Kolkata Knight Riders 180-4 (Gambhir 53) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 132-7 by 48 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Kolkata
Report by Chetan Narula
Kolkata Knight Riders overcame their reversal in form to register a 48-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in game 17 of the Indian Premier League 2013.
It was the visitors’ first loss in three games as they are stand in third place in the points table, with six points from five matches. Kolkata are on four points from as many matches.
Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bat first. Gambhir himself led the charge, scoring a well-made half-century, and he put up a 59-run opening partnership with Manvinder Bisla (28).
The skipper scored 53 off 45 balls with six boundaries and one six. After Bisla fell in the eighth over to Karan Sharma (1-13), Gambhir added another 43 runs for the second wicket, this time with all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
Kallis scored 41 runs off 27 balls, with six fours, and he was the last wicket to fall, run out off the last ball of the innings. In between, Gambhir was the second to go with the score at 102 in the 14 over. With all three batsmen scoring runs, the stage was set for someone to come in and thrash the bowling apart, and Eoin Morgan provided that flourish.
The English import smacked 47 runs off just 21 balls, inclusive of five fours and three sixes, as Kolkata reached a mighty 180 for four in their allotted 20 overs.
Ashish Reddy (1-15) was the only other wicket-taker as the much-talked-about Hyderabad attack comprising Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra had an off day.
Chasing 181 runs to win was never going to be easy as the Sunrisers' batting has failed to take off despite their three wins in five matches.
And Kolkata's fine bowling made it tougher for them, as Kallis took three for 13 and was backed up by debutanat Sachitra Senanayake who took one for 18 in his four overs.
Parthiv Patel (27) and Cameron White (34) opened the innings for Hyderabad on the day, and added 57 runs for the opening wicket, but they fell within 11 runs off each other, particularly after White got out. He was caught brilliantly by Yusuf Pathan at the boundary, a well-timed jump.
Kumar Sangakkara (2) was again dismissed cheaply and Dharaka Ravi Teja could only add 10 runs.
The lower order contributed even less than the top order, with only Thisara Perera making an impression, scoring 36 runs off 25 balls. He hit two fours and one six, but the others failed to hit boundaries as the sluggish pitch just didn't allow for good shot making.
Sunil Narine (1-31) and Rajat Bhatia (2-33) were the other successful bowlers as Kolkata restricted the Sunrisers to just 132 for seven.
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