Highlights IPL 2017 RPS vs KKR in Pune, cricket score and updates: KKR beat RPS by 7 wickets

  • Robin Uthappa awarded the Man of the Match for his outstanding innings of 87

  • Gautam Gambhir: Our spinners bowled really well, restricting a batting line-up like RPS for a score like that on this wicket was a great effort

  • Gautam Gambhir handed over the Orange Cap for being the highest run scorer in the tournament

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    A night to forget with the ball for RPS. But there are a few smiles amongst the RPS dug out. A crucshing loss like this does not demoralise a team as much as a loss that is close and emotionally draining. But when someone plays an innings like Uthapa did, they is almost impossible to stop. 

    On the bright side, RPS are still in the top four of the IPL. 

  • Debdutta Bhattacharjee, Firstpost journalist and writer

    A comprehensive victory for Kolkata in the end, which takes them to the top of the table. Gautam Gambhir and Co are looking top draw in this tournament, with the batting and bowling contributing in equal measure. They are still dropping catches though, which will have to be addressed before the business end of the tournament. Pune's bowling looked weak in the absence of Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir was pretty unimpressive.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Kolkata Knight Riders have not lost a match at Gahunje in IPL yet including today. They have played six matches and won all of them.

  • Steve Smith: We thought it was a very good total, but the dew made it easier for them. Robin and Gambhir timed their innings very well, we dropped a few catches which were very costly. We were just not good enough today

  • THAT'S IT! ALL OVER! KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS BEAT RISING PUNE SUPERGIANT BY 7 WICKETS

    Darren Bravo smashes a boundary on the off-side to get KKR over the line against RPS. KKR made mockery of a very competitive target and all credit must go to Robin Uthappa who took the RPS attack to the cleaners with his aggressive batting. Gautam Gambhir played a very good hand as KKR ran out comfortable winers in the end

  • OUT! Gautam Gambhir 62 (46) 

  • After 17 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 178/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 62 , Darren Bravo 0)

    Uthappa departs after a match-winning knock. That prevented the game from getting over this over. But just matter of time now. KKR need five more runs to win as Darren Bravo walks out to the crease

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    How often has a chase of 180 been silenced just halfway through the inning? Uthapa and Gambhir are playing one of the best partnerships this IPL will see. RPS bowlers helpless on a help-less pitch.  

  • OUT! Robin Uthappa 86 (47) b Unadkat c Tripathi

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most century stands while chasing in T20s:
     
    4 - GAUTAM GAMBHIR/ROBIN UTHAPPA*
    3 - Virender Sehwag/Gautam Gambhir 
    3 - David Warner/Shikhar Dhawan 
    3 - Ahmed Shehzad/Brad Hodge 
     
     

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Gautam Gambhir becomes the second Indian player to hit 50 fifty-plus scores in T20 cricket after Virat Kohli. 
     
     

  • After 16 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 173/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 58 , Robin Uthappa (W) 86)

    Imran Tahir bowls his last over and it was the last roll of the dice for Smith. But KKR are in such control that they never looked to let up the chase. Robin Uthappa killed the game with two big sixes of the fourth and fifth ball. Just 10 needed from four overs

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Robin Uthappa becomes the first wicket-keeper to score a fifty and affect three dismissals in an IPL match. 
     
    Gautam Gambhir has scored his 19th fifty-plus score while chasing in IPL which is the joint most by any player while chasing in IPL.

  • After 15 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 159/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 57 , Robin Uthappa (W) 73)

    Dan Christian bowls the 15th over and it starts off in the worst possible manner. Gambhir hits him for a boundary before the RPS bowler bowls two back-to-back wides. KKR batsmen then milked him for ingles as 12 runs came off the over

  • After 14 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 147/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 51 , Robin Uthappa (W) 69)

    Imrah Tahir was brought back into the attack and Uthappa seemed content with singles. It appeared that KKR would play out Tahir until Gambhir hit for a six over mid-wicket. It was another big over for KKR who are now coasting towards the victory

  • FIFTY! Gautam Gambhir brings up his fifty in his hundredth game as KKR skipper. Top innings

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    A blinder from Robin Uthapa has all but shoved RPS out of the game with eight overs still to go. A 100 partnership in T20 cricket is not something you see everyday. But RPS cannot but blame anyone but themselves, having dropped both Uthapa and Gambhir already. Right now, the RPS bowlers are realising that 182 isn't a very big score on this wicket. 

