Kolkata v Punjab, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 26, 2013

KKR snap losing run with easy win

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Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 4 (Bisla 51*, Mahmood 3-35) beat Kings XI Punjab 149 for 6 (Vohra 31, Kallis 2-14) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

"We know that we are in a desperate situation," Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir said before the start of the match. With three consecutive defeats coming into this game, the defending champions Knight Riders were in disarray. To add to that, in the lead-up to the game, their allrounder Jacques Kallis - who hadn't missed a game since joining the franchise in 2011 - was a doubtful starter after twisting his right knee in the previous match. And one of their experienced local batsmen, Manoj Tiwary, had an injury to his right hand.

However, at a noisy Eden Gardens, Knight Riders injected some life into their campaign with a straightforward six-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. Not only did Kallis play, he bowled a miserly spell and took the wickets of two key Kings XI batsmen, besides chipping in with a steadying 37 after Knight Riders lost Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan in the second over.

Tiwary wasn't fit to play, but that also worked in Knight Riders' favour as his replacement, Manvinder Bisla, shrugged off his indifferent form with an unbeaten half-century that confirmed the win. He was assisted by Eoin Morgan, the team's designated finisher, who came in and played a series of typically flamboyant strokes to hasten the chase and cut out the tension of a final-over finish.

There was something of a surprise early on when Adam Gilchrist walked out to the toss - "I managed to sneak in another selection," he joked, highlighting how close he was to losing his place after a sustained poor run this season. Gilchrist managed to make his highest score of the season, a run-a-ball 27, but it might still not be enough to save his place for the next game.

Gilchrist combined with Mandeep Singh to provide Kings XI their best start this year, before Kallis broke the opening partnership with his first delivery, getting Mandeep chipping to midwicket. That set up a trend of Kings XI batsmen getting starts without making a big score - Gilchrist holed out to midwicket soon after, Manan Vohra top scored with 31 before picking out the fielder at sweeper cover, David Hussey perished on 21.

Kallis and Sunil Narine choked the runs towards the end of the innings, and Kings XI only managed 20 from the 16th to the 19th over. They finished with a flourish though as Gurkeerat Singh slammed a couple of sixes off L Balaji in the final over to lift the score to 149.

That began to look daunting after Mahmood dismissed Gambhir and Pathan off successive deliveries. Kallis and Bisla, though, put the chase on track with a 66-run stand for the third wicket. Kallis was caught behind attempting a dab in the 11th over, and Knight Riders could have been in big trouble if the bails had fallen after a Piyush Chawla delivery hit leg stump with Morgan on 0. The bails didn't fall, and Morgan unfurled a series of big hits to hand Kings XI their second straight defeat.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hrit on April 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Good win KKR! Yusuf Pathan needs to find ways to play swing in his own country , forget the overseas condition. A little hint of swing and he is getting nicks back in the slip cordon. Gambhir's reaction after the 1st innings was totally wrong. Things go wrong. Balaji never bowls well in the last overs. He simply lost himself when he came to bat. If KKR has to beat Chennai at their own den then they need to bowl very very well and let Chennai bat first as they did with Punjab today. Since Senanayeke wont play in Chennai , Lee or McCullum should come in. KKR batsmen seem to take more responsibility while chasing rather than throwing wickets while batting first. Best of luck Knights. We hope for a turnaround.

  • kallisamit on April 27, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    great play by kallis...if he bowls in MI game tham may be result say different story... in chennai game senanayke not play so plz bring maccullam inside....balaji also do well in chennai

  • on April 27, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Gambhir is known for his profanity and this is not a surprise at all. Gambhir will never learn from legends like Gavaskar who never believed in such outbursts... It would be nice to see Gambhir on the receiving end of such expletives when he got out playing a terrible shot (May be he should look at the mirror)...With senseless people such as Gambhir & Kohli at the helm of affairs, the teams would suffer. If Gambhir & Kohli are too young to learn from Gavaskar they must take a leaf out of Dhoni's book and follow some basic etiquette. Most importantly, with many young kids look up at IPL heroes, such behaviour is only infectious...Shame on you Gambhir...

