IPL: KKR beat RCB by 30 runs
In a crucial match, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) booked a play-off berth defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 30 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Thursday.
Riding on Robin Uthappa 's unbeaten 83, which sizzled KKR fans on a summer afternoon, his team posted 195 for four while
Sunil Narine scalped four which helped the Kolkata side restrict RCB at 165 for five in 20 overs.
Uthappa played a lead role which helped KKR post a massive 195 on the scoreboard.
He smashed 10 boundaries and six in his 51-ball knock.
Though Gautam Gambhir (4) and Manish Pandey (13) departed early, Uthappa continued to hold on the other end.
With 23-2 after 3.4 overs, KKR needed a good partnership to stabilise the innings.
Yusuf Pathan (22) and Uthappa added 33 runs in the third wicket partnership to give the side a little stability following the loss of two early wickets.
Pathan's run out again made situation tough for KKR.
But Uthappa and Shakib Al Hasan (60) added 121 runs in the fourth wicket partnership to help the side post 195 on the scoreboard.
Mitchell Starc, Ashok Dinda and Abu Nechim picked up a wicket each for RCB.
Narine on the other hand continued his magic in the IPL as he picked up four wickets which helped KKR in restricting the opponents at 165 for five.
Umesh Yadav gave early blow to RCB by picking up the wicket of dangerous Chris Gayle (6).
Yogesh Takawale, who top scored for the side with his 45, Virat Kohli (38), Yuvraj Singh (22) and AB de Villiers (13) were all sent to the crease by the West Indies spinner.
Sachin Rana (19*) and Mitchell Starc (12*) remained not out for the side.
(Posted on 23-05-2014)