Angelo Mathews returned with a four-wicket haul as a disciplined Kolkata Knight Riders notched up their second successive win, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in the third Indian Premier League in Kolkata on Sunday.
Cheered on by Shah Rukh Khan at the jam-packed Eden Gardens, Knight Riders first restricted the Royal Challengers at 135 for seven and then rode on half centuries by Manoj Tiwary (50) and Brad Hodge (50) to overhaul the target with four balls to spare.
Having excelled with the bat against defending champions Deccan Chargers in their last match, Sri Lankan allrounder Mathews this time ripped the Royal Challengers apart with four for 19 to become the destroyer-in-chief.
The medium-pacer was brilliantly supported by left-arm spinner Murali Kartik as Knight Riders prevailed from the beginning.
Chasing 136 to win, Knight Riders had a flying start with Tiwary and Hodge milking the Royal Challengers bowlers as they cruised to 85 for no loss in 10 overs.
Kumble used five bowlers in the first 10 overs but they failed to get a breakthrough with Tiwary and Hodge in fire.
The duo did not let Kumble’s opening bowling pair of Praveen Kumar and Jacques Kallis to settle as he brought in himself and Dale Steyn but without any success.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 135 for 7 in 20 overs (Jacques Kallis 65 not out, Rahul Dravid 21; Angelo Mathews 4/19).
Kolkata Knight Riders: 136 for three in 19.2 overs (Manoj Tiwary 50, Brad Hodge 50; RE van der Merwe 2/27).