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Friday, April 15, 2011

RR vs KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders thrash Rajasthan Royals by 9 wickets !!!!!!!

Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir run between the wickets during the IPL Twenty20 match against Rajasthan Royals at the Swai Mansingh Stadium. (AFP Photo)

Kolkata Knight RidersNEW DELHI: Jacques Kallis (80 not out) and Gautam Gambhir (75 not out) put on record 152-run partnership to help Kolkata Knight Riders register a comprehensive 9-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. 

Click here to watch the Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders match from Jaipur 

After losing Manvinder Bisla (1) early, Gambhir and Kallis dominated the entire proceedings as they hit fifties each to chase down a competitive 160-run target with 9 balls to spare. 

Scorecard ...............

The unbeaten 152-run second wicket partnership between Kallis and Gambhir is the best in the IPL history so far. 

Kallis continued his superb form as he scored his third successive fifties in three innings. He hit two sixes and seven fours in his 65-ball innings. 

Skipper Gambhir played a gem of an innings as he hit a six and eleven fours in his 44-ball 75 blitzkrieg. 

Chasing 160-run target, Gambhir raced to fifty off just 28 balls whereas Kallis completed his third consecutive fifties of the season off 46 balls. 

Knight Riders lost Bisla through run-out in the second over after a miscommunication with Jacques Kallis. 

Fine batting by Royals batsmen powered Rajasthan to 159/4 against Knight Riders earlier on Friday. 

Ross Taylor hit two sixes and two fours in the final overs and scored a quick-fire unbeaten 35 off 25 balls to post a competitive target for the Knight Riders. 

Watson, who set the world record of hitting the most sixes (15) in an ODI innings, played a cameo (22 off 13 balls) with the help of two huge sixes before becoming Shakib Al Hasan’s second victim in the seventeenth over. 

Yusuf Pathan removed Dravid and Menaria in the same over as Knight Riders' fought back after Royals’ early charge in Jaipur. 

Rahul Dravid (35) and Ashok Menaria (27) shared 52 runs stand for the second wicket to power Royals' innings after losing Amit Paunikar (9) early in the 5th over. 

Shakib Al Hasan struck in his first over to scalp Amit Paunikar and give Knight Riders first wicket against the host. 

Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field against the inaugural IPL champions. 


Kolkata Knight Riders : Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla+, Gautam Gambhir*, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan, Iqbal Abdulla, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Lakshimipathy Balaji. 

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Rahul Dravid, Johan Botha, Ashok Menaria, Ross Taylor, Amit Paunikar+, Abhishek Raut, Shane Warne*, Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi, Nayan Doshi. 

Umpires: Aleem Dar and SS Hazare 
TV umpire: RB Tiffin 
Match referee: AJ Pycroft 
Reserve umpire: R Subramanian


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