  • KKR need 48 runs off 42 deliveries

  • After 13 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 135/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 41 , Robin Uthappa (W) 67)

    Just as one thought it was a good over from RPS, Shardul Thakur bowls a massive wide that obviously goes for four wides. It sums up RPS’ display on the field as the over which was looked to yield just six runs for KKR ended up giving them 12 runs

  • After 12 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 123/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 39 , Robin Uthappa (W) 63)

    Gamble from Steve Smith as he gives the ball to Rahul Tripathi. But it doesn’t pay off as Robin Uthappa finds the square leg boundary before Gambhir adds four more runs with a cracking shot. Singles come very easily once again as 12 runs come off the over. RPS need to do something very quickly or the game will be out of their reach

  • After 11 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 111/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 33 , Robin Uthappa (W) 57)

    Dan Christian comes into the attack and bowled a really good over under pressure. He gave away just three runs off his first five balls and should have had the wicket of Gautam Gambhir when Washington Sundar dropped him at short fine leg. Robin Uthappa eventually spoils the over with a flat six over mid-wicket. He looks unstoppable at the moment

  • DROPPED! Gambhir dropped by Washington Sundar at shot fine-leg

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    The opposition are starting to gather momentum, and RPS will need some quick wickets. Worryingly for Pune, KKR have taken both of Pune's spinners for runs. It's going to be a fascinating next 12 overs

  • FIFTY! Robin Uthappa reaches his half century in just 26 deliveries. Brilliant innings so far

  • After 10 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 101/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 31 , Robin Uthappa (W) 49)

    Uthappa and Gambhir are in complete control in Pune. KKR are managing a boundary every over and the singles are coming easily as well. The required rate in less than 10 runs per over. Unadkat who dropped Uthappa in Tahir’s first over came into the attack to make amends, but Uthappa slammed him for a boundary on the offside on the very first ball. Later he managed to find the fence for another time, this time shuffling across the crease and just lobbing it over shot square leg for a boundary. The over yields 14 runs after the last ball disappeared to the fence too. Uthappa on fire. 100 up for KKR

  • After 9 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 87/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 26 , Robin Uthappa (W) 41)

    Robin Uthappa looks in the mood today and he is striking the ball sweetly. Tahir tempts him by flighting the ball, but he puts it away for a six over long on. Gambhir realized that his partner is going great guns and rotated the strike very well. Good over for KKR

  • Debdutta Bhattacharjee, Firstpost journalist and writer

    The Narine experiment did not work this evening. Yes, KKR would have done with a good 40 off 15 balls. But they would not have cried themselves hoarse at the loss of Narine's wicket. It would have been a bonus if it would have come off, but Gambhir and Uthappa are batting with consummate confidence. Unadkat dropping Uthappa was a key moment in the match. And what augurs well for Kolkata is that Imran Tahir is being easily negotiated.

  • After 8 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 76/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 22 , Robin Uthappa (W) 34)

    KKR and Uthappa turning on the heat on the RPS bowlers. Washingtom continued but Uthappa absolutely tore him apart with a cheeky boundary off the first delivery and two big sixes straight down the track. Gambhir tried t join the party but his heaved effort failed to pierce the gap. But a good over nonetheless for KKR who are gliding along nicely at the moment

  • After 7 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 56/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 19 , Robin Uthappa (W) 17)

    PowerPlay is over and Imran Tahir is into the attack. Uthappa tried to go after him and but only got the toe end of the bat on the first delivery. He tried it against and top edged it. Mid-wicket came under it but Unadkat who was the fielder in the deep misjudged it and dropped it. The ball though had enough to reach the boundary. KKR added insult to injury and Gambhir got another boundary off the last ball when he slapped the South African down the wicket

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    When a team is missing it's key bowler, it's up to the rest of the squad to step up and take responsibility. We saw this in the India Australia tests as well. Tonight, Shardul Thakur has stepped up, not with the ball, but in the field. A superb run out, with -literally- the MS Dhoni touch. 

    RPS have done well to keep KKR to 45 in the powerplay, despite Gambhir looking in fine touch. Once again, Washington Sundar has done a good job in the Powerplay. What a find he is turning out to be, though quietly

  • After 6 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 45/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 14 , Robin Uthappa (W) 11)

    Smith continues with Washington who almost got Gambhir off the first delivery. The KKR captain tried to cut off a quick ball really close to the stumps and missed, but fortunately for him the ball wasn’t close enough to the sticks to cause any damage. A sweep bagged him couple of runs, before he finally got the cut short right to pick up a boundary. It forced Washington to bowl fuller and Gambhir put it away to the cover boundary. Good comeback from Gambhir after a vicious first ball

  • After 5 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 38/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 13 , Robin Uthappa (W) 5)

    Smith continues with Washington who almost got Gambhir off the first delivery. The KKR captain tried to cut off a quick ball really close to the stumps and missed, but fortunately for him the ball wasn’t close enough to the sticks to cause any damage. A sweep bagged him couple of runs, before he finally got the cut short right to pick up a boundary. It forced Washington to bowl fuller and Gambhir put it away to the cover boundary. Good comeback from Gambhir after a vicious first ball

  • After 5 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 38/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 13 , Robin Uthappa (W) 5)

