143dThe Report by Siddhartha Talya

Gambhir continues Kolkata's success

Kolkata Knight Riders continued their impressive run, picking up a hard-fought win over the defending champions with an all-round performance

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
63(52) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %67%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 7 8 0 12 10 2 20
SK Raina
44(34) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
4 4 0 9 4 1 12 10

Best performances - Bowlers

JH Kallis
O4
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
R Ashwin
O3.4
M0
R22
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Chennai Super Kings , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05

Match days

30 April 2012 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Match Referee

Points

Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Chennai Super Kings 0

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary

Presentation

Gambhir: Felt good, Chennai fought well, our boys did a good job restricting them to 139. We know we have a lot of potential and quality, we need to a complement each other. Das needs to be given the man of the match.

Dhoni: Hussey did well, got run-out so that wasn't a bad decision, the surface is not allowing us to play our strokes, the spinners need to come into their own, most teams are doing well because of their spinners. It is not as if the pitch is bad but it is not suiting our strategy.

So Gambhir, like AB de Villiers had done in one of the earlier games, has given away his MoM award to Das. He says, "Seniors giving me a lot of confidence, Gambhir's my mentor."

The match went down to the wire, at four needed from three, it could have gone either way. And then Debabrata Das smacked it away to the fence to get a four and push KKR to within one point of Delhi at the top of the table.

Chennai lose another one game at home, and the fortress that was breached some time back, is now showing signs of cracking. Time for the Super Kings to give a befitting reply but that will be a story of another day. Tonight, it was Kolkata who bowled extremely well, and then batted decently under pressure to win it.

Gautam Gambhir was the star of the show with the bat, batting almost right through for the win. His rich vein of form continues this season and now he is the third highest scorer in this season of the IPL, behind Rahane and Sehwag.

19.4
4
Ashwin to Das, FOUR runs, shot, four, end of the match! That is an excellent shot under pressure from Das and he has been dispatched to mid-wicket for a four.
19.3
W
Ashwin to Pathan, OUT, in the air, and caught! Pathan tried to slog sweep it, top edged it away and du Plessis takes a simple catch! Match is alive despite the obvious possibility of one stroke finishing it.

YK Pathan c du Plessis b Ashwin 12 (21m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

19.2
0
Ashwin to Pathan, no run, tossed up, wanted to slog it away, missed completely! Dot!
19.1
2
Ashwin to Pathan, 2 runs, that is a leg-spinner, a tad shorter and Pathan read it well, cuts it and goes to the deep point region where Yo Mahes does a good job with the fielding but cannot prevent two.

6 needed off 6. Ashwin, 1/16 in 3 overs with the ball. He had figures of 1/1 in 1. Expectedly, a lot of time spent on discussing fields Ashwin has already called MSD twice over after he has taken his position. Pathan waits.

END OF OVER:
19 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 134/4 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.05, RRR: 6.00)

  • Yusuf Pathan10 (8b)
  • Debabrata Das7 (3b)
  • Dwayne Bravo4-0-27-2
  • Ravichandran Ashwin3-0-16-1
18.6
1
Bravo to Pathan, 1 run, yorker, drilled to long-on and it is the end of Bravo's spell, a bitter-sweet last over.

7 off 7 needed.

18.5
2
Bravo to Pathan, 2 runs, pitched up outside the off stump, tries to get under it, gets a bit of an edge, rolls to long-off and they are able to come back for the second because of the mistimed stroke.

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st14G GambhirBB McCullum
2nd70JH KallisG Gambhir
3rd28G GambhirMK Tiwary
4th12G GambhirYK Pathan
5th12YK PathanDB Das
6th4LR ShuklaDB Das