Half centuries from both Robin Uthappa (87) and Gautam Gambhir (62) powered Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a seven wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the 30th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Pune on Wednesday. Chasing a target of 182, Kolkata managed to overhaul the total in 18.1 overs. After Sunil Narine departed early in the innings for just 16 runs, Gambhir and Uthappa held the fort for the Knights. Pune had a chance to dismiss Uthappa but Unadkat dropped the catch and it proved costly for them. After this win, Kolkata sit atop of the IPL table with 12 points while Pune stand fourth with eight points.(SCORECARD)
Catch all the highlights of the match between RPS vs KKR here:
23:17 IST: Darren Bravo hits the winning runs for Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata finish 184 for three in 20 overs, beat Pune by seven wickets.
23:15 IST: Kolkata need 3 runs from 12 balls.
23:13 IST: Out! Pune getting the wickets late. Christian send Gambhir back home for a well made 62 off 46 balls.
23:10 IST: The game almost done, Kolkata Knight Riders need 5 runs in 18 balls.
23:08 IST: Out! Slower delivery from Unadkat, Uthappa (87) miscues, Tripathi completes the catch at long off.
23:03 IST: Six! Back-to-back! Uthappa 86 (44) bamboozling Pune with his fiery artworks!
23:00 IST: With five overs remaining Kolkata Knight Riders need 24 more runs. Kolkata 159 for one.
22:57 IST: Four! Short and wide from Dan Christian and Gambhir dispatches it for a boundary at point boundary.
22:56 IST: Half century for captain Gambhir too! Kolkata 147 for one after 14 overs.
22:54 IST: Six! Gambhir connects and the ball flies away for a maximum!
22:49 IST: Kolkata in driving seat as they need 48 off 42 balls. Pune have to take wickets to get back into the game.
22:48 IST: Big wide from Shardul Takur down the leg side! Pressure building on the bowler.
22:41 IST: Four! Washington takes the pace off the ball, Gambhir guides it for a boundary. 100-run partnership comes up in 55 balls.
22:28 IST: Six! Uthappa wasting no time what so ever. Sends the ball flying over deep mid-wicket, sweet sounds comes off the bat.
22:37 IST: Dropped! Gautam gambhir lives as Washington puts down the catch.
22:34 IST: Robin Uthappa takes a single and brings up his half century off 26 balls. Kolkata 102 for one, 10.1 overs.
22:33 IST: 10 overs gone, Kolkata need more 82 runs off 60 balls.
22:32 IST: Four! Shuffling around the wicket, Uthappa guides the ball towards fine leg boundary.
22:30 IST: Four! Beautiful shot from Uthappa through covers.
22:27 IST: Six! Robin Uthappa dealing in maximums right now! This time targeting Tahir.
22:26 IST: Big over for Kolkata, 20 runs off the Washington over. Kolkata 76 for one after eight over.
22:24 IST: Six! Another maximum for Uthappa off Washington Sundar.
22:23 IST: Six! Back-to-back boundaries for Uthappa, this time a maximum straight down the ground!
22:22 IST: Four! Cheeky from Uthappa. Plays late for a boundary towards third man.
22:21 IST: Four! Gambhir slams Tahir straight down the ground to end the over with a boundray. Kolkata 56 for one after seven overs.
22:19 IST: Four! Jaydev Unadkat drops a skier on the leg side boundary allowing the ball to reach the boundary.
22:12 IST: FOUR!! Cheeky!! Robin Uthappa saw that the third man was inside the ring . He steers it nicely for a boundary
22:10 IST: FOUR!! Back to back boundaries by the KKR captain. He will npt let Pune breathe
22:07 IST: Stand and deliver! Robin Uthappa steers it nicely towards the mid-on area for a boundary. Knight Riders 28/1 after 4 overs
22:05 IST: Robin Uthappa comes into the crease now. A lot of responsibility on these two now.
22:00 IST: Out! Sunil Narine departs for only 16, excellent throw from Shardul Thakur. Kolkata 20 for one, 2.4 overs.
21:56 IST: Four! Back-to-back boundaries for the West Indian!
21:55 IST: Four! Narine drives the ball beautifully for a boundary.
21:53 IST: After the end of the first over, Kolkata stand at 8 runs for no loss.
21:29 IST: Four! Sunil Narine starting off in style, clubs the ball at the point boundary.
21:48 IST: Welcome back to the second innings!
21:31 IST: Pune finish 182 for five after 20 overs. Kuldeep Yadav 2/31 from four overs.
21:30 IST: Out! Dan Christian heaves for a maximum but Manish Pandey completes the catch.
21:27 IST: Half Century for captain Smith, Pune 177 for four.
21:26 IST: Six! First ball of the last ball, Smith slices the ball over point for a maximum.
21:25 IST: Six! Christian getting into the mood, sends another ball into the stands, this time on the on-side. Last over to go!
21:24 IST: Six! Dan Christian sends the ball flying over covers for his first six.