  • raj11363 on April 27, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    @ Mr.CricketJKNotHussey Ifs and buts become pots and pans there would be no work to tinkers hands. KKR VS CSK match will be a treat to watch

  • arjun401 on April 27, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    every body talking about lee and mecculam in kkr, once we look at kkr squad haddin and ten doeschats are also available, in the lower order kkr dont have any big hitterrs so at chennai in place of nayak they get doeschat and abdhula replace the das kkr x1 are 1.bisla 2.gambhir 3.kalis 4.morgan 5.yousaf 6.doeschat 7.bhatia 8.sukla 9.narain 10.abdhula 11.ahamadh pleas remove the balaji he is excellant player in previes ipl but this time he doing very poor fielding and expansive bowling

  • on April 27, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    are you telling me Bret Lee is not playing because he hasnt been selected to play? Thats one reason why they have been losing of it is true? It is hard to follow whats going on from South America ... tell me where is Lee?

  • on April 27, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    I feel KKR still needs to pick up their game... They have 8 games remaining. I know I am being pessimistic, but KKR have to win at least 5 out of 8 games to qualify. In those 8 games they play CSK at Home and RCB at Ranchi... So, its not easy for KKR to qualify... Gambhir has to step up and do something... KEEP WINNING!

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 27, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Again Kallis showed how crucial player he is.Most of the people wanted to drop him before the match. Hats off to Gautam & KKR management(specially their coach) for stick with one plan.This result is a reward for that. So many changes will not do wonders for any team.well played KKR#

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 27, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    KKR are very lucky. Kallis was out LBW when he was in his 20s and Morgan was bowled when he was at 1. Luckily for them, the umpire misjudged Kallis' decision and the bails didn't fall for Morgan. KXIP played really well, but just weren't as lucky as KKR.

  • on April 27, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    well a very gud match glad we finally win. nw i think i av a top class combination for KKR my team 1. Gambhir, 2. pathan, 3. kallis, 4. Morgan, 5. brendon, 6. bisla, 7. tiwary, 8.bathia, 9. narine, 10. ladda, 11,shami ( my 11 because it power up its batting and i stick with pathan because he can be used as a sloger if there is a huge total, he can play as he did against mumbai, brendon would bat 3 or 4 for me and shami over ball because i think he has d potential 2 come gud cuz balla has been expensive through out and ladda played reasonable on his first match. but all this come 2 play with the expense of Senanayeke because he is a overseas player. Anybody that reads this comment ant think its gud support me by say RIGHT TARGET RAJ MOHAN

  • hrit on April 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Good win KKR! Yusuf Pathan needs to find ways to play swing in his own country , forget the overseas condition. A little hint of swing and he is getting nicks back in the slip cordon. Gambhir's reaction after the 1st innings was totally wrong. Things go wrong. Balaji never bowls well in the last overs. He simply lost himself when he came to bat. If KKR has to beat Chennai at their own den then they need to bowl very very well and let Chennai bat first as they did with Punjab today. Since Senanayeke wont play in Chennai , Lee or McCullum should come in. KKR batsmen seem to take more responsibility while chasing rather than throwing wickets while batting first. Best of luck Knights. We hope for a turnaround.

  • kallisamit on April 27, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    great play by kallis...if he bowls in MI game tham may be result say different story... in chennai game senanayke not play so plz bring maccullam inside....balaji also do well in chennai

  • on April 27, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Gambhir is known for his profanity and this is not a surprise at all. Gambhir will never learn from legends like Gavaskar who never believed in such outbursts... It would be nice to see Gambhir on the receiving end of such expletives when he got out playing a terrible shot (May be he should look at the mirror)...With senseless people such as Gambhir & Kohli at the helm of affairs, the teams would suffer. If Gambhir & Kohli are too young to learn from Gavaskar they must take a leaf out of Dhoni's book and follow some basic etiquette. Most importantly, with many young kids look up at IPL heroes, such behaviour is only infectious...Shame on you Gambhir...

