Shah and Matthews fight back for Knight Riders
The 2010 Indian Premier League got off to an explosive start thanks to Chaminda Vaas who took two wickets inside the first 4 balls for the Deccan Chargers to leave the Kolkata Knight Riders in deep trouble.
Having won the toss and elected to bowl first Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist and the millions of viewers watching around India wouldn’t have dreamed of such a stunning start as Vass picked up the wickets of Manoj Tiwary and Sourav Ganguly leaving the Knight Riders 0-2.
With Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris unavailable because of international duty Vass made his claim for a permanent place in the line up with a stunning first over to put the defending IPL champs firmly on top.
His first ball of the game was a medium pace in-swinging which Tiwary tamely lobed up to Rohit Sharma at midwicket before Ganguly was bamboozled with a change of pace causing the Indian legend to swipe at the ball and give Anirudh Singh an easy catch in the slips.
It was the worst possible start for the Knight Riders who needed to get this years IPL off to a flying start after they had under performed at the previous two IPL tournaments.
With so much riding on the result of this game for Shah Rukh Khan’s team Brad Hodge and Cheteshwar Pujara needed to remain calm at the crease and start to build a response to Vaas’s opening onslaught.
With the pair putting together a reasonable partnership of 31 Pujara (10) throw away his wicket by picking out Pragyan Oijha at mid to give RP Singh an easy wicket.
Hodge (13), who enjoyed a successful summer with the Victorian Bushrangers in the KFC Big Bash soon followed in the next over having been caught by Herschelle Gibbs to leave the Knight Riders in deep trouble with the score 31-4.
The Knight Riders were now in danger of an embarrassing collapse which would have put pressure on skipper Ganguly despite this only being the first game of the tournament; such is the pressure’s the Knight Riders are facing.
With the Knight Riders in dire trouble Owais Shah (58) and Angelo Matthews (65) came to the rescue with a 5th wicket partnership of 130 runs which amazingly put the Knight Riders in control and left the Chargers under pressure with a tricky run chase of 162.
The pair came together in the 5th and slowly built the foundations of their massive partnership before they started to attack the Chargers medium pacers through the middle overs of the Knight Riders innings peppering the boundaries with 8 fours and 7 sixes.
After such a stunning start for the Chargers skipper Gilchrist will have been disappointed that his bowlers allowed Shah and Matthews to post such a big total for the Knight Riders.