Sidelights:

Ever since Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir have come to gather as opening batsmen for KKR, KKR has made strong advances in this season. This was a game for KKR to lose after MI posted just 141 runs on the board and with the lack of depth in MI’s bowling KKR needed a strong start which was again provided by their aforesaid openers for the fourth time in the row. After few small hiccups KKR made sure that they cross the line even before 19th over ends.

IPL 7 | Match 7 | KKR Vs MI

 Robin Uthappa's highest IPL score helped KKR win the game easily

Toss: KKR and elected to field first

Playing XIs:

MI: Lendle Simmons, CM Gautam, Ambaty Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Aditya Tare, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Pragyan Ojha

KKR: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine

Mini Score Card:

MI 141/5 (20) Run rate: 7.05

Rohit Sharma 51 (45) | Morne Morkel 2/35 (4)

Ambaty Rayudu 33 (27) | Sunil Narine 1/18 (4)

KKR 142/4 (18.4) Run rate: 7.60

Robin Uthappa 80 (52) | Harbhajan Singh 2/22 (4)

Yusuf Pathan 20* (13) | Lasith Malinga 1/30 (3.4)

Result: KKR won by 6 wickets

Points: KKR 2 (Total 10) | MI 0 (Total 6)

Man of the match: Robin Uthappa (KKR)

Umpires: AK Chaudhary | Nigel Llong | CK Nandan (3rd) | Rohan Pandit (Reserve)

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle

How they played the game

Powerplay: MI 37 runs, 2 wickets | KKR 45 runs, 0 wickets

First 50 runs: MI 53 balls | KKR 41 balls

50-100 runs: MI 40 balls | KKR 49 balls

EXTRAS:  KKR 7 (1 LB, 5 Wd, 1 NB) | MI 5 (1 LB, 4 Wd)

Best Partnership

MI: 4th wicket – 45 runs off 25 balls between Sharma 26 (13) and Anderson 18 (12)

KKR: 1st wicket – 50 runs off 44 balls between Uthappa 33 (36) and Gambhir 14 (18)

Fours and SIXES

MI 11 Fours – 4 by Sharma, 3 by Rayudu, 2 by Simmons, 1 each by Gautam and Anderson | 4 SIXES – 2 by Sharma, 1 each by Rayudu and Anderson

KKR 14 Fours – 9 by Uthappa, 3 by Pathan, 1 each by Gambhir and Doeschate | 3 SIXES by Uthappa

Important Fact about the match:

  • Robin Uthappa’s score of 80 is his best in IPL till now.
  • Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir put on their fourth consecutive 50+ opening partnership for KKR.

In the PIC: Robin Uthappa’s highest IPL score helped KKR win the game easily

Picture Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo 

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