Knight Riders v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Kolkata May 20, 2014

Uthappa, Shakib flatten Super Kings


Kolkata Knight Riders 156 for 2 (Uthappa 67, Shakib 46*) beat Chennai Super Kings 154 for 4 (Raina 65, Narine 1-24) by eight wickets
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Robin Uthappa made his fourth half-century of the season to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to an eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings with two overs to spare. The win took Knight Riders level on Rajasthan Royals with 14 points from 12 games, helping them break further away from the crowded middle of the table. Uthappa, who was put down twice, and Gautam Gambhir put on 64 for the opening partnership in seven overs, and Knight Riders were in control of the chase of 155 after such a beginning. Shakib Al Hasan belted an unbeaten 46 off 21 to hasten the end.

Uthappa made 67 off 39 and middled the ball consistently on a pitch where most batsmen had to rely on muscling it. Both sides had wanted to chase on the untested surface in Eden Gardens' first match of the tournament, and Super Kings were to find out that despite the green tinge, the ball wasn't quite coming on. There was some help for the spinners as well.

Super Kings went below run a ball for almost two-thirds of their innings. In contrast, Uthappa began with a flurry of boundaries. He eased the first ball of the innings from Ben Hilfenhaus between extra cover and mid-off for four and also clipped the fifth through square leg for four more. The two shots were to bring him plenty of runs through his innings. He also deftly guided deliveries past slip, and resorted to the slog-sweep as his innings progressed.

In his eagerness to drive, Uthappa offered two chances to slip early on, and Super Kings reprieved him each time. First, R Ashwin dropped him on 6 off Hilfenhaus in the first over. MS Dhoni immediately replaced Ashwin with Suresh Raina in that position. In the third over, Raina let a harder, diving chance off Mohit Sharma go down, with Uthappa on 24. By the time Uthappa timed a lofted drive off Ravindra Jadeja to wide long-off in the 12th over, Knight Riders had almost reached 100. In his previous seven innings now, Uthappa's lowest score has been 40.

Knight Riders needed 57 off 50 when Uthappa fell. Manish Pandey struggled to get going but Shakib more than made up with some powerful hitting. Slogging, paddling and lofting his way to eight boundaries in 21 balls, Shakib shut the door firmly on Super Kings.

Shakib had opened the bowling and had contributed in tying down the Super Kings top order. At the other end, Pat Cummins, on IPL debut, bowled Dwayne Smith with his second ball. The pace of Umesh Yadav and the spin of Sunil Narine was as hard to get away.

Raina took nine deliveries to get off the mark in a slow 55-run partnership with Brendon McCullum but accelerated later to make 65 off 52. Shakib could have had Raina on 16, but Yusuf Pathan dropped a difficult chance diving at the straight boundary in the eighth over. Raina opened up against Piyush Chawla, hitting him for three sixes but his attempt to clear long-on in the 18th over failed. Raina's effort enabled Super Kings to go past 150, but it was quite insufficient against Uthappa and Shakib.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shah on May 23, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @REMNANT:You are saying before Shakib was a bowler who was effective on kolkata pitches but don't you think its much more wise to say that Shakib himself is effective that's why he made it happen because he always kept his minimum quality in all condition but actually he is a allrounder&he got into BD team when he was doing more better with the bowl than bat but his great batting ability was exposed a little later after playing just few INT's as BD player.. See i have no issues with IND personally but can you show me in this forum how many IND'n fans talked about Shakib's effort to take KKR home easily at the end..may be one or two out of 101 posts..& most importantly Shakib playing in the same team KKR&still no real appreciation WoW! but up on that trying to overlook&degrade is such case just because he is from a neighbourhood country of IND(a valid criticism??)funny IND'n fans claims themselves with arrogance the best&NO.1 what ever it is but sadly they are really NOT!can dream only!

  • Zam on May 22, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    @Ammo666 I accept he has played well this season and justfied his allrounder auction buy. Before this he was a bowler who was effective on Kolkota pitches with a few swings at the bat. Like I said how many matches did Shakib win, across IPL? His batting wasn't much to talk about. You seem to be quite sensitive and unable to accept valid criticism. As i said if someone plays well he will be appreciated else stat waving is pointless. A player has to impact the match results, like Watson consistently does. I rate him higher than many others. Let Shakib see BD home in intl. matches where it meets the world's best such as WC -ODI and T20 and then you should tom tom his greatness!These ratings may be good for someone's psychological comfort but apparently it has made a few a bit too touchy also. Ouch.

