RCB beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets
In a must win match to stay in the race for a berth in the semis, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders late Saturday by seven wickets in the IPL at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, reports Anand Vasu.cricket Updated: Apr 11, 2010 00:47 IST
Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid proved there are many ways to skin a cat, even if the feline in question is a Royal Bengal Tiger.
The Kolkata Knight Riders were efficiently picked apart as the Bangalore team garnered two valuable points to take their tally to 12 and put themselves back in sight of a spot in the final four.
Kumble is captain of this team and his leadership of the bowling unit was very much in evidence on a day when Chris Gayle threatened to bludgeon the opposition into submission. Gayle scored 32 of the Knight Riders' first 52, even as Sourav Ganguly motored to a sedate 15 of 16 balls when the marauding West Indian drilled Jacques Kallis straight to Dravid at point. Ganguly consumed a further 16 balls for 17 runs, before awkwardly pulling Vinay Kumar to square leg.
With Gayle gone before he could take full toll and Ganguly occupying the crease long, but not long enough to tuck into the spinners, Kumble shuffled his deck of bowlers.
Manoj Tiwary and Angelo Mathews fell to pressure and, at 105/4, KKR threatened to go nowhere in a hurry.
Brendon McCullum didn't ease the nerves, interspersing scratchy and ambitious shots with occasional conventional efforts that bore fruit and fell to Kumble, whose figures of 4-0-17-1 included five runs coming off a single wide ball. Vinay's allround utility resulted in two catches, three wickets and KKR ended on 160.
If Kumble's bowling set the tone in the first half, Dravid's batting kept the faith in the second.
The early loss of Jacques Kallis brought the unlikely pair of Dravid and S. Sriram together. Sriram, playing in his first IPL match, found his timing was less than perfect, but was typically defiant, as Dravid began to hit his straps.
A peachy square-cut that rocketed to the fence and a straight drive past the bowler that would not have been out of place in a Test match came in one Ishant Sharma over and the chase was on.
A 72-run stand for the second wicket was capped off nicely when Dravid hit Ajit Agarkar for consecutive sixes, over long-on and midwicket.
Dravid (52) fell soon after, but Robin Uthappa (52*) came out with murder on his mind. Pulling, driving and even reverse-sweeping sixes, Uthappa sealed the deal.
The old boys laid the foundation and the young pup provided the perfect finish as Bangalore won by seven wickets.