Kallis half century puts Knight Riders on top
Jacques Kallis was in masterful form once again with the bat registering his second half century of the tournament to help the Kolkata Knight Riders set the Deccan Chargers a run chase of 164.
The veteran all-rounder took his tally of runs scored so far in this year’s tournament to 107 with another superb innings which gave the Knight Riders the perfect start at Eden Gardens.
Manoj Tiwary (30) and Gautam Gambhir (29) also played prominent roles with the bat to help the Knight Riders record a total of 163-4 from their 20 overs.
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.
Despite the loss Kallis continued to attack the bowlers and the South African reached his half century by slogging JP Duminy 2ns delivery of the game over deep mid wicket for a massive six.
Having played cautiously up until this point Kallis couldn’t resist playing the same shot from the next delivery but this time he could only pick out Shikhar Dhawan on the deep midwicket boundary.
With Kallis back in the dug out, Tiwary and Gambhir continued to pressure the Chargers bowlers during a 3rd wicket partnership of 43 which saw Duminy concede another 2 sixes courtesy of Tiwary to take his total of runs conceded to 23 from just 2 overs.
Although Gambhir (29) was bowled by Mishra in the 17th over Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan (22) scored 30 runs from the final 19 deliveries to leave the Chargers facing a tricky run chase.