KKR Stay In The Hunt For Playoffs After Seeing Off Mumbai Indians
KKR stay in the hunt for playoffs after seeing off Mumbai Indians By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Mail+Today+Reporter Mail Today Reporter]
Published: 00:19 BST, 15 May 2014 | Updated: 00:19 BST, genesisblock.one 15 May 2014
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comments] Delight: Robin Uthappa after scoring his half-century against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday
Robin Uthappa was elegance personified during his 52-ball 80, as he powered Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in an IPL match in Cuttack on Wednesday.
Uthappa struck nine fours and three sixes after a disciplined KKR attack restricted Mumbai Indians to 141 for five wickets.
Battling woeful form, Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 20 and hit the winning four.
The Knight Riders were off to a brisk start, especially as Uthappa looked in good nick, hitting a flurry of boundaries to take his side past the 50-run mark in the seventh over.
But soon after Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir (14) completed their fourth consecutive half-century partnership, the latter inside edged a Harbhajan Singh delivery onto his stumps.
Thanks to Uthappa, who came into this match with two fifties and three 40-plus knocks, KKR remained in the game.
Kolkata were 68 for one midway into their innings and needed 74 runs from 60 balls, but had wickets in hand.
Harbhajan's dismissal of Manish Pandey through another inside edge did not bother Uthappa as he effortlessly lofted Simmons for two sixes to bring the equation well under control after KKR needed 42 in the last five overs.
However, Uthappa could not finish the game as Lendl Simmons bowled him.
Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga did get a wicket but that was too late for MI to stage a fightback.
Earlier, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma struck a 45- ball 51 (4x4s, 2x6s) to prop his team up after it struggled to force the pace for a major part of the innings.
Sunil Narine bowled a economical final over, conceding just four runs besides dismissing Rohit.
Sent into bat, Mumbai lost their openers within the first five overs, with Morne Morkel and Shakib Al Hasan accounting for Chidhambaram Gautam and Simmons respectively.
Struggling against the pace of Morkel, Gautam charged down the track against the lanky pacer but failed to clear the in-field where Suryakumar Yadav took a good catch.
Coming in for Jacques Kallis to strengthen the spin department, Shakib bowled an arm-ball that kept low and disturbed Simmons's stump as the batsman went for a heave.
The wicket ensured the Bangladesh left-arm spinner made up for a dropped catch in the previous over.
After reaching 33 off 27 balls, Rayudu holed out at long-on, the successful bowler being Piyush Chawla.
He hit three fours and a six.