  • Shah on May 22, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @ZSAM: Shakib played how many matches for KKR?? that you are saying "he hasn't done much with the bat in IPL through all seasons" to perform consistently with the bat also you need to play enough matches especially in IPL&its T20&he is getting introduced with lot of different players on the field to face if you use some common sense its not as easy as you are watching them on TV...if you don't follow BD cricket then why even showing your illogical thoughts & trying to misjudge Shakib being a IND'n fan & you don't feel exciting to watch BD cricket & did not see Shakib playing much but you only saw his INT stats right, you mean Shakib was the NO.1 all rounder in the world just like that?? is that seeing is believing HaHa! but who really cares if you don't follow much BD cricket& I don't need to wave when its already his INT stats & he is also a match winner(seeing is believing.. IND's best all rounder Jadeja also stands below Shakib but Jadeja should have been more below than ranking 4th

  • ESPN on May 22, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @ Tram.. when was the last time u saw graeme smith, warne and jayawardene lift both their feets in air to take a slip catch. I say the same u said to the other guy. If u like all these guys put them at the top of ur list. Dravid was and will be the best slip fielder in the world.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Shakib should be given a chance to play at 3 if Kalis and Gambir are not taking that position. He plays at 3 for Bangladesh national side and I think he can provide more service for KKR from that position.

  • Zsam on May 21, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @Ammo666 Yes I was pleasantly surprised to see Shakib perform with the bat this well. He hasn't done much with the bat in the IPL thru all seasons so far; except rarely, and I don't follow Bangladesh cricket. I don't find it that exciting; sorry to say. And if he may have played good innings for BD, the track record of that team does not show it in results. Now for a new cricket nation, scores in losing causes are good enough, but that's not how world cricket now views its heroes. They need to win matches for their teams. The last Indian to be such an exception was Sachin. Now its not the case. You are as good as your results. And results mean match winning contributions! Please don't wave some intl. stats to show how good Shakib is, as seeing is believing. If Shakib performs where Indians can watch him, he will be accorded his due. God bless him.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Excuse me gentlemen,

    I know Thappa is playing very well in the IPL, but fyi the teams consist 11+11 = 22 players.

    I know it is not possible to discuss about everyone's performance, but talking about just one person for the last 4 to 5 reports is just ridiculous.

  • Shah on May 21, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Looks like IND'n fans overlooked Shakib's brilliant effort&that is even when Shakib playing for IPL but attention is on Uthappa on his opening effort much more than Shakib's clinical finish! and i also saw Uthappa&under performer Gambhir did not say a single word about Shakib's performance after the match being shy & jealous this is how very most of the IND'n fans&few IND'n players appreciate..but don't forget KKR is very LUCKY to have a top most all rounder like Shakib in their team & he is performing with bat & bowl both which no all rounder in the team has been able to perform like him with bat&ball at the same match! when Shakib hit the final boundary then i saw this captain Gautam did not even stand from his chair&held the emotion of win but when Yousuf&all got up from the seat to cheer then only he got up&was clapping half heartedly so all understood Gautam's poor sportsmanship towards Shakib who is one of the best all rounder in the world&still performing in their own team KKR!

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Could not find Prasad saying anything about Shakib, at my surprise! Well, this post-match analysis does not put forth a proper glimpse of match, in cricketing view-point.

  • Shah on May 21, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    @ZSAM: do you really have any idea about this BD player Shakib the top most all rounder in world cricket.. i am 10 times more surprised about what you said that "i was pleasantly surprised to see Shakib play so well" man have you seen him for the first time performing this way?? or you don't want to believe just being a IND'n fan..

    @FARZANA BUSHRA HRIDI: Are you really aware of cricket & do even follow cricket since years? i don't think so because your comment about Skakib is really ridculous:D! & hello Shakib is not only one of the best allrounder but he was the NO.1 allrounder for quite some time....! & player who can hit big is never the best & never was but a player who can play according to the situation being sensible & hitting boundaries at the right time by keeping the momentum & winning is the best batsman..& of course Shakib also hits enough big so hitting big only doesn't count but hitting sixes does really count & no matter how big you hit but a 6 is a SIX it won't be 12:D

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