IPL 10, RPS vs KKR: Uthappa guides Kolkata to a comfortable win
Pune: A dropped catch of Robin Uthappa by Jaydev Unadkat caused severe damage to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), as the right-handed batsman scored a belligerent 87-run inning to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) seal a comfortable 7-wicket win in the Indian Premier League match at Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium here on Wednesday.
At the time, Unadkat dropped Uthappa at the boundary rope, the KKR batsman was batting at 12 off 12 deliveries with two boundaries. Right after the dropped catch, he shifted gears taking on each and every bowler of RPS and scored a marvelous inning of 87 runs off just 47 balls. He laced his match-setting inning with 7 fours and 6 sixes. Unadkat, however, finally managed to bag Uthappa’s wicket but it was too late to bring any twist in the match.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir also looked in great touch as he scored 62 runs off 46 balls, hitting 6 fours and a six.
Earlier, an unbeaten half-ton from RPS skipper Steve Smith helped his team to built a respectable total of 182/5 against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the home turf.
Contributions from openers Ajinkya Rahane 46 off 41 balls and Rahul Tripathi 38 off 23 balls also remained crucial in the Indian Premiere League match played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (2/31) was the pick of the bowlers for KKR.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni too played a quickfire 23 runs off just 11 balls before he got stumped by Robin Uthappa on a googly by Kuldeep.