163dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

KKR snap losing run with easy win

At a noisy Eden Gardens, Knight Riders injected some life into their campaign with a straightforward six-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Bisla
51(44) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
3 6 12 7 14 0 2 7
EJG Morgan
42(26) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %74%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 17 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
13 0 0 0 28 0 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Azhar Mahmood
O4
M0
R35
W3
Eco8.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JH Kallis
O4
M0
R14
W2
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary

That's it from me, I am out of here for now but the IPL juggernaut rolls on tomorrow with a couple of matches. Rajasthan takes on Hyderabad and Mumbai host Bangalore. That's it from me then, have a good night ahead!

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Presentation

Adam Gilchrist: It was a good score, the pitch played well, it wasn't turning too much but was a competitive score. Couple of danger-men got out, but Bisla took control, Jacques stabilised it and Morgan played really well. Our bowlers have done a good job till tonight, the young guys are developing well including Gurkeerat and Manan.

Gautam Gambhir: I think it was a fantastic effort from our bowlers to restrict them to 149. The way Kallis, Bisla and Morgan played was good. I always think in this format you need clear thinking, cannot go into your shell and that's what happened. About Balaji, it was frustrating that he did not execute what we had planned in the meeting, and sometimes things happen in the heat of the moment. We can take a lot of positives from this game and go into the next one.

Jacques Kallis, man of the match: Frustrating not to bowl last game but the luck seems to have changed tonight. We have learnt to adapt to the game and my bowling on this track. Chasing a total on this wicket was always going to be tough, Bisla played a good innings there. We did the successive wins last season and we are looking to do the same again. Let's hope I can remain fully fit.

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So that's that then, Kolkata started their chase really poorly, losing two wickets in as many balls but Manvinder Bisla and Eoin Morgan steered the chase really well. Don't forget Kallis too who was involved in a 66-run stand for the third wicket, steadying influence on the side.

Punjab could have taken this a lot closer but they dropped two catches - Bisla very early and then Morgan. Bisla made them pay in much as the same manner as Dhoni did yesterday against Hyderabad.

Sumanth Gelle: "This is interesting...the team which is third from bottom has +ve NRR and the team which is third from top has -ve NRR..."

Prasanna: "This win makes the Points Table very interesting. It has given KKR a realistic chance to make it to the top 4 now. Stiff competition for the third and fourth spots though among RR, MI, SRH, KXIP and KKR with CSK and RCB slowly starting to getaway from the rest."

Here's the points table which makes for an interesting look.

Shridhar Sharma: "Bisla showing head on shoulder and maturity, not just bashing around. This was a very well "paced" innings"

Dharma: "points table makes an interesting look? i think neither KXIP nor KKR position has changed with this result" They have got closer now.

18.3
1nb
Harmeet Singh to Senanayake, 1 no ball, and the game ends with a no-ball, it was a full-toss that goes over the waist, given a no-ball to finish off the game
18.2
1
Harmeet Singh to Bisla, 1 run, pushed across for a single and bring the new man on strike
18.1
0
Harmeet Singh to Bisla, no run, outside the off and he wants to crash it away, misses

END OF OVER:
18 | 13 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 148/4 (2 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.22, RRR: 1.00)

  • MS Bisla50 (42b)
  • Azhar Mahmood4-0-35-3
  • Harmeet Singh3-0-22-1
17.6
W
Azhar Mahmood to Morgan, OUT, and this time he's caught, was looking to finish it off with a six but the full-toss is hit straight to the deep square-leg fielder, simple catch taken. Morgan was disappointed immediately after hitting that one, knew he had mis-hit it
17.5
6
Azhar Mahmood to Morgan, SIX runs, and another one, another six, he loves those ones which are short and he's able to free his arms, it was outside the off and had enough time to pull it away for a six
17.4
0
Azhar Mahmood to Morgan, no run, beaten this time, outside the off and he was looking to run down to the third-man region, beats the outside edge of the bat

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10G GambhirMS Bisla
2nd0MS BislaYK Pathan
3rd66JH KallisMS Bisla
4th72MS BislaEJG Morgan
5th2MS BislaSMSM Senanayake
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