21:19 IST: Brilliant 18th over from Kuldeep. Two wickets, five runs.
21:17 IST: Out! Robin Uthappa not missing his stumping anymore. Kuldeep sends Manoj Tiwary back to pavilion. Pune 150 for four, 17.5 overs.
21:14 IST: What a beautiful ball! Kuldeep traps Dhoni with a googly, Uthappa takes the bails off as Dhoni was way down the wicket. Pune 148 for three, 17.2 overs.
21:10 IST: Four! Smith cuts Narine for a boundary at third man.
21:07 IST: After 16th over, Pune stand at 140 for two. Looks like they are on course for big total!
21:06 IST: Six! Dhoni ups the ante, pulls Kuldeep for a maximum on the leg side.
21:04 IST: Six! Down the wicket and slam! Dhoni sends Chawla for a flight straight down the ground.
21:02 IST: Four! Dhoni gets his first boundary, gets the ball past through Pathan. Poor field from Kolkata.
20:57 IST: Out! At last Uthappa gets a stumping right! Takes the bials off before Rahane dragged his foot inside. Narine strikes for the away team. Pune 112 for two.
20:55 IST: Four! Smith cuts and the ball takes a big fat edge for a boundary past the keeper.
20:52 IST: Four! Smith gets down on one knee and slams the ball for a boundary on the leg side. Pune bring up their 100-run mark.
20:49 IST: Four! Setting himself for the shot, Rahane clubs the ball for a boundary.
20:45 IST: Four! Rocking back, pulls Kuldeep Yadav for a beautiful boundary at deep mid wicket.
20:43 IST: Pune stand strong after 10 overs, 83 for one.
20:42 IST: Four! Rahane sweeps Piyush Chawla for a boundary on mid wicket. Powerful stroke from Rahane.
20:38 IST: Four! Low full toss from Grandhomme on the pads, Smith dispatches it for a beautiful boundary at deep mid-wicket.
20:36 IST: Safe! Appeal for Steve Smith run-out turned down as he completes his second with a dive.
20:32 IST: Out! Piyush Chawla cleans up fiery Rahul Tripathi! Trying to cut for a boundary, drags the ball onto the stumps. Pune 65 for one, 7.5 overs.
20:27 IST: Near chance for Kolkata! Tripathi swings hard at Colin de Grandhomme, ball goes high up in the air and Yusuf Pathan makes a mess out of it.
20:26 IST: At the end of powerplay Pune stand at 57 for zero.
20:25 IST: Four! Sweeps Narine for back-to-back boundaries, Tripathi on fire right now!
20:24 IST: Four! Tripathi on one knee guides the ball through cover-point.
20:22 IST: Four! Tripathi dancing down the wickets, slams Woakes for a boundary straight down the wicket. Pune openers looking in solid form.
20:20 IST: Six! Rahane hits the first maximum of the match over long on.
20:17 IST: Good appeal from Robin Uthappa for stumping but Tripathi drags his feet inside before Uthappa takes the bail off. Pune after four, 30 for no loss.
20:13 IST: Four! Tripathi cracks Yadav for another boundary through the covers.
20:11 IST: Will Kolkata maintain their unbeaten run at Pune?
20:10 IST: Four! Tripathi gets on top of the ball, cracks it for a boundary through covers.
20:09 IST: Four! Last ball of the over for Chris Woakes, Rahane guides it away for a boundary.
20:05 IST: After the end of first over, Pune stand at 6 for no loss.
20:04 IST: Tripathi lives! Pace and wide for Umesh, looking to run the ball down to third man, Tripathi gets a healthy edge as the ball flies past Robin Uthappa for a boundary.
20:03 IST: And Rahane gets off the mark, runs the ball down to the third man.
20:01 IST: Bounce and swing for Umesh, Rahane swings hard but misses.
19:59 IST: Umesh Yadav leading the bowling attack for Kolkata.
19:58 IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi opening the batting line-up for RPS.
19:57 IST: Umpires and players make their way out to the field. Electrifying ambiance Pune is displaying!
19:45 IST: Here are the playing XI for both teams.
19:34 IST: Team changes: For KKR, Darren Bravo comes in for Nathan Coulter-Nile and Piyush Chawla replaces Suryakumar Yadav. On the other hand, Ben Stokes makes way for Faf du Plessis.
19:30 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders win toss, elect to field against Rising Pune Supergiant.
19:27 IST: It's toss time!
19:18 IST: The West Indian spin maestro and master finisher having a light moment before the game.
19:02 IST: Fun fact! Gautam Gambhir will be playing his 100th IPL match for Kolkata Knight Riders today.
19:01 IST: High on confidence from three consecutive wins, Pune will be keen on extending their winning run against the Knights.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Rising Supergiant and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Nevertheless, they are in fine fettle and the destruction of the daunting RCB batting must have made them feel even better. IPL 10 is coming towards the business end, and the teams which look good are beginning to distance themselves from the latter four. RPS and KKR look like two teams than can be backed to move forward.