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Tiwary, Hodge give KKR comfortable Win

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders maintained a perfect start to their IPL campaign as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets to notch up their second win in a row at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Angelo Mathews starred with the ball with four wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore to 135-7, before half-centuries from Manoj Tiwary and Brad Hodge set up an emphatic victory with four balls to spare.

Kolkata now have four points from their two matches, while it was the opening game for last year’s finalists Bangalore.

Manoj Tiwary, who was out off the first ball in the opening game, gave Kolkata a lightning start along with Hodge. Tiwary reached his maiden IPL half-century off only 28 balls which included six fours and two sixes before drilling the ball back to Roelof van der Merwe for Kolkata’s first wicket.

Hodge reached his fifty soon after but was out immediately, offering a catch to Manish Pandey in the deep. Captain Sourav Ganguly (23) was out with three runs still left but Cheteshwar Pujara and Owais Shah ensured no further hiccups as Kolkata overhauled their target with ease.

Earlier, Mathews took the key wickets of Manish Pandey, Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa and Roelof van der Merwe to end with impressive figures of 4-19 as Bangalore never got going in their opening IPL fixture after Ganguly won the toss and asked them to bat.

Opener Jacques Kallis was the only batsman to have a measure of the Kolkata bowling, but Bangalore kept losing wickets at the other end which meant the South African could never apply the long handle.

Charl Langeveldt started Bangalore’s slide with the wicket of Shreevats Goswami, who fell to an injudicious slash to third man, before Mathews got into the wicket-taking act.

Bangalore debutant and England batsman Eoin Morgan hit a six before getting cleaned up by Murali Karik trying to reverse sweep.

Kallis and Rahul Dravid staged a mini-revival before the Indian dragged the ball onto his stumps for 21. Kallis remained unbeaten on 65.

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