Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey Shine in Kolkata Knight Riders Victory against Dolphins in Hyderabad

September 30 11:49 2014

KKR2New Delhi, Tuesday, September 30 – As soon as the Champions League T20 2014 is entering into the final stages, the level of excitement is going up after every single contest. In an exciting match on Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Morne van Wyk led Dolphins by 36 runs.

The day was good for KKR right from the beginning as they won the toss and chose to bat first in opposition to DOL. The opener Robin Uthappa turned destructive hitter against bowling attack of the opponents. The wicketkeeper-batsman hit 85 runs (4 x 13) in just 55 balls. The right-handed batsman sent the ball in different corners of the ground on several occasions, making Dolphins to think about new strategies to get early breakthroughs. On the other hand, skipper Gautam Gambhir (12 runs of 11 balls) once again failed to utilize the opportunity and fell short to Robbie Frylinck when 4th over was in progress. A couple of boundaries by Gambhir at first showed some hope that he would overcome his poor show but story was absolutely different in the second moment. Craig Alexander gave another jolt to KKR by sending dangerous batsman Jacques Kallis back to the pavilion on the final ball of his over.

But best was yet to come from Manish Pandey, who was impressive enough with his batting skills. The 25-year-old youngster hit 5 massive sixes and same number of boundaries. In 47 balls, he played in 76-run knock. Pandey stayed not out till 20 overs together with Uthappa, putting 187 runs on the score board. Chasing the target turned absolutely devastating for DOL in view of the fact that Cameron Delport had to depart in the first over of both the match and Yusuf Pathan when Gambhir took an amazing catch. This made Cody Chetty to come on the crease and stabilize shaky innings of his team with captain Wyk, who scored 34 runs of 28 balls (5 x 4 and 6 x 1). But right-hand batsman had to leave post scoring 1 run.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld was out at 19 runs (4 x 3). Skipper’s journey also came to an end when Pathan amazed him with beautiful spell. Khaya Zondo and Andile Phehlukwayo tried their best to make Dolphins get back in the track and played 32 runs (4 x 1 and 6 x 1) and 37 runs (4 x 6 and 6 x 1), respectively, prior succumbing to Sunil Narine, who even dismissed Robbie Frylinck. Jonathan Vandiar was back into the dressing room after adding just a 1 run in team’s total. Game was allover for Dolphins in the early stage only but Kyle Abbott (5 runs) and Prenelan Subrayen (7 runs) made attempts to reach at least somehow a bit close to the target and remained unbeaten. However, after 20 overs, the entire team was able to score 151 runs, making KKR win the contest by a good margin at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

In today’s match, Perth Scorchers will compete against Lahore Lions and Northern Knights opposite to Barbados Tridents. Both matches will take place in Bengaluru. The semi-final rounds have been scheduled to take place on October. Highest scorer of Group A will contend against the second-highest scorer of Group B. In the same way manner, leading scorer of Group B will fight with second-highest scorer of Group A with the motto to book a berth into the grand finale, which will take place on Saturday, October 4 in Bengaluru. The final show is probable to grab eyeballs and cricket fans are in no mood to miss the action in the stadium.