IPL 2012: Kolkata Off The Mark With Thumping Win
Kolkata Knight Riders 165-8 (Gambhir 64) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 123-9 by 42 runs
Indian Premier League 2012, Bangalore
Kolkata Knight Riders took their first win of the Indian Premier League 2012 and did so in convincing fashion by handing the Royal Challengers Bangalore a crushing 42-run defeat.
Captain Gautam Gambhir led by example, hitting 64 in 39 balls as his side posted 165 for eight and then restricted Bangalore to 123 for nine in reply.
Lakshmipathy Balaji marked his first appearance of the tournament by taking a haul of four for 18 while all-rounders Jacques Kallis and Shakib Al Hasan took a brace apiece.
Ranganath Vinay Kumar (25) and Daniel Vettori (20) attempted to get Bangalore back into the game after they had been reduced to 33 for five but the damage had been done.
They would have been disappointed as a decent comeback in the field prevented Kolkata from running up a far larger total than the one they eventually managed.
Kallis (22) and Manvinder Bisla (46 in 29 balls) partnered with Gambhir to take the Knight Riders to 125 for two before no other player could reach double figures.
Two wickets apiece from Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar and Muttiah Muralitharan helped get Bangalore back in the game after Kolkata had raced to 60 without loss in six overs - the best start of the tournament to date.
Aiming for a similar start with Chris Gayle making his first start of the competition, nothing of the sort transpired for the Challengers.
Kallis removed Gayle for two and opening partner Cheteshwar Pujara for six before Balaji came into his own with the dismissals of Virat Kohli (6), Mayank Agarwal (5), AB de Villiers (10) and Vettori (20) with an excellent spell of fast swing bowling.
The Challengers did not help themselves with some questionable shot selection and they only just managed to bat out 20 overs, Kumar falling to the final ball as Shakib marked his first appearance with two late wickets.
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