Kolkata: Ganguly and Pujara hit unbeaten 75 and 45 respectively as Kolkata Knight Riders registered a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Rajasthan.
This is a comprehensive win for Kolkata, but ideally they would have liked to finish this in 13 overs or so. But with McCullum and Gayle falling in one over, they were slowed down.
With -0.456, Kolkata are now not too far behind Deccan in the run-rate. And Deccan seem to be the only team right now, who they can beat on net run-rate. To advance to the semis, Kolkata need three things to go their way: Chennai have to lose to Punja, then Deccan to Delhi, and then Kolkata have to win against Mumbai by a reasonable margin.
Jaydev Unadkat bagged the Man of the Match award for his brilliant display with the ball.
Kolkata captain Ganguly said the wicket was not easy to bat on, those two early wickets also did not help their cause. They hope to win the game against Mumbai.
Jaipur skipper Warne said they kept trying everything and nothing worked out but Kolkata played really well. At the end of the day, they just did not play good enough tonight.
ourav Ganguly got the maximum sixes award and the best catch award.Kolkata have beaten Jaipur by 8 wickets in this one-sided encounter. Ganguly led the chase with a brilliant 75 (not out) off 50 balls and was well supported by Pujara who scored unbeaten 45 off 38 balls.
Kamran Khan was the only successful bowler scalping 2 for 13 in 2 overs. What is important to be noted is that this victory may not have been as convincing as Kolkata would have liked it to be.
Earlier, Watson, opening for the first time this IPL, took little time in settling in to his preferred position in limited-overs cricket, and triggered a confident start with a series of boundaries, feeding off some indisciplined bowling.
The Kolkata bowlers often pitched too short or were countered by some superior batting by Watson, who created opportunities to find the boundaries with ease. But the damage caused in the first seven overs, where Rajasthan had raced to 57 without loss, was compensated for by Kolkata's seamers, who, realising the sluggish nature of the track, cut down on pace and used their variations well.
Laxmi Shukla played a prominent role in the first two dismissals, bowling Watson with a slower legcutter and then flinging himself to his left to snap a blinder off Naman Ojha.
Kolkata's ground-fielding remained poor for much of the innings but their catching won them crucial wickets. Sourav Ganguly's brilliant effort to get rid of Yusuf Pathan was among the best catches in the tournament, as he ran back several yards from midwicket, kept his eyes on the ball and fell full stretch to hold on. When Ashok Dinda had Adam Voges hole out to long-on in the 14th over, four out of five genuine batsmen had fallen prey to the slower ball.
Rajasthan Royals 132 for 9 (Watson 44, Unadkat 3-26, Dinda 2-24)
Kolkata Knight Riders 133 for 2 (Ganguly 75*, Pujara 45*)
Result Kolkata Knight Riders won by eight wickets
MOM Jaydev Unadkat (Kolkata Knight Riders)