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

KKR snap losing run with easy win


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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  • amit 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

  • Dummy4 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...

  • RAJA 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

  • MALLIKARJUN 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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Jason 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#

  • Cricket 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • mrunal 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