Rajasthan Royals 164 for 5 (Hodge 44, Lee 2/29) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 143 (Tiwary 59, Cooper 3-28) by 22 runs
Three wickets in three balls from Rajasthan Royals early on derailed Kolkata Knight Riders' chase could not get on the tracks properly as Royals recorded their second win in two matches. Royals seized the advantage early on and held it until the end, with only Manoj Tiwary providing resistance.
Hi guys, here we are about the 7th match of IPL this season, Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders. Both the teams looks pretty good with bat and bowl. Royals under Shane Warne's coach is files its second win in the IPL 5 grand season.
Royals have never lost a match when they have put on a score of over 160 and that did not change as they defended mercilessly at their fortress in Jaipur. They engineered another poor batting performance from Kolkata who have lost both matches so far. Small consolation will be that they managed to score more than 100 in this innings.
Having put on a comfortable score, Royals' captain Rahul Dravid chose to open the bowling with left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan but it was seamer Amit Singh who made the first breakthrough. He used a clever change of pace to trap Jacques Kallis into playing early and scooping an easy catch to Rahul Dravid at mid-off. Singh's next delivery angled away from Gautam Gambhir, who could not resist a poke and was caught behind. Royals completed a team-hattrick when Chavan trapped Brendon McCullum in front of the stumps off the next ball. With their three biggest names out and only eight runs in the bank, Knight Riders were going to need something special to compete. If one person was to provide it, that person should have been Yusuf Pathan.
The big-hitter showed rare composure as he gave himself time to get in and waited for Johan Botha to come on before attacking. But, his patience did not last long. Off the next over, he tried to heave a Siddharth Trivedi slower ball over deep square leg but got a leading edge and was well caught by Brad Hodge.
It was only a matter of time after Pathan's dismissal that the game was up for Kolkata. Manoj Tiwary played a useful knock and scored the only half-century of the match. Brett Lee gave him company while hitting a few shots but Tiwary needed more support upfront than at the back end. Kevon Cooper's successful start to the season continued as he finished with three wickets.
Kolkata will have to think seriously about their selection as they left out Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan for the second match in a row, opting to play West Indian offspinner Sunil Narine instead. Narine had a impressive but a quiet debut as he played a key part in tying Royals down in the middle of their innings.
Together with Rajat Bhatia, he gave away only 31 runs between the ninth and the 13th overs causing a mid-section lull for Royals that had them in danger of finishing short of a competitive total. A fourth-wicket stand of 64 between Hodge and Ashok Menaria and a late burst from Owais Shah propelled their innings.
Hodge accelerated in the 14th over when Gambhir brought Pathan back. Hodge treated Pathan with disdain, taking 17 runs off his over. He smacked the first delivery over mid-wicket for six, cut the second behind point for four and smoked the fourth over long-on. Hodge went on to hit back-to-back fours off Jacques Kallis in his aggressive 44 off 29 balls.
His eventual dismissal, caught behind while trying to play a reverse scoop, opened the door for Shah to finish in style. He blitzed 23 off 11 balls to put Royals in a position from which they have never lost.