Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 13, 2012

Shakib helps Kolkata win low-scoring game


Kolkata Knight Riders 137 for 5 (Kallis 31, Bisla 29) beat Rajasthan Royals 131 for 5 (Shah 31, Dravid 28, Shakib 3-17) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shakib Al Hasan had sat out Kolkata Knight Riders' first two matches, much to the disappointment of his fans in Bangladesh, but on a slow and turning Eden Gardens pitch he responded with a match-winning performance. He struck three crucial, timely blows with the ball, squeezing out whatever momentum Rajasthan Royals had managed to build, and then smashed a couple of boundaries to prevent a tricky chase from getting trickier in the closing stages.

It was Shakib's haul of 3 for 17 that proved decisive in the end. He dismissed the Royals openers after their partnership had started to gather pace; he came back to break another substantial stand, between Shreevats Goswami and Owais Shah, that could have hurt Knight Riders. Royals, though, somehow adapted to the slowness of the pitch, and took 15 runs off the last over to set Knight Riders a challenging target.

Jacques Kallis and Manvinder Bisla ensured Knight Riders did not lose wickets as they kept up with the modest asking-rate, and Shakib and Manoj Tiwary produced the few big strokes needed towards the end.

Royals had started well, with Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane putting on 45 in six overs. Dravid got away a few boundaries with uncharacteristic charges down the track against the medium-pacers while Rahane cover-drove and swept offspinner Sunil Narine for consecutive boundaries.

Shakib, though, had an immediate impact. Rahane tried to push Shakib's first delivery on the off side, but it turned sharply to take the outside edge to the wicketkeeper. The second ball of Shakib's second over was tossed up invitingly. Dravid went after it, and found extra cover.

In between those two dismissals Ashok Menaria, batting ahead of Brad Hodge and Owais Shah, ran himself out after a couple of let-offs.

Royals had slipped from 45 for no loss to 49 for 3 but Shah and Goswami were to double that score with safe accumulation. The duo threatened more damage after taking 16 off the 16th over, bowled by Rajat Bhatia.

Enter Shakib in the 17th over. Shah drilled him down the ground for four but Goswami mishit a sweep to midwicket. Narine bowled an excellent penultimate over, getting a clueless Shah stumped off a flicked delivery that spun away from the right-hander. Johan Botha was rendered as clueless as Shah for the rest of the over, which went for just three.

Royals managed to swing L Balaji for a couple of boundaries in the last over to give their attack just about enough to defend on a helpful pitch. Though Gautam Gambhir was run out early, Kallis and Bisla were in control as they chipped away at the target. The medium-pacers were targeted, as was left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan. Johan Botha and Brad Hogg were negotiated without needless bravado.

The highest the asking-rate was allowed to go was eight an over after the 17th. When it reached that level, Knight Riders had Shakib, who delivered. Again.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on April 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    There r cricket nations with gud cricketing skills like Aus, Pak and Srk there r only one cricketing nation with commercial prospect that's India. There r only one cricketing nation with both cricketing skill and commercial prospect, that's Bangldesh; Compared to IPL, BPL was a high scoring tournament and Big Bash wasn't that success. What a shame for India that cud never name a bowling legend though playing test for more than 50 yrs and with 120 crore population. Kapil was more like a med pacer, wasn;t scary at all. Whatever indians say abt BD, the ICC cann't deny BD as their powerful member as BD has superb commercial prospect @ the same time plyrs like Sakib, Tamim, Mushfik, Nasir and Mashrafe. I bet within 2/3 yrs Indian jealous rivals would discuss other issues than criticizing BD players, and mind it India has no contribution in BD cricket, it is Pakistan who supplied players for our cricket, Aus national coach and Srllk junior level coaches. not even invited us to play test.

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    well played shakib and congrats KKR. shakib should bat 4.

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Mohammad Sams E Tabriz - Kohli is picked as a batsman, and Mortaza is picked as a bowler. So comparing the bowling performance of a part time bowler with that of a full time bowler is ridiculous.. Its like asking Mortaza to score a century in IPL. Can he do it? LOL. Certainly not.

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @Bruisers, what actually do u mean to say by tagging shakib under a slow wicket wonder? well, every cricfreak knows that each and every spinner in the world would love to get a slow pitch to bowl on..besides shakib played brilliantly in county cricket as well, will u call that tracks slow as well? honestly man if go urself a bit slower than you're going now to understand his calibre, you'll simply be going backwards yourself :D

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    KKR team should be given chance to Shakib to play rest of all match.......... although he play badly............

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    we should all pray for shakib other than making controversial him in this IPL

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @Mahmud Ul Hasan - So what you are saying is BPL was made for making monetary profits and not for developing young talent??

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Mohammad Farhan Salim - I think he was talking about IPL and you have mentioned Champions League for no reason..

  • Khairul101 on April 15, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    We know that IPL is short version cricket tournament, there has more money. Fans has no profit without enjoying cricket. Because we love cricket for his glamors. @rocking_>>>@Brui>>>>@cool>>>>and more angry fans who missed Shakib, that we need to stop argument.Class_1 always one, it is no matter that where he played, whose against he played. Record made by ball to ball run to run wicket to wicket. Shachin not grown one day. This the way to go ahead. But that for Shakib matters ha-deck for India ? May be. Because he is B'Deshi. Last that KKR be champion by Shakib show.

  • SUMIT84 on April 14, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Calm down Bangla boys! Shakib is a good player but don not portray him as a God. We Indians understand you have no interest in IPL or even KKR just like we do not even care about your BPL copied our own and the biggest T20 championship IPL. This forum looks more like Bangladesh fan club. It will be appreciated if you can add to the discussion board with intelligent and smart views rather that cry foul about KKR team management or IPL. We KKR fans don't care about Shakib but KKR wining IPL. Thats the bottomline. Shakib played well and he is good player but he will need to be consistent just like any other other KKR player. So save your passion for some intelligent discussion.

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