Uthappa, Pandey make it a one-sided affair for Kolkata

  • Sai Prasad Mohapatra, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2014 02:43 IST

To nobody’s surprise, KKR rode roughshod over the indefensible Dolphins. First, it was KKR’s batting brutality and later a baffling bunch of spinners packed off the South African unit without giving them much of a chance to fight. KKR won by 36 runs setting an Indian record of remaining undefeated in 13 consecutive matches.

Dolphins began well though. Gautam Gambhir (12) lost his stumps hanging back to a full-pitched delivery from Frylinck. Soon, Kallis (6) missed the line trying to make room to Craig Alexander and was bowled giving Dolphins early hope.

Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey then exploded after a moment of quiet and Dolphins never got another chance in the match. An unbeaten 153 off 90 balls for the third wicket took the score to 187.

Losing the first two wickets in nine balls, Dolphins were hardly in the contest. Briefly strengthened by some attacking play by Morne van Wyk (34) and Phehlukwayo (37), Dolphins only appeared to be getting close to the target, but they never threatened. KKR’s four-pronged spin attack was more than capable to defend the target.

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