Jacques Kallis struck his second consecutive half-century as Kolkata Knight Riders produced an all-round performance to beat Deccan Chargers by nine runs in an Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens here today.
Kallis (53 off 45 balls) was the mainstay of Knight Riders innings before Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan provided the late surge to guide the home team to a challenging 163 for four after they opted to bat.
In reply, Knight Riders were sharp in the field while their bowling was equally tidy with leg-spinner Iqbal Abdulla (3/24) leading the attack to restrict Deccan to 154 for eight. Medium pacers Rajat Bhatia (2/29) and Jaidev Unadkat (2/37) complemented Abdulla well to help Knight Riders register their first win in the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
Image: Kolkata Knight Riders player Jacques Kallis waves his bat during the IPL Twenty20 match Kolkata Knight Riders against Deccan Chargers at The Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on April 11, 2011.