Kolkata: It was certainly the most talked-about clash in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League, with many highlighting May 5 as soon as the schedule was drawn up. The home hero Sourav Ganguly, up against the home team - Kolkata Knight Riders. The match did live up to the hype. And in the end, most people would have gone back happy with Kolkata winning and Ganguly playing a significant hand, albeit in vain.
Kolkata batted first, and started brilliantly with Gautam Gambhir carrying on with his superb form. Brendon McCullum shared in a century-plus opening stand, but it was almost entirely the Gambhir show. He took charge early on, with 36 runs coming off the final two powerplay overs as Kolkata reached 68 for no loss. Even though the scoring slowed down a little thereafter, Kolkata were still looking good for 200 when they were 106 for no loss after 11 overs.