Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, Mohali April 18, 2012

Clinical Kolkata trounce Punjab

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Kolkata Knight Riders 127 for 2 (Gambhir 66*) beat Kings XI Punjab 124 for 7 (Gilchrist 40*, Lee 2-26, Narine 2-24) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In one of the more one-sided games of the tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders breezed to an eight-wicket win and made amends for fluffing a chase against the same opponents, Kings XI Punjab, three days ago. A deflated Kings XI limped to 124 on their home surface after winning the toss but there were no twists as Knight Riders, led by Gautam Gambhir, attained the target with a risk-free approach.

The pitch had a layer of grass and offered movement off the seam, but it didn't have the kind of moisture that gave the bowlers an edge in the previous Mohali game, against Pune Warriors. Nevertheless, the batsmen didn't have the freedom to hit through the line - a staple fare in the plenty of games so far in the IPL.

None of the Kings XI batsmen could bat through. Adam Gilchrist kept the momentum going with a couple of boundaries through the on side, but pulled a hamstring while completing a quick single. He had to retire, and his untimely departure in the sixth over dented the run-rate.

Kings XI were going along at 7.50 but post-Gilchrist, it had declined to as low as 5.93. The Knight Riders bowlers didn't allow any big partnerships to develop, nothing higher than 24.

Much depended on Marsh to give the team momentum, but he departed for 33, albeit in controversial circumstances. He chased a wide delivery from Lee shaping away and got a thick outside edge which dipped to the wicketkeeper, but Manvinder Bisla immediately claimed the catch. The umpires conferred and took Bisla's word, but replays couldn't confirm if he had his gloves underneath the ball. Marsh accepted the ruling, but the team owner Preity Zinta didn't appear too pleased with the decision, querying one of the match officials before Gilchrist stepped in to restore calm.

It triggered off a steady collapse as David Hussey fell shortly after due to bad calling, before Dimitri Mascarenhas and Paras Dogra perished going for the big shots. Gilchrist returned in the 17th over to pick up the pieces and he struck the only six of the innings, in the final over. That Kings XI managed only three boundaries in the last ten overs showed how Knight Riders tightened the noose.

Brendon McCullum got the chase off the blocks with forceful pulls to the on side, but ironically fell to an embarrassing shot in the same region. Piyush Chawla bowled a long hop way down the leg side but somehow, McCullum contrived to find short fine leg, prompting a disbelieving grin from Chawla.

Gambhir remained strong square of the wicket on both sides, cutting when given width and nudging away deliveries on the pads.

Bisla launched Harmeet Singh for a six over mid-off but was bowled dragging one on to his stumps just before the halfway stage. With a paltry target to defend, Kings XI could have attacked more, kept a slip or a couple of men in close catching positions to force a mistake. Gambhir had the freedom to use his feet against the spinners, getting to his half-century off 36 balls.

Gambhir had earlier demanded more application from his middle order. Today, he led by example.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jakir_Hossain on April 21, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Saskib is Number #1 not for these day. he is Number #1 for all time. Kapil deb, W.akram whatever else. Sakib is the best among all players. I can see, Sakib will number #1 any type of cricket. Best of luck sakib

  • on April 20, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    the anti-Shakibs are very excited as KKR won the match. KXP is a weak team, KKR was supposed to win. However, look at the bowling stats of KKR, it stands for itself and Shakib.

  • Ibra95 on April 20, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    What the hell is going in this match? NO SHAKIB & 2 WKTKEEPERS & THEYVE WON!!!! WOW what a change in the batting order but u should play shakib instead of yusuf/mccullum and morgan instead of kallis (for a couple of days).

  • IJ-IPL on April 20, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Ha..ha...losers...Bangla.Tiger. KKR won because they didn't waste the international place for shakib. Thanks KKR. you rock.

  • 786.19 on April 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    thank you trnimystry.you right.i mean that the benefit as a bowller for kkr sakib and narine are nearable similar.but sakibs plus point is his batting ability which need kkr more than only narine bowlling ability.kkr should utilize sakib properly and give chance in every match than kkr benefitted from sakib In-sa-ALLA-H.

