It was a comprehensive performance from Rahul Dravid and his Royals as Kolkata Knight Riders were brought down by 22 runs in the seventh match of the Indian Premier League. (AFP and AP images)
The start for the Royals was far from good as the onus of scoring fell on Dravid after Ajinkya Rahane was run-out. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
Dravid scored 26 off 24 and set the base but was run-out himself just when things looked like exploding. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
Shreevats Goswami was the other batsman who got a start. His innings, like Dravid's, was cut short and he took 23 runs from the match. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
The star performer for the Royals was Brad Hodge (right) who hit 44 in quick time before falling to Brett Lee. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
Ashok Maneria too had a decent knock worth 40 runs before being bowled by Lee. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
Gautam Gambhir rallied his men fairly well on the field and the target for his side was eventually set at 165. It would prove to be a lot eventually.
Kolkata came out to bat and lost three wickets in three balls between the second and the third over. Jacques Kallis, Gambhir and Brendon McCullum were sent back by the Royals. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
Ankeet Chavan (right) is seen here celebrating the wicket of Laxmi Ratan Shukla. He claimed two wickets from the match, as did Siddharth Trivedi and Amit Singh. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
It was Kevon Cooper who wrecked the lower middle-order and took three wickets, eventually ensuring that Kolkata fail to reach the target by a considerable margin, according to T20 standards. (AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
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