189dThe Report by Deivarayan Muthu

Uthappa propels Knight Riders to No. 1

A turbo-charged fifty from Robin Uthappa, and a relatively more sedate one from Gautam Gambhir helped Kolkata Knight Riders overhaul 182 and reclaim the top spot in the league

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RV Uthappa
87(47) 7x4 - 6x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 21 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
12 0 10 3 3 12 29 18
G Gambhir
62(46) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 16 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
3 5 17 5 6 8 9 9

Best performances - Bowlers

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav
O4
M0
R31
W2
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JD Unadkat
O3
M0
R26
W1
Eco8.66
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Kolkata Knight Riders , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

26 April 2017 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Rising Pune Supergiant 0

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

So then, Knight Riders have displaced Mumbai Indians to occupy the top position on the table. After that kind of performance, arguably, that is probably the only place they deserve to be. That is all we have for this game. Be back tomorrow when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Gujarat Lions in Bengaluru. See you then. For now, it's goodbye from all of us here.

"I've always been strong", says Robin Uthappa, Man of the Match. "I have a lot faith in what I'm doing, I'm really confident and am enjoying myself out there. It is very important to respect the momentum we have created for ourselves. Teams tend to fall off in the second half of the tournament, so it is something we spoke about. I am enjoying my keeping, I think MS has set the benchmark for Indian keepers, so i'm slowly but surely getting there. The ball was still gripping, but this wicket got better to bat on in the second innings."

"I thought we are a good chasing side and we are confident chasing anything. Restricting the opposition to 180 was terrific and the credit needs to go to the bowlers", says Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir. "It's good to keep contributing, I keep saying Orange Cap does not matter if you don't have points as a team. But it is good to score runs and when you are, score as much as you can. All the spinners bowled really well. We've got a hectic schedule, we go back tonight and play on the 28th which is a 4pm game, so we wanted Coulter-Nile to remain fit."

11.16pm Knight Riders have been a part of two of the most dominant chases in this IPL. First, there was 184 for no loss against Gujarat Lions in their opening game, and today, this. They did that with Chris Lynn, they did this without him. They have missed Andre Russell, but when you have a top four in that kind of striking form, it makes it easier to cope with these losses.

"I thought at the halfway point that it was quite a good total," says Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steven Smith. "The wicket was slow, but the dew came on in the chase. The wicket just sped up and became very good to bat on. The guys were able to hit through the line comfortably. Gautam and Robin batted beautifully. Stokes was missed, he's a quality player, but the other players needed to step up. We put down a few catches and it proved costly, we need to work on our fielding. It has happened in a few games in a row and we need to change it. Not sure if it's an attitude problem. But, hopefully, we can improve on our fielding."

18.1
4
Thakur to Bravo, FOUR runs, that is the game. They finish it off with a boundary after all. Too full and outside off, Bravo drives crisply through covers

END OF OVER:
18 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 180/3 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 1.50)

  • Darren Bravo2 (4b)
  • Manish Pandey0 (0b)
  • Daniel Christian4-0-31-1
  • Jaydev Unadkat3-0-26-1
17.6
1
Christian to Bravo, 1 run, back of a length, stabs it off the backfoot through point.
17.5
0
Christian to Bravo, no run, sticks his bat out at this wide delivery, outside off, gets nowhere near it and the ball goes past the outside edge
17.4
W
Christian to Gambhir, OUT, is that another one? Yes, it is. Gambhir this time, trying to pull one away but there was really no room for it. And it bounces too much for him too, skewed off the top edge straight into the hands on mid-on

G Gambhir c Thakur b Christian 62 (83m 46b 6x4 1x6) SR: 134.78

17.3
0
Christian to Gambhir, no run, full, wide, driven without feet and straight to extra cover
17.2
1
Christian to Bravo, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, run down to third man with an open bat face. First IPL runs for Darren Bravo

Leaving 'em stumped

2

Kuldeep Yadav became just the second bowler to have two batsmen stumped in the same over in the IPL. Amit Mishra did so against Rajasthan Royals in 2009.

Opening storm

65

Number of runs put on by Rising Pune Supergiant's opening partnership - their best in eight innings at the MCA Stadium, their home ground.

Foothold in Pune

5

Number of wins for Kolkata Knight Riders from as many matches at the MCA Stadium in Pune.