KKR seal playoff berth after beating Bangalore by 30 runs
Superlative batting from Robin Uthappa (83 not out from 51 balls) and Sakib Al Hasan stormy 60 steered Gautam Gambhir's led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a play off berth and dispatched Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) out of contention from IPL 7 at Eden Gardens here today.
Scripting a record six straight win KKR collected 16 points from 13 games after beating Virat Kohli's side by 30 runs on placid wicket in the day-night match where some 66000 fans cheered the home side.
Chasing 196 runs to win to stay in the contest RCB collapsed like house of cards from two for 92 to 165/5 by lethal spin of West Indian Sunil Narine, who finished 4 for 20 in 4 overs.
His victims were Yogesh Takawale, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers, the first and last were cleaned bowled.
The four batsmen returned one after another by the lethal turn purchased by Narine after opener Chris Gayle was adjudged LBW by Umesh Yadav on 5.
Narine also emerged the highest wicket taker with 20 in 13 games after Bhubaneswar Kumar's 20 wickets from 12 games.
Takawale made highest 45, followed by Kohli 38, Yuvraj Singh 22 and Villiers 13 respectively. RCB remaining match will be a formality to complete the league matches.
The win also put KKR on the third place with one game in hand with 16 points, ahead of Rajasthan Royals with 14 points from 12 games.
Earlier, sent to batting KKR's big hitting Robin Uthappa and improvised shots from Sakib Al Hasan pushed the home side massive 195/4.
Man of the Match Robin Uthappa and former Bangladesh skipper Sakhib Al Hasan, who led the side to an 8 wickets victory against Chennai Super Kings here on Tuesday, stitched to a record 4th wicket partnership of 121 that fetched Gautam Gambhir side to highest score 195/4 in the current IPL 7.
Robin Uthappa also emerged as top scorer with 572 runs from 13 matches and surpassed Glen Maxwell's 533 runs from 12 games.
Robin scoring his 5th half centuries by striking ten boundaries and a big six to score highest 83 runs in 51 balls and Shakib Al Hasan's 60 came from 38 balls with five to the fence and three big sixes was much fun to capacity stadium of Eden over 66,000 fans.
With mercury hovering over 40 degrees Celcius, KKR did not stop after being they three wickets for 56 runs. Desperate to stay in hunt for a playoff berth RCB skipper Virat Kohli preferred to chase for victory but failed against the spin of Sunil Narine.
(Posted on 23-05-2014)