Being put into bat, the Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a less-than-inspiring start. In just the second over, Jacques Kallis smacked Munaf Patel for a four through mid-off, only to be caught by Sachin Tendulkar next ball. Then KKR captain Gautam Gambhir tried to diffuse the tension weith a power-drive for four, but later in the third over he was bowled by Harbhajan Singh and the score was 14/2 in three overs. The next over brought more trouble for the Knights as Patel had S Goswami caught behind for a duck.
But the slide didn't stop there. In the 6th over, Kulkarni trapped Manoj Tiwary in front for 4, before new batsman Ryan Ten Doeschate dispatched the same bowler to the boundary to round off the over at 25/4. Joining forces with Yusuf Pathan, Doeschate edged a four off Lasith Malinga in the 7th over and then carted James Franklin for a six in the 8th as the score climbed to 40/4. In the 11th over, Doeschate cut loose, clobbering Kieron Pollard for a six and a four as the score moved past 50, before Pathan ended the over with another boundary.
Pathan was able to manage hitting just another four before he mistimed one off Munaf to be caught at long on for 26 off 24 balls. Kolkata was in deeper trouble at 80/5 in 13 overs as Shakib Al Hasan walked to the crease. It seemed that this was just the man to lift the tottering side as he took 3 back-toback fours off Kulkarni with the score soaring past 100/5. Then after scampering 8 runs off Malinga in the 16th over, the batting duo each knocked a four off Munaf in the 17th.
In the following over however, Malinga did Al Hasan in with a yorker, sending him back for 26 off 16 as the Knight Riders were 121/6. Later in the over, Doeschate notched up a well-made 50 off 38 balls. But in the penultimate over, Rajat Bhatia was run out for 2 off 3 balls as KKR slid to 131/7. Then in the final over, ten Doeschate took 13 runs including a six off Pollard to end the KKR innings at 147/7.