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Angelo Mathews gives frugal Kolkata another IPL victory

Posted by bollywoodcinemagallery on March 15, 2010

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• Sri Lanka all-rounder restricts Bangalore to 135 for seven
• Owais Shah hits winning runs as Kolkata win easily

A strong all-round display from the Kolkata Knight Riders gave them a seven-wicket victory over last year’s runners-up, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the Indian Premier League in Kolkata.

The defeat left England’s Eoin Morgan, bowled for 10, on the losing side after his IPL debut. His Middlesex team-mate Owais Shah hit the winning runs with four balls to spare.

Earlier, the medium-pacer Angelo Mathews bowled outstandingly for Kolkata to take four for 19 as Bangalore were restricted to a mere 135 for seven, 65 of those coming from Jacques Kallis.

The Knight Riders’ openers, Manoj Tiwary and Brad Hodge, both hit half-centuries and added 101 for the opening wicket as Kolkata reached the target comfortably.

The Knight Riders were in control from the outset, with Charl Langeveldt striking in his second over with the new ball. Then, as against the champions, Deccan Chargers, in their opening game, the captain, Sourav Ganguly ,made bowling changes which clicked nicely.

Mathews struck in his first over to remove Manish Pandey for a seven-ball duck, the left-arm spinner Murali Kartik snared Virat Kohli in his first over and struck again to send back Morgan – who had shown intent with a second-ball six.

Bangalore managed just 24 from the first six overs and had slumped to 35 for four when Kallis found support in Rahul Dravid and the tempo lifted briefly.

Mathews, however, returned to get Dravid and the Sri Lankan all-rounder then took two more middle-order wickets, effectively snuffing out any hopes of a recovery.

The openers Hodge and Tiwary reduced Kolkata’s target down to a mere 35 from 8.2 overs with a blistering century opening stand.

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