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

Narine, Kallis keep KKR's slim chances alive

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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  • SudhaMP 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.

  • viceidiot on May 13, 2013, 8:31 GMT

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

  • Dalena 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!!

  • Kashi0127 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

  • SanjeewaWK 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....

  • Kashi0127 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

  • NareshPodi 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.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket 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.

  • muski 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

  • Vivekaks 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

  • SudhaMP 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.

  • viceidiot on May 13, 2013, 8:31 GMT

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

  • Dalena 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!!

  • Kashi0127 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

  • SanjeewaWK 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....

  • Kashi0127 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

  • NareshPodi 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.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket 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.

  • muski 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

  • Vivekaks 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

  • YogifromNY on May 13, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    It will be great if SRH win tomorrow against MI and RCB go out. The best 4 teams in the playoffs would be CSK, RR, MI and SRH, in that order. RCB is nothing but a bloated, over-rated, under-captained side.

  • RajeshNaik on May 13, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    KKR read the pitch better and packed the side with slow bowlers. RCB lost the match in the first 4 overs. They just did not know ahoe to go ahead in the innings. They allowed the KKR bowlers to get a hold on them. One kept waiting for the acceleration which never came. RCB's loss and RR's win has made the table very interesting.

  • Sudhir65 on May 12, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    This is clear case of Gambhir out captaining and out thinking younger Kohli- from picking the right team to bowliing changes.

  • Greatest_Game on May 12, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @ Sadiq1952 wrote that "(That) RCB ... have come so far is a miracle and owes to the batting performance of its trio: Gayle, Virat and De Villiers."

    Yes yes yes. Why has Kohli kept de Villiers down the order. AB never bats in the power play - a waste of his ability, & he is almost always under pressure when comes in - pressure to score quickly & support the other, usually weaker batsman.

    AB has the record for the highest strike rate this IPL - 387.5 That is 1 run behind Albie Morkel's IPL best 400. Gayle's best is 316.66. AB & Gayle are the ONLY players who appear 4 times in the top 50. Kohli is NOT even ON the list of records!

    AB bats down the order to save the innings if Gayle or Kohli fail. AB should open. He has opened, knows the job & RCB could NOT do any worse. He will not automatically fail, & will have the chance to score more runs.

    Bad captaincy misusing the #3 test bat, and #1 ODI bat. He is low on the T20 list because for SA he BATS DOWN THE ORDER.

    OPEN WITH GAYLE & AB

  • alarky on May 12, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Even though my original comment about the MOM has not been published, I want to still apolgise for the comment I made about Kallis being made MOM instead of Narine. I really did not make note of Kallis' bowling performance which was quite good as well. I would therefore like to withdraw my earlier comment and now go on record and say that any of Kallis or Narine deserved the MOM.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 12, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Good win for KKR ... but I would suggst them try a few different playrs since they are not going to qualify anyways ... They culd bench Bisla, YKP, RTD n Bhatia ... I would suggest them to take Haddin, Narwal, Sangwan, Abdulla .... My Batting XI would be ::: 1. Kallis 2. Tiwary 3. Gambhir 4. Haddin 5. Narwal 6. Das 7. Senanayake 8. Narine 9. Abdulla 10. Balaji 11. Sangwan

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 12, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Rampaul should of had Kallis if it was not for the Indian fielder on the boundary that completely missed it, that was the turning point for RCB were they to win the game.

  • r0adrunn3r on May 12, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    If RCB can't win even one out of their remaining two AND SRH lose all their remaining matches AND KKR win all their matches there is still NRR that KKR need to fight for. it would be extremely optimistic to even think they can make it to the semis because it doesn't only depend on you but more so on other teams. That makes realists like me think this can never ever happen. So goodbye KKR, see you next year. CSK,RR and MI will make it to the semis and the fight will be between SRH and RCB.

  • priceless1 on May 12, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    if RCB or SRH win one match out of the remaining then that will be the end of KKR and Kings11

  • analyseabhishek on May 12, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Seeing RCB going in with an extra seamer instead of a spinner- and then seeing the slow surface- the writing was pretty much on the wall. It's surprising how the RCB management messed up this one. It is the lack of variety in the spin deptt that hurts RCB. Perhaps this was the match they could have played Murali- but that would have meant benching Henriques- not at all a fair decision but that's life!

