Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by seven wickets in the third Indian Premier League (IPL) at Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 135 for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. Jacques Kallis was 65 not out, while Rahul Dravid scored 21 runs. Angelo Mathews took four wickets for 19 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders reached the target of 136 with a loss of just three wickets in 19.2 overs. Youngster Manoj Tiwary scored 50 runs followed by Brad Hodge also scoring a 50. Kolkata’s RE van der Merwe took 2 wickets for 27 runs.
Ganguly attributes KKR’s success on youngster’s contribution
KKR skipper Sourav Ganguly attributed his team’s dramatic turnaround in the third IPL to the useful contributions of the youngsters.
Bottom-placed in the last season, KKR has notched up successive wins in the first two ties in IPL III and Ganguly said it is important that everyday someone chips in for the team.
“I don’t know the secret of our success. We are playing well in this format of the game that’s important for us. It’s important that somebody stands out in the game, that’s been happening,” Ganguly said after their seven-wicket win over last season’s runners up Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Angelo Mathews played brilliantly in the last game and today it was Manoj Tiwary, Brad Hodge and Angelo again. Somebody is delivering for the team which is very good. Most importantly, we bowled really well today,” he said.
Ganguly praised his team and said it’s everyone, the staff, the mindset that is contributing to their success.
“It’s everyone. It’s the staff, the mindset, the atmosphere; everybody makes a difference in the team. That’s how cricket team goes. It’s building an atmosphere. The game is about playing freely. You don’t have time, you just got to keep playing shots. That’s what we are doing,” he said.
Ganguly pointed out Tiwary, who earned the Man of the Match for his 29-ball 50, for especial praise.