    Smith continues with Washington who almost got Gambhir off the first delivery. The KKR captain tried to cut off a quick ball really close to the stumps and missed, but fortunately for him the ball wasn’t close enough to the sticks to cause any damage. A sweep bagged him couple of runs, before he finally got the cut short right to pick up a boundary. It forced Washington to bowl fuller and Gambhir put it away to the cover boundary. Good comeback from Gambhir after a vicious first ball

  • After 4 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 28/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 3 , Robin Uthappa (W) 5)

    Uthappa finds a boundary after taking an aerial route after a failed attempt to find the straight boundary through the ground. Seven runs came off the over for KKR. Good start by RPS so far

  • After 3 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 21/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 2 , Robin Uthappa (W) 0)

    Steve Smith brought in Washington Sundar to give Narine a different challenge with less pace on the ball. But that was not what got RPS his wicket. It was some brilliant fielding from Shardul Thakur at short fine leg that did the trick. Smith would be delighted to get him out cheaply. Robin Uthappa came out to the crease and was close to going back to the hut when he missed wicket one from Washington Sundar. The ball was perhaps missing the stumps and that saved Uthappa. Good over from the youngster

  • OUT! Sunil Narine 16 run out Shardul Thakur 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Sunil Narine’s strike rate of 189.06 in this IPL is the second best for any batsman who has scored atleast 100 runs in this IPL. Sunil Narine has scored 121 runs in this IPL from 64 balls. 

  • After 2 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 18/0 ( Sunil Narine 15 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 1)

    As long as Sunil Narine is there at the crease, RPS’ total would appear very small. He gives you chances, but if e is riding a bit of luck he will really hurt you. Shardul Thakur had to face a similar fate in his forst over as Narine connected one brilliantly for four runs, while the very next ball the ball flew off his edge to the boundary. KKR got 10 runs from that over

  • After 1 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 8/0 ( Sunil Narine 6 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 1)

    Last game’s hero Jaydev Unadkat opens the bowling for RPS, but reputation or form hardly matters for Sunil Narine who smashes him over the off side field for a boundary. Gambhir looked to take a more conservative approach as he was happy to take singles. Narine made his intentions clear with another swing of the bat on the last ball, but he failed to find the gap

  • Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir out to open for KKR. They need 183 runs to win

  • Debdutta Bhattacharjee, Firstpost journalist and writer

    A competitive score in the end by Rising Pune Supergiant. KKR won't be unduly concerned though given the depth in batting. How the KKR batsmen negotiate Imran Tahir and Washington Sundar would be important. KKR would be beholden to Kuldeep for helping them restricted to 182. Dhoni was looking threatening and the Chinaman got him out at precisely the right moment.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most stumping dismissals in an IPL match:
     
    3 - MS Dhoni v KKR at Chepauk in 2010
    3 - MS Dhoni v KKR at Chepauk in 2011
    3 - ROBIN UTHAPPA v RPS at Pune in 2017
     
    The highest target successfully chased at Gahunje in IPL is 196 which was chased by Gujarat Lions against Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016.

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    RPS finishing on a strong note thanks to another Smith special. And yet 180 is just above par at this ground, and with the wicket playing like a concrete pitch, this is both chaseable and defendable. 

    RPS will probably continue with Washington Sundar opening the bowling, his off spin has proved effective against left handers. The spells of the spinners will be vital in this chase. 

Preview: On a roll after three back-to-back wins, the resurgent Rising Pune Supergiant will have their task cut out when they take on high-flying Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter in Pune's MCA stadium on Wednesday.

After languishing in the bottom-half of the table initially, Pune chalked up up three successive wins to grab the fourth place.

Pune, led by Steve Smith (L) will be hosting Gautam Gambhir's KKR. Sportzpics

Pune, led by Steve Smith (L) will be hosting Gautam Gambhir's KKR. Sportzpics

On Monday, Pune registered a three-run victory over Mumbai Indians in a thrilling encounter, thanks to some effective bowling by pacers Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat at the death.

Opener Rahul Tripathi's gritty 45 also boosted their campaign. The 26-year-old from Maharashtra came up with scores of 31 and 59 before Monday and his form also augurs well for the Steve Smith-led franchise.

Off-colour former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too roared back to form with a sparkling 61 not out against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Smith and Ajinkya Rahane have also contributed from time to time and Manoj Tiwary has also played a few useful cameos.

Coming to the bowlers, South African spinner Imran Tahir has taken 10 wickets to emerge as the best bowler for Pune. Stokes and Unadkat have snapped up six and five wickets respectively.

KKR, on the other hand, are still basking in the glory of their resounding 82-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Their bowlers produced a fantastic show to bundle out RCB for 49 runs -- the lowest score in IPL history.

Chris Woakes has taken 10 wickets in the seven matches he has played, while fellow pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile has scalped eight after featuring in only three games for Kolkata.

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav too has seven wickets from five outings.

The twice IPL champions have been pretty consistent this season and are placed second in the points table with two losses and five wins in seven matches.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb-Al-Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav.

Rising Pune Supergiant: Steve Smith (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Dan Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Washington Sundar, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115