  • Vivekaks on April 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    KKR suffers from over reliance on star players.... Yusuf and kallis have hit a law of averages phase...Gambhir is a good T20 player...but definitely not a game changer.. Drop Yusuf and Kallis...get some good local batsmen... Yusuf and Kallis are class players...they will comeback in no time!!!

  • trinimystry on April 19, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    to be clear on something shakib an narine are very diferent shakib is leg break and narine is off break next difference shakib dont fool the batsman he can really turn the ball thou . narine fools the batsman they cant pick him how hard they try they cant and the knuckle ball which narine created which no one can read

  • 786.19 on April 19, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    thank you Jindal Priyank.but as a bowler sakib and naine are nearable similare.But sakib has batting ability which need kkr more than only narine bowling.i do not agree with bong_in_chennai.

  • rohanblue on April 19, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    even iqbal abdullah isnt getting chances, i think gauti did d right thing by playing binga in mohali, shakib will b back in d team next match fr sure....

  • BONG_IN_CHENNAI on April 19, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Its bad that these days we do not have world class all-rounders anywhere - of the class of Kapil, Imran, Hadlee, Sobers, Botham etc.

    To name a few current competitors, Irfan Pathan, Bravo, Al Morkel etc. - are so timid that Shakib is safe as no. 1; The world is getting devoid of all-rounders. Shakib gets more chance in his team to perform than other all-rounders. That makes him no. 1 - but, what is the guarantee that the current No. 1 would have walked into any big ODI - tream - Say Aussie, England or even India.

    Any bidders here ??

  • Jakir_Hossain on April 21, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Saskib is Number #1 not for these day. he is Number #1 for all time. Kapil deb, W.akram whatever else. Sakib is the best among all players. I can see, Sakib will number #1 any type of cricket. Best of luck sakib

  • on April 20, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    the anti-Shakibs are very excited as KKR won the match. KXP is a weak team, KKR was supposed to win. However, look at the bowling stats of KKR, it stands for itself and Shakib.

  • Ibra95 on April 20, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    What the hell is going in this match? NO SHAKIB & 2 WKTKEEPERS & THEYVE WON!!!! WOW what a change in the batting order but u should play shakib instead of yusuf/mccullum and morgan instead of kallis (for a couple of days).

  • IJ-IPL on April 20, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Ha..ha...losers...Bangla.Tiger. KKR won because they didn't waste the international place for shakib. Thanks KKR. you rock.

  • 786.19 on April 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    thank you trnimystry.you right.i mean that the benefit as a bowller for kkr sakib and narine are nearable similar.but sakibs plus point is his batting ability which need kkr more than only narine bowlling ability.kkr should utilize sakib properly and give chance in every match than kkr benefitted from sakib In-sa-ALLA-H.

  • Vivekaks on April 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    KKR suffers from over reliance on star players.... Yusuf and kallis have hit a law of averages phase...Gambhir is a good T20 player...but definitely not a game changer.. Drop Yusuf and Kallis...get some good local batsmen... Yusuf and Kallis are class players...they will comeback in no time!!!

  • trinimystry on April 19, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    to be clear on something shakib an narine are very diferent shakib is leg break and narine is off break next difference shakib dont fool the batsman he can really turn the ball thou . narine fools the batsman they cant pick him how hard they try they cant and the knuckle ball which narine created which no one can read

  • 786.19 on April 19, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    thank you Jindal Priyank.but as a bowler sakib and naine are nearable similare.But sakib has batting ability which need kkr more than only narine bowling.i do not agree with bong_in_chennai.

  • rohanblue on April 19, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    even iqbal abdullah isnt getting chances, i think gauti did d right thing by playing binga in mohali, shakib will b back in d team next match fr sure....

  • BONG_IN_CHENNAI on April 19, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Its bad that these days we do not have world class all-rounders anywhere - of the class of Kapil, Imran, Hadlee, Sobers, Botham etc.

    To name a few current competitors, Irfan Pathan, Bravo, Al Morkel etc. - are so timid that Shakib is safe as no. 1; The world is getting devoid of all-rounders. Shakib gets more chance in his team to perform than other all-rounders. That makes him no. 1 - but, what is the guarantee that the current No. 1 would have walked into any big ODI - tream - Say Aussie, England or even India.

