Bangalore, Apr 10: Laxmipathy Balaji's 4/18 rocked Royal Challengers Bangalore as Kolkata Knight Riders registered their first win this season by beating the Vettori-led side by 42 runs after restricting them to 123/9 in their 20 overs.
[Scorecard: Game 10; Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders]
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Jacques Kallis was amazing as he got both the openers Chris Gayle (2) and Cheteshwar Pujara (6). Balaji also joined the party by claiming Virat Kohli (6), AB de Villiers (10), Mayank Agarwal (5) and Vettori (20).
Chasing 166 for victory, RCB slumped to 25/4 in 6 overs losing Gayle and Kohli early in the innings. They never recovered from these early blows and it was a disappointing batting performance from the hosts.
Balaji was at his best as he conceded only 18 runs off his 4 overs, and picked up 4 important wickets to help KKR register their first win this season.
The pressure kept on increasing as the team had managed only 41/5 in 10 overs, with the required run rate crossing 12 runs per over. At one point, RCB needed 106 to win off 50 balls with 4 wickets in hand.
RCB did not have any partnerships while the highest was 27 for the sixth wicket between Vettori and Saurabh Tiwary. Vettori scored 20 runs off 12 balls while Tiwary made 18 off 19 balls before being dismissed by ten Doeschate in the 15th over.
Vinay Kumar played a classy knock who scored 25, top scorer for RCB who was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan off the last delivery of the innings.
Even though RCB lost the match, ultimately bowlers outplayed the batsmen in both the innings today as we witnessed the fall of 16 wickets.
With a wonderful performance in his first match, Balaji gave his skipper Gambhir a fight for the Man-of-the-match award while he finally won the battle as his spell was very crucial for KKR to win the match.
KKR players were very aggressive on field today as they were beaming with confidence while they took the field which resulted in their performance while RCB slump to a defeat as it further a topic for debate as the team's batting failed after the fall of Gayle.
With KKR winning comprehensively against Bangalore, the team will look forward to keep up the momentum as they play Rajasthan Royals on Friday at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
First Innings Report
Gautam Gambhir's (64) helped Kolkata Knight Riders post 165/8 in 20 overs in the tenth match of the fifth season of IPL against Royal Challengers Bangalore in M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore today. RCB need 166 to win at 8.3 runs per over.
The opening pair, Gautam Gambhir - Jacques Kallis (22) ensured that the team got off to a blazing start, as they added 60 runs for the first wicket (within 6.2 overs) at 9.47 runs per over.
Vettori did manage to get rid of Kallis in the 7th over, as he was dismissed for 22. But Gambhir utilised the opportunity and played a captain's knock, by leading from the front.
Alongwith Bisla, Gambhir added 65 runs for the second wicket, the highest partnership of the innings, as that came at 9.06 runs per over.
Apart from those two partnerships, nothing worked for KKR, as the problem with batting continued for KKR, as they lost a couple of wickets after the fall of Gambhir.
Gambhir scored a half century which came at the right time, as the team had to post a decent total batting first after two debacles in the season that started on April 4, 2012.
Though the team reached 100/1 in 10.3 overs, batsmen couldn't capitalize on the start that they got early in the innings, as RCB applied breaks on the run-rate after the 12th over.
Just 36 runs off the last 6 overs, RCB came back very strongly, as Muralitharan gave the breakthrough by picking up Bisla (46) and Zaheer Khan picked up his 50th IPL wicket by dismissing skipper Gautam Gambhir, probably the turning point of the match.
If Gambhir had stayed for a few more overs, the score would have reached 180. The team slid from 125/1 (13.2) to 165/8, losing 7 wickets for 29 runs off 37 balls.
Yusuf Pathan (1), Manoj Tiwary (2), Ryan ten Doeschate (3), Shakib Al Hasan (4), Laxmi Ratan Shukla (5) while Bhatia and Brett Lee remained unbeaten on 4 and 8 respectively. The scores after Bisla looked like the serial numbers as the count went on till 5, which resulted in the decrease in run-rate, as the team ended up posting just 165/8 in 20 overs, when they could have reached 180 plus keeping the earlier run-rate (around 9.5) into consideration.
Muralitharan, Vinay Kumar and Zaheer Khan applied breaks on the run rate as KKR were off to a great start by picking up 2 wickets each while Vettori and Harshal Patel got a wicket each.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Brett Lee, Shakib Al Hasan, Rajat Bhatia, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manvinder Bisla (wicketkeeper), Laxmipathy Balaji.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (Captain), Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, AB deVilliers (wicketkeeper), Saurabh Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel
Umpires: S. Ravi (India) and Rod Tucker (Australia)
Third Umpire: Sudhir Asnani (India)
Match Referee: Satayabrata Mukherjee (India)