IPL 2017, RPS vs KKR, Highlights: Uthappa 87, Gambhir 62 help KKR to seven-wicket win
Robin Uthappa slammed 87 off 47 balls while Gautam Gambhir blasted 62 off 46 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets to go on top of the table in the 2017 Indian Premier League. Get highlights of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs (KKR) Kolkata Knight Riders here. (SCORECARD) (IPL 2017 full coverage) (IPL Standings)
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23:36 hrs IST: Robin Uthappa, Man of the Match says, “I have settled down with my technique. I feel confident and I am enjoying myself out there. It is very important to respect the momentum that we have created for ourselves. “
23:32 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir, who has become leading run-getter, says, “I thought we are a good chasing side. It was a very good wicket. All the credit needs to go to the bowlers. It is always good to keep contributing.”
23:26 hrs IST: Steve Smith: Gautam and Robin batted beautifully. Stokes was missed, he’s a quality player, but the other players needed to step up.
23:17 hrs IST: Darren Bravo finishes the game in style and KKR have thrashed RPS by seven wickets to go on top of the table. This is KKR’s third win over Rising Pune Supergiant and Gautam Gambhir has led by example.
23:12 hrs IST: WICKET! Gambhir departs and KKR are making heavy weather of this chase. Short and slow ball and Gambhir miscues the pull to mid on. Gautam Gambhir c Shardul Thakur b Dan Christian 62 (46).
23:08 hrs IST: WICKET! Uthappa falls just as KKR near the finish line. He miscues the lofted shot to a slower ball and the catch is taken at mid-on. Robin Uthappa c Rahul Tripathi b Jaydev Unadkat 87 (47).
23:03 hrs IST: Uthappa blasts his fifth and sixth six of the innings and Kolkata Knight Riders close in on a dominant win. They are the team to beat this season. The 150-run stand is also up between Gambhir and Uthappa.
22:54 hrs IST: Gambhir gets to his 34th fifty. It has been a through performance from the KKR skipper and they are all set to go on top of the points table.
22:51 hrs IST: A poor day in the field for RPS. Dropping Stokes has proven to be costly and their fielding has been pedestrian. Unadkat’s drop off Uthappa has proven to be very costly.
22:46 hrs IST: Last six overs have yielded 78 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders. This has been batting of the highest quality.
22:41 hrs IST: The partnership between Uthappa and Gambhir has crossed 100. The KKR skipper finds the gap at short third man to perfection and KKR close in.
22:39 hrs IST: Uthappa slams his fourth six and he is currently cruising at the moment. Rising Pune Suprgiant have no answers to this onslaught.
22:37 hrs IST: DROPPED! Washington Sundar drops Gambhir on 32. That should have been taken.
22:36 hrs IST: Uthappa brings up his 20th fifty off just 26 balls. This has been a dazzling exhibition of strokeplay from the Karnataka batsman.
22:33 hrs IST: Brilliant batting this from Uthappa. He makes room and lofts an inside-out drive to widish long off and a couple of balls later, he scoops Unadkat to the fine leg fence. Gambhir joins in the fun and brings up the team 100 by cracking a square cut to the deep point fence.
22:29 hrs IST: Uthappa hits another six off Tahir and KKR need less than a 100. Once again, the depth and versatility of KKR’s batting is coming to the fore.
22:23 hrs IST: Carnage out in the middle. Uthappa blasts 4,6,6 in the first three balls of Washington Sundar’s third over. Kolkata Knight Riders are going after this total with a vengeance. That is the fifty partnership of 31 balls. Brilliant!
22:21 hrs IST: Gambhir blasts a flighted ball from Tahir down the ground and KKR are making a move on.
22:20 hrs IST: DROPPED! Robin Uthappa gets a life! He top-edges the slog sweep to long leg but Unadkat drops the catch as he backpedals. How costly this will be for RPS?
22:12 hrs IST: Bad start for Dan Christian as Uthappa opens the bat face and glides the ball down to the third man fence. Some quick runs in the powerplay from these two.
22:10 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir puts KKR back on track by slamming two boundaries off Washington Sundar. The skipper must lead from the front if KKR are to chase this total down on a tricky deck.
22:06 hrs IST: Uthappa is looking to be aggressive as he launches Shardul Thakur to the long on fence.
22:03 hrs IST: Loud appeal for an LBW but not given. Robin Uthappa tried to work it to the leg side but gets hit on the pad. Mighty close call. Impact was outside off stump.
22:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor running from Narine and some wonderful keeping from Dhoni puts an end to his cameo. Gambhir tries a quick single but Narine is slow in responding and some good keeping from Dhoni gets RPS their first wicket. Sunil Narine run out (Thakur/Dhoni) 16 (11).
21:59 hrs IST: Washington Sundar into the attack now. With two left-handers on strike, this is a good move.
21:57 hrs IST: Narine continues his aggression as he blasts two boundaries off Shardul Thakur and KKR have blazed away. After two overs, KKR are 18/0.
21:52 hrs IST: That is one of them. He throws his hands at a short and wide ball as he cracks the cut shot to the deep cover fence. After the first over, Kolkata Knight Riders are 8/0.
21:48 hrs IST: Welcome back for the chase. Jaydev Unadkat, who played for KKR for some seasons, will open the bowling and he will be bowling to Sunil Narine. Can he give KKR a blazing start again?
21:30 hrs IST: Steve Smith slams his fourth fifty as Rising Pune Supergiant end up on 182/5. Will this be enough? KKR do have a powerful batting line-up.
21:24 hrs IST: Dan Christian comes in and slams two massive sixes off Woakes as Rising Pune Supergiant breeze past 170. Can they get to 190?
21:21 hrs IST: How much can RPS manage? A total in excess of 170 would be ideal for Steve Smith’s team while KKR would look to restrict them to under 170.
21:18 hrs IST: WICKET! Kuldeep gets his second and Uthappa gets his third stumping. Tiwary is lured out of the crease and the bails are whipped out in the flash. Manoj Tiwary st Uthappa b Kuldeep Yadav 1 (2).
21:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb bowling from Kuldeep. He bowls a quicker legbreak and Dhoni dances out of the crease, but he misses it and is stumped by a long way. MS Dhoni st Uthappa b Kuldeep Yadav 23 (11).
21:11 hrs IST: Smith bottom-edges a short and wide ball from Narine to the third man fence as he nears a fifty. On the other hand, Dhoni continues his aggressive batting. After 17 overs, Rising Pune Supergiant are 147/2.
21:07 hrs IST: BOOM! Another six from Dhoni and he is hellbent on creating carnage out there. With him at the crease, Rising Pune Sueprgiant could reach 180. After 16 overs, they are 140/2.
21:06 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders players are sporting black arm bands to pay their tributes to the 25 CRPF jawans who were killed in Sukmah Chattisgarh.
21:03 hrs IST: BAM! What a moment! Pune erupts as Dhoni launches Chawla over long on for an 89 meter six. Vintage Dhoni shot!
21:01 hrs IST: Chants of Dhoni, Dhoni, Dhoni reverberate around the MCA stadium. Can he do a special here again?
20:59 hrs IST: WICKET! Narine gets Rahane as the batsman drags his foot out of the crease and Uthappa whips the bails off. Ajinkya Rahane st Uthappa b Narine 46 (41).
20:56 hrs IST: Another appeal for stumping! Third time Uthappa is appealing and it looks like Rahane could be in trouble
20:55 hrs IST: Rahane is nearing his fifty while Smith is looking in great touch. After 13 overs, RPS are 107/1.
20:52 hrs IST: Smith finds the gap to perfection and Rising Pune Supergiant go past 100. This partnership is nearing fifty.
20:51 hrs IST: While RPS and KKR do battle, the bigger war between the ICC and the BCCI has taken an important turn. It is not good news for the BCCI.
20:49 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav and Chawla are operating in tandem but Rahane continues his magnificent form by lofting the legspinner inside out over wide long off. Rising Pune Supergiant near 100.
20:45 hrs IST: Rahane finds the boundary again as Kolkata Knight Riders leak boundaries.
20:43 hrs IST: Rahane employs the slog sweep against Chawla and finds the long leg boundary. He is looking in great touch. After 10 overs, Rising Pune Supergiant are 83/1.
20:37 hrs IST: Steve Smith gets going with a magnificent boundary off Colin de Grandhomme as Rising Pune Supergiant continue the good work set up by Rahane and Tripathi.
20:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Tripathi looks for the cut but Chawla bowls the wrong-un and he drags it back on to the stumps. Rahul Tripathi b Piyush Chawla 38 (23), Rising Pune Supergiant 65/1 after 7.5 overs.
20:31 hrs IST: De Grandhomme concedes just five runs but he should have gotten a wicket. Piyush Chawla is into the attack now. He almost gets Rahane first ball but the chipped drive is wide of Gambhir.
