Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) edged past Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 17 runs in match 14 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Playing at their home ground Eden Gardens, KKR maintained clean sheet against SRH, beating them in all five matches at the venue. Robin Uthappa was adjudged Man of the Match for his spectacular 68 off 39, with the help of 5 fours and 4 sixes. Along with Manish Pandey, Uthappa added 77 runs for the third wicket. All in all, it was a clinical performance by KKR, helping them jump to the top of the IPL 10 points table. Let us have a look at the top highlights of this contest. IPL 2017 Orange Cap holder: List of Leading Batsmen in IPL 10 – Gambhir leads the pack
Bhuvneshwar and Rashid shine but SRH fail: In SRH’s previous contest, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan had combined to take 4 for 40 in 8 overs, but SRH ended at the doorstep of defeat. How so, you ask? Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman had conceded 80 runs in 6.4 overs. SRH, by all means, have an array of bowlers in their armoury, and the very reason they clinched their maiden title in the previous season. In this edition, however, the bowling unit failed to put a collective effort.
Against KKR, Bhuvneshwar ended up with figures of 3 for 20 and Rashid 1 for 29 from their full quota. For SRH to defend the title, the bowling unit need to emulate last year’s genius.
Batsman and Robin: Uthappa scored his 18th half-century in IPL. When Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir failed to provide a solid start, Uthappa stepped up and scored runs at a brisk rate. Uthappa also became the first batsman to hit a six off Rashid in IPL. All the same, it would be interesting to see if KKR persist with Narine to open the innings.
The Narine-Kuldeep show: The pitch had slowed down in the second innings. The duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan added 49 runs off 52 balls. As a result, Gambhir made sure to use his spinners in the middle overs. The spin trio of Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yusuf Pathan gave away only 43 runs off 9 overs, taking 3 important wickets.
Was it a no-ball?: Umpires asked Yuvraj Singh to wait until they check the front-foot no-ball. Yuvraj looked at the big screen, waiting for the replay. However, there was some technical glitch due to which third umpire could see whether the bowler had overstepped. As a result, umpires gave Yuvraj out without waiting for the final verdict.