Superb Taylor leads Bangalore to win
Ross Taylor won the battle of the Kiwis as Bangalore Royal Challengers beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets to win the 41st match of the second edition of the Indian Premier League at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday.
Bangalore achieved the victory target of 174 runs with 4 balls to spare as Taylor smashed 5 sixes and 7 fours in his unbeaten 81-run knock that came off 33 balls.
Taylor and Mark Boucher put up an unbeaten 54-run partnership for the fifth wicket as Bangalore kept their semi-final hopes alive.
Taylor reached his half-century off 24 balls and single-handedly took Bangalore to a stunning victory who at one stage looked in trouble at 74/3.
Bangalore Royal Challengers were 70/2 in 10 overs.
Bangalore got off to a good start as both Jacques Kallis and Jesse Ryder played some exquisite shots.
Kallis hit a six and 4 fours in his 34-ball 32 before smashing a Murali Kartik delivery to short extra cover where Brendon McCullum dived to his left to take a stunning catch.
In the next over, Ajit Agarkar had Ryder caught at third man by Sourav Ganguly to reduce Bangalore to 63/2. Ryder hit 3 fours in his 22-run knock that came off 20 balls.
Earlier, leading from the front, captain Brendon McCullum hit an unbeaten 84 as Kolkata Knight Riders notched up their highest total in this IPL.
Hitting his maiden IPL half-century, McCullum carried his bat through the innings and his knock came off 64 balls and was studded with 2 sixes and 10 fours.
David Hussey, playing the first match of this IPL, hit 2 sixes and 3 fours in his 27-ball 43 and added 70 runs for the third wicket with McCullum before he was clean bowled by Balachandra Akhil, while going for a big hit.
Jacques Kallis, bowling the last over of the Kolkata innings, gave away 20 runs as the Knight Riders hit sixty runs in the last four overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders were 69/2 in 10 overs.
Put in to bat first, Kolkata got off to a bad start as R Vinay Kumar got the first breakthrough for Bangalore in the third over by dismissing Sourav Ganguly (4). Kumar set up the dismissal beautifully by first bowling two short deliveries and followed it with a full delivery that Ganguly, without moving his feet, edged to keeper Mark Boucher for the catch.
Kumar got his second wicket in his next over when Arindam Ghosh (7) tried to upper cut a short delivery but edged it to keeper Boucher for the catch.
Captain Brendon McCullum (25) and David Hussey (33) are holding fort for Kolkata.
Kolkata have brought in Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, David Hussey and Arindam Ghosh, replacing Brad Hodge, Moises Henriques, Morne van Wyk and Sourav Sarkar. Bangalore have brought in Jesse Ryder in place of Roelof van der Merwe and Balachandra Akhil for Abhimanyu Mithun.