If there is a team in IPL which can make big chase easy, Kolkatta Knight Riders(KKR) have certainly put their name up there. In their 30th league match of Vivo Indian Premier Leauge 2017, they were ruthless in the chase of 183 runs. With the help of sloppy fielding from Pune, KKR won by 7 wickets with 11 balls to spare. Thanks to three matches winning streak, they are now on top of the table with 6 wins in 8 games.
Kolkatta won the toss and put RPS to bat first. It was once again, Rahul Tripathi who gave them second successive half-century opening stand. He scored 38 off 23 balls and Rahane added 46 off 41 balls. RPS captain Steven Smith scored 51 runs off 37 balls to help Pune put 182 on the scoreboard.
Pune’s fielding was very sloppy as they dropped Gambhir on 32 and Uthappa on 12. Turbocharged Uthappa, fully utilized his chance and moved to his highest score in IPL, 87 off 47 balls. Gambhir on another side hit yet another half-century scoring 62 in 46 balls. Both were involved in 158 run partnership – the second highest overall for KKR in the IPL.
With this loss at home, KKR has exposed RPS bowling limitations and they should be quite happy because, in their last match, they bowled RCB to 49 all out at Eden Gardens. With Ben Stokes injured, they were a bowler short as they opted for Faf du Plessis, who didn’t even get to bat.
While KKR and Mumbai need just a few wins to qualify for playoffs, Smith & Co needs to continue their momentum going as they still have chances to make it.