Match 53: Kolkata Knight Riders outclassed the Rajasthan Royals to win the game comprehensively by 8 wickets. After having seen the outcome of the Bangalore match both the teams were in with an outside chance to make it to the semis and in the end one team kept their hopes alive while Rajasthan Royals became the 2nd team to crash out of IPL 3. It was total domination by Kolkata bowlers as they restricted the Royals to a below par score of 132. Half the job was done and the remaining half was completed thanks to a solid 3rd wicket partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Kolkata Knight Riders innings
Kolkata needed a big win to improve their net run-rate, but were rocked early when kamran khan removed McCullum and Chris Gayle in the 3rd over. Having lost the big hitters there was a change in Kolkata’s approach. Only 47 runs were scored in the next 43 balls which certainly didn’t please Dave Whatmore. Having got in, both Ganguly and Pujara felt the need to accelerate towards the latter half of the chase as they plundered 63 runs in the last 6 overs to reach the target with 23 balls to spare. Ganguly led the way with an unbeaten quickfire 75 of only 50 deliveries and Pujara played a good hand with 45 coming of only 38 deliveries. PHOTOS
Rajasthan Royals Innings
Shane Warne won the toss and decided to bat. Watson opening the innings for the first time this IPL raced to 44 in 26 balls with a flurry of boundaries. It was looking good for the Royals but Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s change of pace took Watson by surprise and was bowled. Shukhla was in action again as he took a blinder to send back Naman Ojha off Jaidev Unadkat. Pathan was promoted up the order but couldn’t make use of it as he was caught brilliantly by Sourav Ganguly which surely will go down as one of the best catches in the tournament. The royals were reduced from 59/0 in 7.2 74/3 in 10.2. Having lost their main batsmen it was time to put the innings back on track but the men in purple pegged the visitors back by taking wickets at crucial times. The Royals could hardly accelerate finishing their innings at 132 for the loss of nine wickets. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: JD Unadkat