IPL 2013: All-round Jacques Kallis leads KKR to 5-wicket win over RCB

Jacques Kallis starred with the bat and ball for Kolkata Knight Riders © PTI

By Jaideep Vaidya
 
Ranchi: May 12, 2013

 
Senior South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis played a responsible and mature knock of 41 off 45 balls, following an economical spell of two for 17, as Kolkata Knight Riders handed the Royal Challengers Bangalore yet another away defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Doing so, KKR moved up to sixth in the points table, while RCB maintained their fourth position.

Chasing a none-too-imposing total of 116 for victory, it wasn’t an emphatic win for the hosts at their second home ground at the JSCA International Stadium Complex. They crossed the line with just four balls to spare and lost half their team getting there. But then KKR are already out of contention for the playoffs and what they have done is spoiled the party of RCB who are still fighting for a top-four finish.

Earlier, the powerpacked RCB batting line-up seemed to have gotten off on the wrong side of the bed as they painfully struggled their way to a lowly 115 for nine in 20 overs.
 
Dark clouds were looming over the ground prior to the start of the match, as was a storm that went by the name of Chris Gayle. However, to KKR’s delight, both passed over and blew away as the home team basked in the glory of their inspired bowling effort.
 
Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and decided to put Bangalore in to bat in the overcast conditions and on a pitch that looked difficult to score off. The visitors got off to a rather sedate start, reaching 14 for no loss in four overs.

Cheteshwar Pujara, not the most flamboyant of batsmen, went for the first aggressive shot of the innings in the fifth over and perished. The usually composed Bangalore opener stepped down and tried to drive Sachithra Senanayake over cover against the spin, but found the toe end of the bat and gave a simple catch to point.
 
Gayle was off to his now typical watchful starts, hitting his first six of the innings only in the ninth over. His fellow competitor for the Orange Cap, Virat Kohli, who was fresh from a 58-ball 99 against Delhi, meanwhile hit a couple of cracking boundaries and looked good for another big score. However, the RCB skipper tried to cut a Jacques Kallis that was too close to his body and ended up chopping it back onto his stumps, as RCB reached the halfway stage at 54 for two.
 
Gayle ambled on for a while, looking not even a shadow of his usual self, and then eventually got stumped off the bowling of Sunil Narine to make it 70 for three. It did seem as if someone had woken up the big Jamaican from a deep slumber just moments before the game and forced him onto the field with a bat in hand. Against the Pune Warriors earlier this season, he had reached a century in 30 balls. Today, those many balls could yield just 28 runs. Gayle was finally out for 33 off 36 deliveries, probably the only time in his career that his strike-rate was below 100.
 
Even AB de Villiers, popular for his late cameos, looked scratchy in his strokeplay. The South African hit Lakshmipathy Balaji for maximum over extra cover in the 16th over to give the RCB fans some hope of a late surge, but it would turn out to be a tease as he was caught behind next ball.

RCB then collapsed after de Villiers’s wicket and just about managed to avoid getting bowled out. But that wouldn’t be much of a compensation for a team whose batting has been the envy of many this season. Sunil Narine was the pick of the KKR bowlers, getting four wickets for 22 runs, while Kallis and Balaji took a brace each.
 
RCB were off to a good start in their defence, with Ravi Rampaul dismissing Manvinder Bisla off the second ball of the innings for a duck. The visitors almost had another wicket, but for a comical goof-up in the outfield. No 3 Kallis flicked Rampaul high in the air towards deep square-leg where Abhimanyu Mithun converged under the ball and positioned himself for the catch, or so we thought. The ball went on to bounce behind Mithun and roll over to the fence, a good hour before Mithun realized it.
 
Gambhir and Kallis temporarily revived the innings with a few boundaries and took KKR to 31 without further damage, before the skipper edged Vinay Kumar to Gayle at second slip. Yusuf Pathan then joined his experienced teammate at the crease and put on another 30-run partnership before being dismissed by Murali Kartik leg-before.
 
Manoj Tiwary was the next batsman to partner Kallis and take KKR closer to their target. As if on cue, 30-odd runs later, a slower ball from Mithun finally got rid of Kallis for 41 to make it 96 for four. But with just 20 to win from as many balls, the match had reached a foregone conclusion. Tiwary broke the wickets trend as he smashed Vinay Kumar straight to Kohli at cover, before Ryan ten Doeschate and Rajat Bhatia took KKR past the finish line.
 
Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 115 for 9 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 33, AB de Villiers 28; Sunil Narine 4 for 22, Jacques Kallis 2 for 17, Lakshmipathy Balaji 2 for 22) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 116 for 5 in 19.2 overs (Jacques Kallis 41, Manoj Tiwary 24; Vinay Kumar 2 for 17) by 5 wickets.

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