New Delhi: Fine bowling spells and superb fielding saw the Kolkata Knight Riders back in the race for the IPL trophy. The rain failed to dampen their spirits as the Knights beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by five runs in a thrilling encounter of the Indian Premier League at Eden Gardens.
The Riders posted 129 for seven in their allotted quota of 16 overs, reduced from 20 due to the rains. Mark Boucher’s rapid fire 50 not out was in vain, as Dravid’s boys could only manage 124 for the loss of four wickets.
The Knights now have six points from seven games, while the Challengers have moved further down, having notched up as many as six losses in eight matches. The boys from Bangalore have collected four points thus far.
Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly played a vital part in his side’s third win of the tournament. With his medium-pace bowling, he returned splendid figures of one wicket for seven runs off three overs, and put the home side in the driver’s seat.