Sidelights:

Not so long ago RR won a match which they should not have against KKR in the UAE. At that time they made a smart calculation about how to win in a super over. This time they must thank the KKR batting line up for their surprise win as the visitors collapsed from 121 for no loss to 123 for 6!! The way Uthappa and Gambhir were playing what KKR needed was to play some calm and intelligent cricket and what they did was exactly the opposite. Nothing to take away from Praveen Tambe who took his first ever Hattrick and Captain, Shane Watson, who started the collapse by taking 3 wickets in his over.

IPL 7 | Match 25 | RR Vs KKR

Praveen Tambe celebrates his hattrick wicket of ten Doeschate

Venue: Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Toss: KKR and elected to bat first

Playing XIs

RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, James Faulkner, Rajat Bhatia, Tim Southee, Praveen Tame, Rahul Tewatia

KKR: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Andre Russell, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, R Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav

Mini Score Card

RR 170/6 (20) Run rate: 8.50

Karun Nair 44 (35) | Sunil Narine 2/28 (4)

Sanju Samson 37 (31) | R Vinay Kumar 2/42 (4)

KKR 160/6 (20) Run rate: 8.00

Robin Uthappa 65 (52) | Shane Watson 3/21 (4)

Gautam Gambhir 54 (34) | Praveen Tambe 3/26 (4)

Result: RR won by 10 runs

Points: RR 2 (Total 10) | KKR 0 (Total 4)

Man of the match: Praveen Tambe (RR)

Umpires: Nigel Llong | CK Nandan | AK Chaudhary (3rd) | Nitin Menon (Reserve)

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle

How they played the game

Powerplay: RR 50 runs, 0 wickets | KKR 50 runs, 0 wickets

First 50 runs: RR 36 balls | KKR 36 balls

50-100 runs: RR 42 balls | KKR 38 balls

100-150 runs: RR 31 balls | KKR 42 balls

Extras: KKR 7 (3 LB, 3 Wd, 1 NB) | RR 10 (5 LB, 3 Wd, 2 NB)

Best Partnership:

RR: 2nd wicket – 53 runs off 43 balls between Samson 27 (24) and Nair 24 (19)

KKR: 1st wicket – 121 runs off 85 balls between Uthappa 65 (51) and Gambhir 54 (34)

Fours and SIXES

RR 12 Fours (4 by Nair, 3 each by Rahane and Samson, 2 by Watson) | 6 SIXES (2 by Watson, 1 each by Rahane, Nair, Binny and Bhatia)

KKR 12 Fours (6 by Gambhir, 5 by Uthappa, 1 by Shakib) | 5 SIXES (3 by Uthappa and 1 each by Gambhir and Shakib)

Important facts about the game:

  • Rahul Tewatia (RR) made his T20 debut in this game
  • Pravin Tambe got Hattrick by getting out Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate
  • KKR’s score of 121 for no loss to 123 for 6 is the worst six wickets collapse by any team in any T20 game

In the PIC: Praveen Tambe celebrates his hattrick wicket of ten Doeschate

Picture Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo 

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