Kolkata Knight Riders continued their winning ways as they defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets for their third straight victory, on Sunday. (AFP Photos)
The Knights hardly took a wrong step after opting to field first. Balaji showed superb class as he sent Shane Watson back early on. Royals 24-1.
The speedster and former Chennai Super Kings player ran circles around the Rajasthan batting and frustrated the batsmen with his seam movement.
An agile Iqbal Abdullah too chipped in with an energetic run-out to get rid of Faiz Fazal after he had already sent back the other opener in Amit Paunikar.
The other pacer in Brett Lee generated a lot of speed and was responsible for intimidating the batsmen early on. He however, had the sole wicket of Siddharth Trivedi to show for his efforts.
It was Bangladeshi skipper Shakib al Hasan who took two in two towards the end that ensured that the Royals crashed to a paltry total of 81.
Although high on confidence, the start for the hosts was disastrous. They lost Jacques Kallis in the second delivery of their chase and Manvinder Bisla (in pic) soon followed.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir came to the crease and anchored himself in to ensure that his side lost no further wickets and finished the match by going at the top of the standings. He was well supported by Manoj Tiwary.
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