Ghambir led Kolkata Knight Riders from the front. His 152-run
partnership for the second wicket with Jacques Kallis (60 off 65
balls) helped KLR register a comfortable nine-wicket victory over
Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur’s Swai Mansingh Stadium on Friday in Indian Premier League-4.Unbeaten half centuries by skipper Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis powered Kolkata Knight Riders to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here Friday. Ghambir scored a swashbuckling 75 off just 44 deliveries, after losing an early wicket of opener Manvinder Bisla, who got run over in the very second over. KKR dominated right from the beginning, while chasing the set target by Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals.
Gambhir came down heavily on the spinners, smacking 11 fours and a six during his innings. Kallis joined the party with seven fours and two sixes and also earned the orange cap for becoming the leading
run-getter in the tournament. Sent in, Rajasthan`s total was propped by a 52-run second-wicket stand by Rahul Dravid (35) and Ashok Menaria (27) after losing opener Amit Paunikar (9) early in the fifth over. Al Hasan struck in his first over when he dismissed Paunikar to give Knight Riders the breakthrough. Australian opener Shane Watson, who was playing his first match for Rajasthan Royals after notching up the world record for most sixes (15) in an ODI innings against Bangladesh, whacked two huge sixes in his 22 runs off 13 balls before Shakib Al Hasan (2-31) cut short his innings in the 17th over. Yusuf Pathan removed Dravid and Menaria in the same over to peg back Knight Riders` after Royals negotiated the attack with ease.
Ross Taylor provided the late thrust hitting two sixes and two fours in the final overs during his quick-fire unbeaten 35 off 25 balls. With this win, KKR won their second match of three matches they played so far, to occupy third position in the final standings of the IPL leagues so far.