The first IPL match at Ranchi turned out to be a low scoring affair on a slow pitch as the ‘home team’, Kolkata Knight Riders defeatedRoyal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets. KKR, after restricting RCB to just 115, chased down the total with four balls remaining.
Yusuf Pathan slammed a six off Murali Kartik in the eighth over. At the halfway stage, KKR were 61 for two, still requiring 55 more runs. Kartik got the dangerous Pathan (18) out LBW. Kallis (41) smashed consecutive boundaries off Mithun before the bowler came back to have him caught by Henriques. Needing 14 off the last three overs, Vinay Kumar had Manoj Tiwary(24) caught by Virat Kohli at cover to cause a brief moment of worry in the KKR dressing room. Ryan ten Doeschate hit a boundary in the 19th leaving his team to score five off the final over. Doeschate (11*) hit Vinay Kumar straight down the ground to finish the match in style as KKR crossed the line.
Earlier, KKR won the toss and opted to field. After a slow start, KKR struck through Sachithra Senanayake when he had Cheteshwar Pujara (5) caught byLakshmipathy Balaji at cover. RCB managed only 22 from the Power Play – the lowest score posted in the Power Play overs in this season of IPL. RCB got a move on as Gayle launched Ryan ten Doeschate for a six. Jacques Kallis got KKR their second wicket as Kohli (17) dragged one onto the stumps. At the halfway stage, RCB were 54 for two.
Gayle (33), who was looking out of sorts, was put out of misery when he was beaten by Narine and Manvinder Bisla pulled off a sharp stumping. The KKR bowlers bowled tight lines to strangle the flow of runs. AB de Villiers (28) slammed Balaji for a six, before the bowler came back to have him caught behind, attempting a reverse sweep. Narine then trapped local lad Saurabh Tiwary (1) leg before wicket to leave RCB five down.
Henriques (11) perished in the 18th over caught in the deep off Kallis. Rampaul (0) and Mithun (2) departed off Narine to give him his fourth wicket and with it the Purple Cap. RCB eventually crawled to 115 for nine.
Man-of-the-Match: Jacques Kallis
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 115 for 9 (Chris Gayle 33, Sunil Narine 4-22) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 116 for 5 in 19.2 overs (Jacques Kallis 41, R Vinay Kumar 2-17) by 5 wickets.