IPL 2012: Kolkata Beat Rajasthan By Five Wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders 137-5 (Kallis 31) beat
Rajasthan Royals 131-5 (Shah 31)
Indian Premier League, Kolkata
The Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Rajasthan Royals by five wickets as the latest match in the Indian Premier League 2012 went down to the final over.
Ryan ten Doeschate won the game in style with a six as the Knight Riders made it two wins in a row to arrest an early-season slump.
The Royals reached 131 for five thanks to Owais Shah's 31 and a late surge but with Jacques Kallis also making 31 and Manvinder Bisla 29, the Knight Riders joined the pace setters on four points from four games.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Rajasthan made a good start thanks to Rahul Dravid making 28 in 27 balls and Orange Cap leader Ajinkya Rahane hitting 19 in 16 deliveries.
On a slow pitch, Kolkata quickly turned to spin and got reward when Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan had both Dravid and Rahane caught as he returned figures of three for 17.
The run out of Ashok Menaria for one put the Royals under pressure although an important partnership of 59 for the fourth wicket between Shreevats Goswami (24) and Shah (31) helped them get back on track.
Goswami became Shakib's third wicket when he was caught by Lakshmipathy Balaji and Shah was stumped by Manvinder Bisla as leg-spinner Narine got one to turn sharply.
Brad Hodge then hit an unbeaten 12 in nine balls and Johan Botha was not out on six as the Royals finished with something of a flourish. Although he only took the one wicket, Narine was impressive, making his IPL debut and conceding just 22 runs from his four overs.
Kolkata made a similarly handy start but their opening stand of 22 in four overs was broken when Gautam Gambhir (11) was run out following a misunderstanding with Kallis.
The South African went on to make 31 in 38 balls before he was trapped in front by compatriot Botha, hitting three fours.
The Rajasthan slow bowlers continued to build pressure with Botha, Ankeet Chavan and Brad Hogg all playing their part and making Bisla and Manoj Tiwary (24) work hard for their runs.
A six from Tiwary off Botha in the 14th over eased some of the pressure but when Bisla attempted to repeat the trick off of Menaria, he could only pick out Rahane on the boundary.
When Tiwary was stumped off the bowling of Hogg shortly after, the game was in the balance but a swift cameo of 16 in 10 balls from Shakib left Kolkata needing six to win from eight balls.
Yusuf Pathan then hit an unbeaten seven against his former club and the game was won by Ryan ten Doeschate, who smashed Chavan for six when the scores were level at the start of the final over.
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