September 30, 2011

KKR gave a big blow to RCB....

Today, 10th match of the Champions League Twenty20 was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The toss went into the favor of KKR and they chose to field first.

RCB had already lost their first game and they were looking forward to win this match. The superstar Chris Gayle along with his non-strike opener Tillakaratne Dilshan came in to bat. The start looked good as Chris Gayle was and Dilshan were playing but not very aggressive though. Gayle managed to hit 3 sixes, but after this he failed to hit big and he returned to pavilion scoring only 25 runs in 16 deliveries. Things started to mess up as they started to loose wickets. At one point of time, they were 91 loosing 6 wickets. A much needed partnership between the captain Daniel Vettori and Raju Bhatkal helped RCB to bounce into the game. They both made a partnership of 61 runs. Finally RCB ended up scoring a total of 169 runs loosing 9 wickets (RCB - 169/9, 20 over).

The chase looked little challenging for KKR as the required run rate was around 8.45 runs per over. Jacques Kallis and Brad Haddin came in to bat. They both gave a perfect start and did put up a partnership of 62 runs. Brad Haddin got out after scoring 42 runs from 27 deliveries that included 5 fours and 2 sixes. Then came the skipper Gautam Gambhir and he was unbeaten along with Kallis and finished the game in style. Kallis was unbeaten scoring 64 runs and Gambhir with 55 runs in just 31 deliveries that included 3 fours and 4 sixes. KKR won the match by scoring 171 runs with loss of only a wicket (KKR 171/1, 17.3 over).

KKR won the match by 9 wickets. Man of the match was Jacques Kallis for his all-rounding performance where he scored a half century and took a wicket.

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