It was billed to be a match for a revenge for the Knight Riders. It eventually turned out to be a whimper as despite a fight, Gautam Gambhir's side bowed down eventually to the Kochi Tuskers. A look. (AFP Photos)
The start for the visitors was good as Jaidev Unadkat removed Brendon McCullum in the second over on a personal score of 1.
Sensible knocks were yet to come however. Michael Klinger, the other opener, scored a confident 29 off 26 balls with three boundaries and no real risk.
Parthiv Patel too played well but it was skipper Mahela Jayawardena who took the limelight as he anchored himself in to provide a good foundation.
Jayawardena scored 55 off 41 balls with two boundaries and two sixes to become the top-scorer of the side.
The skipper was partnered well by Brad Hodge who eventually took off and struck terror in the Kolkata camp.
22 runs of the final over from Brett Lee saw Hodge helping himself to a 19-ball 35, taking his team to 156.
The chase began well for the Knight Riders as Jaques Kallis looked hungry for runs after a few missed opportunities previously.
Kallis (45) was partnered well by Eoin Morgan and the duo put together 69 runs for the opening wicket.
It was Ralphi Gomez and his one over though, that changed the script of the match. He removed Kallis and Gautam Gambhir in consecutive deliveries to wreck havoc.
Kolkata could hardly recover from the deadly knock as wickets kept tumbling and even a well set Morgan (66) got himself run-out.
Yusuf Pathan did manage 17 from 13 balls but his timing seemed missing and not enough to take his team through.
Pathan was eventually removed by Vinay Kumar who took two wickets and the visitors crashed with 17 runs still left to get.
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