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Charge of the Knight Riders

Discussion in 'Cricket' started by Bapun Raz, Apr 12, 2011.

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    The Knights were swift in putting to rest the
    nightmare. After all the opening setback against
    Chennai Super Kings on Friday wasn ’ t just fresh in the memory, it was also bringing back many
    unpleasant memories. On Monday, the Kolkata
    Knight Riders were men possessed, shining in their armour. A lmost everything from the toss onwards rolled in
    Gautam Gambhir’ s favour. After electing to bat, the captain got a solid start from his openers, got one
    of them to anchor the innings and found many
    cameos around Jacques Kallis ’ s second successive half-century to reach a challenging total. Defending Smartly The other part of the job required cool execution of
    plans through tight bowling and fielding. The
    bowling veered between the good and the
    ordinary, so did the fielding; and in the end, the
    weight of runs proved too much for the Deccan
    Chargers, who slipped to their second defeat on the trot. After suffering chiefly because of batting in three
    painful years, the Knights have done some sensible
    buying in this department this time. They were given another good start by Kallis and
    fellow opener Manvinder Bisla. The polished South
    African and the industrious wicketkeeper-batsman
    from Himachal Pradesh have combined well in both
    games so far. They made good use of the fielding restrictions in
    the first six overs, hitting 46 with eight fours
    between them. The Chargers, in contrast, made 30
    for two during that period when they batted with
    just four hits to the fence. The Knights made this advantage count and built
    on it with their mixed bag of bowlers to carve out a
    win team owner Shah Rukh Khan was craving for
    from the balcony of his special box. Spin Attack If the Knights ’ batting was built around the rock called Kallis, their bowling was a team effort.
    Opening proceedings for the second time, Iqbal
    Abdullah did a smart job. The left-armer didn’ t extract as much spin as the visiting slow bowlers did, but kept things tight by
    not offering width. These virtues are useful in any form of the game.
    Unlike Deccan Chargers, the Knights don ’ t have big names in bowling at the moment. So they have to
    make up for the lack of sting by making things
    difficult for the batsmen by mixing it up. The variations provided by left and right-arm pace
    and spin to go with some safe catching in the deep
    when it mattered made it the Knights ’ night. Sterner tests lie ahead, but Gambhir’ s team will take heart that they look good for them.