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Kolkata Knight Riders rout Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs to find some form

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The Eden Gardens was subjected to an Irish feast, as the home team rode the Morgan-wave, cruising to a humongous 48-run victory and registering their second win in IPL 2013. Valuable contributions from Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallllis and Eoin Morgan ensured a victory for the home side in a must-win encounter with the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The decision to bench the million-dollar Brendon McCullum once again was a highly debatable one, however, Bisla and Gambhir dispelled any such doubts by propelling the Kolkata Knight Riders to a crisp start; they made 48 in the powerplay, keeping their wickets intact. Bisla perished soon after, for a well-made 28 off 24 balls, however, the skipper carried on, dispatching the spinners to the fence and notching his second consecutive half-century off 39 balls. Kallis – the subdued contributor – was happy to knock the ball around for singles, and managing to find that odd boundary. Gambhir’s dismissal was against the run of play, with Ashish Reddy’s persistence with the slower ball getting the skipper out for a 45-ball-53 – an innings that earned him the Man of the Match.


KKR needed more than one good knock to take them past 170, and Eoin Morgan provided exactly that. He carved into Thisara Perera in the 17th over, taking him for 22. The Sunrisers were left reeling against Morgan’s unbelievable bat-speed, with even Dale Steyn searching for an answer to a flat batted six over long-off. A couple of balls later, Morgan was finally run-out, as if it were the only way he could be dismissed. Thanks to the maverick Morgan’s 21-ball-47 and Kallis’s classy 27-ball-41, Kolkata finished at 180-4.

The Sunrisers were quick to realise that their best three batsmen needed to face the most deliveries, and hence, promoted Cameron White up the order along with Parthiv Patel. The duo gave the visitors a stable start, with some glorious boundaries on both sides of the wicket. The going was smooth until Patel got out for 27, bringing the skipper Kumar Sangakkara to the crease. The required rate was rising, but still manageable, with the likes of Sangakkara and White still in the middle.

We’ve seen many an instance in the past where moments of brilliance changed the game around – be it Dhoni’s catch by Pollard, or Ponting’s first ball catch vs Delhi. Yusuf Pathan’s stunner in the deep and Manoj Tiwary’s athleticism took out White (34) and Sangakkara (2) in consecutive overs, leaving the Sunrisers struggling at 71-3. The fall of the top-3 enabled the KKR bowlers to tighten the screws. A battling effort by Thisara Perera went in vain due to lack of aggressive partners; he finally fell to Kallis for 36, and the Sunrisers eventually fell short by 48 runs.

Clearly, the Sun seems to be setting on the Sunrisers; their batting order is extremely fragile, and their bowling – save Steyn – inconsistent. Meanwhile, Kolkata has got a boost in their Net-Run-Rate with the much needed win – a big win at that – and would look to retain their form in their next match, when they lock horns with Adam Gilchrist’s Kings XI Punjab.


Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Eoin Morgan, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmiratan Shukla, Sanchita Senanayake, Sunil Narine, Lakshmipathy Balaji

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Ravi Teja, Parthiv Patel (wk), Kumar Sangakkara (c), Cameron White, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma

Mini Scorecard:

Kolkata Knight Riders 180-4 in 20 Overs (9.00 rpo)

Gautam Gambhir 53(45) Karan Sharma 1/13

Eoin Morgan 47(21) Ashish Reddy 1/15

Sunrisers Hyderabad 132-7 in 20 Overs (6.60 rpo)

Thisara Perera 36 (25) Jacques Kallis 3/13

Cameron White 34(27) Rajat Bhatia – 2/33

KKR win by 48 runs