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

Clinical Kolkata trounce Punjab


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 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Anik 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).

  • Ish 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.

  • Md.Taraq on April 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    thank 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.

  • Vivekanand 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!!!

  • krisen 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

  • Md.Taraq 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.

  • Rohan 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....

  • Sukhendu 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 ??

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