  • raj11363 on April 27, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    @ Mr.CricketJKNotHussey Ifs and buts become pots and pans there would be no work to tinkers hands. KKR VS CSK match will be a treat to watch

  • arjun401 on April 27, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    every body talking about lee and mecculam in kkr, once we look at kkr squad haddin and ten doeschats are also available, in the lower order kkr dont have any big hitterrs so at chennai in place of nayak they get doeschat and abdhula replace the das kkr x1 are 1.bisla 2.gambhir 3.kalis 4.morgan 5.yousaf 6.doeschat 7.bhatia 8.sukla 9.narain 10.abdhula 11.ahamadh pleas remove the balaji he is excellant player in previes ipl but this time he doing very poor fielding and expansive bowling

  • on April 27, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    are you telling me Bret Lee is not playing because he hasnt been selected to play? Thats one reason why they have been losing of it is true? It is hard to follow whats going on from South America ... tell me where is Lee?

  • on April 27, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    I feel KKR still needs to pick up their game... They have 8 games remaining. I know I am being pessimistic, but KKR have to win at least 5 out of 8 games to qualify. In those 8 games they play CSK at Home and RCB at Ranchi... So, its not easy for KKR to qualify... Gambhir has to step up and do something... KEEP WINNING!

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 27, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Again Kallis showed how crucial player he is.Most of the people wanted to drop him before the match. Hats off to Gautam & KKR management(specially their coach) for stick with one plan.This result is a reward for that. So many changes will not do wonders for any team.well played KKR#

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 27, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    KKR are very lucky. Kallis was out LBW when he was in his 20s and Morgan was bowled when he was at 1. Luckily for them, the umpire misjudged Kallis' decision and the bails didn't fall for Morgan. KXIP played really well, but just weren't as lucky as KKR.

  • on April 27, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    well a very gud match glad we finally win. nw i think i av a top class combination for KKR my team 1. Gambhir, 2. pathan, 3. kallis, 4. Morgan, 5. brendon, 6. bisla, 7. tiwary, 8.bathia, 9. narine, 10. ladda, 11,shami ( my 11 because it power up its batting and i stick with pathan because he can be used as a sloger if there is a huge total, he can play as he did against mumbai, brendon would bat 3 or 4 for me and shami over ball because i think he has d potential 2 come gud cuz balla has been expensive through out and ladda played reasonable on his first match. but all this come 2 play with the expense of Senanayeke because he is a overseas player. Anybody that reads this comment ant think its gud support me by say RIGHT TARGET RAJ MOHAN

  • BlacK_SpideR on April 26, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    kkr lost all their matches by a small margin...it is their bad luck...but i believe that from now they ll win regularly

  • cricketlover111 on April 26, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Don't play McCullum. NZ needs him in England without injury and KKR aren't good enough to make the finals. I like KKR but no chance against CSK at home. The way McCullum has captained NZ in the last few months would have made him a perfect captain for KKR but too late now.

  • on April 26, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Gambhir is a player who takes this ipl thing way too seriously.where is the intensity when you play for India Mr Gambhir??....u seem uninterested and hide yourself in the field when you play international cricket.no involvement whatsoever.u seem to be a completely changed person when you play for kkr.I think its the money which is speaking here.it is not a mere co incidence that his performances have significantly dropped since he had represented for kkr post world cup.and I don't think he is even bothered by his dropping from the Indian team....the only thing which matters to him is kkr.but he should remember that few years down the line when he retires he would be remembereand judged by his international performances.nobody in the world would remember what he did in ipl

  • Knight_Rider_11 on April 26, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    KKR oh KKR ... finally a win ...!!! For the next match against CSK though I dont think this line up would do any good ... though Kallis was the MOM ... I would sit him out of only this match n try Baz instead ... n also Pathan n Senanayake should make way for Lee n Shami ... My KKR XI (in batting order) :::: 1. Bisla 2. Morgan 3. Gambhir 4. Das 5. McCullum 6. Bhatia 7. Lee 8. Narine 9. Ladda 10. Balaji 11. Shami

  • Nampally on April 26, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan was just a passenger in this match - failed in batting, did not bowl & fielded poorly. Is Bret Lee injured? He along with Narine was heart of the bowling. Fortunately Kallis contributed both in batting & bowling. Morgan was lucky to survive being bowled for a Duck. He along with Bisla carried KKR to the finish line. If KKR has any hope of advancing to playoff they need Bret Lee back as also Tiwary. Gambhir's censure of Balaji in the 20th over included some blue words as evident from his mouth. Kohli & Gambhir seem to have perfected this art of swearing & insulting their players on the field. I feel both these teams need new Captains next year. RCB are on top because of Gayle & de Velliers batting. KKR do not have such luxury especially when Bret Lee is missing!

