KKR’s ‘Batman’ Robin Takes the Team into the Playoffs


Sidelights: Despite having a mixed bag at the start of the season, KKR has played brilliantly since then. They did not make hue and cry about their improving performance, match by match and kept on working on their game. The six wins in a row have made it possible for them to play the Playoffs for this season and not only that, they have good chance to even push for a second place in the points table, thanks to Robin Uthappa. On the other hand the RCB had a fantastic start to the competition have messed up big time. Their superstar batting line up just couldn’t fire during the middle and later stages of the tournament and now they are out of the competition. Plenty to think about for Kohli and Vettori.

IPL 7 | Match 49 | KKR Vs RCB


Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Toss: RCB and elected to field first

Playing XIs:

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

RCB: Chris Gayle, Yogesh Takawale, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Sachin Rana, Mitchell Starc, Abu Nechim, Ashoke Dinda, Yuzvendra Chahal, Muttiah Muralitharan

Mini Score Card:

KKR 195/4 (20) Run rate; 9.75

Robin Uthappa 83* (51) | Mitchell Starc 1/32 (4)

Shakib Al Hasan 60 (38) | Abu Nechim 1/33 (4)

RCB 165/5 (20) Run rate: 8.25

Yogesh Takawale 45 (36) | Sunil Narine 4/20 (4)

Virat Kohli 38 (31) | Umesh Yadav 1/45 (4)

Result: KKR won by 30 runs

Points: KKR 2 (Total 16) | RCB 0 (Total 10)

Man of the match: Robin Uthappa (KKR)

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

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle

How they played the game

Powerplay: KKR 45 runs, 2 wickets | RCB 36 runs, 1 wicket

First 50 runs: KKR 38 balls | RCB 48 balls

50-100 runs: KKR 32 balls | RCB 36 balls

100-150 runs: KKR 25 balls | RCB 39 balls

EXTRAS: RCB 7 (1 B, 1 LB, 4 Wd, 1 NB) | KKR 10 (8 LB, 1 Wd, 1 NB)

Best Partnership:

KKR: 4th wicket – 121 runs off 71 balls between Shakib 60 (38) and Uthappa 58* (33)

RCB: 2nd wicket – 85 runs off 63 balls between Takawale 44 (32) and Kohli 38 (31)

Fours and SIXES

KKR 20 Fours – 10 by Uthappa, 5 by Shakib, 3 by Pandey, 1 each by Gambhir and Pathan | 7 SIXES – 3 by Shakib, 2 by Pathan, 1 each by Uthappa and ten Doeschate

RCB 14 Fours – 5 by Takawale, 3 by Kohli, 2 by Rana, 1 each by Gayle, Yuvraj, de Villiers and Starc | 4 SIXES – 2 by Yuvraj, 1 each by Takawale and Kohli

Important Facts about the match:

  • Kolkata Knight Riders have qualified for the playoffs
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore are out of the competition
  • This is KKR’s sixth win in a row
  • This is Uthappa’s sixth 50+ score in a row as well
  • Robin Uthappa now holds the Orange cap for scoring more runs then any other batsman in IPL 7.

In the PIC: Shakib and Uthappa added 121 runs for the fourth wicket

Picture Courtesy: ESPN-Cricinfo 


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