Kolkata v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Ranchi May 12, 2013

Narine, Kallis keep KKR's slim chances alive


Kolkata Knight Riders 116 for 5 (Kallis 41, Vinay Kumar 2-17) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 115 for 9 (Gayle 33, Narine 4-22) by five wickets
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Kolkata Knight Riders kept their 100% record of successfully chasing totals under 120 intact as they triumphed at their second home in Ranchi. Their bowlers were largely responsible for keeping them in the competition, having restricted Royal Challengers to their lowest total in a first innings of an IPL match in India.

Through good lengths and variation, they ensured the batsmen would not have to toil as much as Royal Challengers' troops did. They laboured through the slowest Powerplay in this year's tournament, with only 22 runs from the first six overs and limped to their slowest century of 2013, off 102 balls. They managed just seven boundaries in their innings, their second lowest count in the tournament's history.

Knight Riders' selection of Sachithra Senanayake proved a shrewd move on a slow surface, as he and L Balaji made run-scoring difficult upfront. Chesteshwar Pujara was dismissed for 5 as he tried to hit out, but Chris Gayle managed his frustrations well.

His only four came from an edge past first slip and he had little respite, besides Ryan ten Doeschate's sole over, in which Virat Kohli and Gayle took 14 runs of it. Kohli, however, didn't last long, playing on off Jacques Kallis for 17.

Four boundary-less overs followed before Gayle's vigil was broken. He went forward to defend the first ball of Sunil Narine's second over, but it turned past the outside edge, and he was stumped with his toe right on the line.

Gayle was Narine's first scalp. Saurabh Tiwary, Ravi Rampaul and Abhimanyu Mithun were the other three which took the West Indian to the top of the wicket-charts with 22 to his name. He tied Royal Challengers up at the end of their innings, after Balaji got rid of a threatening looking AB de Villiers.

The South African one-day captain managed a paddle and a loft over extra cover before he was caught behind, trying to tickle the ball fine. Had de Villiers lasted into the last four overs, Royal Challengers may have been able to eye a total over 130, but they had to settle for a below-par 115 for 9.

Despite the sluggish surface, they needed a better bowling effort than their attack has seemed capable of producing this season. Ravi Rampaul gave them some hope when he had Manvinder Bisla caught at point off the second ball. He should have accounted for Kallis too, but Mithun badly misjudged the catch at fine leg, running in before realising he had underestimated the strength of the shot.

Kallis capitalised on his let off and anchored the chase almost to the end. The required run rate hovered around a run-a-ball throughout, but Royal Challengers could not build any pressure. Gautam Gambhir took three fours off a Mithun over that was peppered with generously short balls, and Murali Kartik conceded boundaries when he tossed it up.

Kallis and Manoj Tiwary worked the ball around, and even though both were dismissed at the twilight of the match, they had done enough. Ryan ten Doeschate hit the winning runs to make qualifying for the playoffs an uphill battle for Royal Challengers in their remaining matches.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • SudhaPrakash on May 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Interesting situation, just 11 matches to go and not even a single team is a certain for the play-offs. Case is same for all the teams in current top-four to fall out if others do well.

  • Prateek on May 13, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Any news on whether Shakib will be joining KKR for their last two games?

  • elena on May 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Gayle Playing test match in 1st 6 overs . he is wasting powerplay.. and Pujara he always plays test match no matter which format it is.. RCB has worst bowling ,batsmen must hit 200 every match to win. . rcb couldnt defend 170+ 2 times, its not VIRAT fault, he is playing his part very well ..even DOHNI or RAHUL cant win matches if bowling atk is ordinary like RCB. . its bowlers fault not VIRAT captaincy..SRH will loose all 3 matches and RCB will play playoffs!!

  • Kashi on May 13, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Bottom line is almost any team can win against RCB - even if we were to pick the worst XI made up of weakest players from all the IPL teams. At the same time, RCB can beat the best of he IPL team that can be put together if Gayle and de Villiers fire

  • Sanjeewa on May 13, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Yet again Sachithra proves his worth. bowled in the PP's and did excellent job for KKR. He & Balaji who creates the presurre and Narine took the wickets. more credit should go to Sachithra for his great contribution....

  • Kashi on May 13, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @NareshPodi Agree with you , both S Tiwari and Pujara are misfit for IPL. Lie you said Mayank Agarwal and Nayar would have been much better choices. Actually this is the game where Kohli should have picked Syed Mohmed or Muralidharan instead of Mithun. But even without those, Kohli should have tried Gayle bowling or himself and it was criminal waste not utilizing Henriques in blowling. I disagree about Vinay Kumar - he is very good death over bowler, but had only 5 runs to play with for l;ast over. If Unadkat and Mithun had not conceced so many runs in previous overs, Vinay would have got RCB through

  • Naresh on May 13, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Pujara is a test player and unable to adapt to the T20 format as Dravid did.and at the same time, the power-play has been blocked by Gayle.In the power-play, the run-rate should be at least 8 RPO. But RCB's is going around 3-5 RPO.I like RCB a lot because of Kohli. Sourabh looks like Gayle but he always tries to muscle the ball and it never reaches to the boundary line, Very sad. It is clear that whether Gayle is playing or not, RCB is winning so let him smash the ball from the First over itself.Later ABD and Kohli can maintain that run rate.and replace Pujara with Dilshan or Mayank(They are much better at least they don't waste the valuable power play overs. and also at death overs do not give the ball to Vinay. If Vinay bowls well in the power plays then give him 4 overs at a time. Always the last over from Vinay is costing RCB to loose. ALL THE BEST KOHLI.

  • suresh kumar on May 13, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Last year, CSK's playoff chance was at the hands of RCB. ThiS YEAR, RCB's chance at the hands of CSK. RCB deserves what they deserved last year. GOOD BYE RCB FAN'S.

  • Rajesh on May 13, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    For how long is the Dud Tiwary going to be in the side.The fielding was woeful yesterday. Though Iam a die hard fan of RCB, actually I think they dont deserve to qualify- if they do, then its because of the woeful batting of SRH- the batting of RCB balances out with the bowling of SRH

  • Vivekanand on May 13, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Mithun and Kohli cost RCB the match. the former by dropping Kallis...and it beats me to think that this pacer once played for India and one of the finest Ranji bowler...whatever has happened to me.. This is for all those who are baying for Dhoni's blood and wishing Kohli becomes the captain. 1. Read the pitch wrong and included Mithun the dud in the line up. Rampaul,Unadkat,Vinay Kumar and Mithun...who are you kidding?? are you playing in english conditions or on Perth...even then these bowlers wont make it to the list barring may be Rampaul. I understand their inclusion if they are all rounders.... why o why mr.kohli...

    2. ABD is a class act, and time and again rescued the team...he deserves to bat at No.3...he is one of the best bat in the circuit today. Kohli can come in later...4 or even 5...he doesnt have the boundary hitting capabilities of ABD...

    I am not sayin Kohli cant captain the country...he can...definitely not now...he has loads to learn and control his temper

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