  • asatish on May 12, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    It is still easy for RCB and SRH to qualify more than KXIP or KKR as even if the latter 2 teams win all their matches and RCB and SRH lose all their matches it will be NRR which will decide the qualifier, which atleast for now in favor of RCB. If RCB or SRH wins a single match the fight is down to only between RCB and SRH with KKR and KXIP getting knocked out.

  • Sadiq1952 on May 12, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    RCB is almost approaching it's exit from the top 4. That they have come so far is a miracle and owes to the batting performance of its trio: Gayle, Virat and De Villiers. To become champion you need 7-8 of your team players to click. RCB is the least balanced of all teams. In particular they have the weakest bowling combination which cannot even defend scores of 180 plus. How can they even fight with a score of 115. The selectors must try to purchase at least a couple of top Indian bowlers if they want to survive in the 2014 competition. Sadiq Ahmed

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 12, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    RCB has 2 home matches and need to win those two badly to have a chance qualify. They will need to play outta of their skins. Almost All their away losses has been close games.

  • sharat_sd on May 12, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Kkr now believes that they have chance of make through the play-off if they win remaining matches with better NRR. Now there are seven contenders for play-offs, with only 2 teams are out of the contest.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on May 12, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Todays man of the match should have been given too ABHIMANYU MITHUN---hero for KKR.I didnt understand why kohli didnt use gayle on this slow track ,he could have picked up few wickets and would have added pressure on weak kkr batting line up.BCCI should stop kkr from making this sort of wickets,we are fed up seeing these from 2012 IPL.

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  • CRIC_FAN94 on May 12, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Todays man of the match should have been given too ABHIMANYU MITHUN---hero for KKR.I didnt understand why kohli didnt use gayle on this slow track ,he could have picked up few wickets and would have added pressure on weak kkr batting line up.BCCI should stop kkr from making this sort of wickets,we are fed up seeing these from 2012 IPL.

  • sharat_sd on May 12, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Kkr now believes that they have chance of make through the play-off if they win remaining matches with better NRR. Now there are seven contenders for play-offs, with only 2 teams are out of the contest.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 12, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    RCB has 2 home matches and need to win those two badly to have a chance qualify. They will need to play outta of their skins. Almost All their away losses has been close games.

  • Sadiq1952 on May 12, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    RCB is almost approaching it's exit from the top 4. That they have come so far is a miracle and owes to the batting performance of its trio: Gayle, Virat and De Villiers. To become champion you need 7-8 of your team players to click. RCB is the least balanced of all teams. In particular they have the weakest bowling combination which cannot even defend scores of 180 plus. How can they even fight with a score of 115. The selectors must try to purchase at least a couple of top Indian bowlers if they want to survive in the 2014 competition. Sadiq Ahmed

  • asatish on May 12, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    It is still easy for RCB and SRH to qualify more than KXIP or KKR as even if the latter 2 teams win all their matches and RCB and SRH lose all their matches it will be NRR which will decide the qualifier, which atleast for now in favor of RCB. If RCB or SRH wins a single match the fight is down to only between RCB and SRH with KKR and KXIP getting knocked out.

  • analyseabhishek on May 12, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Seeing RCB going in with an extra seamer instead of a spinner- and then seeing the slow surface- the writing was pretty much on the wall. It's surprising how the RCB management messed up this one. It is the lack of variety in the spin deptt that hurts RCB. Perhaps this was the match they could have played Murali- but that would have meant benching Henriques- not at all a fair decision but that's life!

  • priceless1 on May 12, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    if RCB or SRH win one match out of the remaining then that will be the end of KKR and Kings11

  • r0adrunn3r on May 12, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    If RCB can't win even one out of their remaining two AND SRH lose all their remaining matches AND KKR win all their matches there is still NRR that KKR need to fight for. it would be extremely optimistic to even think they can make it to the semis because it doesn't only depend on you but more so on other teams. That makes realists like me think this can never ever happen. So goodbye KKR, see you next year. CSK,RR and MI will make it to the semis and the fight will be between SRH and RCB.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 12, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Rampaul should of had Kallis if it was not for the Indian fielder on the boundary that completely missed it, that was the turning point for RCB were they to win the game.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 12, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Good win for KKR ... but I would suggst them try a few different playrs since they are not going to qualify anyways ... They culd bench Bisla, YKP, RTD n Bhatia ... I would suggest them to take Haddin, Narwal, Sangwan, Abdulla .... My Batting XI would be ::: 1. Kallis 2. Tiwary 3. Gambhir 4. Haddin 5. Narwal 6. Das 7. Senanayake 8. Narine 9. Abdulla 10. Balaji 11. Sangwan