We see a line-up of overseas player from a team like Royal Challengers Bangalore and generate a kind of feeling that the foreign players in the IPL actually win us the game. Well, today isn’t a day to have that thought in mind.
Both teams had decent performances from foreign players contributing to their teams effort; but what made the difference was the impeccable performance of two domestic players.
The match saw a blistering start by the Pune bowlers with Unadkat getting a wicket in the first over (maiden over) of the game, dismissing the all-important and unpredictable top level wildcard that Kolkata has: Sunil Nairine. Pune bowlers ripped off the backbone of KKR inside the first six overs. Gambhir’s wicket was just a huge blow for the side. Manish Pandey, Colin de Grandhomme and Suryakumar Yadav all got some handy knocks in thirties as Unadkat completed his 4 over spell with a figure of 4-1-28-2; although all the first 3 overs of him had been brilliant, he got bashed in his last over for 21 runs. A good feat against the quality batting.
What Unadkat started with the ball, Rahul Triparthi did with the bat. A quality performance by yet another young and domestic IPL player. His knock of 93*of 52 balls was brilliant written all over it. His initial thrashing of the in-form Nathan Coulter-Nile followed by the calm innings in the middle overs saw Pune through to the finishing line while wickets had kept falling of the other end. Chris Woakes bowled brilliantly in his 4 over spell giving just 18 runs and fetching 3 crucial wickets but the match was always at the feet of the Pune team. Rahul Triparthi winning a well-deserved man of the match award in the end.
KKR now having lost 2 matches in a row for the first time this IPL and will now definitely look to consolidate his side back up again. With Chris Lynn on the verge of a comeback, their return to form seems more likely than not.
Pune on the other hand now has a very decent winning combination. Winning 5 of the last 6 matches they would be desperate to keep the momentum going for the coming games.
KKR – 155/8
RPSG – 158/6
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Article Contributor- Aditya Pandit