Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Jaipur April 8, 2012

All-round Royals win two in two


Rajasthan Royals 164 for 5 (Hodge 44, Menaria 40, Lee 2-29) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 143 (Tiwary 59, Cooper 3-28) by 22 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Three wickets in three balls from Rajasthan Royals early on derailed Kolkata Knight Riders' chase as Royals recorded their second win in two matches. Royals seized the advantage early on and held it until the end, with only Manoj Tiwary providing resistance.

Royals have never lost a match when they have put on a score of over 160 and that did not change as they defended mercilessly at their fortress in Jaipur. They engineered another poor batting performance from Kolkata who have lost both matches so far.

Having put on a comfortable score, Royals' captain Rahul Dravid chose to open the bowling with left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan but it was medium-pacer Amit Singh who made the first breakthrough. He used a clever change of pace to trap Jacques Kallis into playing early and scooping an easy catch to Dravid at mid-off. Amit's next delivery angled away from Gautam Gambhir, who could not resist a poke and was caught behind. Royals made it three in three when Chavan trapped Brendon McCullum in front off the next ball.

With their three biggest names out and only eight runs in the bank, Knight Riders were going to need something special to compete. If one person was to provide it, that person should have been Yusuf Pathan.

The big-hitter showed rare composure as he gave himself time to get in and waited for Johan Botha to come on before attacking. But his patience did not last long. He tried to heave a Siddharth Trivedi slower ball over mid-wicket but was well caught by Brad Hodge.

It was only a matter of time after Yusuf dismissal that the game was up for Knight Riders. Tiwary played a useful knock and scored the only half-century of the match. Brett Lee gave him company while hitting a few shots but Tiwary needed more support upfront than at the back end. Kevon Cooper's successful start to the season continued as he finished with three wickets.

Kolkata will have to think seriously about their selection as they left out Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the second match in a row, opting to play West Indian offspinner Sunil Narine instead. Narine had an impressive but a quiet debut as he played a key part in tying Royals down in the middle of their innings.

A fourth-wicket stand of 64 between Hodge and Ashok Menaria and a late burst from Owais Shah propelled Royals. Hodge accelerated in the 14th over when Gambhir brought Yusuf back. Hodge treated Yusuf with disdain, taking 17 runs off his over. He smacked the first delivery over mid-wicket for six, cut the second behind point for four and smoked the fourth over long-on. Hodge went on to hit back-to-back fours off Jacques Kallis in his 44 off 29 balls.

His dismissal, caught behind while trying to play a reverse-scoop, opened the door for Owais to finish in style. He blitzed 23 off 11 balls to put Royals in a position from which they had never lost before, and didn't lose today.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Royals the team is strong by their Performance.............. And beside this.............KKR a very strong team.....only on pages..... I pray for Royals

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    According to ICC ranking Batsman: 12th - Shakib 14th - Kallis 17th - Gambhir 19th - Maccullam Bowler: 8th - Shakib 21th - Lee 53th - Kallis All Rounder 1th - Shakib 5th - Kallis Now see why people are reacting KKR and others

    he best player in kolkata

  • arobian on April 9, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    guys dont worry! you can see shakib from the next match...n kkr will start winning...!

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Bangla cric fans, this is Indian Premiere League, not BD vs India. So don' t get upset if Sakib is not there. World knows what he is capable of, no need to prove anymore. But yes as all Bangladeshis are KKR fan.. we all expect Sakib to make impact in the game. Best of luck for the KKR...

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    No gambir next match shakib captain and kkr must be win . Please read shaharuk khan or kkr team management this comment help you team .

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Read my comment please it must be help KKR . I think Shakib should be taken as the captain of this team and we will immediately see the result. Shakib is a number of all rounder in both one day and test .Gumtom gambir is not fit as a captain. He cannot motivate to other players .So kkr need to change him .I think kkr realize my comment because i am not only fun of shakib but also fun of kkr.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    After readin these comments I will admit, the only ppl that are doing the underestimating is you guys. Shakib is a good player yes I would fully agree on this but Sunil is a far better bowler, a genuine spin bowler. No he not in the ICC top 100 batmen and bowlers but neither is most of his team mates from Trinidad and Tobago with the except of the two Bravos and Pollard yet that team crushed KKR in the preliminaries of last year Champions Trophy. KKR loses cause of bad management. Sunil earn his spot gave up his test debut for this spot. Let him play and earn the 700k they paid for him. You ppl call yourself true cricket fan yet all you support teams because of their big names. T20 is all about performers not big names this is the reason why IPL teams will always struggle against T&T in the champion trophy. Congrat to Cooper in making top wicket taker in the tournament so far.

  • anvesh on April 9, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    no1 allrounder available but of no use.kkr worst team selection

  • Lalu on April 9, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Please leave the team selection to the experts, boys.. and just enjoy the game. After a watching match as a cricket lover, we can make any comment we want, but the fact is that the guys making the decisions get to do that as they have the talent and put in the efforts to reach where they are now. So let's please give due credits to them & enjoy the entertainment IPL has to offer... Cheers!!!

  • Derek on April 9, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Why do people look at stats in isolation to the PERFORMANCE of the OPPOSITION. Remember opposition players also look at stats before competition, they then apply other techniques and classified information about key players before the compete in order to control their past exploits. A failed player just means the opposition have studied him and worked out how to handle him. When he continues to fail shows that he has NO ANSWERS to his identified weakness.

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