IPL 2014 Match 40: Uthappa helps Kolkata breeze past Mumbai

Uthappa struck nine boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 80

Uthappa struck nine boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 80

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Robin Uthappa smashed a magnificent half-century to help the Kolkata Knight Riders breeze past the Mumbai Indians by six wickets in Cuttack.

Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma deserves some credit as well as he scored a gutsy half-century.

Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as Mumbai opener Chidhambaram Gautam was caught by Suryakumar Yadav at cover off the bowling of Morne Morkel for eight runs.

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons only made 12 runs before he was clean bowled by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Ambati Rayudu managed to make 33 runs before he was caught by Yadav at long-on off the bowling of Piyush Chawla.

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson scored 18 runs before he was caught by Chawla at midwicket off the bowling of Morkel.

Sharma was the standout performer with the bat as he scored 51 runs off 45 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes, before he was clean bowled by Sunil Narine.

Sharma scored a gutsy half-century

Sharma scored a gutsy half-century

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Mumbai eventually finished on 141/5 off their 20 overs.

Morkel was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Al Hasan, Narine and Chawla chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 142 to win, Kolkata got off to a solid start as Gambhir and Uthappa amassed a 50-run partnership before Gambhir was clean bowled by Harbhajan Singh for 14.

Manish Pandey also made 14 runs before he was cleaned up by Singh.

Uthappa ended up scoring 80 off 52 balls, which included nine boundaries and three sixes, before he had his stumps shattered by Simmons.

Al Hasan only made nine runs before he was caught by Rayudu at long-on off the bowling of Lasith Malinga.

Thanks to Uthappa, Kolkata crossed the finish line with eight balls to spare.

Singh was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Malinga and Simmons snapped up one wicket each.

Sharma was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “The wicket was doing a little bit, it was not an easy pitch to bat on. But, we were 20 runs short, it was not easy to defend 140 on this ground. You have to consistently keep scoring 170+ to win games. We have been bowling well, but we haven’t been consistent in our bowling. We have Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie (as replacements for Malinga).”

Gambhir was pleased with his team’s performance, and said: “This shows the character of the team, the guys were really pumped up to get the campaign back on track. Winning the toss, the bowlers did great to restrict the team to 140. He [Narine] is a mystery bowler and we are lucky to have a bowler like that in our team.”

Uthappa was named Man of the Match, and said: “Yesterday I got hit by Cummins on my toe, so i would like to thank my staff for getting me back to play today. I have been working hard, I have been improving my skills too. I am trying to play in the V and I am playing with the correct technique too. It’s a result of spending a lot of hours practising.”

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