    Any bidders here ??

  • Front_Foot_Lunge on April 19, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    who cares about this game? England County cricket is much more fun to watch.

  • mahafuz1983 on April 19, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Yes we should not forgot Morgan also...bringing morgan in the team brings stability in middle order.....as long as the team is winning who plays is not important

  • British_North_America on April 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Shakib should bat at no.2 and Kalis deserves punishment

  • anoop0085 on April 19, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Guys Mc cullum is a big hitter, he can win matches like gayle.So it is good that always he is in the team.Talking about yousef pathan he is dangerous in t20 cricket ,but gambir should think about batting order .For me he should play first order so that he can play freely on power play.KKR have no replacement of him we can only play 4 outside player.KKR should play Mccullum ,kalis, Shakib or Bretlee,narine.middile order is safe in Manoj Tiwary and Bisla. das can also do some batting.all over it is better than an average team. just need some winning rythem

  • remnant on April 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    For all the Shakib fans, there is a talented Indian spinner: Iqbal Abdulla not getting a chance; due to the spinning options available at their disposal. I feel that Abdulla has that big wicket taking ability, as he showed in the previous season and could develop to become an India player, considering the space in the national team for such a slow spinner. Both him and Rahul Sharma were; in my opinion, the finds of the last season.Hope if Abdulla does'nt get a chance in the KKR eleven, he should get some domestic matches to prove his capability.

    Producing home grown talent is one of the objectives of the IPL, though understandably a team needs to put up the best eleven to win, which is also an objective!

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    kkr had a great win......but they should replace mccullum with either shakib or e.morgan(t20 specalist)

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @ Bangladeshi Fans: Don't feel low. We know your Shakib is World's Best All=Rounder right now. But this is kind of league where the best combination of players get selected. Yesterday's match, A Fast bowler was needed, so Lee came in for Shakib. DON'T FORGET - Even McGrath was made to sit on bench for whole season for DD in Season - 1 :)

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    mahafuz1983 : U r a sensible Bangladeshi fan. I totally agree with your idea of Shakib opening with Gauti as McCullum too is NOT in form ! But I would rather stick with Bisla @ 3 and Kallis @ 4.

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    cric_lover12: Yusuf has to be in every match because there is NO local player of his capability sitting on bench. Yeah he is IN pathetic form but making him sit on bench won't help KKR's cause either. He needs just one decent innings to get back in form.

  • mahafuz1983 on April 19, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi and Shakib fans, I am Bangladeshi too and want to see him as much as all Bangladeshis do. But we should not be emotional cause KKR is a team and wants to win....I thought seletion was appropriate for this match....it was a green pitch and shakib was replaced by Brett lee.....shakib is considered as bowler here....but it was against punjab one of the weakest team....don't think this bowling attack won't prevail against good teams....yusuf pathan not only with bat but with ball has gone absolutely rubbish....shakib gives an extra bowling option....i can see what they are doing by putting kallis back to bring stability in middle order.....good move....my thought is let Shakib open with Gauti...this way he can make the bowling strong too....if a quick wicket falls kalis should be promoted to first down....for me team it should be...1.Gauti 2. Shakib 3. Bisla. 4. Kalis 5. Morgan/tendo/Macullum 6. Manoj 7. Yusuf 8. Das 9. Bhatia. 10. Lee 11. Narine...Good Luck KKR

  • remnant on April 19, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    The team selected for the Mohali pitch was the right one, as I had stated before the match! Mc Cullum should play on faster pitches, while Shakib on Kolkota pitches. these two need to be alternated. KKR has Narine so with a speclialist like him they can afford to go for a horses for courses approach. And he dmeonstrated that. As regards Yusuf, well, he is just lucky as KKR don't have as much competition in the line up for explosive Indian batsmen, otherwise he would have been dropped from 3rd match itself!

    The batting order was the right one here with Kallis at 3 down. A sedate finisher is needed to calm things down. Had he or Gambhir been there on the previous KXIP match, in the end overs, rather than those glory seekers, the match would have been won with the same ease!

  • BONG_IN_CHENNAI on April 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Guys weeping for Shakib ?? - even after a convincing win - this shows..... Nobody weeps for say, Shukla or even Morgan.

