It’s amazing to see what a win can do to a team. KKR who ended up in 6th and 8th positions in last 2 seasons of IPL have begun their campaign this year with 2 consecutive wins and what is more important to note is that they have beaten the last year ‘s finalists. If it was DC in the tournament opener it was Royal Challengers today who were beaten black and blue. Angelo Mathews once again showed why he is such a good all-rounder. The other day he smashed the DC bowlers around the park and today he followed up with the ball to pin down Royal Challengers. Once the bowlers did their job it was the turn of the openers who batted splendidly to make the job easy for the batsmen to follow. PHOTOS
Royal Challengers could only manage 135 in their 20 and Kolkata Knight Riders began well with both their openers Tiwary and Hodge sending the ball to all parts of the ground. Had Goswami collected the ball from Steyn and run out Hodge it might have slowed down the scoring rate. However it was not Hodge who started the onslaught but Tiwary who actually at one point twisted his ankle. Don’t know what was injected into him while treatment was going on but he smashed Kallis for 14 runs in the very same over. He followed that up with a 6 and 2 4’s of the big man Steyn. There was no stopping him and hodge thereafter. Van der merwe ended tiwary’s blistering knock (50) with a good return catch off his own bowling. Like tiwary Hodge too got out immediately after getting to his 50 but till then the game was well within KKR’ reach. Ganguly could only manage 23 but that included an amazing 6 off Steyn which brought a huge cheer to the Kolkata crowd. KKR reached their target with 4 balls to spare and 7 wickets in hand. PHOTOS
Earlier in the day Dada won the toss and decided to field first thinking that the pitch will speed up as the day progresses and he was dead right. Bangalore started slow with KKR bowlers bowling a very tight line. Kolkata were in control right from the start as Bangalore’s young batting talent failed, and the visitors were left to the experienced Jacques Kallis to come to their rescue and he did exactly that. Dravid played well for his 21 but he got out playing a weird shot managing to drag a wide delivery onto his stumps. Uthappa gave good support to kallis but in the end it proved to be too little too late. Kallis remained unbeaten on 65 of 52 balls.
Man of the Match: Manoj Tiwary