    Shakib, though I miss u, stay cool ( u r cool), @fans...don't worry... better days will come. (after giving 5match in a row to bat, Morgan scored good once, I hope, if Shakb could have the chance once more)!

  • KRISHNAN on May 9, 2011, 7:16 GMT



  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    KKR should picked Master Blaster Dashing opener Tamim Iqbal Khan ahead of Boucher, then he can produce Blitz start , just what KKR need right now. What can Tamim do, every Indian Bowlers know well i think....He is a Batesman like Shehwag, Gayle.........When you have Cricket sense , you can't give chance Boucher ahead of Tamim........so best of luck KKR!

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    While I was reading all the comments from my friends about Sakib I was laughing thinking that what is goin on. Sakib is nothing to proof to the world that he is a good player. His last 2 years performance as well as performance with KKR proofs how good a player he is. If KKR thinks they don't need Sakib now then so what, still Sakib can earn USD4.00 mio by playing only 4 games. I am feeling unlucky to find myself as a banker rather than a cricketer

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Ha ha i'm totally speechless some compare Sakib doing jobs right now Mr. Abdhulla... its totally joke... coze where sakib where Abdullah...! Yes got answer why Sakib not KKR team (1) Abdullah fist 2 match got 4 wckt and when Sakib joined nd play 4 match Sakib got 7 wckt...btwn Abdullah wckt less. Then Sakib out side line 5 match Abdullah Played nd got 8 wckt.. hmm thatz the point But definitely Abdullah can learning from Sakib not only bowl hw can he get wckt but also action when last match we observed Abdullah wck got 2 hand 1 finger over the sky...! ha ha this is real KKR manner politics :D

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    I would agree with our Bangla friends...Sakib deserves a chance, particularly in Eden where his left arm spin could be useful in addition to Abdulla & Pathan. But Kolkata also do not have a good domestic batsman who can replace a bowler...Laxmi is not convincing (& fielding is awful), Srivatsa is still raw, but still Kolkata can consider this option: Sakib & Srivatsa for Morgan & Unadkat in their next home match.

  • ABHIK on May 8, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @ ramki57: no change at all because csk had used their full quota of batting. @AusieBangaleeShameem: kolkata would have easily won the match had it not rained. kkr were 61 for 2 after 10 and only 54 were reqd in another 10 overs. fyi,ashwin the only bowler who looked dangerous, bowled 3 overs already. he had only 1 more over left. yes, cricket is game of uncertainty, but it would need the greatest upset of all ipl matches played so far.

  • sujan on May 8, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    morgan is fielding fantastic !!

  • Lele on May 8, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @ cricdesifan : I fully agree with your point of view. CSK needs some change. My CSK team would be - Vignesh, Hussey, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Morkel, Bravo, Srikanth, Ashwin, Jakati and Bollinger Powerhitters: Vignesh, Raina, Dhoni, Morkel & Bravo Forts: Hussey & Badri Pacers: Bollinger, Morkel, Bravo & Vignesh Spinners: Ashwin, Jakati & Raina

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