Robin Uthappa Smashes His First Half-Century of IPL 10

  • Robin Uthappa Smashes His First Half-Century of IPL 10

Robin Uthappa Smashes His First Half-Century of IPL 10

With just two games in the season, Kings Eleven Punjab has shown an inclination towards their game plan where their batsmen build a strong base before the likes of hitters like Glenn Maxwell and David Miller bring in the firepower.

Gautam Gambhir was in his elements too, as he steered his side to victory and stayed unbeaten on 72. It is always a luxury when you have spinners like Kuldeep (Yadav) and (Sunil) Narine. He got him out caught behind following him was exactly what we had discussed before the game. Gambhir highlighted Narine's efforts in the KFC Big Bash League - where he opened the batting three times for the Melbourne Renegades - as the main reason he promoted the leg-spinning West Indian.

However, they lost wickets at crucial moments which didn't allow them to reach the target where they should have been. "We will have to regroup for Delhi".

Earlier in the day, Kolkata continued with the ploy of opening the batting with Sunil Narine. In their most-recent outing, they caught their opponents unawares, as Sunil Narine accompanied Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order, and the blitzkrieg by the two left-handers blew away KXIP in no time.

Making full use of his reprieve on 17, Vohra took charge on the KKR opening pace duo of Umesh and Trent Boult. Hashim Amla got off to a good start and scored some handsome boundaries, but became scratchy after the Powerplay overs.

The momentum temporarily shifted in favour of KKR who got a second breakthrough when Marcus Stoinis bottom-edged one to his stumps off Narine. In the 13th over, Yuvraj hit a superb six over off Umesh Yadav and a four from a pull reminiscent of the "Nataraj" shot Kapil Dev used to play.

However, the Kings added just 15 more runs for the loss of four wickets to limp to a sub-par 9-170. His bowling figures of 4 for 33 is the best in the season so far.

Chasing a tricky 171, KKR, who were missing opener Chris Lynn, gave the chance to "mystery spinner" Narine atop the order and the Trinidadian blasted a whirlwind 18-ball 37 as KKR posted their highest Powerplay score of 76.

The build-up to the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday - which Kolkata won by 17 runs - was dominated by discussions in Bangladesh of the Tigers' finest, Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan, facing off against one another in a memorable encounter.

Grandhomme was introduced in the 12th over and after bowling three straight dot balls in his first game since being replaced by suspended Andre Russell in the KKR squad, the Kiwi sent the set Amla back in the hut.