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1 For the first time ever Sourav Ganguly was playing against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. 3 Gautam Gambhir scored his third consecutive fifty – he had made 93 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 28 and 63 against the Chennai Super Kings on April 30. Gambhir thus became the second player, after Virender Sehwag, to score three consecutive fifties in IPL 2012. Sehwag has scored a world record five consecutive fifties. 5 Number of consecutive matches won by the Kolkata Knight Riders – first team to do so in IPL 2012. 8 Number of catches taken by Steve Smith in IPL 2012 – most by any fielder. He went ahead of Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma.
15 Number of fifties scored by Gautam Gambhir in the IPL. He became the second player after Virender Sehwag to score 15 50-plus scores.
73 The sixth wicket partnership between Angelo Mathews and Sourav Ganguly is the highest partnership for this wicket by any team in IPL 2012 – overtaking the unbeaten 48-run partnership between Kevin Pietersen and Yogesh Nagar of the Delhi Daredevils against the Deccan Chargers
113 Runs added by Gautam Gambhir and Brendon McCullum – highest first wicket partnership in all IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders. They surpassed the previous best of 101 runs between Brad Hodge and Manoj Tiwary against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kolkata in IPL 2010.
Playing in only his second match for Kings XI Punjab in IPL2012, Ryan Harris claimed his first four-for in the shortest format of the game here today. Coming into the team after playing for his country in the longest format of the game, the pacer is hoping to help his team make their mark in Twenty20 cricket. With very little separating the teams the in the points table, KXIP still have a chance to make it to the final four despite their loss to the Rajasthan Royals today.
Speaking to iplt20.com after the match, Harris discussed his bowling and the game, in general.
Excerpts: On his effort during his first four-for in Twenty20
It is disappointing, to be honest. It is always nice to get wickets, but the way we played tonight wasn’t really nice. [...] It’s always nice to get wickets, but it’s pretty disappointing the way we played. On whether Shane Watson’s cameo took the game away from them
They batted really well early on; especially [Shane] Watson and Rahul Dravid batted very well. And our bowling wasn’t very good. We gave too many balls to hit and give the opportunity to hit the ball to the fence. So it’s obviously a fault on our part as well, which we have got to work on, which we were pretty good [at] in Bangalore. [...] They [RR] played very well and set up a big target and we couldn’t get anywhere near it.
On whether losing early wickets cost them
Losing early wicket in this game [Twenty20 matches] is very hard [on the team]. It puts a lot of pressure on the lower order. The batsmen have to score runs and the lower order can finish off games if they need to. If the top order can score runs like what they did [it would be helpful]. Their top order scored runs and that’s what we lacked tonight. And now, we have to get over this quickly and prepare for the next game.
On the road ahead in the tournament
We just need to regroup. We have about five games left and need to win four to make sure we are on the mark. We need to play well for the rest of the competition. We have a good group and the feeling is good. I have just come in and seen how the group’s getting on and we have played some really good cricket. Unfortunately, we lost tonight and played some bad cricket, which we want to forget about.
On adjusting to playing Twenty20 matches immediately after playing a Test series
It’s tough to be honest. [...] it is totally different game. I haven’t had time to come in and practice my death bowling. [That is] something I will be doing over the next few days. But I have to get back to bowling my best and taking more and more wickets and obviously helping the team to win games.