Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2017, Kolkata April 15, 2017

KKR top table with Uthappa and spinners

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Kolkata Knight Riders 172 for 6 (Uthappa 68, Pandey 46, Bhuvneshwar 3-20) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 155 for 6 (Warner 26, Yuvraj 26, Narine 1-18, Kuldeep 1-23) by 17 runs
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Highlights - KKR defend 172

In an error-strewn match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav bowled equally immaculate spells, but it was Kolkata Knight Riders who came away with their third win of the season and moved to the top of the points table.

Robin Uthappa nicked his first ball to the keeper, but umpire Anil Dandekar did not spot it. Uthappa continued to lead a charmed life and struck 68 off 39 balls, which formed the crux of KKR's 172 for 6. They could have got more had Bhuvneshwar not nailed his lengths. For the 11th time in an IPL match, Bhuvneshwar went for a run-a-ball or less from his four overs, all bowled in the Powerplay or the last five overs. He finished with 3 for 20, but it was not enough for Sunrisers.

David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan sauntered to 45 for 0 in the Powerplay, but Kuldeep's dismissal of Warner derailed the chase. They lost 6 for 83, and eventually their second successive match.

Brought down to earth
On Thursday, Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir ran up 76 in in 34 balls, taking KKR to their best Powerplay score. They were also helped by some lacklustre bowling from Kings XI's seamers, who kept feeding Narine with hip-high balls, which he comfortably swatted away, taking 23 off his 37 runs through the leg side. At the other end, they kept offering Gambhir width.

Narine usually camps back in his crease, which means the perfect ball to him is a yorker. Kings XI did not bowl a single yorker to him, but Bhuvneshwar bowled one in his second over and scythed through the defences of Narine. Gambhir again went after anything that was remotely full and outside off. Then, in Rashid Khan's first over, he was bowled, attempting to cut a non-turning legbreak, and KKR were kept to their first sub-50 score in the Powerplay this season.

Robin Uthappa and Kuldeep Yadav were central to Kolkata Knight Riders' win © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Uthappa, Pandey cash in
Uthappa thickly edged his first ball to the keeper but got away. Dhawan then missed a direct hit when Uthappa was on 15. Uthappa went on to bring up a fifty off 27 balls. It wasn't wild slogging. He read Rashid's googlies and lined up the short balls that sat up on a surface that was drier than the one used for the Kings XI game. Uthappa took Rashid for 21 runs in 12 balls, the most any batsman has scored off him in this IPL.

Pandey could have been dismissed for 8 had Naman Ojha not missed a stumping chance off left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma. Pandey was on 26 off 26 balls, including two fours, at one point, but hit three boundaries off his next five balls.

Staying alive at the death
In the previous season, Bhuvneshwar had picked up 13 wickets in 162 balls in the death overs - the joint highest with Shane Watson. After bowling two overs in the Powerplay, he returned to the attack in the 18th over and nabbed Pandey with a slower offcutter. In his next over, Bhuvneshwar cleaned up Colin Grandhomme with an inswinging yorker.

Kuldeep turns it around
Warner and Dhawan punished width, and hit a collective eight fours in the Powerplay. The introduction of Kuldeep, however, applied the brakes on the chase.

Kuldeep had harried Sunrisers last season, collecting 3 for 35 in the Eliminator. So, it wasn't really surprising that he was picked ahead of Piyush Chawla for this game. Warner, however, was surprised by Kuldeep's dip and turn. He managed only 7 off 13 balls against Kuldeep before skying a catch to long-off. Chris Woakes backed that up by removing Moises Henriques in the next over.

When Yuvraj Singh fell, Sunrisers needed 61 off 31 balls. It was too tall a task, and KKR secured their fifth win in as many matches against Sunrisers at Eden Gardens.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • lodale9317828 on April 16, 2017, 17:35 GMT

    Lord Dhawan won't be dropped..the force is strong with him

  • cool on April 16, 2017, 15:59 GMT

    Turning point is umpires reprieve of uthappa 2 times. Not that his wkt is super or something ,but it puts opposition frustrated & loose their head cool, in the process get mind off the game for a few minutes which is enough in T20 for a high impact .

  •   cricfan2549895159 on April 16, 2017, 14:23 GMT

    @SHERLOCKED09876 - I guess sticking to ethics in IPL are judged the best team in IPL. And I guess if Uthappa knicked the ball he should have walked and not stood there. I understand its he is playing for a franchise but there millions of Indian fans watching it. To my surprise KKR is still leading the fair play board .. WOW

  • Tracey on April 16, 2017, 11:53 GMT

    Robin Uthappa was not dismissed. So says the Umpire. A participant in the sport MUST decide whether you want to be a PLAYER or OFFICIAL, since you cannot be both at the same time. In the current Pakistan tour of the West Indies, Shannon Gabriel clearly rocked the off stump of the Pakistani batsman (loud noise heard) but the bail did not dislodge itself. The umpire did not signal 'out' because of the bails situation. The player stayed his ground and let the umpire do his job.

  • vikass7442020 on April 16, 2017, 11:48 GMT

    @criccuser Naman Ojha is the wicket keeper of SRH,not Pant.Yes that was a poor decision.Infact the umpiring has been very poor throughout the competition.Uthappa also didn't show the sportsman spirit and walked.but that's how cricket is played these days.But i think the umpire was confused because the bowler appealed half heartedly for caught behind.

  • cricfan8843169297 on April 16, 2017, 8:34 GMT

    SRH, please change the players like Dhawan and ojha.. replace with tanmay and dwivedhi.. even if they dont perform, we loss nothing.. if they performs it is a big bonus..

  • jobinm8072599 on April 16, 2017, 7:37 GMT

    Srh playing 11 should be 1 Warner 2 Dhawan 3 Williamson 4 Yuvi 5 Hooda 6 Nabi 7 Ojha 8 Rashid Khan 9 Bhuvi 10 Sran 11 Nehraji . Those team provides them well balance.

  • Raghu Poojary on April 16, 2017, 7:28 GMT

    i am not sure why ppl behind robin decesion stayback for umpire wrong call. its not his fault .. is tht mean we should stay back in crese in case umpire gives out for not out ..is tht allowed ?.. thn there is no wrong player stayback if umpire gives not out for out ..

  • Pavel on April 16, 2017, 6:56 GMT

    @CRICFAN19845732, its a cricket, its a game of fun,here is the place of share expression. you mentality showed how narrow you n your co.I read all of comments, did not find any what make thing as such,try to be big heart don't forget your comments representing your country, your ipl....

  • Kiran on April 16, 2017, 6:40 GMT

    @ UPPI2PKC - Lol. FYI we never won in Kolkata and probably once in Mumbai. These are the two toughest places to visit in IPL. I am very happy that all these "knowledgable" fans are writing the obituary of a team that is #4 in the standings after completing the toughest away games early in the season but singing praises of a team that got one lucky win out of 4 and is yet to play the tough games. At the business end of the tournament we would be playing Pune and Guj which is exactly what we want. By that time RCB will be chilling out with their namesakes in hand. Even a hatrick could not save them last game. Most likely they will get beaten by minnows RPS today. I hope they play Gayle again in the senior citizen quota. And of course their regular champion material like Binny, Aravind and Negi whom the crowd love to watch... lol

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