Robin Uthappa’s magical knock at the PCA stadium meant that the Kolkata Knight Riders registered yet another win as they thrashed the helpless Kings XI Punjab. For the hosts, things look bleak once again, as after a promising victory over the Rising Pune Supergiants, things are back to square one.
The trend of winning the toss and bowling first also didn’t stop, as Gautam Gambhir elected to field first on a reasonably good batting deck. The Knight Riders bowlers were on the money as Sunil Narine had a productive outing with his miserly spell and 2 wickets. Narine was well supported by Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav. The target of 139 was never going to be too tedious, and the Gambhir – Uthappa show just made it a formality.
With 3 wins in 4 games, the Knight Riders seem to be well on course to excel magnificently in this edition. Post the game, skipper Gautam Gambhir was delighted with his side’s performance and said that he would love to continue to good work. “We were pretty professional. We were chasing 138. Obviously opening partnership was the key. The way Robin batted, he made it easy. Well, I think there is always room for improvement. We want to continue doing well. Winning is a habit. We need to continue the good work that we are doing,” said Gambhir.
Gambhir also praised spinner Sunil Narine for his efficient bowling display. “You need to give security to players. As I said in my last presentation, we wanted to ease Narine into this competition. We have quality bowlers apart from Narine. It is for others to take the burden from Narine. We know when he is confident, he can be lethal. Today’s show should give him confidence,” said Gambhir.
Robin Uthappa was named the Man of the Match, for his breathtaking knock of 53 off just 28 balls. “It is good to get better and better as the tournament progresses. Happy with the way I am batting as well and contributing to the team. It is important to get some momentum at the start of the tournament. We have focused on that as a unit,” said Uthappa.
On his successful outings with Gambhir, Uthappa said, “Myself and Gambhir have a good understanding. You don’t try to fix something that ain’t broke. We share a good chemistry. The understanding between us is one of the secret to our success. We rotate the strike well. The understanding and camaraderie is very very good. We just complement each other. That is about it.”