  • crindex on April 26, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Mandeep dropped a sitter in the first six over and Bisla survived to complete the win for KKR. Eoin Morgan was damn lucky to not bowled by Piyush Chawla in his 1st over. Finally better and more robust team - KKR won !

  • landsite on April 26, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan must go,Balaji is hanging by a thread so please replace Pathan for the next match and tell Balaji to use his brains or else he goes next.Lee is a far better choice than both Patahn and Balaji at the moment.Certainly Patahan must be replaced by Lee or any half decent allrounder or batsman.Balaji gets one more chance and if he fails to deliver then he goes out .

  • RazorMach on April 26, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Make Gambhir the captain of the Indian team if you want to drive the last nail in the coffin of Indian Cricket!

    In fact, KKR should consider a level headed and mature person as their captain. Let Gambhir focus on his batting, and should he fail repeatedly, make him carry drinks to the rest of the performers!

    Enough of this "heat of the moment" excuse! It's a cliche` now. Grow up Gambhir!

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    @cricketsunami ; Yes indeed. He is a sub-continental wonder and only sub-continental coz he has never scored a century outside of sub-continent, not even in Sri Lanka. :)) So that plunder may quite turn into blunder. Don't you think ?? lol

  • coldcoffee123 on April 26, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    If batsmen (both less and highly talented) can spank the ball for 4's and 6's just when needed (more often than not), why is that the bowlers can't seem to even bowl half-decent balls? Is it that the batsmen train harder than the bowlers? What is the excuse for bowlers not being able to bowl consistently good yorkers when needed? I often hear commentators saying that the margin of error for bowlers is a few inches only. Fine, but how do you explain a bowler not even trying to find the block hole? Balaji kept dishing hit-me balls. Again: Do batsmen train harder than the bowlers? Or are batsmen more talented than bowlers?

  • SidsIPLTeam on April 26, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    KKR finally won. But, they might rue threir losses against the Royals and Kings XI at Punjab! They were comparatively easier teams to beat, and they got into winning positions, before letting it get away. Yusuf Pathan is only playing because he's Indian. He's absolutely at sea while playing swing bowling or short pitched stuff. Got to get him in at the death and expect him to come good. Gambhir lacks the calmness to perform in crucial matches. If KKR has to beat Chennai at Chennai, they have to get lucky to get Chennai to bat first. Kolkata might not win even with a big total batting first bcoz of Chennai's batting depth. Senanayeka has not been picking up wickets and will not be available in Chennai. Could prove to be a blessing in disguise. McCullum should get in & take his chance. Go Knights Go!!

  • vijay2pvk on April 26, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    In every match all the bowlers during death overs are hitted badly...Its T20 format and its not possible to control the batsmen after 16th over when they have wickets in their hand....Poor expression of gambhir on field...Even yday during death over of csk and srh, csk gave 59 runs...but our captain cool didnt show any anger on bowlers and thats y he is called captain cool...A person who cant control his anger will never succeed in his life...Gambhir and also the young blood virat should control their anger so that they can have good future in team India.

  • sweet2hrme on April 26, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Poor umpiring Kallis was plumb lbw but not given. Bt he is awarded with Mom.. I think bisla played a very gud inning on this slowish. track. If i see the impotance i feel Bisla is unlucky here.. Plz raise the standard of umpiring .. Last time kartik got a shocker lbw decision bt no body hv noticed as MI win

  • sweet2hrme on April 26, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Poor very poor team selection by Punjab..! How can u drop Mawana he is ur gud inform bowler. Where was Manpreet Gony! He was the hero whn last time they played against them. Aftr a gud decent start they shld reach at160 mark easily. In 18 ovr ur team score 3runs and in 19 ovr for just 2runs.. I dnt know what was Azahar Mahood doing?? He is playing too many dot balls that cost 15-20 run$ shot.. Aftr picking two early wickets of Gambir and Yusuf they can easily put presure on KKR. But they conceed too many easy boundaries and easy singles .. Last time hussey bowled brilliantly bt this time on a slowish track no over by hussey.. Overall some poor decision on the field and off the field cost the match for Punjab..

