IPL 2017

RPS vs KKR, 30th Match – Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wkts

RPS vs KKR, 30th Match - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wkts

RPS 182/5 (20.0 Ovs)
KKR 184/3 (18.1 Ovs)

Robin Uthappa: I have always been strong. I said to somebody a few weeks ago that 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. Generally what happens is a team starts well and then takes the foot off the pedal in the second half of the tournament. We have discussed that it is important to finish in the top two. I can get better with the gloves. I am enjoying it though. MS has set the benchmark for all the Indians. Trying to get there, slowly but surely. It was a slightly slower wicket compared to where we are coming from. Initially it was slightly dry but under the lights, with the dew, it gets better for batting.

Gautam Gambhir: I thought we are a good chasing side. We are confident chasing anything. It was a very good wicket. It didn’t spin a lot. All the credit needs to go to the bowlers. It is always good to keep contributing. The Orange Cap does not matter much unless you have enough points in the points table. You want the team to do well rather than the individuals. But when you are captaining the side and scoring, it gives you the extra confidence. Two wrist spinners under lights. We have got real variety in our attack depending on the surface we play. All the three spinners bowled really well. We have a hectic schedule. We go back tonight itself. We have a game at 4 O’ clock on the 28th and then another on 30th. We want him to be fit. We don’t want a bowler like NCN to play with a niggle. We want him to manage his workload as he is coming back after a lay-off.

Smith: At the halfway point I thought it was a good total. Wicket was reasonably slow and boys did well to get 180. But the dew came in and the wicket sped up. You could see guys were able to hit through the line beautifully. Gautam (Gambhir) and Uthappa paced their innings beautifully. Yeah, Stokes was missed, he’s a world-class performer but he was injured. We’ve been dropping a few catches and it’s something we have got to change. Not sure whether it’s an attitude thing or not. Guys are working on it in training, but just haven’t been able to put it together on the field. It can happen sometimes.

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Pune with this loss stay at number 4 with an even spread of wins and losses. They would want the symmetry to tilt to the wins column. As for KKR, they go to the top of the points table.
Toss -Kolkata Knight Riders
Points – Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Rising Pune Supergiant 0
Player of the match – RV Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Umpires – AY Dandekar and NJ Llong (England)
TV umpire – CB Gaffaney (New Zealand)
Match referee – AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire – N Pandit

Rising Pune Supergiant innings
Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 57 runs, 0 wicket)
Rising Pune Supergiant: 50 runs in 5.5 overs (35 balls), Extras 3
1st Wicket: 50 runs in 35 balls (AM Rahane 19, RA Tripathi 31, Ex 3)
Rising Pune Supergiant: 100 runs in 12.1 overs (73 balls), Extras 3
Rising Pune Supergiant: 150 runs in 17.4 overs (106 balls), Extras 3
SPD Smith: 50 off 35 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
Innings Break: Rising Pune Supergiant – 182/5 in 20.0 overs (SPD Smith 51)
Kolkata Knight Riders innings
Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 45 runs, 1 wicket)
Kolkata Knight Riders: 50 runs in 6.4 overs (40 balls), Extras 4
2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 29 balls (G Gambhir 17, RV Uthappa 33, Ex 2)
Kolkata Knight Riders: 100 runs in 9.6 overs (60 balls), Extras 5
RV Uthappa: 50 off 26 balls (6 x 4, 3 x 6)
2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 54 balls (G Gambhir 36, RV Uthappa 62, Ex 3)
G Gambhir: 50 off 35 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
Kolkata Knight Riders: 150 runs in 14.1 overs (85 balls), Extras 11
2nd Wicket: 150 runs in 79 balls (G Gambhir 56, RV Uthappa 86, Ex 11)

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