Bangalore v Kolkata, IPL 2012, Bangalore April 10, 2012

Kolkata seal season's maiden win


Kolkata Knight Riders 165 for 8 (Gambhir 64, R Vinay Kumar 2-18) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 123 for 9 (Vinay Kumar 25, Balaji 4-18) by 42 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

L Balaji bowled Kolkata Knight Riders to their first victory in IPL 2012 against a strong Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up. He formed part of a destructive, three-pronged Knight Riders' pace attack that saw Brett Lee create pressure and Jacques Kallis get the early breakthroughs.

Their consistent line outside the off stump and slightly shorter length had the Royal Challengers' batsmen tied down. The required run-rate eventually soared out of control, leaving the home side playing catch-up throughout.

One of Kallis' two early strikes removed the biggest threat in the Royal Challengers line-up, Chris Gayle, before he could do any damage. After having Cheteshwar Pujara caught at slip with a ball that angled into him and bounced a little more than usual, Kallis simply presented Gayle with a short ball. With only a single added to the total after Pujara was dismissed, Gayle's shot was a response to pressure and he top-edged a pull to midwicket.

Responsibility then fell on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers' shoulders and neither was able to get the job done as Balaji brought a second wave of attack. Kohli was beaten twice by Balaji before getting a leading edge to point. De Villiers followed in the next over, bowled by a beautiful delivery which angled in from a good length and straightened to hit the off stump.

Balaji continued to trouble the batsmen with his line. He had further reward when Mayank Agarwal spooned a catch to extra cover and then bowled Daniel Vettori with a slower ball to complete his quadruple haul. He should have had a fifth when Saurabh Tiwary swung violently and presented Shakib Al Hasan with a simple catch at deep square-leg that was fluffed.

By the time Balaji had finished his quota, Royal Challengers were 61 for 6 after 12 overs. Tiwary was the only recognised batsmen at the crease and the required run rate was over 13. It ballooned to over 30 as the innings neared an end, ensuring the Knight Riders were able to comfortably defend a total that, at the halfway mark, appeared a few short.

Despite 165 being the highest total Knight Riders have posted this season, they would have wanted more after establishing a platform from which a score in excess of 200 seemed possible. Captain Gautam Gambhir opened the batting and combined with Kallis and Manvinder Bisla in two aggressive partnerships to take his team to 125 for 1 in the 14th over.

Bisla was preferred over big-hitters like Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate despite Knight Riders' start and he repaid the faith shown in him. He hit the ball with immense power, complementing Gambhir, who showed the deftest of touches with his dab to third man off Muttiah Muralitharan.

The Knight Riders' captain brought up the fastest half-century of the tournament so far, off 28 balls, with a lofted shot over cover but could not press on as much as he should have. Bisla was stumped three balls later, in the first boundary-free over of the innings and the Knight Riders slid steadily from there.

Royal Challengers effected a collapse which saw Knight Riders lose seven wickets for 26 runs. R Vinay Kumar was the chief strangler and used wily changes of pace to dry up the runs. His economical effort was headlined with persistent use of the short ball and he was well backed up by Muralitharan and committed fielding.

The Royal Challengers' bowlers conceded only 50 runs in the last eight overs but their batsmen did not do justice to their efforts in the field.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Tasdik on April 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan just got the "Man of the Match" reward for his wonderful all round performance with bat and ball against RR. Great display of cricket skill! I want to dedicate a famous quotation of a great Philosopher to some self proclaimed "Cricket Critics" who think that they know everything about cricket. "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance".-----Socrates

  • Jakir on April 13, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Sakib showed his class against RR. he got 3 wicks and 16 run. this is how he become MAN OF THE MATCH.

  • Tasdik on April 13, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Shakib just got two wickets of Royals. Where is Mr. Rocking IPL?

  • Hafiz on April 12, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    to those who talk about shakib's strength.Didn't u see his innings against india where he smacked the indian bowlers all over the place(29 ball 49).also his innings in the semi of bpl where there were bowlers like afridi,ajmal,azhar(42 ball 89*).Further more, he batted @7 with only 12-14 balls left.bring Gambir there lets see what he can do.he came to bowl @15 over but still took 2 wickets.he was allowed to bowl only 3 overs.



  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    No Shakib No Win For KKR....Please utilize Shakib....Give hin Chance...He is not a Lower order Batsman....He is No 12 ODI batsman in World...He is beter than Gamvir & Kalis on Batting....Coz Gamvir No19 Batsman...

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    @rohanblue......ha ha ha feeling bad about yusuf, sorry bro.i didn't want to mention but his present form says so. @Rocking-IPL ... Yes yusuf is a medicore player...he is the same as shakib...but we don't have much choice but to play 7 Indian players..ha ha ha u r rocking man!!!!!!!!!!! sunil narine + RTD much better than shakib !!!!!!!!!!!ha ha ha,probably RTD but not so sure about the present form..u need to consult with......

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Dear fellow Bangladeshi fans, IPL (or any other T20 leagues) is being played for money and it is up to KKR which players they will choose in their team. Your comments will not influence their decision. Let's not give others the opportunity to tarnish the image of the country or any of its players by making egregious comments/claims.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Hi all. KKR should play sakib for the next matches witout any break . He will definitely give KKR win in return. 1 or 2 matches won't do for sakib . KKR has to find the team combination by keeping him in the team like kallis and lee. With sakib KKR started winning the 1st time in IPL 2012 so he should play and he has to play. Good Luck KKR and Shakib.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I think Shakib is not playing at the right place in batting order. See all the international stars most of them are playing in the same batting order that they are playing for their own countries. But KKR pus him at no. 7 and what he is getting ??? 8-10 balls to show and prove his allround skills . Its not fair . KKR should rethink the matter i hope. Pathan should be playing at 7 and shakib should play at 5. Moreover the team mates specially the cptain should inspire him cause no doubt he is a match winner . U should not give him 7-10 balls and tell him show yr skills . He should play at his normal batting order which he plays for his country and team should have faith and inspire him that he is a match winner and KKR is behind him to support like KKR does for kallis and lee . I m sure if KKR do this the team spirit will go high and win the next matches with sakibs skill along with the team mates .

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @rocking ipl...just who are the better international players in KKR.jsut a question and please explain y.......kallis yes, lee yes......and????

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