Injured wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa might be back for Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) next Indian Premier League (IPL) game against Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla said after their six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Sunday. He hit two fours and one six in the first over, and the stage was set for the two to go all out.
After RCB posted 158 runs for the loss of six wickets, KKR batsmen came down with a goal and reached 159 runs by losing just four wickets. Now, Kings XI Punjab have to win all their games to reach the play offs, while Royal Challengers Bangalore will be willing to win the match as to end this IPL season with respect. After winning the toss, Kolkata opted to bowl first and restricted an already languishing RCB to a total of 158.
Kolkata captain Gautam Ganmbhir was full of praise for Lynn and Narine post match.
Mandeep Singh (52, 43b, 4x4, 1x6) and Travis Head (74, 47b, 3x4, 5x6) tried to rebuild their innings, and formed a decent partnership, but they were not taking much risks.
"It's disheartening, I don't know what to say about games like these anymore". His 75 off 47 was marked by three fours and five sixes.
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KKR move back into second spot as they chase a coveted spot in the first Qualifier which offers the quickest route to the final for the victor of the clash between first and second. Narine reached the half century mark off 15 deliveries against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Left-arm pacer Aniket Chaudhary (2 for 17 in 4 overs) gave RCB the breakthrough in the very first over when Hashim Amla (1) got a faintest of an edge to be snapped by Kedar Jadhav behind the stumps.
Many catches were dropped in the last match against Mumbai Indians which resulted in a five-wicket defeat for them.
KKR has been a strong team since the beginning of the tournament and will definitely put up a good performance today. (Sunil Narine 54, Chris Lynn 50; Pawan Negi 2/18).
The two-time champions are second on the table with 14 points in 11 matches, followed by RPS and Sunrisers at 14 and 13 points respectively.