Kolkata v Bangalore, IPL 2010, Eden Gardens March 14, 2010

Kolkata hand Bangalore a pasting


Kolkata Knight Riders 136 for 3 (Tiwary 50, Hodge 50) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 135 for 7 (Kallis 65*, Mathews 4-19) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

It wasn't as resounding a thrashing as that delivered by Brendon McCullum's ruthless innings against the same opponents in the tournament opener two years ago but it was still a massive win for Kolkata Knight Riders in front of a heaving Eden Gardens crowd. Angelo Mathews followed up his fire-fighting with the bat on Friday by starring with the ball to pin down Royal Challengers Bangalore, before fireworks from Kolkata's openers ensured their team began their campaign with victories over both of last year's finalists.

Kolkata were in control right from the start when Bangalore's young batting talent failed, and the visitors were left to thank the experienced Jacques Kallis, who made a mad dash from South Africa after playing the Pro20 final on Friday evening, for holding the innings together. However, even his battling, an unbeaten 65 on a slowish track, couldn't spare Bangalore the eventual hammering.

Their troubles began when the surprise move to open with Sreevats Goswami didn't work out. The pint-sized Goswami was hemmed in by a series of Charl Langeveldt bouncers, and his ploy of backing away to heave the ball to the leg side didn't come off. Nor could Manish Pandey replicate the wonderful form of his domestic season, looking tentative in his short stay before his attempt to flat-bat Mathews down the ground ended in a bottom-edge on to the stumps.

Next in Bangalore's youth brigade was Virat Kolhi, talked up by coach Ray Jennings as a future Indian captain, who lasted four deliveries before striking a dipping delivery from Murali Kartik to deep midwicket. With two deliveries left in the Powerplay, Bangalore were down to 20 for 3.

Kolkata's new-ball bowlers had done their job, and they were backed up by some intelligent bowling from Mathews and Kartik to put Bangalore on the mat. Mathews sent down several slower bouncers which the batsmen struggled to pick, and Kartik varied his pace and effectively used the assistance provided by the track.

It was Kartik who provided the fervent crowd their next chance to scream. Bangalore's new signing, Eoin Morgan, had started his IPL career confidently with a sensationally-timed off-drive for six off the second delivery he faced, but he was bowled by a short, slow ball, through with his reverse-sweep before the ball arrived.

All the while Kallis was starved of the strike, though he had shown glimpses of form, including a ferocious lofted cover drive. He set about rebuilding with the help of another veteran, Rahul Dravid, putting on 38 with some old-school textbook batting. Dravid was looking in fine touch before he contrived to drag a full, wide ball from Mathews on to the stumps.

There was more sedate run-gathering with Robin Uthappa after that, and it wasn't until the 15th over that Kallis opened up, clouting Rohan Gavaskar to the extra-cover boundary. Uthappa got his first boundary in the same region, before Mathews struck twice in four balls. Kallis then started to get innovative, walking across the stumps to paddle-sweep a ball for four to bring up his fifty, and repeating the stroke in the final over. There was a sweet, straight hit for six as well, and the 14 runs in the 20th over lifted Bangalore to 135.

It was an underwhelming total on a benign track, but not as tiny a target as the Kolkata batsmen made it seem. Manoj Tiwary may not have much of a reputation as a Twenty20 player, but it was his early onslaught that made the match such a one-sided encounter.

After three steady overs, Tiwary blasted Kallis for 14 in the space of four balls in the fourth, including a powerful swipe over midwicket for six. Much of Bangalore's chances now depended on how effective their spearhead Dale Steyn was, but Tiwary crashed his second delivery over long-off for six more, before a couple of driven boundaries from Brad Hodge made it 17 off the over.

The last major threat was Anil Kumble, who also failed to make an impact, with Tiwary picking him for two fours in his first three balls to take Kolkata 60 for 0 after 5.3 overs, effectively ending the contest.

Things were less frenetic after that, and though both openers fell the delivery after they reached their half-centuries, Kolkata eased to a victory that will reinforce the belief in the side and among their fans after the abysmal shows of last season.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Sathish on March 18, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    ha ha ha , what happened against our CSK???????????Mr.Shahrukhkhan pls think while selecting team n captain.I don see any fiery players in KKR dugout.No one can match Sehwag, Dhoni, Hayden and Sachin.C all the teams, every team has one devastating hitter with sensible batting (EG: Gilchrist, Hayden, Sachin, Sehwag) in their opening spot, with Ganguly, Gavaskar and Shah Matthews ETAL Don even think for fifth or sixth place, you wil be at seven or wooden spoon.Best of luck next ipl 2011.Remove Ganguly He is an old horse and good for nothing cricketer in all format.Then Keep your eye on winning.DADA SUCKS.

  • Kelum on March 17, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    So So So................ What happened to KKR yesterday against Chennai. JUST TRASHES Haaaaaaaaaaa. The reaseon is Very Very SIMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Matthews Failed. If Matthews doesn't fire then KKR is just the same team of Last Year. All Thiwary dis was trashed already battered RCB thanks to brilliant bowling of Matthews. But he was not honored as MoM, instead Thiwary had a little gift, because an Idian. If Thiwary was the MoM then why not Hodge who scored the same number of runs and held the innings together. So KKR you paid for your sins not recognizing the great performance of Matthews as MoM and slumped to a humiliating defeat yesterday in the hands of Chennai. Don't worry Angelo you are a great asset to we Sri Lankans and you'll be the captain of SL team in future.

  • Lakpriya on March 15, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    mathews should have been the MoM. vaas got it against channai for taking 3 for 21. mathews can't get with 4 for 19.. what a joke?an indian makes 50 and get the MoM. why do they have international players then?

  • Randika on March 15, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Special performance by a special cricketer! Mathews is the future of Sri Lankan cricket. More all-rounders of the mould will make enter the scene soon, like Channai's Thissara Perera. But Man of the Match decision being influenced by nationality doesn't bind in well with the spirit of the game! Is IPL just a show to boost the Indian ego? So far its the clash of international players that make it interesting!

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    stunning performance!smart captaincy by Dada & everyone looks charged up & confident Manoj shows how much caliber& temperament he possess ,he must get another opportunity to prove himself in national level

  • Sathish on March 15, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    By the figures of 2 matches, don go fr getting title n all, even now KKR is underdogs.Ganguly is not a person made for T20.

  • Roshanth on March 15, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    In both Matches, Mathews made a huge difference. I think what KKR was missing was a solid all-rounder like Mathews. He basically got them both matches, though was not selected man of the match in the second.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Impressive win. Great bowling. But Ganguly should open in the batting order. Otherwisw he will slow down the game in the middle overs. He takes too much time to be set in the crease and of course not a hard- hitter.

    I think, Mathews could be the best name for man of the match award. Because not only Tiwary made 50. But Mathews is the man who restricted RCB within small and chasable total.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    matthes should have got d man of the match 4 certain ... :( .. second in successive matches

  • michael on March 15, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Bangalore need Ross Taylor desperately its a shame theres two tests against australia coming up so they are going to have to live with this pedestrian run rate lol i saw Brendom McCullem nearly score Bangalores entire innings score just a couple weeks ago in a 20 20 game.

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