Knights tamed by the Royal Challengers

uthappabangalore2_630Match 43: This year’s campaign for KKR has been a topsy-turvy one and with tonight’s loss they are in the same league as DC and CSK. They have to win their last 3 games in order to make it to the semis. KKR were in control for the first 10 overs of their batting but as Ganguly said in his post match conference they played RUBBISH cricket in the last 30 overs giving the boisterous crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium a chance to wave their red flags and celebrate in style.

Bangalore Royal Challengers Innings

Kallis had a new partner in Sriram. Chasing 161 Bangalore could have been in trouble had Ganguly held on to the catch from Kallis off Dinda in the first over. However Dinda got his man in his next over when he was almost dropped by Gayle but he held on to it. At 11/1 in 3, Dravid walked in at no 3 and kept Bangalore’s chase on track, rarely ever attempting a rash stroke and finding the boundary with ease, relying on timing than power and using the pace of the ball. They were cruising at 82/1 in 11 overs when Ganguly brought back Dinda to get a wicket and he delivered once again as Sriram dragged one onto his stumps. However Dravid kept it going with 2 wonderful 6’s of agarkar but he was dismissed after getting to his 50. Uthappa came up with yet another power packed innings of 50 in just 22 balls which included 4 boundaries and 4 maximums. PHOTOS

Kolkata Knightriders Innings

Having lost the toss Kolkata were put into bat and they cruised to 51/0 in 5 overs with Gayle going berserk hitting 34 in just 14 balls before the orange cap holder Kallis got him in the 6th. Mccullum joined Ganguly and continued the assault as Kolkata reached the century mark in 11 overs. They were in for a huge total but Vinay Kumar had other plans. He first got Ganguly to pull one to Kumble and then got the danger man Mathews. While Tiwary was done in by a short ball from kallis, Mccullum continued to be innovative in his shots but Kumble, who recovered brilliantly to emerge as Bangalore’s most economical bowler, had him caught in the deep in the 17th over. The Bangalore bowlers who were rocked early on fought back with vengeance giving only 59 runs in the last 54 balls for the loss of 8 wickets. PHOTOS


Player of the Match: Vinay Kumar

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