  • Temuzin on April 26, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Gauti will be worst captain ever if at all he becomes one. Its doubtful that he will be selected in the team as long as Dhawan and Vijay are performing good. As regards to Dhoni, as Boycott once said, India is lucky to have him. So this subcontinental wonder will plunder runs in SA and you have heard first on Cricinfo.

  • on April 26, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Its because of captains like Gambhir and Kohli, i now get a feel that Dhoni could never be replaced as a captain by anybody in the future. Maybe Rahane (looks very calm and cool) can become a cool captain one day.. !!

  • SurlyCynic on April 26, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Before the match everyone wanted Kallis dropped. Who will they call for to be dropped now, Pathan?

  • crindex on April 26, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Punjab had managed to put down a a historic win which would have be a morale booster for that franchise for many years now and for many reasons. Fan base is ever increasingly in need of wins and franchises depend on their life line - corporate promotions and ads. If they can't grasp this like they dont with their catches , no way they are ever going to make an impact in any IPL edition ever.

  • AneYako on April 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Gambhir and Kohli both needs anger management sessions

  • dj789 on April 26, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Dhawan vijay goes to SA....faces steyn and company...hurricane cmng abroad...12-0....gauti is back..dhoni ..the subcontinent wonder has to perform outside

  • on April 26, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    It's disgusting to see the manner in which Gambhir expressed his unhappiness with Balaji... He may be the captain of the team...but he should know to respect a senior player...Gambhir can never become Indian captain. The difference between Mr.Cool Dhoni and Gambhir is obvious.

  • on April 26, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Selectors , never think about GG as Indian captain even in your dreams !

  • Mushtanda on April 26, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    @Dargonboyz- After Dhawan and Vijay's performance in the Aus series, Gambhir will have a hard time even tomake it back to the team...so captaincy looks like a distant dream.

  • on April 26, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    CSK bowlers bowled horrible last 4 overs and Dhoni didnt show a moment of regret then. He went on with the task in his hands. Yes he might have had discussions but not on the field. Things should be learned by the KKR captain from his compatriot.

  • on April 26, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Gautam gambhir already lost him in the last over. No wonder he lost his wicket so early....

  • Dragonboyz on April 26, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Gambhir attitude started to get disgusting.Yes Balaji bowled a horrible last over but showing that kind of attitude to one of the senior member is not acceptable.He is not helping himself if he wants to take over the captaincy from dhoni if situation demands

  • Dragonboyz on April 26, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Gambhir attitude started to get disgusting.Yes Balaji bowled a horrible last over but showing that kind of attitude to one of the senior member is not acceptable.He is not helping himself if he wants to take over the captaincy from dhoni if situation demands

  • on April 26, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Gautam gambhir already lost him in the last over. No wonder he lost his wicket so early....

  • on April 26, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    CSK bowlers bowled horrible last 4 overs and Dhoni didnt show a moment of regret then. He went on with the task in his hands. Yes he might have had discussions but not on the field. Things should be learned by the KKR captain from his compatriot.

  • Mushtanda on April 26, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    @Dargonboyz- After Dhawan and Vijay's performance in the Aus series, Gambhir will have a hard time even tomake it back to the team...so captaincy looks like a distant dream.

  • on April 26, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Selectors , never think about GG as Indian captain even in your dreams !

  • on April 26, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    It's disgusting to see the manner in which Gambhir expressed his unhappiness with Balaji... He may be the captain of the team...but he should know to respect a senior player...Gambhir can never become Indian captain. The difference between Mr.Cool Dhoni and Gambhir is obvious.

  • dj789 on April 26, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Dhawan vijay goes to SA....faces steyn and company...hurricane cmng abroad...12-0....gauti is back..dhoni ..the subcontinent wonder has to perform outside

  • AneYako on April 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Gambhir and Kohli both needs anger management sessions

  • crindex on April 26, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Punjab had managed to put down a a historic win which would have be a morale booster for that franchise for many years now and for many reasons. Fan base is ever increasingly in need of wins and franchises depend on their life line - corporate promotions and ads. If they can't grasp this like they dont with their catches , no way they are ever going to make an impact in any IPL edition ever.

  • SurlyCynic on April 26, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Before the match everyone wanted Kallis dropped. Who will they call for to be dropped now, Pathan?