Aaron Moores | cricket20
Jacques Kallis was in masterful form once again scoring an half century and taking 4 catches to help the Kolkata Knight Riders register a 9 run victory over the Deccan Chargers.
The veteran all-rounder took his tally of runs scored so far in this year’s tournament to 107 with another superb innings before taking four catches in the field.
Manoj Tiwary (30) and Gautam Gambhir (29) also played prominent roles with the bat to help set the Chargers a run tricky run chase of 164 at Eden Gardens.
With wickets falling at regular intervals the Chargers were always off the pace despite a spirited innings of 48 from Bharat Chipli
The Chargers run chase got off to the worst possible start with the early dismissals of Ishank Jaggi (3) and Shikhar Dhawan (7) inside the first four overs to leave the visitors 15-2.
Chipli and Kumar Sangakkara (16) offered the 2009 champions some hope with a 3rd wicket partnership of 38 until the Chargers skipper was caught by Kallis out on the boundary in the 9th over.
Iqbal Abdulla picked up his second wicket of the night when Kallis caught JP Duminy (6) out on the deep mid wicket boundary to leave the visitors in trouble with the score 81-4.
Having already removed Sangakkara, Rajat Bhatia increased the pressure on the Chargers in the next over when he dismissed Chipli who picked out Kallis for the South African’s third catch of the night.
With the run rate increasing Daniel Christian enjoyed a cameo innings smashing 25 from just 13 deliveries but having already dispatched Iqbal Abdulla for a boundary and a six in the 17th over the Aussies took one risk too many and was caught by Ryan ten Doeschate.
Dwaraka Ravi Teja (15) and Dale Steyn (13) quickly followed as the Chargers slumped to their second consecutive defeat in this year’s tournament.
The home side got off to a good start thanks to Kallis and Manvinder Bisla who built an opening stand of 51, during which they looked untroubled at the crease as Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma toiled away with the new ball.
Needing to find a break though Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara turned to spinner Amit Mishra who took just 8 deliveries to dismiss Bisla (19) who was trapped LBW at the start of the 9th over.