  • pai11 on April 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    ah! KKR won without Shakib??? thats difficult to digest.. especially after so many posts about him in few previous matches i thought KKR can never win without him! good to see the change..

  • on April 18, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I don't understand why Sakib is missing for KKR. I guess Gambir should think again...

  • Dani174 on April 18, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Where Shakib ? I think Gambir took bad decision. They will must be repented.

  • on April 18, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    LOOK AFTER THE STATS, SAKIB IS THE BEST BOWLER OF KKR'S TILL TODAYS MATCH. THEN WHY HE IS IN SIDE BENCH?

  • cric_lover12 on April 18, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Very surprised to see yusuf pathan's presence & Shakib's absence........Why McCullum is in the team...KKR needs a good middle order batsman. McCullum & Kallis should not be picked at the same time. Kallis perfomed poorly in the last match & he deserves some punishment. Why Shakib?????

  • on April 18, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    I think Kolkata Captain and Coach go to crazy. Whats happened in their mind. 2 wicketkeeper is playing today. No Shakib Al Hasan today. Thats a surprised decision. They should give chance to Abdullah Also....

  • anandodhara on April 18, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    It seems to me Gambhir was looking for an excuse to drop Shakib. Well, he got one last game but you can't expect your best player to perform every game. KKR might pay a big price for this bad decision today. You can't just sit your best player who is number 1 all rounder and who was man of the match a game ago who is also at the best form of his career.

  • on April 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Whats the point of keeping Y Pathan in team, after so many flop shows?

  • on April 18, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Where is Azhar Mehmood ? I have read he would be playing today !!

  • tisra on April 18, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    KKR had suffered batting problem and they rested a batsman who can win matches and also happened to be their most wicket-taker with least economy rate, average and strike rate playing just three matches [Shakib]! No doubt this team loose!!

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 18, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    No Shakib means all Bangladeshi fans are fuming today. Didn't get the logic how Sunil gets selected ahead of Shakib in T20. Getting 5 wickets in Eden gardens was a fluke (most of them from nothing-shots from the batsmen). I think KKR are going to lose today with a greater margin!!

  • Bangla.tiger on April 18, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    No sakib no win KKR. KKR going to big lose in this match.

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  • Bangla.tiger on April 18, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    No sakib no win KKR. KKR going to big lose in this match.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 18, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    No Shakib means all Bangladeshi fans are fuming today. Didn't get the logic how Sunil gets selected ahead of Shakib in T20. Getting 5 wickets in Eden gardens was a fluke (most of them from nothing-shots from the batsmen). I think KKR are going to lose today with a greater margin!!

  • tisra on April 18, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    KKR had suffered batting problem and they rested a batsman who can win matches and also happened to be their most wicket-taker with least economy rate, average and strike rate playing just three matches [Shakib]! No doubt this team loose!!

  • on April 18, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Where is Azhar Mehmood ? I have read he would be playing today !!

  • on April 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Whats the point of keeping Y Pathan in team, after so many flop shows?

  • anandodhara on April 18, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    It seems to me Gambhir was looking for an excuse to drop Shakib. Well, he got one last game but you can't expect your best player to perform every game. KKR might pay a big price for this bad decision today. You can't just sit your best player who is number 1 all rounder and who was man of the match a game ago who is also at the best form of his career.

  • on April 18, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    I think Kolkata Captain and Coach go to crazy. Whats happened in their mind. 2 wicketkeeper is playing today. No Shakib Al Hasan today. Thats a surprised decision. They should give chance to Abdullah Also....

  • cric_lover12 on April 18, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Very surprised to see yusuf pathan's presence & Shakib's absence........Why McCullum is in the team...KKR needs a good middle order batsman. McCullum & Kallis should not be picked at the same time. Kallis perfomed poorly in the last match & he deserves some punishment. Why Shakib?????

  • on April 18, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    LOOK AFTER THE STATS, SAKIB IS THE BEST BOWLER OF KKR'S TILL TODAYS MATCH. THEN WHY HE IS IN SIDE BENCH?

  • Dani174 on April 18, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Where Shakib ? I think Gambir took bad decision. They will must be repented.