After a rare failure in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in-form Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir would have desperately hoped to get some runs under his belt in the ongoing match against Rising Pune Supergiant at the Eden Gardens and his desperation would have only increased after makeshift opener Sunil Narine was dismissed for a 6-ball duck followed by Sheldon Jackson’s departure with only 19 runs on the board.
However, the discarded India opener could not find his timing early on. With the Supergiant bowlers bowling a tight line, the southpaw did not get enough room to unleash his cuts and drives and was batting on 4 runs from 12 balls before hitting a flurry of boundaries to provide his innings with the much-needed impetus. He first hit Ben Stokes for two consecutive boundaries before targeting young spinner Washington Sundar.
The hosts were 27 for 2 at the end of the fifth over and Gambhir tried to collect as many runs as possible in the last over of the powerplay. He hit Sundar for a four and a six but the urgency to increase the run-rate got the better of him as despite collecting 13 runs off the first four balls he went for a big shot on the penultimate delivery and paid the price for it. On the other hand, Sundar was rewarded for being brave even after being hit for two consecutive boundaries.
The right-arm spinner bowled a tossed up delivery, inviting the opposition skipper to go for another big shot. Gambhir took the challenge and slogged across the line. The show was well-hit and was looking well-set to cross the boundary but Ajinkya Rahane who was standing at the deep mid-wicket boundary timed his jump to perfection to complete a fine catch.
Here is a clip of that wicket:
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