One practice session might not have assured Gambhir too about the pitch. So like a good host, he invited the visitors to bat and asked spinner Sachithra Senanayake to open the bowling. That decision alone may have allowed KKR to stay alive in the playoff race after a low-scoring humdinger.
On the edgeGayle has conceded a maiden and scored a century in the same match. But on Sunday, he pushed nervously and offered two leading edges. A six is now becoming the norm for Gayle but Narine foxed him into a smart stumping by Manvinder Bisla. Playing straight was the need of the hour. But the duo most capable of doing that for RCB --- Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat — failed.
KKR too treaded the same path before Kallis dug in. As soon as Mithun messed up his simple catch at fine-leg, the South African all-rounder cut down on the horizontal shots. He batted sensibly, taking singles and nudges to resurrect KKR who could have easily imploded after Pathan's dismissal. Kallis couldn't finish the job but Ryan ten Doeschate did, picking Vinay Kumar's slower delivery to spank it for a four dead straight.