648dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Kolkata clinch hard-fought victory

In stark contrast to the silence that accompanied the listless defence against Kings XI Punjab, the Eden Gardens faithful responded passionately to a charged performance from Kolkata Knight Riders

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Sehwag
64(40) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 17 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
12 1 5 5 7 9 12 13
SC Ganguly
56(46) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 24 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 8 11 8 3 12 4 10

Best performances - Bowlers

AB Dinda
O4
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BAW Mendis
O4
M0
R22
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
20 | 11 Runs | DC: 167/8 (15 runs required, RR: 8.35)

  • Daniel Vettori12 (6b)
  • Amit Mishra4 (6b)
  • Ajit Agarkar4-0-36-1
  • Ashok Dinda4-0-21-2

Dinda: " I am very happy tonight. I bowled it in the right areas and got a little bit of swing going. We have been trying really hard and it's good to win. Dada is fantastic."

Wasim Akram: "I am very proud of the boys. You have to keep on fighting till the very end in the tournament. It's not me, the boys have turned it around. Mahela played an exceptional innings the other day. I have been hammered too everywhere on flat tracks. Dinda started well. He runs in hard from the first ball and gives 100%. Ajit bowled well, Matthews was slightly off today but the spinners did really well. We planned not to give room to Warner and not bowl short. Dinda put lot of pressure on him in the first four deliveries."

Gambhir: "We should have finished the game but this is what this format is all about. You tend to panic and lose. KKR did really well. I think i need to run well! That was the turning point. Once the opposition gets 180, whatever the wicket is, it 's always going to be difficult. All credit to Kolkata. 31 balls 47 runs ,,. anyone would have backed us to win but this is how this format is. We lost wickets and we lost the game."

Man of the match is Ganguly: "It was good to win. It was difficult to leave out Bond. I wasn't sure Bond or Mendis till we reached the ground. It was a dry track and Mendis did well. Isbal Abdulla did really well. Everytime he gets an opportunity the young boy does well. When Sehwag was batting, any target is acheiveable. When he gets out .. I felt we can do this. Everyone thinks they know how to bowl to Sehwag but he keeps pumping them into the stands! He is a champion batsman. Both Sehwag and Gambhir are really fine players .. "

That's it from us. Good bye and good luck.

19.6
4
Agarkar to Vettori, FOUR runs, Ganguly's boys have done it. KKR win by 14 runs. For the record the final delivery was full pitched on the leg and Dan turned it to fine-leg boundary.
19.5
1
Agarkar to Mishra, 1 run, goes for another yorker, ends up a low inswinging full delivery, takes the edge and rolls away to short fine-leg
19.4
0
Agarkar to Mishra, no run, screaming yorker length delivery outside off, Mishra can't get bat to ball. Saha collects
19.3
1
Agarkar to Vettori, 1 run, full delivery, short of the blockhole but pretty close up there.. edged to the on side
19.2
4
Agarkar to Vettori, FOUR runs, another low full toss, Dan smashes it to the straight boundary
19.1
1
Agarkar to Mishra, 1 run, low full toss outside off, drievn to long-off for a single

Daredevils 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0V SehwagDA Warner
2nd99G GambhirV Sehwag
3rd4PD CollingwoodV Sehwag
4th31V SehwagKD Karthik
5th10KD KarthikKM Jadhav
6th3KD KarthikMF Maharoof
7th2R BhatiaKD Karthik
8th3DL VettoriKD Karthik
9th15DL VettoriA Mishra

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
MI14104201.084
DC148616-0.297
CSK1477140.274
RCB1477140.219
DC1477140.021
KKR147714-0.341
RR146812-0.514
KXIP144108-0.478