The fourth match of this IPL stood out to be one sided as Knight Riders overwhelmed Royal Challengers in all fields. The match reminded the IPL 2008 opener when Brendon Mccullum took charge of Royal Challengers bowling attack. This time that contribution was shared by Angelo Mathews and Murali Karthik with the ball and Manoj Tiwary and Brad Hodge with the bat. Angelo Mathews who gave a win to the team with his bat in the previous match, picked four wickets that led to the destruction of RCB’s batting line-up. And the fire works from the KKR openers ensured that they chase the simple target of 137 with ease.
Kolkata were always ahead of Bangalore throughout the match as the young Indian talent failed to prove itself. Take a bow to the lone soldier, Jacques Kallis who stood till the end of the innings as wickets kept falling on the other end. Kallis, wo returned from South Africa after playing the Pro20 final on Friday evening struck with 65 notout which went in vain as the RCB batsman failed completely.
Their fall began when their surprise move of sending in-form batsman Sreevats Goswami failed. He was troubled by Langeveldt with bouncers before he fell for on of his bouncers in the third over. Manish Pandey who was in a tremendous form in domestic season failed to continue is form as he got out for a duck in the form of bottom-edge.
Next in Bangalore’s youth brigade was Virat Kolhi, talked up by coach Ray Jennings as a future Indian captain, but he lasted only four deliveries before striking a dipping delivery from Murali Kartik to deep midwicket. With two deliveries left in the Powerplay, Bangalore was down to 20 for 3.
It was the experience of Kallis and Rahul Dravid (21) who brought some sanity to the innings. The duo put together a timely partnership of 38 runs and was looking for a big one when Dravid dragged Mathews’s delivery to the wicket to leave the side 73 for 5 after 12.1 overs.
There was more run gathering after that as Uthappa joined Kallis.Kallis opened up in 15th over that was bowled by Rohan Gavaskar as he struck a four over extra-cover. Mathews strike back as he took the wickets of Uthappa and Van der Merwe in a gap of four balls. Kallis went past his half century as he srtuck a four and a six in the last over. This lifted the Bangalore’s score to 135 which looked to be impossible to defendable on the Kolkata pitch.
Manoj Tiwary’s innings made the innings a complete one-sider as he struck his half century in just 28 balls. He cracked two searing cover drives and hammered a massive six to mid-wicket off Kallis. And he wasn’t done yet, in the next over he clobbered Dale Steyn for a six over long on and followed it with two scorching cover drives to the fence.
The other opener Brad Hodge gave good support to Tiwary and he too struck boundaries of loose deliveries. The duo put together 101-run partnership in 11.4 overs to race away with the match. The remaining 35 runs came without much fuss though skipper Sourav Ganguly (23) fell when just three runs were needed to script what was a rather convincing victory.
RCB’s bowling was not satisfactory as Kumble was not able to break the partnership of the openers, instead Tiwary struck two boundaries in his first three balls. Though he was able to stop the run flow then after, damage was already done. The lacklustre bowling of Jacques Kallis became advantageous for the Kolkata team and as Kumble gave the new ball to Kallis instead of Steyn that helped the Kolkata openers to break their shackles.