Kolkata v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 14, 2013

Gambhir, Morgan set up big win for Kolkata


Kolkata Knight Riders 180 for 4 (Gambhir 53, Morgan 47, Kallis 41) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 7 (Kallis 3-13) by 48 runs
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Gautam Gambhir's 18th IPL half-century - now a record - set up the perfect platform for Eoin Morgan to exploit while Jacques Kallis coolly sat back and kept alternating the strike. With Kolkata Knight Riders' big three taking them to 180 on a pitch that had prompted both sides to pick an extra spinner each, their bowlers defended the total without a threat from Sunrisers Hyderabad.

After Gambhir won the toss, Manvinder Bisla got the Kolkata innings going by getting stuck into the part-time offspin of Hanuma Vihari in the second over. Gambhir let Bisla take the risks as he himself went solidly in the Powerplay, but the sight of legspin, and the ball turning into him, was an invitation he didn't refuse. In Amit Mishra's first over, Gambhir took two boundaries down the ground, and even though the other legspinner Karan Sharma got Bisla, Gambhir kept going strong in those middle overs.

In the next two overs, Gambhir took a four and a six off the legspinners, taking Kolkata to 76 for 1 after 10. Kallis had begun to shake off his slow start by the time Gambhir finally fell to Ashish Reddy in the 14th over, but it was Morgan who provided them the real impetus. He got going with a bit of a mis-hit off Mishra, which carried over long-on. The last 28 balls, including that six, yielded 70 runs.

Thisara Perera bore most of the brunt of the Morgan assault when 22 came off the 18th over bowled by him. It contained two flat pulls and a cut for fours, a straight six, and one wide to boot. Morgan was run out in the 19th over, but Kallis finished off well, registering an almost inconspicuous 41 off 27. Morgan looted 47 off 21.

Sunrisers have surprised many so far in the tournament, but they have done so chasing lowish totals. They have always seemed light at the top, and it was reiterated despite the promotion of Cameron White to open the innings. All it took Kolkata was to remain steady and straight with the ball, and even into the seventh over, the openers were struggling with a strike rate of under a run a ball.

If it were the spinners - IPL debutant Sachithra Senananayake and Sunil Narine - that built the pressure at the top, Kallis the allrounder bothered Parthiv Patel with bowling short and straight. It finally produced the wickets of the openers, and the 113 required to get in 9.3 overs were always going to be too many on the slowish track. And so it proved to be, giving Kolkata their biggest win at home.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jason on April 15, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Either Kallis or Morgan should've been the MOM.Nice to see two mystery spinners bowl in tandem.

  • ttn on April 15, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @ Everybody (Critics of Sanga)

    If You look at sanga ODIS:Keeper: avg-40.27, Non Keeper:-26.26 T20is: Keeper:-30.00,s/r-125.00, Non Keeper;- Never Batted without keeping. Keeping allows sanga to read the pitch earlier and then play accordingly. Solution: Sanga as keeper.

  • Rakesh on April 15, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @ mrgupta - Class is permanent is such a old cliche now. In Franchise cricket it is all about making money. SRT can pull crowds just by being in the team so it is fine if he is not in form but overseas players need to be in form to be in the team. Sanga for example is a class act in tests but t20 is is below average. JP is much better match winner than him. I do not understand IPL franchise's liking for SL captains. They are not strategy geniuses. They had murli to win all the matches. Since murli they are struggling. Jaya, Sanga, Matthews are all below average captains in T20.

  • Mradul on April 15, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @Martin Ford: Adding to that, a brilliant spell of bowling. 4 overs for 13 runs and 3 wickets. @abcdef_12345: FYI, form is temporary, class is permanent. Kallis cannot be replaced by anyone in SA team let alone in an IPL franchise.

  • Sensible on April 15, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks - Oh please!!! Don't play that angle on us. We indians LOVE SL players. Fortunately or unfortunately its the INDIAN Premier League which means there are ONLY 4 foreign slots. So the emphasis on foreign players performing is sooo much more because there are other good players warming the bench.

    If we indians come to SLP, it would be the same case. If Raina doesn't perform, he would have to sit out for someone who does. That's the way it is.

    Your argument is weak from every conceivable angle.

    You are the same guy who told Watson is NOT as good as Kusal Perrera because he is not in form, right?

    Haha. T20 is different from test matches and you saw what happened in the last match.

  • Parnal on April 15, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Should bring in TENDO in place of senanayake in next game. Don't know why Gambhir doesn't take a class player like ten doeschate who is a master of T20. He's being wasted at KKR. Gambhir and KKR management are responsible for that. Or they can even remove Kallis who performs once in 4 games.

  • Jeremy on April 15, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Who chooses the man of the match award? Surely Kallis' contribution of 41 with a strike rate of 151% and his 3-13 off fours overs (including the breakthrough of both openers) surpasses Gambir's relatively pedestrian 53 (strike rate 117%).

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Can't believe that Gambhir was given the MOM. Poor Kallis.

  • Isuru on April 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Well Bowling Sachithra.You Are The Next Mystery Spinner For World...

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    I think Sanga should keep. He does it well. Otherwise if he's out of form. We may have to replace him. But if he's not there i might not watch the matches. So sanga should stay.. :D