Kolkata Knight Riders v Bangalore Royal at Kolkata

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Kolkata Knight Riders v Bangalore Royal at Kolkata

KKR v BRC, IPL Match 28, Kolkata: Knight Riders beat Bangalore by five runs

Kolkata Knight Riders came back to winning ways, defeating Bangalore Royal Challengers by five runs in a pulsating rain-curtailed encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday night.
Sourav Ganguly's side restricted Royal Challengers to 124 for four after posting a challenging score of 129 for seven in their allotted 16 overs. The match witnessed a keen tussle between the two sides fighting for their survival in the Twenty20 league. Though it was not a high scoring game, the highlight of the match was some eye-catching fielding and disciplined bowling from both sides.
Needing 19 off the last over, the South African wicketkeeper fought a lonely battle and hit Ishant for a boundary in the first ball to reduce the margin. That was all he could manage, as his valiant effort could not see his side through and they fell short by five runs. Ganguly was adjudged the man of the match for his excellent bowling. He gave up just seven runs in his three overs in which he picked the important wicket of Dravid.
Earlier, Royal Challengers dampened the home crowd's spirit, restricting the Knight Riders to 129 for seven.
With this victory, Knight Riders now have 2-0 win-loss record against Royal Challengers. Ganguly's men had thrashed the Bangalore side in the opening match of the IPL last month in Bangalore.
KKR v BRC, IPL Match 28, Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders 129 for 7 in 16.0 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 124 for 4 in 16.0 ovs by 5 runs

Kolkata Knight Riders v Bangalore Royal at Kolkata


Toss: Kolkata Knight RidersKolkata Knight Riders innings
A Chopra lbw b Steyn 2 (5)
BJ Hodge c Kumar b Khan 10 (11)
SC Ganguly run out (White) 20 (22)
DJ Hussey run out (Steyn/Boucher) 26 (12)
T Taibu c Boucher b Steyn 15 (12)
LR Shukla b Steyn 11 (9)
WP Saha not out 17 (10)
M Kartik c & b Kumar 17 (13)
Umar Gul not out 6 (2)
Extras  5
Total: (16 overs) 7 wkts for 129 Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-20, 3-46, 4-64, 5-80, 6-88, 7-122Bowling
DW Steyn 4-0-27-3
Z Khan 3-0-27-1
P Kumar 3-0-36-1
R Vinay Kumar 3-0-15-0
A Kumble 3-0-21-0 Bangalore Royal Challengers innings
J Arunkumar run out (Hodge) 22 (17)
S Chanderpaul c Kartik b Sharma 7 (11)
MV Boucher not out 50 (40)
R Dravid b Ganguly 5 (11)
CL White run out (Kartik) 30 (16)
P Kumar not out 4 (2)
Extras  6 Total:  4 wkts for 124Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-32, 3-51, 4-96Bowling
AB Dinda 3-0-20-0
I Sharma 4-0-25-1
Umar Gul 3-0-30-0
SC Ganguly 3-0-7-1
M Kartik 2-0-24-0
LR Shukla 1-0-15-0 Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 runs

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.