20:27 hrs IST: DROPPED! Yusuf Pathan drops Tripathi at mid on off Colin de Grandhomme. It was a steep chance and things go from bad to worse for KKR.
20:26 hrs IST: Tripathi slams two more boundaries off Narine as he goes after KKR’s trump bowler. The fifty-run opening stand is also up and things are looking great for Rising Pune Supergiant. After six overs, Steve Smith’s team are 57/0.
20:24 hrs IST: Tripathi continues to grow in confidence as he makes room and skips down the track to cream Narine to deep extra cover for a boundary.
20:22 hrs IST: Expensive over from Woakes comes to an end. Tripathi comes down the track and slams it to long off for another boundary. 12 runs in the over and Rising Pune Supergiant are 42/0 after five overs.
20:21 hrs IST: First six of the match! Woakes misses his line and Rahane swings through the line to deposit the ball into the stands at long on.
20:19 hrs IST: Sunil Narine starts off well as he gives away just five runs in his first over. After four overs, they are 30/0
20:17 hrs IST: Appeal for a stumping. It is mighty close. Rahane got his back foot in the crease at the right time after Uthappa whipped the bails off in a flash.
20:16 hrs IST: Sunil Narine is introduced into the attack. Looks like spin is the way on this Pune deck.
20:13 hrs IST: Brilliant batting from Tripathi as he dances down the track and makes room to carve a drive through the gap at cover for a boundary. After three overs, Rising Pune Supergiant are 25/0.
20:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Good shot from Tripathi as he punches a back of a length delivery from Umesh Yadav to the deep extra cover fence.
20:09 hrs IST: Loose ball to end the over from Woakes. He slants a full ball on the pads and Rahane flicks it to the deep mid wicket fence. After two overs, Rising Pune Supergiant are 15/0.
20:06 hrs IST: Chris Woakes opens the bowling from the other end. Rahane is content on taking singles while Tripathi might be the aggressor.
20:04 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav getting some pace and swing from this wicket as Rahul Tripathi chases at a delivery and the edge flies to the third man fence. After the first over, Rising Pune Supergiant are 6/0.
20:02 hrs IST: Loose shot from Rahane as he flashes at a short ball but misses. Not much pace on this Pune track.
20:00 hrs IST: Out come the Rising Pune Supergiants openers. Rahul Tripathi has been in great form at the top while Ajinkya Rahane (minus the beard) has gotten starts. Umesh Yadav will open the bowling.
19:51 hrs IST: Ben Stokes picked up 2/21 and his tight bowling ensured Rising Pune Supergiant came out of the Wankhede stadium with a win. With the Champions Trophy coming up, resting him makes sense.
19:44 hrs IST: Darren Bravo has twice been picked for Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past but he never made much of an impact. His current stand-off with the WICB has meant that he was not part of the Test series against Pakistan.
19:36 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(w), Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(w), Darren Bravo, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav
19:32 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl versus Rising Pune Supergiant. Darren Bravo has been included in the KKR team while Ben Stokes, who played a huge role in RPS’ win over Mumbai Indians, has been rested.
19:27 hrs IST: If Kolkata Knight Riders win against Rising Pune Supergiant today, they will zoom to the top of the table.
19:25 hrs IST: In other IPL news, Harbhajan Singh, who picked up his 200th IPL wicket during the game against Rising Pune Supergiant, has blasted Jet Airways. This is why.
19:20 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiant lost both their encounters against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2016. Will KKR achieve a hat-trick or will Steve Smith break the jinx?
19:15 hrs IST: With the tournament approaching the business end, there have been some changes in a particular franchise due to injuries. While Irfan Pathan has been included in the Gujarat Lions set-up, Ankit Soni , an all-rounder from Mumbai has been brought in to replace chinaman bowler Shivil Kaushik.
19:09 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the game between Rising Pune Supergiant and Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2017 Indian Premier League. Steve Smith’s RPS are in fourth spot and have won their last three games while Gautam Gambhir’s Kolkata Knight Riders are in second spot, having bowled out Royal Challengers Bangalore for 49 in their previous game.
Rising Pune Supergiant will be buoyed by their win against table-toppers Mumbai Indians and they will be aiming to capitalise on their next three games which will be played at home. On the other hand, Gautam Gambhir will be hoping that Kolkata Knight Riders maintain the same intensity that they had against Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, they will be without the services of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been rested for this game.
KKR will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins against RPS, having defeated the franchise twice in the 2016 edition.