Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir in action during his innings of 44 against the Titans Getty Images

Cape Town: Oct 21, 2012

Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen finally came good as they posted an imposing 188 for five against Titans in their concluding group league match of the Champions League Twenty20.

After scoring 107 runs in the front 10, the Knights lost wickets at regular intervals but still managed to get 81 runs in the back 10.

The match was an inconsequential one for the IPL champions and their batsmen threw caution to the winds with an exhibition of some fine big hitting by the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Brendon McCullum and Debabrata Das.

While Gambhir top scored with 44 off 36 balls, McCullum and Debabrata contributed 36 and 43 not out respectively.

A special mention for Debabrata, whose ferocious hitting in the final overs helped KKR reach the highest total in the tournament. The burly Debabrata scored 43 in only 19 balls with six boundaries and two sixes.

The highlight was the power he generated in each of the shots as he added 55 runs along with Manoj Tiwary in only 4.3 overs.

It was started by Bisla who smashed his way to 27 off only 14 deliveries and in the process hit three fours and two identically pulled sixes off seamer Ethy Mbhalati before being holed out in the cover region.

McCullum also batted with a ‘Devil May care’ attitude as he first pulled Alfonso Thomas for a six and then danced down the track to hit offie Eden Links for two huge sixes as 17 runs were taken from his first over.

Gambhir also got into the act as he hit three fours in one over from Mbhalati as the 50 partnership for second wicket came off only 25 balls.

After a whirlwind 63 run partnership in little over five overs, McCullum departed as he was caught in the deep of the bowling of medium pacer Cornelius de Villiers. McCullum’s 36 came off only 20 balls with three boundaries and three sixes.

Once McCullum was gone, KKR suddenly lost the momentum.

Jacques Kallis scratched his way to 18 off 20 balls while Gambhir also couldn’t get the boundaries. Both were frustrated and were out trying to clear the boundary. Gambhir hit four boundaries and a six in his innings. (PTI)

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 188 for 5 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 44, Debabrata Das 43*, Brendon McCullum 36; Roelof van der Merwe 2 for 18) vs Titans.

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