Challengers beat Kolkata in tense finish
Source - indianexpress.com
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets in a really close encounter in Durban.
In a lacklustre performance, while chasing a modest total of 139, RCB huffed and puffed to the target, overhauling it only in the final over. For the RCB team Srivats Goswami top scored with a patient knock of 43 while South African Mark Boucher took the team home with a knock of 25 off 13 deliveries.

Earlier, riding on a gutsy 40 by Chris Gayle and unbeaten 35-ball 44 by MN van Wyk, Kolkata Knight Riders survived some mid-innings scare to post 139 for 6 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League match in Durban on Wednesday.

Gayle, who held his nerve and kept hammering the opponent bowlers hard during the 37-ball innings while his partners kept changing on other side of the crease, helped his side overcome the early jolts received.
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets in a really close encounter in Durban.

In a lacklustre performance, while chasing a modest total of 139, RCB huffed and puffed to the target, overhauling it only in the final over. For the RCB team Srivats Goswami top scored with a patient knock of 43 while South African Mark Boucher took the team home with a knock of 25 off 13 deliveries.

Earlier, riding on a gutsy 40 by Chris Gayle and unbeaten 35-ball 44 by MN van Wyk, Kolkata Knight Riders survived some mid-innings scare to post 139 for 6 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League match in Durban on Wednesday.

Gayle, who held his nerve and kept hammering the opponent bowlers hard during the 37-ball innings while his partners kept changing on other side of the crease, helped his side overcome the early jolts received.

Brad Hodge then joined opener Chris Gayle out on the middle before Anil Kumble struck in the sixth over, just when the duo were struggling to repair the innings.

Kumble sent packing Hodge (17 off 15) who failed to make out a drifting delivery off the former India skipper which found the Australian's leg in front of the sticks.

Ganguly (1) disappointed when his team was expecting a timely knock from the left-hander who went after Praveen Kumar before his lofted shot landed on safe hand of South African Jaques Kallis.

However, South African Wyk and Wridhiman Saha stitched up a crucial 40-run partnership when the Kolkata side was struggling on 70 for 4 following the departure of Gayle.

An experienced Kumble broke the partnership when he dismissed Saha on 21, which he made off 14 balls and with the help of one sixer, as Pietersen took an easy catch on the 17th over.

It was a good show on the bowlers' part as dismissals in regular intervals stopped the Kolkata team from making a big score in the match.

For Bangalore team, Kumble managed two wickets for just 16 runs while Pietersen and Merwe managed one each. Praveen Kumar and KP Appanna also bagged one wicket each.